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City Council received a report on Tuesday about this year’s city swimming pool and splash park operations. The Heise Park Pool was open June 5 through Aug. 19, but YMCA Executive Director Terry Gribble noted there were several rain outs which reduced the hours it was open. There were 444 hours of operation, compared to 469 hours in 2016 and 366 hours in 2015. The YMCA operates the pool at a rate of $96 per hour, totaling $42,624. The income for the season was $28,388, so the reimbursement owed to the YMCA was $14,236. Gribble also said the security cameras were installed this year were “a huge blessing.”
The Splash Park was open June 6 through Sept. 4, and then reopened Sept. 23-27. “16,400 people visited this year. That’s a tremendous success,” Gribble commented. The Splash Park was open 477 hours at a rate of $12 per hour. A YMCA staff member opened and closed the facility and monitored visitors. A total of $5,724 is owed to the YMCA. “Both facilities were managed well. It’s a great collaboration between the Y and the city,” Gribble said.
In legislation, council authorized an application for a combined loan-grant through the Ohio Public Works Commission. The grant amount is $165,000, with $238,540 in loan funds and a city match of $200,000. Mayor Tom O’Leary explained the proposed project would be the next phase in a storm sewer project done two years ago. The new project would address service lines in the areas of Wood, Pierce, and Riblet streets, and alleviate drainage issues currently affecting residents. Council passed Ord. 2017-59 as a final reading 6-0. Councilman Jim Hedges was absent.
Ord. 2017-61 accepted a safety equipment grant from the Ohio Bureau of Compensation. The grant amount is $8,745 with a local share of $1,749. Fire Chief Phil Jackson said the grant will pay for a gear extractor (similar to a washing machine), and new hoods and gloves that offer firefighters more protection from fire and heat.
Ord. 2017-60 approved several appropriation transfers and reductions:
Res. 2017-14 accepted the annual property tax rates set by the Crawford County Budget Commission. Res. 2017-15 approved a then and now certificate of $8,832 to Underground Utilities. The company did this year’s Portland Way North construction project, and this payment covered a change order for the waterline break incurred during construction.
All items of legislation passed unanimously as final readings.
In the mayor’s report, O’Leary provided updates on three ongoing or upcoming projects: