WHAT: City Council meeting Wednesday
PRESENT: Larry Larson, Alford Novak, John Brown, Mark Forte, Ken MacPherson, Eddie Colbert, Dan Sferra and Council President Jim Graham.
ABSENT: Cheryl Saffold, Helen Rucker and Eugene Mach
• Voted to move its Nov. 27 meeting to Nov. 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28, and canceled its Dec. 25 meeting because of Christmas;
• Placed into first reading an ordinance to either extend the current contract with the Ohio Public Defenders office for indigent services or to approve a new contract with the office for 2020. There is a consideration for an extension of the existing contract because Trumbull County is considering not hiring the public defenders office and instead hiring individual lawyers to provide attorney services for indigent defendants;
• Placed into first reading an ordinance to provide the general fund and special funds for the 2020 budget. The council’s finance committee is expected to have at least two meetings to review the 2020 budget. No meeting dates were announced;
• Placed into first reading an ordinance from various department budgets to balance the wage and benefit budgets around the city, as well as to pay for capital purchases. The city’s police department is expected to set aside $200,000 to purchase four police vehicles;
• Placed into second reading an ordinance to approve a one-year contract for the operation and maintenance of the city’s downtown parking deck and downtown parking;
• Passed an ordinance with a vote of 6-to-1 allowing the administration to enter into contract with an architectural firm for the design and construction of a new building for the Water Distribution Department to replace the current building at 540 Laird Ave. SE. Councilman Ken MacPherson voted against the passage. It will take 30 days for the law to take effect.