Council adopts various legislation

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY — Sidney City Council tackled a lengthy agenda, Monday, and adopted a variety of ordinances and resolutions.

Council first adopted an ordinance to levy special assessments for the construction and repair of certain described sidewalks in the city.

Sidney’s Engineering Manager Randy Magoto said the city made the necessary repairs or construction of certain sidewalks for property owners who did not complete the work on their own during 2017. A notice of assessments was published in the paper for three weeks, and city staff didn’t receive any written objections to assessment amounts, Magoto said. Bills will be sent out two weeks after Monday’s adoption of the ordinance. Property owners will then have 60 days to pay the bill or have it placed on their property taxes over a five year period.

An ordinance to adopt city employees’s pay classification plan and pay tables for 2018 was introduced and adopted, as well as declared as an emergency, Monday, so that it would become effective upon passage.

Council was also be introduced to an ordinance to amend sections of the codified ordinances regarding the organizational chart and salary increments, and an ordinance making supplemental appropriations for 2018.

Seven resolutions were also adopted by council, and they are:

• To authorize the city manager to advertise for bids, in accordance with Sidney’s purchasing policy, for various items and projects that were included in the city’s adopted 2018 budget;

• To adopt an amended zero-tolerance drug and alcohol testing policy and associated addendum for use in connection with the Shelby County Transit program operations;

• To reappoint Magoto as the city’s representative to the District 13 Public Works Integrating Commission. The commission was created to assist in financing local public infrastructure improvements under the State Capital Improvements Program and Local Transportation Improvements Program.

• To declare the necessity for repair/replacement of certain curbs and gutters in the city, and requiring that abutting property owners replace the same. The “resolution of necessity” is the first step of the 2018 curb and gutter program that will require property owners to make the repairs. The city sent out 521 letters to property owners informing them the city will do the work if not corrected within 30 days.

Sidney resident Robert Boller attended with questions about the letter he received and the work needing completed on his property. A typo error indicating the spring of 2017 instead of 2018, which is when the ground will be painted to outline the necessary work, confused Boller. Gary Clough, assistant city manager/public works director, also told Boller “the curb that goes in will be the exact same curb” that is taken out.

• To authorize the city manager to enter into a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) administration agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency for a three-year period. The previous agreement expired Dec. 31, 2017, and the new agreement will expire Dec. 31, 2020. The goal of the RLF is to encourage the expansion and stability of the economic base and to increase employment opportunities.

• To accept the plat titled “Harrington replat,” for the repat of three lots to create one new lot at 305 Belmont St. in the single family residence district.

The property is currently developed as a single family dwelling and detached garage. The three existing lots are already used as a single property, but the replat will now consolidate the three lots into one legal lot.

• To approve and adopt the updated countywide Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan prepared by the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency. Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones said the plan fulfills the mandates of the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and satisfies the requirements of the FEMA and Ohio EMA, as well as meets the need of Shelby County.

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.