Onaway to wait on changes to city code

News Photo by Jordan Spence The Onaway City Commission had its regular Monday, with most action items being tabled.

ONAWAY — Changes to city code were put on hold during the Onaway City Commission meeting Monday.

“There’s a second ordinance. In essence we’re amending every section of the code,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “It would open the door to hire a code officer to work at things like blight. This would amend the code, not the zoning ordinance. When the planning commission meets have them talk about amending the zoning ordinance. My intent is to have a hearing in March.”

Hefele said the code would allow the city to hire a code enforcement officer to work on the blight issue. He said currently it’s one of the city manager duties, and it can take up a lot of his time.

“Going out and enforcing it has been my duty,” Hefele said. “All of it is time consuming. It’s just been impossible.”

City attorney Mike Vogler suggested the commissioners table the discussion until they are able to go through and change all the language of the code.

Hefele said he would like to have this taken care of by the time he leaves as city manager.

Hefele has announced that he will seek a full-time position as the Rogers City city manager; currently he splits his time between the two cities.

Mayor Gary Wregglesworth said he has seen smaller townships do something similar as well.

In other business, commissioners voted to appoint Chuck Abshagen as deputy mayor.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.