April 10, 2017 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on April 10, 2017, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL - 9 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Huddle, Mr. Norris, Mr. Daniels, Dr. Gray; Ms. Gustin is absent.

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR JASON QUAST OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

Summary of Proceedings from March 27, 2017 – Mr. Cumston moved to approve, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION 2017-08:

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE CITY OF MARION’S OPPOSITION TO THE MICRO WIRELESS FACILITY PROVISIONS OF SENATE BILL 331 AND AGREEING TO WORK IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER OHIO MUNICIPALITIES TO CHALLENGE THE RESTRICTION ON THE CITY’S CONSTITUTIONAL HOME RULE AUTHORITY

          Mr. Daniels spoke: This came out of Legislation Codes with a 2-0 recommendation to send onto Council, I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Daniels moved to adopt, Mr. Cumston 2nd.

Mr. Cumston stated that the State continuously is taking more and more money from cities, dealing with the Home Rule, it’s a tax behind the scenes. We should give up local control, I have done some research and other cities are dissatisfied. They will be collecting 100,000 from us for an administration fee, then they will give us the tax money owed. Mr. Huddle asked if we had sent out a letter yet? Clerk said yes.

Roll call for adoption: ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2017-08 IS ADOPTED.

Ms. Evelyn Cummings from Regional Planning spoke on the Formula and CDBG grants:

Public hearing now opened @ 7:36 PM

This is the first public hearing of the Community Development Block Grant. I’ll pass this tablet around and have everyone sign this please. Different types of grants are available. Around 120,000 for the Formula Grant – we started that process hearing the potential projects and in May full Council will make some decisions. The other grants are more competitive. Specific subject matters – community housing, housing assistance, home repairs, DT revitalization grant; competitive neighborhood distress grant; critical infrastructure; economic development loans; water and sewer grants for 500,000, with additional 100,000 for sewer taps. Some of the project are large, those can be looked at the competitive grants. Mr. Ratliff said to the audience, public participation, please sign it – we get points for all the signatures.

7:39 PM - Public Hearing is now closed 

ORDINANCE 2017-19:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SERVICE DIRECTOR TO APPLY FOR OHIO AIRPORT GRANT PROGRAM FY 2018 GRANT FUNDS, ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR AND ENTER INTO CONTRACT FOR REHABILITATION OF CITY OWNED HANGAR #12 APRON AND TREE OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL ON PROJECT #1 AT THE MARION MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Ratliff spoke: This came out of with a 3-0 recommendation to send onto Council; this is for our Airport – the cost is the 140,000. We pay 5% and ODOT pays 95%. It’s a good deal out there. I’ll move to suspend, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Ratliff moved to adopt, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-19 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2017-20:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE APPROPRIATION OF DONATED MONEY FROM AN ANONYMOUS DONOR INTO THE SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS LINE ITEM TO PURCHASE A JNH LIFESTYLES ENSI 4 PERSON SAUNA FOR USE AT THE MARION FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Cumston spoke: This came out of Finance with a 3-0 recommendation to send onto Council; this is for the Fire Department use; this Sauna allows the firefighters to remove the toxins that have built up in their system after a fire; I’ll move to suspend, Ms. Cunningham 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Ms. Cunningham 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-20 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2017-21:

ORDINANCE TO REPEAL CODIFIED ORDINANCE SECTION 618.15 BEE KEEPING IN ITS ENTIRETY AND CREATING NEW CHAPTER 1128 “AGRICULTURAL USES” WITHIN THE ZONING CODE IN THE CITY OF MARION

          Mr. Daniels stated that this came out of Legislation Codes with a 3-0 approval, I’ll ask for a 1st reading tonight.  ORDINANCE 2017-21 HAS HAD ITS FIRST READING

Matters not on the Agenda:

Mr. Ratliff asked about an update on the old “Clark” station. Being abandoned and nothing happening to it. The old Swifty Gas station looks like there is a halt to it. What is happening, there is no activity on either.

          Mr. Russell said the two properties are unrelated. In regards to 770 N. Main St. (Clark Station) administration is seeking out a source of funding to take out the tanks. In order to do that is to gain title. City does not want that, with the “brown field”. County is willing to work with us and file a foreclosure on that property. It does take time.

          In regards to Swifty, that’s a construction project that has stopped related to the owner of the property – no the government.  Mr. Ratliff said the old Clark Station, assuming the tanks are still there. Mr. Russell said we won’t know when it’s investigated. We have to have the title in someone’s name. We can’t get to them personally because of an LLC. We are going to work with the assumption that they are there. We can enter into the property after the foreclosure and then proceed with the borings.

          Sulu Kelley asked about the Swifty property, liquor permit, what is the status on that one. Mr. Russell said we are still waiting on the Liquor Control Board on their decision.

          Mayor Schertzer said you’ll soon see a For Sale sign on the Meta building on Delaware Ave. Meta is staying there, but they are selling that property. They will negotiate a deal for lease space with the new owner. Also 146-148 S. Main St – the fire damaged building – there is activity taking place. They are going through the asbestos abatement removal. A demolition permit has not been pulled by the city limits. We must follow the EPA guidelines. They started that today. A demolition will soon be started afterwards, but the permit has not been pulled yet.

COMMITTEE DATES:

                                                                           Reference

Finance                  4/18/2017     @ 6:30 pm    Regular Bus.

Jobs & Eco. Deve.   4/25/2017     @ 6:45 pm    2017 Selection of projects

Legis. Codes           4/18/2017     @ 6:40 pm    Liquor Permit

Streets & Sewers    4/18/2017     @ 6:15 pm    S&B for Resurfacing

 

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