City Council holds last meeting of 2016

By Bev Mullen - For the Record-Herald

The final meeting of the Washington Court House City Council for 2016 was held Wednesday. The council was down three members, one due to a resignation and two with holiday travel plans.

After the call to order, the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, the shortened roll call and the approval of the minutes of the Dec. 14 regular council meeting and the Dec. 21 special council meeting, the floor was turned over to City Manager Joe Denen and his report. Denen reminded council members of the council meeting scheduled for Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. and the council work session on Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. prior to the regularly meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Also on Denen’s agenda was discussion regarding a letter being sent to residents along Washington Avenue concerning the improvement project. Upon receipt of this letter, if residents have any questions, they are welcome to contact Mr. Mitchell at the service department (740-636-2380) or Mr. Denen at the City Building (740-636-2340).

There were four ordinances on third reading dealing with increasing sewer rates in contemplation of the construction of a new waste water treatment plant, amending supplemental appropriations for 2016 expenses, making appropriations for expenditures for the year ending 2017, and an ordinance to clarify and define the purposes for how certain tax increment financing revenues may be expanded.

Four ordinances dealing with abatements all passed second readings and five resolutions were adopted appointing city residents to the Civil Service Commission (Mrs.Susan Wollscheid), the City Planning Commission (Mr. Kirk Wilson and Mr. Keith Eckles), and the Historic District Review Board (Mr. Kirk Wilson and Mr. Keith Eckles). Also adopted was an ordinance authorizing City Manager Joseph Denen to apply for, accept and enter into a water pollution control loan fund agreement for planning, design and/or construction of wastewater facilities and designate a dedicated repayment source for the loan.

After wishing Washington Court House and Fayette County residents a Happy New Year, Washington City Council adjourned.

By Bev Mullen

For the Record-Herald