Stories tagged with: City Council

January 11, 2010 - 10:10pm
4 years 27 weeks ago

City Council is taking steps to finalize its 2010 budget.

At tonight's meeting an ordinance was introduced that would give authorization to create a furlough system for city employees. However the ordinance does not authorize furloughs, that is a decision made by Mayor Zwelling.

The ordinance moved to a second reading.

A hearing is scheduled for January 25 to discuss the budget and potential problems and solutions.

"As expected, I heard from all three unions...

January 4, 2010 - 10:24pm
4 years 28 weeks ago

There are a few new faces on city council for the new year.

Tonight three members were sworn into their seats on council.

Grant Hutcheson is a first-time council member, representing the second ward.

Andrew Roberts joins council for the first time as Council at Large.

Mark Baker joins council as the first ward council member. Baker previously served four terms, but lost his seat in the last election.

"It's very exciting, for the simple fact that i know most...

December 29, 2009 - 6:30pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

The City of Zanesville's big budget problems were threatening to end one city department's existence, but now it looks like that won't be happening thanks to an amendment in the City of Zanesville's 2010 temporary budget.

At last night's city council meeting Mayor Zwelling proposed pulling money from the fire department's salaries and operations budget to fund the city's building and maintenance department for another three months.

"I was proud of the administration for...

December 28, 2009 - 10:53pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

The Zanesville city budget is balanced, at least temporarily.

After an earlier budget meeting today City Council voted, with several amendments, to pass the proposed city budget for the year 2010.

"All in all for a temporary budget, it's balanced," said Councilman-at-Large Jeff Tilton. "We have a lot to do to get the permanent budget at the end of March."

After weighing the options over several budget hearings, council made three amendments to the...

December 21, 2009 - 10:39pm
4 years 30 weeks ago

It's crunch time for Zanesville's City Council.

Council ordered a special budget work session held this evening to figure out just how to plug a $2.6 million hole in the 2010 budget.

"It's kind of a frustrating night, I think, for everyone involved," said City Council Member at Large Dan Vincent. "We're looking at how we're going to make up money that we don't have for projections for next year. We're looking at furloughs and no one wants that. We have to get...

November 30, 2009 - 9:55pm
4 years 33 weeks ago

As some are loosening their belts from the holidays, the City of Zanesville is tightening theirs.

City council met tonight as part of a work session to see what to do about the city's $2.6 million budget deficit for next year. Council listened to suggestions and came up with some of their own to solve the problem.

"We're looking into overtime because we have tens of thousands of dollars tied up in overtime," said Mayor Howard Zwelling. "Some of it is very...

November 23, 2009 - 10:53pm
4 years 34 weeks ago

At the Zanesville City Council meeting Mayor Howard Zwelling announced the city has a one million dollar budget shortfall.

With income tax collection down the city will need to tighten its belt and cut some corners. To do that he is creating a special committee.

"We are putting together a committee and that will be Mike Sims, Bob Branford, Dale Rains and myself. We are going to meet twice a week and review all purchase requisitions," says Mayor Zwelling....

November 4, 2009 - 5:41pm
4 years 37 weeks ago

Today wasn't an ordinary day at school for 19-year-old Grant Hutcheson. The Maysville senior walked into school a Zanesville City Councilman Elect.

In last night's election, the teen edged out second ward incumbent Kevin McPeek and other opponent Darrell Smith. Hutcheson said it was hard getting people to believe he was serious.

"At first, the first two weeks a lot of people laughed at me," he said. "After the board of elections released that I was running,...

October 26, 2009 - 9:59pm
4 years 38 weeks ago

City Council also is moving to table an ordinance on improvements to Gant Municipal Stadium.

Councilman David Tarbert says the ordinance had been amended previously and the newest amendment tonight was suggesting that the city not proceed until receiving notice if grant money would be given to the city for the project.

"They said tonight that that could possibly-if there is funding available through the city-that could hurt our chances of receiving grant money, and while it...

October 26, 2009 - 9:55pm
4 years 38 weeks ago

Zanesville City Council is approving a first reading of an ordinance for the water plant project's construction inspection and administrative services.

Zanesville Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says the initial cost was just under two million dollars, and Sims says he felt the city could come up with 1.1 million of that over the next three years.

"But after I met with the Public Service Committee and received the budget, it looks like the water revenues are down...

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