March 27, 2017 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on March 27, 2017, 7:30 PM

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

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR BRIAN SWINGLE OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

Summary of Proceedings from March 13, 2017 – Mr. Cumston moved to approve, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

Ms. Evelyn Cummings of Regional Planning to speak on the 2017 CDBG Grant Schedule

Public Hearing now opened @ 7:33 pm

 

Ms. Evelyn Cummings of Regional Planning spoke: this is the first process with the public hearing for the CDBG 2017 Grant projects. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll hear projects that would come back to Regional Planning by April 7, then present to the Jobs & Economic Development meeting which will be on April 10. That’s where we will hear a summary of the proposals. We’ll evaluate the projects at Reginal Planning at April 26th, then come back to full Council on May 8 and have the first public reading of the projects, and if necessary go onto to the 2 and 3rd reading. The only difference – this year the block grant that you get next year – will last for 2 years. It will be double the funding. The County will do the opposite the schedule. I’ve heard that the proposed federal budget is to eliminate the CDBG. Think a lot about the projects and concerns of the citizens. 

          Mr. Ratliff asked – CDBG comes with strict guidelines, every other year, double the amount of the projects, or a larger project. Evie said I’d be surprised if they allow us a lot more projects. I’ll find that out on April 12th. Our funds keep being cut and cut. With a bigger chunk of money, hopefully you’ll do something meaningful. Mr. Ratliff said if you look at the projects that we can do, Marion is at a better place with this. If Washington cuts this out, it will be a tragedy. Ms. Cummings said our community have been able to use these funds very creatively. Other communities just use their money to resurface. I think we have been community minded with it.

          Mrs. Gustin asked about the Women’s Club Home – how many so far. Evie said I think Heritage Hall has some weatherproofing – something for the basement; several park projects. Downtown on Main St.

          Mr. Bob Brown, 649 Henry St. spoke: I would strongly recommend that you put a Resolution together for the Washington people to keep the CDBG. Neighborhood development is a key to strengthening the community. It starts at a grass roots level. This is a great way to get down at a neighborhood level, people feel good about the neighborhoods – have encouragement to keep the house in good shape; everyone would do the same. This is a vital program. This community needs it. It’s a great way for people to know that you hear their voices.

 

7:42 PM - Public Hearing is now closed 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION 2017-06:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR FY 2015 TIGER DISCRETIONARY GRANT FOR THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Cumston noted that this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, the Transit Authority is awarded this grant – it would upgrade the technology; I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Thomas 2nd.  Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2017-06 IS ADOPTED

 

RESOLUTION 2017-07:

RESOLUTION STRONGLY OPPOSING THE STATE OF OHIO GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET, WHICH PROPOSES CENTRALIZED COLLECTION OF NET PROFIT TAX RETURNS AND OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX WHICH WILL CAUSE A SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF REVENUE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, WELFARE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS OF OHIO MUNICIPALITIES, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Cumston noted that this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval, Auditor and Mayor have worked on this behind the scenes. This is centralizing the business tax, they in turn will charge the City 1% and then return money – loss of money probably over 100,000.00. That comes out of our GF. This would alter the cash flow from the City. We’d have to increase our carryover; we wouldn’t know of the influx of the money flow. We don’t have information on this, but 4 years ago, we received a tax bill that over paid on a business, they made a mistake, but we owned them over 700,000.00. That’s unfair. I went off the states proposed budget for 2017, just two items in particular, I don’t know about them coming up and visiting (Pelanda and Burke). Dr. Gray said Ms. Pelanda and Mr. Burke said that they would come up at the end of May after the house budget is finalized. Mr. Cumston said I want to say this, House of Reps. – last 5 years, increased their payroll, salaries, supplies, sundries by 42.9% and for the Senate it’s 48.1%. We have 99 Rep – 252,282.00 per representative to fund that office. The Senators it’s 484,312 for each member. 48.1% increase. As they cut local gov’t. funding, we lost well over 2millioin dollars that has not been replaced. 1 million plus in health care last year. There is no local government control. We pay all the money in and nothing comes back. 2008 – the recession started they added over 300 State Patrol offices. We lost our officers, and they were adding. I’m tired of them taking our funding and they don’t show up. It’s not right. They need to take care of us. It’s our people that are working and paying our taxes. We know what we want to do with it. This Resolution is important; it affects this community, police officers, firefighters, garage workers.

Mr. Huddle said Ms. Pelanda said she couldn’t make it, she’ll be in May after the budget. I couldn’t agree with you more, Mr. Cumston. There’s no upside in it. I called Ms. Pelanda today. What she told me, right now there is a legislature Gary Sherer is working with a OML – they are trying to work on this and trying to change it. She said that if would be great to hold off for a week or two and back with me in a week or two. There may be some compromise. She assured me that she was against this income tax.

Mr. Cumston said if we had more information we could amend the resolution before us. When you have tax questions, who do I go to, who do I see, where do I go. Here, they contact us and we’ll take care of it. Another layer of bureaucracy is no good. Mr. Huddle said she’d get with us next week. It’s something looking at. I see where it’s coming from now after you showed us the figures. Mr. Cumston said I don’t have a problem waiting.

Mr. Thomas said this has been going on for a while now, they’ve been talking about it for a while. If Ms. Pelanda is not in support, I would think she would want us to send this down to them. If you go back and look from the recession till today, our income tax went down 1.5 to 2 million. Those monies were for safety forces. If she supports it, I would think she wants it down there. Mr. Huddle said I think there is enough opposition now. Mr. Thomas said send it down there and support her. Mr. Huddle said I’m being told that it’s going to change.

Mr. Ratliff said the upside is Columbus. You have all the say and money, and power. That’s how it’s been going on for years now. Over 2 million dollars – we are a City of 35,000. How much money have they taken from other cities, Mansfield, Cleveland, etc. Their rainy-day fund consists of millions of dollars and is on the back of police officers, firefighters, teachers, schools, city in this entire state. They want to work on a compromise, I’m not interested in a compromise – I want to collect my own income tax. The people should be able to talk to the tax department here rather than Columbus. It’s just another thing of local control – local people have no control any longer – I’m fed up with them.

Mayor Schertzer said Mr. Cumston said the 700,000 – it was a large amount – tweaked our ability to collect income tax – it was net profit loss to carry forward. We don’t even know what company it was. We get the bill; we must pay it. We call the Dept. of Taxation; they are not privy to that. We lose control. Ms. Pelanda I spoke with – does not seem to be in favor of it, she is one in 99. OML is working very closely to try to make this more pleasing for cities. Whenever they mess with our Income Tax – it benefits them. State collects it and they charge a fee. State has created that form of tax. That is not created by them, it was created by us. 2X the voters of this community raised the income tax. This is dangerous – uniformity – uniform to fill out for the taxes. We made it mandatory to file your income tax. We got that idea from Dave Burke, he helped me out a lot and sharing things with Council the way we do income tax in our community. It’s entirely up to you if you want to sign it. I quite sure it’s 2018-2019, if want to change that.

Mr. Norris if we pass this tonight, I think we should wait to change it. Wait for the changes. I vote against it. Mr. Cumston said he’d like to make a motion to amend it.

Mr. Cumston said I’ll make the motion to amend that to say 2018-2019 budget. Mr. Huddle 2nd. Roll call for amendment plus verification from Clerk: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Cumston said Mr. Huddle makes a good point too, I oppose it all, I want them to take it away. I’m not going to wait for any changes. We’ll talk about anything, make it good for the community. I want to make the motion to suspend, Mr. Huddle 2nd. Roll call to suspend: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Daniels said we could wait for feedback from Ms. Pelanda, if it’s just all D’s that vote this in, I’d rather have it sent down with all in favor. Mr. Thomas said I want to vote. Mr. Cumston said I don’t want to let it die here tonight. Mr. Thomas said we need to send it down there now, they have been treating us awful for the past years. Mrs. Gustin wants a 1st reading. Mr. Daniels said I agree with Mr. Thomas, but I’d rather have voted upon by both parties.

Mr. Ratliff said what they want to do – take our income tax and moving it to Columbus, there is no compromise.  I think sending a resolution to say that we strongly oppose it. Any compromise that they come up, we should oppose it anyway. I don’t know if I’m going to wait for a compromise that it might not come back in our favor.

Mr. Thomas called the question, Ms. Blevins 2nd.  Roll call to call the question: YEAS: Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins; NAYS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Huddle, Mr. Norris, Mr. Daniels, Ms. Gustin. DISCUSSION CONTINUES.

Mr. Cumston said I don’t want to vote down, it’s far too important. Per our rules, we must have a vote on this. We can send a 2nd one down there, we oppose the way it’s now, and send a 2nd one down there. Mrs. Cunningham said I’d like to thank Ralph and Mayor on that, when we didn’t hear back from anybody. Mr. Cumston said it’s the Auditor also. Mrs. Cunningham said I agree with you, I just wanted to hear what they said and they did show up.  Mr. Huddle said I wanted to hear what they have in plan. Mrs. Cunningham, she does need to come and speak with us, but is there going to be a difference. Dr. Gray said maybe it’s about her hearing us, rather than us hearing her. Mr. Ratliff said yes, she should be here. Mr. Cumston said they are not listening to us, the everyday people, they are doing what they want to do. Mrs. Blevins said since you started the conversation in January, it seems like she’s putting us off and they want to do what they want. We need to hold onto this money, they are going to take it away and then give it back and charge us 100,000.00. We need to do this and get it out there. We waited a long time for her – we need to send it down. 

Mr. Sulu Kelley asked if the Rep. Pelanda would come in 2 weeks. Mr. Huddle said in 2 weeks. Dr. Gray said at the end of May. Table to a date certain.

Mr. Cumston said it should be an affirmative or a negative vote.

 

Ms. Cunningham moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: YEAS: Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Huddle, Mr. Norris; NAYS: Mr. Daniels, Ms. Gustin. RESOLUTION 2017-07 IS ADOPTED

 

ORDINANCE 2017-18:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH LIMBACH COMPANY LLC FOR THE MARION CITY HALL AUTOMATED LOGIC CONTROL SYSTEM RENOVATION PROJECT AND COUNCIL HAVING CONSIDERED THE MATTER EXTENSIVELY AND FINDING A REAL AND PRESENT NEED TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY UNDER ORC 735.051, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Cumston stated this came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is to upgrade the HVAC with a State bid. I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Caryer said there is no money amount on it yet, but this will enable us to control the air flow throughout City Hall more efficiently.

Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-18 IS ADOPTED

 

RESOLUTION 2017-09:

RESOLUTION CONSENTING TO THE RE-APPOINTMENT, BY THE MAYOR, OF ­­­­­­­_______________ TO SERVE AS THE MEMBER REPRESENTING ENTITIES REGULATED BY THE HEALTH DISTRICT OF THE MARION COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT

 

Mayor Schertzer spoke: If you’ll get this on the table, I’ll further explain to you. Resolution is the same as the last time we did this. This is the city’s appointment. We just pulled the last one to get it on the Council floor.

          Mr. Cumston moved to add, Mr. Thomas 2nd, Mrs. Blevins 3rd.  Mr. Thomas moved to suspend rule 56, Mrs. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mayor Schertzer spoke again: The city of 3 appointees that are approved by you. That is not this position, then there are 3 other appointees that are appointed by the DAC; that also is not this position. This is the 7th position, which rotates back and forth every 3 years. That is what this is. Last year we appointed Rob Lill to continue in that position. This comes up every 3 years for this body to appoint. Mr. Lill has had so much experience over the years. We do have a name to fill into the Blank. Dick Stevens was a member of the City Health Department. He’s a retired Marion City School teacher. He sat on the Port Authority. He is currently not on any city boards. He expressed an interest to sit on this position.

          Mr. Ratliff said on the resolution is should be appointment not re-appointment. Mayor said yes, that should be changed. The health board reorganizes in April – they wanted a clean slate. Mr. Thomas said that section 1 should be taken out, and section 2 should be section 1. Mayor Schertzer said section 1 seems to be irrelevant at this point.

          Mr. Thomas moved to amend to add Richard Stevens and eliminate section 2, change it to appointment rather than re-appointment, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

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

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2017-09 IS ADOPTED, as amended

 

Matters not on the Agenda:

 

NONE

 

COMMITTEE DATES:

                                                                      Reference

Finance                  4/3/2017       @ 6:30 pm    Regular Bus.

Jobs & Eco. Deve.   4/10/2017     @ 6:45 pm    2017 CDBG Presentations

Legis. Codes           4/3/2017       @ 6:40 pm    Liquor Permit

Regional Planning   4/26/2017     @ 7:00 pm    County Bldg.

 

 

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