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Council Chambers

Regular Meeting

February 23, 2009

7:30 p.m.

Council met in regular session with the following seven members present:  Ames, Cross, Lester, Malone, Patrick, Proehl and Trutschel.  (Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Bonner absent.)  There were 3 media representatives present and 17 other visitors present, in addition to Mayor Sulzer, City Law Director Eddy, and City Auditor Morrissey.  The meeting was broadcast live by Time Warner Cable and by Horizonview.

 

The invocation was given by Rev. Lori Lossie, Walnut Street United Methodist Church, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Mrs. Patrick moved and Mrs. Malone seconded that Council go into an Executive Session to confer with the City Law Director and her assistant concerning the status of pending litigation involving the city, and also to discuss the status of collective bargaining agreement negotiations.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.  Council then met in Executive Session in Judge Street’s Courtroom, down the hallway.  Upon returning to Council Chambers, Mrs. Patrick moved and Mrs. Lester seconded that the Executive Session be terminated, and that Council resume its regular meeting.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.

 

Mrs. Lester moved and Mrs. Malone seconded that the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 9, 2009 be accepted and approved, as submitted by the Clerk.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted. 

 

Committee Reports

Engineering Committee:

Mrs. Malone reported on Item #6 to authorize Menard, Inc., to install and to operate a temporary traffic signal on N. Bridge Street, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She indicated that she will seek to pass this item tonight.  She also thanked Pritchards Services of Circleville for their voluntary cleanup of the graffiti at the parks.  She announced that there will be a meeting of the Engineering Committee on February 26, 2009, at 3:30 p.m., in the first floor conference room at 35 S. Paint Street.

 

Utilities Committee:

Mrs. Patrick announced that the Utilities Committee will have a meeting on February 26, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in the first floor conference room at 35 S. Paint Street.  She also indicated that the water rate review committee held its meeting on February 17, 2009, but with no results.  She said that another meeting will be held soon. 

 

Development Committee:

Mrs. Ames reported on Item #2 to authorize the Joint Cooperation  Agreement to Secure Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, on tonight’s Agenda for its second reading.  She said that she will seek to pass this item tonight. 

 

Finance Committee:

Mrs. Ames, in the absence of Mrs. Henderson, reported on Item #1 to provide for the issuance of $200,000.00 of notes for the purpose of acquiring a fire truck, on tonight’s Agenda for its third reading.  Mrs. Ames reported on Item #3 to accept $8,135.00 in insurance proceeds, and to appropriate $9,135.00 to repair vandalism damage to floodwall pump stations, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She said that she will seek to pass this item tonight.  Mrs. Ames reported on Item #4 to appropriate $200,000.00 of HUD funds, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She said that she will seek to pass this item tonight.  Mrs. Ames reported on Item #5 to appropriate $400.00 for drain cleaning equipment for the Service Department, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.

 

Parks & Recreation Committee:

Mr. Trutschel said that the Parks & Recreation Board discussed the matter of vandalism at its meeting last Wednesday.  He said that this is rampant, and that we need the general public to help us out.  He said that we also need help from the media to publicize this problem.

 

City Services Committee:

Mrs. Lester expressed her thanks to the Chillicothe Police Department for the recent drug bust within the city.

 

Safety Services Committee:

Mr. Proehl said that the Safety Services Committee met on February 17, 2009, and that the city will be enforcing the meters on Fourth Street, but that there will be free parking provided for residents of Fourth Street. 

 

Community Committee:

Mr. Cross said that he will be announcing a meeting of the Community Committee in the future to discuss the proposed ban  on the use of cell phones while driving. 

 

Reports of Officials

Report of Mayor Sulzer:

Mayor Sulzer commented on Item #2, urging its passage.  He also urged passage of Item #3 and Item #4, stating that the latter is for the Brownfield study.  He commented on Item #5, urging passage of this item when it comes to a vote.  Mayor Sulzer commented on Item #6, stating that Menards was late in getting its paperwork to the Engineering Department, and that this is why a temporary light is being authorized.  He commented on the recent newspaper article about the graffiti, stating that the city was going to use funds from other accounts to get this cleaned up.  He commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation and its salt contract, stating that he hopes that this matter can be resolved.  He said that there will be an ordinance forthcoming for more funds to purchase salt, and that there will probably be a special meeting next Monday to consider this.  Mayor Sulzer concluded his report by providing an update on the stimulus funding, stating that the City of Chillicothe along with other local governments has already filed a list of projects, including the Neenah Gardens Sewer Project.

 

 

Report of Auditor Morrissey:

Mr. Morrissey said that the city accepted a bid today on Item #1, the $200,000.00 note rollover.  He said that only one bid was submitted.  He also said that over 500 RedFlex refunds have been issued, and he noted that the floodwall pumps have already been repaired.


Audience Participation

 

Brian Thompson of 49 Page Road spoke to Council again about the red light cameras, stating that he sees that Council and the Mayor continue to ignore the constituents’ desire to have these removed.  He commented on polls conducted by the local radio station that show the majority of the people responding are opposed to these cameras, and he also discussed other poll results.

 

William Loucks of 385 W. Fifth Street commended Auditor Morrissey for getting out the red light camera fine refunds.  He again talked about the yellow light intervals, again saying that this is entrapment. 

 

Rhonda Jacobs of 800 E. Main Street talked about the police officers that are being taken off the street.  She also commented on the markings of traffic enforcement vehicles, stating that the RedFlex speed van does not meet these requirements. 

 

Jeff Kapett of 97 Sheridan Road spoke about the number of buildings that have been changed in past years, and he suggested that consideration be given to naming the Law Enforcement Complex after Officer Larry Cox.  He said that the arguments of RedFlex are specious, and that their goal is money.  He said that they should not be involved in our government.  He also said that he is opposed to laws that discriminate on the basis of race. 

 

William Barnhart of 373 McKeller said that he does not want the Gazette circulars left at his house or at vacant houses.  He said that he is in favor of banning the use of cell phones while driving, and he provided statistics on the use of cell phones and accidents. 

 

Keith Richter of 343 W. Water Street commented on Council’s rules relating to speakers at Council meetings. 

Petitions and Correspondece

The Clerk reported on the receipt of a letter from Mary Meola, Clerk of Council for the City of Middleburg Heights, who provided a copy of their resolution expressing concern over the failure of ODOT to inform the city that it had agreed to reduce its contractual obligations of its road salt vendor and therefore would be unable to meet its commitments.

New Business

Mrs. Malone moved and Mr. Trutschel seconded that Council excuse the absence of Mr. Bonner and Mrs. Henderson.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted. 

 

Mrs. Patrick moved and Mrs. Malone seconded that Council approve Mayor Sulzer’s appointment of Ceil Corcoran to the Ross County General Health District.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.


Council Assignments and Calendar

 

Pres. Shoultz announced the following additional Council Committee Assignments for inclusion in the Journal of Council:

 

            #222-Finance-Resolution adopting identity theft policy for the city;

            #223-Utilities-Appropriate $6,350.00 for engineering services for Hospital Road

            sewer line.

            #224-Human Resources-Amend Ord. 121.021 from 20 to 24 hours for Nuisance Officer;

            #225-Development-Resolution authorizing Administration to file proposal with ODOT

            for federal transit grant under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2008;

            #226-Engineering-Resolution consenting with ODOT to do improvements on Rt. 104

            within city;

            #227-Engineering-Resolution consenting with ODOT to perform lane configuration,

            minor signal changes and thermo-plastic pavement markings;

            #228-Finance-Appropriate $50,000.00 cost for landfill closure;

            #229-Finance-Appropriate funds to install security system  in park office and service

            garage;

            #230-City Services-Authorize agreement with Walter Drane Co. to update Codified

            Ordinances for 2008;

            #231-Safety Services-Review parking pass fees and policies for 4th Street residents;  and

            #232-Finance-Appropriate $3,286.00 to return unused Victim Advocate Funds.

 

Pres. Shoultz indicated that Council members should be on the lookout for a notice of a special meeting next Monday.

 

Reading and Passage of Legislation

 

Ord. No. 8-09 providing for the issuance of $200,000.00 of notes by the City of Chillicothe, Ohio, in anticipation of the issuance of bonds for the purpose of acquiring a fire truck and declaring an emergency was read for the third time by title only.  On final passage, all members present voted “yea”, and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 8-09 adopted by a vote of 7-0.

 

Ord. No. 9-09 authorizing the Mayor of the City of Chillicothe to enter into a Joint Cooperation Agreement with the City of Circleville, and the Ross, Pike, and Pickaway County Boards of Commissioners for the purpose of securing Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds and administration of the same, and declaring an emergency was read for the second time by title only.  Mrs. Ames moved and Mr. Proehl seconded that the three reading rule be suspended, placing this item on final passage.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the rule suspended.  All members present then voted “yea” on the item itself, and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 9-09 adopted by a vote of 7-0.

 

Ord. No. 10-09 accepting insurance proceeds in the amount of $8,135.00, appropriating $9,135.00 to repair vandalism damage to floodwall pump stations, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mrs. Ames moved and Mr. Proehl seconded that the three reading rule be suspended, placing this item on final passage.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the rule suspended.  All members present then voted “yea” on  the item itself, and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 10-09 adopted by a vote of 7-0.

 

Ord. No. 11-09 appropriating $200,000.00 of HUD funds, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mrs. Ames moved and Mr. Cross seconded that the three reading rule be suspended, placing this item on final passage.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the rule suspended.  All members present then voted “yea” on the item itself, and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 11-09 adopted. 

 

An Ordinance appropriating $400.00 to purchase drain cleaning equipment for the Service Department, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only. 

 

An Ordinance authorizing Menard, Inc. to install and operate a temporary traffic signal on N. Bridge Street at the southernmost entrance to its business known as “Menard’s,”  and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mrs. Malone moved and Mrs. Patrick seconded that the three reading rule be suspended, placing this item on final passage.  All members present voted “yea” except Mr. Trutschel, who voted “nay”, and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion to have failed.

 

Mrs. Lester moved and Mrs. Malone seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  All members

present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.  Adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

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