Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

The Columbus City Council is considering beginning the search for a new city administrator.

At Monday night’s meeting, Councilman Grant Speith moved to begin the search, a motion which was initially seconded by Councilman Doug Hosier. After some discussion, Councilman Rodney Oels asked for a copy of the ordinance which specifies the qualifications of the administrator.

“We’re going into the budget and we have to know what we’re going to do one way or the other,” Speith said.

The ordinance was not immediately available and the second was withdrawn and the motion tabled until the next meeting. The administrator position has been open since the retirement of previous city administrator Evan Capron retired earlier this year.

Additionally Fire Chief Brad Gleason asked the council to institute a burn ban within the city limits. The Cherokee County Commission had voted earlier in the day to put a ban in place within the county, but Gleason said Emergency Management Director Jason Allison told him the city needed to pass a ban as well.

The council voted to enact the burn ban until further notice and gave Gleason the authority to lift the ban at his discretion.

The council also voted to accept Gleason’s resignation as fire chief after more than 20 years of service. Councilman Steve Dunlap voted “no” on the motion.

In other business the council:

• Accepted at $1,260 bid from Getman Masonry, of West Mineral, to do brick work on the welcome signs. The money will come from the economic development fund.

• Authorized City Superintendent Jim Burton to solicit bids for a new jet rodder machine and camera system for clearing sewer line blockages. There is $85,000 budgeted for the machine.

• Accepted a $2,200 bid from B-3 construction to demolish a condemned house at 515 N. Ohio.

• Set a sanitation committee meeting for 6 p.m. July 25.

• Set a fire committee meeting for 6:30 p.m. July 26.