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Norton Council accepts Moving Ohio Forward funds

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

Norton City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend the appropriations for the current expenses for the city and accept Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program funds at the April 14 meeting.

The amendment is $40,000 in grant money the city has received as part of the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant Program. According to the website, www.ohioattorney general.gov, the program was created by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to assist communities in their economic recovery by removing blighted or abandoned structures.

According to Administrative Officer Valerie Wax Carr, the grant will be used to demolish two, possibly three, homes in the city.

“We are going to demolish 4960 Richland Ave. and 5007 S. Hametown Road,” said Carr, “and we hope to also demolish 1289 Norton Ave. as well, but that is pending an asbestos check.”

Council members pushed legislation through without a second or third reading because the deadline to use the money is fast approaching, according to Council President Rick Rodgers (Ward 1).

“We need to move forward with this quickly so that we can use this money,” said Council Vice President Charlotte Whipkey (at large).

In other business, Council approved:

  • an ordinance to execute and deliver an agreement with TranSystems Real Estate Consulting Inc. in connection with the widening of South Cleveland-Massillon Road from Webber Drive to Interstate 76;
  • a resolution urging Ohio voters to support Issue No. 1, a renewal of the state capital improvements program with a vote of 4-2-1. Whipkey and Councilman Dennis Pierson (Ward 3) cast “no” votes, and Councilman Paul Tousley (Ward 4) abstained.
    Tousley said he abstained because it is his personal belief that he shouldn’t tell people how to vote; he should only listen to what they have to say and act accordingly on their behalf; and
  • a new liquor permit for Wolf Creek Tavern, formerly Loyal Oak Tavern.

Council next will meet for a work session April 21 and for its regular meeting April 28, both at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, located at 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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