MINUTES OF THE VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL March 13, 2017 The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m.
by Council President Weir. The invocation was given by Pastor Stoller of the
Ross Church of the Brethren.
On call of the
roll: Markward, Fisher, Straley, Trittschuh, Mergy, Marshall and Tomlinson.
a motion to approve the Agenda as presented for 03/13/17; seconded by Fisher;
with all concurring.
made a motion to approve the minutes for the 02/27/17 Council meeting; seconded
by Fisher; with all concurring.
COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
owner of Strategic Solutions, gave a presentation on document management. His
business is located in NW Ohio and serves 170 government agencies in their
documentation needs. His service aims to control the flow of paperwork, make
access to documents easier, protect documents, ease liabilities, and make
businesses more efficient. He explained the process of using an electronic
filing system and some related costs. Council thanked Mr. Levy for his time.
Manager for Liberty Mobility Now, gave a presentation about the new
transportation service. The new company currently employs ten drivers from the
area and uses an app to connect drivers with clients. Specific training and screenings
are done on each driver. Liberty Mobility Now hopes to have a call center
available by early April for those who cannot use apps, and a feature to set up
rides needed at a future date. Mayor Mazur stated how pleased he was with the
service and the gap it fills in the community.
gave a description of solid waste issues she comes across in her position as
Environmental Health Director. She responds to complaints regarding solid waste
typically when it is located inside a structure. She stated that this is a
problem, but did not want to place blame on trash haulers as she has a good
working relationship with many of them. She listed problems such as people
burning trash inside town and dumping trash in the county. She explained that
the Health Department no longer regulates this as the Ohio Attorney General
found that they had no authority to do so. Hatcher explained that this leaves
it up to the City to regulate. Britt explained that serious health issues and
hazards are found with these trash issues. Fisher asked if these issues came up
when the Health Department did regulate it, she responded that she believed
that there were still some issues.
Weir opened the floor to comments related to the trash issues. He also suggested
scheduling a separate meeting to address this due to the many comments on the
issue. Marshall agreed to set this up. Joe Jarod asked for no defamatory
statements regarding trash haulers. Jeff Kriescher stated that all
the haulers are in agreement to beautify the City and the only way he believes
to do this is to align the recycling and trash hauling schedule to see who is
in violation. Joy Short gave an example of removing over 6,000 pounds of trash
from a residence that had free trash service. She noted that a landowner is not
allowed to come onto a property and remove trash. Hatcher stated that there is
a difference between trash inside and outside, with trash inside being a more
complicated issue. Rich Young suggested a different way to cite violations.
Fleming and Hatcher stated that the Ohio Revised Code has to be followed. Weir
noted that trash is being left on the street and then is strewn about by
animals. It is hard to enforce this if one does not know how long the trash has
been sitting out. He also stated that while requiring a registration for trash
haulers did pass, the ordinance aligning recycling and trash pickup did not
pass. He stated that Council did this after listening to the citizens who came
to Council and stated their grievances with the proposed ordinance. Now they
are in a position to find a better solution. Weir went on to state this has
never been about the trash haulers and that nothing has been proposed to
Council yet. Right now the issue is just curb side trash. He asked pressing
questions such as: where is the trash being dumped and is it ever stored in a
residential area. Mayor Mazur added that this whole issue started by trying to
figure out how long trash is being left out. Joy Short explained that all
haulers met last week and all agree in beautifying the City. They are all
willing to work with the City as long as the proposed ordinance does what it is
supposed to do. Marshall set a Health, Safety, and Service Committee Meeting
for Monday March 20th at 5:00 p.m. to continue this topic.
President Weir shared other
communications he has received. These include: A dinner to benefit the Special
Olympics to be held April 12th from 4-6 p.m. at Thomas Edison
Center, a fundraiser at Marsh Supermarket from March 16th-18th with
5% of sales to go to the new dog park, and a fundraiser March 13th-15th
from 7am-9pm at Bob Evens with 15% of sales going to the dog park.
President Weir let it be known
that Stan Agler’s term on the Community Reinvestment Board was up, but that he
was willing to serve another term.
MAYOR: Mayor Mazur read a Proclamation declaring
March 2017 American Red Cross Month. He noted that this was the centennial of
the Red Cross and thanked them for all their services, time given, and
resources.Mazur encouraged everyone to
attend the Town Hall style meetings being set up to facilitate an understanding
in why the tax increase is needed. These meetings will be held March 15th
at Frickers, March 29th at the Black Angus, April 12th at
Mi Ranchito, and April 26th at Liberty Baptist Church. All meetings
begin at 7 p.m. with complementary refreshments being served.
SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: Fleming noted that
the speed limit on South Washington Street was now 35mph both coming and going.
This needs to be codified in local jurisdiction and courts and he asked for
Trittschuh to set up a Committee Meeting regarding this. Fisher asked what
progress was being made on the railroad crossing that are closed. Fleming
replied that they will mobilize April 1st. Tomlinson asked if any
additional limb pickups will occur due to the recent windstorm. Fleming
answered that he will look into this.
AUDITOR: Balyeat stated that some citizens
have inquired about having a performance audit done. She listed the pros and
cons of doing so and asked what Council’s position is on the matter. It could
possibly save money, or it could list ideas that the City does not want to do
or is not allowed to do. Mergy suggested waiting until after the tax increase
vote in May. Tomlinson felt that doing this now will show the City is being
proactive. All agreed to be added to the list for a preliminary performance
audit. Balyeat went over February Financials. Local taxes and court fines are
currently down for the year. $226,000 more has been spent than has been brought
in so far for 2017, but Balyeat stated that this is normal.
LAW DIRECTOR: Hatcher had no
PARKS AND RECREATION: Markward had no
AND ANNEXATION: Tomlinson reviewed that several changes
were proposed to Chapter 30 at the last Judiciary and Annexation Committee
Meeting but that legislation was not yet prepared regarding these changes. All
changes will be done one a time, with summer being the goal to have these
completed. Tomlinson made a motion to introduce Ordinance 17-03-011: A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE STATE OF OHIO
GOVENOR’S PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET, WHICH PROPOSES CENTRALIZED COLLECTION OF
NET PROFIT TAX RETURNS AND OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX
WHICH WILL CAUSE A SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF REVENUE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH,
SAFETY, WELFARE, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS OF OHIO MUNICIPALITIES, AND
DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Fisher, with all concurring. Tomlinson
made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Fisher; with all
concurring. Tomlinson made a motion to pass Ordinance Number 17-03-011 on its first and final reading
and declaring an emergency; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. A
Judiciary and Annexation Committee Meeting was scheduled for March 27th
from 6:45-7:25 p.m. to discuss cats.
WATER AND SEWER: Straley had no
HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: 6 Code violations
occurred since the last Council Meeting. The Committee Meeting scheduled for
March 27th at 7:00 was cancelled and a new meeting was scheduled for
Monday March 20th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss trash. Marshall refrained
from talking about this issue anymore until the scheduled meeting next week.
FINANCE: Mergy made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number: 17-03-013 AN
ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 15-11-034 AMENDING EXHIBIT 2 OF THE SALARY
ORDINANCE SAFETY DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES PROVIDING FOR THE SALARIES AND
COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT,
NON-BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS OF THE CITY OF VAN WERT, ESTABLISHING JOB
CLASSIFICATIONS, SALARY RANGES AND LIMITATIONS, AUTHORIZING SPECIFIC NUMBER OF
EMPLOYEES, PROVIDING FOR SICK LEAVE, VACATION SCHEDULE, ALLOWANCES,
IMMUNIZATION AGAINST COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, AND OTHER BENEFITS AND DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion
to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring. Mergy
made a motion to pass Ordinance
Number: 17-03-013 on its first and final reading and declaring an emergency;
seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring.
PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: Fisher made a
motion to introduce Ordinance Number:
17-03-014 AN ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO NEGOTIATE AND SIGN A LEASE
WITH GO GREEN, LLC FOR USE OF THE FORMER TRANSFER STATION, AND DELCARING AN
EMERGENCY; seconded by Tomlinson; 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: 17-03-014 on its first and final reading and declaring an
emergency; seconded by Tomlinson; with all concurring.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh reviewed
his Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which road work on Van
Wert-Decatur Road was discussed. Trittschuh made a motion for the Law Director
to prepare legislation for the repair and resurfacing of Van Wert-Decatur Road;
seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number: 17-03-012
PRELIMINARY LEGISLATION FOR PAVEMENT REPAIR AND RESURFACING WORK FROM US 224
AND STATE ROUTE 118 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Fisher; with
all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded
by Fisher; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to pass Ordinance Number 17-03-012 on
its first and final reading; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.Trittschuh scheduled a Streets and Alleys
Committee Meeting for Monday March 27th from 7:25-7:30 p.m. to
discuss the speed limit on South Washington Street.
DEVELOPMENT: Tomlinson reviewed the Economic Development
Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which combining both the City and
County Revolving Loan Funds was discussed. Council will wait for more questions
to be answered before making any decisions. Balyeat asked for a request from
the Revolving Loan Board asking for the two to be combined.
made a motion to retain Stan Agler for another term on the Community
Reinvestment Board; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. ORDINANACES
Number: 17-01-008 Committee: Finance
17-01-008AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE PERMANENT
APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES FOR THE CITY OF
VAN WERT, OHIO, FROM JANUARY 1, 2017 TO DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY.SECOND READING, ADVISORY VOTE WITH ALL CONCURRING. Mergy made a
motion to adjourn at 9:23 p.m.; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.