MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER - I‘d like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Monday, November 21, 2011.  We have in attendance with us this evening: Pat Pantello from the auditor’s office, Engineer Dylewski and Law Director Stergios.  On the wall to your left are agendas for anyone who wishes to follow the meeting.  Also under item #5 on the agenda is where the public can speak on any item that appears on the agenda and then under item #17 is where the public can speak on any item that does not appear on the agenda.  I‘d also like to remind anyone with a cell phone please turn it off or turn it very far down. 

1.  ROLL CALL

Roll call for the evening found the following Council Members present:  Gary Anderson, Kathy Catazaro-Perry, Dave Hersher, Paul Manson, Dave McCune, Donnie Peters, Larry Slagle and Tony Townsend.

Thus giving a roll call vote of 8 present.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER - I will recognize Councilwoman Kathy Catazaro-Perry for the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Led those in attendance with the invocation. 

3.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Chairperson of the Rules, Courts & Civil Service Committee led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

4.  READING OF THE JOURNAL

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER - 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.   Before we get to item 5 we may or may not have some housekeeping an addition to the agenda.  I was informed this morning that the Clerk had received several verbal and email authorizations to put an ordinance on the agenda tonight.  I just checked with her and officially all three of those requests are still there.  So we’ll have to operate as if they are I guess the first point I would like to make is that council rules allow legislation to come forward from a proper committee.  It can come through by two members or even an individual member.  There’s no question about that there’s no problem with that and the procedures are then covered in Rules 27, 28 and 29.  The second point I would like to make about council rules is specifically the ones that detail how an agenda item gets onto the agenda we have a deadline of 9:00am on Wednesday before a meeting for all legislation to be at the Clerk’s office she then puts an agenda together by noon on Friday.  This is the official business of council for the next meeting it goes out to all members, to the media and it goes out to the public.  So I think it’s obvious that a request that come in over the weekend and on Monday missed that deadline.  But we do have options we can move forward and so I guess what I would like to do is start out by indicating that the request has to do with the ordinance regarding changing the split or the withholding of income tax credit.  My understanding is that it has been discussed several times in committees through the finance committee initially two members signed it and I’m also informed that both of those members have taken their signatures off of that legislation.  Where that leaves us is that we need to discuss tonight where to go from here.  I’m going to start by just mentioning with the three members of the three ways we have to go one is a member of the finance committee two are not.  So obviously this does not go forward as finance legislation its either going to be non committee or legislation by a single individual.  So depending on what I hear in the next minute or two determines where we go.  I would like to just ask very quickly not the pros and cons of the issue itself but very strictly what the process was thought to be followed.  For instance I’ll start Kathy since yours came in first did you give your approval as a member of the finance committee or of some other fashion?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – We don’t wish to proceed with this so it’s a non issue.  So…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Okay, well as I say the Clerk still has it officially that three people have asked for legislation.  So I don’t want to have the issue resolved on say so; you’re saying that you’re withdrawing your request?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – It’s a non issue we’re not going to ask to amend the agenda so it’s truly a non issue and we’re not proceeding with it this evening.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, Gary same thing?  (Same thing)  And Tony?  (Same thing)  Alright so we are not amending or adding anything to the agenda.

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Correct.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, we are at item 5 where we will entertain remarks from the audience if there’s anything you would like to speak about that is on the agenda tonight please come to the microphone give your name and address and make your comments.  Seeing no one come forward we will move into the introduction of ordinances and resolutions.

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

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 130 - 2011                    BY:   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Repealing existing Chapter 919, SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, OF PART NINE, TITLE ONE of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, and enacting a new Chapter 919, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – First reading.  

ORDINANCE NO. 130 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Point of order.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER -  Mr. Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – No, not me, him.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Townsend?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – I was looking at this here this is the old one this is not the new one. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Which it are you talking about?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – This sidewalk replacement program.  This is the old legislation and not the revised one.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Okay, we’ve given it first reading so there will be plenty of opportunity to follow.  We’ve had a number of versions in the last several weeks including last Monday.  Right?

COUNCILMAN TOWNSEND – That was the final version.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Okay, so you’re saying that the ordinance does not reflect the final version?  (No)  Alright, again, Mr. Hersher will take that under advisement and we’ll cover that next Monday.

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – Thanks, that’s why I gave it first reading because I noticed there were things that need changed I figured we’d take them up at the work session. 

ORDINANCE NO. 130 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 131 - 2011                    BY:   PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to advertise for and receive sealed bids, according to law, for the sale of the parcel of real estate commonly known as Hetrick Park, in the City of Massillon, Stark County, Ohio and owned by said City, which is not needed for any municipal purpose, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – First reading.   

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Slagle, may I ask a question?  (Sure)  I’ve had several people call me after the newspaper article are there any public hearings or public meetings contemplated for this process?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – I had requested when this first came forward that a public hearing be scheduled for the third reading night.  So…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, thank you.  Mr. Peters?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – But if you recall at the work session I handled it for Mr. Slagle and we already set a date and it wasn’t for the third reading night I don’t believe.  Was it?  I mean I think that we made it for the 7:00pm after the next work session am I not correct?  Mary Beth, am I correct?  (Yes)  I thought you were informed of that but…

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – I had not been thank you.  That’s fine with me.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, so we’re talking the 28th? 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yes, the 28th at 7:00pm. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, for the benefit of anyone who didn’t get it and for the Mr. Rink there explain what we’re doing.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – We’re going to hold a public hearing on both parks that we’re proposing that we put up for sale to give the residents you know of the city and those surrounding those parks a chance to voice their opinions yah or nay so that we can hear what the neighbors have to say. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright and if I can offer just a slight correct this is not a public hearing which is a formal thing this is a public meeting where you’re strictly going to get views and opinions.  Is that correct? 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I did say meeting didn’t I or did I say…oh I didn’t.  Okay, I’ll recant that, that public hearing.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Rink, have you got what you need?  Alright.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – And one thing Mr. Slagle, will you be running that meeting?  (Yes)  Okay, thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mrs. Catazaro-Perry?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Yes, I ran into a gentleman on the school board today and the school board is interested in talking with council and the city about sharing resources and that they may be interested in these parks.  So it may be good to give one of the school board members a call to see what they’re interested in.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Anderson?

COUNCILMAN ANDERSON – The 28th isn’t that a committee night?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yes, that what we discussed but at the work session I made it clear we’d have it that evening after the committee meeting at 7:00pm.

COUNCILMAN ANDERSON – After the committee oh I thought you said before okay so its after the committee meeting.  Okay.

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Yes.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Is there anything else on that topic?  Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, if we’re going to do it at 7:00pm and we’re going to invite the people in even if we haven’t got the committee meeting finished I suggest we stop at 7:00pm do that and then reconvene the committee meeting afterwards.   So we can not keep them any longer than they have to be. 

COUNCILMAN PETERS – I agree.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – And obviously anybody that you think ought to be there from the rec. board or the park and rec. please make those arrangements.   Are we done with that item?

ORDINANCE NO. 131 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 132 - 2011                    BY:   PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to advertise for and receive sealed bids, according to law, for the sale of a portion of Lawndale Park, located on 13th Street SW and 14th Street SW aka Lawndale Park, in the City of Massillon, Stark County, Ohio and owned by said City, which is not needed for any municipal purpose, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – First reading.  

ORDINANCE NO. 132 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 133 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the Parks & Recreation Fund, Home Health Fund and the 1206 Municipal Motor Vehicle License Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2011, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, we have three parts to this ordinance.  Part 1, is please prepare an ordinance to appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the parks and rec. fund 1234 to the following accounts for fiscal year ending 2011.  You can see what they are the first part is a total of $46,241 going to parks and recreation center for supplies, materials, services and contracts, refunds, travel, seminars and schooling.  Then the second part pertains to the Legends and its for $21,070, $5,500 going to supplies and materials, $9,870 to food and beverages, $2,400 services and contracts, $1,400 gas and oil Legends, $500 to refunds, $1,000 to travel seminars and schooling and $400 to food and beverage contract services.  The two total $67,311.  Part 2, is for $3,620 the health department needs to appropriate from the unappropriated balance of the home health fund account 1235.705 the amount of $3,620 to the home health salary account 12.5.705.2110 to cover shortages in both the general fund and the home health salary accounts for salaries and stipend allowances through the end of 2011.  Section 3 is for $1,127 please prepare legislation to appropriate $1,127.70 from the unappropriated balance of the 1206 municipal motor vehicle license plate fund for the municipal motor vehicle license plate registration audits.  The recently completed audits for 2010 found that $26,952 was erroneously allocated to other entitles and will be returned to the city.  Any questions?

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

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 8 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 133 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 8 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 134 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Making certain transfers in the 2011 appropriations from within the General Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2011, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, we have one section that we’re dealing with tonight.  Please prepare legislation to make certain transfers within the 2011 appropriations from within the general fund.  You can the left hand column as we are sweeping $331,042.94 out of all the accounts on the left hand side and they are going into what is on the right hand side $2,000 salary – mayor administration, $4,000 salary to director, hospital, eye – law $2,176, income tax – salary $10,000 and the big ones are $140,297 to salary – police, $140,297.41 to salary – fire.  Then there is also $21,930 going to salary – domestic violence.  Any questions?  There’s one other part I’m sorry here that’s section one, there’s another part here I don’t see this.  Maybe its right there and I don’t see it…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – The ordinance has one section and you might be looking at a page that the Clerk used…

COUNCILMAN MANSON – No, the second part is for that is coming please prepare legislation to make certain transfers within the 2011 appropriations from within the general fund and we are taking $120,000 out of salary – bailiff and $60,000 is going to salary – police and $60,000 is going to salary – fire for a total of $120,000.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, that might be a separate page for you but its listed in section one as the last three items.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Okay, I didn’t see that I’m sorry.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Take a look and make sure but is that correct?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yeah, I’ve got it as separate page.   Sorry.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – So we’re okay with the items and the amounts on the list is that correct?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, deputy auditor says everything is fine.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Slagle, do you have a question?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – When the money is removed from accounts listed on the first part of section 1 from is that leaving any these accounts short for the end of the year?

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Generally no, but who would you like ask?  Can we have Ms. Pantello please come forward.

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make the work session to ask this question.  But at this late time in the year is this going to leave any of the froms short?  (Yes)  And do we know which ones?

PAT PANTELLO – Well, there’s a quite a few probably dispatch, the police accrued liability, disability, basically the police and fire disabilities and dispatching will be the main ones that will be short.  Workers comp was a refund return back to the city and that’s been paid in full so that will not be short.  The state examination fees are complete, the debt transfer that is the amount that was returned back to us from the senior housing so that will not be short.  I think that’s it.

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – So its basically those four then? 

PAT PANTELLO – Yes, we’re trying to fill the other accounts for salaries.

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – For the immediate expenses.

PAT PANTELLO – Exactly.

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Okay, thank you.

PAT PANTELLO – You’re welcome.  Any other questions?  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Manson, your motion please?

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

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 8 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 134 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 8 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 135 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into contract with Truck Sales & Service for the lease/purchase of two (2) dump trucks for the Street Department, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – First reading.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mrs. Catazaro-Perry?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – I’d like to comment on Ordinance No. 135 if I may please.  I’ve been working with Jackson Township they have two dump trucks to sell.  They’re available to bid on currently as I believe December 20th the bids close on that.  But this is a win-win for our city that is going to total over three years in the amount of $210,000 we can get these two dump trucks for $10,000 each they have salters as well as plows on them.  We can also buy two Jeeps for $2,000 each and replace our fire chief’s car that’s ready to fall apart.  All of this we can do for $24,000 the mileage is low on two of these.  The one Jeep is a little bit higher but the other thing I’d like to pass out is you know we have significant debt in our city and we need to be thinking smarter and working harder on creating….

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mrs. Catazaro-Perry, can I suggest that we save this till the end for you know new business rather than have a committee meeting right now?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Well, its not truly a committee meeting I just want to point this out is that this is a win-win for the city and I’d like to ask that everyone review this and we can talk about it further on Monday. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, I didn’t mean to cut you short and like I say at the end of the agenda we can go back to it and you can slush it out as much as you want to.

ORDINANCE NO. 135 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 136 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Director of Public Service and Safety of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into contract with The Health Plan for health insurance coverage for City employees, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, this is something we had some discussion we will have more discussion Monday night about this.  We are looking at about 19% health care increases.  So we do need to talk it over extensively and I believe we probably need to make some kind of move by the end of the year.  We have plenty of time to do two three readings and have several committees to discuss it.  So I will be giving that first reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 136 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 137 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Adopting temporary appropriations for the operating and capital expenditures of the City of Massillon, Ohio, for the fiscal year 2012, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – First reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 137 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 138 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE

Appropriating money for current expenses and other expenses of the City of Massillon, Ohio, for the fiscal year ending 2012, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – First reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 138 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

LETTER FROM THE DIVISION OF LIQUOR CONTROL REGARDING A TRANSFER OF LIQUOR LICENSE FROM RUSSELL G SNYDER DBA WEST PARK TAVERN 1017 6TH ST SW 1ST FL & BSMT MASSILLON OHIO 44646 TO MASSILLON PARK TAVERN LLC DBA WEST PARK TAVERN 1ST FL & BSMT 1017 6TH ST SW MASSILLON OHIO 44646

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Also would like to mention to all the council members February 2nd every liquor license in the city comes up for renewal.  So if there’s a particular spot that you think should be looked at in any way shape or form just be aware of that, that you can request a hearing before February 2nd.

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

A). POLICE CHIEF SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 B COPY FILE
B). TREASURER SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 B COPY FILE
C). FIRE CHIEF SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 – COPY FILE
D). INCOME TAX DEPT SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 – COPY FILE
E). WASTE DEPT SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 – COPY FILE
F). MAYOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2011 – COPY FILE

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – We have numerous reports from city officials all of which we will put on file. 

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Committee session will be Monday, November 28th. 

12.  RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

13.  CALL OF THE CALENDAR

14.  THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

15. SECOND READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mrs. Catazaro-Perry, was there anything you wanted to add to your sheet that you passed out?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – I can do that next week.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright.

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

RENEE BOGUE – 204 Willow Avenue and I’m a Massillon resident and I’m also a concerned citizen.  I would like to address the safety of Massillon’s water tonight.  Massillon receives it water from ten wells which feed into an aquifer in Tuscarawas County.  This information can be found at the Aqua America site by going to water quality and typing in Massillon’s zip code.  It will also tell you that our area where our wells are and our aquifer are highly susceptible to pollution.  Tuscarawas County has an abundance of shale, natural gas is trapped within the shale and lends itself to fracking.  It is very important that the city monitors this area for slick water, hydraulic, horizontal drilling.  When gas and oil companies apply for a permit they require they are required as I understand to notify Massillon if it is in Massillon jurisdictional boundaries.  Now I come to you with a lot of questions tonight since our water comes from Tuscarawas County does that mean that, that is a jurisdictional boundary or is a jurisdictional boundary that boundary say within city limits?  Okay, Massillon after the permit has been applied for Massillon has 30 days to respond.  My questions are first are there currently wells that are being fracked or going to be fracked near our water wells and aquifers?  Water flows south so we need to be concerned of wells being drilled that are north of our water wells and aquifer.  Also water can be directional depending on the geology of the area.  So the water perhaps could flow southeast in that case we would want to look at wells being drilled on the northwest.  If they are being drilled how far are they from our water supply?  Are there currently any applications for additional permits for drilling near our water wells and aquifer?  Concerning our water protection area I suspect that land is being leased closed to this area and I would like council to immediately investigate this.  Have any applications for permits been made?  This specific area is separate from the first area from the Tuscarawas Valley area that I was referring to earlier.  This area our water protection area is closer to our city center.  I can share the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency map I have with you to show you exactly where this area is.  I can also give you a name of someone very near that area who was approached  to sign a lease and I believe did sign a lease.  I am requesting that Massillon do a base line test of its water which would include testing for fracking chemicals and radioactivity.  Drillers test wells before fracking but it is my understanding that no further testing is done unless a compliant is made.  How does the average citizen detect radioactivity in their drinking water or levels of fracking chemicals?  I request that the city tests our water regularly using extended test.  It is my understanding that federal regulations require cities to test their waters several times per day.  However the normal test will not pick up fracking chemicals and radioactivity therefore again request that this city use the extended test.  You are our front line I encourage residents with water wells to have their own wells tested so if there is a problem they can show that levels changed after fracking.  Information on this test can be found at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Across the United States there have been spills, blow outs, discharges into water ways, tainted wells and tainted aquifers.  We have to ask what is going to keep this from happening to Massillon.  If our aquifer does become tainted what is council’s plan?  Remember once the water is tainted there is no fix.  Now I don’t know how many of you read today’s paper but in the Repository it talks about Chesapeake energy spending a concerned that some financial analysis.  If you read you’ll see that “Argus researched based in New York downgraded Chesapeake’s stock Thursday and recommended its clients sell their share because of the company’s excessive spending”.  In a note to clients Argus said “our skepticism about Chesapeake’s ability to lower debt and slow spending continues to increase we believe that the company near term cash needs our growing and that its spending remain elevated”.  So if I’m to make an implication from this I would say if Chesapeake was the company drilling wells and there was a problem where are they going to get the money to fix that problem?  Now Chesapeake addressed the geology club at Kent State University Stark and one thing they said they’re required to have $3 million dollars in case anything you know would happen.  They said and in fact they have $5 million dollars but we brought to their attention that the Indian River aquifer is worth $1.5 billion dollars. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Ms. Bogue, if I could mention…

RENEE BOGUE – I have two paragraphs two little paragraphs…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Okay, we have no time limit per say but I’m going to mention we’re running long.

RENEE BOGUE – Thank you.  I would like for you to follow up on the information that I have given to you tonight with an impartial authorative source.  As our city representatives you will have access to more detailed information than I can obtain.  I look forward to hearing your responses to the questions that I have asked.  ODNR, Ohio EPA and drillers for gas and oil companies are interconnected and what I would you like you to do is to find a resource beyond them that would be impartial.  Perhaps as I mentioned Lou Giavasis name before with Plain Township could give you direction as to who to talk to as you saw in the paper that Aqua Ohio actually Aqua America which serves this area said that the company is prepared to take responsible active role in becoming the next energy boom in Ohio, energyboom,naturalgasdrilling.  So…

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER –  Alright, Ms. Bogue, may I suggest that…

RENEE BOGUE – One more paragraph.  Okay, and I apologize I just feel that this is so vital extremely vital.  Unfortunately our media has groomed us to believe that fracking is safe and we have become very passive towards this subject.  I urge our mayor elect and council to be hyper vigilant to this soon to be rapid development of this area and assure that our water is safe.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, what I was going to suggest ma’am is some of the questions you raised and some of the names you may want to pass on to Mr. Anderson as chairman of the committee.  You mentioned the mayor elect she also is on the public utility commission.  So that’s your follow up.

RENEE BOGUE – Yes, thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Alright, thank you.  Is there anyone else in the audience who would like to speak to council?  Any topic at all?

18.  ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – I move that we adjourn, seconded by all.

 

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MARY BETH BAILEY, CLERK,

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GLENN E. GAMBER, PRESIDENT

 

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