MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Good evening.  Mr. Townsend is absent tonight and I will be sitting in his place.  Welcome to the Massillon City Council Meeting for Monday, October 20, 2014.  We have in attendance with us the following city officials:  Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Law Director, Perry Stergios, Chief Engineer, Keith Dylewski, and Park & Recs Director, Doug Nist.  On the wall to your left are agendas for anyone who wishes to follow tonight’s meeting.  Also if you look at that 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 the 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, 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

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Okay.  Thank you.

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – Mr. Manson, excuse me.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Yes.

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – Mr. Stergios is here.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – I’m sorry, Mr. Stergios.  I’m not sure, do we have to excuse Mr. Townsend?

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – No.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Okay.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – We’ll move to the invocation by Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly.

  2.       INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY - Gave the invocation for tonight.

  3.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – Chairperson of Public Utilities led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  4.       READING OF THE JOURNAL

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

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – The minutes are prepared, however, I did not get them to Ted Miller before he left for vacation.  Therefore, they are not on the website yet.  But anyone wishing a copy, I can get them to them.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – We’re down to #5, remarks of delegations and citizens to matters on the agenda.  This is 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 on the agenda, please come to the microphone at this time and give your name and address for the record and the topic you wish to discuss.

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

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seeing no one, we will move on.  We will go to #6 Introduction of Ordinance and Resolutions.  I will recognize Councilwoman Starrett.

COUNCILWOMAN STARRETT – Thank you, Mr. President.  I would ask if we could make a quick amendment to the agenda before we actually get into some readings here.  Ordinance No. 130 that is under the heading of third reading tonight, that it should actually be up for second reading tonight, not third reading.  We have not had two (2) readings on that yet; so if we could amend that.  And also Ordinances No. 145 and No. 146; I would ask if we could just make a motion to remove those from the agenda tonight.  Those were not submitted in a timely manner at this point, so they should not be on the agenda just yet tonight.  We can talk about those at the work session and then get them on the Agenda for next time.  But they were submitted after the deadline, so they should not be on the agenda just yet.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Let’s deal with No. 130 first.  I make a motion to amend the agenda and No. 130 would go to second reading, rather than the third.  And seconded by Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly.  All in favor of amending the agenda for Ordinance No. 130…

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – We need to do a roll call to amend the agenda.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call to amend the agenda.

9 yes to amend the agenda to reflect Ordinance No. 130 for second reading

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – Now we need to do roll call to remove Ordinances No. 145 and No. 146 from the agenda.

COUNCILWOMAN STARRETT – I make a motion that we remove the Ordinances No. 145 and 146 from the agenda tonight because they were not submitted by the deadline to get legislation onto the agenda tonight.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seconded by Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly.  Roll call to remove Ordinances No. 145 and No. 146 from the agenda.

9 yes to removed Ord. No. 145 and No. 146 from tonight’s agenda

6.         INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 138 – 2014             BY:  HEALTH, WELFARE & BLDG. REGS.

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into a two (2) year rental agreement with the St. James AME Zion Church Life Center for office space to be used by the Massillon City Health Department, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Stinson.

COUNCILMAN STINSON – Thank you, Mr. President.  First reading.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 138 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 139.

ORDINANCE NO. 139 – 2014             BY:  RULES & COURTS COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Law of the City of Massillon, Ohio to renew a one (1) year contract with the Stark County Public Defender’s Office, for the purpose of providing representation for indigent defendants that are charged under City Ordinances, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilwoman Scassa.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Thank you, Mr. President.  I did speak to Mr. Stergios before the meeting and the $195 charge per case for the Public Defender is the same as it was last year and we had thought we’re just doing this on time or early this year, but the terms of the contract haven’t changed.  Again, this is to have the Public Defender represent indigent defendants as opposed to appointing private attorneys to represent indigent defendants.  So, if anyone has any questions, I can call the Law Director up.  If not, I would make a motion to suspend three (3) readings and bring Ordinance No. 139 forward for passage.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Any questions?  Motion seconded by Mr. Chovan.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 139 has passed.  Ordinance No. 140.

ORDINANCE NO. 140 – 2014                   BY:  STREETS, HIGHWAYS & TRAFFIC COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE to accept the dedication of road right of way areas located at 2550 University Drive S.E., and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilwoman Halter.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President.  We talked about this Monday night and this continuing preparing the area down on University Dr. where Ashland University used to be where they’re going to be building the nursing facility.  I’m going to ask that we go ahead and vote on this tonight.  It’s simply to accept the dedication of the road right of way and that will be for existing utilities and so forth.  Are there any questions?  If not, I suspend the rules requiring three (3) separate readings and bring Ordinance No. 140 – 2014 forward for a vote.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seconded by Councilwoman Starrett.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – And for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 140 has passed.  Ordinance No. 141.

ORDINANCE NO. 141 – 2014                   BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1240 Veterans Park/Duncan Plaza Fund and to reduce the appropriation of the 1342 OPWC Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this ordinance has two (2) sections of importance as far as what is occurring.  The first is the $20,000 that is coming from the unappropriated portion of Veterans Park/Duncan Plaza fund and it is being placed into the “Services/Contracts” for the Duncan Plaza.  This is all typically donated money from the Courts and it goes to help maintain the scene outside of the building here.  The other piece is just an adjustment of $.54.  It’s just to make sure everything zeros out in the year’s end.  If there’s no questions?  I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings and bring Ordinance No. 141 – 2014 forward for a vote.

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

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 141 has passed.  Ordinance No. 142.

ORDINANCE NO. 142 – 2014             BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1100 General Fund for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.
 
ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this ordinance is the remainder from that last meeting where I made that amendment for the major appropriations.  And looking over it with Auditor, we wanted to review these numbers and make these were the numbers we wanted to go with.  The Auditor’s office did say that they were accurate.  They are estimating on the high side to make sure that we can cover the expenses of Police and Fire throughout the rest of the year.  I don’t see any reason to hold this up any further.  We just need to pass it so that we can pay these guys.  Obviously, this is an encumbrance that’s going to come, no matter what happens.  So, the money is there; it is ready to move forward and if there’s no discussion, I will be making my motion.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Any questions?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Seeing none, I move that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 142 – 2014 forward for a vote.

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

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 142 has passed.  Ordinance No. 143.

ORDINANCE NO. 143 – 2014                   BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 2105 Stormwater Utility Fund and the 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this ordinance has to do, primarily or actually all together, with the Engineering’s Dept.  There’s two (2) pieces; $30,000 for storm sewer repairs which would be for catch basins and storm manholes, piping, repair and replace storm inlets.  There’s another piece, $45,000 specifically for 15 catch basins.  Those catch basins are listed in the request and we should all have a list of those.  Looks like they’re fairly well distributed throughout the City.  The last, or section 2 has $13,970 for sanitary sewer improvements.  Mr. Dylewski was not able to be here at the last meeting.  He is here tonight if anybody would like to ask any questions.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Does anybody have any questions for Mr. Dylewsi?  Seeing none, Mr. Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Seeing no discussion, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings and bring Ordinance No. 143 – 2014 forward for a vote.

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

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 143 has passed.  Ordinance No. 144.

ORDINANCE NO. 144 – 2014             BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1206 Municipal Motor Vehicle License Plate Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes; if the City Engineer could please come up. 

KEITH DYLEWSKI – President, Council, Mr. Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this one is the $25,000 for, essentially, street sweeping disposal.  I believe that we had passed something similar to this not too long ago; am I correct?

KEITH DYLEWSKI – Not that I’m aware of.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I remember, specifically, street sweepings coming up.

KEITH DYLEWSKI – Earlier in the year there was something passed, but, we’re paying the bills as they come in and we anticipate some more coming because, obviously, they’re constantly sweeping the streets.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Is this an outstanding bill that is due right now or you’re anticipating its due date?

KEITH DYLEWSKI – No, the P.O. that we pay it off of is getting low enough that we need to appropriate some more money.  So, once we do get some bills coming in, we’ll be able to pay.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Does anyone else have any questions regarding this?

          ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Chovan.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Thank you, Mr. President.  Who do we pay this to?  Is this like a remediation company?  Because isn’t there like the salt….

KEITH DYLEWSKI – It goes to the Kimble.  It’s probably the trash contractor; they have a dumpster stored at the City Garage.  So, it’s basically emptied as needed.  So, once it’s getting full then the garage would call in for it to be picked up.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – So this is an additional charge by Kimble for this?

KEITH DYLEWSKI – Right.  It was part of the package contract several years ago that was passed for the trash service.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – How long will that $25,000 last for that?

KEITH DYLEWSKI – That all depends on how many times, you know, how much, right; how much sweeping is being done and how often they need it to be emptied.  It’s as needed basis, so.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Yeah.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Well, I’m not trying to be difficult, it just seems that we; I’m just going off of what I see and hear and I’m sure you’re doing a fine job.  But, it seems like we did $25,000 earlier this year; just three (3) or four (4) months ago and we’re needing another $25,000 and that’s what’s causing my hesitation.  Because $25,000 is a lot of money in street sweeping so soon.  It seems like we went through that kind of quickly.  If there’s no immediate bill, can we just go ahead and give first reading and talk about this at the work session some more and then next Council I can suspend, or is that going to put you in a tough spot?

KEITH DYLEWSKI – No, I mean it doesn’t matter to me.  It’s, you know, bills come in, obviously, we need to pay them, so.  I mean we can give you, show you what’s been paid to date.  I mean, they’re sweeping every day, you know.  So I know they’re, obviously, the alternative is not to sweep, so.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Any other questions for Keith?

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Any other questions?  Mr. Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Well, I have no other questions for Keith.  I guess I would turn to my fellow finance chair people and ask for your input.  Would you like us to give this first reading or do you wanted us just to go ahead and propose this for suspension this evening?  Are you satisfied?

COUNCILWOMAN DEL RIO-KELLER - I say first reading.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – That’s fine.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – First reading.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 144 has received first reading.  Ordinance No. 145.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – We amended the agenda…

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – I’m sorry, that’s right.  We removed No. 145 and No. 146.  Thank you.  Resolution No. 10.

RESOLUTION NO. 10 – 2014             BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

A RESOLUTION accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor by October 31, 2014.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – That description really does sum it up.  We discussed this last week in our Financial Committee meeting.  This is something that we do every year.  We’re simply sending this over to the County Auditor’s office and certifying that these accounts and that these districts are appropriate.  It’s not the first time that any of us have seen this.  I don’t see any reason to hold this up.  I do believe this is one that had a deadline involved in it.  I have to look, but I want to say maybe October 31st.  So, I would recommend that we go ahead and suspend and vote this evening.  Is there any discussion?  Seeing none, I will make the motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Resolution No. 10 – 2014 forward for a vote.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seconded by Councilman Chovan.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Resolution No. 10 has passed.  Now we’ll move to #7 on the agenda.

    7.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    8.     PETITIONS & GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

    9.     BILLS, ACCOUNTS & CLAIMS

  10.     REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

  1. Mayor submits monthly report for August 2014
  2. Treasurer submits monthly report for September 2014
  3. Auditor submits monthly reports for August and September 2014

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Can I have a motion to accept the Auditor’s Report?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, I make a motion that we accept the Auditor’s Reports for both the month of August and September in the year of 2014.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seconded by Ms. Scassa.  Roll call to accept the Auditor’s Reports.

9 yes to accept the Auditor’s Reports

  11.     REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

  12.     RESOLUTIONS & REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

            ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Mr. Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Two (2) quick matters; the first one I wanted to make everyone aware of is obviously we received a draft budget, I believe many of guys may have received that in your e-mails.  I spoke with Mr. Koher this afternoon.  After the regularly scheduled work session this upcoming Monday, when the Finance Committee is completed, we will then be discussing the budget and start hashing that out this year.  Secondly, as many of are also aware of, we did get the bids back for the cruisers; the two (2) police cruisers.  They were e-mailed out to us and I believe most of us received the packet as well in our mail today.  I would make request of the Fire and Police Committee, I’ve already spoken with Mr. Chovan, to go ahead and make a Legislation Request to be discussed on Monday’s meeting so that we can get that ball rolling as well.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Anybody else with Resolutions or Requests?  Then we’ll move on to #13.  There’s nothing under the Call of the Calendar.

 13.      CALL OF CALENDAR

 14.      THIRD READING OF ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS

ACTING PRESIDENT MANSON – Third reading we already amended that, so we will move to second readings.

 15.      SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

            ORDINANCE NO. 130 – 2014                   BY:  ENVIRONMENTAL 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 with the lowest and best bidder, upon the approval of the Board of Control, for the Southway Sanitary Sewer Extension Project, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilwoman Starrett.

COUNCILWOMAN STARRETT – Thank you, Mr. President.  I would just like to give this second reading tonight.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Second reading on Ordinance No. 130.  Ordinance No. 131 – 2014.

ORDINANCE NO. 131 – 2014             BY:  PARKS & RECREATION COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE at the request of the Massillon Recreation Board to revert the Legends of Massillon Golf Course from 27 to 18 holes.  The Board voted to revert back to the “Original or as close to the original 18 as possible” for the City of Massillon, Ohio, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.

COUNCILWOMAN DEL RIO-KELLER – Thank you, Mr. President.  As we discussed at the work session on Monday, I would like to recommend that we defeat this ordinance tonight.  So, I’d like to suspend the rules so that we can defeat this and move on to possibly looking at a management company which will be more discussion at the work session on Monday.  Any questions?  Seeing no questions, I will make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings and move Ordinance No. 131 up for defeat.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Seconded by Councilman Stinson.  Roll call for suspension.

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 no for passage; Ordinance defeated

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 131 has been defeated.  Ordinance No. 136.

ORDINANCE NO. 136 – 2014             BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1100 General Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this particular ordinance speaks to appropriating the funds to the Law Director’s office to cover his salary obligations.  I will say that it does not excite me to have to extend the appropriation to make sure all obligations are met.  I am sympathetic in regards to this particular office simply because they are dictated to, in some regards, by another government branch that does not have the same restrictions that we do and he has to meet the demands that the Courts put upon him and at times, that may cause him to exceed, somewhat, in his salary and personnel issues.  With that being said, it’s an encumbrance and we do have to pay this person and meet that obligation.  And I do want to believe that the Law Department, as any other department within this City, is doing their best to manage with what they have and still meet the expectations and requirements of their office.  With that, I am going to be asking that we suspend the rules and vote on this this evening, but I do open the floor for any discussion.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Are there any questions for Mr. Lewis or Mr. Stergios?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three (3) readings bringing Ordinance No. 136 – 2014 forward for a vote.

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

9 yes for suspension

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Roll call for passage.

9 yes for passage

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 136 has passed.  Ordinance No. 137

ORDINANCE NO. 137 – 2014             BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE   

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

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Second reading.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Ordinance No. 137 has received second reading.

 16.      NEW & MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

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

CONCERNED CITIZEN – Good evening.  My name is Charles Perry, Jr.  I thank you for the opportunity to speak.  I speak on behalf of my supervisor, Alexander Daniels Construction Co.  I speak today with tears in my eyes, anger in my voice and pain in my heart due to the fact that the City of Massillon, must be said, does not pay their bills.  We have an outgoing dispute about a bill.  I spoke to the Mayor, spoke with the Director of Community Development, spoke to Ms. Lewis, spoke to Mr. Herncane, before he left.  I don’t know who to talk to, who to see about this; it might be Mr. Stergios over there.  I don’t know where we’re going to go from this.  But it’s an ongoing situation.  Nothing of legal, written documentation has been submitted to my supervisor, Alexander Daniels, regarding a meeting or anything.  We tried to do it on the impromptu side, off the record side; to no avail.  I mean, I invested into his business as a minority business, last year.  I’m out of a few thousand dollars; I know that’s not your problem, that’s my problem, but things happen when you invest in businesses.  But, there’s an outstanding bill that needs to be paid by the City of Massillon and it has not been paid at this time.  It’s been over three (3) months.  Thank you.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Excuse me, you say there’s an outstanding bill that has not been paid?

CHARLES PERRY – We submitted an invoice in July of this year.  We have not received anything.  The Auditor’s office does not know anything about it.  We’re going to have a meeting today, the paycheck has been submitted.  They’re saying the checks on the way, the checks in the mail; never received anything.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – I’m going to ask that you speak to Mr. Lewis and Mr. Stergios after the meeting and maybe get some direction on that.

CHARLES PERRY – Okay.  I’ll add them to the list.  Thank you, sir.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Is there anybody else with remarks on anything not on the agenda?  Please come up and identify yourself.

CONCERNED CITIZEN – Yes, my name is Yvonne Daniels.  I live at 222 – 21st St. S.E.  I’m here again about my street.  Back in September, I had a driveway put in.  Water stands in the street.  I called the, oh God, shoot, the ahh (Safety Service Director?), no, (Street Superintendent), no, down here, oh my God, my mind is a blank, is he here, the Engineer?  (Yes).  Did you talk to me?  (Did you get a name?)  He wouldn’t give a name, but I talked to an engineer because I told him I didn’t want water getting under my driveway.  Took me twenty-four (24) years to get a driveway.  I don’t want water getting under my driveway and messing it up.  He said he came out and looked at, “Oh we don’t know what we’re going to do”.  But water stands there when it rains.  Oh they fixed the pot holes but they’re gone again.  And my neighbors, I guess have a sump pump and it drains out, you know, so far in the street.  I mean really, it’s bad.  But this engineer, he told me, he came out and looked and he says, “Well, I don’t know why that guy fixed your driveway like that”.  I said because that’s how I wanted my driveway.  And “Well, I don’t know what we’re going to do”.  A few years ago, they put in drains and everything on the west side of the street and I talked to those engineers when they were up there then, “Well, why don’t you fix this side of the street?” and they said “We’re not doing that”.  But that street needs to be fixed.  Even if they have to dig it up and, you know, redo the whole street, it’s terrible.  But why it’s right in front of my driveway and I really want to say that something that probably that they did before when they put pipes in or something; maybe there’s water under there, I don’t know.  But it’s just mushy-like, you know.  I do not want my driveway ruined.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – What’s your address again, Yvonne?

YVONNE DANIELS – 222 – 21st St. S.E.  This is my third time, I think, here about this street.  I mean, they fixed the potholes and they rolled it and made it all smooth and stuff, now it’s tore up again.  It hasn’t even been, what, a few months; it’s just been a few months.  Okay.  Thank you.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – I suggest, Ms. Daniels, that you also talk to Councilwoman Halter; she’s Streets and Highways, after the meeting.  Okay?

YVONNE DANIELS – Okay, alright.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Alright.

YVONNE DANIELS – Thank you.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Is there anybody else that would like to address anything now?  Seeing no one, Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly?

 18.      ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – I so move to adjourn the meeting.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – All in favor “Yes”. 

COUNCIL AS A WHOLE – “Yes”

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT MANSON – Opposed?  Meeting is adjourned.

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DIANE ROLLAND, CLERK OF COUNCIL

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PAUL MANSON, ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT

 

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