Wauseon Officially Designates Development District | Local News

WAUSEON – With the recent passing of an ordinance, the City of Wauseon is one step closer to a new development on Seneca Drive.

On Monday evening, the Wauseon City Council heard the third and final reading of the ordinance designating the Seneca Drive Incentive District as a new development area. There are a total of 19 lots available for development according to information obtained from Keith Torbet, Director of Public Works for the city.

According to Torbet, “Now that everything is over, the developer now has the ‘green light’ for construction.” Speaking about the construction time, Torbet said, “The developer is currently in the design phase. Once this is completed, the infrastructure and road plans can go to the EPA. He said the wait time with the Ohio EPA was variable and could be a short or a long period of time depending on many variables.

Additionally, Torbet added, “Once the EPA approves the plans, construction on one or two of the proposed builds will begin 4-6 weeks later.” He also said that the plan calls for a few builds every six months and that other builders may want to join the development.

“We hope to start construction in the fall of 2022 with a possible completion by winter/spring 2022-23,” said Torbet.

Asked about the possibility of other opportunities like this in the city, Torbet said he had been contacted by other developers but “no one has made any official plans. There is interest in the area for development and this ordinance is a good way to help the developer up front and the city and schools in the long run.

Mayor Kathy Huner summarized her 2021 annual report and said many COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted, saying, “The city is slowly returning to the pre-COVID era.”

Among other highlights of his report, Huner highlighted the first residential TIF project and improvements are underway in the city in the form of infrastructure, sidewalks and roads.

In other news, the advice:

• Heard CFO Jamie Giguère’s report that income tax revenues are up 6.7% from 2021 and people are using the online platform to file their returns.

• Accepted new Council Clerk Adrienne Baumgartner whose term began March 7 and ends January 31, 2024. Mayor Huner was sworn in.

• approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to advertise and accept bids for the reconstruction of South Brunell. The resolution bent the rules by declaring it an emergency.

• approved at second reading a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with Dillin Control Systems for engineering services.

• Approved the final reading of the resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General for the collection of overdue taxes.

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