PIQUA – Tuesday’s commission meeting agenda began with a second reading ordinance related to the terms of an agreement with the Moving Ohio Forward Grant. These funds are provided by the State Attorney’s office for the demolition of blighted properties.
“Half of the expense for demolition of those properties will be added to the tax duplicate,” explained Justin Sommer, economic development director, on the cost of unpaid charges to property owners to be placed on property taxes by the county auditor.
Five property owners are listed in the agenda packet at a total for demolition cost of $33,309.66.
A second ordinance – also a second reading – related to violations in city ordinances for high grass, trash and some demolition, likewise results in unpaid charges to be supplied to the country auditor for placement on property taxes.
“Throughout the year property owners are notified that they are in violation of the city’s ordinances, and given a time frame to comply,” explained Amy Welker, director of heath and sanitation, citing if they fail to do so, then the city abates the nuisance and bills the property owner for the cost.
Since the last reading, Welker states at least four property owners paid their assessments, “Hopefully we’ll get some more in by the third reading.”
Assessments are accepted once a year by the county auditor and are due by Sept. 8.
Commission also gave what was initially a first reading for an ordinance related to appropriations for the city, however, Gary Huff, city manager, requested a waiver on the three reading rule due to grant and project deadlines.
“With this additional appropriation tonight, the departments will be able to realign their project time-lines and will also be able to take advantage of expensing some of the purchases that the grants have approved this year will allow for,” explained Cynthia Holtzapple, finance director.
Holtzapple likewise requested a waiver of the three reading rule which commissioners gave acquiescence before adopting the (suspended) ordinance.
Commission proceeded to discuss the first reading on an ordinance to supplement the code of ordinance before adopting a resolution establishing the Trick or Treat/Beggar’s Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.
Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month, on the second floor of the Government Municipal Complex, in the commission chamber.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Meeting agendas are available online at www.piquaoh.org.
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