Laura Bates was hoping to place the six-foot statue of the City's noted son, by sculptor Alan Cotrill, on the lawn of the Cambridge Municipal Court building, but a recent ordinance forbade any additions to the displays that are already there. Bates came to Council looking for a potential home for her favorite cowboy:
Council President Bill Cowgill said he would attempt to meet with Bates and others who could find a place for the Hoppalong Cassidy statue. The county has also passed some recent legislation to limit the number of displays on the Guernsey County Courthouse Square.
Safety Director Rocky Hill delivered the Mayor's report and commented that the control box for the traffic signal at the corner of Steubenville Avenue and North 5th Street is still under construction. Hill was unsure of when the box would be delivered by electrical contractors. Until the new control box is put in, the intersection will remain a four-way stop. Travelers are urged to obey the flashing red signal and be patient around the intersection until the new equipment is installed.
Hill also reminded residents school is back in session and to use caution while driving around town. And the Safety Director reported that the City's Tornado sirens have been tested and are working properly.
Council approved a number of routine transfers and appropriations as well, including appropriations for the Cambridge Police for $925 for services by contract and over $300 for damage to a police cruiser caused by an angry suspect. A $2,500 transfer from Municipal Court from Salaries to acting judge salary and a transfer of $12,500 from the general fund to council salaries for a retirement were also approved.
No action was taken an annexation petition for a business on Southgate Parkway. That petition will be up for its second reading in two weeks.