March 24, 2014 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on March 24, 2014, 7:30 PM

 

 

 

ROLL CALL – 8 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cumston moved to excuse Mr. Smith and Mr. Ratliff, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. By a voice vote, all members approved the absences.

 

 

 

THE PRAYER LED BY PASTOR JEREMY DUNN

 

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

 

 

Summary of Proceedings for March 10, 2014, Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried. Summary is approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2013-81:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF MARION, BY REZONING WESTERN PORTION OF LOT 678, ALSO KNOWN AS 1041 BELLEFONTAINE AVE. FROM AN R-1C (SINGLE FAMILY DISTRICT, HIGH DENSITY) TO A C-2 (COMMUNITY SHOPPING DISTRICT) (Applicant, Dan Jenks)

 

 

 

            Mrs. Gustin spoke: This came out of Committee with no recommendation until further study. We have had those studies completed and Mr. Thomas can share those with us. Mr. Thomas said the traffic study was done, and Terry can speak on it. We have postponed this with a couple of issues with the entrance ways of the trailer park and Dollar General. The entrance way to the trailer park will be aligned with Chatfield, then a stop sign with the entrance way of the trailer park. We will not be changing the light. The traffic should be very minimal in and out of there right now. The other was the lighting from the Dollar General. They moved the building, parking will be on the west side.

 

 

 

            Engineer Terry Lively spoke on the issue: After request of the city, the developer hired a consultant to do a study of this area. Site distance, conditions, turn lane warrants, the layout of the access of the proposed Dollar General. There were no issues with turn lanes, site distance, the existing signal was not warranted, but recommended to maintain it for traffic across Bellefontaine. No issues with pedestrian movement. Maintain the signal, entrance to the proposed Dollar General moved to the west side near the Fire Station. The Park will be opposite Chatfield. It was very well done and pleased with the results of it. I seen no problem.

 

 

 

            Mrs. Gustin said even though it’s a school area, they won’t put a new light there. Mr. Lively said they unwarranted that light. It would not enough to warrant a new light.

 

 

 

            Mrs. Gustin said she is going to vote no. 1. I represent the people that don’t want this in. 2. I’m against spot zoning.

 

 

 

            Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd.

 

 

 

            Nancy Alrey, Blaine Ave. – said she has an issue with the rezoning. Two blocks away, you have a business area with empty stores. That’s my concern. I’m also concerned about the school. I hope we are not doing this because somebody wants to sell some land. Mr. Thomas said he went down to the school and spoke with the principal. The traffic study showed two students crossing with the light, and they lived in the Park.

 

 

 

            Sarah Berry, 66 Heritage Lane spoke: you should do the study during the summer, you did it during the fall season. A feeding program with the school, most of them ride the bikes or walks. The parents are working and it gives them lunch. Its buses and traffic, I had to sit through a whole light to make a left. Wrong time of the year for that study.

 

 

 

            Mr. Dan Jenks spoke: I’m the owner of the property. We did the traffic study at a great expense, and we relied on those numbers. I wouldn’t rely on those numbers and put kids in the way. We are trying to bring in a good development. This took 9 months, we didn’t rush this project. Mr. Schultz keeps a nice property. I’ve talked with my tenants, they want it, they need it. I think when all is said and done, I think you’ll see that it was the right call. I appreciate the time all of you working with us.

 

 

 

            Roll call for Adoption: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mr. Daniels; NAYS: Mrs. Gustin. ORDINANCE 2013-81 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-13:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTISE FOR "STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION" AIRPORT ENGINEERING SERVICES AND TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH THE SELECTED ENGINEER(S) AS A RESULT OF THE FAA GRADING AND SELECTION PROCESS

 

 

 

            Mr. Osborn stated that this came out of Airports with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; I’d like to suspend, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried.

 

 

 

            Mr. Osborn moved to adopt, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Mr. Osborn mentioned that this is standard operating procedure for the next 5 years. It’s to select an engineer and is covered by 90% of the FAA grant.

 

 

 

            Roll call for adoption: Ayes All, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-13 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-14:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SAFETY DIRECTOR TO PREPARE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR THE FY 2013 FORMULA GRANT PROJECTS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

 

 

            Mr. Thomas said that this came out of Jobs & Economic Development with a 2-0 recommendation for City Council’s approval, motion to suspend, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes All, motion carried.

 

 

 

            Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mr. Cumston 2nd.

 

 

 

Mr. Thomas said he spoke with the new Director Scott Murphy and for he and Ayers to get together and talk about keeping that open for the neighborhood. This is just a spec and bid ordinance.

 

 

 

Mr. Ken Lengieza said they are also talking about getting some planters in there as well.

 

 

 

Roll Call for adoption: Ayes All, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-14 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-15:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY AUDITOR TO PAY BILLS FROM VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS PURSUANT TO SECTION 5705.41 (D) (1) OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

 

 

            Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, motion to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried.

 

 

 

            Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd, roll call: Ayes All, motion carried ORDINANCE 2014-15 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2014-16:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE MAKING AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION IN VARIOUS FUNDS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014

 

 

 

            Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, motion to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried.

 

 

 

            Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd, roll call: Ayes All, motion carried ORDINANCE 2014-16 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:

 

 

 

Service Director Jay Shoup spoke:  the email I received from ODOT from March 12, concerning the salt purchase for next winter. 80-120% of our total salt tonnage @ 55.00/per ton. They are separating it into 2 phases. Summer Contract, and the other Winter. By April 8, we have to tell ODOT in a binding contract form what salt requirements we will need for next year. We need to fill up our salt barn and keep up the demand as we go through the number. Once we enter into that number it’s irrevocable. We are hearing that salt will be a lot more. I wanted Council to be aware what ODOT is doing this year. This is what we know for now. Scott Kurz made a couple of calls, and found out that they don’t know what the price would be. I would highly discourage the practice of bidding it out ourselves. The city has worked with ODOT for many years. This is going to happen in the next couple of weeks. They tightened they margin up to 90-110%. Mrs. Gustin asked when will they know. Mr. Shoup said will probably know late April, how much it will be. Mrs. Gustin said after you fill out your report. Mr. Daniels asked to call and ask what the price of salt is right now. Mr. Shoup said we have tried that. Mr. Daniels said there is no salt company that would give you a price. Mr. Shoup said it too tight right now, they are struggling to meet demand. One person out of Utah was 175/ton if we ran out.

 

 

 

            Mr. Osborn said by the time we took the opportunity to bid it out, we would pass the April 8 deadline; we are in a hard place. Mr. Shoup said we have put out a lot of feelers for this. You can’t get numbers. We have some salt left over, other places weren’t as fortunate. Mayor Schertzer said we have enough salt to bring us through August. How much salt are we going to order, the same we used this past winter. 2 winters ago, we had a mild winter, and had no more room to put the salt in. This feels more like a gamble here. With the States large purchasing power, we are hoping the price would not be that high if we had to go out there by ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Dates:

 

 

 

Finance                                 4/7       @ 6:30

 

 

 

Streets & Sewers                4/7       @ 6:50 Consultant for Storm water survey

 

 

 

Regional Planning              4/23    @ 7:00 Council Building

 

 

 

Legislation Codes               4/7       @ 6:45 Liquor Permit

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

            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