James Kirk (pictured) was appointed as a new auxiliary police officer for the McArthur Police Department. Kirk has all his police training completed and is moving to McArthur to start a tourism-type business. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
James Kirk (pictured) was appointed as a new auxiliary police officer for the McArthur Police Department. Kirk has all his police training completed and is moving to McArthur to start a tourism-type business. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

The definition of housing, and what constitutes it, was discussed during the McArthur Village Council meeting on Wednesday evening, Jan. 19.

McArthur Mayor Steve Hammond brought the matter to the Council's attention as what he called “industrialized housing.” The term refers to storage buildings where people are living. He is also concerned about campers being hooked up to the village’s sewer system.

The mayor asked Solicitor Troy Howdyshell to draft ordinances that would stop these forms of housing, while stopping short of starting a village zoning code.

“I really do not want to get into zoning in the village,” Hammond said. Both he and Council Member JC Mullins noted that creating a zoning code is expensive and creates costs to the village, including hiring an enforcement officer or giving someone a raise to function as one.

“We are concerned about property values,” said Hammond. “We want to set living standards such as we do with our mobile home ordinance.”

The mayor stated the issue would be revisited at the February Council meeting.

In other news from the Jan. 19 meeting:

* Mayor Hammond stated he is going to check with the Vinton County Development Office to inquire about $500,000 each county reportedly received to raze dilapidated structures. He is hoping to acquire money to raze two or three structures and described one of those as a safety concern. The house he is most concerned about is on Short Street. Hammond stated the house should be demolished for public safety reasons as a tree has also fallen at the property.  There is another mobile home on Locust Street which is perceived as a problem.

* The Council members appointed Dana Peters to an open seat. Peters is retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation but chose not to run for election. Council JC Mullins nominated him and stated his experience and knowledge are invaluable to the Council.

* Council also appointed James Kirk as a new auxiliary police officer. Kirk has all his police triaging completed and is moving to McArthur to start a tourism-related business. He will start out working part-time hours and may consider full-time employment in the future.

The next meeting of the McArthur Village Council will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the McArthur Firefighters Bingo Hall.