Council considers rezoning request for possible new business – The Daily Jeffersonian


Cambridge City Council is considering an ordinance to rezone the property located at 420 N. Eighth St., the former location of The House of Samuel, from single family to a neighborhood commerical property.
House of Samuel Executive Director James Barr approached council in July with the request.
Barr told council the agency had left the location three years ago and it’s been vacant since. He also told council there had been a few minor fires in the building and it has become a place for squatters.
According to council records, Barr has a party, a funeral home from Zanesville, interested in purchasing the property, but it would need to be rezoned to suit their purpose.
The ordinance for the rezoning request was placed on first reading during Monday’s meeting.
Mayor Tom Orr requested to advertise projects for bids for the Highland Avenue waterline project, the Phillips Road improvement project and the Dewey Avenue storm sewer replacement project. These requests were referred to the Finance Committee for review.
Orr also noted the Woodlawn water line project is underway, and he expects to give year-end reports from department heads at the Jan. 24 meeting. 
Second Ward Representative Kim McMilliam said she has been getting complaints about the replacement of traffic lights with stop signs on Steubenville Avenue. 
Orr said it was an ODOT decision, as they pay for the lights. 
“We can’t put a price on human life. The project is not done yet,” Orr said. “At this point it is not done. We are listening and we are going forth like we do with any project and we will analyze and do what is best for the majority. We will follow ODOT guidelines and do what is best.”
Council had its annual reorganization meeting. This was a formality as no changes were made. Sharon Cassler retained her role as council clerk, which she has held for 37 years, and all committees stayed the same.



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