North Canton City Council discussed repairing and renovating the portico at the front of city hall.
KEY ACTION Discussed repairing and renovating the portico of City Hall during a committee of the whole meeting.
The portico wraps around the front of City Hall (the side facing Main Street). Much of it is deteriorating, and parts are not safe to walk on, said Director of Administrative Services Patrick DeOrio.
City Hall is constructed as a split level, and the portico hangs over part of the North Canton Police Department and other rooms. The portico is leaking and causing water damage below, DeOrio said.
The building's facade also is marked by orange rust stains.
City Hall dates to the 1970s, he said.
DeOrio met with Coon Restoration & Sealants of Louisville to discuss the damage and possible solutions.
For $5,000, the contractor would demonstrate how it could restore the stained facade, excavate and examine the portico and present the city with a recommended plan for repairing and renovating the building, DeOrio said.
The city then could take that plan to an engineer and bid out the project, he said. Engineering would cost about $15,600, DeOrio said.
Funds are available in the city hall maintenance budget for the initial work, he said.
Council has discussed fixing the outside of City Hall for years, said Councilman Doug Foltz, Ward 1.
City Hall could become the worst building in downtown, he said. "It's embarrassing."
• Discussed a meeting last week between three council members, the North Canton Chamber of Commerce and downtown business owners over the city's sign ordinances and other issues. Council will ask the city's Planning Commission to examine its laws concerning signs and see if they should be updated.
• Moved ahead with an ordinance to repeal legislation from last year that allowed the director of administration to seek bids for police and fire dispatch services. The ordinance allowed the city to explore its options for dispatch services. Repealing the legislation gives the city more time to continue exploring, said Law Director Tim Fox.
• Moved ahead with an ordinance to continue commercial Community Reinvestment Area agreements between the city and LMD Realty and Insight Realty.
• Moved ahead with ordinances to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation's rock salt purchasing program.
UP NEXT: Regular council meeting 7 p.m. April 24, at City Hall.