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February 14, 2011 Summary
MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING
City Hall — Council Chambers on February 14, 2011, 7:30 PM
ROLL CALL — 8 members answered – Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber, Mr. Edwards. Dr. Gilsdorf moved to excuse Mr. Cumston and Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Ratliff seconding. By a voice vote all members voted in approval to excuse Mr. Cumston and Mrs. Gustin.
PRAYER LED BY PASTOR GREGORY DUNN
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Summary of Proceedings for January 25, 2010. Mr. Thomas moved to approve, Mrs. Blevins seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Summary of Proceedings is approved.
RESOLUTION SHOWING MARION CITY COUNCIL’S SUPPORT TO THE OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO RENEW THE OHIO HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT
Dr. Gilsdorf said he’d like an amendment to this; Section 3 should have an emergency clause, Mr. Thomas seconding. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber RESOLUTION 2011-4 IS AMENDED.
Mrs. Blevins moved to suspend rules, Mr. Thomas seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mr. Schaber seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. RESOLUTION 2011-4 IS ADOPTED
RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SAFETY DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING FUNDS FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF INFECTED ASH TREES IN CITY PARKS
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came before committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’d like a first reading tonight.
RESOLUTION 2011-5 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO PREPARE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR THE SENATE STREET SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 11-2M, IN THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Thomas noted that this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation for approval. This is a CDBG project that was scheduled to do last year. This is just a spec and bid, I make the motion to suspend, Mrs. Blevins seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins seconding.
Dr. Gilsdorf asked what the local match is, if any. Mr. Thomas stated he believes there is none. $50,000 came out of CDBG and $20,000 came out of the Revolving Loan Fund. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-13 IS ADOPTED
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH MATHEWS-KENNEDY FORD, INC. FOR THE PURCHASE OF THREE VEHICLES FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval I move to suspend rules, Mrs. Masters seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Dr. Gilsdorf. ORDINANCE 2011-14 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE AUDITOR TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO RE-PAY THE BORROWING ASSOCIATED WITH THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM FOR CITY BUILDINGS PROJECT WHICH THE COUNCIL AND ADMINSTRATION HAVE DETERMINED TO BE NOT FEASIBLE TO PROCEED AT THIS TIME
Mr. Ratliff asked for a first reading tonight. Dr. Gilsdorf asked what’s the interest rate? Mayor Schertzer stated he didn’t know but we have also earned interest on it. ORDINANCE 2011-16 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING
Mr. Ratliff moved to add Ordinance 2011-17, which came out of committee this evening. Mr. Thomas second, Mrs. Blevins, third. ORDINANCE 2011-17 WILL BE ADDED TO TONIGHT’S AGENDA.
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MARION AREA COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION (CIC) TO ACT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF MARION TO EXECUTE AND EFFECTUATE THE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY TO PIZZUTI WP MARION LLC ASSOCIATED WITH THE WHIRLPOOL EXPANSION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Ratliff asked for a first reading tonight. Mr. Thomas suggested to find out what the value of this property is. This was a project that CANDO worked on with the City and WP. It will create jobs for the warehouse. If we get 2,000.00 out of this, it doesn’t make sense; you keep on talking about economic development.
Dr. Gilsdorf, as public officials we have a fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers of the City, giving away property, may not have any value to us, but it may have value to them. Arbitrarily say a dollar, without anybody having appraised it, and it has value to them, then maybe we can consider the other possibilities. We should at least discuss it.
Mayor Schertzer said you are both right. Problem is, if it costs us 350.00 for an appraiser, and the value is only 300.00, we just paid more than what it’s worth. We can look into it, and take your points into consideration.
Mr. Lengieza, Regional Planning – I worked on this quite a lot with CANDO and city officials. There have been no buildings west of Marion in the last 20-25 years. While the issue is getting more money for this, I think it’s also a very narrow strip. It’s a huge addition out there, this should override that concern.
Dr. Gilsdorf agreed with Mr. Lengieza, you and CANDO have been working on it for over a year, we know it in the last minute. It would be nice if we were kept in the loop. ORDINANCE 2011-17 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING
MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:
Mr. Ratliff said he said that he received a phone call stating that City Council was not going to be Chamber Members any longer. I encourage City council to become individual members. Mayor Schertzer said it was I who said Mayor’s office was not going to pay the membership to the Chamber. It was not in our budget. If the message from my office got misstated, I’ll take responsibility for that. In the Mayor’s budget, there was not enough money in there. We are working on cuts, with additional cuts next week that will be spoken about. I don’t believe I said it in the manner of what Mr. Ratliff said.
Mrs. Lois Fisher, 115 N. Prospect St. it was the understanding of the board that you said that it was the Finance Committee that made that move. Mayor Schertzer said it had to come out of the Finance Committee. I apologize for the misinterpretation. I was responsible for taking the DT money away.
Dr. Gilsdorf asked about the website. We are in 10 weeks in. Mayor Schertzer said that he thinks that they are ready to go live. There are a few minor changes to be made. Dr. Gilsdorf asked about Vernon Heights Blvd. The area that was repaved, it has become a washboard. Why do we keep getting cheated on these projects? I’ve received an email here on Merchant Ave. There are 4 streets that need to be repaired.
Terry Lively Assist. Engineer spoke. A lot of these streets need to be rebuilt. We do not have the money in the budget to do one or more of those streets per year. We are doing the best we can with the budget we have. Dr. Gilsdorf is asking about inspecting. Mr. Lively said we do have inspections. There is no one answer to that, probably poor drainage, base rebuilt, a combination of factors. We are facing this all over town. Dr. Gilsdorf asked about fixing the problems we already have. Mr. Lively said we have limited budget. Dr. Gilsdorf said he is talking priorities. Mr. Lively said he believes that Mayor Schertzer and the Service Director set those priorities. Mayor Schertzer spoke - the recommendation of the street resurfacing comes from the Engineer, he is the expert. A lot of times it goes on the number of years the last time it was done. I do not tell the engineer what streets to pick and pave. Council has the say so in that process. I get to see it a few days before Council. Get with the Engineer and talk to him about it. Council members of done that, they lobby for their wards. Dr. Gilsdorf said he has been asking for the repaving for many years. I’ve gotten nothing. I couldn’t even get the potholes fixed.
Sulu Kelley, 200 Barnhart St. If the owners of the street sign a petition saying that they will bear the costs of the street improvements, it goes into an immediate effect.
Mr. Ratliff went onto to discuss the declining revenues and the state of our community. Until we fix the community, our budget will not be fixed.
Mr. Ed Christian, 1060 N. Main St. spoke on the sunshine laws.
Mayor Schertzer said he always meets with his staff all the time.
Debbie Shane, 3930 Dunbar Rd. spoke on the sanitation bills, about putting them on the property taxes.
Mr. Jay Shoup said that users was probably the wrong word to use. Mrs. Shane said you were going to start at about 1000 in arrears, a written note, not get your trash picked up for 3 weeks, does that mean us, the property owners. Mr. Shoup said it would impact you. The biggest problem we have is with the rental units. We will issue a letter to the resident and the property owner by certified mail and let them know that they are in arrears. This is only one part of it. We are going after the people that don’t pay the utility bills. We have had people that came in and made a payment plan.
Mr. Schaber asked what has changed, a couple of years ago, you tried doing this with an ordinance. That ordinance failed. Mr. Shoup said nothing has changed. We engaged the Health Dept. in certifying through section 660 – trash along the road, litter and nuisance to the neighborhood. In researching that section, it provides that if we go through certain procedures, we are going to engage that process and all this has been reviewed by the Law Director’s Office.
Dave Troutman, 1024 Bexley Ave. You have to become a little more through on your process.
Mr. Sulu Kelley, 365 E. Farming, how are you jumping this to the trash bill. Mr. Shoup stated that we are going to try this on 12 or 15 that have delinquencies. It’s going to be a long process. Mr. Russell noted that he is not going to have an owner that is not aware of the notification process. Also he is just starting this, test the waters. Mr. Sulu Kelley said my tenants are responsible for their bills; do not put it on my taxes. Mr. Schaber asked about the next landlord, what happens. Mr. Shoup said when you’re in the habit of losing 375,000 a year; this is a much deeper problem we have to address. This has been going on for a generation. Put the name of the tenant on the bill, which would be helpful. We are open for suggestions.
Dr. Gilsdorf stated that this has been going back many years. Collect from the person receiving the service. Ask for a picture ID, we were told we couldn’t do that. I suggest that Mr. Shoup needs to figure out a way to collect this. This is absurd; this is not right getting the money from the land owners.
Mrs. Fisher said to get a deposit and go after the user. I’m looking at this from the tenant side. The property owner suffers – this is unjust.
Mr. Don Gusman, I just received a bill on my taxes from two years ago. Shame on you.
Quinn O’hare, maybe the Chamber can waive the fee for the city. You are going to leave somebody’s trash there for 2 weeks. Pick up the trash and work on the billing situation.
Joe Huffman spoke on the sanitation billing.
Mr. Thomas spoke – this has been going on for a long time. People don’t come in through City Hall when they sign up. We go through the water company. My suggestion is to put in Streets & Sewers and come up with a resolution. We suggested to the landlord association, have their tenants show up with an ID – we have no idea. We can solve this with both groups. Dr. Gilsdorf said that’s a good idea. Something needs to be done. To go after the landlords, that’s not right either. Mr. Thomas said how to we get identification for that tenant, so we can go after the tenant rather than the landlord. We need the land owners help to get that information.
Ralph Hill, when the water company is turned on, there is a tenant in there. You have to sign up for it. You are notified that there is a tenant there. This is corrupt.
Joe Huffman, the bill should follow the tenant. If the city needs the identity of the person, the city can ask.
Sulu Kelley, 200 Barnhart, how does due process look at that? Mr. Russell stated the owners are notified on the properties that they owe. They can be a part of the solution.
Don Gusman, all my tenants receive all their bills with their names on it.
Ralph Hill spoke on the issue of not being on time with improvements in the City. He commended the work Jeannie Brewer did on the Pool issue. Spoke about the Fire trucks sitting in the parking lot running the engines. Offices don’t belong at the School house; them on the street.
Ed Christian, I rent, the sanitation is in my rent. Have the landlords put it in their rent.
Chief Zwolle spoke – the men that were here, most of them were off duty. Dr. Gilsdorf asked about the trucks. Chief Zwolle said when we go places, we leave the trucks running, and we didn’t expect to stay there that long.
Finance 2/22 @ 6:30
Legislation Codes 2/22 @ 6:40
Municipal Services 2/22 @ 6:50
With no further business to come before council, President Edwards adjourned the meeting.
President of Council
Clerk of Council