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Council amends building code update

3/13/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

GREEN — Green City Council at its March 11 meeting took a mulligan on legislation to update the city’s building codes.

Council reconsidered and amended the ordinance passed at its last meeting. Although the ordinance approved at the Feb. 25 meeting would “work perfectly fine” as passed, according to Law Director Steve Pruneski, it was amended to make it more clear.

The ordinance allows the city to automatically adopt the most recent editions of the Ohio Building Code and the Residential Code of Ohio, the Ohio Plumbing Code and the National Electric Code, eliminating the need to update the ordinance each time a new code is adopted. The amended version corrects the name of the Ohio Building Code and makes clear the new standards will be enforced when adopted by the Ohio Board of Building Standards, Pruneski said.

The city of Green contracts with the Summit County Building Department for building code enforcement.

During committee meetings, Council briefly discussed a potential contract with Orchard, Hiltz and McCliment, Inc., also known as OHM Advisors for design services for the proposed Central Park. Council deferred any action until after two meetings to seek citizen input have been completed. The meetings were scheduled for March 12 and March 13.

Council delayed a vote on a resolution amending the development plan in a planned development district east of Massillon Road and south of Graybill Road. An apartment complex with 180 one-and two-bedroom units and a commercial development with five office buildings already has been approved for the district. At issue is a proposed 50-unit restricted senior housing development called Greensburgh Manor. The development is to be sandwiched between the already approved projects. Planning Director Wayne Wiethe said the developer is applying for tax credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to construct housing for persons at least 55 years old. No more than 30 percent of the units would be subsidized, he said.

Should the developer be successful in obtaining the tax credit funding, the project would have to go back to the Planning Department, Wiethe said. Public comment on the project is sought, he added.

Comments can be made by calling Joseph McCabe at 604-396-3200, sending an email to greensburghmanor@gmail.com or writing to The Woda Group, 229 Huber Village Blvd., Suite 100, Westerville, OH 43081. More information about the development is available in the planning and development section of the city’s website.

Following a public hearing with no comments, Council accepted the application of Shirley Ujhazy to place 21.81 acres on East Caston Road into an agricultural district. Acceptance of the application allows the property to be taxed at its current agricultural use value (CAUV) instead of full market value. To qualify for CAUV, the property must contain at least 10 acres used exclusively for agricultural purposes or generate $2,500 annually in sale of agricultural products produced on the property, according to city officials.

In other action, Council:

  • noted a rain barrel workshop and auction of 16 painted rain barrels will be March 15 at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd. Bidding for the silent auction will end at 10 a.m., when the workshop will begin. Rain barrels are on display. The minimum bid is $50;
  • waived the three-reading rule to pass a resolution approving the replat of Spring Hill Phase Four. Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee Chairman Skip Summerville (Ward 4) said changes were minor and included lot line movements and adjustment of easements to correct driveway encroachments;
  • approved establishment of a street lighting district for a portion of Town Park Boulevard. Establishing the district allows placement of street lights benefitting two property owners who are responsible for the utility charges;
  • adopted a resolution supporting a memorandum of understanding with the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District and the city. Under the agreement, the water conservation district will review construction plans and inspect construction sites for the city and the city will pay the district $1,900 for educational services; and
  • noted Taxpayer Appreciation Day is March 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CAB. Representatives of the city’s Income Tax Division will be available to answer questions and assist residents with preparing their 2013 Green income tax returns. Refreshments will be served.

Council will meet March 25 for its next regular meeting, starting with committee meetings at 5 p.m. and the Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the CAB.

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