NAPOLEON — A $439,838 contract to complete street improvements on East and West Graceway Drive was awarded to Toledo-based Geddis Paving and Excavating Inc. during a Monday night meeting of the Napoleon City Council.

Council members heard at their last meeting that Geddis’ bid was the lowest of six the city received for the project, which includes replacement of the concrete curb and a portion of the drive approaches, replacing storm water inlet structures, installing chimney seals in sanitary manholes and milling and resurfacing the street.

City manager Joel Mazur said they did honor a request — made at council’s last meeting by Councilman Jeff Comadoll — to research the company before awarding the contract, as the city hasn’t contracted with Geddis before.

“They did follow and comply with all bidding requirements, and got good reviews from their references,” Mazur said.

The engineer’s estimate for the project, which was not included in the city’s master bid ordinance at the start of the year, was $465,000.

Council opted to pass the resolution on first reading only; Mazur said council could vote for final passage at its next meeting, which would give new city finance director Kent Seemann time to acquaint himself with the city budget.

Also Monday, council approved a memorandum of understanding with Napoleon Area City Schools to establish a School Resource Officer in the district.

Per the memorandum, the SRO would work Monday through Friday in the school district, up to 190 days per year while school is in session. The city will furnish a vehicle, duty weapon, laptop, portable radio, ammunition and range time, while the school would compensate the city for uniforms, vehicle graphics, ballistic vests and various training courses.

The school board must also pass the memorandum, and is scheduled to consider it at the June meeting.

Council also passed a resolution authorizing Mazur, with assistance from the Maumee Valley Planning Organization, to seek a Transportation Improvement District grant to pay for engineering of a road project on American Drive, from Industrial Drive to Oakwood Avenue.

The city can apply for up to $250,000 to pay for engineering of the estimated $2.5 million project, Mazur said, adding funds are also being sought from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Division of Jobs and Commerce and JobsOhio.

If the funds are awarded, design will begin this year, and construction may get underway in 2020.

Council also learned Monday that three new donations have brought the total raised for a new K9 unit to $17,250 of a $20,000 goal.

Monday marked the first full council meeting for Seemann, who said he’s already participated in a number of one-on-one meetings with department heads and staff.

“Those have gone extremely well; I appreciate everyone for making me feel comfortable,” Seemann said. “Thus far, it’s just kind of getting in, digging in and getting my bearings.”

In other business, council:

• accepted a $67,899 technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court to the Napoleon Municipal Court, to be used for software upgrades. No matching funds are required.

• passed on second reading a resolution adding a $50 surcharge to employees’ health insurance premiums if they or their spouse (if on the city plan) do not receive a physical.

The resolution passed 6-1, with Councilman Travis Sheaffer opposed.

• directed law director Billy Harmon to draft two pieces of legislation needed to add an adjunct fire instructor and an adjunct EMS instructor to the fire department. Napoleon Fire Chief Clayton O’Brien proposed they are paid $20 per hour, noting the department’s fee schedule is $35/hour for an assistant instructor and $50/hour for a lead instructor.

• heard from Mayor Jason Maassel that the second round of interviews of potential candidates for the position of Henry County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) executive director will take place this week.

• heard that the Buckeye Trail Association will designate Napoleon a “Trail Town” during a special event May 16 at 4 p.m. at Ritter Park, 1130 W. Riverview Ave.

• heard Comadoll ask about the future of the Brick N’ Brew Pub building, 631 N. Perry St., which burned in a fire last September — the second blaze there in as many years. Mazur said he’d contact the building owner, but also said the city could act only if there was a code violation at the property.

• heard from Maassel that a resident expressed concerns about stray cats in the city. Harmon said the issue is “worth looking into” and added he plans to research possible solutions.

• approved a $65,000 radio loan agreement with Henry County. Mazur said 10-year, zero-interest loans were given to pay for radio upgrades in Henry County communities. Legislation passed Monday will expend those funds.

• met in executive session to discuss security matters, matters to remain confidential due to the competitive nature of utility and economic development. No action followed.

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