LOGAN — Logan City Council decided Tuesday night to get on the ground and into the community for two downtown business visits, scheduled for next week and the week after.
An idea introduced by Councilwoman Judie Henniger, First Ward, City Council will visit Main Street businesses next Wednesday, Oct. 20 and the following Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. The first “downtown business walk” will be for businesses on the northern part of Main, and the second will be for businesses in its southern portion.
Each business will get 3-5 minutes to share information about its operations and have a brief dialogue with council members, Henniger said. Henniger said Tuesday that 15 businesses had already expressed interest in visits from the City Council.
Henniger said the idea came from hearing from some business owners that no city officials had yet visited their location yet. The business walks will showcase “what’s in the buildings and who owns them, and their names and their faces,” she said.
“You don’t always have to give monetary support but if you can support (that) you’re concerned and want to help them (in) some way, you may be able to help them a little bit and keep their business open,” Henniger said.
Also related to business downtown, during reports Councilwoman Shirley Chapman, Second Ward, listed a couple of observations she had made during the City Council’s visit to Bellefontaine. Firstly, Chapman noted that Bellefontaine “had no moving manufacturing machinery in their business district.”
Chapman then spoke on the city’s need for parking improvements, as she noticed Bellefontaine had plentiful parking spaces.
“I’ve said for a long time that we need to focus on having a parking garage downtown to make the downtown viable,” Chapman said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve driven around the block to go to the bakery or something, and there is never a parking space. And it’s just, yes, I can walk, I walk a lot of places. But that is just really a problem. And what’s going to happen when the theater opens?... We’re a rural city. We don’t have buses that go up and down the street. We don’t have a subway. We rely on our cars, you have to put your car someplace.”
Chapman said that in 2015 the city tried to address its parking by placing signage for two-hour parking spots; however, she maintained, “there’s not enough personnel to enforce it.” She also gave an example of a business that moved outside the city because it couldn’t provide optimal customer parking.
In other business, council passed a single item of emergency legislation:
- Ordinance No. 65, 2021, which appropriates $5,500 from unappropriated money in the general fund, declaring an emergency
Council passed eight items on third reading:
- Ordinance No. 58, 2021, which appropriates $19,100 from unappropriated money in the water fund
- Ordinance No. 59, 2021, which appropriates $2,100 from unappropriated money in the sewer fund
- Ordinance No. 60, 2021, which appropriates $25,500 from unappropriated money in the general fund
- Ordinance No. 61, 2021, which creates a line item within the water fund and appropriates $85,000 from unappropriated money in the water fund to the newly created line item
- Ordinance No. 62, 2021, which renames a line item within the general fund and appropriates $4,500 from unappropriated money in the general fund to the newly renamed line item
- Resolution No. 29, 2021, which authorizes the mayor to apply for, accept and enter into a water supply revolving loan account on behalf of the city for the construction of lead service line replacement 2021; and designating a dedicated repayment source for the loan
- Resolution No. 30, 2021, which authorizes the city to enter into an agreement for professional services of lead service line replacement 2021; and designating a dedicated repayment source for the agreement
There were no items up for second reading. Three items were up for first reading:
- Ordinance No. 66, 2021, which appropriates $75,000 from unappropriated money in the water fund
- Ordinance No. 67, 2021, which appropriates $40,000 from unappropriated money in the sewer fund
- Ordinance No. 68, 2021, which appropriates $14,500 from unappropriated money in the storm water utility fund
There were no items up for first reading. Logan City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; its next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 10 S. Mulberry St. Meetings are open to the public.
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