July 9, 2012 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on July 9, 2012, 7:30 PM

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

PRAYER LED BY SULU KELLEY

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Summary of Proceedings for June 25, 2012, Mr. Cumston moved, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary of Proceedings is approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2012-52:
ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 193.02 (V) OF THE MARION CITY CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A MORE UNIFORM APPLICATION OF THE INCOME TAX AND TO ENSURE EQUAL APPLICATION OF THE CODE
Mr. Cumston said this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation, I’m asking for the second reading this evening. ORDINANCE 2012-52 HAS HAD ITS SECOND READING

ORDINANCE 2012-53:
ORDINANCE MAKING AN APPROPRIATION IN THE CAPITAL FUND FOR THE AQUATIC CENTER CONSTRUCTION FOR FINAL BUILDING COSTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012
Mr. Cumston said this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation. We’d like to ask for an Executive Session on this for potential litigation with the Law Director, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.

7:35 PM COUNCIL GOES INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION
8:02 PM COUNCIL COMES OUT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Clerk re-read the title of Ordinance 2012-53.
Mr. Cumston moved to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Daniels 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2012-53 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2012-54:
ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF GENERAL OPERATIONS AND OTHER MUNICIPAL PURPOSES OF THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, BY LEVYING AND ADDITIONAL INCOME TAX AT THE RATE OF ONE-QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT (.25%), COMMENCING ON AND AFTER JANUARY 1, 2013, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Cumston said this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation, I’m asking for the second reading this evening.
Mrs. Gustin asked if we need to expedite this. Mayor Schertzer said we don’t need to right now; we are ok with the timeline that has been set out. We are good.
Mr. Charlie Blevins, 220 Blaine Ave spoke: he thanked the public service persons for all their hard work – well done. He appreciates every one of you. The residents of the city also work hard to make a living. Write and call your state reps and make some changes in the tax code. When the last time was the City workers has taken a cut in their pay? The benefits need to be coming home where you live and not anyplace else. You need to look deep into this and not increase the taxes and support our city. Many of our households live pay check to pay check. When you have a house hold, you have to take care of that house; you put that in your budget.
Mr. Mike Thomas spoke: The city has taken their cuts. We all have, this is why we are taking this to the ballot, let the people make the decision for the increase in the income tax.
Mr. Bill Alexander, 147-1/2 S. Main – years ago City Council was not paid at all.
Ed Christian, 1060 N. Main spoke – what happens if you don’t get your .25 %. Mr. Thomas said we’d have to make more cuts. We’ll cut services. Mr. Christian said you didn’t cut deep enough.
John Milhauser, 465 S. Main St – works at MARCA. Need to make Marion a better place. Fix up Southland Mall.
Dave Troutman, 1024 Bexley Ave said we have a creditability issue and we need to recognize it. The last time we raised income taxes, we committed to funds to certain activities. We made some commitment now, earmarked the funds to 4 different groups. Is that creditable, our history is not very good. What are we going to do with the creditability? We have a lot of employees and council members that have taken pay cuts, these are temporary solutions. 3-6 months, then re-manage you business. This is just a band-aid. We are going to abuse our employees. We need to restructure our business. You should no longer be taking pay cuts.
Dale Osborn said about creditability. I do feel that the tax code that exists today, the %’s that aligned for the various dept’s; the City has far exceeded those dollars in granting to those dept’s. than they had to, based on the tax code. ORDINANCE 2012-54 HAS HAD ITS SECOND READING

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION 2012-17:
RESOLUTION APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO FOR THE YEAR 2013, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Cumston said this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation; this is the prelim that is sent to the County for our tax rate, motion to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, NAYS: Mr. Ratliff. RESOLUTION 2012-17 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2012-56:
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO PREPARE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS AND ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR FUEL, AND ROAD PAINT
Mr. Cumston stated this is a spec and bid for fuel and paint, I move to suspend, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Smith 2nd, Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2012-56 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2012-57:
ORDINANCE DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES TO ASSIST THE CITY ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT FOR OVERALL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGN, SPEC. & BID, AND INSPECTION OF SEVERAL SEWER AND STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFORE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Municipal Services with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, motion to suspend, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Smith 2nd. Mrs. Gustin asked is this over and above which is already allocated? Mr. Cumston said this is from the Large City fund from ODOT, 10-15% of engineering fees – to use those funds to contract Floyd Brown in this case. Mayor said this contractor will also do sewer work. It depends on what work they do, will depend on what fund they will get paid from. The large city fund already exists, ODOT has told us to start using them, or we are going to take them back. We have found that we can use them to pave some of our through-fare streets. Mrs. Gustin said Mr. Lively is paid to do this, this is asking for extra help for Mr. Lively, question is this going to be over and above Mr. Lively’s pay or is it going to part of what would be absorbed for the cost. Mayor Schertzer said this would pay the contractor for their services. Deputy Auditor Chaffin said it’s not over and above.
Mr. Ralph Hill spoke why do we have to get a professional to tell our engineer what he must do, we should get another engineer. These people should be qualified to do their job. What is this going to cost us?
Mr. Osborn said it usually is the % of the total contract price. Engineer Lively said we are asking for assistance to get these projects moved through the pipeline. It’s not that we don’t have the expertise to do the work; we don’t have the man hours. Mr. Thomas said we had to send money back because we didn’t have the people to do the work. This will allow us to get the work done.
Mr. Ratliff asked about the borrowing of more money, did I hear that right, Mrs. Chaffin said these are funds that are already borrowed for the sewer projects, i.e., Orchard Street, these are already committed funds. Mr. Ratliff asked about using an outside engineer. Mrs. Chaffin said i.e., the ARRA funds – they needed to be shovel ready. Mr. Ratliff said what we did in the past our engineer did the engineering part. Mayor Schertzer said the Engineer dept has never been at the level. Mr. Osborn said in the past when the dept was fully staffed, we brought in professional people to get it done. The city would be crazy to hire people like this. It would not be worth it to hire these people. Mr. Ratliff said have we ever passed an ordinance like this in the past. Mayor Schertzer said this ordinance is probably more unique. This is another method for us to get these projects done.
Mr. Sulu Kelley 365 E. Farming, guaranteeing to Floyd Browne, will be get a price break for the bulk. Eng. Lively said they will be paid with an hourly rate. We looked at 6-7 consultants. They have worked with us in the past. We will use their services only when necessary. Mr. Ratliff said under Section 2 – paid areas – reduced city budget, pay an outside firm, are we really saving money? Mr. Cumston said there are no benefits or salary. These are contract workers. This gives the Eng. Dept to hire part time help when needed.
Ed Christian said do the job or get out.
Roll Call for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Mr. Osborn. ORDINANCE 2012-57 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2012-58:
ORDINANCE MAKING AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION IN THE PARKS FUND FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012
Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is donated money to the Parks Dept.; motion to suspend, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Cumston moved to adopt; Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2012-58 IS ADOPTED

Matters Not on the Agenda

Mayor Schertzer spoke about the job listings @ Marion Connections. There are plenty of jobs available in Marion. Several different jobs.
Mr. Ralph Hill spoke – a nurse out of Bucyrus wanted to thank all the people dedicated to the Aquatics Center, she liked very much how it is ran. She wanted to thank all the Council members who supported it.
Charles Blevins spoke again – thank you all the work you had done during the storm we had, also the citizens pitching in and helping neighbors.

COMMITTEES

Finance 7/17 @ 6:30
Regional Planning 7/25 @ County Bldg.
Streets & Sewers 7/23 @ 7:15 right before Council


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