Wauseon may extend park project


City County gives approval

By David J. Coehrs - dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com



As a money-saving effort, Wauseon City Council on Monday approved a recommendation to extend an asphalt project this year in Dorothy B. Biddle Park.

Park Board member Scott Stiriz reported that cost estimates to complete a scheduled cold process asphalt job in five sections of Biddle Park total $34,500, with an additional $7,000 for excavation. Stiriz said the cost of the cold process rose seven cents per square yard from 2016, adding $950 to this year’s project.

He said because only $50,000 was budgeted this year for cold process asphalt in Biddle Park, work on a back parking lot was scheduled for next year. However, the cost of the process could rise another 10 cents in that time, adding another $1,000 to the project.

For that reason, Stiriz proposed the city save expenses by adding the parking lot to this year’s schedule, although that would push the total cold process cost $7,800 over budget. The addition will require approval from the council’s Finance Committee.

“It would be nice to finish that end up if we possibly could,” Stiriz said.

Councilor Shane Chamberlin advocated the project addition, saying, “I would love to see that we could get them done. That would be great to have that up and running for midget football season this year, along with that open air pavilion. I think that would make for a pretty darn good season out there.”

The Park Board also reported: the upcoming planting of seven trees by the Tree Commission in Homecoming Park; the near-completion of a recreation office trailer in Biddle Park, with an access drive off of Linfoot Street; the summer program in Reighard Park will be held June 5 to Aug. 10; and a recommendation to include an age requirement of 21 to rent shelter houses in city parks.

Council members approved all additional recommendations by the board.

In department reports:

• Police Chief Keith Torbet said applications for Safety City are still being accepted. It will be held June 5-16 and June 19-30, with classes either from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. The cost is $25 through May 12, then $30.

Torbet said donations to fund the event are being accepted.

He also reported that Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 29. Drop-off centers in Wauseon are at Walmart, 485 E. Airport Hwy., Rite-Aid, 1496 S. Shoop Ave., and at the police department, 230 Clinton St.

The next Coffee With a Cop event will also be April 29, 10 a.m. to noon.

• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said the city’s airport sewer contract was scheduled to go before the Fulton County Commissioners on Tuesday for their approval.

Also on Tuesday, the Wauseon Revolving Loan Fund committee was scheduled to meet to discuss an Americans With Disabilities Act ramp project, and planters, both part of downtown revitalization.

Richardson said the city’s Public Works Department will collect brush each month on the north side of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks during the first and third weeks, and on the south side of the tracks during the second and fourth weeks.

“It’s possible if you set your brush out it may sit there for two or three weeks if you aren’t in sync with their schedule,” he said.

The city will conduct initial interviews this week for the position of assistant recreation superintendent, Richardson said.

• Law Director Tom McWatters III said the city has met with representatives from Wood County to discuss a mutual agreement to conduct building inspections.

“We’re hoping it will be a real customer-friendly situation,” he said.

In new business, the council approved the following appointments by Mayor Kathy Huner: Pat Penrod and Dave Maxson, three-year terms to the Human Rights Board, from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2019; Dr. Kenton Kamp, Fulton County Board of Health, five-year term, from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2021; Ivan Hite, Pride Wauseon Preservation and Design Review Board, three-year term, from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2019.

Huner read a letter from Fulton County Health Center CEO Patti Finn complimenting the city’s police, fire, and street departments for expediently handling an incident March 8 involving a high voltage line damaged near the hospital by high winds.

“Please compliment your departments on a job well done,” Finn wrote.

City Council also approved:

• Suspension of three readings and emergency passage of a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a mutual aid agreement with Wood County Commissioners for additional inspection services of residential buildings. The resolution takes effect immediately.

• A third reading of an ordinance banning smoking from public parks with the exception of parking lots. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

City County gives approval

By David J. Coehrs

dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.