Grandview Heights City Council approved an ordinance March 19 to authorize a contract with the E.P. Ferris & Associates engineering firm for engineering expenses associated with a curb ramp replacement study.

Grandview Heights City Council approved an ordinance March 19 to authorize a contract with the E.P. Ferris & Associates engineering firm for engineering expenses associated with a curb ramp replacement study.

The ordinance appropriates $15,000 from the general fund for the contract.

A total of 537 curb ramps at 120 intersections will be inspected to determine where and what type of curb ramps are needed.

The intent of the study is "to get a base document so we can go for funding" when grant money or other funds become available that could be used for curb ramp replacement projects, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

It may be that the city could only do a few ramps each year, depending on when and how much money is available for Grandview to submit an application, he said.

In other business, council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor and director of finance to request $40,000 from the county permissive tax funds for the Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue repaving project.

The permissive tax funds are a portion of the license tag fees the Bureau of Motor Vehicles collects for each respective municipality.

The state is planning to repave the Dublin Road intersection, said Patrik Bowman, director of administration/economic development.

The permissive tax funds the city would get would be used to help pay for additional repaving of Grandview Avenue from the railroad tracks to the city's corporation line, he said.

The administration expects to present council with legislation next month to appropriate the city's share of the state project cost and add the permissive tax funding, Bowman said.

Council also approved a resolution stating its "strong opposition to any effort by the state of Ohio to require central collection of Ohio municipal income taxes."

The resolution was originally introduced and sponsored by council President Steve Reynolds at council's March 5 meeting.

At that time, council member Milt Lewis objected to much of the language included in the introductory section of the legislation, although he indicated he did not disagree with the overall intent of the measure.

At Monday's meeting, a revised version of the resolution was introduced. The measure was approved by a 6-1 vote with Lewis casting the only negative vote.

The legislation states that the proposal suggested by some state officials that Ohio municipal income taxes be collected by the Ohio Department of Taxation is "another attempt to improperly usurp cities' sovereignty and authority" and would infringe on the home rule rights of municipalities to self-govern.

The measure also notes that Grandview is "practicing a shared-services approach to finding efficient and cost-effective methods" of tax collection by using the services and resources provided by the Regional Income Tax Agency and that local municipalities are "better able to cost-effectively monitor and enforce compliance" with their municipal tax collections.