LOCAL — Several local ballot issues were decided Tuesday during voting on November 8 including charter amendments in the City of Clayton consisting of Issues 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and in the City of Englewood, Issue 12 a renewal of a 1.65 mill levy for 5 years to cover current operating expenses. There will be no increase in taxes.
Issue 4 passed 61.27 to 38.73 percent.
Issue 4: Legislative Procedures, (4.07) Zoning Measures (A) Ordinances establishing, amending, revising, changing or repealing zoning classifications, districts, uses or regulations may be initiated through any of the following:
(1) By a member of Council;
(2) In response to a recommendation from the Planning Commission
(3) In response to a recommendation by the Director of Development or designee with prior approval by the City Manager ; or
(4) In response to a recommendation from the Planning Commission in response to a request for a zoning change.
(B) If initiated by a member of Council, a copy of each ordinance establishing, amending, revising, changing or repealing zoning classifications, districts, uses or regulations shall first be referred to the Planning Commission. Within fifteen days after completion of any public hearing as may be required by ordinance, the Planning Commission shall return to the Clerk of Council the written recommendations of a majority of the members of the Commission. The Ordinance shall be given its second reading at the next regular meeting of Council, unless an earlier special meeting is called for that purpose.
Issue 5 passed 69.61 to 30.39 percent.
Issue 5: Article XI Personnel Administration and Merit System
11.05 Personnel Board of Review – There is hereby created on an as needed basis Council shall appoint a Personnel Board of Review consisting of three electors of the City not otherwise holding office, appointment or employment with the City and are appointed by a majority vote of the members of Council, who shall serve overlapping terms of three years each and who shall be appointed by a majority vote of the members of Council. Of the three members of the Board first appointed, one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of three years. Members of the Personnel Board of Review shall be appointed during the first City Council meeting immediately following the date on which the employee filed appeal or no later than 21 days after the appeal was filed. The Personnel Board of Review shall be organized as provided in Division (A) of this Section and shall have the powers, duties and functions provided in Division (B) of this Section.
Issue 6 was defeated 49.31 to 50.69 percent.
Issue 6: Article VIII Finance, Taxation and Debt
8.02 Contracting Powers and Procedures (C)(3)(h)Compensation of persons and fringe benefits, such as health and life insurance premiums.
Issue 7 passed 60.42 to 39.58 percent.
Issue 7: Article VI Administrative Departments and Directors
6.6 Other Departments and Divisions
(A) Additional Departments, and Divisions or other Sub-units of departments, shall include those created by ordinance. Council shall consult with the City Manager with respect to creating additional departments, divisions or sub-units. Each Department shall be headed by a Director appointed by Council after recommendation from the City Manager, except Council shall appoint the Law Director.
Issue 8a was approved 62.75 to 37.25 percent while Issue 8b passed 56.78 to 43.22 percent.
Issue 8: Local Option‐ 5‐R Questions 1 & 2; True North Energy LLC; 7360 Salem Ave., Clayton 45315.
Issue 12 in Englewood easily passed 63.62 to 36.38 percent.
Issue 12 in Englewood is a 1.65 mill operating levy initially passed in 1976 and has been renewed every five years since its inception. Because it is a renewal, there is no change to the rate homeowners currently pay.
Voters in the City of Union in Precinct A voted on Issue 39 and Issue 40 regarding liquor permits for two local businesses.
Issue 39 passed 73.47 to 26.53 percent.
Issue 39 Local Option 5-R Questions 2; N&M Enterprise LLC, doing business as Union Mini Mart, 110 S. Main St., to allow the business to sell alcohol on Sunday. (Shall the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight by N & M Enterprise LLC, dba Union Mini Mart an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of convenience store/gas station).
Issue 40 passed 74.94 to 25.06 percent.
Issue 40 is Local Option 5-R Questions 2; Trish’s Café & Catering, Inc., doing business as Trish’s Café & Catering, Inc., 112 S. Main St., allowing transfer of a liquor permit to the new owner even though the business name would not change. (Shall the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages and spirituous liquor be permitted for sale on Sunday between the hours of 11 a.m. and midnight by Trishs Cafe and Catering Inc., dba Trishs Cafe and Catering an applicant for a D-6 liquor permit who is engaged in the business of operating a tavern at 112 S. Main St.).
Republican Mike Henne was re-elected as 40th District state representative defeating David L. Richards 64.27 percent to 35.73 percent.
Democrat David Sparks pulled off an upset in Montgomery County of Republican incumbent Jeff Rezabek in the race for the 43rd District state representative capturing 51.48 percent of the vote to Rezabek’s 48.52 percent. However, Rezabek retained his seat by winning big in Preble County with 81.01 percent of the vote.
Democrat Judy Dodge (51.69 percent) was re-elected to the county commission defeating Republican Bob Matthews (48.31 percent). Likewise for Democrat Debbie Lieberman who narrowly defeated Republican Gary Leitzell by capturing 50.58 percent of the vote to Leitzell’s 49.32 percent.
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