Wauseon City Council increases water, sewer rates


By Rachael Krisher - For the Expositor



Wauseon City Council on Monday approved the final readings of ordinances to increase water and sewer rates for the city. Both readings were passed with all council members voting in favor.

Both ordinances will take effect September 1, 2022. At that time water rates 5%, followed by a 5% increase in 2023, and a 4% increase in 2024. Sewer rates will increase 11%, followed by a 9% increase in 2023, and a 7.5% increase in 2024.

Council President Scott Stiriz provided an update from the Park Board. Richard Allen Studios and Paul Zumfelde will be donating art to be placed along the bike path. All council members voted to approve the donation of this art, pending approval of designs of the specific pieces of art that will be donated.

During new business, code enforcement within the city was discussed. Councilman Steve Schneider raised concern about a vacant home on Leggett Street and Councilman Brandon Tijerina brought up tall grass between the movie theatre and Aaron’s, which is now out of business. Councilman Stickley noted a “concern for safety” at a home on Fulton Street that looks like it is either being torn down or remodeled.

Director of Public Service Keith Torbet explained that “it is about a 2-week process” to get code enforcement issues within the city addressed. Torbet explained that anyone with a concern should contact Brooke Baumgartner at the city office. The concern with be assessed, and a letter will be sent via US mail. Homeowners will then be given approximately a week to fix the violation before the city moves to remedy the violation itself.

Torbet provided an update on the Brunell Street project, estimating it would be complete in approximately four weeks.

Torbet also reported the city pool is set to close Aug. 27. The pool is currently operating on shortened evening hours Monday – Thursday, closed Fridays, and open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Trick or treat was voted on and scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mayor Kathy Huner reminded everyone that there will be no Committee of the Whole the first week of September, per the council schedule, due to the Fulton County Fair.

Council also passed on second reading a resolution adopting the City of Wauseon Local Government Manual.

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By Rachael Krisher

For the Expositor

Reach Rachael Krisher at [email protected]

Reach Rachael Krisher at [email protected]