Council announces Name That Boat Ramp’ Contest

Posted September 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

by Julie Ann Madden

Akron councilors are asking people to name its new boat ramp, located at the west end of Reed Street.

People may drop off name suggestions in the City Hall drop box.

The deadline to submit a name for this Name That Boat Ramp Contest is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

That evening councilors will choose the Top 3 names, and allow people to vote for the winning name.

In other business at the Sept. 11 council meeting:

• Set Fall Citywide Cleanup Days as Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

• Set the annual Akron Area Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Parade for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The parade will begin at Fourth and Reed Streets. All are invited to don costumes and “parade” down Reed Street to Second Street.

At Akron Jo’s Cafe, Chamber members will offer participants refreshments.

Door-to-door trick-or-treating will be held in both Akron and Westfield following the parade.

Residents giving out treats are asked to put their porch lights on to let trick-or-treaters know who is participating in the Halloween trick-or-treating.

• Unanimously approved a liquor license renewal for the Akron Golf Club Inc. as part of the Consent Agenda motion, which groups several actions together in one motion. In addition to the liquor license renewal, the motion approved the Aug. 28 council meeting minutes, Akron Senior Center Governing Board meeting minutes, the August 2012 Clerk’s Report with revenues and expenditures and the city’s bills.

• Were informed that the Akron Care Center’s generator on its boiler system didn’t start “quite right,” but the problem had been solved.

• Unanimously approved hiring DeWild Grant Reckert engineers to prepare the paperwork for the Second Addition of the Akron Business Park.

Currently, three lots have been platted, said Public Works Director Gary Horton.

Capital Car Wash owns Lots 1 and 2. An empty lot, Lot 3, is south of the first two lots, he said, explaining the would-be owners of the proposed spec building want more space than Lot 3 has so another lot is being platted closer to the hangars.

DGR engineers will lay out the fourth lot, setting the lot pins and work with the attorneys to have it already to go in the event city officials receive a $300,000 grant to construct a spec building.

The engineers’ work would include extension of Progress Avenue and the city’s right-of-way along that roadway.

City officials have also been working to purchase a triangular-shaped lot in the Akron Business Park owned by Jim McLaughlin.

Mayor Harold Higman Jr. informed the council he had been approached by another person interested in purchasing the spec building.

Councilor Chad Ericson made a motion to approve entering into an agreement with DGR Inc. and Councilor Bob Frerichs seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 3-0, as Councilors Barbara Johnson and Sharon Frerichs were absent.

• Unanimously approved Street Finance Report, documenting the 2011-2012 Road Use Tax funds.

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