EAST LIVERPOOL - At its recent meeting, City Council approved legislation authorizing the purchase of a sports utility vehicle for use by the K-9 unit that should be in place by next spring.
The ordinance authorizes advertising for bids and purchasing the vehicle, which will then be specially equipped for the canine that will be purchased and trained, along with its handler, Patrolman Chad Tatgenhorst, in April.
Chief John Lane recently said the vehicle is expected to cost more than $34,000 and his plan is to make three annual payments.
About $43,000 in donations has been raised, with the dog and training expected to take about $13,000 of that and another estimated $8,000 for equipping the cruiser. Additional costs will be incurred for the dog's kennel and other expenses.
In other legislative matters, council approved an ordinance naming 1st National Community Bank as its depository.
Planning Director Bill Cowan gave an update on the rental license program, saying letters were sent out to notify owners about the need to get their fees paid.
November was declared amnesty month, when landlords could pay for a license and not face any late fees, and Cowan said that did bring in quite a few, with about 70 still not in compliance.
Those names have been forwarded to the law director to be brought into court.
Councilman Ray Perorazio questioned if the minimum standards for rental units could be updated, and Cowan said after the meeting he has contacted a company about getting some ordinances in other communities to review.
He reminded council that several abandoned structures have been torn down in recent months.
It was announced that the East Liverpool Rotary had donated $500 in memory of the late Chief Mike McVay to be used toward repair of street lights.
Mayor Jim Swoger reported as many as possible were repaired with the money in the downtown area.
During his report, Swoger thanked outgoing Thompson Park Superintendent Robb Kenny for his service. Kenny has taken a job in another state, and the Civil Service Commission has been directed to prepare a test for his replacement.
Council approved William Gray of Highland Colony as the new tourism board member.
The next regular meeting of City Council will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in council chambers.