Galion Council approves 2013 tax rates, recommendations from TIR
By Matt Echelberry
Galion City Council passed some important pieces of legislation at its Oct. 23 meeting.
Ord. 2012–85 increased appropriations for the Community Development Block Grant fund in the amount of $11,529. The CDBG is an annual grant awarded to the county, which is then passed on to the individual communities.
In addition, Ord. 2012–86 authorized the city manager to execute an agreement between the city and the Crawford Regional Planning Commission for the administration of the fiscal year 2012 CDBG Formula Grant.
City Manager Gene Toy explained that the funds covered only administrative fees. According to the agreement, the RPC assists the city in applying for and administering the grant funds each year.
Those ordinances were passed as emergencies.
Ord. 2012–87 authorized Galion resident Kenneth Saunders to tap into the city water supply system for his South Street property. At the previous Council meeting, Saunders made the request to tap into the city’s water because his well went dry and he did not want to install a new one. The ordinance, which spelled out several terms and conditions, was passed as an emergency.
That evening was the second reading for Ord. 2012–79, to adopt new building and zoning fees. City Building Inspector Matt Ross said that, as motioned at the last Council meeting, he added in a line item for building permit fees for residential handicap ramps.
Council member Roberta Wade moved to create a separate zoning permit fee for the ramps as well, reducing the fee from $25 to $10 (for a total cost of $20.10 for the ramp building permit and zoning permit). Her motion passed.
The ordinance then passed as a second reading and an emergency.
It was also the second reading for Ord. 2012–84 for an alley vacation at the rear of 421 Sherman Street. A public hearing was held regarding the vacation at the previous meeting. The second reading passed.
Council also passed three resolutions. Res. 2012-10 accepted the recommendations of the Tax Incentive Review Council. Tax agreements with Schwan’s, Elliott Machine and the Central Hotel will be continued and the agreement with Buckeye Pumps will be modified to reflect actual real estate investment.
Res. 2012-11 transferred a total of $21,946.28 within utility accounts for water, sewer, electric and stormwater to the Finance/Contractual Services Fund. Finance Director Karen Walters explained that this is an end of the year transfer because too much money was budgeted for those accounts.
Res. 2012-12 accepted 2013 tax rates from the County Budget Commission.
More on Galion City Council will appear in the Saturday edition of the Inquirer.