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Council votes to evict Fuzzy Duck lessee

A unanimous vote of Ironton City Council during its regular meeting on Thursday authorized Mayor Rich Blankenship to begin the eviction process of a local restaurant lessee.

“I will now begin the eviction process of the lessee of the Fuzzy Duck,” he said. “That is all I am at liberty to say at this point.”

Resolution 14-20 reaffirming targeted revitalization area in the city was adopted unanimously.

A paragraph in resolution 14-20 states the areas have been identified based on characteristics of economic distress such as lack of affordable and accessible health care and job opportunities.

The three identified commercial revitalization areas are the downtown business district, Ninth Street Gateway Redevelopment Area and the campus development area.

The resolution also targets certain grants and other funding in support of public and private sector reinvestment.

Resolution 14-19 urging voter to support State Issue I, the renewal of the capital improvements program, was also adopted 4-1, with council president Kevin Waldo absent and council member Dave Frazer casting the lone dissenting vote.

The capital improvements program has supported more than 11,500 projects resulting in job creation since 1987. More than $1.8 billion in capital improvements bonds would be authorized if renewed by voters on May 6.

Ordinance 14-18 authorizing Blankenship to award contracts for the disposal of municipal solid waste was adopted after the rules were suspended and it was given three readings by title only. The ordinance enters the city into a two-year contract with River City Disposal, Ashland, for a fixed rate of $17 per ton.

Ordinance 14-17 executing an agreement with Southern Ohio Trenching and Excavating for construction of the North Fifth and Elm streets sanitary sewer separation phase II had its second reading. Council voted to suspend the third reading and adopt the ordinance.

A temporary liquor license applied for by the Friends of Ironton was also approved by council by a 4-1 vote, with Frazer again being the lone dissenter.