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Water issues on agenda

Ironton City Council will meet tonight after a week’s delay because of the manhunt that was going on for the person who killed four people in Decatur Township last Wednesday.

Vice Mayor Craig Harvey rescheduled the meeting for 6 p.m. tonight citing that the Ironton Police Department was helping the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office in the manhunt “and their resources are better utilized for protection of schools and universities, rather than to provide security at a city council meeting.”

On the agenda will be water issues and an ordinance to raise the height limit of advertising signs along U.S. 52.

Ordinance 17-45, if passed, would allow the city to hire an independent engineering firm to evaluate and determine the cause of flooding of homes on North Second Street. The houses have had issues with basements flooding since 2014 after a wall was built as part of an EPA-mandated separation of the sewer and wastewater lines.

The engineering firm would be paid up to $15,000 to come up with a solution for the flooding.

This is the first reading of this ordinance.

Ordinance 14-44 would change the city’s standard height for advertising signs along the highway.

Currently, Ironton Revised Code puts the maximum limit at 20 feet for a freestanding structure.

The issue is that the current code does not consider the highway visibility for businesses along U.S. 52 and if the ordinance passes, the signs along that section of highway could be up to 35 feet.

The ordinance is up for second reading.

An ordinance getting third reading is for the mayor to execute an agreement with Tribute Contracting and Consultants LLC for construction of a Second Street storm drainage project.

Two ordinances are tabled and sent to finance committee for recommendation. The ordinance would allow the mayor to submit applications for financial assistance from Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvement and to apply for a loan for wastewater facility construction and Third Street waterline rehabilitation.

There will be a meeting of the council’s finance committee at 5 p.m. Both meetings are held on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.