CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Mayor Tom Orr addressed Cambridge City Council on a number of issues last night.
The Mayor announced the first release of the list of properties around town, who are non-compliant with the city's vacant property ordinance. The ordinance defines the responsibilities of the owners of such properties and help to speed the rehabilitation of the vacant buildings, shifting the burden of cost from city residents to the owners of the buildings. The ordinance allows the city to track and hold responsible the owners of abandoned building around town. Mayor Orr comments on property owners who have yet to register...
The registration fee for a vacant buildings is $400 . The fees could double every year for five years if little or no action is taken by owners or the property is not sold. The list of properties is available in the Community News section of our website.
The Mayor also compliment residents on calling in possible drug violators to the Police Department. Over 50 names were called in to be looked at by the City's highly successful Drug Investigation Unit.
Orr talked about the recent forfeiture of a property on North 5th Street to the city because of the owners involvement with the manufacture of drugs. The Mayor also warned drug dealers about the Citys' possible use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) to help clear the city of drugs and drug trafficking activity...
Council had some business to attend to as well, and approved a recommendation for a liquor license to for Sleep Inn Cambridge for the Ohio Liquor Control Board. Council also OKd' a transfer in the Police Department Budget from the Retirement Benefits line item to Travel and Training in the amount of $5,869, along with an appropriation of $4,686 into the Police Salary line item.
Council approved the appropriation of a grant of $2,370 from the Cambridge Kiwanis Club into the Cambridge Fire Department equipment line item as well.
No action was taken on a proposed noise ordinance for the city. That piece of legislation is headed for its second reading in two weeks.