City Council approved the 2018 residential paving program during its April 24 meeting. Ord. 2018-24 authorized bidding for the program. Council member Tammy Siclair-Erlsten said the Service Department gave the Streets and Bridges Committee a list of the worst streets and the committee then narrowed the most heavily traveled streets.
This year’s streets to receive paving are:
Mayor Tom O’Leary noted the city is bidding the paving program earlier this year instead of doing paving in the fall. The total cost is not to exceed $250,000. Council passed the legislation as a final reading.
Council also passed two ordinances to put a Job Creation Tax Credit in place. Ord. 2018-23 established local guidelines for offering the credit. It will be an available incentive to any business that creates new jobs, based on the additional income tax.
0-50 jobs – up to 50% credit
50 or more jobs – up to 100% credit
Maximum term for the credit is ten years.
Erlsten was concerned that allowing a credit up to 100% was too high and suggested capping the maximum percentage. O’Leary clarified that any project receiving 100% credit would have a shorter term.
The issue of adding a clawback provision, or recovery of money that has already been dispersed, to the guidelines was also discussed. Law Director Thomas Palmer explained Section D(2): Termination, does give the city some leverage: “If a company fails to meet 75% of its employment predictions for two consecutive years at any time during the term of the Agreement, City Council may rescind the Agreement and any amounts credited shall be repaid to the City.”
A separate clawback clause can be added to a contract if and when appropriate. Each agreement is negotiated and sent to council for final approval. Both ordinances passed as final readings.
Ord. 2018-25 authorized the application for a 2019 NatureWorks grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The city intends to purchase new playground equipment, in a location to be determined. The grant will be combined with money from the recreation income tax, and funds from the Freese Foundation if necessary.
The legislation was passed as a first reading.
Laws and Ordinances - May 1
Utilities - May 2
Streets, Alleys, Trees and Bridges - May 3
City Council - May 8
Parks - May 9
Economic Development - May 10
Finance - May 16
City Council - May 22
Police, Fire and Health - May 23