MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND B I'd like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Monday, May 20, 2013.  We have in attendance tonight Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Budget Director Ken Koher, Interim Safety Service Director Jim Johnson, Law Director Perry Stergios, Engineer Keith Dylewski, Interim Parks and Recreation Director Doug Nist and Community Development Director Ted Herncane.  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 to vibrate.  Also if any comments are heard over the council chambers I will give you one warning after that I would ask that you be excused from the council chambers.

1.  ROLL CALL

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

Thus giving a roll call vote of 8 present.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND B 8 present we also have Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly who is absent today.  Mr. Peters, may I have a motion to excuse her absence?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I move that we excuse Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly from tonight’s council meeting. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND B Seconded by Councilman Manson.  Roll call please? 

Roll call vote of 7 yes, 1 no to excuse Councilwoman Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly.  Peters voted no.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON B Gave the invocation for tonight.  

3.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – Chairperson of the Streets, Highways, Traffic and Safety 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 – 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 and give your name, address for the record and the topic you want to discuss at this time.  Okay, I see no one hear no one we’ll move on to #6 introductions of ordinances and resolutions. 

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 50 - 2013                      BY:   PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE 

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety to accept the Wal-Mart Company Grant for the Massillon Parks and Recreation Department, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – First I would like to make a note that Councilwoman Cunningham-Hedderly just arrived.  Welcome.  Okay, I’m sorry Councilman Slagle Ordinance No. 50 she just read it?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Yes, Mr. President.  This ordinance is for the purposes of accepting a $500 grant from the Wal-Mart Company.  It will be used for funds with the summer playground program expenses.  The recreation board approved it on April 11, 2013 with a 4 nothing roll call vote.  There’s nothing of any real political consequence of this other than accepting $500 from Wal-Mart.  We discussed it
at the obviously at the meeting and I request that we waive the requirements requiring three separate readings and bring this forward for a vote tonight. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, no discussion.

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilwoman Halter.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 50 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 51 - 2013                      BY:   PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE 

Authorizing the Mayor and the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into a five (5) year Lease Agreement for and on behalf of the City of Massillon, Ohio, with the Massillon Museum for the lease of City owned land in the Veterans Memorial Park, Massillon, Ohio, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – First reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 51 – 2013 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 52 - 2013                      BY:   STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC  SAFETY COMMITTEE 

Accepting the dedication of right of way and ingress, egress and utility easements for Greif Packaging located on Warmington Rd SW.  The dedication includes approximately 0.556 acres of the existing roadway are over Out Lot 877 which is owned by the City of Massillon, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Hampton?

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – Thank you, Mr. President.  We discussed last week during the work session.  It pretty much as read it pretty much requesting that the dedication of right of way and ingress, egress and utility easements for the Greif Packaging would be located on Warmington that be in place.  So it was approved by the Planning Commission at the meeting held April 10, 2013.  The property is currently zoned as an I-2 Industrial.  I don’t know if the representative that was here last week Mr. Visconsi is here.  If anyone has any questions in particular about this if not I make a motion to suspend the rules requiring three readings.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, there are no questions.  Do you have a question or you seconding?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I’m seconding it I’m on that committee.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, right, exactly.  I see no one with any questions.  Seconded Councilman Peters

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Peters.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 52 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 53 - 2013                      BY:   STREETS, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC  SAFETY COMMITTEE 

Accepting the vacation and dedication of storm sewer easements at the site of the new Walgreens project located at the corner of Lincoln Way West and 1st Street NW, in the City of Massillon, County of Stark, State of Ohio, presently on file in the office of the City Engineer, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Hampton?

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – Thank you, Mr. President.  The same here we discussed this ordinance last week as read.  It’s pretty much the same a vacation and dedication of storm sewer easements at the site of the new Walgreens project located at the corner Lincoln Way West.  This plat as part of the replat of lots was approved by the Planning Commission at the meeting held May 8, 2013.  Again if there’s no questions or concerns again I make a motion to suspend the rules requiring three readings and bring Ordinance No. 53 – 2013 forward for questions of its passage.    

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, see no questions.  Seconded Councilman Peters

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Peters.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 53 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 54 - 2013                      BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the Summer Concert Fund, 1414 Collection System Improvement Fund, Capital Improvement Fund, Tax Increment Fund, Collection System Improvement Fund, Insurance Fund, Storm Water Utility Fund, Shearers Foods Infrastructure Fund, Inn at University Village Fund, Bond Retirement WWT Fund, Menards Inc. Infrastructure Fund and the Faircrest Properties Infrastructure 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 13 sections to it start off with section 1, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Summer Concern Fund for the year ending December 31, 2013 and I’ll add that all these are for the year ending December 31, 2013 so I’m not going to repeat it on every one.  $20,000 to an account entitled Summer Concert Series 1212.505.2392.  If anybody has any questions just raise your hand as we go I’m going to keep going unless I’m stopped.  Section 2, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the 1414 Collection Improvement Fund the following: $20,000 to an account entitled Sanitary Sewer Improvements 1414.610.2510.  Section 3, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Wastewater Treatment Capital Improvement Fund the following: $8,000 to an account entitled Fees 1406.610.2393.  Section 4, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Tax Increment Fund $4,338.93 to an account entitled Fees 1340.905.2382.  Section 5, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Collection System Improvemant Fund the following: $2,600 to an account entitled Fees 1414.610.2393.  Section 6 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Insurance Fund $2,200 to an account entitled HMO Health Insurance 2202.905.2310.  Section 7, appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Storm Water Utility Fund $725 to an account entitled County Collection Fees 2105.549.2393.  Section 8 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Shearers Foods Infrastructure Fund $400 to an account entitled County Collection Fees 1422.905.2393.  Section 9 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Inn at University Village Fund $275 to an account entitled County Collection Fees 1429.905.2393.  Section 10 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Bond Retirement Wastewater Treatment Fund $200 to an account entitled Fees 1305.940.2393.  Section 11 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Menards Inc. Infrastructure Fund $75 to an account entitled County Collection Fees 1430.905.2393.  Section 12 appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the Faircrest Properties Infrastructure Fund $30 to an account entitled County Collection Fees 1428.905.2393.  Seeing no questions I’m going to ask that we waive the rule requiring three separate readings and bring Ordinance No. 54 – 2013 forward for a vote. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, your motions to waive the rules seconded by Councilman Manson.  Roll call.

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. 54 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 55 - 2013                      BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Making certain transfers in the 2013 appropriations from within the General Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2013, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. President.  There be and hereby is transferred from the 2013 appropriation from within the General Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2013, the following:  from Annexation Fees 1100.905.2721 $103, from Street Dept Hospital/Eye/Dental 1100.435.2210 $12,589.98 to Civil Service Contracts 1100.150.2392 $103 and Building Dept Hospital/Eye/Dental 1100.415.2210 $12,589.98. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?  Okay, your motion Mr. Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS 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. 55 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 56 - 2013                      BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Amending Ordinance No. 143 – 1996 by changing Section 1 for the amount of the surety bond for the Treasurer and the Auditor of the City of Massillon, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Thank you, Mr. President. This ordinance is due to the request by the auditor of the State of Ohio to increase the surety bonds for both the Treasurer and the Auditor of the City of Massillon that they be increased.  So this is amending Ordinance No. 143 – 1996 everyone should have a copy of it as exhibit “a”.  The following changes be made to that be made in this ordinance the following changes are: Treasurer the surety bond shall be $100.000 and Auditor $50,000. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?  Okay…

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I might add go ahead you have a question?

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – Yes, I was going to ask did we find out how much more it’s costing?  The amount I mean did that increase or no?  No, okay.  Never mind.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Well, do you want to answer that?

DEBBIE BONK – I can answer that for you.  The increase for the treasurer the yearly premium would be $350 for $50,000 and it was $600 for the $100,000 for the treasurer.  And then for the auditor its $175 a year.

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – Thank you.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I might also add just for the record that the old amount for the treasurer was $25,000 and the old amount for the auditor was $1,000. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Your motion Councilman Peters?

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. 56 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

RESOLUTION NO. 7 - 2013                      BY:   POLICE AND FIRE COMMITTEE 

The Council of the City of Massillon, Stark County, Ohio met a duly called and authorized meeting of the Council of the date set forth below, such meeting being duly called pursuant to a notice stating the time, place and purpose of the meeting received by all Council Members, and the following resolutions were made, seconded, and adopted by those present at the meeting.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Chovan?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN –Thank you, Mr. President.  Resolution 7 and the next one Resolution 8 for the fire department and the police department respectfully have to do with the mandatory contributions that the firefighters and the police officers make to their own pension fund.  The City of Massillon acts as the vehicle for taking that money from their pay and depositing with the pension fund in their behalf.  They’ve been at a rate of 10% contribution but they have elected to increase that in stepped amount of between now and 2015.  So these resolutions are simply council agreeing that we will continue to handle that pick up for them in that deposit.  There’s no additional cost to the city its just authorizing the I guess it would be the auditor’s department to collect this money on their behalf and to deposit it with the pension funds. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Lewis?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS –I just want to note I think Mary Beth can probably change it it’s a typographical error.  If you look down there in the I guess I would be a chart it says salary earned and pay pay period ending date.  It does that in both resolutions I believe there should probably be one of the words pay should be removed.  It’s right above the 7/14/2013 that middle column. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Nice catch Councilman Lewis?  Are there any questions?  Councilman  Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON –Yes, you probably talked about this the other night maybe I just wasn’t listening or something.  But was who made the decision to raise this did the state make this decision?  Did the officers and the firemen through their unions make the decision?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN – It’s my understanding that the Ohio Police and Fire Fund adopted these new rates and the change within the Ohio Revised Code. 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay, that’s all.  Not that it really mattered but I was curious.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Okay, your motion Councilman Chovan?

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

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

RESOLUTION NO. 7 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

RESOLUTION NO. 8 - 2013                      BY:   POLICE AND FIRE COMMITTEE 

The Council of the City of Massillon, Stark County, Ohio met a duly called and authorized meeting of the Council of the date set forth below, such meeting being duly called pursuant to a notice stating the time, place and purpose of the meeting received by all Council Members, and the following resolutions were made, seconded, and adopted by those present at the meeting.

 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilman Chovan?

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN –Thank you, Mr. President.  As I stated before this is the exact same thing only Resolution 8 is for the police department while Resolution 7 was for the fire department.  No questions, comments I’d like to move to bring this forward for a vote tonight. 

COUNCILMAN CHOVAN moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilwoman Halter.

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

RESOLUTION NO. 8 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Do we have any reports from city officials?

COUNCIL CLERK BAILEY – We do have one the treasurer submits her monthly report for April 2013.

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – And I just would like to remind everyone most of the council members will well all you guys know this and some of the people in the audience next week is our work session.  It starts at 6:00 same place. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yeah but what day?  Well it’s on Tuesday it really is. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – What’s next week?

COUNCILMAN LEWIS – Memorial Day.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – You got a make an announcement. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Thank you, Councilman Peters.  Its next week on Tuesday I believe Monday is the holiday Memorial Day.  Thank you very much.  Oh, Councilman Peters. Any reports of committees?  Councilman Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Just that for reasons I don’t know the meeting that was to be scheduled today between the rec. board and the park and rec. committee was couldn’t go forward because of the chairman of the rec. board’s conflict with a business thing we’re hoping to schedule it for next Tuesday before the work session but I’ve been advised that it will not go forward then either.  So I’ll give you a new date as soon as I know what that will be. 

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. 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) and (f) “CUTTING AND DESTROYING WEEDS REQUIRED”, and enacting new Sections 557.08(a)(b)(c)(c) 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.  We discussed this at our last two work sessions.  Mr. Johnson was kind of enough to get us a corrected version which is very self explanatory.  And since the weeds are busy growing I think tonight’s the night that we’ll suspend the rules unless there’s some questions we can answer.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Are there any questions?

COUNCILWOMAN HALTER 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. 46 – 2013 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 9 YES.

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

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

JAMES PARKER – 630 Penny Street SE, City of North Canton.  I’d like to discuss a proposal called the football heritage corridor for the City of Massillon.  Its going to take just over a few minutes I apologize if I take too long please stop me.  The football heritage corridor would be a designated stretch what is it?  A designated stretch of the Lincoln highway connecting the towns of Massillon and Canton.  The corridor would serve to honor distinguished and pay homage to the genesis and cradle era and beyond of American football forever.  The football heritage corridor would establish and preserve a distinct and strong entry identity along the major entry corridor between Massillon and Canton.  Emphasizing ties to America football and the Lincoln highway’s historic past.  The football heritage corridor would serve to enrich and enhance a creative cultural corridor experience for everyone to enjoy.  Why create a football heritage corridor?  The reasons are numerous to begin with a FHC would combine Stark County’s self image of American football rivalry and roots with the arts as an engine for economic recovery.  Canton/Massillon football history should be bundled with brand football hall of fame city and tiger town city of champions symbolically to feed on the host organism tourists.  Tourism is the third largest industry behind oil and mining.  The football heritage corridor would serve to increase the percentage of vehicles who pull off I-77 and -I21 lured by the sirens of football’s greatest rivals, players and glorious moments immortalized as art installations.  Some being visible along the entrance and exit ramps.  A FHC would assist in utilizing non-revenue producing public and private spaces cohesively with public art installations in order to create synergy and vibrancy think business.  For the cities of Massillon and Canton the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the vested interest of the NFL.  As the project reaches critical mass the area would attract more visitors from mid range and peripheral markets and demographics.  Massillon’s proximity to Holmes, Wayne and northwestern Tuscarawas counties positions tiger town to lure the two million or more Amish country visitors attract those tourists and many others towards western Stark County by combining the federally designated Lincoln highway with a subtitled state designated football corridor as a conduit for this potential flow of visitors.  Use the public football art installations as a vehicle to achieve these goals and those of different development plans for downtown.  The FHC plan allows for an enhanced motoring in sports arts experience within the original coast to coast Lincoln highway.  It promotes and develops Lincoln highway access as a cultural journey as well as a delightful destination along its course.  The property value of sustainable walkable bike friendly urban is now exceeding that of many suburban areas for (inaudible) inner city areas once decimated by urban blight.  The reasons these reasons are quantifiable and qualifiedly enough for everyone to be a player in the project because it can apply to other challenge cradle cities to preserve their football heritage and its relation to their local cultural and economy.  Ultimately Stark County’s tourism sector would see bench marked increases in volume of visitors, their average daily expenditures, duration of stay like heads and beds at the Hampton and their intent to return while retaining and attracting residential and business stakes in the area.  What would a football corridor look like?  The enhanced FHC should contact into each town’s designated football sports area the area should have a street, avenue or road designated or named in each town’s most famous and accomplished football stars or contributors.  After an area or street is designated to honor hometown heroes as such creative ways will need to obtain good quality outdoor football art installation.  These installations arts will serve to remind people that this area represents the history, legacy and image of the early days of football as an important part of American culture.  Much of which has been forgotten about in football’s modern era and pop culture the forgotten team the Massillon Tigers.  The design and review criteria of these public art pieces shall based, managed and modeled by a plan of the same title by the pop project for public spaces.  Of course, our own towns are challenged as well.  Massillon might have four statutes on each corner of the central city Tigers, Bengals, Colts, Lions all have strong Massillon tie ins etc.  The point is to put the burden mostly onto those throughout the country.  Those with cradle teams the other teams while calling the best art installations with the minimum of expenses using donated prize money, prizes and art objects.  Additionally the shelf life of art would be considered in order to create measurable increases in vibrancy to the town towns of Massillon.  These drivers will need to be installed to enhanced the corridor especially that the density of objects would increase closer to the entry of and into the center of downtown.  Lastly how would it work?  It would be implemented using this plan by the project for public spaces design and review criteria for public art.  My suggestions are to combine the features and template of that plan as a prototype for the corridor.  Using the newspaper editors, sports writers and publishers, the Massillon Independent and Canton Repository together via the Associated Press to challenge any of the over 50 US cities that have ever held an Ohio league and Anthracite league, NFL or AFL team.  The challenge would consist of a prize contest that allows an open invitation to any artist or group of artists to create and if accepted ship here a representation of their team or favorite player in the form of an art object.  An example a 22 foot Green Bay Packer receiver located in front of Title Town Brewery in Wisconsin could be replicated and sent and displayed in Canton’s warehouse district.  Use your imagination under different categories and awarded prizes these art installations would be judged by the public art advisory panel so you can control how you say the style and manor that is consistent with your philosophy.  With the Pro Football Hall of Fame on board as a player cities could be challenged to send parade floats etc.  The teams that have the most significance or posterity towards Massillon should be bundled with that town.  An intermediate example would be Central Catholic frontage getting the Minnesota Vikings.  An equitable distribution should occur I have a list of attached cradle teams and where would the funding come from?  Creative sources are only limited by the imagination as well as the inventiveness of the public art advisory panel you could create.  The Federal Highway Administration and the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio State House the Ohio Art Counsel and Knight Foundation exemplify many of the possibilities to be pursued.  May I add that the 11 art collections by Arts in Stark is meant to stay all in Canton and Massillon will be left back on the back burner again.  Thank you very much.  These plans are available I have them if you’re interested.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Hampton, your motion to adjourn?  Oh, I’m sorry.

MAJOR TOM PERKS – I’m from the Salvation Army.  I live at 8675 Nelmont Street.  I’m here tonight just too quickly touch base on the issue of the community block grant funds.  I understand that there’s a possibility that although there were discussions and allocation plans made to organizations throughout the city that those funds might be redirected.  I come to you on behalf of all of the people in our city who will be so affected by this.  I can particularly speak on behalf of the homeless or potentially homeless individuals who would be coming to the Salvation Army.  We have been considered for $8,000 those monies would help pay for our director of homeless services.  That person not only looks after those who are indigent who at tonight will have nowhere to sleep.  And we work with the county and particularly the homeless hotline group to try to work them in to available beds in shelters until a long term or a longer term idea can come up for them.  However not only do I speak for those but for also over 400 households, 400 families and individuals who are in their homes but are going to be moved out of their homes.  We not only help pay for rent or help pay for electric bills but also working with the landlords and the tenants can often come up with plans that without additional funds being expended out are able to work together with payment plans and help them to stay in their homes.  For the Salvation Army for the other groups who work day in and day out that these funds would make those services possible.  I urge you to strongly reconsider and as your able to allow these funds to be dealt out to use to be used for your people, for your neighbors, for your families.  And I pledge that the Salvation Army will make good use of those and continue to help people.  Thank you very much. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT TOWNSEND – Councilwoman Hampton make a motion to adjourn.   

18.  ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILWOMAN HAMPTON – 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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