Council discusses expansion

By Nikki Blankenship -

Portsmouth City Council met in regular session Monday, June 10, when they gave second readings to two items that show the ever changing economic opportunities within the city.

The first item discussed by Council was an ordinance authorizing the vacation of an alley between four parcels on Kendall Avenue for the expansion of the Speedway located at 2401 Gallia St. The second ordinance would authorize the City to amend zoning for four parcels, changing designation from residential to business.

The properties are located at 1224 Kendall Ave. (owned by Craig Kilgore), 1222 Kendall Ave. (owned by George and Brenda Crumm), 1218 Kendall Ave. (owned by Melinda Price) and 1220 Kendall Ave. (owned by Phillip, Duane and Danny Kilgore).

Prior to the Council meeting, City Manager Derek Allen discussed consideration of a resolution to modify the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) pension pick-up plan for members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 1039 per terms of their recently ratified collective bargaining agreement in an agenda item.

“Following the ratification of the AFSCME 1039 contract, by resolution at the last City Council meeting, another resolution must be adopted in order to effectuate the pension pickup authorized,” information from the City Auditor’s Office stated. “Under OPERS rules, in order to implement or modify a pick-up plan, the employer must submit the pick-up plan in the form of an ordinance or resolution stating the terns, rates, and implementation dates of the plan prior to its implementation.”

Due to regulations of both OPERS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Solicitor John Haas has asked that Council pass the resolution at the next meeting. The item was the sole focus of the City Manager’s Conference Agenda. Allen, however, was not present.

Portsmouth City Council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 24 in Council Chambers, located on the Second Floor of the Municipal Courthouse on Second Street in Portsmouth.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.