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January 13, 2014 Summary
City Hall – Council Chambers on January 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
ROLL CALL – 9 members answered – Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin, Mr. Crider, Mr. Edwards. Mr. Ratliff moved to excuse Mr. Cumston, Mr. Smith 2nd. By a voice vote, all members voted to approve Mr. Cumston’s absence.
THE PRAYER LED BY SULU KELLEY
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Summary of Proceedings for December 23, 2013 and January 1, 2014, Mr. Thomas moved, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summaries are approved.
Mr. Ratliff moved to add 3 items, Res. 2014-5, Res. 2014-2 and 2014-3; Mr. Thomas, 2nd. Mrs. Blevins, 3rd.
Mr. Thomas moved to add Resolution 2014-4 also; Mrs. Blevins 2nd, Mr. Osborn 3rd.
Res. 2014-5 and 2014-4 and Ord. 2014-2, 2014-3, are placed on tonight’s agenda.
RESOLUTION EXPRESSING MARION CITY COUNCIL’S SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS MARION TOWERS II, LOCATED AT 400 DELAWARE AVENUE FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPLYING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Ratliff said this is the second time that the Towers is applying for this. They were not successful last year in securing tax credits; this is a routine resolution for our support. There is a looming deadline on this, I’ll make the motion to suspend; Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Ratliff moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mrs. Gustin; Mr. Daniels: Abstain. RESOLUTION 2014-5 IS ADOPTED
ORDINANCE RE-DECLARING THE CITY OF MARION’S SUPPORT FOR DOWNTOWN MARION, INC., INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE COMMUNITY’S EFFORTS TO REVITALIZE THE DOWNTOWN AREA, and declaring an emergency
Mr. Ratliff said this came out of Committee with a 3-0 recommendation to pass onto Council, the money is already passed in the budget, and this shows the support of Council. I’d like a motion to suspend, Mr. Osborn 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. Mr. Sulu Kelley asked about the ER clause, is it on there. Mr. Thomas said yes and the next one both with ER clauses.
Mr. Ratliff moved to adopt, Mr. Smith 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2014-2 IS ADOPTED.
ORDINANCE RE-DECLARING THE CITY OF MARION’S SUPPORT FOR CAN DO! IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY OF THE GREATER MARION AREA, and declaring an emergency
Mr. Ratliff said I was the descending vote on this, I believe in Eco. Devel., this is just an avenue that has not given the rewards for the amount of money we have invested into, we should travel down another road. I won’t make a motion to suspend. Mr. Thomas moved to suspend, Mrs. Blevins 2nd.
Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff.
Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd.
Mr. Daniels asked Mr. Ratliff what is his alternative of Economic Development is if not this. Mr. Ratliff said we have to come up with a better plan. We have a patch work quilt system. Not only the City, but the County as well. We are wasting money and wasting opportunities. Mr. Daniels again asked what is the plan. I haven’t seen a plan offered. Mr. Ratliff suggested that if the City of Marion, wants to come up with a different plan, I would encourage this body to come up with one. Mr. Daniels said CanDo has had some bumps in the road; the building purchase was a scandal. Where that’s ended up in the last 15 years, the assets which they had, we are the only contributor for this organization. There are some problems over there. Do you have a different conception, put it forward. Mr. Ratliff said I don’t have a plan handy, but I would say to the other 8, please don’t vote, let’s find another one together.
Mr. Osborn said there are some that thinks that this way works, that’s how my vote is. Mr. Ratliff said look at our jobs, and look what they pay, if you think that works… Mr. Thomas said if you look at the State of Ohio with jobs, we are way in the bottom half of job creation, that’s not true. Businesses today are not hiring, or making expansions. I think the way we have it set up right now, Cando is looking at the industrial side, the Chamber is suppose be looking at the other, that’s where the problem is.
Mr. Daniels talked about Economic Development and him being a small business owner. It’s not Cando that affects my business; it comes with the red tape from this City Hall. Permits for everything. Months to get a plan approved. Clarify the Marion’s City Codified Ordinance. Hat makers in the Zoning Code. We start in that direction, produce products and make jobs.
Roll call for adoption: Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Blevins, Mr. Smith, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Crider, Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Gustin; NAYS: Mr. Ratliff. ORDINANCE 2014-3 IS ADOPTED
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO APPLY TO THE MARION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR MONIES DERIVED FROM THE AUTOMOBILE LICENSE TAX, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Thomas noted that this came out of Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is for the $5.00 permissive Auto Tax, $141,000. – for resurfacing the streets, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried.
Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2014-4 IS ADOPTED
Matters not on the Agenda:
Mr. Russell mentioned that on Tuesday, February 4, @ 10:00 a.m. @ City Hall will have a land bank auction. He mentioned the addresses. These are buildable lots, all have been graded. Any questions, please contact me. These are 10 properties up for sale; we have sold 4 last year.
Mrs. Gustin asked why 3 are sealed. Mr. Russell stated the operation.
Finance 1/21 @ 6:30
Regional Planning 1/22 @ 7:00 @ County Bldg.
With no further business to come before Council, President Edwards adjourned the meeting.
____________________________ Dave Edwards President of Council
Clerk of Council