LOGAN — Logan City Council met Tuesday evening to pass an emergency paving ordinance for multiple Logan city streets.

Emergency Ordinance No. 41, 2021 accepts bids from Zanesville-based Shelly & Sands, Inc., pending approval by the Ohio Public Works Commission, for two projects for paving of city streets and amends Resolution No. 17, 2020.

Project #2 includes Edgehill Drive and Edgehill cul-de-sac, North Wood, Poplar, Orchard and West streets. Project #4 includes East Angle, Kerlin and Milton avenues, Mohican Avenue east of Walhonding Avenue, Evelyn, Michele, Kelleyn, Brooke, Oak, Front, View streets.

Council also passed Emergency Resolution No. 21, 2021 which authorizes Mayor Greg Fraunfelter to enter the city into a partnership agreement with Perry and Hocking counties for the submission of the 2021-2023 Community Housing Impact and Preservation program grant, or CHIP, if funded.

CHIP helps maintain a home’s infrastructure through home rehabilitation, Glenn Crippen, director of housing and community development at Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP), said. The multi-agency partnership is established and effective, he added. CHIP is funded by both the state and federal government, and comes with no out-of-pocket cost for the city.

“We’re allowed to create cross-county partnerships that (allow) us to apply for more money,” Crippen said. The grant application is due June 23 and will request $1.1 million in funding, Crippen said; $300,000 for the city of Logan, $400,000 for Hocking County.

“If we can’t get enough folks to be helped in the county, we can help more in the city or vice versa,” Crippen said. “We not only do these housing grants, but we also do infrastructure. And the county has targeted the city with various large critical infrastructure projects.”

CHIP does a lot for the people of Logan, especially elderly people who may not be able to keep up with maintaining their homes, Mayor Fraunfelter told The Logan Daily News.

“The thing that comes to my mind when I was first in office and heard about the CHIP program, there were senior citizens who lived in their houses (that) were not well-insulated, things like that – needed new doors, caulking around frames – and (CHIP fixed) that,” Fraunfelter said. “There was one old fellow, and he had not had a bathroom working for many years, and I went to (CHIP) and they took care of it – that’s what I like seeing.”

Tuesday night also marked the first time council was held in council chambers since the pandemic began. Its meetings were in the Logan-Hocking Middle School’s library for about the past 15 months, Mayor Fraunfelter said. He was happy to be back in the chambers, he added.

In other business, Council passed two items of previously mentioned emergency legislation:

  • Ordinance No. 41, 2021, which accepts Shelly & Sands, Inc.’s bid for Project #2 in the amount of $218,488.25, pending approval by the Ohio Public Works Commission, for the paving of city street and amending resolution No. 17, 2020 to increase the city’s cost of the improvement to 51% and accepting the bid from Shelly & Sands, Inc. for Project #4 in the amount of $118,844.40 of which the city’s cost is 100% for the paving of city streets, declaring an emergency
  • Resolution No. 21, 2021 which authorizes the mayor on behalf of the city to enter into a partnership agreement with Perry County, Hocking County and Logan for the submission of the 2021-2023 Community Housing Impact and Preservation program (CHIP) grant if funded, declaring an emergency

Seven items were up for third reading, however, only six passed, as Ordinance No. 34, 2021 must be amended and re-read at the next council meeting. Ordinance No. 34, 2021, which creates a new line item within the general fund and appropriates $5,000 from unappropriated money in the general fund to the newly created line item, needs amended to update the appropriation to $6,700.

The six items that passed were:

  • Ordinance No. 33, 2021, which establishes the process by which the petitioner is required to file an application for the vacation or the narrowing of a public right-of-way along with payment for all associated costs
  • Ordinance No. 35, 2021, which creates a new line item within the general fund and appropriates $2,800 from unappropriated money in the general fund to the newly created line item
  • Ordinance No. 36, 2021, which appropriates $7,500 from unappropriated money in the water fund
  • Ordinance No. 37, 2021, which appropriates $2,500 from unappropriated money in the sewer fund
  • Ordinance No. 38, 2021, which creates a new line item within the capital improvement fund and appropriates $6,300 from unappropriated money in the capital improvement fund to the newly created line item
  • Ordinance No. 39, 2021, which creates a new line item within the street government fund and appropriates $150,000 from unappropriated money in the street government fund to the newly created line item

There were no items up for second reading. Like Ordinance No. 34, 2021, Ordinance No. 44, 2021, which was up for first reading and adopts section 153.09 titled “Vacant Buildings” and section 153.10 “Foreclosed Properties and Buildings” to Chapter 153 of Logan City Code, needs amended and will be reread at the council’s next meeting.

Items read for first reading include:

  • Ordinance No. 42, 2021, which appropriates $5,366.37 from unappropriated money in the general fund
  • Ordinance No. 43, 2021, which appropriates $80,000 from unappropriated money in the water fund

City Council also rescheduled its next meeting from the fourth Tuesday of June to the fifth. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 10 S. Mulberry St.

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