UNION CITY— Union City Borough Council will invite the owner of property where the former Union City Chair Co. is located to attend a Council meeting.

During the zoning officer’s report at Council’s Feb. 9 meeting, Council discussed a letter the borough had received from Lance Johnson, who owns the property on Market Street.

Johnson had sent a letter asking that a portion of the property at 18 Market St. be rezoned. The property, which consists of 0.6 acres, is the site of the former standalone office building for Union City Chair Co., the McLane Church building and the parking lot.

Johnson would like to renovate the office building into residential space on the top floor and office space on the first floor.

Zoning Officer Jason Sayers said the property is zoned I-1 (industrial) and C-1 (commercial), and it would have to be rezoned to RLB (residential limited business) to accommodate living space and office space.

The rezoning would require an amended ordinance, which would be preceded by an advertised public hearing. 

Councilman Dan Brumagin doesn’t think there is a need for commercial space in that area of town.

“I don’t think there’s a demand for commercial space or it would have been rented out by now,” Brumagin said.

Council then agreed to ask Johnson to attend a Council meeting and give a presentation on his plan for the property before Council writes an amendment and schedules a public hearing.

In other news, Council will award a contract to Kingsview Enterprises Inc. for the construction of stormwater management for a proposed parking lot adjacent to the south side of 28. S. Main St.

The contract is in the amount of $16,380. Kingsview’s bid was the lowest of five bids submitted that Council opened in January. Council members tabled awarding a contract at that time because Union City Pride is also involved in the parking lot project.

In another matter, Code Enforcement Officer Riley Cross reported two hearings were held for code violations. The defendants did not show up for either case, so judgements were awarded in the borough’s favor.

Cross also said property was inspected on Warden Street and was found to be unsafe. The owner has until March 5 to be in compliance or further action will be taken.

Council tabled any action on a winter parking ordinance until Council members can meet in person and discuss possible changes.

“Winter’s almost over,” said Councilman Dan Hoban, implying there is no need for urgency in the matter. “I want to sit down and hash it out.” 

Council also approved Jeff Ferringer to another five-year term on the Union City Municipal Authority board. Brumagin and Cross abstained from voting because they work for the municipal authority.   

Council also approved an agreement from Maher Duessel as auditors for the borough, the Union City Public Library and the Union City Volunteer Fire Department for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

An account was approved with Northwest bank for deposits and expenses for the French Creek Trail Feasibility Study as required by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

In addition to Brumagin, Hoban and Cross, Council members are Emmet McGuire, Greg Bowes and Matthew Joyce.

Council’s next meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. 

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