GIRARD — An ordinance to establish a land bank for the City of Girard was defeated with a tie breaker vote at the Girard City Council’s regular meeting Monday.
City Administrator Chris Weiner had brought the idea of establishing a land bank to the council before, and prepared two ordinances for Monday’s meeting. The first ordinance would have established a land bank and created a separate, appointed board of trustees to operate it, while the second would have created the land bank and kept the city council as the board of trustees.
All four council members expressed an interest in creating the land bank, while the Mayor Kurt Ziegler said he did not want to see one established.
Council members Sheldon DeLange and Mike West said they would like to see the city council act as the board of trustees to maintain control over what properties the city would accept. Council members Daniel Murray and Lucas Stansbury preferred option two.
DeLange made a motion to approve the second ordinance, seconded by West. Both voted yes, while Murray and Stansbury voted no. The tie breaker was left to Ziegler, who voted no.
It was reported that Celebrate Girard will host the first of three “Thursdays on the Square” this Thursday. The event takes place every third Thursday in June, July and August, and features live music, vendors and more.
The mayor and council plan to attend Thursday to issue a proclamation recognizing the state championships of the Lady Trojan Softball Team, and of Cailie Logue, who won several medals at state track and field.
Weiner presented his initial draft of the city’s budget for review by the council. The draft and potential changes will be discussed at future meetings.
Girard Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee President Tony Stonerock requested that the committee postpone meeting and continuation with the plan until after Labor Day, giving the city time to find a new city administrator and bring him up to speed on the 20-year plan.
The council accepted the request.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.