Whitehall City Council accepted titles to four parcels during its July 17 meeting.

Whitehall City Council accepted titles to four parcels during its July 17 meeting.

Council adopted a resolution authorizing Mayor Kim Maggard to accept the four parcels, located at two locations.

The city now has ownership of land at South Hamilton and Etna roads that most recently was used as a gas station. Another parcel contains an abandoned structure on South Yearling Road.

The parcels become part of the city's land bank for future consideration, Maggard said.

In other action July 17, council adopted a resolution appropriating $458,500 from non-appropriated funds in the health-insurance trust fund to the health-insurance trust-fund expense account, an ordinance designating particular financial institutions as public depositories and a resolution levying special assessments for property maintenance at multiple locations in Whitehall.

The assessments ordinance is the latest in a series of continuing ordinances in which the city places tax liens on property owners for the expense of city employees performing property maintenance, such as cutting grass and weeds, as required by city code.

Council members tabled one resolution until the Aug. 7 council meeting, authorizing the acceptance of a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan for Franklin County.

Council members are scheduled to have a public hearing during the Aug. 7 council meeting regarding an ordinance to approve a special permit to allow Infiniti of Columbus to sell new and used vehicles at 5250 E. Main St.

The Aug. 7 council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. -- one hour earlier than usual -- and will be held at John Bishop Park as part of National Night Out activities at the park.

National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday of August.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada, National Night Out first was held in the United States and Canada in 1984. It is held on the first Tuesday of August in every state except Texas, where it is held the first Tuesday in October.

The event is designed to increase awareness about police such programs as block watches and other anti-crime efforts and initially entailed lights-on vigils. It since has grown into block parties and festivals, bringing together community members.

Whitehall held its first National Night Out in 2008. About 1,200 people attended the first year, but after the event was shifted to John Bishop Park, it is estimated that as many as 5,000 people have attended, city officials said.