By David J. Coehrs
Expositor Features Editor
During a brief session held Monday, Wauseon City Council voted to support an attempt to procure revitalization grant money for downtown business owners, and to update the city’s mutual aid agreement with Fulton County law enforcement agencies.
Regional Planning Director David Wright told council members he will spearhead an application for a set-aside downtown revitalization grant under the Community Development Block Grant Allocation Grant. The highly-competitive grant has a ceiling of $300,000.
Wright said he will distribute participation surveys to local businesses in the target area. The focus will be on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A downtown revitalization grant would be separate from the $100,000 CDBG-based grant already allocated to Fulton County. An attempt last year for a downtown revitalization grant was denied.
“It’s highly-competitive, so I can’t guarantee its approval,” Wright said of his current efforts.
Council members also approved a recommendation by the city’s Safety and Code Committee to update an existing mutual aid agreement between Wauseon and several Fulton County villages. The agreement provides jurisdiction between involved police agencies, allowing communities to provide assistance to one another when requested.
The agreement has been active since the 1970s, and is occasionally updated to reflect possible changes. The last update occurred in 2003.
Legislation for a current agreement will be drafted and presented to the council.
Police Chief Keith Torbet informed council members that the department will host a two-day canine training session May 5-6. Law enforcement agencies from throughout Ohio will participate.
The police department will also hold the annual Youth Police Academy for teenagers age 14-18 from June 9-13, 8 a.m. to noon daily. A maximum 15 participants are accepted. A date for the annual Citizens Police Academy has not been set.
In other business, the council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Doug Shaw to accept the conveyance of 4.091 acres within the Arrowhead Trail subdivision to the city by Brenner Properties LLP. The property contains a storm water detention facility for the subdivision.
The water detention facility is on a portion of the subdivision’s undeveloped property which is being sold. Public Service Director Dennis Richardson said previously the facility was never formally deeded to the city by Roger Brenner, the subdivision’s developer.
The city will not incur cost for the deed. It has been maintaining the water detention facility since it increased in size in proportion to the subdivision.
Council members also accepted a recommendation that requires all of the city’s heating, plumbing, and electrical companies to have a state license. State-licensed contractors must have insurance and pursue continuing education.
Code Administrator Tom Hall said the requirement will create a level playing field among city contractors. An ordinance will be drafted, and must pass three readings by the city council.
And Tree Commission member Rick Frey announced that the City of Wauseon has been designated a Tree City USA for the 21st consecutive year.
Fire Chief Rick Sluder reminded citizens to be vigilant when following open burning laws. No open burning is permitted within the city limits, and no burning should take place less than 25 feet from a structure.