Portsmouth City Council will meet Monday evening at their usual meeting location and time, Portsmouth Municipal Building at 6 p.m., for their first regular session meeting of 2020.
On the agenda will be four items up for discussion in addition to the second round of interviews being conducted for the 5th Ward council position.
An Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to offer for sale certain surplus City real estate located at 807 Washington Street, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, being Parcel Nos. 29-0377.000, 29-0387.000 and 29-0388.000, and further, authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract for the sale of such surplus property and establish $150,000.00 as a minimum bid for the sale of such surplus property will be heard for a third reading by council.
An Ordinance to make appropriations necessary for the current expenses of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio for the months of January and February 2020 as provided for in Section 50 of the Charter of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio, and an Ordinance authorizing the City Manager of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio to advertise for bids and to enter into contracts with the lowest and/or best bidder for required supplies, materials and services for 2020 in accordance with Ohio Revised Code section 735.05 will both be heard for second readings. A final item to be heard for a first reading will be the authorization of repealing Ordinance No. 63 of 2019 to decline the acceptance of the SAFER Grant to hire six new firefighters as it is not economically feasible to do so.
The meeting is to begin with the council holding the second round of interviews for the 5th Ward position for the two remaining applicants, George Davis IV and Edwin Martell. Barbara Biggs, the third applicant moved onto the second round of the interview process but withdrew her resume earlier this month.
Council is expected to make a decision on the 5th Ward Councilperson during Monday’s meeting, or the decision will move to votes from the City Solicitor and Auditor.
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