CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Cambridge City Council committees met in regular session on Monday night to continue discussion on several pending issues.
Finance Committee met, discussed briefly and then tabled indefinitely a proposal regarding a salary increase for Councilmen and women. The proposal would raise salaries slightly to help those on council to maintain a minimum for their PERS retirement accounts. A number of transfers and appropriations were also approved, including a $10,000 transfer from Police Equipment to Police Miscellaneous to help pay for prisoner care in the county jail, along with three other transfers to help maintain salaries and benefits for workers of Victims of Crimes grants in the law director's office.
City Services met to continue discussion on a request to vacate an alley by a resident off of U.S. Route 40. A council representative, the city engineer and the resident met to look at the site on the Western edge of the city earlier in the month. After some sharp comments by both the resident making the request and another resident that was opposed, the man who made the request asked that it be dropped. The issue died due to lack of a motion on the committee floor.
Council also met as a whole committee to discuss a proposed noise ordinance. Law Director Bill Ferguson informed council that the police department was in the process of purchasing a decibel meter, that will allow authorities to measure the volume of noise at any particular event. Discussion also took place as to whether the new ordinance should be broad - dealing with a wide range of noise, such as loud cars, trucks or motorcycles - or narrow, dealing with only amplified noise. Other suggestions were made as to the timeline a permit would allow noise, the range of fines for violations, a deadline for request of a permit and a limit to the number outdoor events a business can have over the season. The issue was again tabled to allow the Law Director time to write a draft for the ordinance.
Council then went into executive session to discuss a proposal involving the city from the County Engineer on a sewer study being conducted just east of Cambridge. No action was taken following the executive session.