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Minutes For Chillicothe Ohio City Council Meeting 07-13-2009
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Council Chambers
Regular Meeting
July 13, 2009
7:31 p.m.

 

Council met in regular session with all nine members present:  Ames, Bonner, Cross, Henderson, Lester, Malone, Patrick, Proehl and Trutschel.  There were 3 media representatives and 16 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. Jerry Carpenter, Westside Church of the Nazarene, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Mr. Bonner moved and Mrs. Lester seconded that the Minuets of the regular meeting of June 22, 2009, be accepted and approved, as submitted by the Clerk.  All members voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Parks & Recreation Committee:
Mr. Trutschel paid tribute to Ralph Branson, a member of the Parks & Recreation Board for many years who just passed away.  He said that Mr. Branson was a great man and will be sorely missed. 

Engineering Committee:
Mrs. Malone reported on Item #1 to amend Section 351.99 of the Revised Ordinances, on tonight’s Agenda for its third reading.  Mrs. Malone reported on Item #6 to authorize a street light at the alley between Hickory Street and Knoles Avenue, on tonight’s Agenda for its second reading.  Mrs. Malone reported on Item #18 to amend Ord. No. 51-09 as it relates to accepting a permanent traffic signal easement at Menard’s, on  tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She indicated that she will seek to pass this item tonight. 

Utilities Committee:
Mrs. Patrick reported on Item #8 to appropriate $7,800.00 for storm water maintenance, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She said that she will seek to pass this item tonight.  Mrs. Patrick moved and Mrs. Malone seconded that Item #9 not be read tonight.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.    Mrs. Patrick reported on Item #10 to appropriate $30,000.00 for a new sanitary sewer line on South Sugar Street, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  Mrs. Patrick reported on Item #14 to direct the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for water line replacement on Western Avenue and to appropriate $250,000.00, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  Mrs. Patrick reported on Item #17 to adopt replacement pages in the Utility Department Rules and Regulations, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She requested that time be set aside at a review session next Monday to discuss this item. 

Development Committee:
Mrs. Ames reported on Item #5 to accept a $750.00 reimbursement of unused CHIP funds, on tonight’s Agenda for its second reading.  Mrs. Ames reported on Item #13 to authorize an appropriation in the year 2010 of $6,466.00 for the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading. 

Finance Committee:
Mrs. Henderson reported on Item #3 to adopt the budget for the city for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2010, on tonight’s Agenda for its third reading.  Mrs. Henderson reported on Item #7 to appropriate $2,958.00 for hose bed covers and a clothes dryer for the Chillicothe Fire Department, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  She indicated that she will seek to pass this item tonight.  Mrs. Henderson reported on Item #12 to appropriate $8,575.00 to pave Kendrick Avenue, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading. 

Safety Services Committee:
Mr. Proehl reported on Item #16 to authorize the Safety Service Director to enter into a contract with the Ross County Commissioners for the sale of certain motor vehicles, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  He indicated that he will seek to pass this item tonight. 

Human Resources Committee:
Mr. Bonner reported on Item #2 to create a part-time Clerk position within the Law Director’s Office, on tonight’s Agenda for its third reading.  Mr. Bonner reported on Item #11 to amend Ord. No. 115-03 dealing with pay and benefit structures of the Police and Fire Chiefs, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading.  Mr. Bonner reported on Item #15 to establish a salary schedule for part-time seasonal employees of the Recreation Department, on tonight’s Agenda for its first reading. 

REPORTS OF OFFICIALS

Report of Mayor Sulzer:
Mayor Sulzer commented on Item #13, stating that the OVRDC is a clearing house for grants.  He commented on Item #16, indicating that this is to transfer motor vehicles to the Ross County Sheriff’s Department.  He reminded everyone that one week from Saturday, on July 25, 2009, is the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament.  He expressed his thanks to Mrs. Primer and her staff for the successful fireworks display.  He indicated that the bike path bridge will be installed on about July 30, 2009, and that High Street will be closed at this location during the installation.  He indicated that he has handed out a letter from the EPA concerning the city’s waste water treatment discharge.  He also paid tribute to Ralph Branson, stating that he will certainly be missed.

Report of Auditor Morrissey:
Mr. Morrissey echoed the tributes to Ralph Branson, stating that he will be missed.  He indicated that he has handed out the latest e.o.m. report, and also a comparison of funds report. 

Report of Law Director Eddy:
Mrs. Eddy also expressed her condolences to the family of Ralph Branson.  She said that he was always a gentleman.  She asked that Council pass Item #2 providing for a part-time Clerk position in the Law Director’s Office.  She commented on Item #18, urging that it be passed tonight to clear up the paper work on the Menard’s traffic signal. 

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Connie Myer, of 153 Caldwell Street, spoke to Council about the income tax issue proposed to be put on the November ballot.   She said that she feels that this would be a mistake.  She talked about the importance of the Carlisle Building, and she urged that a task force be set up to answer questions. 

Nancy King of 648 Liberty Street spoke to Council on behalf of the three preservation groups.  She said that she agrees with Connie Myer’s position against putting a tax increase on the ballot.  She spoke about the numerous opportunities for grants if the local government makes a commitment to use the Carlisle/Howson Buildings.  She proceeded to read from a letter opposing the tax ballet issue, and urging this commitment from the City of Chillicothe.  The letter is signed by a representative of each of the three preservationists groups.

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Trutschel spoke about the Gus Macker Tournament, stating that he has been accused of playing politics to prevent Gus Macker from coming to Chillicothe.  He said that he has serious concerns about the downtown businesses and residents and their ability to have access.  He stated that he had requested a timely submission of information from Gus Macker, but that this was not provided.  He then discussed his motion to not close the streets at 8:00 a.m., and he stated that most of the downtown businesses do not want Gus Macker and they do not want their streets closed.  He said it is time for Gus Macker to go. 

Mrs. Patrick spoke about the $100,000.00 in police laptop computers for their cruisers.  She said that this allows the cruisers to be in the neighborhoods while they are doing their reports. 

Mr. Trutschel said that Cathy Primer sent out a memo concerning the Parks & Recreation Department being short two employees.  He said that they have many projects that they need to take care of, and that the Parks & Recreation Board has passed a motion to urge Chillicothe City Council to fully fund the Parks & Recreation Department and to restore staffing to its previous level.  Mr. Morrissey responded, saying that this goes back to the previous administration where groundskeepers were put in the union and given full benefits, which put a financial strain on the Parks & Recreation Department. 


NEW BUSINESS

Mrs. Ames requested time at next week’s review session to discuss a grant request by the Chillicothe Fire Department.  She discussed another grant on senior home inspections.  She said that this Saturday, July 18, 2009, there will be a “drug dump” at the Ross County Senior Center on Western Avenue.  She said that this prevents prescription medication from getting into the water supply. 

Mrs. Patrick said that we need to look into a storm water problem at Knoles Avenue. 

Mrs. Lester paid tribute to Ralph Branson, saying that he was a neighbor and that she extends her deepest sympathy to his family. 

Mr. Cross said that Ralph Branson was a member of his church, and Mr. Cross spoke of the loss to the entire community. 

 

COUNCIL ASSIGNMENTS AND CALENDAR

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

#301
Engineering-Amend Menard’s traffic signal legislation;
    
#302
Finance-Appropriate funds to hire temporary clerk in Police Dept. to cover maternity leave;

#303
Utilities-Appropriate $99,888.00 to purchase new dump truck in Utilities;
    
#304
Engineering-Authorize easement for private electric line;
    
#305
Safety Services-Authorize Police to trade in unused weapons;
    
#306
Utilities-Appropriate $17,206.00 for Water Department insurance;
    
#307
Finance-Appropriate $15,048.00 for floodwall pump station and equipment insurance;
   
#308
Finance-Appropriate $947.82 for weed eater;
    
#309
Finance-Appropriate funds for air conditioning repair in Municipal Court;
    
#310
Finance-Authorize repair or replacement of city computer server;  
    
#311
Finance-Appropriate $4,000.00 for treatment of K-9 dog;
    
#312
Development-Authorize application for assistance to firefighter’s grant;  and
    
#313
Finance-Appropriate $795.00 for building department equipment.

Pres. Shoultz said that there will be a review session next Monday, with time set aside for the discussion of the Utility Department Rules & Regulations, at the request of Mrs. Patrick, and also time set aside to discuss the Chillicothe Fire Department grant, at the request of Mrs. Ames. 

 

READING AND PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION

Ord. No. 61-09
amending Section 351.99 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Chillicothe, Ohio was read for the third time by title only.  On final passage, all members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 61-09 adopted.

Ord. No. 62-09
creating a part-time Clerk position within the Office of the Law Director, 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. 62-09 adopted.

Res. No. 16-09
adopting the budget for the City of Chillicothe, Ohio, for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2010, submitting the same to the County Auditor 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 Res. No. 16-09 adopted.

Res. No. 17-09
accepting the annual report of the Chillicothe Reinvestment Area’s Tax Incentive Review Council was read for the third time by title only.  On final passage, all members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared Res. No. 17-09 adopted.

An Ordinance accepting and appropriating the sum of $750.00 for reimbursement of unused Community Housing Improvement Program funds and declaring an emergency was read for the second time by title only. 

An Ordinance authorizing the installation of a street light at the alley between Hickory Street and Knoles Avenue was read for the second time by title only. 

Ord. No. 63-09
appropriating $2,958.00 to purchase hose bed covers for fire stations #1, #3 and #4 and a clothes dryer for firestation #4, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mrs. Henderson moved and Mrs. Ames 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. 63-09 adopted.

Ord. No. 64-09
appropriating $7,800.00 for storm water maintenance, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mrs. Patrick moved and Mrs. Malone 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. 64-09 adopted.

An Ordinance appropriating $30,000.00 for a new sanitary sewer line on South Sugar Street at Fifth Street, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.

An Ordinance amending Section 5 of Ord. No. 115-03 dealing with the pay and benefit structures of the Police Chief and Fire Chief, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.

An Ordinance appropriating $8,575.00 to pave Kendrick Avenue near South Woodbridge Avenue, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only. 

A Resolution authorizing the appropriation of funds in the amount of $6,466.00 as participating local funds for 2010, to the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission on behalf of the City of Chillicothe, Ohio, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only. 

An Ordinance directing the Safety Service Director to advertise and take competitive bids for water line replacement on Western Avenue, authorizing the Mayor and the Safety Service Director to enter into contracts associated with said water line replacement, appropriating $250,000.00 for said project, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.

An Ordinance establishing the salary schedule for part-time seasonal employees of the Recreation Department of the City of Chillicothe, repealing  Ord. No. 61-07 as amended by Ordinances #91-07 and #8-08, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.

Ord. No. 65-09
authorizing the Safety-Service Director to enter into a contract with the Board of Ross County Commissioners for the sale of certain motor vehicles owned by the City of Chillicothe, to accept and appropriate the proceeds of said sale, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only.  Mr. Proehl 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. 65-09 adopted.

An Ordinance adopting replacement pages in the Utility Department Rules & Regulations, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only. 

Ord. No. 66-09
amending Section 1 of Ord. No. 51-09 as it relates to accepting a  permanent traffic signal easement for the traffic signal at the entrance to Menard, Inc. dba 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” and Pres. Shoultz declared the rule suspended.  All members present then voted “yea” on the item itself, and Pres. Shoultz declared Ord. No. 66-09 adopted.

An Ordinance adopting the board-up procedures recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration, and declaring an emergency was read for the first time by title only. 

Mrs. Malone moved and Mrs. Lester seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  All members present voted “yea” and Pres. Shoultz declared the motion adopted.  Adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

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