Council authorized the administration to advertise for bids and enter into contract for this year's Continuous Street Improvement Project. The City, working with Guernsey County, will help with the resurfacing of Byesville Road. Portions of Grandview Road, Edgeworth Avenue, South Sixth Street, Whitaker Avenue and Spring Street will be resurfaced by the city.
Councilman David Bennett commented on the upcoming project:
The county is overseeing the Byesville Road project. With grants for some of the projects, the city's share of the cost is $290,000.
Council also approved a similar request regarding the replacement of a sewer main on the east side of town. The line runs from Byesville Road to the east side levy. The City's share of the cost is $275,000.
Small appropriations were also approved for the Police Department, the Fire Department and the Code Enforcement Department, along with a request to use $20,000 from the Park's unapproprated user's fee fund to purchase new visitor's bleachers for McFarland Stadium.
Council approved an ordinance authorizing the city law director to apply for a pair of grants for victims of crimes, the SVAA and VOCA grants. And Council gave the administration permission to advertise for bids for two homes that have become city property. One of the homes, on North 5th Street, was forfeit to the city as a result of the former owners involvement in drug trafficking. The other home is located in east Cambridge on North Avenue. Advertisements for bids will run for five weeks before the city will begin to accept submitted bids.
And a city resident asked for council's support of a program to humanely reduce the number of feral cats in the city. Carol Simpson of North 6th Street ask council to consider a program known as "Trap, Neuter and Return", in which feral cats are trapped, then spayed and are returned to their original environment. Council suggested that Simpson contact the County Health Department, the Humane Society and a local cat shelter to help get the proposed project off the ground.