EAST LIVERPOOL - An ordinance requiring those whose property enters foreclosure to notify the city moved one step closer to approval at this week's City Council meeting.
With a unanimous vote, council approved second reading to the legislation, which was created to help city officials keep closer tabs on foreclosed homes in an effort to curb blight.
Approved under suspension of rules Tuesday were two ordinances authorizing engineering services with Dallis Dawson and Associates for the replacement of water line and a force main on Saint George Street.
Utilities Director Bob Disch was present to answer any questions, having explained the project fully at the last council session. Council approved the measures with no comment.
Also approved was an ordinance amending council's own rules of order.
Passage of the legislation provides for council's normal first and third Monday meetings to change automatically to the next Tuesday when City Hall is closed for Monday holiday observances.
During council comments, Russell Dray commended Mayor Jim Swoger and his wife, Amy, for their work in keeping the municipal pool open this summer and thanked the hundreds of people who attended the back to school event held at the facility.
Fire Chief Bill Jones reported that the truck donated for hazmat use from the county will be used strictly for decontamination, with a $70,000 grant received that will provide equipment for the truck.
Saying the cash balance is "better than last month," Auditor Kim Woomer advised council that, despite transfers to the street, fire and police departments for operations, the general fund remains in the black.
She also invited council members to attend an audit conference at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 during which the recently-completed state audit will be outlined. Results of the audit will be released once the city is apprised of its outcome.
Councilman Sherrie Curtis suggested the planning department send letters to companies that install portable car ports, urging them to notify potential customers they must check with the department first for space limitations and permit requirements.
Councilman Ryan Stovall took exception to a plan hatched by county commissioners to divvy up money they received for demolition of dilapidated structures between all entities in the county, each of which will be able to choose five structures to raze.
"Getting to pick five houses sounds fair, but that money is made for residential areas. Most townships are rural. It should be based on population. Five houses don't make a dent in what Salem or what we have to do. I can name several in my ward," Stovall complained.
He also thanked retiring police Capt. Norm Curtis for his years of service to the city, saying, "I'm sure he's part of the policeman I am today."