MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND B I'd like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Monday, May 6, 2013.  We have in attendance this evening with us Law Director Perry Stergios, Auditor Jayne Ferrero, Building Superintendent Bill Kraft, Fire Chief Tom Burgasser, Engineer Keith Dylewski, Community Development Director Ted Herncane, Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Interim Safety Service Director Jim Johnson and Income Tax and Budget Director Ken Koher.  I would like to also introduce a new attorney in the prosecutor’s office Beth Liggett.  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 down or on vibrate. 

1.  ROLL CALL

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

Thus giving a roll call vote of 9 present.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER B 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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND - 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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – We are now at item #5 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 and give your name, address all for the record and the topic you want to discuss at this time. 

CYNTHIA BALAS-BRATTON

Read the following statement into the record:

I have been talking to citizens of Massillon regarding the issue over the last several weeks.  I want to advise council members of my findings.

1.  Every citizen I have spoke with has an adamant opinion and the opinion is this is a very bad idea.
2.  My fellow citizens and many Central Committee members are extremely disappointed this is even an issue to be discussed.
3.  If this was a debt in the private sector, this would be almost laughable to even contemplate this settlement.
4.  As the next election is forth coming, we will not forget this vote if it passes, and we hope it will not.
5.  Most of the citizens I have spoken with compare this “deal” this way” I will buy your home however, I am not able to make the promised payments at this time.  I however will rent this house and keep the rental income for my own use.  This I have done with your permission for the past 10 years.  Now I want you to forgive my promissory note as I really can’t pay you what I agreed to pay you as I signed and promised to do.  I can give you a portion of the amount due as paid in full.  I hope you will accept my offer.”

Please do not accept this offer.  It is a slap in the face to all citizens you represent as council members.  Remember that how you vote is Remembered and documented to show how you have voted.  The citizens of Massillon are upset and angry with the financial situation and how our tax dollars are not used to better ALL of the citizens of Massillon.  I thank you if you vote NO on this item.  I will say shame on you if you vote to accept this offer.

Respectfully, Cynthia Balas-Bratton  
Democratic Central Committee Member

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 46 - 2013                      BY:   HEALTH, WELFARE & BLDG REGULATION COMMITTEE

Amending CHAPTER 557 “WEEDS AND TREES” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, Ohio, by repealing existing Sections 557.08(a)(b)(c)(d)(e) and (f) “CUTTING AND DESTROYING WEEDS REQUIRED”, and enact new Sections 557.08(a)(b)(c)(d) and (e) “CUTTING AND DESTROYING WEEDS REQUIRED” of CHAPTER 557, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Halter?

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Johnson could you come up to the microphone please.  Mr. Johnson at the work session last Monday we myself and Ms. Scassa and I think maybe another councilman went over this where there were some things that should have been deleted that weren’t and so forth.  I don’t see that they’ve been changed and I wondered deciding maybe we should give this first reading so that has time to be all be corrected. 

SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR JOHNSON – Well, I know that you pointed out some grammar mistakes as far as that goes last council meeting.  The only question that I answered was about the plots there that I didn’t really have that information in front of me.  But I have it in front of me tonight I mean you can see where we would in a subdivision there if the parcel abutted the house right next to it the lots would be mowed in accordance with the ordinance.  If it was across the street the lot would be mowed twice a year there.  But a pathway would be required a five foot swath along the road must be maintained and compliance with section (a) above.  I believe that was a question from over in this direction the last time.  I don’t recall what you were saying about stuff that should have been taken out of here.  I see nothing in here that…

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Well when you have like here the current legislation that changes undesirables was to be deleted and it isn’t.  I don’t know there were a couple other things that we pointed out.  My question is do you want us to pass this don’t you want it corrected before we pass it?

SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR JOHNSON – I need to know specifically what you’re I see under (b) here its says I have a note here deleted from and not from others…

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – I guess I just assumed we’d get a corrected copy the day before we passed it. 

SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR JOHNSON – I think these are grammatical, grammar errors that can be corrected with passing.  I think the intent of the legislation is there.  I’d like to move ahead so we can get this grass cut and I mean undesirable is what it is.  I mean it probably needs to be in there and I can sit with you immediately after and figure out where you would like it in there.  But you know I think it’s a grammar error in the typing here in trying to get it to you and give you the corrected version. 

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Okay, are there any questions?  Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, Mr. Johnson, last week when we were discussing this you kind of implied that we need to move on this very rapidly because lawn mowing season is here.  My only problem with that it didn’t hit me right very well right at the time.  It kind of bothered me and that’s why I said about maybe giving it a reading and letting the people look at it.  But you know you had from last November until now to put this ordinance together.  There wasn’t any grass being mowed in December, January, February, March and all of a sudden it comes to us and you want to act on it real quick.  I’d suggest you think ahead and bring them to us a little sooner.  You know we need a little you looked at them for a long time we need a little time to look at them too.  That’s all.

SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR JOHNSON – Appreciate your comments, sir. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Anymore questions Councilwoman Halter?

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – I’m going to give it first reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 46 – 2013 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 47 - 2013                      BY:   RULES, COURTS & CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Appointing Kenneth Koher as the City Records Custodian, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Scassa?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Thank you, Mr. President.  As we went over at the last work session this ordinance is simply designating Ken Koher as the city records custodian.  He discussed what those duties would entail and it was also discussion that he is not receiving any extra compensation for having this title or assuming these duties.  So if there’s no further questions which I do not believe there were at the last work session I will be making a motion to suspend the rules and move Ordinance No. 47 forward for its passage.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Chovan.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 47 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 48 - 2013                      BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund, Income Tax Capital Improvement Fund, 1206 Municipal Motor Vehicle License Plate Fund, 2105 Stormwater Utility Fund and the Capital Improvement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2013, and declaring an emergency.  

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. President.  This ordinance has five sections to it.  We’ll go through each section.  Section 1, hereby appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013 the following: $139,963.25 to an account entitled Sanitary Sewer Improvements 1414.610.2510.  Section 2, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Income Tax Capital Improvement Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013, $46,731 to an account entitled DHS Grant Personnel Overtime 1401.325.2119.  Section 3, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the 1206 Municipal Motor Vehicle License Plate Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013 the following: $10,270 to an account entitled 2012 Target Area Street Resurfacing Project 1206.435.2519.  Section 4, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the 2105 Stormwater Utility Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013, the following: $6,300 to an account entitled Storm Sewer Repairs, 2105.425.2510.  Section 5, hereby appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Capital Improvement Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013, $1,216 to an account entitled Fire Dept. Equipment 2013, 1401.325.2531.  If there aren’t any questions I’m going to move that we suspend.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, your motion to suspend. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – No, he’s got a question.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – You have a question Councilman Chovan?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Yes, thank you.  Could I talk to the engineer please?  Could you step up please?  Thanks, the 2012 Target Area Streets Resurfacing Project what is that?  I mean where is that? 

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – That’s the target street program we bid out last year but the bids were more than 10% of the estimate so we had to rebid this year.  So it’s the same project…

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – So we had… that’s what the difference is?

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Right and Ted had $92,000 appropriated from the CD budget but the bid was $102,000 so that’s just the difference of the project.  So…

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Alright, thank you.

ENGINEER DYLEWSKI – Sure.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there anymore questions?  Your motion still stands.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Well, I haven’t made it yet.  I just kind of assumed that I was going to. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS 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. 48 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 49 - 2013                      BY:   COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Authorizing and directing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio to enter into an agreement with the Stark County Commissioners for the housing of City Ordinance prisoners at the Stark County Jail, and declaring an emergency.  

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. President.  I’d like to call the Law Director Mr. Stergios forward please. 

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – This is as most of you probably know previously we entered into an agreement with the county to house the cost for housing prisoners charged under city ordinances.  That expired after a three year term.  This is renewing it at the exact same cost of $70 per diem fee.  The cost has been going steadily downward as the years have gone on because we haven’t we try not to charge under city ordinances if they can go to jail.  We do need a new one and I don’t have any problems they just soon pass this tonight because it’s the same as what we had before. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. Stergios. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Scassa? 

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – I just had a question real quick for the law director.  So essentially all the terms of the contract are the same as previous?  (Yes)  Okay, because my question was just and you sort of touched upon it when you stated about charging under the city code versus the ORC.  That’s where my question came about under #2(d) talking about change if the code is changed I’m assuming upon plea or conviction or mostly upon plea (Yes) that I mean does that happen often where if they think we’re changing it to avoid that payment?  And I guess when I say changing it changing from the city ordinance to the ORC that they will charge us or is that if we get a rash of them?

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – That would be more of if we get a rash of them they have never Alliance has been known to try to do that after the fact.  Someone will plead to a city ordinance section and then three years later they get brought back for not paying their fines and then they would amend it and try not to pay the $70 fee.  We historically have not done that we either catch it right away or correct it before they’ve ever been convicted.  So that’s never been an issue with us not that we’re all perfect but it’s rare.  I’ve never heard them complain.  So… that was in the last one but we weren’t doing back then either. 

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – So we’re not getting I guess any extra charges that we should be concerned about from the…

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – 99% of them are old cases where someone hasn’t paid their fines and/or court costs and they bring them back on those.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Okay.

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there anymore questions?  Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Chovan.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 49 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE FOR 9 YES.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

A). REPOSITORY - $148.39

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I’d like to make a motion that we pay the bill, seconded by Councilman Manson.

Roll call vote of 9 yes to pay the bills.

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

A). AUDITOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR APRIL 2013 B COPY FILE.
B). TREASURER SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR MARCH 2013 – COPY FILE.
B). MAYOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR MARCH 2013 – COPY FILE.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I move that we accept the auditor’s report?  Seconded by Councilman Manson.

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

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Do we have any reports of committees?

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – Mr. President, I will be absent the meeting of the 20th to award the Amanda Scholarship at the band awards.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.  Thank you, please note Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly will be absent on May 20th.  Thank you.

12.  RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Do we have any resolutions or requests of council members? 

13.  CALL OF THE CALENDAR  - TABLED FROM APRIL 15, 2013

ORDINANCE NO. 35 - 2013                      BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement between the City of Massillon, Downtown Massillon Hotel, Ltd., and Charles Street Ltd., which would permit, if certain conditions are met, canceling the promissory note associated with the loan for the Hampton Inn project and release the related mortgages and any other liens related to the financing of the project.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I wish I’d stuck with my April Fools joke.  Ordinance No. 35 is like the clerk read authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the City of Massillon or Downtown Massillon Hotel, Ltd and Charles Street Ltd which would permit if certain conditions are met cancelling the promissory note associated with the loan for the Hampton Inn.  I’m going to start out with making the motion to amend this ordinance.  Mr. Helline and the mayor thanks to Mr. Councilman Lewis and I believe Councilman Chovan they asked Mr. Helline if he would consider giving money over a period of time to go into an account for the downtown beautification and so forth.  And Mr. Helline has agreed to go half of what Mr. Lewis had asked him so I want to put this in the ordinance before we move it forward any further.  I guess we could ask questions first about that before I amend or we could just move to amend.  I’ll leave it up to this council. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions from any council members?  Councilwoman Scassa?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Can we have the exact terms of what this proposal is?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Okay, well then I guess I might as well go ahead amend.  Are you going to make me read it twice?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Well…

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Okay, what, what, what they’ve agreed to the final agreement the amount of $5,000 per year for 10 years, for 10 consecutive years following the execution of this ordinance or agreement.  The execution of the agreement I would say.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly?

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY  – Even if by chance they would sell the hotel they would still pay that for 10 years?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yes.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Anymore questions?  Councilman Chovan?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – Thank you.  Just a statement.  That’s not exactly what I was talking about here that was more Councilman Lewis’ idea. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I just couldn’t remember I didn’t want to shy you of any credit due.

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – No, no, no, I mean mine was more like I would have liked to seen a guaranteed percentage of gross revenue coming back to the city in addition to this through 2019.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, may I call Community Development Director Ted Herncane up?  A question I have is this if Mr. Helline is willing to donate $5,000 to the city for downtown improvements would that somehow allow the city to either take away some of the dollars that they offer the Massillon Main Street or maybe deduct some of those dollars and put it back into the community block grant dollars?

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR HERNCANE – I would think that would be a possibility maybe in later years with the third read of the CDBG budget tonight I think we might be a little late on that this year because that $5,000 would be sent to the city after annually after the execution of the payment.  But I certainly think that would be you know one possibility for the way that could be spent. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – So in all in all it can possibly just add additional dollars to our block grant funds.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR HERNCANE – Oh certainly.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.  That’s all the questions I have.  Councilwoman Halter?

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – This has nothing to do with the $5,000 but I do have a question for Mr. Herncane.  Can I ask it now?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Yes.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Okay, I’ve received a lot of calls over the weekend about this issue.  One of the people that called me asked and I don’t know if you can answer this if the city or Mr. Helline had ever considered a subordination loan?  The way I understand that and I’m not maybe Mr. Koher would know what a subordination loan is.  But the way I understand it is that we would remove liens until after he Mr. Helline goes for his second mortgage or whatever that he’s refinancing then after that point they put our liens back on it.  So if he would sell the hotel we would still get our money that’s due us.  I don’t know if any of that was discussed or I really…

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR HERNCANE – I don’t recall any of that in the negotiations. 

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Okay, so that was one avenue we, nobody took.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there anymore questions for Mr. Herncane?   Thank you.  Councilman Peters.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. President.  I’d like to make a motion that we amend section 2 of Ordinance No. 35 – 2013.  In section 2 it currently reads “the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, is authorized to enter into an agreement the terms and conditions which are set forth on this attachment exhibit “a” with regards to the note and the mortgage held by the city.”  I want to add to that section 2 after held by the city it will read “the final agreement shall also provide for the Hampton Inn partners and owners to spend the amount of $5,000 per year for 10 consecutive years following the execution of the agreement.”  I need a second.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Did the council clerk did you pick that up?

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – Make sure I get a copy of that.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilman Manson. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Wait a minute I got to add something to it.  We’re kind of doing this on the fly.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Scassa?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – I have a question not a second.  I guess adding this provision are we just taking them at their word.  I mean what if they decide not to give us the $5,000 seven years from now, eight years from now?  I guess that’s what I’m looking at what teeth do we have because we’ve obviously played our cards and shown that we’re not willing to enforce what we have based on the contract that was entered into years ago.  So I understand this maybe a good faith effort on their part but I think Donnie you were the one talking about getting stuff on our face and that’s what I’m trying to avoid.  So I guess that’s my question about this new proposed agreement.  I think it’s nice that they want to do this but I guess that’s my concern what teeth do we have to enforce this new provision that we’ve been given tonight. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – It’s my understanding I think once you revise it and put it into the contract or the ordinance that kind of makes it binding. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Why don’t we call the law director back up?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Yes Mr. Stergios would you please come up?

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – As written right now it has absolutely no more teeth than the original agreement has.  But considering that you asked me to throw something on there I threw it on.  If you really want something binding it will have to be more than just that sentence or have to be something that I either come up after the fact pursuant to your instructions or table it and…  I mean there’s no, no other than taking them at their word.  So…  I mean we could notes and mortgages and things like that but I mean we could do them but this just came up right before the meeting started.  So or rely upon we’ll have to add terms to the final agreement that are acceptable to me and/or you as to binding them.  I don’t mind doing that either whatever you guys tell me. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Would you like to call Mr. Helline up?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – No.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – What I’m going to do I’m tried of messing with this thing.   I’ll tell you I’m just what I’m going to do is I’m going to make a motion to table until next Monday night.  Mr. Manson and Mr. Lewis have agreed to sign off on a special meeting.  We’ll have that special meeting where we will amend and move forward for passage.  So I’m making that motion to table. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilman Manson.  Roll call please.

Roll call vote of 6 yes 3 no to table until May 13, 2013.  Chovan, Halter and Slagle voted no.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – How many does it take to table majority? 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – 6 to 3.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – It’s simple majority.

ORDINANCE NO. 35 – 2013 WAS TABLED UNTIL MAY 13, 2013

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – Do you know what time for the special meeting.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – We’ll make it the special meeting for 6:30pm.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Donnie, why don’t we just make it for 6:00pm?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Because there’ll be discussion and so…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – So you want it 30 minutes after the start of the work session?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yeah, 6:30pm it doesn’t have to say that.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Alright, special meeting is May 13, 6:30pm.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I have a question?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Yes, Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Is that satisfactory for the press just a notification that we’ve just given here or…

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – I will send out the notices.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay.

14.  THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 36 - 2013                      BY:   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Approving an application for assistance under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, including the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan; authorizing the execution and filing of the application and related assurances and certifications, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay, thank you, Mr. President.  Ordinance No. 36 is our CDBG program for 2013.  Three weeks ago we had a public meeting for comments and the last meeting we had several of the groups that receive grants came in and said how much they appreciate that.  So having said that I want to bring this forward for a vote. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, seconded by Councilman Lewis.

ORDINANCE NO. 36 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

15. SECOND READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Mr. President?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Yes, Mr. Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – I’d just like to make a comment on the newspaper article of Saturday, May 4th with the headline “Highest Tax Rate in the City”.  The citizens should know that this is an entirely misleading inaccurate except that you’re cherry picking your facts.  It’s like comparing apples to oranges the five cities that the Independent cited: Westland, North Olmsted and North Royalton, none of the three of them have a municipal court district that they’re supporting which Massillon does to a tune of over a million dollars a year.  The other two Mason and Fairborn are in rural counties that have no comparison to this.  Had the Independent gone to look at other cities comparable to ours lets take Barberton for instance less population 2%.  Take Marion little bit more population 36,000 2%.  Zanesville has 1.9% but they don’t have a parks and rec. levy so that’s really just their general fund.  I mean it was just a terrible, a terrible story, terribly misleading to the citizens and it did a disservice to the community to have that kind of thing in there.  Because the tax proposal before the citizens of Massillon makes us competitive many years too late with other cities that have the same problems that we do with the same factors facing them that we do and we’re way behind the curve.  I’m just shocked that a newspaper would run something with such poorly defined facts and it’s frankly its embarrassing that a professional newspaper did that.  I can assure you when I was editor of my college newspaper my reporters would have done a better reporting job than that. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Comments or statements?  Okay. 

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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TONY M. TOWNSEND, PRESIDENT

 

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