September 11, 2017 Summary

MARION CITY COUNCIL MEETING

City Hall – Council Chambers on September 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

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

PRAYER WAS LED BY PASTOR TOM TONEY OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH

Summary of Proceedings from August 14, and Special Meeting of August 22, 2017 – Mr. Cumston moved to approve, Mr. Thomas 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. Summaries are approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

RESOLUTION 2017-14:

RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR

          Mr. Cumston stated that this came out of Finance Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; these were the rates adopted by the Budget Commission, I move 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 2017-14 IS ADOPTED

RESOLUTION 2017-15:

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR FY 2018 GRANTS, THROUGH THE US DOT FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, AS AUTHORIZED UNDER FEDERAL TRANSIT LAWS, AS CODIFIED, 49 USC SECTION 5311, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OTHER THAN URBANIZED AREAS AND FUNDS AVAILABLE FROM THE OHIO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION GRANT PROGRAM AND OHIO ELDERLY AND DISABLED TRANSIT FARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND EXECUTING A CONTRACT WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UPON GRANT APPLICATION APPROVAL, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

          Mr. Cumston stated that this came out of Finance Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this authorizes us to apply for the 2018 grants, I move to suspend, Mrs. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all motion carried.

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Ms. Blevins 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. RESOLUTION 2017-15 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2017-46:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO TAKE ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO GO INTO A STATE PURCHASE CONTRACT WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS FOR UPDATED DIGITAL RADIOS FOR MARION FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Cumston stated that this came out of Finance Committee with a 3-0 recommendation for approval; this is a capital item to upgrade the Fire Department radios to a digital format, I 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 2017-46 IS ADOPTED

ORDINANCE 2017-47:

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH PARK ENTERPRISE CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. FOR THE FY 2016 CDBG MARION SENIOR CENTER PAVING & PICKLEBALL COURT PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

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

          Mr. Cumston moved to adopt, Ms. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-47 IS ADOPTED

Matters not on the Agenda:

Mr. Russell spoke: There was an intent to put together today an ordinance for the IAFF bargaining Unit. The Council needs to consider this evening; I’ll ask Council to go into recess.  Mr. Thomas moved to go into recess, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: ayes all, motion carried.

City Council went into Recess.

City Council out of recess @ 7:51 p.m.

Mr. Thomas moved to add Ordinance 2017-48 to the Agenda, Mr. Cumston 2nd, Ms. Blevins 3rd.

Mr. Thomas moved to suspend Rule 56, Mr. Cumston 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

ORDINANCE 2017-48

ORDINANCE RATIFYING, AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF MARION AND IAFF LOCAL 379 TO INCORPORATE CONCESSION NEGOTIATED, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

Mr. Thomas moved to suspend; Mr. Russell spoke and wanted to give some background information.  The administration has been working hard on this. You need additional detail before you vote on this. Both sides couldn’t come to an agreement. It went to fact finding scheduled by both groups. Wages and health care were in question. Fact Finders make recommendations. The mediator met with the City first around 9:30. 2.5% for 1st year; 2nd year 2.5%; 3rd year 2.5%. Mr. Ratliff asked where were both sides? Mr. Russell said at that point the FD was at 3% all 3 years and administration was at 2% all 3 years. Attempting to resolve a grievance that was pending and past negotiated benefits. The mediation continued for 3.5 hours. Mediation concluded with 2.5% with no change in health care; and now it’s up to you to accept the terms.

          Mr. Andy Miller came up to speak on behalf of the bargaining unit. We accepted these terms. Mrs. Gustin asked about the funds, are the sufficient funds. Mr. Russell said she is not here, I don’t know. Mr. Cumston said there are funds available; about 100,000 to this years’ budget. They made a lot of concessions, that’s the reason why we are supportive. Mr. Thomas said the firefighters maintained their levels and took concessions. I would strongly support this. Ms. Gustin said I’m a proponent of the Firefighters, I’m all for it. Mayor Schertzer said a couple of small things, We have a number of city employees that have made concessions in the past years. I’m glad this is going to pass, but I’ll feel more comfortable with 2%. 2% would be more of a comfort zone. Mr. Thomas said I understand your view Mayor, back in the 80’s they stepped up, as they did in the past few years. Ms. Blevins since I’ve been on Council, they have always helped us out; give them the 2.5%. Mr. Ratliff said in the last 5-6 years, they gave up maybe a couple of hundred thousand dollars, to keep the guys working. They kept everybody working and keeping the City safe. This is a no brainer. Mr. Cumston said nobody does the math anymore, they cut the local funding – 2.5 million from the general fund, that doesn’t include the grants that come into the City. Continue to write to our legislature, we want some of it back. It continues to be an issue. Mr. Ratliff said we had asked for our State Legislature to come, and we have waited for 9 months. They never had time to talk. I think 9 months is enough time for them to come and talk to us. Ms. Cunningham said we appreciate everything you do, I’m in favor of this.

          Mr. Cumston moved to suspend, roll call: Ayes all, motion carried.

Mr. Thomas moved to adopt, Ms. Gustin 2nd. Roll call: Ayes all, Motion carried. ORDINANCE 2017-48 IS ADOPTED

 

Mr. Sulu Kelley spoke about the solar eclipse that will happen in April 6, 2024, we should get ready for it.

COMMITTEE DATES:

                                                                      Reference

Finance:                 9-19-2017     @ 6:30 pm    Regular Business

Regional Plan.        9-27-2017     @ 7:00 pm    County Bldg.

Streets & Sewers    9-19-2017     @ 6:40 pm    S&B -Uhler Rd.; Water Pert         

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

                            

                                                            ____________________________                                                            Kate Fisher                                                                                             President of Council

 

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Clerk of Council