Athens City Council will discuss a nuclear waste dump facility in the Piketon area during its meeting Monday after a member of Piketon City Council asked Athens City Council to oppose the site.

“The council member has written to multiple other cities and municipalities asking for support and to oppose the site of the nuclear waste dump facility,” Athens City Council President Chris Knisely said.

Council members will also discuss authorizing the City of Athens to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency grant that would allow the city to address water pollution and potentially begin other improvement projects in the city, Knisely said.

Members will also discuss the Small Cities Grant, a grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation, which would allow the city to improve pavement and curbs on West Union Street.

Council members will discuss a draft of an ordinance proposed by Councilman Pat McGee, I-At Large. That ordinance looks to improve parking on East Union Street, where vendor parking is.

Vendors must sign a yearly agreement to park in that area now. However, the ordinance proposes that vendors pay monthly or pay the parking meter instead. 

“He’s making changes with the hopes of freeing up parking,” Knisley said.


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