It appears Wauseon residents have approved money for a new pool. With five of five precincts reporting, voters approved a 2.6-mill parks and recreation levy by a margin of 1,250-765, or 62-38 percent.
The levy had approval in all five precincts. Results are still unofficial at this time.
The levy is to place the pool in the same Reighard Park location as the city’s original pool, which opened in 1941. That pool was closed permanently after the 2008 season due to its deteriorated condition.
According to the Fulton County Auditor’s Office the levy will generate $290,483 annually, costing the owner of a $100,000 home $91 a year. The levy would fund construction of the pool including its amenities, and renovation of the city’s original pool house which remains standing at the location.
Astro Pool Company of Mansfield, Ohio, approximated a cost of $1 million and drafted a design for a city pool, but no contract was signed. City Council member Jeff Stiriz said if the levy is passed by voters the project would go up for bid.
Private funds to assist with expenses have been raised by NewPool4Wauseon, a non-profit grass roots effort.
Also in Wauseon, each of the four charter amendments was handily approved by voters.
County voters approved a request to renew a five-year, 2-mill emergency medical services levy, and add a 2-mill increase by a margin of 7,319-5,359. The resulting 4 mills will bump up the annual revenue from approximately $1.5 million to approximately $3.6 million. The cost for the owner of a $100,000 home would increase from about $49 per year to about $118 per year.
County Commissioner Bill Rufenacht noted previously the added revenue would meet cost and wage increases. He specifically addressed the need to hire full-time personnel to counter the dearth of EMS volunteers available to respond to emergencies.
A replacement 10-year, 0.5-mill health levy was also approved by voters in Fulton County with 7,299 votes for and 5,300 against, according to unofficial results. It will replace a 0.5-mill levy on the books since 1986. It will generate approximately $248,000 annually at a cost to the owner of a $100,000 home of about $7 per year.
Voters in Delta approved a recreation levy and aggregation. The renewal of five-year recreation levy which funds community park operations was approved 551-328, according to unofficial results.
The village has also unofficial approved aggreation 436-405. It will permit the village to act as a purchasing agent for residents’ electrical needs. Peebles said aggregating electric loads could save individual residents up to $150 to $200 annually.
In Archbold, voters approved a five-year, 3.3-mill replacement levy for operating expenses by a margin of 837-502.
Lyons voters easily renewed a 3-mill, five-year operating levy 111-41.
A five-year, 0.75-mill renewal operating levy for the Normal Memorial Library in Fayette was approved 616-178.
Voters in Swanton’s fourth precinct approved Sunday alcohol sales at the American Legion by a vote of 137-64.
In York Township, voters approved the renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy supporting road repair and maintenance by a margin of 346-164.
Royalton Township voters approved a 1.8-mill renewal fire levy 353-116. In Gorham Township, a 0.5-mill replacement levy for cemeteries was approved 459-200.
In Clinton Township, a 0.6-mill fire levy renewal with a 0.2-mill increase was approved 1,759-945.
Amboy Township voters approved a 1.0-mill fire levy renewal by a vote of 398-134.
Voters in a portion of Swancreek Township voted against zoning in their area by a margin of 108-25.