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Message from the City Manager

Posted on: May 10, 2022

City Manager's Remarks 5/10/2022


A big shout out to Christian Allen, Senior Coordinator, for presenting the Annual Mother’s Day program at the Rec Center this past Thursday. Everyone who attended had a great time and the food was delicious! Thank you to all who helped and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmothers, and anyone who helps to raise children and touch their lives in a positive way.


I am working with Lily Laurila of the Parks and Rec Department on ideas of a new city seal. As some of you may know the logo that we use, A Small Town with a Big Heart, is copyrighted to the Rittman Chamber, however I did get permission from the Chamber to incorporate it into a new seal. I also reached out to Morton Salt to see if we could incorporate Morton Salt’s logo and they sent over all of the renditions used over the years.  Thank you to Morton and the Chamber for allowing us to use their copyrighted logos into a seal for the city. When we have some ideas put together, I will share them with Council for your input.


As a member of the Wayne County Reutilization Corporation, I attended a three-day Ohio Land Banks Conference in Cleveland along with Wayne County Commissioner Sue Smail and Wayne County Treasurer, Melissa Koch who also serve on the WCRU. It was a very valuable conference and a great networking opportunity to share land bank information.


A big shout-out to our Rittman Chamber for sponsoring this event that was held on Wednesday, April 27th. Congratulations to all of the award winners and nominees. I presented the Community Improvement Award to Wilging Construction who continues to donate and volunteer to our community, whenever the need arises. Wilging brought lunch to City Hall last week as a way of, yet again, giving back and thanking our staff for the good work they do day in and day out. Thank you, Bryce, Bob and the Wilging staff for your dedication to Rittman and to all of our Rittman businesses for all they do to help make Rittman to be a great place to live and work!


The long-awaited transfer of 10 acres on Route 57 of the Morton Salt property, is complete. With this acquisition, Haynes Construction can now put in the driveway into the William J. Robertson Nature Preserve. As many of you know, the CSX Railroad will soon no longer allow access across the tracks at Salt Street into the property and this was the best and safest solution for our residents and visitors to access the southside of the Nature Preserve.


In front of you for your consideration is Res. 8295 so that the city can enter into an agreement with the Ohio EPA to obtain a loan for the work that will begin for the upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. I respectfully ask Council for your consideration of adopting this resolution this evening so that the process can be started with the Ohio EPA.


Thank you to Rittman Elementary School Principal Dr. Shawna DeVoe and rock star organizer of Reading Under the Lights, 2nd grade teacher Erin Kyanko for putting on another great day of reading for the elementary students. The city was represented this year by myself, Donna Robertson, Officer Brian Covil, Police Chief Bob Shows, Fire Chief Don Sweigert, Firemedic Casey Huff, Captain Jeromy Straub and Firemedic Austin Covey. The students were so well behaved and truly enjoyed the program.


Clean-up Rittman day- Saturday, May 14th from 9-noon; Nature Preserve ribbon cutting-June 4th at 11 AM

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