Following the approval of the May 3, 2021 minutes at the May 17, 2021 meeting, Council heard a report from the Zoning Administrator concerning Residential Blight Procedures.
A warning letter is sent out via regular mail when someone is close to a violation, so they can start saving and planning for repairs. Usually there is a year to get it done.
If a place is already fully in violation, they are sent a Violation Letter by certified mail and have 30 days to notify the City Engineer of course of action (It is imperative that people make contact so they can work together) and 90 days to complete the action.
If there is no communication then it is sent to the courts. Failure to comply results in a citation filed and court process started. The city may make repairs with a cost charged against the real estate and/or a lien put on it.
Presently there have been 112 warnings sent in 2021 and there are 44 violations. He has not checked to see who has corrected those yet. “We do want to point out that we have no intention of taking anyone’s house. We are happy to work with you,” he said.
Mayor Carrie Schlade also mentioned that churches and other individuals are ready and willing to help.
“We don’t want to drop the hammer, but when we have to, we do,” she added. “The feedback this year has been good. People are responding,” Zoning Admin said.
Clerk Treasurer’s report was presented and approved. Council voted to also approve:
-Ordinance #17-2021 authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a Contract with M&M Asphalt, LTD. for the Project known as “2021 Bryan Senior Center Parkin Lot Improvements.”
-Ordinance #18 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Contract with Fire Training Structures, LLC, out of Phoenix, AZ, for the Project known as “Bryan Fire Department Live Fire Training Structure Re-Build”
-Ordinance #19 Providing for Annual Appropriations for the City of Bryan, for the FY ending December 31, 2021 and Declaring an Emergency
-Ordinance #20 to Authorize the mayor to enter into a Purchase Agreement with Robert A. Lloyd for the Purchase of a Strip of Land Near the Detention Pond in Bryan, Ohio situated in the County of Williams, in the State of Ohio, Being .135 Acres (30 foot strip), more or less, with Permanent Parcel
A status change in the Police Dept. was announced for one officer who has completed his contract and it was requested to move him up a step with compensation.
Part timers to be hired for Seasonal Park work were approved for the summer swim season. They are still looking for more life guards and other workers for the summer.
Council approved the Amphitheater Contracts, which are “working documents” as they are learning as they go. Fee Structure for Rental is set to be as much like the Arts and Ed building, so it will be more usable and competitive.
The permission for alcoholic beverages to be served during events must have all the correct paperwork as well as the signatures of the Mayor and the Police Chief. They want to move forward and make the Amphitheater a success.
Council members stated that they are pleased with the comprehensive contract and realize it will need to adjust as they discover new issues for the use of the Amphitheater.
The resignation of the Clerk Treasurer, Allison Cooney, was regretfully accepted and the permission to post for the position was approved.
Council members took a few minutes to thank all who were mentioned during the meeting, who have worked so faithfully for the city and to mention their hopes that the city will keep looking better and better. Council member Betts also thanked the Bryan Area Foundation for all that they do for the city.
Mayor Schlade shared that the Williams County Health Department will be having their Small Electronics Recycling event on June 2 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the WC Fairgrounds.
A list of what they will take is available on their FB page.
Schlade also said, concerning the civic groups, she was honored to be asked to issue a proclamation for the Rotary for being in the community of Bryan for 80 years. She extended her thanks to the Rotary and all of the other civic groups in the community.
It was announced that fountains are going to be put in, out in the park by the Amphitheater. Council then went into Executive Session to discuss Acquisition of property, with no action taken.