MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND B I'd like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  We have in attendance with us the following city officials we’d like to welcome Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Safety Service Director Al Hennon, City Engineer Keith Dylewski, Police Chief Keith Moser, Park & Rec. Superintendent Doug Nist and Law Director Perry Stergios.  For those of you who like to follow tonight’s meeting we have agendas over to the left for anyone like I as I stated who wish to follow the meeting.  Also if you look on the agenda 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, Michelle Del Rio-Keller, Nancy Halter, Ed Lewis, Paul Manson, Andrea Scassa, Megan Starrett and Shaddrick Stinson.

Thus giving a roll call vote of 9 present.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY B Gave the invocation for tonight.  

3.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – Chairperson of the Public Utilities 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

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, its time to move into introduction of ordinances and resolutions.  Ordinance No. 2.

ORDINANCE NO. 2 - 2014                        BY:   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Amending Section 1151.02 of the Massillon Code of 1985 rezoning a certain tract of land from R-3 Single Family Residential to RM-1 Multiple Family Residential.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madame Clerk, Councilman Manson.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Thank you, Mr. President.  I will be giving this first reading we have a public hearing scheduled for February 3rd at what time did we say that was?

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – 6:45pm.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – 6:45pm, February 3rd at 6:45pm so first reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Councilman Manson, Ordinance No. 2 has received first reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 2 – 2013 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 3 - 2014                        BY:   RULES, COURTS AND CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Amending Chapter 121 “COUNCIL” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, by enacting a new Section 121.02(b) Rule 8.1 “Powers and Duties”, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Scassa.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Thank you, Mr. President.  This is our second attempt at tweaking how we conduct our work sessions.  I’m going to be asking in a moment or making a motion to suspend the rules but again we’ve been talking about this for some time.  So even though this particular ordinance is up for first reading we have been discussing this like I said tweaking the work sessions for some time. 

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilwoman Starrett.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions for Councilwoman Scassa?  Okay, Councilman Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – We are looking to suspend then if we if it is suspended then we’ll have discussion on the ordinance itself then?  That’s what I’m asking?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – You would prefer that? 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yeah, there’s no sense in discussing now unless it is the way the rule is waived correct?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, well you can have discussion now and just if you are opposed to it you may want to…

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay, well, yeah, I’ve got one, one real problem here and I’ve had some problems from the beginning and we’ve thrown a few of the things along the way that you know from when this first started.  But I don’t like the idea that we write Roberts Rules into this.  I have no problem with any committee person how they handle their own committee but let’s remember these are not formal council meetings.  We don’t even call them to order we just start when everybody’s ready to start.  So I think putting Robert’s Rules of Order in the ordinance really is leaving yourself wide open to problems.  I just don’t think it should be there. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, are there anymore questions or comments?  Okay, we have a motion to suspend we have a second roll call for suspension please.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 8 yes, 1 no.  Manson voted no.

ORDINANCE NO. 3 – 2014 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 8 YES, 1 NO.  MANSON VOTED NO.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madame Clerk, Ordinance No. 3 has passed.

ORDINANCE NO. 4 – 2014                       BY:  FINANCE COMMITTEE

Making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the 1406 Wastewater Treatment Capital Improvement Fund and the 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, today I had the opportunity to go down to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and take a look at the projects that are mention in section 1.  The first project with the price tag of approximately $146,000.00 I was able to look at that.  It’s actually quite an extensive piece of equipment I found it helpful to see it.  The piece of equipment that’s being replaced I’m not the world’s greatest with a measuring stick but I’d guess its probably close to 18 feet wide probably about 10 foot high.  It’s quite mechanical it dips down and comes back up out of the discharge.  It helps with e coli and other contaminates. The other nice thing about it is it uses UV bulbs to help kill some of the bacteria and our current system because of its age the UV bulbs the warranty that comes with them is not granted until we upgrade our system.  So if a bulb goes bad we have to replace it out of our pocket compared to a warranty.  So that’s some of the benefits we’re getting out of that.  The $29,000.00, approximately $29,000.00 expenditure that is to replace a grating system sounds like a lot of money but when you look at the actual facility that its at there’s a lot of piping and plumbing and just other gear works that are involved so they have to come in there and they’re actually working above a pit that’s full of water and water’s being nice we all know what’s in that water.  So it is a quite an extensive project in itself and then the last one is to replace the lighting systems in one of the buildings down there.  So just wanted to let you guys know I did look at it and see what was going on down there.  And the last one is just to clean up from a project the project has been completed and we just have one final invoice for that and that’s for a little over $9,000.00.  My intent tonight would be to make a motion and suspend.

COUNCILMAN LEWIS moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 4 – 2014 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madame Clerk, Ordinance No. 4 – 2014 has passed.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

LETTER FROM OHIO DIVISION OF LIQUOR CONTROL REGARDING A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE FOR WINE N GOLD LLC 921 AMHERST NE MASSILLON OHIO 44646.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And has that council person receive a copy of that?

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – Yes.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay.

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

A.  ENGRAVERS GALLERY - $223.50
B.  NORLSON - $38.50
C.  KELLER OFFICE SUPPLIES - $84.97
D.  US POST MASTER - $138.00
E.  MARY BETH BAILEY - $96.14 (reimbursement for postage)

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

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – I move that we pay the bills. Seconded by Councilwoman Scassa.

Roll call vote of 9 yes to pay the bills.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madame Clerk, the clerk will pay the bills and charge them to the proper account.

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

A.  MAYOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2013.
B.  TREASURER SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2013

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you and we will file those.

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Have any reports of committees?  Councilman Lewis?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Yes, I will be meeting the auditor and Mr. Koher, the man of many hats I don’t even know but we’re going to be doing just some quick discussion about budget and then next work session.  So on Monday I’ll announce a budget meeting so that we can get those discussions started.  Believe it or not we’re actually going to come to that deadline pretty quickly so I want to make sure we get ahead of it. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Alright, thank you.  Is there anyone else?

12.  RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Any resolutions or requests of council members?  Okay, we’ll move right along.

13.  CALL OF THE CALENDAR 

14.  THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 157 - 2013                    BY:   RULES, COURTS AND CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Amending CHAPTER 121 “COUNCIL” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, by enacting a new Section 121.02(b) Rule 8.1 “Powers and Duties”, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Scassa?

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA – Thank you, Mr. President, considering the amendment to this or the second amendment to this was previously passed I would just be asking for a no vote on this ordinance tonight.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, are there any questions for Councilwoman Scassa?  There are no questions.

COUNCILWOMAN SCASSA moved to bring Ordinance No. 157 – 2013 forward, seconded by Councilman Chovan.

ORDINANCE NO. 157 – 2013 WAS DEFEATED BY A ROLL CALL OF 9 NO.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Madame Clerk.

15. SECOND READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, we have arrived at item 17 this is the part of the agenda where anyone can speak on a topic that does not appear on the agenda.  If you have something you would like to talk about please come to the microphone at this time and give your name and address and the topic you wish to discuss. 

JEANNIE PEDONE – Can you hear me if this doesn’t go through.  This is my neighbor that lives I live at 1119 1st Street NE that’s in the City of Massillon.  This is my neighbor who is also a homeowner at 1113 1st Street NE and in Massillon.  I was before council on September 3rd, 2013 before I start I want to thank my council lady Nancy Halter for every time after that date I have called her with complaints and she has just left me vent.  I once again want to bring to everyone’s attention the ongoing problem with that neighborhood and drugs.  At this time and date I have worked with code enforcement and the safety service directors but I have not been in contact like talking with them.  At this time and date there are three properties involved here.  At this time and date 1125 1st Street NE is a vacant and abandoned house where code enforcement has come in and what’s happening now I don’t know.  It just sits.  1129 1st Street code enforcement has come in and at this point the people that were living there and I thought it was going to be brought up to code have left.  The place is vacant and to this point to me nothing else is being done.  Both of these properties I’m looking at them now as they’re eye soars and what’s going to happen.  1129 okay they’ve moved and now comes 1203 these are all rental properties.  They are not owners 1203 1st Street NE is still a problem.  I have no idea if code enforcement has gotten in touch with the owner or the landlord of that property.  I don’t know if that owner or landlord is aware of the looks of that place, how many people live in that place and what’s going on with that place at this point.  As of last year when I came in September we literally had dancing in the streets with 20 some people.  Okay, because 1129 is vacant now that amount of people have kind of dispersed.  But 1203 I don’t know what their problem is but they make 1st Street their living room.  We aren’t dancing in the streets now its gone to using bricks and clubs.  They are literally out there beating each other up.  I have police reports or calls I have made that goes back to December, December 20th.  I have called police in regards to kids out front and the next thing I know they’re on my front porch and I’ve caught them open the door quick and they jump off.  I’m yelling at them did you want something as their running across there’s six of them a vacant field.  And the one I’m sure was Michelle Petes’ son.  Where those people have moved I’m not sure.  On the 20th I’m just I’ve lost my voice because of the stress of all of this.  On the 20th I called the police because I don’t even know where to start I heard noise and when I looked out I saw a group of kids and that was the porch incident.  On the 20th it was around 5:30 I looked out again and across the street I saw a guy with a brick, I saw a guy farther down chasing him, yelling obscenities, making gestures, I don’t want to go there and there was a car on McCadden there was another guy chasing that car that car pulled right out into traffic because I watched the car hit its brakes.  They don’t look, they don’t care.  I don’t know what to do anymore I’m a homeowner and so is this lady next to me and she’s asked me aren’t you afraid?  No, I’m not afraid so much as I’m angry, angry that I’m dealing with this and putting up with it.  That they act like 1st Street is their living room.  Do it in your living room, do it in your house not in the streets.  They don’t care.  I don’t know I brought on the 20th when I called about the kids and the badge number is 51 and I told her about the kids you know at my door and stuff she goes oh kids will be kids.  I went I understand that but this neighborhood these kids aren’t normal.  Sorry.  I want an officer here and I want them now.  If they came I don’t know.  I did call safety service director on that one that I didn’t care for her attitude.  Now they say Massillon so I don’t know if it’s a call center and these people don’t care cause I feel our City of Massillon cares and they would have been right out there.  I just don’t know what else to do.  It’s still an ongoing problem.  Do we have a solution?  What can I do?  I don’t know if that house has been addressed by code enforcement.  I don’t know.  And I don’t know what’s being done.  I’ll tell you its deplorable, there’s a red towel or a rag that hangs over the front door that’s not always there and I’m wondering is that a signal to someone like don’t come.  Cause when the towel is down the crowd happens.  They literally beat each other up they group now.  And I want to say the house that’s on 1st Street NE that’s on the corner of McCadden and 1st new tenants have moved in there because I would say they’re calling now too.  They have a bird’s eye view of what flies out of that house at 1203 1st Street.  What can I do?  I’m tired of it.  I’m a homeowner if I wanted to sell my house I wouldn’t even get the price or the value of it.  And in April of 2013 I was given a federal grant to upgrade my house.  I don’t even have the value of it now.  I’m appalled I’m before the city like what can I do?  Minus having a gun and shooting them. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – No, don’t do that.

JEANNIE PEDONE – I don’t, I don’t have a gun, but there are nights I feel like that. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Right.

JEANNIE PEDONE – And my neighbor’s like aren’t you scared?  I’m angry.

BETH ADAM – I live next to Jeannie at 1113 I’ve been there for 12 years.  I’m a homeowner and my house is for sale because I am afraid.  My house was broken into 5 years ago I put a burglar alarm system in the cops said it was probably somebody in the neighborhood.  They found half of some of I shouldn’t say half parts and pieces of my jewelry just up the road on somebody’s…

JEANNIE PEDONE – 1203

BETH ADAM – Yes at 1203.  So I can’t get out.  I paid for my home when I bought it I put a lot of money down I put new windows in I’ve done a lot of work to bring my home up to where I needed to live there for the rest of my life.  All I want now is to get out.  I am afraid.  We hear people that are yelling and screaming and beating each other up.  I told I called Jeannie the other night there was a guy who had looked like a big 2x4 you know no she said that’s a club.  That’s what they call a baseball bat a large baseball bat.  I mean our front yards are right there by the sidewalk, our front rooms are by the sidewalk.  You know they’re clubs now but what’s next?  We’ve called the cops and the cops come eventually…

JEANNIE PEDONE – I want to say they are responding now.

BETH ADAM – Yes, they are.  But I want out and I can’t even get out. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – I believe your councilwoman would like to say something.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Thank you, Mr. President, I have been working with Ms. Pedone, I’ve never met the other lady till tonight.  But I know its been an ongoing problem and I discovered especially when my husband was ill and in the nursing home I would drive up and down 1st Street and actually saw this.  There were 20, 30 people out there and they would actually jump in front of my car as I drove by.  I did, I did, I did tell our service director then was Mr. Maier and I spoke with the mayor and Mr. Maier about it.  And I think they took care of it at the time but it just kept getting worse and worse.  And now the one house is vacant that was part of the problem was but 1203 is definitely a problem and we just spoke to…

JEANNIE PEDONE – Two are vacant.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Yeah two are vacant but the 1203 now is problem and we spoke tonight with the chief and he’s aware of it.  I had her call Mr. Hennon was it December I think we had a problem I think and we called Mr. Hennon and I think it goes back to what we worked on two years ago here on council it goes back to vacant homes and rental properties.  I turned all three of those homes into the code enforcement officers I’ve never gotten a report back on any one of those three homes as to what they found.  So it would be nice mayor if we could at least get a report back so we know what they found or what they think. 

SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR HENNON – I’ll get you the report.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Okay, thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Actually I do know reports are coming I’ve been working closely with Mr. Maley over in the code enforcement.

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – Okay and I think that’s the major problem and its its just been a real I mean I know its all over town you know as I was talking to the police chief I know these homes all over Massillon I understand that.  But this has been an ongoing problem for quite awhile and nothing seems to deter them you know.  So…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Alright, if I may I would like to disclose that possibly next week the health and welfare committee will be receiving three amended ordinances and one new one to address some of the issues that these ladies are facing.  So something is definitely being done I’m a part of it so I do know that.  But I would like to share with Councilwoman Halter when I was a ward councilperson and living on 13th Street SE and I still do we I experienced that all the time it was a regular occurrence and what I did I contacted the landlord and pretty much told them cause most of them don’t know what’s going on at their place and most of them don’t care as long as their getting monthly rent.  And so I pretty much gave some light threats and it stopped because the bottom line is about money to them and they don’t want to lose it and they don’t want to give it up.  So it actually did eradicate the situation that I was experiencing on 13th Street. 

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER – But we’ve not been able to find out who the landlords are.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – I can possibly find it for you.  I’m kind of like the Barney Jones of 2014 so I can I’ll find that for you I’ll find that for you.

JEANNIE PEDONE – Yeah, because I don’t even know if that owner landlord’s been approached.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, alright.

JEANNIE PEDONE – And I don’t think I would want to approach them.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And I will work with Nancy and share some ideas I have and give her what I had used in the past and I’m quite sure it will be effective and that problem will be addressed and the chief is here probably first time that he…

JEANNIE PEDONE – Well, yeah.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Probably heard about this I mean he’s the chief and of course the officers are out on the street and…

JEANNIE PEDONE – Well, yeah, things have changed since last year.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, so I’m quite sure its its soon to be addressed.

JEANNIE PEDONE – Thank you, my next question is on the last time they were out which was the 21st a week ago Sunday are there any arrests made on that?  I mean the way these people act I would think somebody was arrested how can and I saw no ambulance for how they were beating each other up.  So I don’t know what really happened if they got a slap on the hand or I don’t know.  I thought okay; great here we go again sit tight next week the weekend will bring something else.  It’s every weekend, once a week, I feel like the wheel that keeps on I’m squeaking and I just wonder is it doing any good? 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, when those ordinance appeared to city council Nancy is on the health and welfare committee and I think she will be impressed with those ordinances and I’m quite sure she’ll get back with you and share with you the details of those ordinances and I think you will be impressed as well. 

JEANNIE PEDONE – Well, I understand what code enforcement does and I understand safety service director but I can call and communicate all I want and I need something more done.  That’s all I’m saying.  I can’t handle I don’t want another summer like last year. 

BETH ADAM – Because it wasn’t just on the weekends it was every night, every night.  Out there playing chicken in the middle of the road all night long. 

JEANNIE PEDONE – Well…

BETH ADAM – Thank you.

JEANNIE PEDONE – Mr. President, thank you. Thank you everybody for listening and I hope I don’t have to come before you again.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – One of the good thing about it they keep beating each other in the head with 2x4 you won’t have any neighbors left.

JEANNIE PEDONE – I don’t want to see it, I don’t want to be subject to it.  I’ve never lived like that before and I’ve lived there since 2000.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Alright, thank you, thank you.

JEANNIE PEDONE – Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, is there anyone else?

RENEE BOGUE – 204 Willow Avenue, Massillon.  I was given the Eastern Everflow letter just a few minutes ago and I’m a little well I’m a lot upset from what I’ve reading from that letter and how they talk about they’ve been fracking since 1954.  And what they don’t tell you is that drilling today uses much more water, much more many more chemicals, high pressure.  So that to me is misleading that there’s no cases of water contamination and again here comes in the semantics game where drilling is separated from fracturing process according to the oil and gas.  But commonsense dictates that the drilling and fracturing is the same process its all gas shale drilling.  And to say there’s no cases of water contamination in Ohio yes, if you the AP article appeared in the Repository and the Independent stating that there were six confirmed cases of water contamination.  And I’m sure the people of Bainbridge which is the largest that I know of in Ohio would love to talk to you about their water contamination.  That aside we are going to be talking to you on February 3rd at the public meeting and we will go with a fine tooth comb through that letter and there’s plenty more that we can object to.  Alright I have purchased a copy of the newly released Gasland Part II for council excuse me and I just received a call from Barnes and Noble informing me that they received another shipment.  So I will soon purchase an additional copy for council so that all of you might have the opportunity to view this enormously informative documentary and I’ve given that copy to Mary Beth before the meeting.  On the DVD former EPA Director Lisa Jackson explained how important it is to speak up to our elected officials.  You are where the power lies in helping us your residents.  State law supersedes local law however council needs to protect its neighborhoods and can do so by voting against these ordinance thus not facilitating drilling.  Please remember that there is no safe drilling since all cement will eventually age, crack and shrink causing leakage.  The DVD also shows you gas and oil industries own studies on well leakage and well failure rates.  The $7,500.00 in signing bonuses and the 20% chance of getting royalties is not worth the risk and dangers of industrializing our neighborhoods.  Keep in mind that 80% of the wells come up dry.  Massillon residents urged council to explore other options for revenue.  Please understand that our elected officials at the higher levels have huge campaign coffers supplied by gas, oil and coal.  If you go to dirtyenergymoney.org you will learn Senator Brown has received $247,000.00, Senator Portman - $725,000.00, Representative Gibbs - $369,000.00, Representative Renacci - $271,000,000.00 excuse me these all hundred thousands since 1990 from the gas, oil and coal industry which is a matter of public record.  Also during the 2010 Gubernatorial Governor Kasich received $332,000,000.00 from oil and gas and that can be found information can be found at followthemoney.org.  Add to that a mindless media montro that fracking is safe paid for with huge advertising dollars to owners of media outlets.  Is it any wonder that the public is blind to what potentially awaits them?  Also I hope our lower income areas will not be sacrificed to drilling.  I would hope that council would give as much consideration to these proposed wells as if they were going be located in wealthier areas or your own neighborhoods.  I would hope that council remembers that vertical wells can contaminate aquifer as well as horizontal wells and that municipal water wells and aquifers and private water wells are not protected.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources does not take into consideration water supplies when issuing permits.  Also private property rights are taken using unprecedented power through mandatory pulling as we have seen in one of our neighborhoods.  As for the roads the company that could have the best intentions and make promises about what they’re going to do but who is going to hold them accountable?  If Massillon and the company can’t come to an agreement the state will side with the company.  Ultimately if the driller and the city can not come up with an agreement ODNR will move forward with the permitting process and allow drilling.  Massillon could be left with road damage if the well comes up dry the driller could walk away and Massillon would be left with road damage and have to sue the driller or fix the damage themselves.  This weekend our city I was talking to a citizen about the health effects of drilling and gave her a copy of the American Journal of Nursing article Fracking the Environment and Health and I left all a copy of that with you.  She explained to me but the mayor is a nurse and her husband is a doctor I too do not understand why our administration would initiate or support drilling which causes potential acute health effects.  Also these proposed ordinances and subsequent action can not be blamed on a previous administration.  The responsibility for bringing a polluting and risky industrial operation to our neighborhoods lies with this mayor and this council.  If council decides to vote for these ordinance I would like you to know I would like to know your reasoning and what resources you used in your research.  I would like to know if you went beyond the pro-drilling hype of the gas and oil industry and their pro-drilling websites.  I would like to see each council member in their own words submit several paragraphs to be printed in the Massillon Independent.  I want your rational on record.  Someday a book will be written about the history of Massillon and I feel if these ordinances pass it will signal a turning point the decline of the health and vitality of this city.  I want future generations to know through council minutes that this council was warned against drilling and how dangerous the impact could be.  I want the city council members who vote for these ordinances to be held accountable when they approach the time they run for re-election.  It is my hope that Massillon will be a growing, vital and health city that can retain homeowners and businesses and attract new homebuyers and new businesses.  But that is up to you our nine council members.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you.  Is there anyone else?  Okay, that’s it.  Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly we need a motion to adjourn. 

18.  ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILWOMAN CUNNINGHAM-HEDDERLY – I move that we adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Halter.

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MARY BETH BAILEY, CLERK,

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TONY M. TOWNSEND, PRESIDENT

 

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