January 1, 2016 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on January 1, 2016, 12:00 PM

 

ROLL CALL - 10 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mrs. Cunningham, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Norris, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Dr. Gray.

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY FROM FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Organization matters:

 

RESOLUTION 2016-01:

RESOLUTION ELECTING A CLERK OF COUNCIL, PURSUANT TO COUNCIL RULE 11, FOR THE YEARS 2016 and 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Roll call was made: Mr. Cumston: Irene Fulton; Mr. Ratliff: Irene Fulton; Mr. Thomas: Irene Fulton; Ms. Blevins: Irene Fulton; Ms. Cunningham: Irene Fulton; Mr. Osborn: Irene Fulton; Mr. Norris: Irene Fulton; Mr. Daniels: Irene Fulton; Ms. Gustin: Irene Fulton.

          Irene Fulton is Clerk of Council for years 2016-2017.

 

RESOLUTION 2016-02:

RESOLUTION ELECTING A PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF COUNCIL, PURSUANT TO COUNCIL RULE 11, FOR THE YEARS 2016 and 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Roll call was made: Mr. Cumston: Mike Thomas; Mr. Ratliff: Mike Thomas; Mr. Thomas: Mike Thomas; Ms. Blevins: Mike Thomas; Ms. Cunningham: Mr. Osborn; Mr. Osborn: Mr. Osborn; Mr. Norris: Mr. Osborn; Mr. Daniels: Mr. Thomas; Ms. Gustin: Mr. Thomas.

Mr. Mike Thomas is President Pro Tempore for years 2016-2017.

 

RESOLUTION 2016-03:

RESOLUTION ELECTING A CLERK PRO TEMPORE OF COUNCIL, PURSUANT TO COUNCIL RULE 11, FOR THE YEARS 2016 and 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Roll call was made: Mr. Cumston: Linda Strzelecki; Mr. Ratliff: Linda Strzelecki; Mr. Thomas: Linda Strzelecki; Ms. Blevins: Linda Strzelecki; Ms. Cunningham: Linda Strzelecki; Mr. Osborn: Linda Strzelecki; Mr. Norris: Linda Strzelecki; Mr. Daniels: Linda Strzelecki; Ms. Gustin: Linda Strzelecki.

Linda Strzelecki is Clerk of Council Pro Tempore for years 2016-2017.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2015-85:

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF MARION, BY REZONING 1040 MT. VERNON AVE, ALSO KNOWN AS 525 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. FROM AN R-1A (SINGLE FAMILY DISTRICT, LOW DENSITY) TO A O-I-A (OFFICE - INSTITUTIONAL - APARTMENT DISTRICT) (Applicant, Phil Ruth)

          Mrs. Gustin noted that this came out of Zoning and Annexation with a 3-0 approval, we need a Public Hearing today.

 

PUBLIC HEARING NOW OPENED @ 12:34 PM

Mrs. Gustin called Mr. Lengieza to speak:  This is on Mt. Vernon Ave and Pennsylvania, next to Mauk Urgent Care. This zoning would be O-I-A – allow offices as well as apartments. This was approved by City Council as well. The potential new owner has pulled out but the City is still rezoning it. There are 5 lots, but the 1st 3 lots will be rezoned. Mayor Schertzer spoke: Irene reached out to the owner of the property who lives in Florida and his wish was to go ahead with the zoning change. It makes the property more profitable. The deal fell through at this time, but it would be opened up for future persons.

Public Hearing is now closed @ 12:45 p.m.

Mr. Osborn moved to approve, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2015-85 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2016-01:

ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF MARION, STATE OF OHIO, DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016 (Finance 2-0) (3rd Reading)

          Mr. Cumston said this came out of Finance with a 2-0 motion for adopt. Mr. Ratliff wants to amend department 1018 City Council, line# 5301 Membership Dues – make a motion to 4200 to 4430 for the purpose of a Chamber of Commerce membership for 2016.  Mr. Thomas said you’re looking at membership dues – 5301? Mr. Ratliff said yes. Mr. Thomas said we have membership dues there. Council would determine what it goes to. Why change the budget. Mr. Ratliff said the membership dues is 4200. That would take every dollar there. We need to increase it 230.00. Mr. Thomas just increase it? Mr. Ratliff said I would specify it, yes. Mr. Osborn said I’m not opposed to this. It might be easier for the budget itself, reduce the capital line#, and transfer the monies – we can do that in finance. Mr. Daniels said a few months ago a resolution for the Airport Commission. It’s related to this request. In that resolution it stated that one of the seats on that Commission would be a Chamber of Commerce, I amended that to say “Business Community”. Naïve assumption, there are plenty of businesses that are not a member of the Chamber. NFIB, they also represent businesses in the City of Marion. Boiled down, they are a political lobby group. Take tax-payer dollars and invest it in a lobbying group. The same as taking 230.00 and give it to the AFLCIO. I’m not offering that up. I think City Council should stay out of, there is no benefit to the City, just a membership. OML – that is an entirely organization, those people are totally different, non-partisan. Our position should be in the middle and listen to the arguments, I’ll be opposed to that change. Mayor Schertzer spoke: OML represents Cities and Villages across the state of Ohio. We find OML very valuable. The past 6 years, Director Robbins have helped create a safety director committee with OML. I attend all the board meetings with OML. We’d like for you to use this with seeking any issues you may have. Mr. Thomas said not once have I asked City Council to get involved with AFLCIO in the past 20 years. The 4200 is in the budget, no motion, no requirement to be a member of the Municipal League, that 4200 is not specified for that. It’s just there.

Mr. Norris said I personally am a chamber member, they do reflect the business community in this town. We should support the local business in Marion and what they are affiliated with.   Mr. Daniels said we should just add 230 to the AFLCIO. Mrs. Gustin said we need to leave the budget alone, and address this in the next Council meeting. Pass the budget today, and have it come before Council next time. Mr. Cumston said he likes the debate. I have a lot of friends in the Chamber. They are a big part of our community as well. Josh makes some goods points, I understand both sides with Mr. Ratliff and Mr. Daniels. Mr. Gray said as a business member as well, I’ve been a member of the Chamber, I’ve never seen them as a lobbying group. There are some disagreements, but I’ve connected with others members and have been involved with the City of Marion. Most cities are a member of the Chamber. They don’t see as a lobbying group, but a benefit to the community.

Mr. Sulu Kelley, 365 E Farming spoke: Good comments, Beckie’s is the best; wait and comment on it later. I ask as an honorary non-voting membership? Mr. Ratliff said I don’t know, but I doubt it, County is member, townships are members. If we ask for something that other entities don’t have, I don’t’ think its fair for us to ask that.  Mr. Daniels asked if there are any other political members that are on the board of the Chamber. Mr. Thomas said he thinks John Mathews is a member of the Ex. Committee.

Mr. John Mathews spoke: he is not a member of the Executive Committee. I’m a member of the Board of Director’s. I don’t vote.

Mr. Ratliff said I will change my amendment, take 230 out of Capital Equipment and add it to Membership dues. Clerk said she has that slated for a project for shelving. Auditor Carr said this budget changes immensely throughout the year. We can bring this back, it’s just a matter of changing a number for me. This is not set in stone. Mr. Ratliff said just add it there. Auditor Carr said it doesn’t matter to me.

Mr. Ratliff said I’ll stick with my original motion by just adding 230.00 to the original line item of Membership dues, Ms. Cunningham 2nd. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Norris, Ms. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Daniels. Ordinance 2016-01 is amended. The amendment is to add 230.00 – not specified to any organization.

Mr. Osborn moved to suspend, Mr. Ratliff 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Ms. Cunningham 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2016-01 IS ADOPTED

 

Adjourn

        

          With no further business to come before Council, Dr. Gray adjourned the meeting.

 

 

                                                            ____________________________                                                            Dr. Scot Gray                                                                                          President of Council

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Clerk of Council