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Galion City Council had 14 items on the agenda for its June 27 meeting. The first three items involved the Police Department.
Ord. 2017-29 authorized an application for an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. If awarded, the grant would pay 75% of the wages and benefits for one full-time police officer for a three-year period. This position would serve as the School Resource Officer at Galion City Schools. Ord. 2017-30 amended appropriations to accept a $2,500 donation for the department. The donation will be used for a program called “Cops & Kids.” Throughout the summer, officers will be going to the parks as their schedules allow to hand out popsicles to kids. Both pieces of legislation were passed as emergencies.
Council also passed a third reading for Ord. 2017-22, an update to the staffing ordinance. The proposed update adds one, part-time property/evidence room custodian for the Police Department. No additional funds are needed to fund the position for the remainder of the year.
Council also passed several items to authorize the issuance and sale of notes:
Ord. 2017-39 reissued $1,139,400 in existing notes. Councilman Tom Fellner explained this will pay off the principal and retire some of the debt. The notes previously paid for a new fire truck, three utility trucks, and a screw pump replacement at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. It also passed unanimously as an emergency.
In other legislation, Ord. 2017-31 amended the 2017 Financial Recovery Plan to update the electric enterprise fund. Financial Supervisor Belinda Miller explained the amendment incorporates debt borrowing for the next phases of the ongoing electric system upgrade. This item passed unanimously as an emergency.
Ord. 2017-32 made adjustments in the Health Department budget to appropriate grant money and transfer funds to help get the department through the end of the year:
This item passed unanimously as an emergency.
Res. 2017-11 approved a then and now certificate in the amounts of $4,527 to the Walter H. Drane Company for codified ordinance services, and $12,424 to Polk Township for a property tax payment. This item passed unanimously as an emergency.
Res. 2017-12 was a purchase agreement for 22 acres of land adjacent to the airport. The land is valued at $181,608. The city anticipates using an FAA grant to pay for 90 percent of allowable costs. Councilman Bill Comerford explained the city must have an agreement with the landowner in place before applying for the grant. He added the land would be used for any future improvements such as taxiway or runway extensions, and additional hangars. Any land not used may be leased for farming at a market rate. This item passed unanimously as an emergency.