Paul Zawodny

Paul Zawodny

A Bryan police officer with more than four decades of service is set to retire next month.

Bryan City Council approved the retirement of patrolman Paul Zawodny, effective June 12, during council’s regular meeting on Monday.

According to the police department’s website, Zawodny was hired April 16, 1979. He was currently serving as the department’s community relations officer.

During the council meeting, held via video conference to accommodate social distancing recommendations, Police Chief Chris Chapa said Zawodny might be the longest-tenured officer in the department’s history.

“He’s had quite a career with us here at the City of Bryan,” Chapa said.

Council members collectively wished Zawodny the best in his retirement.

Separately, council approved legislation extending payment of refuse and wastewater monthly bills rendered between March 16 and June 20 for those experiencing financial hardship amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city will waive late payment penalties for bills rendered between April 20 and July 19.

City Clerk-Treasurer Laura Rode estimated 10-15 percent of Bryan residents are struggling to make payments. She said that amount is better than what was initially anticipated, perhaps thanks to government stimulus checks. She also reiterated that customers are not free from eventually paying their past due bills.

In other action, council:

• Authorized a $592,954.70 contract with Gerken Paving, based in Napoleon, for the 2020 asphalt program, and a $100,452.50 contract with Zimmerman Paint Contractors, based in Fremont, Ohio, for the 2020 pavement marking program. City Engineer Brian Wieland said the city’s 1 1/2 percent income tax fund has a healthy balance so he feels comfortable awarding the bids, even amid some economic uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wieland said Gerken was the lone bidder for the asphalt project, which this year will mostly focus on the west side of town. He had estimated that project’s cost at about $657,000. Zimmerman was one of two companies to bid on the pavement marking project, with both bids coming in higher than his approximately $95,000 estimate.

• Approved the city’s participation in the 2020 Maumee Valley North Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Consortium, a housing partnership between the city and Williams County through which entities can apply for state CHIP funding. The partnership was previously approved by the Williams County Commissioners.

• Heard from interim Williams County Sheriff Gary Mohre, who called in to thank the city for its cooperation during his few months on the job.

• Approved the promotions of wastewater department employee Geoff Warner, from class 1 operator to class 2 operator, and John Rathke, from police patrol officer to patrol sergeant.

• Approved the resignation of part-time police dispatcher Jordyn Waters, effective May 11

The meeting concluded following a closed, executive session to discuss appointment of personnel and acquisition of property, with no action reported upon returning the regular open session.

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