June 23, 2014 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on June 23, 2014, 7:30 PM

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

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR DUNN OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Summary of Proceedings for June 9 and Special Meeting of June 17, 2014, Mr. Thomas moved, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried. Both Summaries are approved.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2014-33:

ORDINANCE TO VACATE TWO (2) 16.5’ WIDE EAST/WEST ALLEYS SECTIONS LOCATED BETWEEN PEARL STREET AND SOUTH PROSPECT STREET, (SECTIONS LOCATED BETWEEN LOTS 290, 291, 119 AND 143) PURSUANT TO ORC 723.041 RETAINING PERMANENT EASEMENT RIGHTS (Applicant, Emanuel Lutheran Church)

            Mr. Edwards noted that the public hearing is now opened @ 7:34 pm

            Mr. Crider stated that this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval; we will have the third reading tonight along with the public hearing.

            Mrs. Gustin asked whether or not the Fire Dept. had any issues with this closure. Chief Zwolle said he had none.

            Public Hearing is now closed at 7:35 pm.

            Mr. Osborn moved to adopt, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-33 IS ADOPTED

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2014-41:

ORDINANCE MAKING AN ADJUSTMENT IN THE GENERAL FUND AND THE AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014

            Mr. Daniels noted that this came out of Finance with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, I’ll move to suspend; Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.

            Mr. Daniels moved to approve, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-41 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2014-42:

ORDINANCE DESIGNATING DEPOSITORIES OF PUBLIC MONEYS OF THE CITY OF MARION, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

            Mr. Daniels stated that this came out of Finance with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, I’ll move to suspend; Mr. Osborn 2nd.

            Mr. Ratliff asked if there is a conflict with Council members. Mr. Chaffin said everyone has a checking account, he then asked if anyone was on the Board of any of these banks, or is a shareholder. Nobody answered. Mr. Chaffin said it is fine then.

            Mr. Osborn asked why are the %’s the way they are. Treasurer Pannett said he researched this, and does not see any reason why they are broken out the way it is. Fahey Bank is our biggest. To put a finger on why the %’s is the way it is, I don’t know. I’ll volunteer information, at a time when Marion was flourishing with industry, we had a lot of bank presidents that had more influence on City Council and the citizens of Marion, they spread it out, not putting all the monies in one basket. Every penny we have is protected.

            Roll Call for suspension: Ayes all, motion carried.

            Mr. Daniels moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-42 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2014-43:

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. Daniels stated that this came out of Finance with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, I’ll move to suspend; Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.

            Mr. Daniels moved to approve, Mr. Crider 2nd.

            Mrs. Gustin asked if there was a reason for this. Mr. Shoup said pertains to the transit system, and back in January we spent money, but forgot to put a purchase order in place. Mr. Osborn said I don’t think we’d get in trouble with the Auditor, I think its transactions being made without the Auditor knowing. It was just a small mishap. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-43 IS ADOPTED

 

Items not on the Agenda:

Mr. Daniels wanted to know what the plans are for the front door, the ponding of water. Mr. Shoup said we are going to extend a line from the west catch basin to the east catch basin towards the alley. The problem with the overflow right now is broken underneath Center Street. There is a vault on the north side of Center Street. We had priced it out to make the connection; it would cost a little less than 10,000.00. We’ve been trying to include that on other city projects as a change order of some kind. It’s not a complicated fix. If we had the money, we’d do it.  Mr. Daniels mentioned about the handicapped accessibility; they are not flooding out all of the spots. Mr. Shoup said it has to do with the census track, we’ve come up short in the criteria, plus it’s a governmental building. We were able to put a trench drain in at the front doors. That was through an Energy block grant, where we replaced the front doors, and changed out a much smaller drench drain. All that grant money was for the front doors, soft start devices on HVAC system, and do the lighting throughout City Hall. We reduced our electric bill from 7500/month to 6000. It didn’t fit the criteria for energy efficiency. Mr. Osborn asked Mr. Shoup to use Storm Water monies, possibly use them.  Mr. Daniels asked if there is a time frame for this. Mr. Shoup said we had money for this project in the lands and buildings fund, 2 years in a row; 2 years in a row it was taken out.

 

Mayor Schertzer said we tried to get that money into the budget. It’s been doing the ponding for a long time now, and it’s getting progressively worse. We will continue to look at different avenues. We tried to use the CDBG money to repave the parking lot, we couldn’t.

 

Committee Dates:

Finance                                  7/7       @ 6:30

Legislation Codes                 7/7       @ 6:40 Liquor Permit for Rancho Grocery

Regional Planning                7/23     @ 7:00 County Bldg.

Streets & Sewers                  7/7       @ 6:45 Dis. of 2-way St.- Church & Center

          

            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