MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Welcome to the Massillon City Council Meeting for Monday, July 21, 2014.  We have in attendance with us the following city officials:  Police Chief, Keith Moser, Community Development Director, Larry Marcus, Chief Building Inspector, Bill Kraft, Deputy Auditor, Debbie Bonk, and Law Director, Perry Stergios.  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 the 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 a cell phone, please turn them 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, Andrea Scassa, Megan Starrett and Shaddrick Stinson. 

Thus, giving a roll call vote of 8 present.  Councilwoman Michelle Del Rio-Keller absent.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Manson, I need a motion to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller for tonight’s meeting.

COUNCILMAN MANSON -  Move to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilman Chovan.  Roll call to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller.

Roll call to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller – 8 yes

Vote to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio-Keller – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – It appears that we are to excuse Councilwoman Del Rio Keller.  I would like to make a note that Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry has entered the meeting.  I’d like to recognize Councilman Ed Lewis for tonight’s Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.

  2.       INVOCATION

COUNCILMAN ED LEWIS – Gave the invocation for tonight.

  3.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

  4.       READING OF THE JOURNAL

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

COUNCIL CLERK ROLLAND – No, Council President.  I am still working on corrections for meeting minutes of July 7, 2014.  Some how or another, there was a mix up in how they were put together and all the minutes were not transcribed correctly.  So, I was currently in the process of doing that today and tomorrow I will forward you the corrected copies and also send a corrected copy to Ted Miller for publication on the website.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And you want to add March 3, 2014 to that list.  And what we found in the minutes are Councilman Paul Manson presided over those meetings and they lists Paul Manson as the presiding Council President, but as you continue to read through the minutes, it lists me.  So, we’ll just have to strike my name as Paul.

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – We have arrived at #5.  This is the part of the agenda where citizens may speak on a topic that appears on tonight’s agenda.  If you would like to speak on something, please come to the microphone at this time, please come to the microphone and give your name, address on record and topic you want to discuss at this time.  I see no one; we will move into introduction of ordinances and resolutions.

6.         INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, Mr. President.  We have two (2) ordinances that we would like to amend the agenda and add them.  I think everybody got a late in the day e-mail, maybe not everybody did, but I tried to give an explanation so, I’d like to make a motion that we amend agenda and add Ordinances 102 – 2014 and 103 – 2014.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Do we have a second?  Seconded by Councilman Chovan.  Roll call to amend the agenda to insert Ordinances 102 – 2014 and 103 – 2014.  Roll call to amend.

Roll call to amend tonight’s agenda – 8 yes

Vote to amend tonight’s agenda – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Our agenda for tonight is amended to reflect the addition of Ordinances 102 and 103.  Ordinance 98 – 2014.

ORDINANCE NO. 98 – 2014                     BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund, making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 2105 Storm Utility Fund and 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.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, what this ordinance will appropriate and fund will be the ability to repair sanitary sewers and manholes throughout the City.  It will also replace 18 additional catch basins, I believe this is the second set of 18 that we have look at this year.  I would like to forego three readings tonight so we can go ahead and get this passed and let Keith and his team begin the process to get this all started.  Are there any questions?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings and bring Ordinance No. 98 – 2014 forward for a vote.
COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Scassa. 

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Roll call for a passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 98 has passed.  Ordinance No. 99.

ORDINANCE NO. 99 – 2014                     BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1100 General Fund and the 1482 OPWC Project Fund, making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1409 Municipal Road fund and authorizing the Director of Engineering of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to accept a grant from the Ohio Development Services Agency, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – This is funding two (2) major road projects within the City which would be 9th St. SW and Hankins Rd. NE.  There is also a piece in that would make in possible for the City to accept a grant to help fund these projects.  I do not see any reason to make this go to three readings, again, I’d like to move forward with this tonight so that Keith and his team can get started on this right away.  Are there any questions?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, we had a typo.  The one number in there in Section 2, the Auditor’s office said that the amount should be $1,343,363.00 instead of $1,743,363.00. 

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – My piece has that corrected in there.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Does everybody?  Mine didn’t.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – It just has it corrected by ink.  (Everyone’s was corrected in ink except Councilman Manson’s copy.)  Thank you.  Any other questions?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings and bring Ordinance No. 99 – 2014 forward for a vote. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Roll call for passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Ordinance No. 99 – 2014 has passed.  Ordinance No. 100.

ORDINANCE NO. 100 – 2014                   BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1212 Summer Concert Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this part of the Summer Concert Fund as stated.  This is donated monies that help support the concerts on Thursday nights.  We’re simply acting as the account holders and transferring the money.  This is pretty standard; we do this all the time; I don’t think we require three readings.  Are there any questions?  Seeing none, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings and bring Ordinance 100 – 2014 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Roll call for passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madam Clerk.  Ordinance No. 100 – 2014 has passed.  Ordinance No. 101.

ORDINANCE NO. 101 – 2014                   BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1401 Income Tax Capital Improvement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this is the Ordinance that would go to the funding of the purchase of a used police vehicle from Jackson Township as presented by Safety Director Hennon.  He had made statements leading to that we would get all of the equipment that comes with the vehicle and that equipment could cost up to almost the purchase price of the vehicle.  I do see this is obviously just as a stop measure; in no way is it the answer, but we do have vehicles that are in mechanically disrepair or just very far off and not safe for our police officers, so this would help us get over that hump.  If there are no questions, I think we should suspend the rules again tonight and move forward with the purchasing of the vehicle.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Seeing none, I make the motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings bringing Ordinance 101 – 2014 forward for a vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa. 

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND  - Roll call for passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 101 has passed.  Is there any unfinished business?  (Ordinances 102 and 103) Oh, you’re right.  Ordinance No. 102.

ORDINANCE NO. 102 – 2014                   BY:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with PSC Metals, Inc. to provide an economic development “inducement grant” to assist the business in renovation expenses, for the year ending December 31, 2014 and declaring an emergency.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  I gave everybody here a little explanation of what’s going on since last Friday somewhere around noon.  The company was going to try to have somebody here tonight; they won’t be here.  I asked Mr. Marcus if he’d still like to come up and give us some information on this because we don’t have a lot of information that this is happening fast.  We may have to look at, if we really want to move fast, we may have to look at a Special Meeting or something, but Mr. Marcus would please come up.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Mr. Marcus.

MR. MARCUS – Good evening Council President Townsend, members of Council, I appreciate this timely consideration of this opportunity.  This is an opportunity brought to Massillon to entice a company to bring a sizeable investment and a significant large number of jobs.  They previously have not operated in Massillon.  It is PSC Metals which is based in Mayfield Heights.  They have 40 locations across 4 states.  They have 17 in Ohio and think it’s 7 in Tennessee.  We, as I understand, are competing with Akron where they have an existing facility and one of their existing facilities in Tennessee. They are looking to make a significant investment.  They are brining $22,000,000.00 in investment which includes purchase of property, improvements and a significant amount of new equipment.  They are looking at the 2, the property is on State St., which is known, has been known as the World Kitchen facility.  It’s a 17 acre piece of property with 84,000 square feet.  There has not been much production at that facility in the recent year seeing the industry’s struggle, so it’s really, as I understand it, about six (6) jobs right there now.  The jobs involve 26 new jobs to Massillon and they expect that job creation to be completed by December 31, 2017 and that annual payroll projected to reach 1.2 million per year.  They need this increase to expand production for steel processing.  It is both ferrous and non-ferrous, which is their primary business.  They take this scrap and process it and then sell it to large companies, steel companies like Timken, AK.  They need this incentive to make their decision on which place they will make this investment.  In conjunction with this, they are asking the State of Ohio to give them a job creation tax credit, which is available when you create 25 or more jobs.  This is a local matching which the State of Ohio requires on such an opportunity.  They are looking to try and make a decision so that they can get a closing completed within 30 days.  So, while we are moving fast, they have a very tight time.  They have been looking at this and, again, they got 2 plans where there is existing production in place and they can move production here very quickly.  This production process is some new technology.  It is different than the production process that is in Canton, nearby.  I guess I’ll leave it at that and we asked them, invited them, to be here tonight.  Joe King, the Chief Counsel, authorized us, just finally today, to reveal the name, but said unfortunately, they could not get a representative to the meeting tonight.  If you have interest, again, in this incentive, they’d appreciate the effort put forth by Massillon.  They do also want us to take a look at roads and what’s there.  Do you have any questions?

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

COUN            CILWOMAN SCASSA – Mr. Marcus, can you answer this for me, can they be at our next Work Session?

MR. MARCUS – They are looking for us to do as much as we possibly can.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Mr. Marcus, thank you.  Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – It is my intention to get as much information as we possibly can this week get it out to everybody and if it looks like things are working right, we will try to schedule a Special Meeting during our Committee Meetings Monday at 6:30 pm; starting at 6:00 pm and then we’d knock off at 6:30 pm and have a Special Council meeting and see if we have enough information by then.  So, having said that; first reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Ordinance No. 102 has received it’s first reading.  Ordinance No. 103.

ORDINANCE NO. 103 – 2014                   BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – First reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 103 has received it’s first reading. 

  7.       UNFINISHED BUSINESS 

Is there any unfinished business?  (None)

  8.       PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

Are there any petitions and/or general communications?  (None)

  9.       BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

                        A.        ManCan                    $ 224.00
                        B.        The Repository         $ 540.60

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

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I move that we pay the bills.

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

Roll call to pay the bills – 8 yes

Vote to pay the bills – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  We will pay the bills.

10.       REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

            Are there any reports from City officials?  (None)

11.       REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

            Any reports of Committees?  (None)

12.       RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

            Any resolutions and requests of Council Members (None)

13.       CALL OF THE CALENDAR

            (None)

14.       THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

            ORDINANCE NO. 88 – 2014                     BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the city of Massillon, Ohio, to establish salary and wage schedules for the non-bargaining unit, CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, this has been on our agenda for, obviously, over a month now.  At our last meeting I was asked to hold it off until third reading, so here we are.  Are there any questions or discuss?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Seeing none, then I move that we bring Ordinance No. 88 – 2014 forward to vote.

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

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 88 – 2014 has passed.

15.       SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

            ORDINANCE NO. 89 – 2014                     BY:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with Han Ryee to provide an economic development “inducement grant” to assist the business in renovation expenses at 24 Lincoln Way West, and declaring an emergency.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, thank you Mr. President.  We have talked about this now for several weeks.  Han Ryee spoke at the last meeting to give us an explanation of a roof over two (2) addresses over Lincoln Way W.; 24 and 37.  I think we’ve heard enough from Mr. Ryee, if there are any questions and if not, I make a motion that we move forward for vote.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I move to move Ordinance No. 89 forward for passage.

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

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Roll call for passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Ordinance No. 89 has passed.  Ordinance No. 96.

ORDINANCE NO. 96 – 2014                     BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – This Ordinance is simply the appropriation of funding that coincides with Ordinance No. 89 that we just passed.  Seeing that there was no discussion there, I make a motion that we suspend the rules requiring three readings and bring Ordinance No. 96 – 2014 forth for a vote.

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

Roll call for suspension – 8 yes

Vote for suspension – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Roll call for passage.

Roll call for passage – 8 yes

Vote for passage – 8 yes

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Ordinance No. 96 has passed.

16.       NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

            (None)

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Is there anyone here that would like to speak on a topic which did not appear on the agenda.  If so, please approach the microphone and give your name and address and the topic you wish to discuss.

(None)

18.       ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – That concludes tonight’s meeting.  Councilman Lewis, I need a motion to adjourn.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I move that we adjourn.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa

 

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DIANE ROLLAND, INTERIM CLERK OF COUNCIL

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TONY M. TOWNSEND, PRESIDENT

 

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