March 14, 2011 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on March 14, 2011, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 9 members answered - Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, and Mr. Edwards.

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mr. Thomas moved to excuse Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff seconding. By a voice vote all members voted in approval to excuse Mr. Cumston.
Summary of Proceedings for March 1, 2011. Mr. Thomas moved to approve, Mrs. Blevins seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Summary of Proceedings is approved.

Mr. Blevins moved to add to tonight’s Agenda, Ordinance 2011-21, Mr. Thomas seconding, Mrs. Masters third. Ordinance 2011-21 is added to tonight’s agenda
Mr. Thomas moved to add to tonight’s Agenda, Resolution 2011-9, Mrs. Blevins seconding, Mrs. Masters third. Resolution 2011-9 is added to tonight’s agenda

Old Business:

ORDINANCE 2011-14
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 stated that this came out of Committee with a 3-0 approval. Mr. Robbins stated that he would like to amend this. After consulting with Auditor’s Office and Police Chief, we’d like to purchase only 1 car at this time. Mr. Robbins said the new price is 22,709.48 with the equipment of 4,722.50 for a total of 27,432.00. That would be my recommendation to Council. Mrs. Blevins moved to amend Ordinance 2011-14, Dr. Gilsdorf seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to suspend, Mr. Thomas seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-14 IS ADOPTED AS AMENDED

ORDINANCE 2011-16
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
Mrs. Gustin noted that this came out of Information Systems with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, I’d like to adopt, Dr. Gilsdorf seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-16 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-22
ORDINANCE MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ARRA ENERGY GRANT FUND PREVIOUSLY AWARDED TO THE CITY OF MARION FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECMEBER 31, 2011
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, I make the motion to suspend, Mrs. Masters seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mrs. Masters seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-22 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-23
ORDINANCE MAKING A DE-APPROPRIATION IN THE GENERAL FUND TRANSFER ACCOUNTS LINE ITEM FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2011
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, I make the motion to suspend, Mrs. Masters seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mrs. Masters seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-23 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-24
ORDINANCE MAKING AN APPROPRIATION IN THE POOL FUND FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2011
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is to take the money from the Hospital Lease Payment and put it toward the Aquatic Center.
Dr. Gilsdorf moved to amend Section 1, the way it’s written right now it’s to move the monies for 2011; you’d have to do this each year for the next 30 years. Right after 2011, “and all subsequent years of the Lease with Ohio Health and Marion General Hospital Inc.” Insert it between 2011 and within.
Mr. Thomas said if you look at Section 2, even though you add that into Section 1, that doesn’t mean that it has to go to the Aquatic Center, if you look at Section 2, it would mean it would go to other recreational health center. Mr. Russell said you don’t need this, but Dr. Gilsdorf is addressing this for the future years. Dr. Gilsdorf motion is motivate the monies to prepare it to go to the Aquatic Center. Mr. Thomas said that Section 2 is the same language in the Hospital Lease.
Dr. Gilsdorf said in Section 1, is to put into the fund, and Section 2 is how it comes out. So this makes sure it gets into the fund each year. I made a motion to amend, Mr. Ratliff is seconding.
Mr. Sulu Kelley, 365 E. Farming suggested to Dr. Gilsdorf to specify the “current lease”. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to suspend. Mrs. Masters seconding. The Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber. ORDINANCE 2011-24 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING
ORDINANCE 2011-21
ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 1969-29, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE YARGER REPORT BY CREATING A POSITION WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL COURTS DEPARTMENT, SPECIFICALLY A PROBATION CLERK POSITION, ESTABLISHING SALARY AND BENEFITS FOR SAID POSITION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Committee with a 2-0 recommendation for approval. Judge Ballinger spoke – this position is being created to supervisor the lowest risk offenders. It would take a big load off the other probation officers that is working overtime. This person would be not paid as much as a Probation Officer. This fund is funded by the offenders themselves. No money will come from General money funds. Dr. Gilsdorf asked what the starting salary would be. Judge Ballinger said it starts off at 12.77/hour then steps up @ 15.72 after 6 months. It’s about 32,500/year.
Mrs. Blevins is asking for a first reading tonight. ORDINANCE 2011-21 HAS HAD ITS’ FIRST READING

RESOLUTION 2011-9
RESOLUTION STATING THE COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF MARION'S SUPPORTING CURRENT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING LAWS AND STATING OPPOSITION TO SENATE BILL 5
Mr. Thomas moved to waive Rule 56, Mrs. Blevins seconding, Mrs. Masters third. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mr. Thomas moved to suspend, Mrs. Blevins seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins seconding.
Mr. Dan Hendricks, 255 Summit St. opposes this Resolution, stated that Marion City Council has no business acting on this. City Council represents us, the Marion Community.
Michael Schertz 445 Vine Street, spoke on the shortfalls, the cuts, the carryover, sick leave sell-back. Public interest with Union interest. I’ve been on both sides of these situations. We ask you to dismiss any further entertainment with a motion of SB 5 and stay at the task of looking for ways to cut the 500,000 shortfall.
Mr. Ed Christian, 1060 N Main, you cannot pre-empt the Federal Law.
Dave Troutman, we know where SB 5 is going. It’s a done deal. Our actions here will impact Marion in the future.
Mike Huffman, 161 Johnson St. newly elected President of AFL-CIO. It is very important for us. Everyone concerned about this bill are also tax payers. Collective Bargaining has been enforced since 1983 in Marion. The Union is employees. Taking away your voice at the table, that’s the important issue right there. This is about the work force standards.
Mr. Ralph Hill, Council is supposed to represent the City of Marion. He spoke on the Police Officers salaries. They need to have respect for us, as I show to them.
Eugene Davis, 369 Monroe St., it’s very dangerous work in prisons, hard working taxpayers. How much is a human life worth? Pay us what is fair and substantial what we call middle class. SB 5 is nothing good for Ohio.
Judith O’Hara 1639 Marion Waldo Rd – For Council to make an official Statement on any kind of Legislation is wrong. For non-union employees are not represented. Do you work for the union or the City of Marion?
Jack Johnson, 1310 Upper Sandusky Rd. have worked in both sectors, he doesn’t believe this is Council job to save collective bargaining at State level.
Chantel Blackburn, 779 Blaine Ave. It will affect all us, it’s not us against them, and we are all Americans. We need to work together for the common good. Stop demonizing your neighbors.
Olla Conley, 185 Orchard St. This SB 5 will affect everyone. It will take us back to many years ago. I’m asking City Council to try and stop this thing.
John Severns, 246 Clover Ave – keep an open mind.
Heather Nightlin, 611 St. Rt. 100, it’s not them trying to change the pay structure, sick time, policy needs changed, you have to negotiate. It deserves to be there. Everybody has the right to vote. This is our home; these folks are here to listen to us. Talk to the people that will listen to you.
Ivan Stithem, 303 Executive Dr. speak against SB 5 – been in labor for over 36 years. All politics is local. SB 5 is local. Over 3,000 people in Marion are under the collective bargaining unit. This is a union busting bill.
Ron Schrider, TV 22 as far as your role in City Council being asked to weigh in on this is bothersome.
Mike Thomas, Everyone has the right to be represented and speak on the work site on wages, benefits and safety. This bill will take that right away from them. Everyone is saying that Unions are causing the deficit. They say they will be saving 300 million in 3 years. How do your relate public employees with the other 3.3 billion. We have no tax base in the State of Ohio. Nobody is paying taxes. Give them the right to negotiate with their employer. I would hope that this Council would support this and support the working class of this City.
Dr. Gilsdorf called the question, Mr. Schaber seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Gustin.
Roll call was taken for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber. RESOLUTION 2011-9 IS ADOPTED

MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:
Mr. Thomas noted that we have an open/public meeting tomorrow night @ Taft Elementary School @ 6:00 PM concerning “Safe Routes to School Program”.
Mr. Dave Troutman, is the pool going to open this year? Mayor Schertzer said that the 2011 budget as passed had no monies for the pool. Mrs. Gustin said I’m going to bring this up in the next Finance Committee.
Dave Cook, 1171 Colonial Acres, had a river in my back yard with 14,000 damages to my basement with the sewage back up. The City did come out and clean out the Sewers. They clean them out and it works for a while, and then it clogs up again. There has to be more of a problem there. Flooded with a light rain, from Plantation clear down to Amherst. This has been an on-going situation for a long time.
Don Gusman 368 Homer asked about using a boat or canoe @ the Quarry. Mr. Thomas directed that question to Mr. Mike Cheney.
President Edwards asked about the pick-up of debris from the flooding. Mayor Schertzer stated to put it out on the tree lawn, we will still be picking things up that will fit in the back of a packer and not assessing them.
Jeannie Brewer, called the Red Cross and they are trying to assess who needs the help. Please call them and they can get true numbers, which will help in the long run with working with FEMA.

COMMITTEES

Finance 3/22 @ 6:30
Jobs & Economic Deve. 3/22 @ 7:00
Regional Planning 3/23 @ 7:00 County Bldg.
Streets & Sewers (Special Meeting) 4/5 @ 6:00

With no further business to come before council, President Edwards adjourned the meeting.


______________________________ Dave Edwards President of Council

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Clerk of Council