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Finance committee hears plans for Cambridge Park projects

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Park Board, Mayor Tom Orr suggest improvements totaling $560,000

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Both the Cambridge City Council Finance and Legislative Committees met in regular session in City Hall on Monday night.

Finance heard a request from Park Director Mike Edwards to use $20,000 from the Park's unapproprated user's fee fund to purchase new visitor's bleachers for McFarland Stadium. The Committee granted the request. Mayor Tom Orr then outlined a number of projects for the committee that the administration and the Park Board are considering. Among the projects that are proposed are the replacement of the home bleachers, a new restroom and track restoration at McFarland Stadium. The replacement of some fences and a new scoreboard at Don Coss Field. Replacement of the lights in Hendricks Park on East Wheeling Avenue. An addition to the Cambridge Armory. And new electric pedestals in the Little League Parking Lot. Along with funds for restroom, tennis court and pavilion maintenance, funds for the purchase of some new equipment for park maintenance and a possible real estate purchase for a park on Gomber Avenue. The total needed to fund the projects is nearly $560,000. Mayor Orr requested a line of credit in that amount from the committee. City Auditor Suellen Johnson is in the process of reaching out to local banks for the funds. The matter was tabled until results from the Auditor's inquiries have returned.

City Engineer Paul Sherry requested a release of funds for this year's Continuous Street Immprovement Project. The City, working with Guernsey County, will help with the resurfacing of Byesville Road. The county is overseeing the project Portions of Grandview Road, Edgeworth Avenue, South Sixth Street, Whitaker Avenue and Spring Street will be resurfaced by the city as well. With grants for some of the projects, the city's share of the cost is $290,000. Sherry also asked for the approval of funds to replace a sewer main on the east side of town. The line runs from Byesville Road to the levy. The City's share of the cost is $275,000. Finance OK'd both requests. Small appropriations were also approved for the Police Department, the Fire Department and the Code Enforcement Department.

The Legislative Committee met as well and, at the request of Councilman Tom Snyder, discussed the City's Property Enforcement Codes. Snyder stated that there were no ordinances in the code to deal with the upkeep of abandoned properties in the city. Code Enforcement Officer Kim Conrath said despite some recent additions to the code, much of the legislation is dated and most likely, should be updated. Legislative Chairman Tom Laughman Jr. asked councilmen and women to look over the current laws. Councilman Dave Bennett, who authored much of the current legislation years ago, suggested the possible formation of a sub-committee to update the codes. The matter was tabled to allow council time to look into the current legislation.

Bill Cassler

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