Council overrides mayor#8217;s veto

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Ironton City Council overrode a mayor’s veto, had several second readings on ordinances, and untabled a measure to get all the city ordinances updated and in a single book during Thursday’s meeting.

Mayor John Elam vetoed ordinance 07-51, which would have made Pine Street between 10th and 11th streets a one-way going east and 11th Street between Pine and Maple streets a one-way going south.

Councilman Richard Price said that were numerous accidents from people running stop signs.

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“It is to the point where the neighbors who live on the intersection are afraid to allow their children to play outside,” he said.

Even though the council had unanimously passed the ordinance on June 14, the mayor said in a letter dated June 19, he vetoed it because he never saw the petitions that were signed by people in the neighborhood. Elam is on vacation and didn’t attend the council meeting.

Councilman Bob Cleary said he gave everyone a copy of the petitions to the council.

“I can’t say for a fact I handed one to the mayor, maybe I didn’t,” he said. “But there was a petition that the neighbors signed.”

Price said he asked to suspend the rules and bring the motion before council again because he if there was a fatal accident there, “I don’t know if I could live with myself.”

The motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance 07-10, which dealt with getting all city ordinances in a single book, was untabled.

Earlier in the year, the council tabled the motion because it thought the $12,000 price tag was too high and there might be a cheaper alternative than having American Publishing codify all the ordinances.

On Thursday, Rick Meeks moved to have the motion untabled, which the council did.

Councilmen said it was not confusing when anyone was trying to look up ordinances and no one was sure when the last time they had the books printed. Price said he has been on the council since 2001 and hadn’t seen a copy. The council’s legal advisor, Mack Anderson said he hadn’t seen a new copy in the past 17 years.

The ordinance passed unanimously.