Wauseon City Council approved a recommendation Monday to deny Fulton County’s request to hook into a sanitary sewer line outside the city limits.
Utility Committee member Jeff Stiriz reported that Public Utilities Director Ziad Musallam asked to build a sanitary sewer line to hook up the county’s airport and buildings on County Road 14, as well as Jensen Bridge and Supply, to a city sewer connection near the Fulton County Fairgrounds.
Stiriz said the committee denied the request because the sanitary sewer line would be built in an area not annexed to Wauseon. He said although the city’s sewage plant could take on the added burden, “It’s not annexed. It could cause problems.”
The committee also denied a city resident’s request at a July 30 meeting to waive a storm tap fee at 415 Clover Lane. A contractor working at the residence abandoned the existing storm line and created a new tap to resolve flooding in the house’s basement.
The resident asked that the city’s customary $500 fee for a new tap plus a $35 inspection fee be waived, since the storm tap already in place was merely rerouted. But Stiriz pointed out that a new tap was created in the process. He said, according to Public Works Superintendent Dave Murry, that the fees are waived only if the house in question wasn’t previously separated from the sanitary sewer line.
“We decided to stick with the rules,” Stiriz said.
In department reports:
• Regional Planning Director David Wright said applications for Revolving Loan Fund grant waivers through the city and county for a handicap-accessible playground at Sara’s Garden were recently approved by the state. The project will receive $75,000 from the city’s RLF, and $10,000 from the county’s.
Wright said contract language for downtown revitalization projects and streetscape activities is currently being refined. “As soon as that language gets all ironed out, and we get those processes ironed out, I think we’ll start seeing some progress downtown,” he said.
• Police Chief Keith Torbet said Assistant Police Chief William McConnell and Matt McDonough, school resource officer, are attending week-long training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., for school safety planning. The federal program is designed to revise and update safety plans.
“It’s probably been 10 years since we’ve looked at the program, so it’s time,” Torbet said Tuesday.
He also reminded the council that the department’s next Citizens Police Academy begins Sept. 17. Application are being accepted.
• Code Administrator Tom Hall said a housing project on Glenwood Avenue by developer Tim Dennis is advancing, with blacktop and electrical work in progress.
• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson told council members the Linfoot Street reconstruction project likely won’t begin until Oct. 1. According to the contractor, the project has been delayed by other projects the rainy summer weather has pushed back.
A meeting to discuss the project with residents in the affected area will be held Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wauseon High School Auditorium.
In other business, Richardson said a digester lid project at the Water Reclamation Plant is almost complete. And he credited Jay Bostelman at the Public Works Department for earning a Water Distribution Class 1 license, and city water plant employee Rob Binkley for earning a Water Operator’s Class 2 license.
Richardson also thanked the Public Works employees for their work behind the scenes at the Homecoming event. “They’re kind of the unsung heroes in the background, doing a lot of stuff people don’t see,” he said.
• Finance Director Jamie Giguere said the city’s July income tax figures increased by 6.8 percent as compared to a year ago.
Council members approved a motion to appropriate $5,000 from the Park Supplies fund and $5,534 from the Sanitary Sewer Supplies fund, both within general fund account, to purchase mosquito spray for the city.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Kathy Huner said she received many positive comments about the Homecoming. She added, “From some of the outside people coming in…they were very impressed with our parade.”
The city council also approved:
• The first reading of a resolution authorizing Huner to advertise for the repainting of the water treatment plant’s east clarifier, to accept the lowest bid, and to contract with the lowest bidder.
• The first reading of a resolution amending the 2014-16 annual appropriation ordinance by authorizing Giguere to increase or decrease certain line account appropriations within various funds listed for 2015.
• The third reading of a resolution authorizing Huner to transfer ball diamonds south of Harmon Field to the Wauseon Board of Education. The resolution takes effect in 30 days.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.