June 13, 2016 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

 

City Hall – Council Chambers on June 13, 2016, 7:30 PM

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

 

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY FROM FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Summary of Proceedings for May 23, 2016, Mr. Cumston moved, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes All, motion carried. Summary is approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ORDINANCE 2016-44:

ORDINANCE TO ACCEPT THE PETITION FOR ANNEXATION OF CERTAIN TERRITORY LOCATED SOUTH OF THE CITY OF MARION, CONTAINING 8.568 ACRES, THE PETITION HAVING BEEN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS FOR THE COUNTY OF MARION, and declaring an emergency, as amended (Applicant The Kroger Company)

          Ms. Gustin stated that this came out of Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Daniels moved to adopt, Mr. Norris 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2016-44 IS ADOPTED

 

Ms. Glecker from Columbia Gas spoke on the upcoming Natural Gas Line Projects in Marion.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

RESOLUTION 2016-14:

RESOLUTION APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO FOR THE YEAR 2017, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Cumston said that this came out of Finance with a 2-0 approval, this is just the preliminary budget, there will be a lot of changes. The department head will go through and change things. This process has to go through the County Commissioners for them to release the amounts and rates to us. The deadline should be in 3 weeks. The salary and wages should be very close, since the contracts have been agreed upon. Ms. Cunningham asked about the ER clause. Mr. Cumston said it needs to get to the Commissioners at a certain time, we’ve had this portion out of budget, this is just the preliminary. Mayor Schertzer said the Auditor said she left enough time for 3 readings, with the ER clause, it would be in effect when I sign. It goes into effect quicker. Ms. Cunningham said she didn’t have enough time to look it over for us to tweak it. Mayor Schertzer said this is the not budget to tweak, it’s more to ensure it gets to the Budget Committee to get our inside millage, property tax, things of that nature.

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

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Huddle 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2016-14 IS ADOPTED

 

Executive Director Heidi Jones from Marion Matters spoke on their Community Assessments.

 

Items not on the Agenda:

 

            Chief Collins spoke on the “Alice” program. Active Shooter Training. Paired up with Marion City Schools. Instructed over 800 school and staff people. We received a lot of calls on business and churches. We have done over 35 different Alice trainings in these areas. We are pro-active with Major Clewell with the City Schools, Churches and Businesses. Mr. Huddle asked how coordinated are you with the Hospital. Chief said we work very closely with the Hospital. Lt. Gruber is our outreach and impact coordinator right now.

            Mayor Schertzer said in addition to the Active Shooter Training, Lt. Gruber is a great asset to the City. He is a great communicator. IMPACT program – we use school resource officers in the parks with the lunch programs, walk thru’s at the Aquatic Center and the with the baseball program at Lincoln Park.

            Assist Fire Chief Cowell said we work with both the Hosp. and the Police Dept. on medical emergencies. We just had a Hazmat accident, calling our off duty guys in, working with the township to help us in situations like that. You can’t be fully prepared like what happened in Orlando. Chief Collins said our social media with Lt. Gruber – communication is the most important thing – to push the word out. Basketball clip at Patten St. Park reach about 78,000 people. It’s another way to communicate. The new dispatch center – went to a mass paging system for emergencies. Mr. Ratliff said he went to the open house for the 911 center, how has the transition is going. Update for Council. Chief said the equipment was brand new, the 911 system was upgraded, they have settled into their own over there. It was a seamless transition. Important part, when a citizen call, they don’t get transferred, its right there. The system is working very well. Ass’t. Chief Cowell said he hasn’t had any problems. Mr. Cumston said thanks to both Chiefs. It’s good for the public to hear this. Doing old school and getting back out into the community, it’s tremendous.

 

COMMITTEE DATES:

 

Finance                      6/21    @ 6:30 pm

Airports Lands        6/27    @ 7:00 pm     MCC Section 941.16 discussion

Regional Planning     6/22    @ 7:00 pm     County Building

Streets & Sewers      6/21    @ 6:40 pm     Main & State Sewer Improvement

 

 

                        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