By Doug Hampton
A public meeting on a proposed second Tax Increment Financing District was held before the regularly scheduled Wyoming City Council meeting on April 10. Steven Kline, president and CEO of The Economic Development Group, LTD. explained what a TIF district is and what it does. There was discussion regarding the boundary of the proposed project area. The current proposed area is made up of 130 continuous property areas with 28 parcels from the original TIF that was established on October 10, 2005 and is set to expire on December 31, 2028.
Kline reminded those in attendance that they are in the early stages of the study and a public hearing will most likely be held in June.
During the regular meeting, members of the council discussed the replacement of the backhoe and skid steer at length. In the end, the council voted to authorize the trade-in of the 2011 Caterpillar Model 416E backhoe with a trade in value of $48,000 and purchase a 2017 Case 580SNWT with a 2017 Helac Power installed at a cost of $93,900, with the city paying a net of $45,900.
The council also approved trading in the 2013 John Deere 320D Skid Steer with a trade-in value of $22,750 for a 2017 Case SR240 at a cost of $44,250, with the city paying $21,500 on delivery. Both purchases are from Birkey’s Construction Equipment in Bloomington, IL.
Greg McCauley reported that they had found a leak and fixed it which has brought the amount of water running through the plant down, but the total is still high. The council reviewed quotes from M.E. Simpson Co. and American Leak Detection. The council voted to hire American Leak Detection at a cost of $3,000 to check the water system for leaks.
Chief of Police Mark James reported that the department had three arrests, one citation, five assist calls and seven traffic stops. The council discussed the cleanup of various properties around town with James saying some have improved and some still need more work. Mayor Pat Maher indicated he was tired of receiving complaints about properties around the city. The council did praise James on some of the vehicles that have been moved.
The city will have a “Clean Up Day” on May 8. Guidelines for when to put items out, what items will be accepted and other details are available at city hall and will be published in the Prairie Shopper.
City Superintendent Joe Kinsella said that there are new toilets and sinks in the bathrooms at Thomas Park and that the parks have all been rolled. The department has been working on ditches and alleys most recently.
After inspecting the property at 503 W. Elm St. with real estate broker Merle Ice for Wells Fargo, the mayor recommended that the house be taken down and the double lots be auctioned off. City Clerk Judy St. John indicated that the online application for the donation of the property from Wells Fargo to the city has been completed and she is just waiting to be notified what is needed next to complete the donation.
During the meeting, Paula King and Julie Wages, representing the 2017 Stark County After Prom Committee, explained how the money is used to put on the program and indicated that on average, 100 students attend the event. She indicated prices of things have gone up and donations have been down so far this year. The city voted to donate $750 to the group.
A plumber is checking on what would be needed to install a bathroom in the Paramount Theater building. Indications are that there is hope to hold some events in the theater this summer.
Denny Rewerts, the city Economic Development Advisor, said he will be contacting the senior living organization to see about getting that project back on track again.
Alderwomen Rosemary Knowles and Kathy Hardy were absent from this month’s meeting.
By Doug Hampton