TORONTO - City Council took another step in formation of its own city building department during Monday's meeting.
Council passed two pieces of legislation during the meeting required as part of its establishment of a building department that would use Steubenville Building Official Anthony Bodo for changes or construction at commercial concerns in Toronto. The legislation will pave the way for Toronto to speed up the process of using the Steubenville office instead of sending plans for state approval to Columbus, according to to 2nd Ward Councilman Dorothy Blaner, chairman of the ordinance committee.
"We have to have this legislation as part of the process," said Blaner, adding having a building department with the ability to process local commercial plans will eliminate unnecessary delays.
At the previous council meeting, Mayor John Geddis had said the process was necessary so commercial property owners in the city don't have to send their plans to Columbus to be approved. Geddis also said the move wouldn't cost the city anything.
The three readings of the legislation passed 7-0. Those wishing to develop residential property still would have to have plans approved by the city's building inspector, City Police Chief Randy Henry. The Steubenville Planning and Zoning department is in the Steubenville Municipal Building, Suite 108, 115 S. Third St., Steubenville.