MINUTES OF THE VAN WERT CITY COUNCIL June 26, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Council President Weir.
The invocation was given by President Weir.
On call of the roll: Markward, Fisher, Straley, Trittschuh, Marshal, and Mergy.
Straley made a motion to excuse Tomlinson; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
Fisher made a motion to approve the agenda for the 06/26/17 Council meeting; seconded by Trittschuh; with all concurring.
Fisher made a motion to approve the minutes for the 6/12/17 Council meeting; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.
Fisher made a motion to approve the minutes for the 6/21/17 Council of the Whole meeting; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.
Fisher made a motion to approve the minutes for the 6/21/17 Public Hearing; seconded by Straley ; with all concurring.
COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
President Weir noted that he will be unavailable July 7th – July 20th and that the Mayor will be out of office from July 1st-July 20th. Weir will sign any necessary paperwork in the Mayor’s absence while Tomlinson will sign any paperwork needed in Weir’s absence.
MAYOR: Mayor Mazur reported that he has received a complaint about patrons of the pool hall on Main Street not respecting local business property located next to the facility. He stated he will be addressing this with the owners and will recommend that their liquor license not be reinstated if they do not take action to fix the problems. He also stated that if citizens have a complaint about something in the City that they speak directly with him or his administration so that the problem is fixed. Mazur also reported that he is pleased with the land bank project and how this has led to other property owners cleaning up their residences. Mazur made a special meeting request to address what will happen if the tax issue doe not pass in November.
SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR: Mayor Mazur reported on the behalf of Fleming that police union contracts have been ratified for the next three years. No raise will be given this year, with a 2% raise in 2018 and a 2.5% raise in 2019.
AUDITOR: No report was given.
LAW DIRECTOR: Hatcher stated that the third and final reading of the four Judiciary and Annexation Ordinances will be read tonight and that any questions dealing with removing items from the consent agenda be asked. This takes out the provision that all legislation must come out of Committee Meetings held prior to Council. Hatcher also reported that the Municipal Court is again ahead of case filings over last year and he invited anyone on Council to visit the Court to see what happens there. Mazur asked about who could request a Committee Meeting after 17-03-018 is passed. Hatcher replied anyone could who got their motion seconded and enough yes votes.
PARKS AND RECREATION: Markward reported that a $5,000 grant was received for the dog park, which brings them close to 2/3 of their fundraising goal.
JUDICIARY AND ANNEXATION: Markward announced that he has received an F2 permit from Wassenberg Art Center for their annual Town Street Live Festival. Markward made a motion to approve the F2 permit; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
WATER AND SEWER: Straley had no report.
HEALTH, SERVICE AND SAFETY: Marshall discussed the preparation of a new Ordinance regarding solid waste pickup. This will be based on Ordinance 16-12-52 that planned to align trash pickup with the recycling schedule. This would only apply to curbside pickup. Marshall asked for suggestions to add to the Ordinance and the amount of time trash could be left out and requirements of double bagging trash or having plastic trash receptacles were discussed. Suggestions are to be forwarded to Hatcher so he can prepare legislation. Weir recommended Marshall keep pushing forward on the topic and to amend the timing that trash could be left out. Joe Jared opposed time limits under 24 hours. Marshall noted 24 code violations since the last meeting, with 7 of those already closed.
FINANCE: Mergy discussed that tax budget and reviewed the two meetings in which the tax budget were discussed at length. Weir thanked everyone who attended the meetings. Mergy made a motion to approve the 2018 tax budget; seconded by Trittschuh; with all concurring. Mergy scheduled a Finance Committee Meeting and Special City Council Meeting for Wednesday June 26th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss CRA agreements. A Council of the Whole meeting will be set up at the July 10th Council Meeting to continue the tax discussion. Mergy reviewed the Finance Committee hearing held prior to Council in which a job incentive program was discussed. This program offers an incentive of 30% of gross local wages taxed by the City if all qualifications are met. Mergy made a motion for the Law Director to prepare legislation for amending and renewing the City of Van Wert job creation incentive program and declaring an emergency; seconded by Marshall; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to introduce Ordinance Number: 17-06-040 AN ORDINANCE CREATING THE CITY OF VAN WERT JOB CREATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM AS A DEVELOPMENT TOOL TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN BUSINESS IN THE CITY OF VAN WERT. AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to suspend statutory rules; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring. Mergy made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-06-040 on its first and final reading and declaring an emergency; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
PROPERTIES AND EQUIPMENT: Fisher reviewed the Properties and Equipment Committee Meeting held prior to Council in which the purchasing of land in Vision Park by AEP and another local business was discussed. More information about this will be presented in the near future.
STREETS AND ALLEYS: Trittschuh had no report.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No report was given.
ORDINANCE AND RESOLUTIONS
Markward made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-03-017 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 30.01 RULE ONE (1) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES on its third and final reading; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
Markward made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-03-018 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 30.01 RULE THIRTEEN (13) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES on its third and final reading; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
Markward made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-03-019 AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT SECTION 30.01 RULE THIRTEEN POINT ONE (13.1) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES on its third and final reading; seconded by Fisher ; with all concurring..
Markward made a motion to pass Ordinance Number: 17-04-020 AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT SECTION 30.01 RULE FIFTEEN (15) OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES on its third and final reading; seconded by Fisher; with all concurring.
Ordinance Number: 17-06-034 Committee: Health, Safety, and Service AN ORDINANCE TO ENACT SECTION 96.24 OF THE VAN WERT CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES. Second Reading, Advisory Vote with all concurring. Weir reminded everyone that with the passage of the new legislation tonight, Council meetings will start at 6:30 starting the first meeting in August. He also announced that a raise should be considered for the Clerk with the extra work the new legislation will bring. Dave Mosier asked when Committee Meetings will be held outside of the regular Council Meeting. Markward answered that anyone could make that request and that it would depend on what the topic was and the length expected to discuss that topic. Fisher made a motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m.; seconded by Straley; with all concurring.