No pending legislation made for a light agenda and a brief meeting of Wauseon City Council on Monday.
The main activity was the swearing in of Mayor Kathy Huner, who maintained the office after running unopposed in the Nov. 3 election. She holds the distinctions of being Wauseon’s first female and first Hispanic mayor.
Huner then swore in Councilor Scott Stiriz, who won the seat vacated by Martin Estrada, and incumbent victors Shane Chamberlin and Jeff Stiriz.
The council members voted to appoint Jeff Stiriz as council president, replacing Councilor Heather Kost, who held the position for two years.
In department reports:
• Regional Planning Director David Wright reported that the city’s downtown revitalization grant application process guidelines and the boundary map are available to business owners on both the city and Fulton County websites.
• Police Chief Keith Torbet described two federal grants the department is receiving, and which were approved by the council. The first is an approximately $79,000 Violence Against Women Act grant, the second an approximately $16,000 Justice Assistant Grant to be used to purchase cameras to monitor city intersections and business districts.
Torbet also announced that a public records class will be held Feb. 19 for city administrators and elected officials.
• Code Administrator Tom Hall said preliminary work is being done to try to fill vacant business spaces on Shoop Avenue. He did not elaborate.
He also said site work has been completed on a three-unit building being constructed for the dermatology practice of Dr. David Kouba. Located at the site of the former Star Drive-In Theater on Shoop Avenue, the 8,000 square-foot building is scheduled to open in approximately seven months. It may include two retail units to accompany Dr. Kouba’s 2,500 square-foot practice at the site.
“We’re looking for this year to be pretty busy,” Hall said.
• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said specifications for painting the east clarifier at the city’s water treatment plant have been reviewed and approved. He said that project is being advertised for bids, a process that will open Jan. 21.
The next City Council meeting will be held Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. in the second-floor council chambers at 230 Clinton St.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.
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