Wauseon Council tackles light agenda

By David J. Coehrs - [email protected]

Wauseon City Council breezed through a light agenda Monday during its first meeting of the new year.

Police Chief Keith Torbet announced the department has been awarded the Violence Against Women Act grant through the U.S. Department of Justice for the 22nd consecutive year. The approximately $60,000 grant allows funding of victim advocacy programs without cost to the department.

Torbet reported that no Wauseon police officers were injured during a confrontation Jan. 1 with an escapee from the Hillsdale County Jail in Michigan. A city patrol car was rammed by a stolen vehicle driven by the escapee.

Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said his office is reviewing a proposed agreement with Fulton County for an airport sewer project. He also said architects for the city’s new community swimming pool are revising bids for the work after previous bids received were higher than expected.

Richardson advised city residents to place live Christmas trees on their curbs for disposal, but without lights, ornaments or tinsel attached.

Finance Director Jamie Giguere said the city’s final 2016 income tax revenue tally was $540 short of $4 million.

The council approved the suspension of three readings and emergency passage of a resolution authorizing Mayor Kathy Huner to enter into an amended contract with Dover Township trustees for fire protection. The resolution takes effect immediately.

The council also passed the third reading of a resolution authorizing Huner to renew an agreement with Schoenhardt & Associates for services for generally accepted accounting principles.

In new business, council members approved the following appointments: Jerry Lange, Zoning Board of Appeals, five-year term; Todd Myers, Civil Service Commission, six-year term; Sue Dieringer, Larry Fruth, Heather Kost, Rick Frey, Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council, three-year terms; Kim Bowles, Larry Frey, Tree Commission, three-year terms.

The council entered into executive session to discuss personnel compensation. No action was taken.

The next City Council session will be held Monday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m., at 230 Clinton St., second floor Council chambers.

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.