LOGAN — Logan may have its own Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, by the end of the summer.

Logan City Council discussed updates in its DORA quest during its meeting Tuesday night.

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, a DORA is “nothing more than a specified area of land that a local legislative authority has designated as exempt from certain open container provisions as defined within the legislative act that created the DORA.”

Councilwoman and Chairperson of the Streets & Alleys Committee Judie Henniger, First Ward, said that at a combined committee meeting last week, both Streets & Alleys and Public Safety, decided that Logan should implement a DORA on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during permitted special events.

“The area is the centerline of Walnut Street to the center line of High Street, and the centerline of Second Street to the centerline of Hunter Street,” Henniger said.

Mayor Greg Fraunfelter said he and Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce Director Bailey Simons met Wednesday to write up the DORA ordinance to be added to the next city council meeting’s agenda. He first heard about DORAs three years ago, he said Wednesday; earlier this year, Councilman Jim Robinson, at large, approached him about implementing one.

Though the dimensions may sound strange, they’re actually quite practical, Fraunfelter said, describing Logan’s DORA as a “perfect rectangular shape.” Its dimensions were chosen to include places serving alcohol now and others looking to in the future.

“It was an interesting and enjoyable challenge, but we got the initial thing done,” the Mayor said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Logan would join a handful of other cities with DORAs, including nearby Athens, which passed its DORA ordinance this past June, The Athens Messenger reported. Other cities with DORAs include Chillicothe, Marietta, Toledo and Cincinnati, among others.

New Logan Fire Department Chief Chris Maley was also sworn in at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Hocking County Common Pleas Judge John T. Wallace presided over the ceremony and Maley’s family attended. Maley and his wife, Michelle, stood together as he took the oath.

Maley was officially appointed at the council’s June 29 meeting, the News previously reported. He replaced longtime Fire Chief Brian “Odie” Robertson on July 10. Maley requested a swearing-in, as he’s never done so in his 25-year career as a firefighter, he said.

“I’d like to thank my family for being here and the opportunity to serve as fire chief for the city,” Maley said. “I think I mentioned it before, I’ve worked long and hard to get here. And I certainly will do my best to not let anyone down.”

In other business, council passed one emergency item:

Resolution No. 23, 2021, which authorizes the mayor or city service director to enter into a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to complete a maintenance resurfacing project for a 0.04-mile section of state Route 664 near Walmart, declaring a

  • n emergency

Two items were passed on third reading:

Ordinance No. 42, 2021, which a

  • ppropriates $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

Two items were up for second reading:

  • Ordinance No. 45, 2021, which appropriates $11,000 from unappropriated money in the general fund

Ordinance No. 46, 2021, which appro

  • priates $25,00 from unappropriated money in the water fund

One item was up for first reading:

  • Ordinance No. 47, 2021, which creates a new line item within the water fund and appropriates $130,000 from unappropriated money in the water fund to the newly created line item

The council’s next meeting will not be in Council Chambers due to a scheduling conflict.

The next Logan City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce, 96 W. Hunter St. Meetings are open to the public.

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