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Foreclosure notification law in place

September 18, 2012
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT Staff Writer , Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - Those who file foreclosures inside the city will now be required to notify the city of that fact.

Among several legislative matters considered Monday night by City Council was the third reading of an ordinance establishing the new notification requirement.

Council has indicated the purpose behind the new law is to help stave off the possibility of blight by being aware of foreclosed properties.

Only first reading could be given several other pieces of legislation with the absence of council members Tom Cunningham and Ryan Stovall. Six members are required to suspend council rules and pass legislation on all three readings at one time.

A resolution requesting county commissioners share and distribute casino tax revenue by the same formula used to distribute Local Government Fund monies was among those passed on first reading.

Councilman Chuck Wade expressed his disappointment in Commissioner Jim Hoppel for voicing his opposition to sharing the wealth with other communities, saying, "All municipalities and entities are short on money."

Saying the county is looking at $400,000 annually in casino tax revenue, Wade offered, "Surely they can send some to the rest of us."

The city has lost a significant amount of LGF monies over the years and officials are looking at the casino revenue as a way to recoup some of that loss.

Also passed on first reading was an ordinance establishing a $500 fee for applications to have a street vacated, which would offset the cost of required advertising and postage for such requests. Any amount of the fee not used for preparation of the vacation request would be returned to the applicant.

Council approved initial reading of an ordinance amending an earlier ordinance pertaining to vacation of a portion of Pleasant Lane between Broadway Street and Apple Alley.

The ordinance was reviewed at a brief streets committee meeting just prior to the council session and forwarded for consideration. The amendment is necessary due to the need for an additional property description not included on the original ordinance.

Finally, first readings were given an ordinance adjusting appropriations and a resolution certifying the amounts of levies from the county auditor, both routine matters.

A special meeting was called by President of Council John Torma for 7 p.m. next Monday to further consider these legislative matters and any other legislation that might arise between now and then.

Councilman Sherrie Curtis commended the fire and health departments for a hazmat exercise held over the weekend that she witnessed, saying the fire department "works like a well-oiled machine" and adding, "It's good to know we have people looking out for us even in the most dire situations."

Council gave a voice vote approving a request by Councilman Russell Dray asking he be permitted to sponsor a hole in an upcoming charity golf event in council's name.

Dray will fund the hole from his own pocket, not city funds. The event benefits Down syndrome.



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