Ironton City Council holds brief meeting

Published 10:14 am Friday, October 25, 2013

A short agenda, the absence of three of its members and no public in attendance led to Thursday’s regular meeting of Ironton City Council to last all of 10 minutes.

“We need to enjoy these short meetings,” Rich Blankenship, Ironton mayor, said. “Come January it feels like we live (in the city center).”

Council member Kevin Waldo is recovering from an illness and Michael Lutz and Dave Fraser were also not at the meeting, which was presided over by council member Beth Rist. Council was able to get some work finished during the abridged meeting, however, by approving the minutes from the last regular meeting on Oct. 10, the planning commission meeting on Oct. 14 and the zoning appeals board meetings from Oct. 14 and Oct. 17.

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Two ordinances also had second readings; 13-66 amending the annual operating budget and 13-67 amending the parking size in Ironton.

“The meetings tend to be short around this time,” Blankenship said. “We only have two more meetings until the new council members are in.”

Blankenship said meetings to discuss the city’s budget will begin soon and “tend to last a little longer.”

A temporary budget has to be submitted to the state by Dec. 31 and the official budget by March 31. Blankenship said the city operates with a budget of roughly $5 million annually.