MINUTES OF THE VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL September 24, 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, and Straley. Marshall made a motion to excuse Agler; seconded by Straley; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to approve the agenda as presented for the 9/24/18 Council meeting; seconded by Trittschuh; with all concurring. Trittschuh made a motion to approve the minutes for the 9/10/18 Council meeting; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Trtitschuh made a motion to approve the minutes for the 9/17/18 Public Hearing; seconded by Straley; with all concurring and Mergy abstaining. COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS President Tomlinson reminded everyone of the two Public Hearings being held in October: Monday, October 8th, 2018, at 6:15 P.M to discuss both Phase One Final Plat and the Planned Unit Development for the Landing at Dickinson Farm and Monday, October 22nd, 2018, at 6:15 P.M. to consider a petition to re-zone a lot at 1101 Central Avenue from R2-B1. Larry Lee from the Van Wert CVB gave a report that showed the results of a survey done on the impact of tourism on Van Wert. He also talked about new efforts to increase tourism in Ohio. A full report is attached to the minutes. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS MAYOR: Mayor Mazur reported that he received a check from Capital Collection agency for $1,600 for the successful collection of past due taxes. Another $14,000 in back taxes is currently being worked on in the Court system. Mayor Mazur, Bill Lawson, Bill Marshall, and John Hatcher are working on the building code issue and hope to find a solution soon. Trittschuh asked about progress on Rosalie with the Mayor answering that the crew stopped to pickup brush but now that brush pickup is complete, they will be finishing up on Rosalie soon. SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: No report was given. AUDITOR: The Auditor went over supplemental appropriations that were to be asked for by the Finance Committee this evening. She added that this should be the last supplemental appropriation until December. LAW DIRECTOR: Hatcher invited everyone to a Townhall meeting on October 1st at 7:00 pm to discuss the City’s opposition to Issue 1. This will also be recorded and placed on the City website for those not able to attend. Hatcher stated he feels that if Issue 1 passes, it will place an economic burden on the City and Municipal Court system. Hatcher and Yarger composed a letter that ran in the Times Bulletin explaining this issue further. Pastor Stoller complimented Hatcher on the letter. Mayor Mazur added that the title to Issue 1 is misleading and that the public must be educated on this. Hatcher went over changes to 18-08-051 to update the Ordinance on the outcome of the negotiations between G4 Partners and the school district. COMMITTEE REPORTS PARKS AND RECREATION: Penton had no report. JUDICIARY AND ANNEXATION: Mergy had no report. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: An initial draft of the Economic Development Strategic Plan was sent to all Council members. No comments were received. A final draft will be completed in the coming months. HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: Marshall reported that 17 Code violations have occurred since the last Council Meeting and that he is looking into a new way to report on violations at the next meeting. Marshall updated everyone on the building permit issue and stated that a threshold amount must be decided on before moving forward. Tomlinson advised everyone to take inflation into consideration before deciding on a number. All agreed on the threshold amount of $5,000. Markward added that they must investigate conflicting parts of this Ordinance before passing, with Hatcher and Marshall agreeing to fine tune the Ordinance and then present it at the next Council meeting. Straley asked if this applied to homeowners with Hatcher answering yes. Mayor Mazur requested that the word “painting” be removed from the Ordinance. FINANCE: Markward made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation to make supplemental appropriation to the funds specified by the Auditor and declaring an emergency; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Markward made a motion to introduce. ORDINANCE Number: 18-09-056 AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION TO FUND 101, 212, 214, 301, 601, AND 602 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Markward made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Markward made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 18-09-056 on its first and final reading; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. Markward made a motion to amend Ordinance Number: 18-08-051 to change Section 3 and Exhibit B as described by the Law Director; seconded by Mergy; with all concurring. PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: No report was given. STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh noted that he has a meeting set up with the Law Director to discuss snow removal issues and will report more on this topic at the next Council meeting. UNFINISHED BUSINESS NEW BUSINESS ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS ORDINANCE Number: 18-08-051 Committee: FINANCE 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. AS AMENDED. First reading advisory vote, with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to adjourn at 7:15 p.m.; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.