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Absent members force council to wait

September 25, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - With two members absent from a special meeting Monday, City Council was forced to limit action on several pieces of legislation to a second reading, rather than adoption as originally planned.

Members Tom Cunningham and Ray Perorazio were excused from the meeting, but with less than six members present, council could not suspend its rules and give the legislation second and final readings in one sitting.

A subsequent special meeting has been called for 7 p.m. today to consider the legislation for third and final reading.

Approved on second reading were:

- A resolution requesting county commissioners distribute casino tax revenue using the same formula used for distribution of Local Government Funds, which would provide some funding to the city

- A resolution accepting the amounts and rates of levies

- An ordinance establishing a $500 fee for those applying for vacation of a street

- An ordinance amending an earlier ordinance providing for an alley vacation due to an oversight in the description

- An ordinance amending the budget ordinance, adjusting appropriations.

In response to President of Council John Torma calling the special meeting for tonight, finance Chairman Sherrie Curtis changed the finance committee set for 11 a.m. today to 6:30 p.m. just before the council session to better accommodate members who would have to attend both meetings.

In other matters, Curtis publicly commended members of the Glenmoor Girls who spent time last week and Monday cleaning up the planters across from City Hall and who plan on painting at least one downtown building.

Participating members praised by Curtis included Marlene Crane, Gini Jackson, Dolly Jones and Harriet Sanford.



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