On the record – Warren
WHAT: City council meeting Wednesday
PRESENT: James Graham, Larry Larson, Al Novak, Greg Greathouse, Mark Forte, Ken MacPherson, Cheryl Saffold, Ron White, Helen Rucker, John Brown and Mayor Doug Franklin
• Heard from resident Pierson Butcher of Hazelwood Avenue SE of problems with raccoons, groundhogs and possums in the area, including an incident on Belvedere Avenue in which a dog was attacked by a raccoon. City health department officials have been contacted and are addressing the problem;
• Approved a 90-day road closure extension for the Auto Parkit facility on Dana Street;
• Approved receiving community development block grant / coronavirus aid from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in addition to the other CARES Act coronavirus funds. A committee meeting to discuss how the funds will be used is set for Oct. 28.
• Heard from Treasurer Tom Letson income tax collections are down seven percent compared to where they were at the same time in 2019. He said officials will see how October ends;
• Heard from Franklin wanting to make sure residents filled out their U.S. census form as it will help the city secure funds for projects and other needs. Franklin said he received information that 98.9 percent of the state is compliant with filling out census response forms and Warren is 84 percent. He said the main concern is the low-income areas of the city are not being heard from and are undercounted;
• Approved advertising for bids for a one-year contract effective Jan. 1 for the management operations and parking enforcement services of the Franklin Street parking deck and various parking facilities in the business district;
• Approved seeking funds through the Economic Development Administration Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance for the Golden Triangle area infrastructure improvement project. Howland trustees also have applied for funds for the project;
• Heard from resident of problem with chickens at a car lot off Wood Street at First Street;
• Entered into an agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for 2020 community grants to assist the city with implementing energy infrastructure measures.