UNION — City Council passed a resolution Monday evening to submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission’s state capital improvement and local transportation improvement programs.
“I had lunch with Englewood City Manager Eric Smith last week and he happened to mention the resurfacing of State Route 48,” said John Applegate, city manager.
Union Council passed legislation several months ago to approve resurfacing of 48 within the city limits.
“He brought up that we ought to submit a joint application through Issue II to see if we could get funding to cover our 20 percent share of the project, which for us would amount to about $80,000,” Applegate stated. “I contacted the City of Clayton and they have agreed to file a joint application, so the three cities are going to be submitting a joint application. Englewood will be the lead agency and will prepare the application to be submitted to the Issue II funding request.”
In other business, the city renewed its trash collection contract with Rumpke Waste Inc. for one year at the current rate. The contract period is Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.
Council also passed a motion to accept the 2017 asking budget.
“Council, as you are aware we have prepared an asking budget for 2017. This measure is not required but we still go through the motion of reviewing the revenues and expenses so we know where we stand during the middle of the year,” Applegate said. “We’ve held several meetings to review the budget and at this time we would like to have a motion to accept the asking budget.”
Budget Committee member Robin Perkins said she felt everything within the asking budget seemed to be in order. Mayor Michael O’Callaghan said he had no questions.
“We went over the budget and we all seem to be in agreement,” he said.
Longtime Councilman John Bruns pointed out that the city faces the same dilemma as other area cities when it comes to funding road projects.
“I think the one thing we all saw when we went through the budget, just as other cities in the area, we have problems with our street maintenance… the upkeep,” Bruns noted. “I’m reading a lot in various newspapers that everybody is saying, ‘we ain’t got the money to do it and we need to do something to get the money to do it.’ We are no different. This budget is very tight and I think by the time we come to the end of the year it will probably be tighter. So, we may have to do some hard looking at things when we get to the end of the year. Having said that, myself, along with Robin (Perkins) John (Applegate) and Denise (Winemiller) going over the budget and what we have to go on right now is the best we can do. I would recommend, and I think the rest of the budget committee recommends that we do go ahead and pass this.”
Bruns made a motion that the asking budget be accepted as presented. Council passed the motion unanimously.