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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Council Adopts 2019 Budget

The 2019 budget was approved by City Council on Dec. 11. One significant change for the final reading was the recalculated insurance costs. The city will switch providers, resulting in a savings of more than $400,000 next year.

Ord. 2018-80 authorized bidding for the Charles Street Sanitary Sewer Project. The project entails installing an eight-inch sanitary sewer line and lift station on Charles Street. The estimated cost is $508,440. The project will be paid by funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission as well as a note issued by the city.

Mayor Tom O’Leary said the project will bring about 27 homes currently using old septic tanks onto the city’s sanitary sewer system, as well as allow service for three businesses in the project area. The legislation passed as a first reading.

Various grant applications were authorized:

  • FAA grant for an airport lighting project. $64,442 with a local match of $3,580.
  • MARC grant to purchase radios for the Fire Department. 13 agencies in the county are applying in order to get all emergency responders on the same radio system. $50,000 with no match required.
  • FEMA grant to purchase two power cots for the Fire Department. $88,000 with a local match of $4,190.

Council also approved final readings to contract with the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecutorial services to the city at a cost of $35,000 per year, and to contract with Richland County Public Health for plumbing inspection services.

A final reading was passed to approve recommendations from the Treasury Investment Board. $1.2 million is to be invested in a STAR Ohio account to receive a higher rate of return.

A second reading was passed for an alley vacation located south of Harding Way West, behind the West Side Car Wash.

A first reading for Ord. 2018-81 was passed to amend 2018 appropriations:

  • $199,820 transferred from Fund 103 into the General Fund for reimbursement
  • $240,651 transferred from Fund 104 into the General Fund for reimbursement
  • $12,000 in the Street Fund was appropriated for Capital Outlay and Infrastructure

Council also passed three resolutions for re-appointments to various boards:

  • Dan Brown, Richard Byrom, and Craig Clinger to the Galion Design Review Board through 2019
  • Patty Roston and Eric Gimbel to the Galion Design Review Board through 2020
  • Judy Gibson, Gloria Lust and Rick Maddox to the Harding Way West Design Review Board through 2021
  • Heath Watkins to the Freese Foundation Board of Trustees

City Council's final meeting of 2018 will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

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