MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Welcome to the Massillon City Council Meeting for Monday, May 18, 2015.  We have in attendance with us the following city officials:  Tax Administrator, Ken Koher, Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Safety Service Director, Joel Smith, Police Chief, Keith Moser, Law Director, Perry Stergios, Auditor, Jayne Ferrero and Chief Deputy Director, Debbie Bonk.  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. 

  1.       ROLL CALL

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

Roll call of 7 present

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  I need a motion to excuse Councilman Stinson and a motion to excuse Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I move to excuse both council people.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.  Seconded by Councilwoman Halter.  Roll call to excuse Councilman Stinson and Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly.

7 yes to excuse

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Both councilpersons are excused for tonight’s meeting.  I would like to recognize Councilwoman Megan Starrett for tonight’s invocation and pledge of allegiance.

  2.       INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN MEGAN STARRETT - Gave the invocation for tonight.

  3.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN MEGAN STARRETT – Chairperson of the Environmental 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.  In addition, please print your name and address on the Sign-In Sheet on the table before you so that your name and address appears correct on our records.

  6.       INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 60 – 2015                     BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE                   

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to accept a grant from Walmart and a donation from a private donor for the Massillon Police Department, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis. 

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, as we spoke about it at the Work Session, we have a donation that is coming from the Walmart Group and they are giving us $2,500 to give to the Police Dept. with the purpose to be used for cameras to be carried by our law enforcement officers so that they can take pictures of evidence in order to do their job.  We also have $100 coming from a private donor and that is to be used on a vehicle that is used by the Police Force for various activities.  Are there any questions about this particular ordinance?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 60 – 2015 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And seconded by Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.  Roll call for suspension.

7 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

7 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 60 has passed.  Ordinance No. 61.

ORDINANCE NO. 61 – 2015                        BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1215 Law Enforcement Local Grant Fund for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, I’d like to call Chief Moser to the back mic here.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Would you like to come up Chief?

CHIEF MOSER – Mr. Lewis, Council.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, Chief.  Council just voted to accept the grants and the donations, however, we need clarification.  The $100 for the Humvee, we are questioning what can you really do for a Humvee for $100?

CHIEF MOSER – Well, we are doing much more than just $100.  It’s in the process; it’s already been painted, we are getting the light bars, sirens for it, we are getting it decaled.  So, it’ll end up looking similar our newer vehicles.  We actually plan on having it in the parade here in a week or so and it’s just good public relations.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – So the $100 is going into a pool of dollars that you already have available for whatever is needed on the vehicle?

CHIEF MOSER – Correct.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Okay.  That’s the only question that I have.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Chief. 

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Ordinance No. 61 is simply, since we already passed the acceptance of the grant and the donation, No. 61 is the ordinance that will appropriate the dollars into the supplies/materials/postage line item of 1215.305.2410.  Are there any questions from members of Council?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 61 – 2015 forward for a vote.

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

7 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

7 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 61 has passed.  Ordinance No. 62.

ORDINANCE NO. 62 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE   

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1401 Income Tax Capital Improvement Fund, the 2105 Stormwater Utility Fund, the 1305 Bond Retirement WWTP Fund, and the 2101 Wastewater Treatment Fund for the year ending December 31, 2015, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – The first four (4) sections of this ordinance are directly relating to the appropriations that are to be discussed and passed by this ordinance.  Section 1 is dealing with $10,129.59 for the Street Dept.  As discussed at our last meeting, these funds were to purchase a plow that is currently already in use on one our trucks.  I believe it was purchased on January 28, 2015, and has been put in use.  The company that had sold us this had requested that we make payment on it and Ken Koher had informed me that he needed it done and that is why he asked that we expedite this order so that we can meet our obligation to this company.  Section 2 is County collection fees.  After speaking with the Auditor’s office, last week I had mentioned that there are a lot of fees and wondering why.  They clarify that there is a lot of money that we bring in that exceeds what the fees are and these fees are just what they are charging us for collecting that money on our behalf.  Section 3 is the WWTP Fund.  It is taking care of the principal, the interest and some other fees related to the loan that was taken out for our development and remodeling of that plant.  As discussed at the last meeting, the City is going to have to make the first payment and that’s essentially what this is.  And then Section 4 is, again, $15,000 for more County collection fees.  Are there any questions from members of Council related to any of these four (4) sections of the ordinance?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 62 – 2015 forward for a vote.

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

7 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

7 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 62 has passed.  Ordinance No. 63.

ORDINANCE NO. 63 – 2015               BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – This ordinance is similar to other ordinances that we have done throughout this year and last year.  This is allocating money to be used specifically for the purpose of Stormwater drain repair.  We were provided a list at last meeting of the Stormwater drains that would be repaired on this particular appropriation.  Are there any questions?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 63 – 2015 forward for a vote.

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

7 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

7 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 63 has passed. 

   7.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

   8.    PETITIONS & GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

Request for New of Liquor License by Dolgen Midwest, LLC, DBA Dollar General Store #15543, 4590 Lincoln Way W., Massillon, OH  44647

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Has that presentative received a copy of the license?

COUNCILAN LEWIS – Yes.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.

   9.    BILLS, ACCOUNTS & CLAIMS

 10.    REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

          A.      Mayor’s Report – March 2015
          B.      Treasurer’s Report – April 2015

 11.    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

 12.    RESOLUTIONS & REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – I would like to remind Council and members of the audience that City Council’s next Work Session will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. due to Memorial Day on that Monday.

 

 13.    CALL OF CALENDAR

ORDINANCE NO. 41 – 2015     BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

          Tabled at May 4, 2105 2015 Meeting until May 18, 2015

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 – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  This ordinance was tabled until today, so, there is no vote required to untable it.  Councilwoman Halter.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President.  There is some things that our Committee wants to look into and so, therefore, we’re tabling Ordinance No. 41 – 2015 until July 6, 2015.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – You need to make a motion to table.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – I make a motion to table until July 6, 2015.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilman Manson.  Roll call to table Ordinance No. 41 – 2015 until July 6, 2015.

7 yes to table Ordinance No. 41 – 2015 until July 6, 2015

 14.    THIRD READING OF ORDINANCES & RESOLUTION

 15.    SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

          ORDINANCE NO. 55 – 2015     BY:  POLICE AND FIRE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into a contract with Penn Care Medical Products for the purchase of a 2015 MEDIX Ambulance for the Massillon Fire Department, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Chovan.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Thank you, Mr. President.  We have been discussing this for several weeks now.  We know that we’re buying this ambulance which is priced according to state bid contracts.  We also know that we have enough money in the EMT Transport Fund to pay for this based upon the information from the Auditor’s office and so, I’m going to go ahead and, if there’s no other discussion?  I’m going to go ahead and ask that we waive the rule requiring three (3) readings and bring this forward for a vote tonight.  Is there any discussion at all?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – There is no one.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Then I so move.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, I’ll take that as a motion.  Seconded by Councilwoman Halter.  Roll call for suspension.

7 yes for suspension

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And for passage.

7 yes for passage

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 55 has passed.  Ordinance No. 56.

ORDINANCE NO. 56 – 2015     BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE
         
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE ONE, STREETS AND SIDEWALK AREAS, OF PART NINE-STREETS UTILITIES AND PUBLIC SERVICES CODE OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MASSILLON BY THE ADDITION OF CHAPTER 904, ROADSIDE MEMORIAL PROGRAM.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Councilwoman Halter.

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 56 has received second reading.

16.     NEW & MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

18.     ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILMAN STARRETT – I make a motion to adjourn.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilman Chovan.  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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