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Creation of building department focus in Toronto

June 12, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Establishment of a city building department was discussed during Monday's City Council meeting.

During the meeting, council considered establishment of a city building department for commercial properties inside the city and then contracting duties of the proposed department with the Steubenville Planning and Zoning/Development, according to Mayor John Geddis.

"The purpose of this is so (commercial property owners) in the city don't have to send their plans to Columbus to be approved," said the mayor, adding city commercial property owners can take development plans to Steubenville to be approved rather than waiting for approval of plans from state government. "Some of the (city commercial) property owners have been experiencing some delays (for approval of plans from state government).

"It won't cost us anything, and (proposed plans) would be done in a timely manner," continued Geddis. "We've experienced some issues here that shouldn't have happened. We feel this will expedite things."

Those wishing to develop residential property still would have to have plans approved by the city's building inspector - City Police Chief Randy Henry.

Council approved needed legislation during the meeting. The Steubenville Planning and Zoning Commission is in the Steubenville Municipal Building, Suite 108, 115 S. Third St., Steubenville.

In other matters:

R.J. Stewart, chairman of the Toronto Fourth of July Committee, gave council an update on the city's fireworks display, scheduled for July 7 at Clarke Hinkle Field.

"Several people have expressed concern the stadium won't be finished in time," said Stewart, adding he's been checking with city school district officials about the issue.

The stadium is undergoing renovation, and school district officials have said the stadium bleachers would be constructed in time for the fireworks display. Stewart expressed optimism the bleachers would be constructed in time.

Stewart also said the committee still is accepting donations, and more volunteers are needed. To volunteer or donate, call (740) 632-1926.

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