Nick McWilliams reporting – A new face will join Uhrichsville staff to help assist with dilapidated buildings and blighted structures in the city.

Mayor Mark Haney announced the hiring of Jack Legg to become the Zoning Administrator and Code Enforcement Officer in Uhrichsville.

A Claymont High School graduate, he has hit the ground running and has already been out to a home in the city for enforcement, according to Haney, and they are planning to prepare him for another future role.

“He’s been here already this week, working with Director Everett, [Police] Chief [Vince] Beal and [Fire] Chief [Justin] Edwards. He’s going to learn that part of the job, and then he’s going to start learning Director Everett’s job. For when we decide where this transition will happen.”

Legg, speaking before council, noted that he is a Marine, who dealt with telecommunications and served in various stages of the Middle East, and took part in various large-scale military projects, including the construction of the U.S.S. New York using metal from the World Trade Center site, and installing a fiber optic network at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Haney says that Legg will be working extensively in the next few weeks to become familiar with the city’s codes and standards, and already has other properties on his radar.

He will receive an $18,000 a year salary, per the mayor.

In other council news, city council approved the purchase of a new infrared-red hot box for asphalt for the street department not to exceed $54,000.

Additionally, the city’s budget has been completed, and is awaiting approval at the county level.

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