Bucyrus City Council meets
By Matt Echelberry
BUCYRUS—Bucyrus City Council had a meeting Sept. 4, where funding for several projects was appropriated, including a sewer separation.
Monica Sack, chair of the Economic Development Committee, gave a report of the committee’s Aug. 27 meeting. First, it amended the enterprise zone area within the City of Bucyrus. In 2008, 4.4 acres in Whetstone Township was annexed to the city and now that land is to be added to the enterprise zone, pending legislation approved by the Council.
The committee also discussed a letter the city received recently regarding Senate Bill 321, which changed the governance of Ohio libraries. Under the new law, city councils are now responsible for appointing members to librarys’ board of trustees and the boards must consist of seven members (formerly it was six).
Matthew Ross, director of the Bucyrus Public Library, submitted the letter, which requested that Council appoint a seventh board member. He recommended Sandy Shields because of her experience with bringing computer technology to Bucyrus City Schools. The committee approved Shields as a board member.
Dan Wirebaugh, chair of the Health and Safety Committee, reported on the committee’s Aug. 23 meeting. A request from New Washington to renew the mutual aid agreement with Bucyrus was discussed. The committee decided to accept the agreement and legislation for it is forthcoming.
The committee also discussed an issue that a concerned citizen informed council of at a previous meeting: Missing or non-visible house numbers on homes in the city. Wirebaugh said the issue will continue to be looked into.
Steve Pifer, chair of the Finance Committee, gave his report of the committee’s Aug. 23 meeting. The committee appropriated $10,382 to the Police Department to go toward its K-9 Unit. The Bucyrus Area Community Foundation and Bucyrus Elks Club provided the funds.
For the Charles Street Sewer Separation Project, it established a fund for the project and appropriated money for it that was then put into legislation that came before Council later that evening. $185,000 from the Ohio Public Works Grant went to that fund. It also appropriated: $50,000 for water lines, $150,000 for sewers, $109,000 to storm water utility and $300,000 from the street construction fund.
Also, for the 2012 Mill and Pave Project Finance appropriated $200,000 from the street construction fund. Waste Water Plant Supervisor Terry Spiegel brought a proposed resolution to be sent to the American Water Works Association, which also came before Council.
Finance Committee also held an emergency meeting on Sept. 4, immediately before that evening’s Council meeting. It discussed not limiting the amount of homes that can be demolished using CDBG funds. Pifer said there is $35,200 in the budget for it and that money can only be used for this project.
The mayor had no report that evening. Service-Safety Director Jeff Wagner said the Beal Avenue Project was complete and the road has been reopened. Bids were opened for the Charles St. Project and three were received; specifications will need to be reviewed with OPWC before a contract can be awarded.
Wagner also said the system for online bill pay of city utilities is being updated and the system is currently down. He hopes the system will be back online by the end of the week.
Auditor Joyce Schifer said the revenue statement for Aug. 31 is available for review. She also referred updating the Victim Advocate Program to the Finance Committee.
In legislation, Council passed three ordinances as emergencies. Ord. 27–2012 created a fund for the Charles St. Project and Ord. 28–2012 appropriated money to the fund in the amounts requested by the Finance Committee.
Ord. 29–2012 transferred $3,100 to Materials and Supplies for dues owed to the Crawford County Partnership for Education & Economic Development, as well as increased the balance for Contractual Services by $300.
Two resolutions were also passed: Res. 225‑2012, to be sent to the AWWA to show the city’s support in national funding for improving water infrastructure, and Res. 226‑2012, authorizing the service-safety director to demolish properties in Bucyrus with no limit as to how many vacant or blighted homes could be removed.
Bucyrus City Council’s next meeting is Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.