February 11, 2013 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on February 11, 2013, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 9 members answered –Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber, Mr. Edwards;
Mr. Ratliff moved to excuse Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried – Mr. Cumston is excused.

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR DOUG FORD

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Summary of Proceedings for January 28, 2013, Mr. Thomas moved, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

NEW BUSINESS:


Public Hearing opened 7:35 pm: City Chip Housing Grant Schedule FY 2013, and City CDBG Formula Grant Schedule FY 2013
Regional Planning – Ms. Evie Cummings spoke: The purpose of the hearings is to more fully explain the programs that could be applied for and to provide residents and officials an opportunity to ask questions and give suggestions. The programs can fund economic development, housing rehab. and public facilities. Activities must be designed to benefit low and moderate income persons, or aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight.
The first one that is coming up is the CHIP Grant which is the housing improvement. Please contact me directly with the Regional Planning. March 11, will be the 2nd public hearing on that matter. The City may be eligible for approx. 150,000 of CDBG funds; up to 300,000 of each of three competitive set-aside programs.
The other program that the State offers is 40 million dollars that will be available under the CDBG. Formerly called the Formula program; it is going to be renamed.
Mr. Ratliff asked about the selection of the projects, how long do you need. Ms. Cummings said around 15 minutes.
Public Hearing closed 7:40 pm


RESOLUTION 2013-04:
RESOLUTION EXPRESSING MARION CITY COUNCIL’S SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS MARION TOWERS II, LOCATED AT 400 DELAWARE AVENUE FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPLYING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Ratliff stated that this came of committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval. I moved to suspend, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None; Abstained: Mr. Daniels. Mr. Thomas asked why Mr. Daniels abstained. Mr. Daniels noted that he has done work with Fairfield Homes, some landscaping work.
Mr. Ratliff moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: None; Abstained: Mr. Daniels. RESOLUTION 2013-04 IS ADOPTED.


ORDINANCE 2013-04:
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 said this came out of Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval. I move to suspend, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Ratliff moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas 2nd.
Mr. Daniels spoke: this organization is to revitalize downtown. We’ve tried different things in the past years. A highly restrictive zoning environment discourages development. Mr. Lengieza said that DT Marion Inc has nothing to do with zoning issues. The Design Review is different. Mr. Daniels said the store owner has come up with the money for his business; the store front has to be approved by this organization. Mr. Lengieza said the only reason for this board so we don’t get anything dumpy. Mayor Schertzer said this ordinance doesn’t have anything to do with the Design Review Board; we are mixing two issues here. Mr. Daniels said they interlink. I think we should try something new. Mr. Schertzer said both of these organizations were originated by Ordinance. We can hear those debates in committee. Mr. Osborn said he disagrees with Mr. Daniels. The Design Review provides some security for the DT business. The DT group itself is just to revitalize the business itself. They are two different things.
Mr. Daniels said I if had a vacant torn down shop beside my shop, my concern would be to get another store owner in there, not the color of the shop. We are talking ascetics. Let’s deregulate it.
Mr. Lengieza said we didn’t set this up to have a common architect theme downtown. It’s just a review of the scale and quality of materials. He gave examples of Fahey Bank, the new bus station, they don’t look old. We don’t have those regulations in Marion.
Ms. Evie Cummings spoke: The DT group focuses on promotion, beautification, economic restructure – to get business in those buildings.
Mr. Daniels said our zoning code is so adequate, it mentions ½ acres. We have a lot of work on the code in general.
Sulu Kelley asked how much is being appropriated. Mr. Ratliff said its 3% less from last year, 6318.00 maybe.
Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2013-04 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2013-05:
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. Ratliff said this came out of Committee with a 2-1 recommendation for approval. I will not support this tonight; I don’t feel I should make a motion for passage. Mr. Thomas moved to suspend, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff.
Mr. Sulu Kelley asked how much was this one? Mr. Ratliff said around 65,000. Mr. Craig Thompson spoke: 61,000.00.
Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Schaber; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff. ORDINANCE 2013-05 IS ADOPTED

Mr. Edwards asked for the Harding HS Students to come and get their papers signed.

MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:
Michele Barrett – Richwood Ohio spoke about the Heroin issue in Marion. She spoke of her residence that was robbed. She then went onto say that government does not need to be in everything you do. Spoke about Marion Matters, Cando. We don’t need all these organizations. She went onto to talk about the school system declining. Robberies happening, the downtown with empty buildings, we have to change the way things are going, maybe the rules from the 1990’s are not working any longer.
Mayor Schertzer spoke about the Marion Municipal Government has gotten smaller in the past 5 years.
8:20 PM Mrs. Blevins moved to go into Executive Session to speak on pending Litigation, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.

COMMITTEES

Finance 2/19 @ 6:30
Jobs & Eco. Develop. 2/25 @ 7:00
Regional Planning 2/27 @ 7:00 County Building
Streets & Sewers 2/19 @ 6:45


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