A council member believes the Downtown Development Commission needs more discussion and a Chillicothe landlord asked about the "Clandestine Drug Lab" legislation.
Alicia Gray asked to delay enacting the Downtown Development comission pending more discussion.
She said she had raised several issues that had not been addressed in committe meetings or council sessions - that it lacks diversity and it's not bipartisan.
Gray said a Design Review Board member should be appointed, and not just invited to sit in. And since the commission will advise council, she said council should have more input on who is appointed.
She also did not like the terms of the commission members because the next mayor would be stuck with the appointees for the first two years.
Nancy Ames, who has spearheaded the ordinance, appeared surprised by Gray's concerns.
Council voted to not give the ordinance its third reading.
A Chillicothe landlord questioned the "Clandestine Drug Lab" legislation.
Former councilman Joe Sharp questioned need for the law, sayin there was no specific details of of how many drug labs there were last year, and what kind and severity they were.
Sharp distinguished between clean up and neutralization, which have been intermingled in the discussion. The cleanup would be done by the landlord after the bust, but neutralization is what police and fire departments do in the bust. Sharp thought landlords might have to pay for the neutralization, too.
He also said this might cause landlords to unfairly discriminate against potential tenants.
The legislation has one more reading to go.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture