Wauseon Council discusses myriad topics


By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]



Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner swore in in Robin Schantz as the city’s new Assistant Director of Finance at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner swore in in Robin Schantz as the city’s new Assistant Director of Finance at Monday’s City Council meeting.


Wauseon City Council touched lightly on a variety of topics Monday, making for a brisk meeting.

The meeting began with Mayor Kathy Huner swearing in Robin Schantz as the city’s new Assistant Director of Finance. Schantz was recently hired to replace Marcia Grant, who retired from the position.

In a Tree Commission report, member and Councilor Rick Frey said the panel petitioned Public Works Superintendent Dave Murry to have a couple of the city’s memorial trees that have died replaced this fall. One of the trees commemorates former City Council member Don Mathews, who died of cancer before completing his term.

Member Kim Bowles suggested planting up to five trees in Homecoming Park, and asked Murry to secure the $500 cost through his department’s budget if the city law director rules that expenditure legal.

Frey told the mayor he is not aware of state grants to finance the purchase of trees. He also reported the commission needs to acquire an inventory of trees for planting and removing in the city.

Frey said the city Park Board has asked to meet with the Tree Commission to discuss the future of trees in city parks.

“It’s nice to see that the Tree Commission and the Park Board would be meeting,” Huner commented.

Fulton County Regional Planning Director David Wright began department reports by stating that Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home and Sunshine Communities, both downtown businesses, are in the midst of contractual stages to secure private rehabilitation monies for their buildings.

Fire Chief Rick Sluder said he and other department members participated Oct. 30 in teacher safety training in the Wauseon school district. He also reported that negotiations with Fulton County Commissioners for an Emergency Medical Services contract are nearly complete.

Police Chief Keith Torbet said there were no negative incidents recorded with trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

He said legislation on the council’s agenda Monday would permit Fulton County Dog Warden Brian Banister to utilize the city’s dog codes while working in the city. Torbet said a second piece of legislation would renew an annual contract allowing after hours police dispatchers to take bail bonds for the county’s Western District Court. In turn, the police department receives a small stipend.

And the chief reminded citizens not to push fallen leaves onto streets. He said they become a driving hazard, “and it does nasty things to the storm sewers.”

Code Administrator Tom Hall said new sidewalks have been installed on Chestnut Street. He also reported that his office is working with the city’s Planning Commission on a new land use plan.

And Law Director Tom McWatters III told the council the city has participated in two negotiating sessions in with the police department unions, and have scheduled a third meeting for next week.

Huner read a letter from Wauseon Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Larry Brown thanking the city for its involvement in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Multi-Hazard School Safety Training Course held in Maryland in August.

“Three city employees represented both Wauseon City and Wauseon schools in a positive manner. This was a great opportunity for five of our district leaders to communicate with city leaders about school situations,” the letter stated in part.

Brown also thanked the the city for its involvement in the school district’s Oct. 30 all-staff all-day professional training devoted to school safety.

And the city council passed a motion to excuse Councilor Shane Chamberlin from a scheduled Dec. 21 meeting.

Council members also approved:

• The first reading of an ordinance regarding the sale of property in the Glenwood Avenue development area.

• The first readings of four individual resolutions, authorizing the mayor to enter into: an amendment to the agreement for indigent defense services in county court with Fulton County Commissioners; a contract with Fulton County for bail bondsman for Western District Court; a city-county dog services contract with Fulton County commissioners; and an agreement with Peterman & Associates Inc. for professional services for a Wauseon downtown revitalization ADA ramp project.

• The second reading of an ordinance accepting the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny a zoning change from R-2 to R-3 for 5.6 acres west of West Drive.

The city council entered into executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. No action was taken.

Wauseon Mayor Kathy Huner swore in in Robin Schantz as the city’s new Assistant Director of Finance at Monday’s City Council meeting.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2015/11/web1_swearing-in.jpgWauseon Mayor Kathy Huner swore in in Robin Schantz as the city’s new Assistant Director of Finance at Monday’s City Council meeting.

By David J. Coehrs

[email protected]

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.

David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.