Galion Council stays short and sweet
By Matt Echelberry
Galion City Council held a regular meeting Nov. 13, which was over in about 35 minutes—the shortest session it has had in months.
Ord. 2012–88 authorized a lease-purchase agreement with PNC Equipment Finance, LLC for a new fire truck in the amount of $360,000. City Manager Gene Toy explained that the purchase was included in the city’s budget recovery plan; the ordinance approved the specific financing for it.
Ord. 2012–89 authorized the city manager to apply for and accept a State Capital Improvement Program loan under Round 27 of the Ohio Public Works Commission funding, which totals $318,265. The loan will be used to cover project costs for the State Route 61 waterline installation. The waterline will extend from the intersection of SR 61 and SR 309, north to Middletown Road.
Both ordinances passed as emergencies.
Council also approved four resolutions. Res. 2012–13 transferred a total of $95,000 from the CHIP grant fund to several accounts within it. Finance Director Karen Walters explained that the city already has that money, the resolution simply authorizes her to divide it into the correct accounts.
Res. 2012–14 transferred $5,400 within the airport fund to the following accounts: airport supplies and materials ($3,500), airport maintenance contractual ($1,000), airport maintenance supplies ($500) and airport maintenance capital ($400).
Res. 2012–15 and Res. 2012–16 were for special appointments; the first was a second term for Council member Walter Keib as a trustee of the Egbert M. Freese Foundation, the second resolution reappointed Sharon Barnes, Carol Dayne and Council member Cathy George to the Galion Street Tree Commission.
Committee reports were also offered, beginning with Finance. Walters announced that the department is working on an online bill pay system and hopes to have it running soon.
Also, Finance Chair Roberta Wade set a tentative date for a committee meeting, which is Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.
Laws and Ordinances was to meet immediately after the Council meeting to continue discussion on internet cafe regulation.
Only one citizen addressed Council that evening. After Council President Gail Baldinger explained the rules for citizens, in which they must address remarks to the whole Council and refrain from addressing an individual member, Citizen Paula Durbin addressed Council member Ken Bodkins directly.
“Mr. Bodkins, I was wondering when we can expect your resignation from Council?” Durbin asked.
“Probably the end of May,” Bodkins replied.
Before disregarding meeting decorum, Durbin mentioned that American Municipal Power, based in Columbus, is having a seminar on Nov. 29. She called and asked about attending, but was told the event was not open to citizens. She then asked if anyone from the city planned to attend.
Toy responded that himself or a member of the Finance Department typically goes to such seminars and one of them would be attending on the 29th.
The December Galion City Council meetings are Dec. 11 at 18 (the second meeting was pushed up one week due to the holidays). Also, there will be a public hearing on the 11th during the meeting in regards to a rezoning request from properties on State Route 598. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.