January 23, 2012 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on January 23, 2012, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 10 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, Mr. Edwards.

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Summary of Proceedings for January 9, 2012, Mrs. Crowe moved to approve, Mr. Cumston seconding. The roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. Summary of Proceedings is approved.

Old Business:

ORDINANCE 2011-97
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE ALL DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO GRANT THE REAL PROPERTY OWNER OF 181 S. MAIN STREET AN EASEMENT PROVIDING AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT A WHEELCHAIR RAMP WITHIN THE CITY’S RIGHT-OF-WAY OF SOUTH MAIN STREET
Mr. Ratliff spoke: This came out of Airport, Lands & Buildings with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, this is our 3rd reading tonight, I’d like a motion to approve, Mrs. Crowe seconding. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. ORDINANCE 2011-97 IS ADOPTED

New Business:

RESOLUTION 2012-4:
PICK–UP RESOLUTION - EXISTING PICK–UP PLAN - RESTATED RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MARION OHIO
Mr. Cumston noted this came out Finance with a 3-0 recommendation, this is part of the IAFF reduction to their line item, to keep them laying off Firefighters, motion to suspend, Mr. Thomas seconding. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas seconding. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. RESOLUTION 2012-4 IS ADOPTED

RESOLUTION 2012-5:
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO APPLY TO THE MARION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR MONIES DERIVED FROM THE AUTOMOBILE LICENSE TAX, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Thomas noted this came out Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation, motion to suspend, Mrs. Crowe seconding. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None.
Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Crowe seconding. Mr. Osborn asked about the Auto tax – what kind of money is it these years? Engineer Terry Lively said around 140,000.00.
Roll Call for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None. RESOLUTION 2012-5 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2012-7:
ORDINANCE TO VACATE THE STREET KNOWN CHENEY AVE. BETWEEN LOTS 8785/8804 (SOUTHERN END) AND LOT 8756 (NORTH END) AND AN 13’ WIDE NORTH/SOUTH ALLEY WEST OF LOTS 8756 TO 8760, IN THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO (Applicant, Nucor Steel)
Mr. Thomas noted this came out Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation, we are asking for a 1st reading this evening. Nucor is here tonight and would like to make a presentation on this.
Mr. Tom Frericks, Atty. for Nucor introduced Dave Sumoski and Trevor Beers of Nucor, stipulating the 2 issues of safety and security. This is what Nucor is after. The ER vehicles being able to continue to go across the portion of the street that has been asked to be vacated. Working with the City and the Fire Dept has come up with a solution to that problem.
Trevor Beers, Environmental Mgr., 912 Cheney Ave. Mr. Beers showed a PowerPoint presentation. Nucor Corporation is the largest steel maker in the US. We are investing around 8 million dollars a year in the local economy. He went onto say about the Strobe sensor, siren sensor; gates will automatically open by the 911 dispatch. He showed the roads around the plant, being much deteriorated. We’ll be investing over 250,000 for the road and over 40,000 for the intersection of Barks & Cheney with a concrete turnaround.
Mr. Josh Daniels asked about the notifications of the zoning change, certified letters to be sent to your neighbors, what process does the city notify the neighbors. We sent letters to GP5 properties; the other requirement is that the City publishes for 6 weeks in the paper. Mr. Daniels said he hasn’t heard if anyone has disagreed. Mr. Thomas said that there has been some concern with some of the neighbors down there. Mr. Vance of Mid-West Lettering was concerned. One other email that was sent, I have spoken with them down there and other Council persons. Mr. Osborn asked about the rail road spur, do you still run cars back and forth. Mr. Beers said yes we do take rails cars across Cheney.
Dave Troutman 1024 Bexley, Osgood Rails will still be available? Mr. Thomas said yes they still use that, it comes across Otis.
Ms. Donna Hinkle, 852 Bennett asked if these are just proposals. Mr. Beers said yes.
Mr. Cumston noted that it says a lot about Nucor to take the time to address the street and the neighbors’ concerns. Thank you
Mr. Ken Lengieza said the company has spent a lot of time, along with the Fire Dept. and the City. This is an important thing for this area.
Mr. Sulu Kelley – train cars - park or pull across the street. Mr. Beers says we have the ability move the cars.
Mr. Dave Sumoski stated that we are not planning on storing any railcars across Cheney, we have the possibility of breaking down there, but we are not storing anything across it. ORDINANCE 2012-7 HAS HAD its 1ST READING

Mr. Ratliff asked to have Ordinance 2012-5 added to tonight’s Agenda
Mr. Thomas asked to have Ordinance 2012-6 added tonight’s Agenda, Mr. Cumston seconding, Mr. Osborn third.
Mr. Thomas moved to waive rule 56 for 2012-6, Mr. Cumston seconding. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston; Mr. Thomas Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Schaber.
RULE 56 HAS BEEN WAIVED FOR 2012-6

ORDINANCE 2012-5
ORDINANCE RE-DECLARING THE CITY OF MARION’S SUPPORT FOR DOWNTOWN MARION, INC., INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE COMMUNITY’S EFFORTS TO REVITALIZE THE DOWNTOWN AREA
Mr. Ratliff stated that it came out of committee with a 3-0 recommendation, I’ll ask for a 1st reading tonight. ORDINANCE 2012-5 HAS HAD ITS 1ST READING


ORDINANCE 2012-6
ORDINANCE RE-DECLARING THE CITY OF MARION’S SUPPORT FOR CAN DO! IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY OF THE GREATER MARION AREA
Mr. Thomas moved to suspend rules for 2012-6, Mr. Cumston seconding.
Mr. Ratliff said that if an Ordinance that fails to come out of committee, that this Council should have discussion and have 3 readings to hear from the people with such an issue of spending over 70,000.00.
Mr. Thomas said that we already passed the budget, CanDo and DT is already in the budget, this is just support, this has nothing to do with the budget. They need to be passed so they can start getting paid. Mr. Ratliff said that where the budget comes into play, this has to be passed for them to get paid. Mr. Thomas said that this Council said that we were going to finance it. Mr. Ratliff said during the ¼ report that they gave – the 4th quarter in 2011, by their own report 1 site visit was made to Marion. We have an organization in the last 3 months living on your tax dollars. We just laid off 16 officers in the City of Marion this year, and we are spending over 70,000 to an organization in the last three months did 1 site visit. I can come up with a better use of this money than fund 1site visit in 3 months. Mr. Thomas said that your are a little late in the argument.
Roll call for suspension: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Crowe, Mr. Smith, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Schaber ORDINANCE 2012-6 HAS HAD ITS 1ST READING

Matters not on the Agenda:

Mr. Ratliff mentioned about the Studio Montage is having their grand opening Thursday, 144 W. Center – 4:30 – 6:00.
Mayor Schertzer spoke: Back in October we applied for an Ohio Dept of Transportation for a safe route to school’s grant for Taft School. We have passed the first hurdle; we have passed the first phase. We may have to come back to Council and ask for another Resolution for support with an ER Clause. The due date is March 2, 2012. This is a 500,000 grant.
Mrs. Hinkle spoke on the pool. I disagree with the rate hike for the daily admission. Mr. Cumston said when the study was done it was 3 and 5. We are going back to the board to work on it.

COMMITTEES

Finance 2/6 @ 6:30
Jobs & Economic Development We may need one.
Regional Planning 1/25 @ 7:00 County bldg.
Streets & Sewers 2/6 @ 6:40

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

Mayor Schertzer had the State of the City Address.

 

______________________________ Dave Edwards President of Council

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Clerk of Council