September 9, 2013 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING


City Hall – Council Chambers on September 9, 2013, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL – 8 members answered – Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Edwards; Mr. Ratliff moved to excuse Mr. Schaber and Mr. Cumston, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. By a voice vote all members voted in approval to excuse both Mr. Schaber and Mr. Cumston.

THE PRAYER LED BY JASON QUAST OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Summary of Proceedings for August 26, 2013, Mr. Thomas moved, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2013-48:
ORDINANCE AMENDING EXISTING MARION CITY CODE CHAPTER 666 BY ADOPTING A NEW PROVISION TO BE REFERRED TO AS 666.19 RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY OF SEX OFFENDERS WITHIN CITY OF MARION, OHIO, as amended
Mr. Daniels stated that this came out of Legislation Codes with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is its second reading. It has been amended with the perimeter of 1500’ to 1000’. I would like to suspend the rules and pass it tonight. Mr. Ratliff asked what would somebody do if they own a home. Mr. Daniels said the intent was to grandfather them in, but if they move, they have to re-register. It is not our intent to pick them from their home, only if they change their address. It’s from the present forward.
Mr. Osborn said he’d like to see it go the 3 readings. I’m in support of it. Mr. Daniels moved to withdraw from a 2nd reading and request it for a 3rd. Mr. Kelley wanted a new map. Mr. Russell said the maps were just demonstrative. Regional Planning put the map together; it’s just a general map. You can inquire with my office. Mr. Kelley asked about the old city school property. Mrs. Gustin said that building my be reused by Marion City Schools. Mr. Osborn said he spoke with Sherriff Bailey, he said the homeless comes in and gives no address, it does create a problem with them. They don’t have to provide an address. I’m happy that you changed it back to 1000.
Mr. Ratliff asked about the homeless, our shelters are within a 1000’ ft. radius. Mr. Russell said we’d have to look at it. It would be in regard to W. Fairground. Mr. Daniels said it is included in the district, should we include the homeless shelter? It’s a transient sort of atmosphere, I would include it. Mr. Ratliff said are we allowed to do that. Mr. Russell said yes, we are not focused on the homeless shelter, we are just looking to expand the contact points, just because the homeless shelter is in there, it does not increase our liability. Mr. Lengieza said we did not include day-care centers. Mr. Daniels said it’s not included, but it is in the State Law. They are covered anyway.
ORDINANCE 2013-48 HAS HAD ITS 2ND READING, as amended

ORDINANCE 2013-60:
ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF MARION, BY REZONING 583 WEST FAIRGROUND STREET FROM AN R-2 GENERAL DWELLING DISTRICT TO AN C-5 GENERAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (Applicant, Josh Daniels)
Mr. Smith stated that this came out of Committee with a 2-0 recommendation, we are going to ask for a 2nd reading tonight and the Public Hearing will be September 23, 2013.ORDINANCE 2013-60 HAS HAD ITS 2nd READING

Mr. Thomas moved to add Ordinance 2013-62 and 2013-63 to tonight’s Agenda; Mrs. Blevins 2nd; Mr. Ratliff 3rd.

NEW BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2013-62:
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH TRUCK SALES & SERVICE TO PURCHASE ONE RECYCLING TRUCK TO BE USED IN THE SANITATION DEPARTMENT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Thomas noted that this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is to enter into contract. Part of this $$ is coming from DKMM. We need to let them know by September 15.
I make the motion to suspend, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Mr. Ratliff asked about the wet sleeve and dry sleeve. Mr. Shoup mentioned that we asked for a wet sleeve engine. The cylinders can be pulled out and be replaced. The garage persons say with a wet sleeve, the engine will last longer. The west sleeve can cost 2-4000 more with a wet sleeve. Only one bidder complied with the bidding spec. Mr. Ratliff asked what the difference between the both. Mr. Shoup said the truck cost was about 2,000.00. To fix the sleeve it costs around 9-10,000.00 to restore it.
Roll call for suspension: Ayes all, motion carried. Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2013-62 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2013-63:
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO PREPARE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR STREET PATCHING ALONG VARIOUS STREETS IN THE CITY OF MARION AND APPROPRIATING THE NECESSARY FUNDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Thomas noted that this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is patch work on State highways that come through the City of Marion; I’ll make the motion to suspend.
Roll call for suspension: Ayes all, motion carried. Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2013-63 IS ADOPTED

MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:
Mayor Schertzer spoke about the new traffic signals with cameras on them. Those are not a speed control cameras, they are just traffic control. These are ODOT specifications. It is just to tell the light to change.
Mrs. Blevins introduced a Mrs. Kim Stead, 700 Robinson St. to talk about the Dog Park. She stated that she was almost hit by a car by the RR tracks over the dog park. I’m over there at least 2X a day. I’d like to see some signs to be put up there. Mayor Schertzer said they will get in touch with the Parks Department; we will call Mike Cheney and let him know. Mrs. Stead spoke about the trains also, there is a lot of train traffic there.
Scott Mason, Marion, Sept. 22, 2013 will be having a march from the Court house to Garfield Park. This march is for the drug issue in Marion. The march is Sunday, 9-22-2013 @ 2:30 pm – starts at the Courthouse. Mayor Schertzer said we will be down Center St. – we will be out in the middle of the street. Mr. Mason said we have contacted the media as well as the Attorney General.
Mayor Schertzer said we have just today sent out our last 2 letters to recall our police officers.
Mr. Sulu Kelley asked about the Popcorn Festival – what the total cost is. Auditor Carr said it will be by the end of the month for all the numbers to come in.
Mr. Daniels said he does not argue anything about the Popcorn Festival. The story on the 42 dealers that were put out on a bond. Was it jail space, Judge Slagle, what it is exactly? Major Caryer – bond – show up to court and not a danger to society. I consider it serious to the health and welfare of the City, I don’t know how he feels. Mr. Daniels asked Mr. Osborn about the jail, was it full. Mr. Osborn said they moved some to make the space, it was successful. The schedule for the arraignment was scheduled for Friday – was done on Tuesday. I did contact the Judge and move it up, Judge Slagle made it for Tuesday afternoon, and he sets the bonds.
Mr. Daniels asked how many officers do we have. Major Caryer said 45 total at this time. We already tested with Civil Service, start the hiring process immediately. We have had people leave this year, unfunded liabilities, medical, had to catch up with that. We hope to see another 1 before the end of the year. Mr. Daniels said before the income tax was 42. Mrs. Carr said 40 officers in December. January was 41; 48 staff members – was the goal we wanted to get to. Mr. Daniels said there is 6 new boots on the ground.
Mr. Thomas said when the arraignments were set for Fri., did you move them up because of the jail space? Mr. Osborn said sometimes the arraignments can take place the next day. We’ve looked at bonds, 2500 to 10,000.00. The changes have been made to give 10%. 2500 to 250.00 cash and you can get out. Yes we did do that, so if ones could bond, did bond. I thought the bonds would be at a much higher level. Mr. Thomas said you requested earlier because of jail space. Mr. Osborn said we have to look at a couple of things, there is a mechanism to allow us to release others earlier. Lesser crimes I could have released. We released a few of those, had the bonds been higher, we would have followed the mechanism and released more. The general public does not know this.
Mr. Ratliff asked how many police came back and how many didn’t? Also the Fire Dept. Mayor Schertzer said he doesn’t have the numbers in front of me. I’d say ½ of the them came back. As to the Fire Dept. we hired 2 new firefighters, the total of 5. There were no lay-offs in the dept.
Chief Zwolle said we had 48; we currently have 50, which will take us to 52. Mr. Daniels asked was level would all 3 stations to stay open. Chief said we figured 56.
Charlie Blevins, 220 Blaine – do we have any people looking to retire in the Fire Dept. Chief said 1 definite, and maybe 2 more within in the next year.

 


COMMITTEES

Finance 9/17 @ 6:30
Jobs & Economic Devel. 9/23 @ 7:00 ESID
Regional Planning 9/25 @ 7:00 County Bldg.
Zoning & Annexation 9/17 @ 6:45 ME in Marion City Code

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