MINUTES OF THE
VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL
September 10, 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, Agler, Marshall, and Straley.
Mergy made a motion to approve the agenda as presented for the 9/10/18 Council meeting; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.
Trittschuh made a motion to approve the minutes for the 8/27/18 Council meeting; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.
COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
President Tomlinson announced the Law Director would be absent for tonight’s meeting.
President Tomlinson read a letter he received from First Energy Solutions that some citizens may still use as their electric provider. Tomlinson summarized the letter by saying that the services provided by First Energy will now be provided by a new company, but that the terms and rates that were previously agreed on in the prior contract would still be adhered to.
President Tomlinson reminded everyone of the Public Hearing scheduled for September 17th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a possible TIF agreement. This agreement was passed by Vantage on 9/6 and by Van Wert City Schools on 9/7. Council has already introduced 18-08-051 and it will have its first reading on 9/24.
MAYOR: Mayor Mazur reported that he received a letter complaining about the lack of transportation options available for senior citizens who need to leave nursing homes or their residence to attend doctor appointments. Mazur stated he has been aware of this issue as has started the process of finding a way to improve this situation. A liquor license request for package goods has been received from Casey’s Market. Since all available permits are being utilized in the City, Casey’s has purchased TREX permit that needs to be approved by Council. Since so much confusion has surrounded the changes to the building permit Ordinance, Mayor Mazur has agreed to veto 18-08-053. All building permit regulations will remain as is pending further discussion. All contractors in the City must have a building permit.
SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: Fleming announced that Van Wert native Kyle Klinker has been hired as the new Parks Department Director. Brush pickup will continue this week. The traffic light update project on the intersection of Washington and Central Streets is ready to bid.
AUDITOR: The Auditor reported on August financials stating that nothing was out of the ordinary and that the City has taken in $190,000 more then last year at this same time. If income tax collection projections are correct, then the amount received is $61,000 ahead of estimations. The Auditor commented that no great strides forward are being made and that the City will still rely on the .22 tax for budget year 2019. Tomlinson, Balyeat, Fleming, and Mazur all applauded department heads for making their budgets and for being diligent in not spending money.
LAW DIRECTOR: No report was given.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Penton stated he met with the new Parks Department director (Kyle Klinker) and that he feels that he is a great choice. The Fire Department will now be mowing the grass at the City building. Penton discussed the possible foot bridge idea with Bill Cliffton. Both stated that no money was available for this project currently and that it is just an idea at this time. Fleming added that the City was granted an ODOT Alternative Funding Grant for $695,000 to complete the bike path.
JUDICIARY AND ANNEXATION: Mergy made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation to authorize the Mayor to approve a TREX liquor permit for Casey’s Marketing and declaring an emergency; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to introduce. ORDINANCE Number: 18-09-055 AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO APPROVE THE C-1-2 TRANSFER EXEMPT (TREX) LIQUOR PERMIT FOR CASEY’S MARKETING COMPANY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 18-09-055 on its first and final reading; seconded by Agler; with all concurring.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Stacy Adam stated that work is still being done on the strategic plan for Economic Development. She feels that they are around six weeks out from completing this goal. An initial draft is available for review and Straley will forward this to Council for feedback. Adam also reported that by several City agencies working together, they were able to fill 63 open jobs at Eaton this past week.
HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: Marshall reported that 22 Code violations have occurred since the last Council Meeting and that these are mostly regarding weeds. A Heath, Safety, and Service Committee Meeting will be held September 24th from 6:00-6:30 p.m. to discuss a property at 681 North Washington Street. Letters are going out to neighbors of this property. Tomlinson requested the full backstory on this property before the meeting.
FINANCE: Markward made a motion to pay the Then and Now to Van Wert County Regional Planning Commission 2018 Assessment for $3,796.10; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring.
PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: Agler had no report.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation to authorize the Safety-Service Director to bid, award, and sign contracts for the installation of a new traffic light intersection of Central and Washington intersection and declaring an emergency; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to introduce ORDINANCE Number: 18-09-054 AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO BID, AWARD AND SIGN CONTRACTS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH WASHINGTON STREET AND CENTRAL AVENUE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 18-09-054 on its first and final reading; seconded by Agler; with all concurring. Tomlinson asked if this would be completed in the fall with Fleming answering yes.
Mayor Mazur announced that two new full-time police officers were sworn in last week, along with one reserve officer. Mayor Mazur thanked both the Police Department and Sheriff Departments for their work on the large amount of drug related arrests made last weekend.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
Straley made a motion to adjourn at 7:11 p.m.; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring.