Several businesses were honored by Downtown Eaton, Inc., during a Monday, April 21, Eaton City Council meeting.
DEI President Kathy Willis presented awards to the businesses with the “best in development and design,” which met the characteristics of preserving the downtown’s historic character, continued economic vitality, generation of pride in the downtown area, and improving the streetscape.
Businesses honored included: Remagen, Inc., Preble County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Gade’s Restoration, and Jill & John Hittle.
Willis also announced, DEI will be donating $100 to a group of Eaton High School students’ movement to purchase an Ohio Historic Registry plaque for Gade’s.
Mayor Gary Wagner congratulated the business owners, and thanked DEI.
“The group is small, but they get a lot done,” he said.
In other business:
*Council held the first reading of an ordinance to amend a chapter in the codified ordinance dealing with “chronic nuisance property reduction.” The amendment changes notification requirements and citations for larger multi-resident complexes, to “even out the playing field,” according to officials.
*Council also authorized City Manager Brad Collins to enter into a contract with Chris Wojno LLC for continued management of the city’s Community Housing Improvement grant funds, and approved the annual rock salt bid, with Cargill Incorporated Deicing Technology.
Cargill has been the lowest bidder for the last five years, according to Collins. The city will pay $79.64 per ton for the deicer for the 2014/2015 operating year.
*Collins reported on the death long-time Eaton Police Chaplain Wes Brubaker. Brubaker served as the EPD chaplain for approximately 10 years.
“He will be missed,” Police Chief Chad DePew said.
*Collins noted the new Kettering Emergency Room facility should open in Spring 2015.