July 27, 2015 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on July 27, 2015, 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. Ratliff and Mr. Smith; Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR JASON QWAST OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Summary of Proceedings from July 13, 2015. Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried, Summary of Proceedings is accepted.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2015-55:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO AMEND THE MASTER TRAFFIC CONTROL MAP BY MAKING THE FIRST ALLEY SOUTH OF W. FAIRGROUND ST BETWEEN OAK ST AND N. PROSPECT ST ONE-WAY EAST

          Mr. Thomas spoke: This came out of Traffic Commission with a 6-0 approval; this is the 3rd reading tonight, I’ll ask for adoption; Mrs. Blevins 2nd; Roll Call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-55 IS ADOPTED

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

RESOLUTION 2015-14:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AUDITOR TO TRANSFER APPROPRIATED MUNICIPAL COURT ASSISTANCE FUND MONIES TO THE PROBATION SERVICES FUND TO COVER SALARY FOR A PROBATION DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE’S INCREASED HOURS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

          Mr. Cumston spoke: 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: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2015-14 IS ADOPTED

 

RESOLUTION 2015-15:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE AUDITOR TO APPROPRIATE MONIES TO THE ADAMH GRANT FUND RECEIVED BY THE ADAMH BOARD TO MUNICIPAL COURT FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

          Mr. Cumston spoke: 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: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2015-15 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-67:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS, INC., FOR THE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL REMEDIATION AND OTHER ASSIGNED DUTIES FOR THE FORMER FAIRFIELD ENGINEERING, CURRENTLY CLARKSCO, FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Cumston spoke: 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. Mrs. Gustin asked about the fee, this is not ours. Mr. Cumston said it’s being paid by the COAF.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-67 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-68:

ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF NOTES IN THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $7,341,500, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COSTS OF VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Cumston spoke: This came out of Finance with a 3-0 approval, this is for an issuance of notes before we turn it into the long-term Bond debt; motion to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Auditor Carr said she had spoken to Bond Counsel and said that she doesn’t have to read the Fiscal Cert. as long as there is a signed copy of it. Mrs. Gustin asked what the time frame is on the bonds. We usually go to Bond with more money; we are going to keep this in Note format at this time.

          Roll call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-68 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2015-69:

ORDINANCE MAKING AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION IN THE SANITARY SEWER FUND FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

          Mr. Thomas spoke: This came out of Streets & Sewers with a 3-0 recommendation for approval on April 13; I would like to suspend, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Daniels. ORDINANCE 2015-69 WILL HAVE ITS FIRST READING TONIGHT.

          Mr. Thomas said this is for the non-feasibility study that needed 193,000 for the storm water issues. Mrs. Gustin asked Mr. Shoup if you feel confident about this study or do you feel it’s a shot in the dark. Mr. Shoup said this replaces the NPDES permit, this lays out a map for the City to become in compliance. Most communities in the State of Ohio are more or less in the same path. The original NPDES permit laid out a stricter time frame, we went this route to give us more flexibility and spread out the financial obligation. Mrs. Gustin asked if we will hear from these people again. Mr. Shoup said absolutely, with updates.

          Mr. Daniels asked for the original amount, around 400,000 and change. Mr. Shoup said he doesn’t have that with me, it might be less than that amount. Comprehensive flow meters – 24 around the City and do an analysis over a six week period, over an hourly basis. Those results will move that forward to a full blown non-feasibility study. Mr. Daniels said 416,000 sounds good, how long before they asked for the 193,000.00. Mr. Shoup said April 21. Mr. Daniels said back in the winter, 400,000 – I didn’t support that. 193,000 for six weeks worth of work, 600,000 – EPA and the consultants – a gold rush in the State of Ohio. I don’t want to be a party to it. That’s why I didn’t suspend the rules.

          Mayor Schertzer said I don’t disagree with you with your analysis. I can’t tell you that’s its accurate, but it seems suspicious. These are the kind of hoops that the State makes us jump through to be in compliance. You are right. There was a 30 million price tag years ago, that’s why we went to the consulting firm to assist us. I think that’s the path we are on, we’ll find out what the price would be. 3 retention ponds outside City limits were in those 30 million dollars.  We can’t go in and dig up some of old lines that was put in years ago that causes some of the flooding issues. We are dealing with them today. We are dealing with a lot of those issues, I don’t disagree with you, but it seems like a better path for us to present this study to you.

          Roger Baldinger spoke: 6 week study, it’s a lot longer than that, the flow study was for 6 weeks, but the study is one portion. A Comprehensive analysis is part of it. The EPA wants consultants to do it. Our long term control plan had to be updated as well, that was not included in the quote. This money will carry us to Feb. 1, 2016 for additional work to be done also.

Mr. Daniels asked about the individuals doing this study, I think you guys are competent on what you do. Roger said they did a weekly monitoring on the flow metering which was subbed out. They did have people entering manholes if there was restriction, they would download that weekly. It’s a long drawn out affair. That total amount if not just for 1 person, we can’t do this in-house. They do this country wide; they have a lot of experience of doing this. It’s above and beyond of what we can do in-house. Mr. Daniels said this study doesn’t make the world any greener. What it does a non-feasible alternative study- we want proof that we can’t do any better. It’s a defense to the EPA saying we can’t make our discharge any cleaner. Roger said we just got a toxic study today, our upstream samples were toxic, but down river was not we are improving the quality of the River because of our discharge. There are other components to this study, the long term control plan; the comprehensive study will bring us in line until 2020. Mr. Daniels said I have to ask who the OEPA is working for. I feel they are working for the consultants. That is my impression of the OEPA.

Mr. Edwards said the 2015-69 has received its 1st reading

 

Matters not on the Agenda:

 

Mrs. Merrilee McClasky, 619 Windsor Street spoke: we have a grass alley unimproved, my husband maintains it, by mowing it and hauling trash away. Marion Pointe has put up a fence, and the residents of 591 Windsor St. I spoke with Malcolm and he believed that they put them up without the City’s knowledge. Mr. Shoup said the Service Dept., in conjunction with Malcolm can investigate.

        

COMMITTEE DATES:

 

Finance                   8/3     @ 6:30pm

Legislation Codes    8/3     @ 6:20 pm Liquor Permit

Regional Planning    8/26    @ 7:00 – County Building 

Streets & Sewers    8/3     @6:40 – S&B N. State St. Base Repair

        

          With no further business to come before Council, Mr. Thomas adjourned the meeting.

 

 

                                                            ____________________________                                                           Dave Edwards                                                                                         President of Council

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Clerk of Council