Whitehall News

Last meeting of the year

Council's agenda features quick- action items


Whitehall City Council members were expected to approve a battery of finance-related measures Dec. 18, the final regularly scheduled meeting of 2012.

Because of the time-sensitive nature of the ordinances and resolutions, emergency passage was required, and with some ordinances, the three-reading rule was suspended so the legislation could be immediately effective upon passage.

Legislation expected to pass Dec. 18, after ThisWeek Whitehall News' press time, included an ordinance appropriating the city's general-fund expenses for 2013 in the amount of $26.74 million and an ordinance appropriating $6.7 million for the city's capital-improvement projects and other expenses that aren't part of the general fund.

Council members passed an ordinance amending the salary schedule of city employees, raising and lowering both ends of salary ranges for city employees.

The amendments were based on a salary study Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard had commissioned earlier this year. In most instances, the salaries were raised, but few employees are at the top of any given salary range, Maggard said.

"We want to be competitive, but at the same time, we need to be financially responsible and cognizant of the demographics of our city," Maggard said.

In other expected action, council members approved ordinances transferring $14,800 from the income-tax salaries account to the income-tax office-miscellaneous account, amending the medical-care and flexible-spending plan the city offers, approving revisions to the investment policies of the city, authorizing new contracts with Columbus for water and sewer services and rezoning a parcel of land on South Hamilton Road.

The rezoning request, which is expected to pass, is for a parcel at 836 N. Hamilton Road to be rezoned from A-1 (apartment district) to OD (office district).

Two ordinances that were introduced during the Dec. 11 committee meeting were expected to pass as an emergency measure during the Dec. 18 council meeting.

The ordinances appropriated $9,278 in the general fund to the self-funded health-insurance account and $20,767 from the tax-increment-financing fund to various expenses accounts for the purpose of reimbursing the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools for property-tax revenue, which was redirected as part of a TIF agreement.