MINUTES OF THE
VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL
April 24, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Council President Weir. The invocation was given by Pastor Steve Savage, Pastor at Trinity Friends.
On call of the roll: Markward, Fisher, Straley, Trittschuh, Mergy, Marshall and Tomlinson.
Tomlinson made a motion to approve the Agenda as presented for 04/24/17; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
Tomlinson made a motion to approve the minutes for the 04/10/17 Council meeting; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
President Weir presented a petition for lighting to be installed in the Heritage Court area. This was passed to Fleming who stated he would contact AEP.
A petition for a change of zoning was passed to Fleming. Council will wait to hear from the Zoning Planning Commission.
Several residents from Rosalie Drive spoke about issues with both the sewer and storm drains. Connie Hoverman believes the storm sewer line is broken and causing a sink hole. She claimed that action about this was promised three years ago with no results. Brett Thatcher stated he feels the problem is getting worse and that water sometimes backs up into his tub. Larry Hoverman said that the drain is from 1951 and that sewer lines have been attached to it. Steve Long also shared problems that occur after a heavy rain. Weir thanked them for the comments and Fleming stated he would look into this issue and possibly could see some work starting next summer. Weir passed this to the Streets and Alley Committee.
Mike Keysor, President of the Van Wert Airport Authority, gave an update on the airport. He stated that the role of the airport was to be an independent body and channel to the FFA, to maintain FFA standards, and to apply for grants. He informed Council of a $3.5 million grant that they have applied for that would be completed in phases. This would mainly involve creating a longer taxi way and runway. This would secure larger planes being able to land at the airport which are currently unable to do so because of insurance reasons. The airport must secure a matching 5% to this grant, which they believe has already been accomplished through private donations. Keysor asked for the City to continue with the $21,000 in funding that it usually receives from annually, which is used to pay operating costs at the airport. Weir thanked that Airport Authority for their presentation and echoed Keysor’s comments about how important the airport is for economic growth and how it could play an even bigger part with the additions being proposed.
MAYOR: Mayor Mazur talked about the .28 tax increase and how important it is to maintain the services that the City provides. He gave an example of the City’s fire rating and the effect that has on industry and homeowners insurance. Many other cities are also in similar situations as Van Wert and looking for a tax increase to offset income lost at the state level. Mayor Mazur announced that the next Town Hall meeting regarding the tax increase will be April 26th at Liberty Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Liberty Mobile will also give a presentation at this meeting. Say Yes signs are available at his office for anyone interested. He also noted that the in home meetings regarding the tax increase are going well.
SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: Fleming noted that the airport funding request is a perfect example of things that may not be possible if the .28 tax increase does not pass. May 1st will be the first brush pickup, which will start in all four wards at 7:00 a.m.
AUDITOR: Balyeat submitted a Then and Now for payment.
LAW DIRECTOR: Hatcher stated that he was researching into the possible consent agenda changes to Chapter 30 and that the remaining four Ordinances regarding rule changes to Chapter 30 will not be introduced until more research is done.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Markward had no report.
JUDICIARY AND ANNEXATION: Tomlinson noted that he has received no communication regarding the liquor license permit for Short Stop. This was passed to the Clerk to mail. Tomlinson clarified that no new legislation regarding Chapter 30 rule changes will be introduced until the Law Director can research more into consent agendas. The Peony Festival F Permit has been finalized and is now in the hands of the State. Hatcher and Tomlinson will be discussing the cat issue before the next Council meeting.
WATER AND SEWER: Straley had no report.
HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: Marshall reviewed the Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which solid waste hauling was discussed. Marshall feels a framework is in place for part one of this problem. This involves registering haulers and employees and a way to inspect trucks. This will be talked about more at the next Council meeting. Marshall then moved on to Code violations and his hopes that they are sending a message to the community to have pride in the way their property looks and that violations will be taken seriously. Hatcher stated that they are currently looking to add tenants to violations of the nuisance Code and not just landlords. A question was raised about the use of letters and notices for Code violations, to which Hatcher explained that this was part of the Ohio Revised Code. Questions were asked about the trash pickup to which Marshall and Tomlinson replied that this is a work in progress with only part one being addressed currently. It was noted that the first house to be torn down with the new land bank occurred last week at 421 N Market Street. Weir asked Marshall to announce the outcomes of court cases regarding nuisance violations.
FINANCE: Mergy made a motion to pay the Then and Now in the amount of $3380.00 to CompManagemet; $360.75 and $4,647.50 to American Legal Publishing, $2,590 to Clemens & Nelson, and $280, $210, and $33.17 to Arbitration, Fire Contract; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Mergy scheduled a Finance Committee Meeting for May 8th from 7:15-7:30 p.m. to discuss the airport funding request.
PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: Fisher reviewed the Properties and Equipment Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which the selling of an old fire truck was disused. Fisher made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation to sell a Grumman fire truck to Willshire and declaring an emergency; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Tomlinson made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number 17-04-026 AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO SELL A 1989 GRUMMAN FIRETRUCK TO THE VILLAGE OF WILLSHIRE, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. Fisher made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Fisher made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-04-026 on its first and final reading; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh reviewed the Streets and Alleys Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which the annual salt contract and tentative road work on Westwood and Fox roads were both discussed. Trittschuh made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation for the Safety-Service director to enter into a contract with ODOT for the purchase of rock salt for the 2017-2018 season and declaring an emergency; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to introduce Resolution Number: 17-04-024 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF VAN WERT, TO ENTER INTO, AND PARTICIPATE IN A CONTRACT WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PURCHASE OF SODIUM CHLORIDE (ROCK SALT) FOR THE 2017-2018 WINTER SEASON, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-04-024 on its first and final reading; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. A Streets and Alleys Committee Meeting was scheduled for May 8th from 7:10-7:15 p.m. to discuss the resurfacing of Woodland Ave.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Tomlinson made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number: 17-04-025 AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO SIGN ANY DOCUMENTATION NECESSARY ALLOWING THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE CITY OF VAN WERT REVOLVING LOAN FUND WITH THAT OF THE VAN WERT COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring except Trittschuh and Straley. Comments before voting included: Trittschuh inquired about just combining the administration and not funds, and also what the benefits of combing the funds would be; Tomlinson noted that this was requested by the Revolving Loan Committee and would streamline the process; Balyeat opposes the merger and read a statement (attached to the minutes) that stated she feels no benefits would come of this and that the City has more loans then the County and that the City would never again have control of this money;Joe Jared stated he agrees with Balyeat; Markward stated that sometimes things can have a trial run and if results are not as expected the decision can be reversed but that this is not one of those times; Straley inquired about just combining administration and not the actual funds; lastly Weir noted that a lot of experience is held on the Revolving Loan Committee along with representation from the City.
ORDINANCE AND RESOLUTIONS
Ordinance Number: 17-03-015 Committee: Judiciary and Annexation
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 30.01 RULE TWO (2) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES. Second Reading, Advisory Vote, with all concurring.
Ordinance Number: 17-04-021 Committee: Judiciary and Annexation
AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT SECTION 30.01 RULE TWENTY-THREE (23) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES. Second Reading, Advisory Vote, with all concurring.
Ordinance Number: 17-04-025 Committee: Economic Development
AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO SIGN ANY DOCUMENTATION NECESSARY ALLOWING THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE CITY OF VAN WERT REVOLVING LOAN FUND WITH THAT OF THE VAN WERT COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND. First reading, Advisory Vote, with all concurring except Straley, Trittschuh, and Markward.
Tomlinson made a motion to adjourn at 9:04 p.m.; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.