City Council had 15 items of legislation on the agenda for its March 22 meeting. Many of them involved economic development projects.
Ord. 2016-11 approved the rezoning of multiple lots in the vicinity of Hesby Drive. The zoning is changing from R-1C (Historical Neighborhood Single Family Residential) to GC (General Commercial), to allow for potential commercial development. (See photo to view the zoning changes.) The ordinance passed as a third reading.
Ord. 2016-16 approved the creation of a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Fund for several parcels of land on Brandt Road. Service payments and property tax rollback payments made by the hotel developer will be collected and placed into this fund. The payments will then be used for public infrastructure improvements for the hotel, including utility lines and 300 lineal feet of new roadway. The TIF district is large enough that there will be room for future developments. The ordinance passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-18 amended 2016 appropriations to put the funding mechanism for the TIF into place. It also provides funding for a sewer project, and adjusts the annual appropriations for operation costs. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-26 authorized the bidding for TIF projects in the total amount of $635,000. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-14 repealed Chapter 769 of the City’s Codified Ordinances, which outlines the regulations for tattoo parlors. The repeal will bring the city in line with existing state regulations. It passed as a second reading.
Ord. 2016-17 revised the put option/right of first refusal for the Central Hotel repair project. Law Director Thomas Palmer explained that last year council voted on a $980,000 revolving loan to help finance the repairs, and also approved a put option. The legislation revised that put option to include LEADS, an equity partner in the original hotel project. This does not change the city’s equity position. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-19 amended 2016 appropriations to put $8,592 from unappropriated funds into the General Drug Law Fund, to allow the Police Department to purchase investigation equipment. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-20 modified the staffing ordinance to add a deputy auditor to the staffing list. Auditor Brian Treisch explained the position will help strengthen the auditor’s office because the it requires a more extensive public accounting background, compared to the existing administrative clerk position. Starting salary will be around $45,000 but does not require additional appropriations for this year. After discussions with Clemons-Nelson (the firm that updates the city’s employee handbook), the city needs to keep the two administrative clerk positions on the roster, but only one of those positions is filled. The legislation passed as a first reading 4-1, with Councilman Mark Triplett dissenting.
Ord. 2016-22 added the deputy auditor position to the pay range scale. The range for the position is $33,356-$74,092 (council controls how much money to actually appropriate for the salary). It passed as a first reading.
Ord. 2016-21 renewed a contract with Polk Township for fire and EMS protection services. The township is to pay $199,975. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-24 authorized the submittal of a $200,000 grant application for the Big Four Depot, for the construction of an outdoor pavilion on the property. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-27 amended 2016 appropriations to put money in place for the Depot grant. $200,000 in local funds must be expensed for the project, and the state reimburses the city. The ordinance passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-25 authorized bidding for a new restroom facility at East Park. It will be a prefabricated, masonry building. The total cost is not to exceed $63,000. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-28 authorized the bidding of lease for the South Street Commerce Center (the former HTI building). This will expedite getting a tenant in the building. Terms of the lease are: a minimum payment of 12 cents per square foot, a minimum lease of 250,000 square feet of space, and the agreement must end no later than Dec. 31, 2016. The short-term lease will generate around $30,000 per month. It passed as an emergency reading.
Ord. 2016-29 authorized the submittal of an economic development grant through the Ohio Development Services Agency. If approved, the $140,00 grant would assist the “Jake’s” restaurant chain in acquiring a Galion location. It passed as an emergency reading.
Upcoming meetings:Council Special Meeting – April 5 at 7 p.m.Utilities Committee – April 6 at 7 p.m.Council Regular Meeting – April 12 at 7 p.m.Finance Committee – April 20 at 7 p.m.