HERMITAGE – In a change of scenery Thursday, Hermitage commissioners decided upon a different location for their monthly workshop meeting.

Instead of the Hermitage municipal building on North Hermitage Road, the commissioners met at the Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department on Superior Street near the city’s western boundary with Ohio.

Commissioner William Moder, board president, said the city officials moved the meeting so they could get a chance to both see the Patagonia fire department, which is a part of the Hermitage Fire Department, and make city officials more visible to Patagonia residents.

“It’s something we like to do once in a while to see the station and the equipment, and it gives people who live in this area a chance to attend the meeting,” he said.

The city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan was among the topics of discussion in Patagonia.

Hermitage commissioners plan to seek public input in implementing the plan, which they adopted unanimously in June.

The comprehensive plan will help guide development in the City of Hermitage for over the next decade.

Since the comprehensive plan covers many different aspects of Hermitage, including possible amendments to zoning ordinances, Commissioner William McConnell said he wanted to know how city officials would implement the comprehensive plan, because adopting sweeping changes could upset residents.

While McConnell suggested attending more meetings of the Hermitage Planning Commission, he also proposed holding public hearings to receive input from residents.

“In respect to these two groups, the board of commissions and the planning commission, we don’t have a monopoly on all of the wisdom,” McConnell said.

Hermitage Manager Gary Hinkson and Director of Planning and Development Marcia Hirschmann said they expected to hold meetings and hearings for discussions and input on the comprehensive plan, and that they were still developing a schedule.

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