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Paving work delayed Rossford’s 2015 street paving program has been delayed several weeks, and now is scheduled to begin the week of July 6.
“This is due to weather,” City Administrator Mike Scott said.
During the first week of street work, he said grinding of all the affected roadways will take place.
Temporary “No parking” signs also will be installed then.
The schedule of streets to be resurfaced is: Indian Valley Court, Riverview Place, Oak Street, Walnut Street, Eagle Point Road (from Dixie to Colony), Hannum Avenue and Windsor Drive (north of Hoffman).
Renewal of city’s 3.5-mill levy headed toward ballot
By Beth Church
A renewal of the city’s 3.5-mill property tax levy seems to be headed before voters on the November 3 ballot.
At a June 22 meeting, Rossford City Council heard the second reading of a resolution to place a 3.5-mill renewal tax on the November ballot.
Council is expected to vote on the resolution at its July 13 meeting.
Finance Director Karen Freeman said the funds are used for capital improvements–with about half funding road improvements.
“It’s been used to keep the fleet of police cars up to date, to purchase software and hardware upgrades and for roofing,” she added.
The five-year levy generates $415,704 annually, according to the Wood County auditor’s office.
City officials will ask voters to renew the levy “because of budget constraints and reduced revenue sharing from the state,” Mrs. Freeman explained.
“Revenues for the city overall are not up. These items, we wouldn’t be able to afford any other way.”
Decreased property values also have impacted the city budget.
The tax value of property in Rossford was $141.3 million in 2010, but is now $122.6 million.
“It’s gone down about 13 percent,” she added.
While the levy is expected to generate $415,704 this year, she noted it raised $442,695 back in 2010.
“The city is trying to find ways to economize and not have to increase it [the levy millage],” Mrs. Freeman said.
In other business, council:
•Expressed their condolences to the family of Kevin Boris, who passed away last week. He was a retired public works employee who had worked 34 years for the city.
“He was a friend to most people in this room,” Mayor MacKinnon said. “He will be deeply missed.”
Council member Eckel agreed, “He was part of the inner workings of the city for a long time.”
•Heard that Tyler Kolb, public works superintendent, recently met with a traffic signal contractor about the red light on the northbound I-75 exit at Buck Road.
Numerous residents have complained about lengthy delays at the red light.
Mr. Kolb said the problem occurs when a vehicle approaches the red light at the longest point in the cycle.
“It appears to be a long time but everything seems to be functioning properly,” he said.
Council members asked if the length of the red-to-green cycle could be changed.
Mr. Kolb explained that it could, but all three traffic lights on Buck are synchronized, so they all would have to be changed.
•Heard from City Administrator Mike Scott that the back in angle parking spaces in the lot for the library and municipal building will be changed in August when new stripes are painted on streets throughout the city.
The back-in parking spaces were added on a trial basis, but city officials have decided not to pursue that parking option for downtown.
•Heard from Councilman Dan Wagner that the new owner of the office building at 1245 Schreier Road already has completed a several improvements to the grounds.
Ultra Care Physical Therapy, owned by Ajay Krishnan, offers licensed professionals in physical, occupational and speech therapy.
The new practice has more than 30 employees and a payroll in excess of $1 million.
“All the work he’s done,” Mr. Wagner noted. “Not only will the city receive the income tax, but he’s also proven to us he’s going to be a great neighbor.”
•Addressed a concern of John Folcek of Hannum Avenue who asked about the status of the restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park.
Ivan Kovacevic, parks and recreation director, said the plumbing was leaking, and it was closed to see if it can be repaired.
•Heard from a resident about on-street parking at the Hoffman, Hawthorn and Jennings intersection.
She believes vehicles parked too close to the stop sign prevent drivers from seeing the full intersection.
Police Chief Glenn Goss said he will look at the intersection, as well as others around town, where on-street parking may block visibility.
•Heard a question about the status of improvements to the school district’s Glenwood athletic complex parking as required by the city planning commission.
When improvements were made to the area several years ago, approval for the site plan included driveway paving, lane markings and stop signs.
“It’s a safety issue with the driveways,” said Bob Densic, a former planning commission member.
Mayor MacKinnon said he would talk to Superintendent Dan Creps about completing the improvements.
•Authorized assessments on property tax bills for the following property owners where the city had to provide lawn mowing services–Stella and Jay Bailey, $110; Joseph P. Olson, $187.50; Eldred C. Puse, trustee, $210; Pamela K. Wittenmyer, $198.75; Choice Ironwood LLC, $75; Joseph M. and Mary M. Kusz, $427.50; Donald D. Wisniewski, $245.
Council also authorized assessments on property tax bills for the following property owners where the city had to provide snow shoveling services– Joseph P. Olson, $163; Donald D. Wisniewski, $163; Krista Wilson, $65; Dorenda C. McDermand, $65; Joshua A. Wise, $65; Randall W. and Gaylynn Hunt, $195; Roger A. and Dorothy B. Riehl, $98; Gregory A. Tremonti, $92; Joseph M. and Mary M. Kusz, $25; G. Douglas Ramsey, $25.
Mr. Scott said the city contracts for the work to be completed, paying an hourly rate, and then bills the residents for the work. The assessments are required when residents do not pay the bills.
Council’s next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, July 13, at the municipal building, 133 Osborn Street, and is open to the public.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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