New Carlisle City Council introduced an ordinance at their July 3 meeting that would make it easier for residents to add porches to their buildings.

Ordinances state that buildings must be 25 feet from the roadway. “What they didn’t realize when they wrote that ordinance is that most buildings are already 25 feet from the roadway,” said City Manager Randy Bridge.

“If a resident wants to add a front porch, they have to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals and pay $125,” he said. “This ordinance will allow a 10 foot porch without jumping through hoops.”

The ordinance is set for discussion and action on July 17.

Council also passed ordinances accepting the donation of 4 MARCS radios for the Sheriff’s office and 12 for the Fire Department. The radios are a gift from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources.

New radios are priced at between $4,000 and $10,000. The city will only have to pay a $35 to $50 fee per radio for programming and $10 per radio per month to be connected to the system.

Public Service Director Howard Kitko announced that the city would be repairing or replacing five fire hydrants in the city.

Currently there are 14 hydrants in the city that are designated as “out of service.”

The first hydrants to be replaced are at Drake and Kennison, Funston and Scott and in the Henry St. Cul-De-Sac. Two others under consideration are on Villa and on Main St.

New fire hydrants are over $2200, excluding excavation, valve fittings or pipes.

“We have budgeted for five new hydrants this year,” said Kitko. “The funds come from the Water Department, and connections are paid from Fire Department funds.”

Kitko said the city would first try to repair the hydrants at a cost of between $300 and $1000, depending upon how many parts would be needed.

The worst case scenario would be an added expense of $5,000 if a valve insertion was needed to shut the hydrant down for repair.

The next meeting of the New Carlisle City Council will be on Monday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Park Shelter House. The public is invited to attend.