By DENISE GRANT
Findlay Council is considering changes to the city’s rules on junk vehicles and tall weeds in an effort to improve enforcement.
Council gave a first reading to an ordinance Tuesday that would amend rules about when a vehicle becomes a public nuisance.
The new rules would also give the city service director authority to cut and destroy weeds over 6 inches tall. The current rules do not set a height restriction on weeds.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik told council the changes will make it easier to deal with nuisance complaints.
City code already makes it unlawful to store a vehicle no longer fit for use on any outside lot in Findlay.
The recommended changes would further define a junk vehicle as meeting any one of the following criteria: without a valid registration or license plate; without fully inflated tires, or with any other type of support under it; substantially damaged or missing windshield, door, motor, transmission or similar major part; incapable of moving under its own power; abandoned; or primarily being used for storage.
An attempt to bypass council’s three-reading rule on the changes failed.
The proposed rule changes on junk vehicles and tall weeds come at a time when council is also considering legislation that would establish design standards for updates made to downtown buildings, as part of the city’s zoning code.
The district for design standards would stretch from just north of Center Street to Lima Avenue on Findlay’s Main Street, and would reach just past Hurd Avenue to the west and Factory Street to the east.
The new rules would only apply to current nonresidential properties, mixed-use properties, and residential properties with four or more units.
Once the rules are approved by council, any new structures in the district would be subject to the standards, regardless of use.
Under the new zoning, any changes made to a downtown building would require a permit and be subject to review by a board.
Council gave a second reading to the downtown design standards Tuesday.
Separately, council gave a first reading Tuesday to an ordinance that would appropriate $1.2 million for street resurfacing this summer.
Helms and Sons Excavating, Findlay, was the sole bidder on the project and will be awarded the contract.
City streets to be resurfaced this year include:
- Cory Street, from Elm Street to Lima Avenue, curb replacement and resurfacing.
- Davis Street, from Broad Avenue to Morey Avenue, resurfacing.
- Hardin Street, from Western Avenue to Cory Street, curb and walk replacement and resurfacing.
- Flag City Drive, from Hancock County 236 to Menards, resurfacing.
- Foxmoor Road, from Foxfire Lane to Fox Run, curb replacement and resurfacing.
- McManness Avenue, from Tiffin Avenue to Balsley Avenue, resurfacing.
- Oakland Avenue, from Main Street to Washington Avenue, curb replacement.
- Patriot Drive, from U.S. 224 to Menards, resurfacing.
- Sandusky Street, from Main Street to South West Street, curb replacement and resurfacing.
- Summit Street, from Stadium Drive to Lima Avenue, curb replacement and resurfacing.
- Summit Street, from Lima Avenue to Lima Street, curb replacement and resurfacing.
- Swing Avenue, from Broad Avenue to Morey Avenue, resurfacing.
- Ventura Drive, from Hancock County 99 to Main Street, curb replacement and resurfacing.
Council also agreed Tuesday to allow city administrators to give Findlay Airport Manager Matt McVicker an 8 percent pay raise. The raise will bring his salary to $72,000 per year. The city’s payroll ordinance requires council to be notified of any pay raise above 8 percent in a calendar year.
City Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said McVicker is doing excellent work at the airport, and the raise makes his salary comparable to other city department heads.
In a 9-1 vote, council agreed to waive the three-reading rule on McVicker’s raise, with Councilwoman Holly Frische opposed. Council then approved the raise with a 10-0 vote.