Wyoming approves summer road work, gives raises

By Doug Hampton

The Wyoming City Council approved a $50,927.30 Motor Fuel Tax project for this year during their May meeting.  Justin Reese from the Farnsworth Group had provided council members with copies of this year’s plan along with a map of the proposed project areas.  He also provided another map of what has been completed since 2015.  The amount includes $45,997.50 for the cost of the work and $4,929.80 for engineering costs.

The council also discussed sidewalks that are in need of repair in heavy foot traffic areas.  City Superintendent Joe Kinsella said he plans on starting sidewalks in June.  Kinsella reported that they had received three applications for summertime help as of the meeting date.  The council voted to have Kinsella and Mayor Pat Maher review the applications and hire the summertime helpers at a rate of $10 per hour.

 The council reviewed pricing received from Chuck Terwilliger on two new computers for City Hall.  The computers will be used for the Locis and Neptune Software programs and will include the Pro Version of Windows 10.  The cost of the computers would be $826 each with an additional installation fee at a minimum of $100 per machine.  The council voted to proceed with the purchase.

 A letter from Ameren discussing an electric underground easement on the existing electric line on city property as well as a new line to serve the Stark County Fairgrounds was discussed.  The council directed city attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher to review the easement after which an engineer from Ameren will meet with the mayor and do a site visit.  The council voted to authorize the mayor to sign the easement if everything is in proper form.

 Chief of Police Mark James reported that his department had 35 calls, four traffic stops, three assists, three arrests and three ordinance violations.  He told the council that Matt Reinhart is half-way through his police training and is an asset to the department.  The council voted to increase his pay to $14 per hour.

 Stark County Sheriff Steve Sloan addressed the council asking to reserve Thomas Park on Tuesday, August 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.  There will be a National Night Out event held that evening with hot dogs and hamburgers being available.  Policing information will also be available.

 Economic Development Advisor Denny Rewerts updated the council on work being done at the Paramount Theater including upcoming events that will be held.

 Greg McCauley, Water and Treatment plant manager, advised the council that the 1973 John Deere 1530 tractor needs to be replaced.  The tractor is used for mowing, moving sludge and other tasks.  The mayor indicated that the city will start looking for another tractor.

 After a 20-minute executive session, the council reconvened in open session and voted to give all full-time employees a 3% raise.  Officer Alex Ingle and Streets Department employee Jim Kinsella will receive the 3% increase along with another 50 cents per hour.  Part time helper Larry St. John will also receive a 3% increase.  Part time police officers will stay at their current $16 per hour rate.

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