BY BRIAN HAYTCHER

bhaytcher@starbeacon.com

CONNEAUT — Meetings have taken place between city officials and business owners on how to improve the city’s harbor area.

City Manager Jim Hockaday said a number of new businesses have been going into the harbor area.

“A lot of good things, a lot of positive things for new business owners and new businesses, and we’re all very excited about it,” he said.

There are issues in the area, though, including parking, dumpsters, street lighting and sidewalks, Hockaday said.

He said meetings with business owners happened in the fall and another took place recently with a number of businesses and other entities represented.

Another meeting is scheduled in the coming weeks to discuss additional issues, Hockaday said.

The city, in conjunction with others, is trying to develop an idea for what the harbor should look like, he said. Hockaday said he would like to develop a plan for a path forward for the harbor, including how to pay for improvements. 

“We have to have kind of a planned and concerted effort, for what are our biggest priorities,” Hockaday said. “What do we need now, what can we do two years from now, what can we deal with five years from now, and that’s ultimately where we want to get.”

Improvements will require buy-in from business owners, Hockaday said.

In other business:

• Council discussed the price of a lot in the city’s East Side Industrial Park. Cashen, a concrete company, currently leases a lot in the industrial park. At its last meeting, council approved a resolution allowing the city manager to negotiate for the sale of the parcel.

Cashen offered $50,000 to purchase the property, Hockaday said. The price is in line with the appraised value of the property.

• Bids for the Route 20 water line project were scheduled to be opened on Tuesday, Hockaday said. His goal was to be able to award the project at the next meeting.

The Chestnut Street phase three bid opening has been delayed by one week in order to provide extra time after answering some questions, he said.

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