Committees meet to consider packed agendas on Monday night
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- It was a very busy night in Cambridge City Council Chambers as the Finance, Legislative, City Services and Council as a whole met in committee meetings on Monday night. Representatives of the Community Development Corporation of Guernsey County (CDC) were on hand requesting a resolution of support for a proposed Veterans Memorial Park at the site of the old Glass Plant School in East Cambridge. Ron Gombeda of the CDC showed plans and drawings developed by the Davis Architectural Group that includes a pavilion, a walking path and a stone arch entry way from the old Glass Plant School. The plan also incorporates existing memorials to veterans already at the site and has room for the placement of more. There is also plenty of "green space" planned for events at the park. Mayor Tom Orr said he was in favor of the proposal and it would be a "proper park" for the citizens of East Cambridge. Council as a whole approved a resolution of support for the new park.
Council also heard public commentary on possible legislation for a noise ordinance being developed by the city. City Law Director Bill Ferguson stated that there was "no ordinance on the books concerning amplified outdoor music". Police Chief Randy LePage agreed, saying there was "no enforceable ordinance" and without such a law, such events would continue without police interference. Three residents commented on a situation at the Park Circle Cafe in which loud outdoor concerts were taking place on a regular basis. All the residents said there was no escape from the noise for them and it was becoming intolerable. The owner of the Park Circle was on hand as well, saying he wanted to see an end to the controversy, but the concerts would continue. Limitations were discussed by council, including regulating the time of events, restricting decibel levels and limiting the number of events that could take place during the year. Council tabled the matter to give Law Director Ferguson a chance to develop some legislation that has some options on a noise ordinance for council.
City Services met and tabled a request by a resident to vacate an alley off of U.S. 40, on the western edge of the city. A council representative, the city engineer and the resident are going to meet to look at the site.
Legislative Committee met and approved some water line easements at the old State Hospital grounds. The easements will separate individual users on the grounds of the old state facility who are currently on a large master meter. The committee also OKd' a date of August 30th for a charity "Fill the Boot" drive conducted by the Cambridge Fire Department at the intersection of Southgate Parkway and Wheeling Avenue.
And Finance met and approved some various transfers and appropriations. A matter concerning City Council salaries was tabled once again. The proposal would raise salaries to help those on council with their PERS retirement accounts. The proposal was tabled to allow Council to study what other communities are currently paying their councils and review council salaries over the last 10 years.