Ironton City Council calls special Sunday session

Published 9:46 am Friday, October 9, 2009

IRONTON — While many people will be wrapping up morning church services or getting ready for the Browns, Bengals or Steelers games at 1 p.m., Ironton City Council will be meeting in a special session Sunday to vote on emergency legislation members were unable to consider during their scheduled meeting on Thursday.

The rare weekend session — scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in council chambers — has the Ironton legislative body acting on potentially five pieces of legislation including approval for Mi-De-Con to install the decking on the Ro-Na Theatre along with Southern Ohio Trenching to install the remaining 116 extendable backwater valves throughout the city for residents hampered by basement flooding during the summer.

The reason for the Sunday session is a result of rules set within the city’s charter that call for six of the seven council members needing to be present in order to waive the second and third reading of an ordinance.

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Only five council members attended the Thursday session with councilmen Mike Lutz and Ralph “Butch” Huff absent.

Lutz had been excused from Thursday’s council meeting due to his daughter’s wedding while Huff’s absence was unknown, according to several councilmen asked.

While five members present do constitute a quorum for council to pass resolutions and adopt third readings of ordinances, six members are needed to waive the required reading on emergency legislation.