Council passes two ordinances

By Ivy Potter - [email protected]

The Portsmouth City Council met on Monday with five items on the agenda for discussion.

An Ordinance amending Section 549.08 Discharging Firearms and Other Weapons of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Portsmouth, which would allow Shawnee State University to establish an archery class, was passed, as was an Ordinance authorizing the appropriation of $53,323 of the City’s Business Revolving Loan Fund in order to expend these funds for CDBG activities as required by the Ohio Developmental Services Agency.

An ordinance authorizing an additional appropriation of $47,795.91 to the appropriate Fire Department line items within the General Fund due to unforeseen circumstances this year resulting in numerous overtime hours and insufficient payroll funds received a second reading.

Two new pieces of legislation, an Ordinance authorizing the acceptance of $35,000.00 into Water Works Fund No. 606 and the appropriation of the same into Sunrise Water Main Line Item No. 606.771.5530 received from Ohio EPA for expenses of the thirty-inch (30”) Waterline Project, and an Ordinance authorizing the city manager to enter into a permanent easement agreement with Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc., as described and depicted by Exhibit “A” attached hereto, the same area of Sunrise Avenue as the temporary easement passed by Ordinance No. 27 on May 14, 2018, both received first readings.

Following legislation, in the section of the meeting open for statements or remarks from citizens present in council chambers on items not on the agenda, one concerned Portsmouth Citizen spoke out about the dangers of tall trees going untrimmed, and the costs some citizens face who choose to take matters into their own hands. According to the complaint, these 30 foot trees should be the responsibility of the city to tend to, and could potentially be hazardous to nearby homes and vehicles if branches or debris should fall. The complaint specifically mentioned a series of trees along Highland Avenue.

In his Mayor’s report, Kevin Johnson reminded those in attendance of the procedure to report street light outages. “I contacted AEP on behalf of a citizen down the street from me to report a street light out. I’d like to remind residents that most street lights here in the city are maintained by AEP. I don’t know if council knows this, I didn’t until the other day, but there is a toll free number for AEP which you can call and read off the number from the yellow tag on the street light post, and they will send someone out within two or three days to fix it. I’d say there are not a lot of citizens that are not aware of that,” said Johnson. Additionally in his report Johnson requested that the Portsmouth City Council meeting for next month scheduled for November 12, be moved to November 13 to observe the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Council chose to accept his report, thereby changing the meeting date to the following Tuesday.

By Ivy Potter

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Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932