Finance committee forwards ordinance to city council

EAST LIVERPOOL – As expected, city council will be considering legislation Monday that would specifically direct all revenue from a proposed 2-mill current expense levy toward demolishing condemned residential structures.

Council’s finance committee met Tuesday and agreed to forward the ordinance for full council’s review.

By law, the language on the ballot cannot specify that the levy revenue will be used for the demolition of derelict properties, but that was the sole purpose council had in mind for its use in proposing the levy.

Finance Chairman Sherrie Curtis had said previously that council would have to adopt an ordinance at some point, specifying where the levy funds would be used to make the public aware.

The committee also looked again at the ordinance for the 2-mill levy as well as one for a proposed 4-mill police protection levy after some language changes were made by Law Director Charles Payne.

Payne said that, although the county election board indicated the legislation was satisfactory as it had been presented, he had “cleaned up” the 2-mill ordinance language and also added some statutory language to the 4-mill ordinance.

The committee agreed to forward those revised ordinances to council for Monday.

Council will also be considering an ordinance transferring $22,308 from the Refuse and Recycling Department to the general fund to reimburse the street department for services it does for that department, which is the same as other cost allocations made by other departments throughout the city as per a study conducted in the 1990s.

Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell said the Refuse and Recycling Department had been included in the study but, for some reason, was never included in annual cost allocation ordinances actually assessing it costs.

The committee also forwarded for council’s consideration an ordinance amending the wages and benefits of non-union employees to reflect an anticipated hiring of a second part-time housing inspector.

The ordinance will change the current $115 per month zoning inspector car allowance to a 78-cent-per hour rate to be shared by the two inspectors.

Police Chief John Lane addressed the committee with his desire to purchase new firearms for his department, saying those currently in use are 10 years old.

He presented a quote from an Indiana firm offering to purchase the old weaponry and equipment and selling him new with a total ending price of $6,282 plus shipping charges.

Lane said the money is available in his law enforcement fund, having just received a $7,000 check for having an officer on the county drug task force.

The committee agreed he could make the purchase if the money was available, and Curtis reported after the meeting she had checked in the auditor’s office and learned that the funds have been appropriated in Lane’s budget.