June 23, 2011 Special Meeting Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on June 23, 2011, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 10 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Masters, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mr. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, Mr. Edwards.

PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Old Business:

ORDINANCE 2011-35
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH STUDER-OBRINGER AND ASTRO POOL COMPANY FOR THE NEW AQUATICS CENTER HAVING DETERMINED SAID ENTITIES TO HAVE SUBMITTED THE LOWEST AND BEST BID AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Cumston made the motion to adopt, Dr. Gilsdorf seconding.
Mrs. Gustin noted that she would like a pool, but to live in our budget. The 2.4 would be a good start for us, and use the other monies for start up or liability. We would be getting the same thing at 2.4 as we would at 3.5. We should consider it.
Mrs. Brewer said the added part - the lazy river is not included in the 2.4. It would be added in the future in phase 2. Mrs. Gustin noted she understood that. As the years go on, add a piece at a time as we can afford it.
Mr. Mike McBride, 827 Marlow Circle, asked the Mayor whether or not those monies can be used for the recreation dept? Mayor Schertzer said yes it is possible with my interpretation with the lease. Mr. McBride said we are going to build something, we can’t afford. He wanted to know why Hines and Schaber voted differently, what changed.
Mr. Hines said he received several phone calls with people wanting the pool and passing the resolution stating that no monies will be pulled from the General Fund.
Mr. Schaber said he was never against the pool. We are in a hole either way we go. Money has been spent; it has to be paid back.
Mr. McBride said hard questions have to be asked in hard times.
Mrs. Gustin said part of the General Fund will have to be used for start up.
Dave Troutman, 1024 Bexley Ave. – Thank you Mrs. Gustin for your leadership. Fiscal responsibility. It’ the monies we don’t have you’re trying to spend, please reconsider.
Ed Christian, 1060 N. Main St – What is best for our children and our money?
Victoria Desmond 365 Jefferson – go for the 3.5 million, think out of the box.
Dave Troutman, Chairman for the Blue Unit, Where is the start up money going to come from – the General Fund?
Mr. Cumston spoke after all the study, we put 3.5 in the bank, give back to the GF almost 100,000.00 in interest, plus we did not give to the pool the original 70,000 for operation this year. We have commitments for donations, advertising, sell memberships, it will cash flow, if it doesn’t, you then can ask us again.
Mr. Troutman said we are short 11 officers, 4 guys are working 32 hours a week. 5 guys in the parks dept. those are gone. There are a lot of things to consider. The services are going to be hurting.
Terry Cline 400 E George St spoke – if you go for just a pool, you’re not going to be any different from any other community. You have a better chance of success, where would the draw be. Take off the blinders. Vote for the pool.
Jean Huffman 671 Virginia Ave spoke on the pool. Please stay up with the times; I’m in favor of the pool. Do something we can be proud of.
Ron Scheiderer TV 22 spoke on the plastic pools – the warnings on them. There are no fences, no alarms, no lifeguards; we need to provide for the kids.

Roll call was taken for adoption:

YEAS: Mr. Cumston; Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Dr. Gilsdorf,
Mr. Hines, Mr. Schaber;
NAYS: Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Gustin.

Mayor Schertzer’s veto has been overridden with a 7-2 vote.

Adjourn

 

______________________________ Dave Edwards President of Council

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Clerk of Council