June 26, 2017 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on June 26, 2017, 7:30 PM

ROLL CALL - 8 members answered – Mr. Cumston, Mr. Thomas, Ms. Blevins, Ms. Cunningham, Mr. Norris, Mr. Daniels, Ms. Gustin, Ms. Fisher; Mr. Ratliff and Ms. Cunningham are absent.  

PRAYER LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

Summary of Proceedings from June 12, 2017 – Mr. Cumston moved to approve, Mr. Huddle 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summary is approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

ORDINANCE 2017-31:

ORDINANCE TO VACATE A 16’ WIDE NORTH/SOUTH ALLEY BETWEEN 1083 AND 1085 WEST CENTER STREET (LOT #’S 6746 AND 4218) PURSUANT TO ORC 723.041 RETAINING PERMANENT EASEMENT RIGHTS (Applicant, Richard Collins)

          Mr. Thomas said this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, we’ll have a first reading tonight with a public hearing on July 24, 2017. ORDINANCE 2017-31 HAS HAD ITS 1ST READING

ORDINANCE 2017-34:

ORDINANCE TO VACATE A 16’ WIDE “L” SHAPED ALLEY BETWEEN LOT #’S 920 TO 924 AND 926 TO 930 AND BEHIND PRESIDENT HARDING’S HOME PURSUANT TO ORC 723.041 RETAINING PERMANENT EASEMENT RIGHTS (Applicant, The Ohio Historical Society)

          Mr. Thomas said this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval, we’ll have a first reading tonight with a public hearing on July 24, 2017. ORDINANCE 2017-34 HAS HAD ITS 1ST READING

ORDINANCE 2017-36:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH SHELLY AND SANDS, INC. FOR THE 2017 STREET RESURFACING, PH. II, PROJECT 17-2R FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, APPROPRIATING NECESSARY FUNDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Thomas said this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll Call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-36 IS ADOPTED

Matters not on the Agenda:

Mr. Thomas moved to add Ordinances 2017-37 and 2017-38; Mr. Cumston 2nd, Ms. Blevins 3rd, roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCES 2017-37 AND 2017-38 ARE ON TONIGHT AGENDA

ORDINANCE 2017-37:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH HELMS AND SONS EXCAVATING, INC. FOR THE GEORGE STREET SEWER IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 16-1S FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, APPROPRIATING NECESSARY FUNDS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Thomas said this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval; I’ll move to suspend, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd.

Mr. Thomas asked for Mr. Bischoff to make a few comments. Mr. Bishoff said this sewer is about 110 years old. On a weekly basis we have our crew go there to jet it out just to keep it flowing. This is an OPWC project from last year, we need to get this started to keep the OPWC monies.

Roll Call for adoption: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-37 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2017-38:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TO PREPARE SPECIFICATIONS AND RECEIVE BIDS, EXECUTE ALL CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS AS NECESSARY, AND APPROPRIATING NECESSARY FUNDS, FOR THE CHENEY AVENUE AND BARKS ROAD IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 17-3R FOR THE CITY OF MARION, OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Thomas said this came out of Streets & Sewers with a 2-0 recommendation for approval; This is a project we’ve been talking about for quite a while. I’ll let Mr. Bischoff explain it.

Mr. Bischoff said there was discussion a few years ago over on Cheney Ave. Nucor is investing a lot of money in the community. This is 629 funding along with Department of Commerce ODOT. We are able to acquire the monies to cover the cost of this project.

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

Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-38 IS ADOPTED

Mr. Huddle asked Chief Collins about the trash cars. I have a couple of properties in my ward that’s been an issue for a while. Junk vehicles inclue trailers, boats, anything. Chief said yes. Mr. Huddle asked if they are out doing this now. Chief said it’s more on tall grass, parking in the front yard, litter and trash in the yard. I believe last Council meeting, are we to enforce it, no not really. We do what we do just to keep up with calls that come in. Very little time on enforcing those issues, junk motor vehicles. The ordinances are very cumbersome, we don’t have time to do it. Mr. Huddle said I know it’s zoning, weeds, how far back it goes, I guess it’s hard to enforce. Chief said we have ordinance on the books that talks about swimming pools. Unsecured swimming pools. – no fencing, an accident waiting to happen. It’s a not a police initiative, it’s more geared to Zoning, I feel trash motor vehicles are the same. Homicides in the city, junk motor vehicles are not our priority. A parked car, you put a ticket on it, you can’t do that with a junk motor vehicle. Mrs. Gustin said we need to update the ordinance. Mr. Huddle said yes.

Mayor Schertzer said in regards to that issue, Malcolm Smith has been working with the LODO group and they have identified with some of those ordinances that the Chief has spoken about. They are going to make recommendations. If you can fine tune some of those codes, you still have to vet that through the Law Director’s Office. Due process of the Law, and not make it hard for him. We are working on those ordinances.

COMMITTEE DATES:

                                                                      Reference

Finance:                 7-10-2017     @ 7:00 pm    Regular Business

Regional Planning:  6-28-2017     @ 7:00 pm    County Building

Streets & Sewers:   7-10-2017     @ 7:10 pm    S&B Hane Ave Sewer 17-1S

         With no further business to come before Council, Ms. Fisher adjourned the meeting.                             

              

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                                                         Kate Fisher                                                                                             President of Council

 

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Clerk of Council