February 10, 2014 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on February 10, 2014, 7:30 PM

 

ROLL CALL – 9 members answered – Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Crider, Mr. Edwards. Mr. Ratliff moved to excuse Mr. Cumston, Mr. Smith 2nd.  By a voice vote, all members voted to approve Mr. Cumston’s absence.

 

 

 

THE PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY

 

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

 

 

Summary of Proceedings for January 27, 2014, Mr. Ratliff moved, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-05:

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 1969-29, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE YARGER REPORT BY CREATING A POSITION WITHIN THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION, SPECIFICALLY A BACTERIOLOGIST CHEMIST II POSITION, ESTABLISHING SALARY AND BENEFITS FOR SAID POSITION, AS AMENDED

 

          Mr. Smith noted that this came out of Committee with a 3-0 recommendation, I’ll ask for a 2nd reading tonight.

 

 ORDINANCE 2014-05 HAS HAD ITS SECOND READING

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-06

 

ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 1969-29 (KNOWN AS THE YARGER REPORT) AS AMENDED, BY REDEFINING THE DUTIES AND UPDATING THE JOB DESCRIPTION OF THE CLERK SECRETARY IN THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL DIVISION FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO

 

          Mr. Smith noted that this came out of Committee with a 3-0, I’m asking for a 2nd reading this evening. ORDINANCE 2014-06 HAS HAD ITS SECOND READING

 

 

 

Items not on the Agenda:

 

 

 

          Mayor Schertzer spoke on Baseball for Youth: They are their own corporation. The City does not run a youth baseball program. We haven’t run one for 50 years+.  On December 10, I asked youth baseball organizations to come to my office and have meetings. I want more baseball played at the Lincoln complex.  The contract we have with Baseball for Youth expires Jan. 1, 2017. They were not able to fulfill the contract with the City of Marion. They wanted to dissolve and severing the relationship with the City. We asked the Park Board to get out an RFP to look for another organization that will run the Lincoln complex. It may take a rebuilding process. I would like Lincoln Field to be the home field for Marion Harding Baseball. I haven’t signed anything with Marion City School Board. We are also looking at the “Shovel City Crawlers”, a semi pro team to come in. Baseball for Youth, the bingo hall, Houg Recreation Ctr. on Main St. that is theirs; it’s not the city of Marion’s. We are not responsible for them.  We are looking for a 5 year lease, with an automatic renewal for another 5 years. Proceeds need to go back in and rebuild it. Lights, scoreboards, stadium. We are looking at grants to spend on that complex. That’s the direction I’d like to go in.

 

          Mr. Ratliff asked about the upkeep of the park. The past 15 years, what was the city’s responsibility? Mayor Schertzer said the 13 fields were taken care of by the Hougs. The contract would outline what they were responsible for. Mr. Ratliff asked about the parking lot. Mayor said we used some of CDBG money to take care of that.  

 

          Mr. Osborn asked if all of the lights, etc would come back to the city. Mayor said there is a provision in there. Mike Cheney will be taking a complete inventory on everything. Mr. Russell said the issue they had was the lights, the city will benefit with the poles and the lights.

 

          Keith Kohler, Pole Lane spoke: I’m a historian for the Lincoln Park. I’m here for the kids. The grandstand can probably go on the National Register. When that happens, we can get a lot fixed up. 1973 tore down the old wooden stadium. The WPA built the concrete stadium that’s there now. It makes it a historical landmark. This is one of the last minor league baseball complexes in Ohio.  Jim Thorpe, Grover Cleveland, There is all kinds of history at the ball diamond, boxing matches set up at home plate. My opinion is we need to get the money to bring the fields back as they were. The city owns that property. The City has to file out the national registry form.

 

          Mr. Crider said I believe the other WPA is the Harding Stadium at the middle school. Who to get in touch with is Barb Powers to do that evaluation.

 

          Ms. Angie Sherick said that we need to have this at Lincoln Park. Mayor Schertzer said the City is not taking away baseball from the children. That is why we are looking for other organizations.

 

 

 

Committee Dates:

 

Finance                            2/18    @ 6:30

 

Legislation, Codes           2/18    @ 6:45

 

Regional Planning            2/26    @ 7:00 @ County Bldg.

 

 

 

 

 

          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