LOGAN — Logan City Council had its first regular meeting of 2022 Tuesday night and passed its first legislation of the new year.

Council passed three emergency ordinances as well as two items on third reading, including an amended version of an ordinance that initially sparked controversy among Logan landlords and property owners.

Council passed emergency Resolution No. 1, 2022, which awarded the city a lead service line replacement construction contract in accordance with the engineer’s letter of bid recommendation. Councilman Mike Berry, at large, abstained from the vote.

Council also passed emergency Resolution No. 2, 2022, which authorized the mayor to enter into a contract with the Hocking County Board of Commissioners for the purpose of obtaining Hocking County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) services; newly elected Councilman Robert “Bozz” Salizzoni, 4th Ward, who serves as Hocking County EMA director, abstained from the vote.

Finally, council passed emergency Resolution No. 3, 2022, which renewed the agreement the city has with the Hocking County Commissioners for indigent defense services in the Hocking County Municipal Court.

Council also passed Ordinance No. 69, 2021 (amended) on third reading, an ordinance that initially drew criticism from Logan landlords and property owners. Ordinance No. 69, 2021, as passed, adopts and adds section 153.09, “Vacant Buildings,” and section 153.10, “Foreclosed Properties and Buildings, to existing Logan city structure code; and repeals chapter 150 of Logan city code, “Registration of Vacant Property.”

According to a copy of Ordinance No. 69, 2021, Section 153.09, “Vacant Buildings,” subsection (C), requires owners/”person in control” to register property with the city’s chief code official no later than 90 days after any residential, industrial or commercial use building in the city becomes vacant; or no later than 30 days of being notified by the city of the requirement to register based on evidence of vacancy (whichever comes first). The ordinance includes 10 definitions of vacant buildings.

The owner of any vacant structure who fails to register such structures within the established time frames shall be subject to a $50 per day administrative penalty with a maximum penalty of $1,000, Ordinance No. 69, 2021 states.

According to Section 153.09, “Vacant Buildings,” subsection (E), “the owner or person in control of a vacant residential building shall pay annual fees as listed in the attached fee schedule for the first year the building remains vacant.” For every consecutive year the building remains vacant, the annual fee doubles from the previous year’s fee amount “for a maximum annual fee equaling the five-year fee as listed.”

The first year fee in a B1 zoning district is $1,600; B2, B3, M1, M2 and S2 districts are $400; and for R1, R2, R3, R2B and RMH zoning districts, $200. The ordinance lists six exemptions for vacant building registration and appeals may be made. The city is to maintain a register of vacant properties, the ordinance states.

In November 2021, according to a previous Logan Daily News report, around a dozen Logan landlords attended a Logan City Council meeting to voice concern over Ordinance No. 69, 2021, which previously required landlords to pay a $125 non-refundable fee for each registered rental property to cover costs of registration, inspections and more. Council removed that requirement when it amended the ordinance at its last meeting of 2021 and tabled an accompanying fee schedule ordinance.

Newly elected President of Council Denise Whalen also made Logan City Council committee appointments, terms for which begin this year and end in 2024.

Councilman Jim Robinson, at large, will remain chairperson of the Finance Committee, and be a member of the Planning & Annexation and Water & Sewer committees; Councilman James Martin, at large, will remain chair of the Recreation Committee, and be a member of the Public Utilities and Water & Sewer (new) committees; Salizzoni, 4th Ward, will become chair of the Parks & Cemeteries Committee, and be a member of the Public Safety, Recreation and Streets & Alleys committees.

Councilwoman Shirley Chapman, 2nd Ward, will remain chairperson of the Public Utilities and Planning & Annexation committees, and be a member of the Parks & Cemeteries (new) and Recreation committees; Councilman Berry, at large, will remain chairperson of the Water & Sewer committee, and be a member of the Finance (new) and Parks & Cemeteries (new) committees.

Councilman Dave Driscoll, 3rd Ward, will remain chairperson of the Public Safety Committee, and be a member of the Finance and Streets & Alleys (new) committees; and Councilwoman Judie Henniger, 1st Ward, will remain chairperson of the Streets & Alleys Committee, and be a member of the Public Safety, Public Utilities and Planning & Annexation (new) committees.

In other business, council passed one other item on third reading:

  • Resolution No. 38, 2021, which authorizes the mayor, service director and the Logan police chief, on behalf of the city and Logan Police Department, to enter into a contract between the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of housing prisoners in the Fairfield County Jail, setting forth the rights, duties, responsibilities and obligations.

Council read six items on second reading:

  • Ordinance No. 83, 2021, which amends Ordinance No. 68, 2019, Ordinance No. 48, 2017, Ordinance No. 32, 2013, Ordinance No. 41, 2009 and Ordinance No. 45, 2005, to increase the salaries of certain city employees, and repealing parts of the ordinances inconsistent therewith.
  • Ordinance No. 85, 2021, which increases the salaries of certain city employees (police chief, police captain, fire chief, code enforcement officer).
  • Ordinance No. 86, 2021, which increases the salary of a certain city employee (service director).
  • Ordinance No. 87, 2021, which increases the salary of a certain city employee (water treatment plant operator).
  • Ordinance No. 88, 2021, which increases the salary of a certain city employee (wastewater treatment plant superintendent).
  • Resolution No. 40, 2021, which creates two part-time code enforcement positions and establishes the pay rate for said positions.

No items were up for first reading.

Logan City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Its next meeting will be Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 10 S. Mulberry St.

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