MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS B I=d like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Monday, January 7, 2013.  We have in attendance tonight Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Safety Service Director George Maier, Law Director Perry Stergios, Engineer Keith Dylewski, Community Development Director Ted Herncane, Parks & Rec. Interim Superintendent Doug Nist, Appointed Treasurer Andrea Regula, Police Chief Keith Moser, Fire Chief Tom Burgasser, Income Tax and Budget Director Ken Koher, Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager Tony Ulrich, Chief Building Official Bill Kraft, Health Dept Commissioner Terri Argent, Housing Director Beverly Lewis and Street Superintendent Joe Berens.  Also under item #5 on the agenda is where the public can speak on any item that appears on the agenda and then under item #17 is where the public can speak on any item that does not appear on the agenda.  I=d also like to remind anyone with a cell phone please turn it off or turn it very far down. 

1.  ROLL CALL

Roll call for the evening found the following Council Members present:  Milan Chovan, Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly, Nancy Halter, Ed Lewis, Paul Manson, Donnie Peters, Andrea Scassa, Larry Slagle and Tony Townsend.

Thus giving a roll call vote of 9 present.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER Gave the invocation for tonight.  

3.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Chairperson of the Health, Welfare and Building Regulations Committee led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

4.  READING OF THE JOURNAL

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS - Madame Clerk, are the minutes of the previous meeting transcribed and open for public viewing?  (Yes, they are)  Are there any additions or corrections to the minutes?  If not the minutes stand approved as written.     

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

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Anyone wishing to speak can approach the microphone give your name, address?  Seeing none we’ll move to 5(a) on our agenda and we will call on the Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry to give her state of the city address.

A.  MAYOR TO GIVE STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS TO CITY COUNCIL

MAYOR CATAZARO-PERRY – Thank you, Mr. President.  Good evening, everyone and thank you for being here tonight to hear the state of the city.  We’re going to begin with our first slide Teddy, do you want to help me here.  There we go great; in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code the mayor shall present an annual message to the city’s legislative authority concerning the affairs of the municipal corporation.  There we go for those in the audience our city council members are: President Gamber just resigned and Mr. Peters is taking over.  Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly is in ward 1, Nancy Halter – ward 2, Andrea Scassa – ward 3, Tony Townsend – ward 4, Donnie Peters – ward 5, Ed Lewis – ward 6; Paul Manson, Larry Slagle and Milan Chovan are all council-at-large.  Jayne Ferrero, who is not here this evening is our city auditor.  Paul Lambert retired on December 28th and Andrea Regula is here and if you haven’t met her please take the opportunity to meet her she is the acting treasurer and the treasurer will be selected by the precinct committeemen in the coming days.  Our law director is Perry Stergios, Johnnie Maier is our clerk of court, the honorable Judge Elum is one of our judges as well as Judge Roland Centrone.  Tonight we have in attendance is Bill Kraft who’s our building and zoning inspector, community development director Ted Herncane, our engineer Keith Dylewski, fire department chief is Tom Burgasser, health department inspector is Terri Argent, housing director is Beverly Lewis, our income tax department and I know he has multiple titles and our budget director is Ken Koher, operations and street department is Joe Berens, park and rec. is Doug Nist is our interim director and our chief of police is Keith Moser, our senior citizen center director is Nancy Johnson and Tony Ulrich arrived and he is the director of wastewater treatment.  I just wanted to give a comment from a couple of our seasoned council members and Donnie Peters said today that the biggest thing I’ve experienced from the new mayor and her administration is that she is visible and very transparent and the lines of communications are always open.  This is something we have not seen for many years in our city government.  So we’re trying to show you some positives that we’ve had over this past year.  Our financial overview the city’s financial fitness has improved during 2012 and that’s due to all of our department directors working hand in hand together to streamline our spending as well as all of you on city council.  You have also helped with this process because it takes everyone to work together and you have to vote on some things that we needed to halt some of our spending.  This was accomplished with numerous executive orders, reduction of work force, controlling our expenses, fee restructuring and financial sacrifices from our dedicated employees.  The following executive orders we instituted at the very, very beginning of our the administration takeover.  The number 1 we had 0 overtime for our department heads a long standing practice has been overtime for all department heads and we have 0 at this time.  Purchase orders have been approved by our safety and service director and that’s every purchase order.  Vacation time is taken and not cashed out and as you know that’s very helpful when you’re budgeting because it was hitting us double.  So we took that equation out of the budgetary process.  Educational stipends were suspended for exempt employees.  The exempt employees also had five unpaid holiday furlough days.  This was so we did not interrupt operations with our services.  Hiring control when you had to be approved by executive order.  Spending controls procurement in overtime we controlled that.  Established a Legends golf course committee and they’re still in they still are meeting.  Established a healthcare committee and those and that committee selected our insurance for the year.  We have a public record compliance and procedures and those have all been solidified.  In addition to recurring cost savings being achieved with the executive orders significant changes also are being realized in healthcare costs. We’ve had pay freezes and other efficiencies as a result of contract negotiations between the city and the unions.  I do want to say once again that the unions and Mr. Maier worked very well together for the best interest of our city.  At the beginning of 2012 the general fund coffers held a token of $416.79 carryover and outstanding bills totaling around $2.6 million dollars.  Furthermore, a $180,000.00 of deposits that were intended for 2012 were receipted in 2011 leaving that $416.00 carryover.  So we had a beginning balance of $416.00 our revenue for last year was $17,500,000.00 our total wages and benefits were $14,000,000.00 and other payables were $4 million for a total of expenses of $18.4, almost $8.5.  Our net cash balance position was a -$989,000.00 that’s how we ended the year.  Outstanding payables was $1.1 for a total of about $2,097,000.00.  Last year when we ended the year it was about $2.6, $2.7.  So you all worked very hard and did some great work at saving this city some money and getting us on the right path.  At the end of 2012 the general remained at a formidable deficit level of $2.1 million however, and that’s almost $2.1 it stands improved over 2011 -$2.6 million dollars.  As was the case in the previous year the timing of the general fund expenditures outpaced the receipt of our current revenue.  $2.6 million dollars of this year’s revenues paid for 2011 year’s carryover obligations.  So we had to pay 2011 bills.  Sources of our annual revenue that includes personal property tax expired in 2011, local and state government funds, interests and inheritance tax declined over $400,000.00 during the last three years.  We also estimate an additional loss of about a half millions dollars for 2013 because the inheritance tax is not going to be in play this year and additional reductions and local government funds.  So we’re looking at about $500,000.00 less this year than we had last year.  But some positives for our city the spotlight moments the Massillon community and city government has many, many positive aspects.  I’m pleased to feature some of these the health department and that’s under Terri Argent, the environmental division has developed a program to prevent mosquitoes populating by using a non-toxic larvacide instead of an insect spray saving $5,000.  The department was also able to save money by filling a new state mandated position of environmental health director without increasing the size of the staff.  The nursing division’s new software for electronic billing of Medicaid claims and able the department to return $55,000 to the general fund.  Great job, Terri.  Wastewater Treatment Plant the power consumption reduction and energy savings project this year’s utilities they saved over $200,000.00 and additionally the plant operation saved $50,000.00 in chemical costs and that’s under the leadership of Tony Ulrich.  Engineering department this is Mr. Keith Dylewski we did complete First Street improvement project, the Bit of Eden pump station project was began in November and its completing about this time this month right around now we’re finishing that project up.  Grants approved or in process includes the Lincoln Way East project, the Griffith Avenue sewer replacement project as well as the levee improvement project.  Those are projects that we’re looking forward to in 2013.  Highlights from the park and rec. that’s Mr. Doug Nist the Massillon rec. center had 6,424 memberships in 2012 that were sold with 171,000 visits by members.  We have over 30 parks and open spaces we have the senior center which is utilized, the Legends of Massillon annual revenue topped $1.1 million dollars.  They held special events including a first time triathlon, the egg hunt, burger wars and pizza wars.  Just to name a few.  The fire department under Chief Burgasser a FEMA Safer Act Grant was awarded as all of you know as far as city council members for the city in October.  This grant funds 24 months of salaries and benefits for bringing back the 10 laid off firefighters.  Other grants received were those for air packs, a firefighter tracking system and a tanker truck.  EMS transport generated the following revenue as you can see it’s gone up 2010 around $400,000, 2011 - $608,000 and 2012 estimated at $640,000.  The revenue is based upon what was billed and received during that same year.  The amount of EMS services savings to Massillon residents during 2012 was nearly $350,000.  This represents $700,000 in savings to Massillon residents since 2010.  The department was on track to make 4,500 runs in 2012 for both fire and EMS.  Great job, chief.  Solid waste department during 2012 difficult decisions had to be made one of these was to outsource the city’s trash collection service.  Bids for the service were solicited from private companies and a contract was awarded to Kimble Company.  As a result the city’s sold waste customers will save over $300,000 per year with Kimble’s reduced rates.  That is a five year contract.  Our police department, our police department has faced many challenges throughout the year the top job saw three different chiefs with Chief Moser ultimately earning the position chief of police.  There was a reduction of work force resulting in the layoff of eight police officers and the animal control officer.  The department received grants for the purchase of computers, evidence cameras and digital recorders.  I believe the chief is here tonight. The summer concert series had an excellent season hats off to the Ananda Center and to Mr. Ron Frailey for their work to help this a success and to all the generous donors to underwrite the entire cost.  Oops, let me back up Holly Days in Massillon more than a 1,000 people gathered on the Massillon Museum’s front lawn for the festivities.  Mr. Bill Weaver did a fabulous job organizing that.  The economic development under the leadership of Ted Herncane as part of the administration’s economic development and business retention the mayor and Ted, Ted and I we visited 52 businesses and here they are.  Many of these businesses have shared with me that their revenues were up at least 20%.  So this is very good news for our businesses in Massillon.  Massillon in the news Baker Hughes taking baby steps as natural gas prices fall this is one of the articles from the Independent.  We’re very pleased to have Baker Hughes joining us and they will be starting here very soon.  Shearers was sold and has planted their operations downtown and have done a great job filling our restaurants and our businesses in the afternoon.  I will share with you you probably all read in the newspaper that Bob and Melissa Shearer decided to give that $100,000 grant back to the city for future economic development and we graciously thank them.  Premier Industries this is a company that has about a $4 million dollar payroll annually.  They are coming to our city to expand their business and we’ve offered them an occupancy grant as an incentive to make the move.   Community development has had a productive year successes include the installation of sidewalks on Walnut Rd, the demolition of an abandoned and unsafe building and providing funding for three Habitat homes.  However, we dedicated six homes here this past year in Massillon.  The building department under Bill Kraft’s leadership has had a busy year as well issuing 1,428 permits totally over $26 million dollars in property improvements and generated $204,000 in permit fees.  Total revenue generated in the department in the code enforcement section was about $300,000.  We have Larry St.Jean and Jimmy Johnson doing that those job descriptions and they’ve done an excellent job and have been very gracious to our residents in complementing them and sending a thank you note when they do comply.  The code enforcement section helped passed property registration legislation Ordinance 48 and 49 as you recall.  It performed over 400 property inspections for lack of permit and maintenance issues and 200 inspections of high grass assessing $112,000 for mowing and securing vacant properties.  Tony Townsend gave a comment just appreciating the leadership and the transparency of the administration.  I would like to thank you for listening to tonight’s state of the city and I hope to see everyone at the Chamber’s breakfast in February.  Thank you.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Thank you, mayor.

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 1 - 2013                        BY:   STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC AND SAFETY

Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to submit an application for 2013 Municipal Road Funds for the Lake Avenue Paving Project, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Townsend?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Thank you, Mr. President, I would like to call up the city engineer Mr. Dylewski to discuss a little bit about Ordinance No. 1 and 2 so we can get them out of the way and put them both up for its passage.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Dylewski?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – How ya doing?

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Good, how ya doing?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Alright, well you can just take off with it Ordinance No. 1.

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Ordinance No. 1 is typically every year we apply to the county for municipal road fund through their program.  This year’s project we’re looking to pave Lake Avenue between Wales Road and Amherst.  So just a resurfacing project, curb ramps, catch basin replacement, those type of items. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilwoman Scassa?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – I believe Councilman Townsend wasn’t sure at the work session can you just clarify what the SCATS Massillon Share is exactly?

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – It’s an administrative share to their SCATS runs the program it’s a fee that we pay every year.  It doesn’t come out of our pocket technically its grant money that they give to us that basically goes back to them.  So we don’t actually pay it out of our funds. 

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Is that the same with the actual paving project funds those are grants as well.

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Yeah, if we get it it would be a grant that’s correct.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any other questions for the engineer?  Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Just you said Lake Street to or I mean Wales to Amherst.

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Correct.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any further questions?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – No, I believe that’s it.  Can we since he’s up there can we go onto Ordinance No. 2?

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – I, no, I wouldn’t do that.  You’re really making my job difficult on me tonight.  I would just ask you to stay there till,,,

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Okay, see I wanted him to sit down its late you know…okay, that’s it. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Townsend, it’s…

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Manson.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 9 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 1 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 2 - 2013                        BY:   STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC AND SAFETY

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to sign the Consent Legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the Epoxy Pavement Marking Project, PID 94458, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Townsend?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Thank you, Mr. President, one of the we had a couple of questions last week at the work session and it wasn’t really major questions but it was the epoxy pavement markings.  Are we talking about the lines that just…

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Excuse me, you are directing these to Mr. Dylewski? (Yes)  Thank you.

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Yes.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – We don’t have a television on our transcriber so we’ve got to do that.

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Okay, alright, the epoxy…

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Yes, that’s exactly it.  Its center line marking edger pavement markings those types of things.  If you recall we’ve had several of these throughout last year even that you know ODOT when they do a project within the corporation limits they need consent legislation to authorize them to do that.  As with this project there’s no city dollars involved in it unless we would request that they do other things out of the scope of their project. 

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – And as you stated its just one of those projects again 100% covered through ODOT no city dollars unless we wanted to add some additional things.  But there’s no reason to do that. 

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Right.

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Right, okay.  I’m done with my questions. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any further questions for the engineer?  Thank you, Keith.  Mr. Townsend?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 9 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 2 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 3 - 2013                        BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into contract with the Auditor of State for use of the Leverage for Efficiency, Accountability and Performance (LEAP) fund loan program for purpose of a performance audit of select areas of the City, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, Mr. Peters, being a number of questions on this that were asked and we asked for some more information we’ll give it first reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 3 – 2013 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 4 - 2013                        BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Amending Sections 181.03(a), 181.04, 181.06(a)(1) and 181.14(a) of CHAPTER 181 “INCOME TAX” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon to reflect the increase in the municipal income tax rate from one and eight-tenths percent (1.8%) to two and one-tenths percent (2.1%) to be effective July 1, 2013 subject to the approval of the electors of the City of Massillon at the Primary Election to be held on May 7, 2013, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  In the interest of getting this moving quickly I know our law director’s encouraging us to move this as fast as we can.  We seemed to have at the last two meetings had a consensus of an agreement on moving forward with this.  So unless there are any questions that we can’t answer I intend to ask to waive the rules. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Are there any questions?  Councilman Townsend?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – I guess my question we could not go three readings would we still be able to meet the deadline if we went three readings?

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Absolutely not.  The deadline is February 6th the law director can correct me if I’m wrong.  The law director has requested that we move on this because he’ll still have to review a few things before he sends it over the Board of Elections.  That was what Mr. Manson was alluding to. 

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – Well I just my opinion I just think we should at least two readings to allow the public if they wanted to come in and discuss it with us.  You know just my opinion.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any other questions?  Mr. Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Well in just in response number one we’ve been discussing this for several years in one form or another.  The ultimate decision will be by the taxpayers so further discussion in here I don’t think will be of much benefit.  I think it needs to get on the ballot as soon as possible.  I think we’re doing the correct leadership decision in getting it on the ballot and I think we’ll do the correct leadership decision in supporting it 100%.  Which is why I went to the City of Columbus website because they’ve correlated all the tax rates throughout all the cities in the State of Ohio.  I started it on an excel spreadsheet so if anyone wants to add any information I’m going to send the excel spreadsheet to everyone else so they can add it.  But as it can be seen from this we’re actually behind the curve in catching up most of these cities have had increase in taxes for many, many years at a 2% level.  Our problem is of not enough revenue it’s a difficult decision for any politician to make regarding increasing and supporting a tax increase.  But it’s the appropriate leadership position to take in the City of Massillon because as we saw from the mayor’s presentation we’ve done everything that we can to reduce cost, to reduce some of the benefits our employees have gotten in the past.  The only option we have left now is to increase some way in revenue I think the City of Massillon will be 100% behind this once they should understand that its for the purpose of making our city better for the future, bring back the police officers we’ve laid off because we’ll have the revenue to do so, insuring the fire department people that we have continue to be employed through after Chief Burgasser’s great effort in getting that grant for us.  So I think getting and making it and moving forward and advertising it and pushing it is the best thing we can do right now and the best leadership decision we can make.  So I think we need to pass it tonight and waive the rules to get it moving.

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – And I agree with Councilman Slagle we have been discussing this for several years.  However, we have never brought it to the table to vote on it.  At that point I think it changes things because people have known for this council to discuss things and not act on it.  Now we are acting on it I think some folks will like to come in and speak about it.  I think if it went two readings it still would not interfere with the deadline that we have to present it to the Board of Elections.  So that’s just my take on it and you know I don’t want to muddy the waters here but I still think we have this performance audit that I think we need to look into prior to putting this on.  You know as stated at the work session you know people are wanting to know before you start going into their wallets and their pockets and purses they want to know that the city has done everything to save the taxpayers money.  So that’s just my opinion that’s it.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilman Chovan?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Thank you.  I see your point except I think you know for years we’ve needed an increase here.  I’m comfortable now that we’ve made as many cutbacks in expenditures as we can.  I don’t think we can afford to wait anymore.  I do agree that we need to do an audit of some sort here.  I’m not sure that the one that’s in front of us now is deep enough.  But I don’t think that we can wait to ask the citizens to take and vote on this tax increase because even if we do go for this audit the chances of us having any information back prior to the election or you know to the vote on the tax increase its just not going to happen.  There’s no way its going to get back in time.  So I think those are two separate issues they go together when it comes to managing the finances of the city.  But I don’t think that we have to wait to put the tax increase on the ballot until you know we get results from whatever audits we decide to do.  So I would like to see us move ahead and put it on now. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any further questions, comments?  Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  I’m not going to say anything I think Mr. Slagle said it about as eloquently as it could be put.

COUNCILMAN MANSON moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Slagle.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 9 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 4 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 8 YES, 1 NO.  TOWNSEND VOTED NO.

ORDINANCE NO. 5 - 2013                        BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Amending Section 181.15 “CREDIT FOR TAX PAID TO ANOTHER MUNICIPALITY” of CHAPTER 181 “INCOME TAX” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon by enacting a new Section 181.15 “CREDIT FOR TAX PAID TO ANOTHER MUNICIPALITY’ of said CHAPTER 181 “INCOME TAX”, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  This is ordinance goes hand in hand with the previous ordinance.  Last year we had all of this in one ordinance but the law director felt that it was better to break it apart and make it very clear that there will still be a 100% tax credit on the first 1.8% of city income tax that’s being collected right now.  That means that there will be no credit on that additional .3% that we’re talking of going up there.  So it’s my intention to waive the rule unless there are some questions that we can’t answer. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Councilman Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – No questions.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – You guys are messing with me aren’t you?  Is that what you were doing or did you have a question Mr. Lewis?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS  – I did have a question.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Okay.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – In reading over the ordinance that we got I believe it just came through the email today that we got number five.  I wanted more time to read through this specific piece in number four was more straight forward and it was exactly what we expected and how it was going to be worded and we were familiar with it.  So there was no surprises and I was ready to go forward on it.  However, number five since its kind of different avenue to take with this particular piece I think it may be in our best interest to wait a couple of weeks especially since this one doesn’t have a deadline.  This one as long as its passed by the time we get to the vote we’re fine.  So there’s not as much necessity to make sure that it gets taken care of tonight as the other one did. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any other questions?  Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, like I said this was all done as one ordinance in the interest of making it very clear and make sure there was no confusion that’s the reason this has been split out.  But it really doesn’t change any thing at all of what we talked about over the last two meetings as far as the consensus we came to of supporting the 2.1% on the city income tax.  But leaving a 100% tax credit in place for the current income tax rate.  So it’s still my intention to waive the rule on this.

COUNCILMAN MANSON moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Slagle.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 7 yes, 2 no.  Lewis and Townsend voted no.

ORDINANCE NO. 5 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 8 YES, 1 NO.  TOWNSEND VOTED NO.

RESOLUTION NO. 1 - 2013                      BY:   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Resolution commending Glenn E. Gamber as President of City Council of the City of Massillon, Ohio. 

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – I’ll call on myself to read this.  This comes from the committee of the whole:

A RESOLUTION commending Glenn E. Gamber as President of City Council of the City of Massillon, Ohio.

WHEREAS, on December 28, 2012 Glenn E. Gamber completed seven years and nine months as President of City Council prior to that completed nine years and three months as a member of Council of the City of Massillon, Ohio, and

WHEREAS, Mr. Gamber has fully cooperated with all members of City Council and has devoted himself to his responsibilities and duties as President of Massillon City Council, and

WHEREAS, City Council desires to recognize and note upon its official records its appreciation and commendation to Mr. Glenn E. Gamber for the excellent service he has rendered to the people and the City of Massillon during his terms of office.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MASSILLON, STATE OF OHIO, THAT:

Section 1:

            On behalf of the City of Massillon and the members of City Council, the Council commends Glenn E. Gamber for the efficient, energetic and capable manner in which he has discharged his duties and for the lasting contribution he has made to the City during his terms of office.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Chovan.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I would just like to say that myself I really appreciate the effort that Mr. Gamber has put into his service to the city.  I thought he did although I probably got gaveled more than any councilman here in the last seven  years and nine months that he was the president.  I still believe he was very fair even with opposing views he did a pretty good job of allowing people to have their say.  He’s truly been a steward in the position he was in for the City of Massillon.  I really appreciate the effort he has put in. 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Any further comments?  Roll call for suspension please.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 9 yes.

RESOLUTION NO. 1 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

LETTER FROM OHIO DIVISION OF LIQUOR CONTROL REGARDING A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE TO TAMARKIN CO GIANT EAGLE 4152 2032 LINCOLN WAY EAST MASSILLON OHIO 44646

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

A). WALTER DRANE - $360.00
B). COPECO - $733.00
C). KELLER OFFICE SUPPLIES - $90.77

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – I need a motion Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I make a motion that we pay the bills, seconded by Councilman Slagle.

Roll call vote of 9 yes to pay the bills.

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

A). AUDITOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2012 B COPY FILE.
B.  MAYOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2012 – COPY FILE.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – We need a motion Councilman Manson. 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I make a motion that we accept the auditor’s monthly report for December 2012, seconded by Councilman Slagle.

Roll call vote of 9 yes to accept the auditor’s report for December 2012. 

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Are there any?  I’d like to remind you that work session is Monday, January 14th at 6:00pm.  The next council meeting will be on the 22nd that’s a Tuesday due to the Martin Luther King holiday on the 21st.  Councilman Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – The rec. board meeting is this Thursday at 6:00pm at the Massillon Recreation Center.

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Anyone else?

12.  RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

13.  CALL OF THE CALENDAR

14.  THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

15. SECOND READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 140 - 2012                    BY:   ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE 

Repealing certain Subsections of CHAPTER 925 “SEWERS GENERALLY” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, Ohio, and enacting new Subsections to such Chapter, and declaring an emergency.

 

ACTING COUNCIL PRESIDENT PETERS – Mr. Lewis?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Second reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 140 – 2012 WAS GIVEN SECOND READING.

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

18.  ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER  – I move that we adjourn, seconded by all.

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MARY BETH BAILEY, CLERK,

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DONNIE PETERS, ACTING PRESIDENT

 

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