Hall asks council to approve light plant expenditures

Hall asks council to approve light plant expenditures

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At the Dec. 20 meeting of Dover City Council, assistant superintendent for the Dover light plant Jason Hall asked four requests be drawn up as emergency ordinances and assigned to committee.

The four emergency ordinances were related to the light plant’s annual spring shut-down and were for authorization of funds to do the following:

—Allow work to be performed by IMC during testing at a cost not to exceed $250,000.

—Test and demonstrate compliance with environmental standards.

—Bring on an ASME R stamp-certified welder during the shut-down and for the remainder of the year at a cost not to exceed $200,000.

—Sole-source service and parts from Babcock and Wilcox (the boiler manufacturer), Sulzer Turbo Services and Detroit Stoker without formal bidding at a cost not to exceed $350,000.

Council President Shane Gunnoe assigned all requests to the committee of the whole.

$42,000 raised for veterans monument

Councilman Greg Bair said $42,000 in donations came in over this past weekend. He attributed the influx of donations to the press coverage the project has received. He said there is now enough money to not only build the monument, but also do professional landscaping and add two granite benches and a flagpole. Bair said no further funds are needed.

Reports to council

Mayor Richard Homrighausen reminded the public that municipal offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 in observance of Christmas and Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year's Day. He also said the Dover city compost collection site will close for the season on Thursday, Dec. 23 with plans to reopen around April 1.

Service director Dave Douglas reported on two bid openings. The first was for new sidewalks on Seventh Street and Betscher Avenue as part of the city’s Safe Route to School project. The low bidder was Tucson Inc. at $119,202. The project is 100% funded by grants.

The second bid opening was for phase two of the Dover Signals project. The low bidder was Shelley Company at $1,831,625. This project is 95% funded by grants.

Law director Douglas O’Meara requested committee assignment for an emergency resolution regarding the new development being built on Ohio Avenue. The resolution would accept the grant of a right-of-way from Dover Township trustees to the city of Dover in the area of 28th Street, Cross Street, Ohio Avenue and County Road 80. O’Meara said the right-of-way is necessary for the development of storm water sewers and will allow access to utilities while work is being conducted. Gunnoe assigned the resolution to the service committee.

Farewells to Maurer

Council members bid a fond farewell to councilman Don Maurer, who served on city council for 16 years — four-consecutive four-year terms. Maurer was edged out of his seat in the November election by Gina Space.

Each council member took a moment to thank Maurer for his dedication to serving the city, his guidance and his leadership.

In response, Maurer said, “It was certainly a two-way street. I’ve been on council for a while. I’ve had different combinations of council members, but this group is very special to me. I want you to know that it was an honor to work with you, and I thank you.”

In comments after the meeting, Maurer said, “I was proud to serve the citizens, and I thank the citizens for allowing me to serve on council.”

Legislation

Council passed the following emergency ordinances:

—Allow the city to enter into a housing revolving loan fund administration agreement with the State of Ohio. The agreement enables the city to apply for and receive Community Development Block Grant funds from 2022-26.

—Supplemental appropriations.

—Bid out and enter into contracts for labor, materials, supplies and equipment for the general services and electric field departments for 2022.

Council moved into executive session as requested by O’Meara to discuss pending litigation.