MINUTES OF THE
VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL
October 22, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Tomlinson.
The invocation was given by Pastor Keith Stoller.
On call of the roll: Trittschuh, Markward, Mergy, Penton, Marshall, Straley and Agler.
Mergy made a motion to approve the agenda for the 10/22/18 Council meeting; seconded by Markward; with all concurring.
Trittschuh made a motion to approve the minutes for the 10/08/18 Council meeting; seconded by Agler; with all concurring.
Trittschuh made a motion to approve the minutes for the 10/08/18 Public Hearing; seconded by Agler; with all concurring.
COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
Agler made a motion to accept the rezoning of property located at 1101 Central Avenue from R2 to B3 as discussed in the Public Hearing held prior to Council; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring.
Sara Lape, candidate for County Auditor, and Bonnie Thatcher, candidate for County Treasurer, both gave a brief overviews of their backgrounds and qualifications for the positions they are seeking.
President Tomlinson announced that he received a letter from the Van Wert County Regional Airport Authority asking to be included in the annual budget. Tomlinson passed this to the Finance Committee.
MAYOR: Mayor Mazur asked the Law Director to prepare two CRA agreements to be ready to review after they are discussed at the upcoming school board meeting. Mayor Mazur also stated that a lawyer from the Ohio Municipal League will be presenting information on Charter Governments at an open meeting in Council Chambers on Monday October 29th at 6:00.
SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: Fleming stated the Jefferson Street Bridge replacement legislation needed to be passed this evening and explained that this is funded at 95%. He added that the CSO project is coming along with the basin almost complete and the pump station site being excavated.
AUDITOR: Balyeat had no report.
LAW DIRECTOR: Hatcher had no report.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Penton reported that one part time person is still cutting grass with hopes of this ending soon. A meeting will be held next month to organize volunteers for the next mowing season.
JUDICIARY AND ANNEXATION: Mergy stated that no comments were received on the liquor permit for Casey’s Market and that the Clerk could mail the permit.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Straley reported that the final strategic planning meeting for Economic Development will be held on October 25th and that this will be shared at the next Council meeting.
HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: Marshall reported that Code violations were down but that this is most likely related to grass not needing to be mowed as often. He asked each member of Council how they felt about a threshold amount of $3,500 for the building permit requirement. All stated they would like to see it be $5,000. Trittschuh asked Fleming how the City feels about $5,000. Fleming stated that this amount was fine. Marshall made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation for the building permit issues with a new $5,000 threshold amount; seconded by Straley; with all concurring and Penton abstaining. Before the vote, Trittschuh asked if all the conflicting issues had been resolved with Hatcher answering that we will see as the Ordinance is read and public comment is received. Marshall then discussed redefining litter to include grass clippings and leaves. Tomlinson added that he would like to see cigarette butts included and gave an example of Grove City having signs that read “Cigarette Butts are Litter”. Markward stated he felt that putting up signs would be more effective then adding cigarette butts to the definition of litter. All on Council agreed with cigarette butts being added to the definition of litter except for Agler. A public comment was received asking how the City planned to enforce it. Tomlinson answered that a $75 fine would detour it. Charles Koch recommended that Hatcher look at conflicting definitions of litter. Marshall asked the Law Director to make the discussed changes so that Council could review and discuss it at the next meeting. Mayor Mazur added that all proposed Ordinances would be put on the City website for public review. Mayor Mazur asked Marshall to review section 75.09.
FINANCE: Markward Scheduled two Finance Committee meetings: November 14th from 6:00-6:30 to discuss salaries of elected officials and November 26th from 6:00-6:30 to discuss the budget.
PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: Agler congratulated the Cougars on their season and asked the community to support them at their last home game.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh reviewed the Jefferson Street Bridge replacement resolution and the estimated $38,775 cost to the City. Trittschuh made a motion for the Law Director to prepare a resolution for the City’s expenses related to the Jefferson Street Bridge replacement project and declaring an emergency; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to introduce Resolution Number: 18-10-058 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF VAN WERT TO CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMIT THE CITY TO PAY FOR THE EXPENSE OF THE CITY’S LOCAL SHARE OF THE JEFFERSON STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT (PID 101085), AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Markward; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to pass Resolution Number 18-10-058 on its first and final reading; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Trittschuh went over changes related to Exhibit A for Ordinance 18-10-057.Trittschuh made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number: 18-10-057 AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES SECTION 97.51 OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES AND DECLARING AN EMERGECNY; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.
Fleming announced that the next Council meeting will be held of Wednesday November 14th instead of Monday because of Veteran’s Day.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
Markward made a motion to pass ORDINANCE Number: 18-08-051 AN ORDINANCE CREATING A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING INCENTIVE DISTRICT; DECLARING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PARCELS WITHIN THE INCENTIVE DISTRICT TO BE A PUBLIC PURPOSE AND EXEMPT FROM REAL PROPERTY TAXATION; REQUIRING THE OWNERS OF THOSE PARCELS TO MAKE SERVICE PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES; ESTABLISHING A MUNICIPAL PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT TAX INCREMENT EQUIVALENT FUND FOR THE DEPOSIT OF THOSE SERVICE PAYMENTS; APPROVING COMPENSATION AGREEMENTS WITH G 4 PARTNERS, LLC AND EACH OF THE VAN WERT CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE VANTAGE CAREER CENTER; SPECIFYING THE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE PARCEL; AND, AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING AGREEMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY on its third and final reading; seconded by Agler; with all concurring.
Ordinance Number: 18-10-057 AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES SECTION 97.51 OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. First reading advisory vote with all concurring.
Employees from the City Street Department inquired about not receiving pay raises since other licensed employees are getting raises. President Tomlinson explained that licensed positions are more in demand and therefore require a higher salary. He also added the City pays for training and does not want to lose employees that they have trained to neighboring communities. The City hopes that by raising the pay scale to be comparable to other Cities in the area, that they will be able to retain these specialty trained employees.
Mergy made a motion to adjourn at 7:26 p.m.; seconded by Agler; with all concurring.