The Washington City Council passed a total of 9 pieces of legislation Wednesday night.
The Washington City Council passed a total of 9 pieces of legislation & untabled a previous piece of city business as the council met Wednesday night.
Before the legislation action, City Manager Joe Denen in his report to council reported that work on the rail road crossing on Court Street was progressing well. In fact the street is scheduled to reopen by late Friday but may be open as early as today (Thursday) if there is no last minute delays.
Denen reported that City of Washington Court House was one of only 2 cities (Silverton-near Cincinnati was the other) that was awarded a clean audit award by the state of Ohio.
Residents also were encouraged to exercise caution as schools will be starting up soon. Motorists especially when they drive in the morning & afternoon hours at primary school locations & bus stops should use great caution watching for children as well as allow clear distance from buses & transportation school vehicles when following them in traffic.
In the legislation part of the 28 minute council meeting, the tabled ordinance (R10-2012) dealt with establishing a building maintenance code for the Downtown Historical Business District. It was tabled last month after it was discussed that there should be some input with concerned business owners about some of the codes. Those meetings were held & after some minor changes were recommended, the council on Wednesday night voted to untable the ordinance & send it back to committee. After the changes the ordinance will be brought back to the council for action.
Two Ordinances passed that gave City Manager Joe Denen authorization to enter into a private contract & have public nuisance buildings located on properties at 721 Peabody Avenue & 1217 South Hinde Street abated. The ordinance also allows Denen to collect the cost of the work from the owners of those properties.
Resolutions passed & adopted on 2nd reading included confirmation of the following reappointments:
Tim Mitchell to District 15 Public Works Integrating Committee for a term expiring Sept.30th,2015
David Fish to the Board of Zoning Appeals for City of Washington CH through July 27th, 2015
Scott Dallmayer to the Historic District Review Board for City of Washington CH for a term concluding September 1st, 2015
Also reappointments to the Revolving Loan Fund Committee of the City of Washington CH of Eddie Fisher, James Evans & Mikki Hunter-Smith were approved with all three serving terms all going through August 1st, 2016.
Also Margaret Hall term to the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees through December 31st, 2015 was adopted.
Two new pieces of legislation received first reading:
Ordinance 10-2012 will adopt the Ohio Senate Bill 321 which will increase the number of trustees from 6 to 7 on Library Board of Trustees across the state.
Resolution R26-2012 will allow City Manager Joe Denen to enter into a lease agreement for rental space with Randstad Company who recently purchased the Spherion Company. Spherion for many years rented office space at city owned property at 115 North Main Street. The resolution if passed after next reading will allow the city to enter into a new lease agreement with Randstad.