City ordinances need updated

EAST LIVERPOOL – City Council’s finance committee is exploring the feasibility of recodifying its ordinances for the first time in five years.

The committee was addressed Tuesday morning by Michael F. Kelly, president of the The Walter H. Drane Company of Beachwood, who said the overwhelming majority of his clients update their ordinances once a year but the city hasn’t done so since 2009.

“It’s something that needs done and it’s well over-due,” Kelly advised.

He offered a ballpark figure of $8,000, plus an additional $2,400 to place the codified ordinances on the Internet, the same price as he offered five years ago.

Thereafter, Kelly said he “strongly recommends” the city proceed with systematic updates annually or at least every 18 months.

Chairman Sherrie Curtis questioned whether there will be an additional cost if an ordinance is found that was overlooked and needs added, and Kelly said, “No, I’m not here to nickel and dime you. I want a long-term relationship (with the city).”

Currently, the company has the ordinances of 260 different municipalities on its website, and there would be no additional charge for the city’s to be added.

Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell said that, day to day, “this is an important tool for all of us.”

Police Chief John Lane agreed it would be helpful to have the ordinances online at their disposal.

Curtis said she will check with the auditor’s office in regard to available funding and the issue will be addressed again at the April 15 finance meeting.

Lane told the committee he had had numerous complaints about a woman asking for money on Sixth Street but learned the city has no ordinance prohibiting panhandling.

Curtis said she will ask the ordinance committee to investigate and hold a meeting about the issue.

In legislative matters, the committee forwarded for council’s consideration next Monday an ordinance authorizing the board of control to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the purchase of rock salt for the 2014-2015 winter season.

Estell said the deadline for estimating its salt needs has been moved up this year to next Tuesday, saying, “That makes estimating the amount needed extremely difficult.”

Also forwarded for council’s review was a revised resolution authorizing the city to apply for a state grant in conjunction with Wellsville and the county Port Authority for a feasibility study into a wireless system.

Council had already approved such an agreement, but Estell said the state now requires a different format.

Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers. A committee of the whole will meet at 6 p.m. to discuss a proposed landlord program, although officials have said that issue will most likely not be brought before council on Monday for action as previously planned.