The Wauseon City Council discussed laying asphalt in a park and building improvement projects during a workaday session held Monday.
The council voted 6-0 to approve a Park Board recommendation to accept a quote from Bruce Ernst Asphalt, Inc. of Wauseon to cover parts of Dorothy B. Biddle Park using a cold process rather than blacktop. Board member Scott Stiriz said the cold process would cost approximately $41,000 to cover 13,047 square yards of the park, versus $40,000 to blacktop about 2,777 square yards.
“With this process you could cover about 5 1/2 times more space than the blacktop,” Stiriz said.
The city budgeted $50,000 for the project, with $10,000 of it reserved for the grade work portion.
Stiriz said a disadvantage of the cold process is that it must be done when the temperature is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Under those conditions, work couldn’t begin until May, which is when sports season starts in the park.
He noted the durability of the process, however, saying it was completed at Wauseon Union Cemetery and “it’s held up for 15 years.”
Stiriz also told council members there is no update on the plans for a community swimming pool at Reighard Park. He said the city is clearing trees from the chosen pool site.
Tree Commission member Rick Frey announced that the annual Tree City USA awards were scheduled to be distributed Wednesday in West Unity. Mayor Kathy Huner added that she would attend the ceremony, during which Wauseon was presented both the Tree City USA award and the Growth Award.
Frey informed the council that Tree Commission member Tom Savage will resign his position due to scheduling conflicts. He also reported that trees will be planted at the city’s primary and middle schools on National Arbor Day April 29.
He said the commission is working on drafting legislation to institute a penalty for vandalizing city trees. The draft will then go to the Safety and Code Committee for approval.
In department reports:
• Regional Planning Director David Wright said he received plans from Peterman Associates of Findlay for American With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps to be placed downtown. He is waiting for a cost estimate.
Wright said since the 1:1 match condition was eliminated for downtown building/business owners, interest has increased for $270,000 in Community Development Block Grant revitalization funds. He said he has been approached about building facade improvements and roof replacements.
“I think we’ll get the money spent and distributed out to the building/business owners. It’s going to be good to help out those folks with that,” he said.
• Police Chief Keith Torbet reported that 50 children are signed up for Safety City classes this summer.
He reminded citizens that Linfoot Street has changed for the next three months to a one-way thoroughfare during reconstruction work, west to east from North Ottokee Street to North Shoop Avenue.
And he advised motorists to watch for children as the weather becomes warmer. “We’ve had a couple of close calls, so be careful,” he said.
• Code Administrator Tom Hall told the council construction projects continue at Sara’s Garden on West Leggett Street and at the site of a new doctor’s building on Shoop Avenue.
He warned citizens that those who don’t mow their lawns after being notified by the city will be responsible to pay an approximately $150 fee if the city must handle the job. “Mind your grass,” he said.
Hall also asked citizens to not blow grass clippings into the street because they clog the city’s storm sewers.
• Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said the city’s Public Works Department will supply Sara’s Garden with water from a larger main to accommodate the addition the complex is constructing. He said the complex will also have its own fire hydrant.
• Law Director Tom McWatters III said the city is currently working on annexing the bicycle trails. He also reported that the Revolving Loan Fund Committee is considering a settlement offer from the defunct Sterlena Dairy.
City Council approved:
• A resolution to amend the Annual Appropriation Ordinance by authorizing Director of Finance Jamie Giguere to increase/decrease certain line account appropriations within various funds listed in 2016.
• An ordinance to amend Section 523.03 (M) of the city’s codified ordinances.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.