Rossford studies budget for 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:33
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ROSSFORD - Finance Director Karen Freeman said the 2014 city budget will include $1 million in spending on road repairs.
City Council gave the budget its first reading Tuesday.
Freeman said the $8 million budget also calls for the hiring of an additional public works employee and a new police officer, as well as the purchase of two vehicles - one new and one used - for the public works department.
After the meeting, City Administrator Ed Ciecka said the money for roads was coming from the city's cash reserve. City officials have now decided this was the time to spend some of that money.
Council also approved pay increases for the city's top administrators. Ciecka said the raises were in the neighborhood of 3 percent, in line with what unionized employees have received. The raises are retroactive to July 8, except those for the newly hired assistant parks and recreation director.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon said that the salaries are the same or lower than neighboring municipalities.
After council approved the raises, MacKinnon quipped: "Obviously they're more popular than myself and council," a reference to the failure to two charter amendments that would have raised the salaries of the top elected city officials.
Council also approved emergency spending related to a recent duplex fire on Glenwood Road.
Council approved spending $20,720 to cover the emergency demolition of the building at 416 Glenwood Road, which was destroyed in the Nov. 4 blaze.
Ciecka said the building was so unsafe it had to be torn down immediately. Ground Level Inc. was hired to do the job.
Also, the expenditure of $3,655 was approved to replace Fire Department hoses and a ladder destroyed and foam used in fighting the fire.
Ciecka said some of these expenses would be covered by the city's or the property owner's insurance.
Council also gave its approval to an agreement with Siren Rossford, LLC, the developer of a Camping World facility near Bass Pro.
The agreement would give the company access to $75,000 from the Tax Incremental Financing fund in order to put storm and sanitary sewer and water lines to serve Camping World.
That money will then go back into the fund through taxes paid by the project.
 

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