Our Town Coshocton shares news at city council meeting

| December 12, 2018

COSHOCTON – At the Coshocton City Council Dec. 10 meeting, Mayor Steve Mercer asked if Tom Barcroft could step to the podium and share Our Town Coshocton’s exciting news.

The Coshocton Main Street Historic District was approved by the State Historic Preservation Advisory Board for recommendation for listing to the National Register of Historic Places.

“We (Our Town board members) made our presentation and were approved unanimously,” Barcroft said. “The next step is for the National Park Service to put us on the registry. We are very excited about this and the possibilities of grants and tax credits that come with it for people who want to do upgrades to buildings in the district.”

Mercer compliment Our Town on its efforts to get this done.

“You started a year ago and it’s been quite an involved application process,” he said.

The district is centered on Main Street, but includes parts of Chestnut and Walnut streets.

During the readings of legislations and resolutions the following actions were taken:

  • Legislation 62-18, an ordinance authorizing the mayor to extend the contract for law enforcement between the City of Coshocton and the county sheriff for three months – passed
  • Legislation 57-18 an ordinance establishing wages for those positions that are exempt from collective bargaining – passed
  • Legislation 58-18 an ordinance establishing the property code investigator as a fulltime position with the City of Coshocton – passed
  • Resolution 13-18 a resolution ordering the insecure, dangerous or hazardous structure(s) on the properties at 710 Elm Street, 742 Elm Street and 610 South Lawn Avenue in the city of Coshocton be removed or abated – passed
  • Resolution 14-18 a resolution ordering the insecure, dangerous or hazardous structure(s) at 725 Elm Street in the City of Coshocton be removed or abated – passed

The Mayor had hoped that Legislation 59-18 also would be able to have three readings, but council didn’t have enough yes votes to suspend the rules and accomplish that. Only six of the seven councilmen were present and Councilman Mike Gross voted no on moving forward with readings. Gross wanted to know when the city would see a return on the project and who would be responsible for any fees and loans if the project didn’t work out. The ordinance authorizes the mayor or service director to enter into legal and engineering service contracts and grant agreements necessary to pursue the West Lafayette Water project.

Council called an emergency meeting on Dec. 11 in hopes of having enough members present to read the legislation again and get it passed before the end of the year. All were present and the legislation was passed 6-1 with Gross again voting no.

The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in council chambers at City Hall.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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