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City will buy Hamilton Road plot, create green space

No specific plans yet, except to demolish 'eyesore' building

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In continuing efforts to improve aesthetics in the city, Whitehall is poised to purchase property at 115 S. Hamilton Road and convert it into green space.

Whitehall City Council introduced legislation at its July 22 committee meetings authorizing Mayor Kim Maggard to purchase the property.

Maggard said an agreement is yet to be reached for the parcel, which last housed a parts store for ham radios and other communication devices. That business closed more than a year ago.

"We will demolish (the one-story building) and landscape it. It's kind of an eyesore now," Maggard said of the vacant building on the west side of South Hamilton Road, just south of Fairway Boulevard.

Earlier this month, council passed legislation authorizing the expenditure of $550,000 for real estate; the pending purchase will be made using a fraction of the approved amount, Maggard said.

The ordinance is expected to be introduced and receive a first reading at the next regular meeting of Whitehall City Council, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

The meeting will be held outside on the front lawn of City Hall in conjunction with National Night Out, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Whitehall Division of Police, 365 S. Yearling Road.

Other legislation received at the July 22 committee meetings, expected to be introduced at the Aug. 5 council meeting, includes a measure that allows Maggard to contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for bridge inspection services, and one that amends the city code concerning animal control.

A reference to the defunct vicious dogs appeal board was discovered and will be removed, Maggard said.

Also last week, Maggard told council members she is continuing to meet with multiple city officials concerning an incident July 3 at John Bishop Park resulting in the arrests of 10 people during the city's Fourth of July festivities.

Maggard said she plans to provide council with a report of the meetings and ideas to prevent similar future problems at the Aug. 12 council meeting.

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