Wauseon considers CHIP partnership


By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]



Maumee Valley Planning Organization Executive Director Dennis Miller told Wauseon City Council that partnering with local government entities could entitle the city to more CHIP money.

Maumee Valley Planning Organization Executive Director Dennis Miller told Wauseon City Council that partnering with local government entities could entitle the city to more CHIP money.


The City of Wauseon could be eligible for up to $350,000 in upgrade assistance to homeowners if it partners with three local government entities, the City Council was told Monday.

Speaking to council members, Maumee Valley Planning Organization Executive Director Dennis Miller said revised state standards have allowed Wauseon to become eligible on its own for grants from the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Organization (CHIP). Until recently, the city was not considered large enough to get CHIP aid independently, and so received the agency’s assistance through Fulton County.

CHIP provides homeowners and landowners with rental properties grant money for upgrades. Miller advised the council that Wauseon’s eligibility for $300,000 can increase to $350,000 if the city partners with Fulton and Henry counties and the City of Napoleon in making applications for grant money. The city would be obligated to the partnership for two years, after which it could withdraw.

Miller said the city would need to draft and approve a resolution to partner with the entities. No action was taken on Monday.

In other business, an application to place two parcels of farmland totaling 51.5 acres in a city agricultural district was withdrawn by trustee Martha Wagner during a brief public hearing held on the issue. The parcels are located off N. Glenwood Avenue.

Police Chief Keith Torbet awarded Officer Tony Imber the 2015 Officer of the Year Award. Torbet called Imber, a two-year department member, “a tremendous asset.”

And council members were introduced to Blaze, a 12-week-old Goldendoodle, as the Wauseon Fire Department’s new mascot. Fire Chief Rick Sluder said the dog will live at the fire station and be used for educational purposes.

In department reports:

• Fulton County Regional Planning Director David Wright told the council a business owner at 136 S. Fulton St. has become the latest to apply for funding through the Downtown Revitalization Project.

He said an engineering services agreement has been sent to Peterman and Associates for work on Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades in the downtown area.

• Fire Chief Rick Sluder said an Ohio Fire Marshal Smoke D.O.G. award will be presented to the O’Neil family, who were routed from a house fire on County Road J on Nov. 22 after being alerted by operating fire detectors. The presentation will be held at the Fulton County Firemen’s Awards Banquet on Feb. 16.

• Police Chief Keith Torbet reported that 37 city-owned items were sold last year on GovDeals.com for $17,514.95. He said 311 city items sold on the web site since its inception in 2007 have reaped over $154,000.

Torbet said that amount is likely five times the amount the city would have gotten had the items been sold at public auction.

• Code Administrator Tom Hall the city’s Pride and Preservation Committee would meet Tuesday to review an application for a sign and fencing for a new business, Shannon’s Backyard Barbecue at 224 S. Fulton St.

Hall said he received notice from the Northwestern Ohio Rails-To-Trails Association that the Toledo Metroparks are attempting to get a $3 million grant to pave the trail from the Fulton-Lucas county line to County Road 11.

He also reported there are presently five active house constructions in Wauseon.

• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said his office is evaluating three bids received to paint the clarifier at the city’s water treatment plant. He said one bid was substantially lower than the others.

Richardson also reported that construction of sewer mains have been completed for the Linfoot Street reconstruction project. He said construction on a water main has begun.

A council members voted 6-0 to approve the first reading of an ordinance to amend Section 147.08 of the city codified ordinances.

Maumee Valley Planning Organization Executive Director Dennis Miller told Wauseon City Council that partnering with local government entities could entitle the city to more CHIP money.
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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.