The Mayor said the permits will help residents to keep projects within city codes and can clarify criteria for selecting a contractor for the job. Council President Bill Cowgill echoed the Mayor's sentiments:
Those considering a project and needing a building permit should contact the office of City Engineer Paul Sherry at 740.432.3601.
Orr also commented on the large number of water line breaks this year, saying late August, September and October are usually the peak time for such repairs. Last year crews repaired 90 to 95 such breaks. This year, crews have already dealt with over 80 such repairs.
Council attended to some business as well, approving an upgrade for two traffic signal on Southgate Parkway. ODOT will upgrade the signals to the State's new wind resistant standard. The project won't cost City Residents a cent, as costs for the upgrade will be covered by ODOT.
Council approved a number of transfers, along with one appropriation last night as well. The appropriation was for over $1,700, from Code Enforcement Officer Kim Conrath, for services by contract. The monies were brought in by mowing services preformed by city contractors.
Council also approved a number of requests for transfers, as department heads in the City moved funds from one line item to another in an attempt to "balance the books" towards the year's end. Among the transfers approved were four requested by the Community and Economic Develpment Department for nearly $5,000 from Salaries to four different line items. Three requests from the Mayor's Office for $1,500 from General Fund Community Enhancement to three different line items. And a request by the Service and Safety Department for the transfer of $300 from fuel and light, to telephone.