The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The council members voted to excuse the absence of President Joel Althauser, with councilman David Beazley leading the meeting in his place.
Tim Street, Director of Communication and Member Services with Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc., spoke to the council about forthcoming legislation that will establish whether or not the service franchise agreement with the power provider will be renewed. According to Street, there are a few areas, particularly along Bales Road, where Mid-Ohio is able to provide service. “We would like the opportunity to serve those within our established areas,” said Street. Councilman Beazley said that legislation discussing the proposed agreement will likely be put before council in the next few weeks.
During old business, the council passed one piece of legislation and moved a second piece to third reading, to be heard again in two weeks. The passed legislation vacated an alley in James Ewing’s third addition to the city; the additional resolution will confirm the adoption of the rules and regulations by the Civil Service Commission upon its passing in two weeks.
Under new business, council heard one piece of legislation, an ordinance authorizing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials for the 2018 calendar year. The legislation moved to second reading and will be heard again in two weeks.
The city also announced the 2017 leaf pickup schedule, beginning Monday, November 6 with the 4th Ward. The schedule runs as follows:
Section I: Start Monday, November 6, 4th Ward
South-West section - including Columbus and Lima Streets
Section II: Start Monday, November 13, 3rd Ward
North-West section - including Main, Columbus, and Lima Streets
Section III: Start Monday, November 20, 1st Ward
South-East section - including Columbus and Main Streets
Section IV: Start Monday, November 27, 2nd Ward
North-East section - including Main and Columbus Streets
Residents are advised to not park in the leaf piles or sweep the leaves into the street. Sweeping the leaves into the street clogs the storm sewers and could cause backup into residences if there is a particularly hard rain. Residents are also encouraged to bag leaves and put them at the curb in front of the residence.
Council heard from the following committees:
Finance: the Finance Committee will meet next on Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm. Currently, they are meeting with department heads to discuss five-year plans and begin the budgeting process for the 2018 calendar year.
Parks & Recreation: the Parks & Recreation Board will meet next on Tuesday, October 10 at 4:30pm.
Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet next on Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00pm. There will be a dedication for the new committal building on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00am. The niche wall is also being completed. The committal building will be free and open to the public for holding services at the cemetery.
BKP: the BKP Board will meet next on Monday, October 16 at 6:00pm.
Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee will have several representatives attending a meeting in Columbus on Friday, October 13.
Council heard about several upcoming community events during the comments section:
-A First Responders Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00pm at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative.
-A quarter auction fundraiser and food drive for Angels for the Elderly will be held on Saturday, October 14 starting at 1:00pm at the Kenton Eagles Community Room.
-Fire Chief Tim Clark reminded those present that it is Fire Prevention Week. He encourages all residents to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and to remain vigilant of fire safety as we approach the holiday season.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.