Council Postpones Controversial Ordinance 2 Weeks

by Mark Bullion on August 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

A controversial ordinance at Zanesville City Council has been postponed two weeks.

The ordinance has already been postponed twice in recent weeks and would allow the city to contract out Licking County’s Building Department to perform some of its building inspection services. The Muskingum County Commissioners put up an offer of 40 percent of its revenue for building inspections to be given to the city, up 30 percent from where it currently is to help business stay in the county.

"I want it to stay local. It makes absolutely no sense to me to go out of town for anything. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. And I think we’ve done an excellent job with our building department, we made an excellent offer and I just hope it stays local," said Muskingum County Commissioner Jim Porter.

The City of Zanesville countered the offer by splitting it in half 50-50, a move Porter says the county is not willing to budge on.

 "You’ve got to run it as a business. And 50 percent, we cannot do it for 50 percent. It would mean jobs and it would be a money losing proposition for us," said Porter.

The commissioners along with the mayor and members of council and the Mid-East Ohio Building Department are expected to meet within the next two weeks to come up with a final solution.