During his report, Law Director John Hatcher asked citizens to watch the Ohio Issue 1 Town Hall video on the City website and to consider what Issue 1 would do to Ohio. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
During his report, Law Director John Hatcher asked citizens to watch the Ohio Issue 1 Town Hall video on the City website and to consider what Issue 1 would do to Ohio. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Van Wert City Council met on Monday and covered an array of topics including an ordinance regarding snow removal.

During his report, Fourth Ward Councilman Steve Trittschuh asked the Law Director to prepare an ordinance that would prohibit the pushing of snow onto sidewalks or private property. The issue of snow removal began with a complaint of students who had to walk out into the street because snow was being piled onto sidewalks.

The purposed ordinance would prohibit the deposit of snow in public ways including streets, alleys, and sidewalks, or the private property of another without permission from the Safety Service Director. The ordinance would not apply to individuals depositing snow on their own private property or on the private property of someone who has given them permission to deposit the snow on their property.

The Safety Service Director would give permission to vehicles which are removing snow on behalf of the City.

In other business, City Auditor Martha Balyeat noted that City revenues are as expected so far for the year.

So far, the General Fund has taken in a little over $362,200 more than has been spent for the year. Balyeat noted that tax withholding dollars are up $156,000 from last year.

"That's always a positive sign," said Balyeat. "That's people who are working who are having taxes withheld. We either had the same amount of people working, and they are making a lot more money, or we had a lot more people working. I think it's a little bit of both."

As of the end of September, Balyeat noted that the General Fund is up a little over $215,000 compared to where it was this time last year.

Balyeat told Council that it is time to begin thinking about the 2019 budget. Balyeat also reminded Council that they will need to begin to think about salaries for elected officials prior to the 2020 primary.

During his meeting, Mayor Jerry Mazur asked citizens to educate themselves on Ohio State Issue 1 and to consider voting "no" on the issue. It was noted that a recording of last Monday's Town Hall meeting discussing Issue 1 could be found on the City's website under "Council Meetings" and then by clicking "Watch VW Council Meetings." Citizens can then chose the corresponding meeting. (https://chvid.com/go/dist/view_large.cfm?r=72)

Also during the meeting, Council motioned to accepted a PUD for phase one of The Landings at Dickinson Farms as well as a Plat and read ordinance number 18-08-051 a second time. The ordinance creates a TIF (tax increment financing) incentive for the G4 Partners for that same property which will house a subdivision.

With no further business, Council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues with no action to be taken. The next City Council meeting is set for Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.