Dog-friendly Wauseon park official

Wauseon City Council has given final approval for a city ordinance allowing dog owners to take their canine companions to Homecoming Park.

During a brief session on Monday, the council members passed 6-0 the third reading of the ordinance, which permits dogs in the park while on leashes. The ordinance also stipulates the dogs must be kept away from playground areas, and that owners must clean up waste from their pets.

It will become law in October, 30 days from its final passage on Monday. Homecoming Park will be the only city park where dogs are permitted.

In other business, council members approved 6-0 the final reading of a resolution authorizing Mayor Kathy Huner, through the Maumee Valley Planning Organization, to advertise for, and accept the lowest bid for, the construction of ramps on Fulton Street compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The resolution will become active in 30 days.

Police Chief Keith Torbet reported that a patrolman, Mark Tanner, has resigned, effective Sept. 7, to accept a position in Sylvania.

Torbet said applications for the department’s Citizens Police Academy will be accepted through the middle of next week. The academy begins Thursday, Sept. 14.

And the chief reported a couple of injury accidents involving pedestrians, and advised citizens to be mindful while driving their vehicles.

“We’re asking people to just slow down. Kids are out on bikes. Just take it a little bit easier. Let’s just make sure everyone gets home safe,” he said.

Finance Director Jamie Giguere told the council that city income tax revenue remains at an increase of over six percent but is slightly down from the same period last year.

Council members also: authorized Giguere to purchase a sign for the city’s Recreation Department in Dorothy B. Biddle Park, of which half the cost will be paid by the Wauseon Recreation Association; approved an extended city contract with Spectrum for Internet services; and approved a motion waiving a hearing of the city before the Fulton County Budget Commission regarding the apportionment of the Undivided Local Government Fund.

The next City Council meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., in second floor Council chambers at 230 Clinton St.

By David J. Coehrs

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.