No members of the public showed up to comment on a proposed Third Street zoning change during a brief Wauseon City Council meeting held Monday.
Facing no disagreement, council members unanimously agreed to split zoning of a grassy lot into one part commercial, one part residential.
The zoning request for an R-3 single-family designation was made May 18 by resident Joyce Plassman, who owns a house on an abutting lot at 837 Third St. The residential side will likely be used as additional space for the home.
The lot in question had been classified entirely B-2, Highway Service District. A public hearing to discuss the change was advertised for 5 p.m.
At a Park Board meeting July 14, Public Works Superintendent Dave Murry reported the bridge at Homecoming Park washed out due to heavy rain. He said city insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so two culverts will be installed when weather permits.
Murry said he was contacted about installing a “slip and slide” attraction at the hill in Homecoming Park, but the board voted the idea down.
He also said the Wauseon Rotary Club is interested in a nature trail and wetland behind the park. The area would probably be maintained by the city, and a parking area may have to be expanded.
Councilor Rick Frey expressed concern that upkeep might place extra burden on city workers. But he was told Murry said very little maintenance would be involved once the trail was in place.
And the Rotary Club is sensitive about the trees in the area, Councilor Shane Chamberlin said. “There will definitely have to be some attention to the trees in that area, such as removal of the dangerous trees along the walking path.”
He added that some discussion is necessary between the city and the Rotary Club before plans go forth.
The idea of a trail resonated with Councilor Martin Estrada, who said, “I think it’s a phenomenal idea of getting free land, and the Rotary’s building it. So for the cost of a parking lot we’re getting the better of the deal.”
In department reports:
• Regional Planning Director David Wright said he formally received approval from the Ohio Development Services Agency to release funds for downtown revitalization projects. He said three applications are proceeding, and he has sent 15 commitment applications to other businesses.
Wright also reported that Sara’s Garden has established playground equipment on its property following a 2014 appropriation of $75,000 from the city’s revolving loan fund, and additional financial assistance from the Fulton County revolving loan fund. He said the center is still pursuing funding.
• Assistant Police Chief Bill McConnell said the department has applied for a drug use prevention grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office that would supply $1,600 to $1,700 to help with drug education sessions in the city’s schools. The money would also finance open community meetings.
Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said a pre-construction meeting for the Linfoot Street revitalization project will be held July 29 at 10:30 a.m. in City Council chambers. He said Ohio Department of Transportation contractors and consultants will be on hand.
Richardson said he attended a gathering of Fulton County Economic Development Corporation executive committee members in relation to the ongoing Nature Fresh project in Delta. He also attended a meeting with Delta Village Council and York Township trustees about possible annexation.
He said Public Works employees have completed moving back sidewalks at Reighard Park at the north side of Oak Street to create more effective parking. The employees also will extend the sidewalks on Elm Street across from Wauseon Union Cemetery.
And the City Council approved:
• The first reading of a resolution to amend Ordinance 2014-16 annual appropriation ordinance by authorizing the Finance Director to increase or decrease certain line item account appropriations within the various funds listed within the Year 2015.
• The suspension of three readings and emergency passage of the following: a resolution submitting to the city electors the question of an additional 2.6-mill tax levy for parks and recreational purposes; an ordinance providing for 1) the issuance and sale of $1.35 million of notes in anticipation of the issuance of bonds for the purpose of improving the Municipal Waters System by acquiring, constructing, and installing a water line, and 2) Municipal Water Treatment plant by constructing an additional treatment building and lagoon, acquiring additional treatment tanks, a high service pump and additional piping, and making other necessary improvements; and 3) amending Codified Ordinance Chapter 117- establishment of districts and maps and amending the official zoning map.
• The third reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to transfer four ball diamonds south of Harmon Field to the Wauseon Board of Education.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.