London city council clears the slate for 2020

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(Posted Dec. 27, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

London City Council held its last regular meeting of the year on Dec. 19, suspending the three-reading rule to pass several pieces of legislation in an effort to tie up loose ends and provide a clean slate for 2020.

Council unanimously passed an amendment to a previous ordinance to reflect an increase in salary ranges for city department heads and non-union personnel. For most positions, the legislation provides for a $20,000 range from a minimum salary to a maximum cap. The waste water superintendent position will enjoy a wider salary range than most with a stretch from $63,269 to $91,156.

The ordinance does not mean an immediate raise for department heads, it merely sets the ranges for the various positions.

“This basically adjusts the pay ranges to make the department head positions more competitive and comparable with other towns of this size,” said Councilman Andrew Hitt, the piece’s sponsor.

Legislation was passed providing for the regulation, licensure and permitting process for the use of food trucks in designated areas of the city. The ordinance pertains only to those trucks serving the greater public. Trucks hired on for events on private property and not selling to the public are excluded from the legislation.

Council also set a public hearing date of Jan. 2 to discuss vacating a blind alley running between 71 and 73 Laurel St. The overgrown alley is currently being used as a driveway by the residents at 73 Laurel St.

Also passed was a resolution authorizing the board of public utilities to submit an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Program in the hopes of receiving approximately $400,000 in a zero percent loan to finance upgrades to the biosolids processing equipment at the wastewater plant.

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