City council will discuss its 2015 budget and viewing various presentations at its Monday night meeting.

As Athens City Council holds its first meeting of Ohio University’s spring semester, a new president will be presiding over the legislative body.

Monday evening’s city council meeting will mark Councilwoman Chris Knisely’s first meeting as council president. Council President Jim Sands announced his resignation in early December.

Knisely said she will be sworn in shortly before the meeting.

Knisely, D-at large, was appointed to council in 2008, and has since been the chair of both the Transportation and the Finance and Personnel committees.

At the 7 p.m. meeting, council will be observing a presentation by Burgess & Niple, a West Virginia-based engineering and architectural firm, on repairs to the East Washington Street parking garage.

Knisely said Burgess & Niple had surveyed the garage earlier and will be presenting the repairs they think are needed. She predicted the project would cost more than $1 million.

“The city will need to borrow money to pay for the repairs,” Knisely said.

The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau have also prepared a presentation.

Council will also be discussing appropriations for the city’s 2015 budget.


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