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Hiram City Council to update charter, fees, ordinances
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
November 08, 2012 01:57 PM | 978 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram City Council members will be rolling up their sleeves to review and propose updates to ordinances and the city charter during a daylong work session set for Nov. 20.

The need for updates was discussed during last week’s work session of the Hiram Mayor and City Council.

The council discussed agenda items which included an update on Municode’s city of Hiram code of ordinances proof review, changes to the city’s fee schedule and recommended changes to the city of Hiram charter.

City attorney Kelly Hundley explained that Municode is taking city ordinances and organizing them as a codified document. During its review, the attorney found a number of “bells and whistles.”

“We need to make sure current ordinances are in there,” he said. “We want to make sure ordinances are the way this body wants them.”

According to Hundley, most of the charter’s provisions are from 1956.

In other action, a review of the city’s fee schedule was brought before the council by City Manager Robbie Rokovitz.

A discussion was held by the council regarding possible changes to infrastructure revenue fees.

Fees which currently are or could be collected by the city include an occupational tax, gross receipts, Sunday sales, tobacco taxes and catering taxes. Municipal Court fees could be levied for driver permit improvement and court continuance, by which an individual could postpone a hearing for a one-time charge, Rokovitz explained.

Amending fees regarding city property rental, including use of the community center or Ben Strickland Park, are also set to be reevaluated.

Other possible fees to be evaluated include public works items, such as street lighting for illumination of sidewalks, increased deposits on sanitation services, stormwater fees, implementing cut off fees and after-hours fees for water customers.

The Hiram City Council also discussed city sanitation services. Currently, the city has had year-to-year contracts on its waste disposal services for customers. Its present contract expires on Dec. 31.

Rokovitz said possible sanitation options posed for the city include residential only, residential and commercial, franchise or independent contracted services.

He recommended residential only plus small business that do not require a large dumpster. He asked for authorization to put out a request for proposal (RFP) to waste disposal companies to seek bids. Currently 360 residents receive both water and waste pickup from the city. If the city goes with one vendor for all city residents, it would increase service to about 1,300 customers, Rokovitz said.

City officials also announced the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event is scheduled for Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.
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