Spring gives city a jump

Like area homeowners, city crews have taken advantage of the warm weather, but one city administrator does not want to predict they can do any additional projects this summer until the later this spring.

“It has been a extremely busy this spring and we have even been busy this entire winter since it has been extremely light weather,” Mayor Rodney Metz said. “The Electric Department has been able to be out all winter changing transformers to keep up with that project. In the past, we haven’t been able to do that.

“I don’t want to say we are way ahead because all it takes is a lightning storm with a lot of wind and heavy rain to bring down trees and knock a few transformers out this spring and we can lose all the progress we have made,” the mayor said. “I would like to say it has helped, but I would like to wait a little longer before declaring that.”

Area residents can take advantage of the Wapakoneta Composting facility opening for its spring, summer and fall hours today. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

With the early warm temperatures, Safety-Service Director Bill Rains ordered the composting facility open on the past two weekends to help area residents with their lawn and spring yard clean-up.

Residents can purchase composting facility tickets through the drive-thru window or inside at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building. If residents want, they can have the cost of the ticket added to their utility bill, the mayor indicated.

A couple of storms with high winds and lightning caused downed tree limbs in March keeping city crews busy. This was coupled with the failure to collect leaves in some areas of the city last fall because of wet weather and some snow, as well as leaf collection equipment needing to be replaced.

“The residents have really helped in those areas by raking them out to the street again and we have gotten those areas cleaned out,” Metz said. “That was work we didn’t think we would have to do but we caught up and got back on schedule pretty quick.”

Public Works Department crews also have spent the past couple of weeks working on filling potholes on some of the streets and alleys.

“We have been working on potholes for at least a couple of weeks now,” Metz said. “In regard to the parks, I saw a purchase order for the paint needed for the play pool and they may be able to start a little early because the weather has been nice.”

Wapak-oneta City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

Councilors will decide on an ordinance to sell a 1970 Pirsch pumper and an ordinance to proceed with certain improvements for East Benton Street between Water Street and the CSX railroad tracks.

They will hear the second reading of an ordinance to execute a construction agreement for the Safe Routes to School program, an ordinance to advertise for bids and execute a construction contract for statewide surface water improvement funds from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and an ordinance to update its codified ordinances.

They will  hear the first reading of an ordinance establishing a zoning classification for the former Centennial Elementary property now owned by the city.

A Health and Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in council.