July 16 meeting
KEY ACTION Held the first reading of an ordinance that would double council members’ salaries on Jan. 1, 2014.
DISCUSSION Council is considering the increase because of a change to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System regulations. The change means that council members or any Ohio government employee must be paid at least $600 a month or $7,200 a year to qualify for service credits toward state retirement benefits. Previously, the monthly salary set by the state was $250 a month. Canal Fulton City Council members currently earn $3,600 annually with the mayor earning $7,200.
Council initially was going to delay the first reading until its Aug. 6 meeting, but Councilman Scott Svab pointed out that date would only allow for one reading instead of the usual three. By holding the first reading last night, council would be able to at least hold two readings before the deadline for council action as set by the state, he said.
If council approves the ordinance, only four of the six council members will see a pay increase in January because four seats are up for election this fall. Those seats are held by Sue Mayberry, Paul Bagocius, Nellie Cihon and Linda Zahirsky. Councilmen Danny Losch and Scott Svab will be in mid-term and will not be eligible for the pay increase.
• Heard a complaint from a Market Street W resident concerning a vicious dog in the neighborhood. The dog has attacked other animals. The resident asked council to enforce existing ordinances or to prepare new ordinances to protect neighbors and other animals from vicious dogs. Law Director Scott Fellmuth agreed to research current ordinances and report to City Council on Aug. 6.
• Agreed to pay Massillon $3,000 to upgrade the software for the Massillon Building Department to include Canal Fulton. The Massillon Building Department will be issuing building permits and doing inspections in Canal Fulton under an agreement recently approved by both cities.
• Heard that the Ohio Public Works Commission approved changes to the Wooster Street storm water project. The new plan calls for routing storm water along rights-of-way instead of across private property, where easements were difficult to get.
• Approved two resolutions authorizing the city manager to hire an attorney to prepare the issuance of bonds to pay for the Locust/Portage Street repaving and the Cherry Street E/ Locust Street S intersection.
• Adjourned to executive session to discuss the purchase of property. Legislative action was not expected.
UP NEXT Meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at City Hall.