By jeanne starmack
The city is planning to install new playground equipment at Roosevelt Park, thanks in part to a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The city learned last month that the department was awarding an $8,000 grant it had applied for a year ago, said Mayor Bill VanSuch.
“It took almost a year to find out,” he said.
The city will match another $8,000 for what will mostly be equipment designed for toddlers, VanSuch said.
VanSuch said the equipment will be installed in the spring. He said the city does not know yet where in the park it will be.
The city does still have some older equipment throughout the park, including swing sets.
“I used to swing on those swings,” VanSuch said.
The city also learned Monday that it collected $30,875 in a tax-subpoena program in September, said the city’s finance director, Mike Evanson.
Evanson said the Regional Income Tax Agency identified $69,725 in tax liabilities from people who did not file their income taxes.
They were subpoenaed and could arrange to pay their taxes during three days in September at the city building.
If they paid in full, they could avoid interest and penalties.
The city also collected $20,000 in a tax-amnesty program that lasted all of November, Evanson said.
The amnesty program allowed people who had filed their taxes, but hadn’t paid them, to pay in full without interest or penalties.