April 11, 2016 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on April 11, 2016, 7:30 PM

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

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY FROM FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Summary of Proceedings for March 28, 2016, Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried. Summary is approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2016-31

ORDINANCE TO LEVY A MUNICIPAL MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE FEE PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 4504.171 AND 4504.172, OHIO REVISED CODE, as amended

          Mr. Thomas said this came out of S&S with a 3-0 approval, this is the 3rd reading, I’ll make a motion to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd.

          Mr. Norris said I think there should be another way for us to come up with the money. Can somebody tell me how much money the Aquatic Center lost last year. Mayor said around $50,000.00. This is not the issue here, I’ll be happy to sit down with the Councilmen and look for different revenue to service the streets.

          Mr. Cumston said we did away with the Rec Department, 179,000.00, now the pool, that was 80,000. The only thing we restored was the Aquatic Center, I feel that was needed for our young. Mr. Thomas said I understand Mr. Norris’ concern. This proposal for this tax would increase the license tag $10.00 per year. Whereas the pool would be paid out of the GF. This is the only monies that is earmarked for maintenance and street repair. This would give us an extra 280,000.00/year. If we don’t have the ability to pull maintenance on that street, we lose about 5 years on the life of the street. I would really like to let everyone know that our GF is down about 1.5 million dollars from 2007. We’ve already went back to the citizens and requested a ¼% increase. The Ohio General Assembly did away with Estate Tax, 400-600,000/year and also the local government funding. We do need more money. We don’t have money for some of the side streets, all we are doing is patching. I hope that we all support this.

          Mr. Ratliff said I fall in between you and Mr. Norris. We continue to pay our taxes to Columbus and less comes back. We came to the citizen’s for ¼% increase. Our Governor held everything in Columbus, decreased taxes and balanced the budget, they took school money and local money and they should be giving it back. It is the fault of Columbus Ohio. Mr. Osborn said No government money did not go into the Streets fund. Mr. Ratliff said in a way it does, in a way it doesn’t. Mr. Thomas said the Income Tax – there is money that goes into the Streets. That local government money we can put it into streets, but we never did.

          Mr. Mike McBride – the constitution is written for a reason, the funds going into the City, does not come back to us, those days are past. All voters if you don’t like it, change it, vote this Governor out.

          Roll call for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Ms. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Norris.          ORDINANCE 2016-31 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Item 1.         ORDINANCE 2016-36:       ORDINANCE CREATING MARION CITY CODE CHAPTER 1128 UNDER THE ZONING CODE, DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT SIDEWALK USE REGULATIONS, CREATING REGULATIONS FOR THE TEMPORARY USE OF SIDEWALKS CURRENTLY CODIFIED IN CHAPTER 660 HEALTH, SAFETY AND SANITATION

          Mr. Daniels noted this came out of Legislation Codes with a 3-0 recommendation for approval to send onto Council, we will have discussion tonight.

          Mr. Ken Lengieza spoke: this should really go to City Planning Commission, modify it before Council has a vote. The 3rd reading would be May 9, the City Planning meeting will be May 3rd. It would give us time to check on things. Make sure the clearing distance should be 5 feet. Mrs. Gustin said I looked up the ADA rules, it has to be 60”. May of the places would be affected by that. But some places have parking spaces in front, get rid of that and have it fixed. There are a lot of things to change for Marion, but it should be looked at further.

          Sulu Kelley 365 E Farming spoke: Mentioned it through Committee, Liability insurance. It’s in there, Mr. Daniels said it would be 1 million dollars’ liability. 

          Lois Fisher spoke: I would like to ask to expedite this, even if the adjustments need to me made, make them sooner than later. It has been talked about for many years, I just ask Council to expedite this ASAP. ORDINANCE 2016-36 HAS RECEIVED ITS FIRST READING

 

Items not on the Agenda:

 

None

         

COMMITTEE DATES:

 

Finance                  4/19    @ 6:30 pm

Jobs & Economic    5/9     TBD

Regional Planning   4/27    @ 7:00 pm    County Building

 

                   

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

 

                                                            ____________________________                                                            Dr. Scot Gray                                                                                          President of Council

_________________________   

 

Clerk of Council

                

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on April 11, 2016, 7:30 PM

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY FROM FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

 

 

Summary of Proceedings for March 28, 2016, Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried. Summary is approved.

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

 

 

ORDINANCE 2016-31

 

ORDINANCE TO LEVY A MUNICIPAL MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE FEE PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 4504.171 AND 4504.172, OHIO REVISED CODE, as amended

 

          Mr. Thomas said this came out of S&S with a 3-0 approval, this is the 3rd reading, I’ll make a motion to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd.

 

          Mr. Norris said I think there should be another way for us to come up with the money. Can somebody tell me how much money the Aquatic Center lost last year. Mayor said around $50,000.00. This is not the issue here, I’ll be happy to sit down with the Councilmen and look for different revenue to service the streets.

 

          Mr. Cumston said we did away with the Rec Department, 179,000.00, now the pool, that was 80,000. The only thing we restored was the Aquatic Center, I feel that was needed for our young. Mr. Thomas said I understand Mr. Norris’ concern. This proposal for this tax would increase the license tag $10.00 per year. Whereas the pool would be paid out of the GF. This is the only monies that is earmarked for maintenance and street repair. This would give us an extra 280,000.00/year. If we don’t have the ability to pull maintenance on that street, we lose about 5 years on the life of the street. I would really like to let everyone know that our GF is down about 1.5 million dollars from 2007. We’ve already went back to the citizens and requested a ¼% increase. The Ohio General Assembly did away with Estate Tax, 400-600,000/year and also the local government funding. We do need more money. We don’t have money for some of the side streets, all we are doing is patching. I hope that we all support this.

 

          Mr. Ratliff said I fall in between you and Mr. Norris. We continue to pay our taxes to Columbus and less comes back. We came to the citizen’s for ¼% increase. Our Governor held everything in Columbus, decreased taxes and balanced the budget, they took school money and local money and they should be giving it back. It is the fault of Columbus Ohio. Mr. Osborn said No government money did not go into the Streets fund. Mr. Ratliff said in a way it does, in a way it doesn’t. Mr. Thomas said the Income Tax – there is money that goes into the Streets. That local government money we can put it into streets, but we never did.

 

          Mr. Mike McBride – the constitution is written for a reason, the funds going into the City, does not come back to us, those days are past. All voters if you don’t like it, change it, vote this Governor out.

 

          Roll call for adoption: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Ms. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Norris.          ORDINANCE 2016-31 IS ADOPTED

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

 

 

Item 1.         ORDINANCE 2016-36:       ORDINANCE CREATING MARION CITY CODE CHAPTER 1128 UNDER THE ZONING CODE, DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT SIDEWALK USE REGULATIONS, CREATING REGULATIONS FOR THE TEMPORARY USE OF SIDEWALKS CURRENTLY CODIFIED IN CHAPTER 660 HEALTH, SAFETY AND SANITATION

 

          Mr. Daniels noted this came out of Legislation Codes with a 3-0 recommendation for approval to send onto Council, we will have discussion tonight.

 

          Mr. Ken Lengieza spoke: this should really go to City Planning Commission, modify it before Council has a vote. The 3rd reading would be May 9, the City Planning meeting will be May 3rd. It would give us time to check on things. Make sure the clearing distance should be 5 feet. Mrs. Gustin said I looked up the ADA rules, it has to be 60”. May of the places would be affected by that. But some places have parking spaces in front, get rid of that and have it fixed. There are a lot of things to change for Marion, but it should be looked at further.

 

          Sulu Kelley 365 E Farming spoke: Mentioned it through Committee, Liability insurance. It’s in there, Mr. Daniels said it would be 1 million dollars’ liability. 

 

          Lois Fisher spoke: I would like to ask to expedite this, even if the adjustments need to me made, make them sooner than later. It has been talked about for many years, I just ask Council to expedite this ASAP. ORDINANCE 2016-36 HAS RECEIVED ITS FIRST READING

 

 

 

Items not on the Agenda:

 

 

 

None

 

         

 

COMMITTEE DATES:

 

 

 

Finance                  4/19    @ 6:30 pm

 

Jobs & Economic    5/9     TBD

 

Regional Planning   4/27    @ 7:00 pm    County Building

 

 

 

                   

 

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

 

 

 

                                                            ____________________________                                                            Dr. Scot Gray                                                                                          President of Council

 

_________________________   

 

Clerk of Council