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At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting of February 10, 2020, Terry Parker, Chairman of the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board, explained they have created a subcommittee to the Parks Board. The subcommittee consists of himself and Dennis Brudney from the Parks Board.

At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting of February 10, 2020, Mayor Forthofer provided a power point presentation to Council on the plans of the Fulper Lot. He explained eight months ago they had discussion about the city-owned property at the corner of Liberty and Grand. Some suggested they should turn this area into a parking lot.

Ohio Edison will be conducting inspections of area power lines and structures this week in Lorain County, weather permitting, according to Mayor Forthofer. “For efficiency, they are using a small helicopter,” stated the mayor. “It will hover and circle around the area.” “Don't call us. Its not from the U.N. or a secret government monitoring bureau,” joked the mayor.

Mayor Forthofer has proposed a plan to Vermilion City Council to convert the vacant lot at Liberty and Grand Streets downtown Vermilion into a paved parking lot. According to the mayor, it will have a community area along Liberty for 3rd Thursdays, parade viewing, etc. It will also provide a path from Liberty to the large parking lot along the tracks in back.

At the Utilities Committee Meeting of February 10, 2020 Chairman Frank Loucka conveyed that late last year the mayor gave a presentation regarding the condition of the City’s 6,350 water meters that serve residential and commercial customers. He noted that $432,000/year in unbilled water is the estimated loss due to old meters.

At the Health & Safety Committee Meeting Of February 10, 2020, Chairman Brian Holmes congratulated Police Chief Hartung and Sergeant Holmes on completing 14 months of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program (CLEE). He said this is awesome for the city and thanked them both for completing this program.

At the Health & Safety Committee Meeting Of February 10, 2020, Fire Chief Stempowski reported the department responded to 15 incidents in January. He recently put on the classroom portion of the Emergency Vehicle Drivers Training that is required by all firefighters for the big red trucks every year.

The City of Vermilion Police Department (VPD) is warning Vermilion residents that once again there is a rise in vehicle entry thefts throughout the City. These thefts are occurring in the middle of the night in various neighborhoods, most recently VOL and the Indian Ridge Estates neighborhood, over the last few nights. The Police Department is aware of a video circulating on Facebook.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020 Mayor Forthofer addressed comments to Council from the December 2, 2019 meeting by Mr. and Mrs. Winningham. “Mr. & Mrs. Winningham, owners of Lucky Duck Sweepstakes Café, met with the Service Director, Building Inspector and me as planned on December 4th,” stated the mayor.

The City of Vermilion Police Department announces Chief Hartung and Sgt. Holmes have graduated from the 24th class of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program through the Law Enforcement Foundation and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. CLEE is a 14 month program with in service days at the State Highway Patrol Academy for executive development.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020 Mayor Forthofer reported that the Administration and the Parks Board is working with Western Reserve Land Conservancy to source funding necessary to start work on the Main Street Beach Development Project. “This is a project that has been nine years in the making and has included the dedicated hours of many citizens including Councilman Loucka,” stated the mayor.

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020 Mayor Forthofer reported that another East Liberty Avenue Corridor cleanup is occurring. Kevin Boggs, owner of George's Roofing, has purchased the property at 2350 Liberty. “That is 1.47 acres on the north side of Liberty between Hellen & Kishman Streets,” stated the mayor.