Aside from the pool fees ordinance, Galion City Council considered three other items of legislation during its July 8 meeting.
The final reading for Ord. 2014-56 passed unanimously. It amends the city ordinances to allow the discharge of firearms in Residential Estate districts located in the northeast part of the city.
In past meetings, several issues were raised about the change. However, that evening Council member Steve Rowan explained the amendment would only change the zoning classification to meet current city code.
Ord. 2014-59 accepted the annexation of two acres of land at 812 Portland Way North. The Keep It Classy car wash sits on the parcel. Council passed the second reading.
Ord. 2014-61 was a payment option for the city’s “stranded costs” of the AMPGS project, in the amount of $787,105. The city has opted to include payments in monthly power invoices for up to 15 years. Council passed a second reading.
In the mayor’s comments, Tom O’Leary provided another update on the ODOT widening project State Route 598/61. On the south end of the project, weather permitting the contractor will begin paving this weekend. After the east lane is finished, the project will flip to the west side of the roadway.
He also noted that the Grove Avenue junction is open to left hand turns again, which should eliminate the use of Boyd Boulevard as an unofficial detour.
Police Chief Brian Saterfield added that officers have been issuing citations to commercial truck drivers using residential streets as a detour. He reminded citizens to call the police department about any issues with semi’s going through residential streets. The number is 419-468-9111.
Because the south section of the widening project is behind schedule, the Portland Way bridge (in front of Taylor’s Restaurant) will not be closed before Aug. 1. In the section north of the bridge, the east side of the road is being prepared for temporary pavement.
Speaking on the Hesby Drive project, O’Leary explained that the piles of construction debris situated near the road, which have recently been raised as an issue, are outside of the city right-of-way. Prior to the road project, the debris was hauled onto the private property by people on behalf of the Hesby Estate. The city does not have an obligation to remove the debris.
Construction of the new road is moving ahead and is on schedule. The goal is to have it ready for traffic when the bridge is closed, but the mayor emphasized it is most important for Hesby Drive to be open before the start of the new school year.
Council President Carl Watt announced that before the next council meeting on July 22, State Representative Jeff McClain will be on hand from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Citizens can address any legislative concerns with him.
Upcoming committee meetings:
Finance - July 16 at 7 p.m.
Parks and Streets - July 17 at 7 p.m.
Laws and Ordinances - July 31 at 6:30 p.m.