Mayor Jerry Mazur (right) thanks Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming and others who helped assist the City of Celina after an EF3 tornado hit their city in May. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Mayor Jerry Mazur (right) thanks Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming and others who helped assist the City of Celina after an EF3 tornado hit their city in May. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Van Wert City Council covered a variety of topics during Monday’s regular meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Jerry Mazur read a resolution from the City of Celina expression gratitude to the City of Van Wert for its help in clean up after an EF3 hit Celina on May 27, 2019. Mazur thanked Celina for the resolution.

“I’d also like to thank Jay (Fleming) for being proactive in calling Celina and offering our services,” said Mazur. Four men, two trucks, and a backhoe were sent to Celina from the City of Van Wert to assist in clean up.

During his report, Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming noted that the Jefferson Street bridge project will be pushed back to May 26, 2020, because of delays that would cause interference with school busing.

Fleming also asked that an ordinance be updated regarding park hours. The ordinance was asked to be prepared and will be updated to include Franklin Park and to exclude Memorial Park, which is now the property of the American Legion. The ordinance will set all park hours across the city to be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Auditor Martha Balyeat gave an update on City finances and noted that there are $12.8 million across all funds. She said that the City has spent around $3.3 million in the General Fund and the City has taken in $3.4 million in the General Fund. The City is $57,000 ahead of where they were last year at this time in the General Fund.

Balyeat noted that according to her 20-year average for income taxes, the City looks to be on track now, despite there being a large difference in taxes taken in earlier in the year.

“I was a little concerned in earlier months that we weren’t even going to make our projection because we were lagging, but I’m fairly confident we will at least make our projection,” said Balyeat. “Whether we will make much beyond that, I don’t know.”

During his Health, Service, and Safety report, Councilman-At-Large Bill Marshall gave an update on code violations stating that there have been 20 new violations since the last meeting, but that he has seen improvement in residents resolving the violations.

He reminded people to not leave furniture including couches and mattresses on the curb.

The City is continuing to look at using building inspections services from Miami County and is expected to make a decision during the next Council meeting.

Also during the meeting, Councilman-At-Large Warren Straley said he will present a plan to Council for a city-wide cleanup day during the next meeting.

With no further business, Council went into executive session regarding a discussion on property with no action taken. The meeting was then adjourned.

The next City Council meeting is set for July 22 at 6:30 p.m.