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Council will consider parking, fire truck purchase

Two items are on the agenda for Ironton City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday.

One item is the second reading of an amended version of Ordinance 14-21, which would repeal ordinance No. 09-06 and all related ordinances allowing businesses located in the city center to receive a 50 percent reduction in their lease cost with the city, excluding utilities.

Conditions tied to the discounted rent agreement are that lessees stay current with rent and failure to do so would void the reduction offer. During its last regular meeting, however, council members expressed opposing opinions about an added condition in regard to employee parking.

Council member Craig Harvey moved to amend the ordinance to include in Section 2 Subsection D: “Lessee employees must park in designated areas.” After some discussion the amendment was added by a 4-2 vote and the ordinance had its first reading.

The other agenda item is the first reading of Ordinance 14-22, which authorizes the mayor to award the state contract bid for a custom fire engine and declaring an emergency.

Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship said purchasing the truck is in accordance with the city’s fire fee.

The lowest bid of $388,464 was submitted by Sutphen Corporation of Dublin. The new truck would replace the city’s current 1994 model fire truck if the ordinance is adopted.