City council handled matters including these at Wednesday's meeting:
Had a public hearing on proposed rezoning of 1400 Tod Ave. N.W., from residential to commercial. The city's planning and platting commission has recommended council pass legislation to rezone the former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital. Tenants now include professional offices, social service agencies, a moving company, a commercial laundry and a veterans clinic. Agreed to enter into a state-approved contract with IBM to buy equipment and upgrade computer systems purchased in 1994. Officials say it will cost the city about $60,000 or $70,000 over a 13-month period.
Introduced resolutions to object to liquor permit renewals requested by owners of Christy's Market, 408 Atlantic St. N.E. and owners of Fiesta At The Waterworks, 999 Mahoning Avenue N.W. Councilman Alford Novak, D-2nd, said the legislation was prompted by numerous problems at both locations, including a shooting in the Fiesta parking lot. If owners make a serious effort to make changes, Novak said, council may withdraw the objection.
Agreed to remove a traffic light at the intersection of Woodland Avenue N.E. and Kenilworth Avenue N.E.
Delayed voting on several pieces of proposed legislation to make changes to the city's income tax department. Proposals include establishing the position of tax administrator to fall under the authority of either the part-time treasurer's office, the mayor's office or the finance department.
Delayed voting on legislation aimed at banning cell phone use while driving. Councilman Ron White, D-4th, legislation sponsor, has said he doesn't have enough support to pass the ordinance, but that he's doing additional research and may have the ordinance redrafted.
Announced there will be no trash collection July 4. The service will be offered next week on Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday.