Council discusses streets, salt

Streets and frozen pipes topped the list of topics discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Wapakoneta City Council.

In her report on the Finance Committee’s Jan. 30 meeting, Chairwoman Bonnie Wurst noted that her committee is exploring the possibility of using the permissive tax fund to grind and pave the city’s portion of Glynwood Road when the county does their portion. The cost would be about $65,000. Adding a bike path is also under consideration, with no cost available for that project.

Wurst also reported on the Jan. 23 meeting, at which discussion focused on the need for written testing and verbal assessment for promotions for police and fire personnel. Assessments are made using personal interviews by a contracted team to augment the tests. Councilman Jim Neumeier said he believes the assessments are too subjective. Members Chad Doll and Wurst disagreed. No decision was made on the issue.

Health and Safety Committee Chairman Dan Lee reported that possible snow routes were explored during a tour of the city. The committee decided to collect and evaluate information from other communities regarding their snow-emergency programs before proceeding.

Safety Service Director William Rains reported that salt supplies continue to run low and that the county has cut the city off on beet juice until next week.

“I don’t think there’s any salt available east of the Mississippi,” Rains said.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Feb. 4 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.