Mayor Ron Oler is asking Richmond Common Council for $300,000 for parks, downtown parking and community branding.

Oler presented his request during council’s July 1 meeting. The city’s economic development fund received $673,236 from the state’s 2024 supplemental local income tax distribution.

Oler said he’s now asking for only $300,000 because of anticipated expenses later in the year. The money will cover projects not funded in the 2024 budget.

Parks projects impact Glen Miller Park, Elstro Plaza, Highland Lake Golf Course, Clear Creek Park and Cordell Municipal Pool.

After consideration by the council’s finance committee, Oler’s request will return to council for a public hearing and vote.

The city also received a $206,705 supplemental local income tax distribution for Richmond Sanitary District.

Council’s meeting lasted less than 10 minutes because ordinances about stormwater management and vacating an alley south of the former Elder-Beerman that were planned for second reading were delayed.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 10 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.