Portsmouth City Council met Monday evening and with Mayor Kevin E. Johnson out sick the meeting was conducted by Vice President of Council Sean Dunne.
The regular session meeting began with the reading and disposing of the journal of Jan. 13 before opening the floor to remarks of citizens present in council chambers, at which time no one addressed council.
From the legislative portion of the evening, Council passed an ordinance authorizing the City Manager of the City of Portsmouth 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 the Ohio Revised Code section 735.05 for a third and final reading.
Council also voted to suspend the three reading rule and pass an ordinance to revise the codified ordinances by adopting replacement pages thereto, and move an ordinance authorizing repealing ordinance No. 63 of 2019 to decline acceptance of the SAFER Grant to hire six firefighters as it is not economically feasible to do so on for a second reading.
Council moved along an ordinance amending section 175.07 of the codified ordinances after receiving a first reading, and adopted three resolutions, also heard for the first time. The resolutions requested the Scioto County Auditor certify to the City of Portsmouth the total current property tax valuation of the City of Portsmouth along with estimated property tax revenue that would be generated by the renewal or replacement of its one mill Flood Defense System Levy, requested the advance payment of all taxes now standing to the account of the City of Portsmouth from the Treasurer and all other monies due, and to authorize extending the terms of agreement between the Board of Scioto County Commissioners and the City of Portsmouth regarding providing representation to indigents charged in the Portsmouth Municipal Court.
No citizens present chose to address council on items not on the evening’s agenda.
During miscellaneous business from council, newly appointed 5th Ward Councilman Edwin Martell and Andrew McManus spoke on Ohio’s first lady Fran DeWine’s visit to Portsmouth Friday, which both councilmembers attended. Both Martell and McManus stated they felt the book program through which the Governor’s Office has partnered to bring books to Ohio youth is a positive step forward.
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