No Zoom was necessary for Monday night’s meeting of Kenton City Council, as all seven members–along with a few guests and spectators–made their way into council chambers.
Most notable among the evening’s guests was Kenton Deputy Auditor Pam Romanko, who announced both the availability of all city transactions since 2016 on checkbook.ohio.gov and the creation of a city money-market account at Liberty National Bank. Romanko also took to the podium to explain the night’s only item of new business: Ordinance Number 21-007, allowing the transfer of $3,000 from Fire School to Fire Building Maintenance and $14,000 from the Police Dispatcher line item toward the purchase of a fully-outfitted Ford SUV police cruiser. On the first reading of Ordinance Number 21-007, the three-read rule was suspended, and the ordinance was then passed unanimously.
All three items of old business, ordinances pertaining to stormwater sewer maintenance and the expenses and rates thereof, were tabled for three weeks, with council president Joel Althauser advising council members to “use (the intervening time) wisely” by studying the legislation and resolving any questions therewith.
Other items of discussion to continue at the next meeting include legislation to be dra fted calling for an easement for a property at 323 North Detroit Street and for the year-round closure of the back gate at France Lake-Saulisberry Park.
In her remarks, Mayor Lynn Webb called for an end to an increase in citywide vandalism–following Police Chief Dennis Musser’s statement on the new policy of instant citations for eyesores in tree lawns, among other topics expected to be discussed at the Nuisance Committee’s April 1 meeting–before congratulating the city’s administrative staff on all their hard work. Before concluding the meeting, President Althauser continued the air of positivity with warm regards to Kenton Top Twenty on their Sheridan Spotlight Show Choir Competitions win.
Kenton City Council is next scheduled to meet in chambers Monday, April 12, at seven p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. meeting of the Finance Committee and a Zoning Planning public hearing at 6:30 p.m.