May 26, 2015 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on May 26, 2015, 7:30 PM

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

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR JASON QWAST

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Summary of Proceedings from May 11, 2015. Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried, Summary of Proceedings is accepted.

 

Mr. Cumston moved to add Ordinances  2015-44, 45, 47 and 48 to tonight’s agenda; Mr. Thomas 2nd, Mr. Osborn 3rd. 44, 45 47 and 48 are added to tonight agenda.

 

OLD  BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2015-13:

ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM THROUGH THE STATE OF OHIO’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG PROGRAM) AND TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO APPLY FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ALLOCATION FUNDS AND ADMINISTER THE GRANT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Thomas spoke: We need to have a public hearing.

 

Public Hearing is now open @ 7:36 PM.

          Ms. Evie Cummings spoke: A paper is being passed around to sign this for the public hearing. What you have before is the apply 2015 CDBG grant and the revitalization grant; if you don’t get the competitive grant, you have an alternate opt out. There was no comment from the public.

 

Public hearing is not closed @ 7:37 PM.

 

          Mr. Thomas asked if we need to pass this tonight. Ms. Cummings said if you are comfortable.

          Mr. Thomas moved to suspend the rules, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

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

Mr.  Daniels asked what LoDo means. Ms. Cummings said it is the lower downtown area. Mr. Daniels asked where the retaining wall is. Ms. Cummings said it’s on Church and Orchard St.

Mayor Schertzer said LoDo it’s a subcommittee from the DT organization. They are very active with the property owners that live in the area. 90% of the work in the City right-of-way. This is not the first time we had built a retaining wall with CDBG monies.

Mr. Daniels said with the exception of the Lincoln Park Fence, we are looking at a 100% of the lower area. Mayor said that is the competitive design of the active group. It was ready made for this type of group. It fit in well with the distress portion of the CDBG grant. Evie said when the Rec center came up, could we include them, it’s primarily infrastructure. It’s physically so close to it. Beneficial wise, it would reach beyond the neighborhood. It’s a way to get the youth center done as well. The alternative, if they don’t get the competitive grant, the retaining wall comes out then you do the roof and the sidewalks. Mrs. Gustin asked about the vouchers. Evie said 117 instead 100,000; they are forcing us to spend our revolving loan balance.  It gets reduced out of the formula budget. We don’t quite 17, 16 something. We can ask up to that amount and spend it accordingly. They encourage it; they want us to spend it down.

Mr. Daniels said when these funding come up, we spend a lot of it on DT year after year; it’s attention we are not spending elsewhere. 10 different projects with LoDo on it. We continually eyeball it downtown, and the rest seem out of mind. Ken Lengieza said they are letting us to use the Rec facility. We have done grants in various neighborhoods. Fairground near Lincoln Park; sidewalks and new drainage on the west side. We’ve done several on the northwest side, Avondale, the neighborhood – we had to take a match out of the Formula Grant. Bennett St., Lafayette. LoDo – if you take the Youth Center out, I can’t think we did anything in this neighborhood. They won’t let us count the Palace. Evie said on Garden St – sidewalks. Mr. Cumston said over the years we have done a lot of sidewalk projects. As we attract more housing DT and attract more activity, it looks better. It helps the infrastructure and the feasibility of the DT neighborhood. Evie said the State will only look at the type for slum and blight projects for DT in the future.

Mr. Daniels said all the money that City spends; I hear more encouraging words to remove vacant houses.  It makes the community to look so much better.

Chief Collins spoke: our portion of funding with the CDBG – youth center – will make it that way again, if willing. ½ for office space, the other ½ is rotting away. June 5th – lunch program, we are the host for that. June 16th – summer produce giveaway, on Thursdays; also some planter boxes. What we were looking at was the roof leaking in that building. Mr. Daniels said we have roof leaking; and we are building retaining walls instead. Evie said the roof is in the package.

Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-13 IS ADOPTED.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2015-44:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY AUDITOR TO PAY A BILL FROM THE MARION AREA TRANSIT (MAT) PURSUANT TO SECTION 5705.41(D)(1) OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE AND  MAKING THE NECESSARY RE-APPROPRIATION IN THE MARION AREA TRANSIT FUND FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

          Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 3-0 Approval, motion to suspend; Mr. Osborn 2nd.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-44 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-45:

ORDINANCE MAKING AN RE-APPROPRIATION IN THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE ONE (1) BUS THROUGH ODOT PURCHASING PROGRAM FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

          Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 3-0 Approval, motion to suspend; Mr. Osborn 2nd.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-45 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-47:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH SHELLY AND SANDS INC. FOR THE CENTER STREET RESURFACING, PROJECT 15-1R FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, APPROPRIATING NECESSARY FUNDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Thomas stated this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 approval, motion to suspend; Mrs. Blevins 2nd.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-47 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-48:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH PARK ENTERPRISE CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. FOR THE SOUTH STATE STREET SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS, PROJECT 15-1SW FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, APPROPRIATING NECESSARY FUNDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Thomas stated this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 approval, motion to suspend; Mrs. Blevins 2nd.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-48 IS ADOPTED

 

Matters not on the Agenda:

 

None

 

COMMITTEE DATES:

 

Finance                  6/1     @ 6:30pm

Municipal Services   6/1     @ 6:20pm

Regional Planning    6/24    @ 7:00 pm County Bldg.

 

 

          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