Mayor Kathy Huner received the initial go-ahead by Wauseon City Council on Monday to advertise and accept bids for a new community swimming pool.
By a unanimous vote, council members approved the first reading of a resolution which also allows Huner to enter into a contract with the lowest bidder. Two more readings are necessary before the resolution can formally be passed.
Public Service Director Dennis Richardson told the council he has received application forms from the project’s architect to get approval from the Fulton County Health Department and for a building permit.
“I thought it was time to get started,” he said.
Voters approved an additional five-year, 2.6-mill Parks and Recreation levy last November to build a new community pool at the site of the former pool in Reighard Park. The levy will generate $290,483 annually beginning this year.
The project is expected to cost an estimated $1.4 million, which will include construction, amenities, and renovation of the original pool house. The original pool, built in 1941, was closed after the 2008 season due to its deteriorated condition.
In other business, the council held its annual joint meeting with the Clinton Township Trustees. The combined panels voted to reappoint Councilor Shane Chamberlin to a three-year term on the Wauseon Union Cemetery Board, from Jan. 2, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2020.
The city’s Holiday Committee reported donations for a Fourth of July fireworks display totaling $1,639.44. Member Rick Frey said an April 13 fundraiser at Sullivan’s Restaurant netted over $200, and an additional $139.44 from a fundraising booth operating at the site.
The next fireworks fundraiser is scheduled May 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Los Mariachis Restaurant, 625 N. Shoop Ave. Other fundraisers will include: Tano’s Pizza, May 16; Burger King, May 21; McDonald’s, June 6; Marco’s Pizza, June 13; and Tiny’s Dairy Barn, June 19. There will also be a chicken barbecue fundraiser at Dorothy B. Biddle Park July 3 beginning at 11 a.m.
Frey previously told the council the city has budgeted $10,000 for a fireworks show. He said the city fire department is leading the campaign to raise an additional $7,000 to $10,000 to pay the remainder of an estimated $22,000 cost.
In department reports:
• Fire Chief Rick Sluder said the department will take possession of a new EMS vehicle within the next week. He said one fire department within the county is presented with a new vehicle every seven years on a rotation schedule to replace their aging vehicles. It’s funded through an EMS levy.
He also announced the department would hold a mock crash Tuesday at the Wauseon High School football field to illustrate the dangers of inebriated and reckless driving. The demonstration coincides with the school’s annual prom. The department will be assisted by the Wauseon Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson told council members the Linfoot Street project continues, with crews now rebuilding the surface.
He also reported that the clarifier painting project at the city’s Water Reclamation Plant has been completed.
Richardson said he, the plant’s superintendent, and an operator traveled to Cleveland recently to observe the city’s mobile sludge press operation, which drains the sludge of most moisture so it can be placed in a landfill. He said the operators will be invited to Wauseon so a pilot study on how the process performs locally may be done.
Due to algal blooms and phosphorus “it’s harder and harder to qualify land for application of sludge. And those phosphorus rules are just going to get tighter and tighter,” Richardson said.
And he reported meeting with Regional Planning Director David Wright and Peterman and Associates, a Findlay engineering firm, about concerns over the initial set of plans to install Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps downtown.
• Finance Director Jamie Giguere said city income tax revenues have increased over eight percent from this time last year.
Council members approved a motion to schedule a public hearing on Monday, May 16, 5 p.m., in the second floor council chambers at 230 Clinton St. to discuss rezoning an eight-foot section of property in Palmer’s Addition from B4 Community Mixed Use District status to R3 Single Family Residential District status.
The city council also approved:
• The third reading of an ordinance to amend Section 523.03 of the city codified ordinances. The amendment, which will take effect in 30 days, adds electronic cigarettes and other vapor or substance producing products to the restrictions and regulations regarding smoking in workplaces and specified enclosed public places.
• A motion authorizing the mayor to sign an intergovernmental agreement to gain access to a data tower located between Fulton County and Wauseon.
• A motion to accept Tom Savage’s resignation from the city’s Tree Commission prior to his term expiring Dec. 31.
• A motion to appoint Larry Frey to Savage’s unexpired term.
The council entered into an executive session to discuss personnel and disciplinary measures. No action was taken.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.