December 12, 2011 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on December 12, 2011, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 9 members answered - Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, Mr. Edwards; Mr. Ratliff moved to excuse Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas seconding. By a voice vote all members voted in approval to excuse Mr. Cumston.

THE LORDS PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Summary of Proceedings for November 28, 2011. Mr. Thomas moved to approve, Mr. Ratliff seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Summary of Proceedings approved.

Presentation of a VA Senior Housing Facility was presented by Frank Albanese and David Shaw. An investment Opportunity would be a partnership with the City of Marion. Build an 84 unit facility, west of the YMCA. He went onto say about the sale lease-back program he has to offer. It does not affect the bond rating with the lease. We have met with Steve Grassbaugh with and given him this information.
Mr. Thomas spoke on the subject, he wishes to wait until the first of the year, we will be changing Council seats with new Council persons.
Mr. Albanese showed Council the site plan and spoke of the walking trails included. Overall revenue would generate 19 million for over 25 years. That revenue would be deposited monthly in their account. The City has no liability. In the lease agreement, there is a no-appropriation clause. There is a 25 triple-net lease. You get a 100% of the revenue. The City does own the facility after 25 years.
Dr. Gilsdorf asked about the roadway, does this include the roadway. Mr. Albanese said it does not. Mr. Ratliff asked for business cards.

Old Business:

ORDINANCE 2011-81:
ORDINANCE AMENDING MARION CODIFIED ORDINANCE SECTIONS 105.01, RESUBDIVIDING THE CITY INTO WARDS PURSUANT TO OHIO REVISED CODE 731.06, as amended
Mr. Blevins noted that this came out of Legislation Codes with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I like to have a second reading tonight.
ORDINANCE 2011-81 HAS HAD ITS SECOND READING

New Business:

RESOLUTION 2011-26:
RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE MID-OHIO REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (MORPC) TO DEVELOP A BALANCED GROWTH PLAN FOR THE OLENTANGY RIVER WATERSHED PROGRAM
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Municipal Services Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Thomas seconding. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Dr. Gilsdorf.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas seconding. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Dr. Gilsdorf. RESOLUTION 2011-26 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-89:
ORDINANCE SUSPENDING CERTAIN PORTIONS OF ORDINANCES 2000-103, 2000-84 AND 2007-69 IN REGARD TO EMPLOYEES IN VARIOUS CLASSES OF POSITIONS EXEMPT FROM BARGAINING UNITS (REFERRED TO AS NON-BARGAINING) , IN ADDITION, SUSPENDING CERTAIN PROVISIONS WITHIN THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK/PERSONNEL MANUAL FOR THE YEAR 2012
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Municipal Services Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Thomas seconding. Mr. Ratliff asked what the benefits are for suspension.
Auditor Carr said it would affect the first pay in January if not accepted. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas seconding.
Mr. Dave Troutman, 1024 Bexley asked what the provisions are. Mr. Robbins said it is sick leave sell back, and no raises for non-bargaining. Mr. Hines asked how many employees is that? Mr. Robbins said 65-75.
Roll Call for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-89 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-90:
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY AUDITOR TO PAY BILLS FROM THE MARION MUNICIPAL AIRPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 5705.41(D)(1) OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Finance Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend. Mr. Ratliff asked what why the work was done prior to the work order. Mr. Dan Stover spoke on the lightening strike on the navigation system. I didn’t have a line item to draw from; I was working with the insurance agent.
Mr. Smith seconding the suspension. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mrs. Blevins moved to adopt, Mr. Smith seconding. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-90 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2011-91:
ORDINANCE AMENDING MARION CODIFIED ORDINANCE 193.14(C), ALLOCATION OF FUNDS WITHIN CHAPTER 193; MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX
Mrs. Blevins noted that this came out of Finance Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Smith seconding. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Dr. Gilsdorf, Mr. Hines. ORDINANCE 2011-91 HAS HAD ITS FIRST READING

Matters not on the Agenda

Chris Adkins, President of the FOP Lodge # 24. Read a letter to Council concerning the 16 officers that will be laid off. Asking Council where money can be saved.
Mr. Ralph Hill, Jefferson St. spoke on respect. City does not have the money, you are asking for hand-outs.
Jay McDonald spoke on behalf of the police dept. We did not ask for a hand-out. Mr. Adkins did not ask for a hand-out. Pass a resolution demanding our local government funds back. They stashed that money in a rainy day fund. You has representatives should demand our money back.
Ron Schriderer spoke about all other non-essential items were considered first. Consolidate the Safety Director with the Service Director. The City is considering giving the raise to Mark Russell. Cutting out their donation to CANDO – that’s non-essential.
Mr. Ayers Ratliff said we have the same conversation about 12 months ago. Everything that Mr. Schriderer said was on my list. Safety/Service Director shares a secretary with the Mayor, and maybe our Clerk of Council has to go over and assist with that too if they get over-logged. I look at that when we work for and receive a cop’s grant, that’s not added in on top of the cop’s budget. In it I believe we promised a certain amount of officers, we may have to pay back several hundred dollars in grant money. There has been back door lay-off’s for years. We are not hiring people, and we are witling down those departments.
Assistant Law Director has just resigned, don’t put another there, and get a police officer. When you have 16 less officer’s on the street, you’ll have less cases through the law director’s office and through municipal court who just bought brand new chairs and we are letting people off. Don’t purchase new chairs through municipal court; this is an abomination of miss-use of taxpayer dollars. I will never support the layoff of a police officer or a fire fighter.
Mr. Wade Ralph, Fire Dept. VP of IAFF #379. We are giving something back. You are suffering as well as us. We want to keep our people employed. We are down 15 persons; we have 50.
Mr. Ralph Hill said that he is offended. Federal, State and local money are in a bind. Jobs are shutting down every day. It’s not hard to understand, we are broke.
Dale Osborn asked where the budget was. How can we make informed decision without see it? I asked for it a week ago, I didn’t get it.
Mr. Dave Troutman, 1024 Bexley, we need Council to step up and give us the leadership for the City of Marion. Security services are important to the City.
Dan Wigton, Marion. His concern is the problem with the public relations. Building a 3.5 million pool and laying off police officers.
Todd Snider, spoke about his house being broke into. The police were there in seconds. Lying off 15-16 officers doesn’t make sense. What’s best for Marion?
Al Gruber, TV 22 spoke about the budget, needs to get a copy of it. Prove that you need the money, Ralph wasn’t asking for a hand-out.
Katara Zachman, the Police Dept. is setting up neighborhood watches, get in touch with Brian Liston.

Mr. Terry Cline, 400 E. George St. spoke on the St. James Alley again. Both Mayor Schertzer and Service Director Jay Shoup said the alley will stay as an un-improved alley.

COMMITTEE DATES

Finance 12/20 @ 6:30
Jobs & Economic Deve. 12/27 @ 7:00 before Council
Municipal Services 12/20 @ 7:00
Regional Planning 1/25 @ 7:00 County Bldg.


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

______________________________ Dave Edwards President of Council

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Clerk of Council