MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Welcome to the Massillon City Council Meeting for Monday, April 6, 2015.  We have in attendance with us the following city officials:  Law Director, Perry Stergios, Community Development Director, Larry Marcus, and Police Chief, Keith Moser.  On the wall to your left are agendas for anyone who wishes to follow tonight’s meeting.  Also if you look at the agenda, under item #5 is where the public can speak on any item that appears on tonight’s agenda and then under item #17 is where the public can speak on any item that does NOT appear on tonight’s agenda.  I want remind anyone with cell phones, please turn them down or set them to vibrate.   (Please note that Mayor Catazaro-Perry, Chief Engineer Dylewski and Park & Rec. Director Nist enter during the meeting.)

  1.       ROLL CALL

Roll call for the evening found the following Council Members present:  Milan Chovan, Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly, Michelle Del Rio-Keller, Nancy Halter, Ed Lewis, Paul Manson, Andrea Scassa, Megan Starrett and Shaddrick Stinson.

Roll call of 9 present

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  I would like to recognize Councilman Ed Lewis for tonight’s invocation and pledge of allegiance.

  2.       INVOCATION

COUNCILMAN ED LEWIS - Gave the invocation for tonight.

  3.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILMAN ED LEWIS – Chairperson of the Finance Committee led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  4.       READING OF THE JOURNAL

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Madam Clerk, are the minutes of the previous meeting transcribed and open for public viewing?

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – Yes, they are.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any additions or corrections to be made?

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – No, there are not.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, then the minutes stand approved as written. 

  5.       REMARKS OF DELEGATIONS AND CITIZENS TO MATTERS ON THE AGENDA

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – We have arrived at #5.  This is the part of the agenda where citizens may speak on a topic that appears on tonight’s agenda.  If you would like to speak on something, please come to the microphone at this time.  Give your name and address for the record and the topic you want to discuss.  And also could you sign your name and address on the sheet of paper down there, thank you.

JEFF DAY – Good evening.  963 Mill Ridge Path N.E., I also serve as Chairman of the Massillon Historic Preservation Commission and I’m here this evening on behalf of our Commission which has voted its support for the legislation tonight for the Massillon CIC and the City of Massillon to join for the Streetscape Project Study.  As you know, I have been here several times before over the past couple of years about the Commission and the vision we have on the Preservation Commission and you’ll note from what the CIC is doing and the limits of the project study, they’re almost an exact mirror of the Historic District that we recently expanded.  They go a little bit further North to Cherry, but East, West and South, we share the boundaries and so, obviously, what they’re doing we feel is in support of our mission and likewise, we feel we can add a lot to what they’re going to do and, I think what the City is looking at is opportunities with this grant process and even though we deal, primarily, in the realm of historic preservation, if we have a streetscape vision master plan, it’s going to make our job a whole lot easier because if we know where the City’s going, we can kind of focus our energies in the same direction.  So, we really see this as a great marriage, a great opportunity for the City of Massillon.  The Aultman Hospital Foundation has come in support to give us some money so, I think it’s a great thing and I know everybody on my Commission is 100% behind this.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Is there anyone else?

MANDY POND – 837 – 17th St. N.E., Massillon 44646.  I’m kind of mirroring what Jeff Day said about the Commission’s support.  On behalf of the Massillon Museum as well, as a downtown business, we really like to see traffic downtown and clearly, the parking has been an issue with people parking longer than two (2) hours without a person there to enforce the parking.  It’s become a problem with people parking where they shouldn’t and for too long, so, I think that changing the vision of downtown while keeping in mind the historic importance of many of those buildings, will definitely enforce people’s ability to get downtown and to enjoy themselves down there.  With ten (10) new businesses in downtown Massillon; here we are, we have this opportunity for a lot of economic development and it would be really nice for them to be able to enjoy downtown.  So, I think that the streetscape having no taxpayer dollars going into the study just to investigate is incredibly important, so, we are in support of that.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Is there anyone else?

JOE MCCARTHY – 207 – 4th St. N.E.  I also work at Shearer’s and I wanted to talk about Ordinance No. 46.  This is a very important ordinance for Shearer’s.  We are part of the Millennium Extension Project that’s being talked about and we want to make sure that people understand that with this comes a lot growth and continued expansion for Shearer’s and we hope to get everybody’s support on it.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Is there anyone else?  Okay, we will move into Introduction of Ordinances and Res…oh.

PHILLIP ELUM – I live at 90l Burd Ave. N.E. in the City of Massillon.  Mr. President, members of Council, just here as a member of the Historic Preservation Committee to support the ordinance for the streetscape grant and also a member of Massillon Main Street.  There are a lot of us that have a lot of skin in the game here downtown and would really appreciate any and all consideration you can give to this ordinance so we can have a plan and a vision and we need to move forward.  We need to compete with other communities like us and I think this will help everything here.  All the economic development that has the ability to happen in the downtown corridor.  Thank you very much.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you. 

JOHN MUHLBACH – I’m President of the CIC and we thank you for putting our concerns on the table tonight and we hope that you would approve that work and I also want to have you think about our organization in terms of utilize it in terms of what you want to do with other projects.  I know there’s some tax issues that are being considered and if there’s anything we can do to help with that, we certainly want to do that and I personally want to do that and we appreciate your consideration and hope that you’ll move forward with the proposed legislation.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Is there anyone else?  Okay, we will move forward into Introduction of Ordinances and Resolutions.  Ordinance No. 40.

  6.       INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

            ORDINANCE NO. 40 – 2015                     BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE accepting the dedication of highway easement areas and temporary work areas owned by the City of Massillon, Ohio, located at 17th St. N.E. and Sippo Blvd., and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Councilwoman Halter. 

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – First reading, Mr. Mayor…or Mr. President.  I’m sorry.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Ordinance No. 40 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 41.

 

 

ORDINANCE 41 – 2015                      BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to advertise for and receive sealed bids and enter into a contract, upon award and approval of the Board of Control, with the lowest and best bidder for the Southway/Richville Intersection Improvement Project in the City of Massillon, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Halter.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President, first reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 41 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 42.

ORDINANCE NO. 42 – 2015               BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE accepting the dedication of road right of way located at Finefrock Road and Healthcare Way S.W., Massillon, Ohio, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Halter.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President, first reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Ordinance No. 42 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 43.

ORDINANCE NO. 43 – 2015               BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to sign the Engineering Agreement with MS Consultants, Inc., for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Halter.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President, first reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 43 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 44

ORDINANCE NO. 44 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1206 Municipal Motor Vehicle License Plate Fund and the 2105 Stormwater Utility Fund for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS - Yes, this ordinance is referencing the project that will be running on Lincoln Way E.  It will be coming from approximately the downtown area and running eastward.  It will take care of the difference that we had on the estimate that was originally given to us, that’s $28,654.  It will also have included in there the storm sewer repairs to the tune of $55,000.  I don’t see any reason to hold this up, personally; I’d like to see this project go ahead and continue to go forward.  Are there any questions or comments this evening? 
Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings bringing Ordinance No. 44 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller, roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 44 has passed.  Ordinance No. 45.

ORDINANCE NO. 45 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio to accept a grant from the Aultman Foundation for the Lincoln Way Streetscape and authorizing the Auditor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to establish a fund entitled “Lincoln Way Streetscape Fund 1213”, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – First reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 45 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 46.

ORDINANCE NO. 46 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to sign the Jobs and Commerce Economic Development Agreement between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the City of Massillon for the Millennium Boulevard Extension Project, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this project in particular was already referenced by one of our speakers this evening.  It benefits many of the businesses down in that area and hopefully will bring or most likely will bring future growth.  Again, this is a piece of legislation that I don’t see any reason to hold up any further.  I’d like to see this ball also get rolling.  Are there any comments or questions?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings bringing Ordinance No. 46 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 46 has passed.

   7.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

   8.    PETITIONS & GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

   9.    BILLS, ACCOUNTS & CLAIMS

  1. The Repository - $625.60 – Publication of February Ordinances.
  2. Keller’s Office Supply - $40.00 – Copy Paper

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, Councilman Lewis, I need a motion to pay the bills.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I make a motion that we pay the bills.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call to pay the bills.

9 yes to pay the bills

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  The bills will be paid.

 10.    REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

  1. Mayor’s Report – February 2015

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk and that report will be filed in the appropriate place.

 11.    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

          COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.

COUNCILWOMAN DEL RIO-KELLER – Thank you, Mr. President.  I just want to let everyone know that the Park & Rec Board meeting which is supposed to be this Thursday has been changed.  It’s rescheduled to Thursday, April 16th.  That’s all.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, thank you.  Is there anyone else?

 12.    RESOLUTIONS & REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

 13.    CALL OF CALENDAR

 14.    THIRD READING OF ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 25 – 2015                     BY:  POLICE AND FIRE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE establishing the number of police officers to be on the force within the next eighteen (18) months. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – That would be Councilman Chovan.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – That would be me.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Sorry, Councilman Chovan.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Thank you, Mr. President.  I’m going to bring this forward for a vote tonight.  We’ve been talking about this for at least six (6) months.  I’ve been working on it for a year.  Does anybody have any final question or comment about this before we vote on it tonight?  Seeing nothing then I’m going to move that we bring Ordinance No. 25 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Halter.  Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 25 has passed.  Ordinance No. 26.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 26 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE amending Section 2(D) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – RECREATION DEPARTMENT of Ordinance No. 127 – 1997 by repealing Section 2(D) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – RECREATION DEPARTMENT, and enacting a new Section 2(D) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – RECREATION DEPARTMENT in the City of Massillon, Ohio, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this particular piece of legislation is reviewing the occupation list of the Parks & Recreation Dept.  Many of the different job positions or occupations listed in this list were found to have pay that was below the industry average causing us to have staffing and hiring issues, particularly in the area of the life guards, particularly in the summer months.  We’re able to have lifeguards during the winter, but when the summer jobs become available, that can become a staffing issue, from what I understand.  I do have Mr. Nist, if you’d please come forward.

DOUG NIST – Mr. President, Council.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Mr. Nist, I was provided with information this week, I just wanted to confirm; are we currently deficient on the number of lifeguards that we have made available at the Recreation Center causing you difficulty to keep the Aquatics Center open?

DOUG NIST – That is correct.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – That is correct.  How many lifeguards do we currently have employed?

DOUG NIST – Nine (9).

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Nine.  And I know I didn’t talk to you before the meeting, so I’m asking you for a lot of stuff right off your cuff.  How many hours a day would you say the Aquatics Center has to be closed due to lack of guards?

DOUG NIST – Currently Monday thru Friday we’re closed between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – 3:30 p.m., okay.  And I can only imagine that this will continue to grow as an issue due to the better compensation being made available elsewhere; is that the idea here?

DOUG NIST – Yes.  A lot of them have left due to the fact that they can either continue to be a lifeguard elsewhere around the area or they’ve actually just given up lifeguarding and gone to work at different fast food chains. 

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – And one of the people that left, were they a veteran guard and they were maybe in a supervisory capacity of some sort?

DOUG NIST – Our Aquatics Supervisor did take a new position, west of Cleveland.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Okay.  I just say all this while many of us, and I was one of them, over the past seven (7) or eight (8) weeks have been very hesitant to pass this legislation.  When it comes to providing compensation for our employees so that we can remain competitive and actually keep a facility open, I think it’s essential that we do a market correction from time to time and this may be one of those cases.  So, this is third reading, it will be voted on tonight.  Does anyone else have a question for Mr. Nist while he’s up?  Thank you, Mr. Nist.  Are there any questions or comments in general?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we bring Ordinance No. 26 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 26 has passed.  Ordinance No. 28.

ORDINANCE NO. 28 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1234 Parks and Recreation Dept. Improvement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, Ordinance No. 28 we have actually quite a lot discussion about it.  This evening I intend to amend it.  It will take it back to first reading and then my intention would be to suspend the rules and bring it forward for a vote.  The first amendment we will be making will be with the Master Plan portion.  If you notice in Section 1, it says that there is an appropriation for $70,000 for the Master Plan Development in the Parks & Rec Dept.  We will be striking that from the Ordinance in my amendment.  This is not to say that we do not believe that the Parks & Rec. Plan does not need a Master Plan, it’s simply that we have not been provided enough information.  Mr. Nist has told me that he has someone coming to our Council meeting and one of our Work Sessions and they will be discussing that at greater length with us so that we can make a more educated decision on that particular piece.  The second piece of this is $250,000 for tree removal at various park locations.  We’ve have great and lengthy discussion on this particular piece as well.  Part of it is that a $250,000 level of appropriation, the Park & Rec. Dept. would not have the authority to just go out and start removing hazardous trees; the allocation would be too great and they would have to do a closed bid process.  A closed bid process can take two, three, four months and meanwhile, no trees are being cut down for the entire summer while we have people enjoying our Parks & Rec areas.  By reducing that appropriation down to $50,000, we will be empowering the Parks Dept. to be able to start to address the problem immediately; removing the most hazardous trees while they continue to do a study to see what other trees in our parks may need to be removed at that time.  I did inform Mr. Nist I think most of Council at that time would be more than willing to appropriate the necessary money to continue on with this work to make our parks safe.  With that being said, I would like to make a motion that we amend Ordinance No. 28 – 2015, Section 1, striking the $70,000 Master Plan line item, reducing the $250,000 Tree Removal at various Parks line item to $50,000, making the total for this appropriation in this Ordinance for $50,000.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – I need a second?  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call to amend Ordinance No. 28.

9 yes to amend

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, it has reverted back to first reading, Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Is there any discussion on this ordinance this evening?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 28 – 2015 forward for passage.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 28 has passed. 

 15.    SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

          ORDINANCE NO. 33 – 2015               BY:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with Brahler’s Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. to provide an economic development “inducement grant” to assist the business in renovation expenses at 1929 Ninth Street S.W., and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Thank you, Mr. President.  We’ve discussed this for several weeks.  I intend to waive the rules tonight.  If there are any questions, please let me know.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions for Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I’d like to make a motion that we waive the rules requiring three (3) separate readings and bring Ordinance No. 33 – 2015 forward for passage.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

          9 yes for passage
         
COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 33 has passed.  Ordinance No. 34.

ORDINANCE NO. 34 – 2015               BY:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with the Columbus Equipment Company to provide an economic development “inducement grant” to assist the business in renovation expenses at 2195 Venture Circle S.E., and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  Three weeks ago at the Committee Meeting we had a representative here from the company talking to us about their plans.  This is another one that I intend to waive the rules if there are not any questions or problems.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – I see none.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I make a motion that we waive the rules requiring three (3) separate readings and bring Ordinance No. 34 – 2015 forward for passage.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 34 has passed.  Ordinance No. 35.

ORDINANCE NO. 35 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the Economic Development Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this ordinance mirrors No. 33 which we passed.  Seeing that it has already gone through, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 35 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 35 has passed.  Ordinance No. 36.

ORDINANCE NO. 36 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the Economic Development Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Again this ordinance just mirrors Ordinance No. 34 which was just voted on.  I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 36 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 36 has passed.  Ordinance No. 37.

ORDINANCE NO. 37 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Safety and Service of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with CBSC, Inc., for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, the next two (2) pieces of legislation that we have before us are dealing with the collections issues that we have had.  These are two (2) different groups that can work on helping us collect or receive more of our delinquent fund owed to us whether it be through taxation or whatever departments they may be owed to.  CBSC would be for our more severe delinquents and then the next one down, the Shared Service, would be for our more initial, not quite as severe.  Is there any discussion this evening?  They did come, well, Shared Services did come and present to us, so we are all well aware of what they had to offer.  Without any questions or comments this evening, I would like to make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 37 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 37 has passed.  Ordinance No. 38.

ORDINANCE NO. 38 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Safety and Service of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ohio Shared Services, a division of the State of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management (“OBM”), for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, I had referenced this in the last comments I made about the previous legislation.  With that being said, I’d like to make a motion they we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 38 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDEN TOWNSEND – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 38 has passed.  Ordinance No. 39.

ORDINANCE NO. 39 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1406 Wastewater Treatment Capital Improvement Fund and the 1215 Law Enforcement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this legislation has two sections of reference.  The first section would be through the Wastewater Treatment Plant for $66,165.14.  Included in that total would be the ability to maintain light bulbs, UV bulbs for the processes that happen down at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and also the purchase of equipment that has aged and needs to be replaced.  The second section includes $5,000 from the Law Enforcement Fund to go to our police officers to get them much needed supplies or safety equipment that would go into their cruisers.  Are there any questions or comments?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 39 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And now, for passage.

9 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 39 has passed.

16.     NEW & MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

17.     REMARKS OF DELEGATIONS AND CITIZENS TO MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, we have arrived at No. 17.  This is the section of the agenda where the public can speak on a topic that did NOT appear on tonight’s agenda.  If you would like to speak on a topic, please come to the microphone at this time and give your name and address, for the record, and the topic you wish to discuss.

MARSHA HARRIS – 2455 Cypress Dr. S.E.  I just want to make an announcement to all candidates that Ward 4 is going to have a “Meet the Candidate” night, Wednesday, April 15th, 6:30 p.m. at the Inn at University Villages, that’s right off Richville Dr.  Ward 4, At Large, Administration; whoever wants to come.  We’re trying to get as many people there as we can and we’re trying to get as many citizens there as we can.  So it will be a good opportunity and refreshments will be served.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – That was the key word, thank you.  Is there anyone else?  Okay, there’s no one else, Councilman Lewis, I need a motion to adjourn.

 18.    ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I move to adjourn.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Starrett.  This meeting is adjourned.

 

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DIANE ROLLAND, CLERK OF COUNCIL

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TONY M. TOWNSEND, PRESIDENT

 

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