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Medical office opposed

Parking ordinance passes as non-emergency

Several neighbors to a potential medical office in a residential Ironton neighborhood are against the idea for the office to open, and showed their disapproval with a petition at Ironton City Council Monday evening.

The building is the former office of Dr. Durado at 2213 S. Ninth Street, and the petition contained 12 signatures of neighbors adjacent or within 300 feet of the property.

Presenting the petition to council was Ironton resident T.J. Parnell, who was with about eight other neighbors at the meeting.

The petition claimed that the office has been vacant since August of 2015, and with more than a year of vacancy, the property shall only be permitted to be used as residential.

Along with the petition, an ordinance was attached stating that 60 percent of the neighbors to the property must be in agreement to move forward.

Ironton City Council forwarded the petition to Susan Dooley, city code enforcement and zoning officer.

Another Ironton resident, Randy Koerper, asked council about Ordinance 16-42, prohibiting the parking of certain recreational vehicles upon city streets, alleys and public rights-of-way, wanting to know if there was going to be a grace period before being enforced.

The third reading of the ordinance was given, however, the ordinance was not declared an emergency, so there is a 30-day grace period before becoming law, which started Monday.

Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith said warnings would be given during the grace period, but after the 30 days, police will start towing the recreational vehicles.

Also at council:

• Ordinance 16-49, amending the annual operating budget for the city of Ironton for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016, and declaring an emergency, was passed.

• Ordinance 16-50, to adopt the temporary operating budget for the city of Ironton for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2017, and declaring an emergency, was referred to Finance Committee.

• Resolution 16-46, authorizing the mayor’s signature on the government aggregation master retail electric supply with Dynegy, passed.

• Resolution 16-47, authorizing the mayor’s signature on the government aggregation master retail natural gas supply agreement with Constellation, passed.

• Resolution 16-48, authorizing the mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the water pollution control loan fund CSO discount for sewer separation project phases four and five, was amended as an emergency and passed.