MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
HELD, MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER - I‘d like to welcome all of you to Massillon City Council for Monday, December 5, 2011.  We have in attendance with us this evening: Auditor Ferrero, Engineer Dylewski, Community Development Director Aaby 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, Donnie Peters, Larry Slagle and Tony Townsend.

Thus giving a roll call vote of 7 present.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Manson, we have an absence.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I move that we excuse Councilman McCune, seconded by Councilwoman Catazaro-Perry.

Roll call of 6 yes, 1 no to excuse Councilman McCune.  Peters voted no.

2. INVOCATION

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – Gave the invocation for the evening.

3.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – Chairman of the Environmental 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.

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

MILAN CHOVAN – 1501 Oak Bluff NE, Massillon.  I’d like to just take a minute to address Ordinance No. 139.  It’s the authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Shearers Foods for $100,000 for economic development.  First of all, let me tell you that I am in favor of Massillon’s economic development.  I don’t know where the money comes from to do this but I met with Bob Shearer last week.  What I read in the paper about him wanting to give the money back to the City for economic development is something that we talked about in our meeting.  So I understand where he and his wife and his staff are coming from wanting to do this.  However, the I have a copy here of the proposed ordinance the wording says that the inducement grant the purpose of which is to help offset the company’s costs in relocating its corporate headquarters to Massillon.  While I’m in favor of giving the money for economic development the way this legislation is written has nothing to do with that.  It doesn’t say anything about Shearers using this money for the City of Massillon what it says is it’s for their relocation.  The things that they’re required to do by the wording in the agreement saying nothing about them using the money for Massillon’s development.  It’s only for their relocation and I would recommend or I would ask that you do not agree to this legislation as it is written.  But possibly rewrite it to make sure that the money in fact goes to the City.  While you know while we’re on the subject of that why would we want to give a $100,000 to Shearers and let them dictate how the money is used for the development of Massillon.  Is that not something that City Council and the Massillon Development Foundation, Massillon Chamber of Commerce should do?  Unless Shearers is willing to do a matching contribution of their own money to this $100,000 or a part of it I don’t get it.  I’ve got to tell you I’ve been friends with the Shearers family for 35 years.  That’s why I called Bob Shearer and I asked to sit down with him they were very open in their discussions with me.  I just don’t understand why we would give the money without some skin in the game from them to add to the economic development.  Why would we not control as a city and I’m saying we I’m taking liberties because you’ve elected me to council starting January 1st.  So I kind of feel like I’m part of this now.  Why would we not use the money ourselves to for economic development in downtown.  Those were my two points #1 the legislation the way its written does not address the money going to the City of Massillon, only to help Shearers with their relocation, #2 the only reason I feel that we should give them the money is if they’re willing to do some sort of a matching grant and put some of their own skin in the game at which point they could start a foundation to maybe dictate or maybe not dictate but maybe suggest the ways the money should be used.  Thank you.

GEORGE MAIER – 831 Oakcrest NE, Massillon, Ohio.  I’d like to address Ordinance No. 135 regarding the purchase of dump trucks and I have a handout for council and apologize in an effort to collaborate if you could please just share these with each other just something that you can look at.  Resources are a commodity so I apologize if we don’t have enough of these for everyone but you can share them with each other I’m sure you’ll find some information in here that you’ll find interesting.  We’ve talked in the past with council about a couple of trucks that were available from a neighboring township.  I think there was some mention at the last work session about looking at these trucks.  So I took the liberty of finding a truck mechanic to go and take a look at these trucks and as you see look at the packet there look through as the identification of the trucks and how many miles there’s a 1994 truck and you’ll see some photos of it.  Look on page 4 that’s the salt spreader that goes on the back on the truck it’s completely reconditioned, repainted, refurbished.  Also on that page is the interior I take it that you can see for yourself that the interior is in pretty good condition on these trucks.  As you page through you see the 1996 truck with 35,000 miles and I might point out these trucks are diesel engines and the average lifespan of a diesel engine is a quarter of a million miles.  The trucks will fall apart long before the engine would fall apart.  So as we put through you’ll see that’s not my hand but there’s somebody’s hand there with the finger in the tire there’s about an inch and a half of tread on these tires.  These tires have recently been replaced.  On page 8 you’ll see that the dump beds were inspected and appear to be solid.  We took the liberty to have Buckhill fabricating quote the cost of materials and installation totally $2,500 per truck if and when the dump beds would need to be repaired.  Okay and I have the documentation it’s in the packet there with that.  Ron Brocker from RB’s Truck and Trailer looked over the trucks and he said this is a quite the trucks are worth the money and can be put on the road immediately.  I think that’s one of the things that we want to stress is immediately.  He is the owner of RB’s Trucks and Trailer he was also the head mechanic for Allied Truck in Canton.  Again documentation attached and interesting I like for everybody just too kind of ponder we loved to be able the spend the money on these new trucks we just don’t think it’s fiscally responsible.  But if you look at page 10 here’s a new truck the neighboring township is purchasing it’s a 2011 fully loaded state bid going on the state bid contract purchased through Gledhill Machinery includes a stainless bed because obviously rust issues.  Salt spreader plow automatic chains, GPS location which is the waive of the future folks its nice to know where your trucks are when you have a problem you can get the closest truck to go address a problem rather than call everybody and everybody all the city responds.  Electronics package, salt spreader everything for $109,000 and so when you compare that cost to what we’re looking at for leasing two trucks and then you look at these two lease trucks or these two used trucks that we could purchase I think council would be wise to forego this purchase for now and look at the purchase of used trucks.  Thank you.

CARY COATES – 3011 Meadowwood NW in Massillon it’s actually Perry Township.  I’m the Perry Township historian.  I’m going to speak in regards to selling off some of the parks.  I know every government from federal, state to local, city, township are stretched.  But I can not I’m asking council tonight to strike a few parks off consideration in the future right now.  Because I was at the Massillon Library a good part of the day.  I know Springhill’s upset you’re going to have a fight if you try to sell Oak Park a very historical park.  You’re going to have a fight on your hands if you try to sell the Kendall Park.  I even shake my head on Shriver Park I knew Virginia Shriver which passed well 10 years ago or whatever.  I think there’s still family in the Shrivers in this area that.  Kendall has their bicentennial next year and that would be a slap in the face to sell that park on the bicentennial year.  Oak Knoll Park that’s a very historical park that was Camp Massillon that was actually in Perry Township at one time all of this area.  But it was also the old fair grounds for Massillon it was called the Tuscarawas Fairgrounds.  You’ve got the historical bridge up there by Joseph Davenport was one of the first bridges in Massillon.  You have the old historical school up there.  The kids that use that swimming pool so it just maybe some the parks you can sell but you are really going to have a fight from the Massillon Museum, Springhill, and everyone.  If you read today’s paper you have six editorials against it.  So thank you.

6.  INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

ORDINANCE NO. 139 - 2011                    BY:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to enter into an agreement with Shearer’s Foods, Inc., to provide an economic development “inducement grant” to assist the company in relocating its corporate headquarters to Massillon, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – This is the inducement grant to Shearer’s; $100,000 as written to assist them with moving their corporate offices to Massillon, Ohio.  I’ve been I guess surprised by the amount of you know discussion against this grant considering I mean I haven’t heard any objections from council so I do plan on bringing it forward this evening for suspension.  But you know even if the $100,000 is used completely by Shearers for their moving expenses which is you know a necessary part of economic development in a reality in attracting a business of that size to your community.  When you look at the numbers in just figuring I just roughly figured you know the legislation request says between 125 and a 150 jobs so I took the low end of that 125 jobs and figured $40,000 in payroll and you know using those numbers which I know makes assumptions but the net present value of that $100,000 grant investment in to date discount the ten year term discounted back to today is more than $650,000 to the city.  I know there’s some assumptions made in there with those numbers so if you look at the other way the only way that this deal does not return value to the city that this grant does not increase the present value of the city is if it results in less than $11,705 a year in tax which is $650,000 in payroll on a move of that size into the city.  So even though we don’t know exactly how many people are coming here that may already live in Massillon that may already pay Massillon income tax.  I think that the odds of it adding less than $650,000 in payroll to the city are minimal and that’s without considering the impact of having an additional 125 to 150 corporate employees in our city five days a week to eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores and impact our other businesses downtown.  So the fact that it’s been discussed that Shearers may use this may put it back into city I think is just a bonus.  If you look at it as a just straight business decision offering a grant to attract a business of that size to the city that enhances the city by my estimation more than $650,000 and really has very little chance that it does not have a positive effect on the city.  It seems like a no brainer to me and so having not heard any concerns from council members through the week it’s my intention to move this forward this evening. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mrs. Catazaro-Perry?

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO=PERRY –  Mr. Hersher, I do want to add that I did speak with Shearers and they will be working with the Chamber of Commerce as well as the administration to decide where that money goes to beautify the downtown.  So it is a positive for our city and they do want to have others ideas as to where that should go. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Slagle?

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Yeah, I wish the mayor were hear but I talked to him last week about this as well.  Unfortunately a long ongoing discussion between the city and the Shearers has been capsulated into this one piece of legislation.  There was always discussions about whether a new building was going to be built not in downtown obviously then possibly in downtown and discussions always included some sort of economic grant to Shearers.  So I was surprised to see the objection to it in the public paper as well.  We’re getting a national food manufacturers corporate offices in downtown Massillon which not only provides income tax but I can guarantee you that every business owner in downtown Massillon will be ecstatic to see these people come downtown.  So while I wish the mayor were here I trust him when he says that these discussions were ongoing and that it was always considered part of the plan and I happen to trust Mr. Shearer when he says that he will work with the city to give it back.  So I too think it’s a good idea. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Manson, is your hand up?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, I’d just like to comment.  I think it’s a good idea five years ago there wasn’t any Shearers facility in Massillon this will be the third there’s one at Flemings, there’s one at the new plant and this one.  They’ve already invested a considerable amount of money in our town.  Maybe now maybe the $100,000 may not be needed as badly but it may have been an attention getter a year or so ago when they did start discussing this coming down here.  I think its great that they want to put it back into the city I know there’s going to be some things done as far as parking lots to help them with their employees.  So you know that maybe where it goes I don’t know.  But I’m 100% in favor of moving this ahead immediately. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Peters, was your hand up?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – No, I was scratching my head.   

COUNCILMAN HERSHER moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Manson.

The rules were not suspended by a roll call vote of 6 yes, 1 no.  Anderson voted no.

ORDINANCE NO. 139 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.  

ORDINANCE NO. 140 - 2011                    BY:  ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE

Repealing Section 965.09 “Collection Rates” of CHAPTER 965 “GARBAGE AND REFUSE COLLECTION” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Massillon, and enacting a new Section 965.09 “Collection Rates” of CHAPTER 965 “GARBAGE AND REFUSE COLLECTION”, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – First reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 140 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.

ORDINANCE NO. 141 - 2011                    BY:  RULES, COURTS AND CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Authorizing the Director of Law of the City of Massillon, Ohio, to renew a one year contract with the Stark County Public Defender’s Office, for the purpose of providing representation for indigent defendants charged under City Ordinances, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY – Tonight we are going to bring forward the contract for the Stark County Public Defenders Office.  We are going to allow them to receive $195.00 per case under the terms of payment being made to from municipal court funds.  This was previously paid to private counsel and that has not worked out well so they’re going back to the public defenders office.  This is an annual contract so I’ll be moving to suspend the rules this evening. 

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY moved for suspension of the rules and passage, seconded by Councilman Townsend.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 7 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 141 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 7 YES.

ORDINANCE NO. 142 - 2011                    BY:  RULES, COURTS AND CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

Amending Section 2(d) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – MAYOR of Ordinance No. 127 – 1997 by amending Section 2(D) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – MAYOR by creating a new position under said designated as “Budget Director” and by amending Section 2(D) OCCUPATION LIST OF CLASS TITLES – MAYOR, to include such position thereunder, in the City of Massillon, Ohio, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILWOMAN CATAZARO-PERRY –  Albert Einstein once said that insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  So tonight I’m bringing forward this new position we’ve termed as the budget director.  This position is going to report directly to the mayor, salary will be $65,000 a year and we I believe this position is vital to our city’s government.  If you look at the past we have brought bills forward every year and they started out small and now they’re too big for the city to control.  Our department heads don’t have much input into their budget and if they do the budget that they had are scrubbed and the money is taken to pay the bills.  We’re not paying our bills currently the auditor will tell you that we haven’t paid our police and fire pension we’ve not paid our Red Center.  We have at least a $128,000 to be paid to Speedway for gas and oil, we’ve not paid our Massillon Schools the money we owe them, our neighboring townships.  It’s time to do something different; its time to give this a try and I’d like you to think about that I’m not going to try to waive the rules tonight I’m going to give this first reading.  But I truly believe this position is vital for the new administration. 

ORDINANCE NO. 142 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.  

ORDINANCE NO. 143 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Making certain appropriations from the unappropriated balance of the Economic Development Fund, for the year ending December 31, 2011, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I misplaced 143 yes, this is the appropriation for Shearers I’m sorry I don’t know where I have it here in my pile.  But yeah we’ll give this first reading since the other part did not move. 

ORDINANCE NO. 143 – 2011 WAS GIVEN FIRST READING.  

ORDINANCE NO. 144 - 2011                    BY:   FINANCE COMMITTEE 

To approve current replacement pages to the Massillon Codified Ordinances, for the year ending December 31, 2011, and declaring an emergency.

 

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Yes, this is something we have to do every year.  It’s just got to do with our codified ordinances.  I will be asking to waive the rule and bringing this forward tonight unless there’s any serious questions as to why we should. 

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

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 7 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 144 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 7 YES.

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

8.  PETITIONS AND GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS

9.  BILLS, ACCOUNTS AND CLAIMS

A.  WALTER DRANE - $6,311.38

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Manson?

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I move that we pay the bill, seconded by Councilman Hersher.

Roll call vote of 7 yes to pay the bills.      

10.  REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICIALS

A). MAYOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2011 B COPY FILE
B). AUDITOR SUBMITS MONTHLY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2011 – COPY FILE

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Mr. Manson, we need a motion to accept the auditor’s report.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – I move that we accept the auditor’s report, seconded by Councilman Slagle.

Roll call vote of 7 yes to accept the auditor’s report.      

11.  REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Next committee meeting will be Monday, December 12th.  I’d like to mention at this point that Monday the 26th the day after Christmas is a city holiday so I assume we will meet on the 27th for committee work sessions.  Mr. Manson if anyone has an objection with that let me or Mr. Manson know otherwise we’ll be here on the 27th at 6:00pm.  Then in January Monday the 2nd is a city holiday so council will meet on Tuesday the 3rd.  I’ll make everyone aware of that.  Then one final item is regarding next year’s council its part of the President’s responsibility to put a list of committees together for approval at the first meeting in January.  Let me know if you’d like to stay where you are if you’d like to change for the new people in attendance and we have all five of you here which is fantastic.  Let me know what committee you’d like to chair let me know a second and third choice let me know what committees you’d like to serve on.  I’ll make my recommendation you all will see it before the end of the year and at the first meeting in January if there’s any changes to be made feel free to make any changes that you want to. 

12.  RESOLUTIONS AND REQUESTS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Are there any reports of committees any resolutions or requests of council members?  Alright, I have one Mr. Anderson handed me a request for a resolution rescinding an ordinance this will be assigned to the appropriate committee as according to our council rules.  So since this has to do with an annexation I’ll be assigning this to the Community Development Committee. 

13.  CALL OF THE CALENDAR

14.  THIRD READING ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

15. SECOND READING 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 – You all have passed out to you this evening a copy of the changes that were discussed at the work session previous to the one that we just had this past Monday.  So that would have been you know a couple of weeks back into November.  You’ll recognize the document because it has the date 12/5/11 written at the top and its Title Chapter 919 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program.   We discussed these changes then they were not incorporated into the ordinance originally put on the agenda and I didn’t catch it in time to make the changes at our last meeting or make the proper amendments.  So we gave it first reading the last time.  So this evening Mr. President, I move that we amend Ordinance No. 130 – 2011 to the language which is on this document that was passed out to everyone with the proper changes to the Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program. 

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER -  Do we have a second?  Seconded by Councilman Townsend.   This is identified by the date 12/5/11 at the top? 

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – Yes, sir.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – And may I ask also has the law director seen this signed off on it?

LAW DIRECTOR STERGIOS – It’s my handwriting.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Very good. Alright we have a motion and a second to amend the ordinance.  Roll call vote please.

Roll call vote of 7 yes to amend Ordinance No. 130 – 2011.

ORDINANCE NO. 130 – 2011 HAS BEEN AMENDED.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Ordinance No. 130 now goes back to first reading, Mr. Hersher.

COUNCILMAN HERSHER – Thank you, the purpose of the amendments is to broaden the program make it more easily accessible to residents of the city given that we you know already have the ordinance on the book I would like to suspend the rules and pass the amended ordinance this evening so that we can get this program codified.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – I’ll take that as a motion, do we have a second? Seconded by Councilman Peters.  Are there any comments or discussion on the ordinance?  Roll please for suspension.

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 7 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 130 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 7 YES.

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 – I will be requesting just a second reading tonight reminding the public that there will be a public meeting again for this next week at 7:00pm.  I would also in response to Mr. Coates’ suggestions the Rec. Board which came forward with these recommendations had asked in all due diligence to find out what parks that could be dealt with in the City of Massillon by way of sale.  They asked the law director then to come up with that list and some can’t be sold, some don’t even have deeds as far as we can tell.  But certainly there’s no intent at this point to recommend sell of any other of the Massillon Parks.  Although their thinking is and I as much as I dislike selling city property their thinking is that we do have a lot of small parks in our community.  The problem with all these small parks is that it takes a lot more maintenance to maintain a number of little parks versus one large park because you’re always putting things on and off and it’s just a lot harder to maintain.  So they did their diligence in this and they’re bringing it to us for our consideration and that’s why we’re having the public hearings.  I understand that Mr. Kaminski with Mr. Peters’ guidance and influence has correct me if I’m wrong Donnie we’ve delivered you have personally delivered those to the people in the Lawndale area?

COUNCILMAN PETERS – Well I haven’t as you’ve seen the thing that Kenn sent us and I have it and I will personally see that they get delivered. 

COUNCILMAN SLAGLE – Because that was one complaint on the Lawndale Park that the residents hadn’t given enough information so second reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 131 – 2011 WAS GIVEN SECOND 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 – Second reading.  

ORDINANCE NO. 132 – 2011 WAS GIVEN SECOND READING.

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 – Second reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 135 – 2011 WAS GIVEN SECOND 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, I’m considering moving this ahead tonight.  I know some we had some discussion at last week’s committee meeting and there had been some questions when this first came to us.  I think most of those questions have been answered I hadn’t I don’t think there was any objections at last Monday night’s committee meeting.  If somebody has a problem with this bring it up and we’ll look at it we can even go another reading if we have to otherwise though I intend to move this forward. 

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

The rules were suspended by a roll call vote of 7 yes.

ORDINANCE NO. 136 – 2011 WAS PASSED BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 7 YES.

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 – Second reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 137 – 2011 WAS GIVEN SECOND READING.

COUNCILMAN MANSON – Just let me say though if there’s anybody has any questions about this temporary budget please get them to me or get them to the auditor’s office so we can act on this at the next meeting.

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 – Second reading.

ORDINANCE NO. 138 – 2011 WAS GIVEN SECOND READING.

16.  NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

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

GEORGE MAIER – 831 Oakcrest NE, Massillon, Ohio.  I’d like to address council if you may about an issue that’s been troubling me for a little bit of time now and causing me some grief based on my experience and background.  For those of you that may know me or do not know me I’ll share with you I have an extensive background in law enforcement and public safety.  I’m a retired commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, I served as the interim and assistant safety director to the Department of Public Safety for the State of Ohio.  As my responsibilities as the safety director for the State of Ohio I helped oversee a number of divisions including emergency management, emergency medical services, homeland security, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Investigated among others.  I’m here because I’m troubled about what I’ve been reading in the paper and hearing about our responsibility to pay our LOGIC bill which is the Red Center dispatching.  I just want to share with everyone I know firsthand the possible problems we can have and we can experience in our city if we don’t have these critical dispatching services.  You know I’m not here to point fingers I’m here to ask this body to adopt a resolution to instruct the current administration to pay the bill in full.  Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve seen the letter I think you received a letter that says come December the 20th we need to have this paid in full.  The auditor is well aware of it she spoken on it as well both privately with myself and Mayor-elect Catazaro-Perry in detail.  So you know what can happen if we don’t pay this?  I for one as a citizen and with my background in safety don’t want to wait and find out.  Quite frankly those dispatchers are the lifeline to our men and women out there on the road doing the job and to our community.  I don’t want my family to make the phone call for emergency medical services and have to go through a defrayed or convoluted dispatching system where our safety forces our safety professionals have to use their cell phones to call each other to tell them where to go.  I don’t think you want your families to experience that either.  So do what’s best for our community, do what’s best for all of us ask the administration do a resolution to pay this bill.  Thank you.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT GAMBER – Is there anyone else who would like to address council?

18.  ADJOURNMENT

COUNCILMAN HERSHER - I move that we adjourn, seconded by all.

 

_________________________
MARY BETH BAILEY, CLERK,

______________________________
GLENN E. GAMBER, PRESIDENT

 

©Copyright 1998 - present City of Massillon. All Rights Reserved
Designed and Maintained by Imaging 2000 Web Design