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Published: Wednesday, 4/27/2005

Maumee: $660,000 tagged for capital projects

BY RACHEL ZINN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The city of Maumee, which has major ongoing capital improvement projects including construction of a police station and a new safety services training facility, has appropriated about $660,000 for other capital projects this year.

Maumee City Council approved the appropriations last week. Officials set aside $180,000 to contribute to the Lucas County wastewater treatment plant expansion and $100,000 for repairs to the Wolcott House.

Other appropriations include $50,000 for computer equipment for the police and fire departments, $40,000 for water and sewer line maintenance, and about $24,000 for upgrades at the Maumee Indoor Theater.

Improvements at the theater will include new speakers, a DVD projector, and renovations on the basement meeting area.

The city's capital budget includes several big ticket items that have not been appropriated, but could receive money later in the year. The city administration requested $4.2 million for an equipment storage building and $1 million for a new fire station.

The city has been planning for years to build a fire station to replace the overcrowded Fire Station No. 1 on East William Street, but officials have been unable to agree on a suitable site. The city commissioned a traffic study this summer for possible station sites. Officials reviewed the results but have not yet chosen a location.

The city is moving forward with building a safety training facility on 22 acres east of Mingo Drive and south of Illinois Avenue. Council awarded $3 million in construction contracts for the project last week.

Construction is continuing at the $8.1 million police station on East Dudley Street near Conant Street. The building is scheduled to be completed over the summer.

Finance Director David Hazard said Maumee is in good financial shape, but city officials are starting to shift their focus from funding construction projects to finding funds to operate the new facilities.

"There's a lot of attention being paid right now to how much it will cost to run these things," Mr. Hazard said. "It's something we need to be more concerned about."



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