Ordinances debated at council meeting

GALION — Two ordinances up for vote by Galion City Council were debated during the council meeting Tuesday evening, with one being sent to a committee.

Council member Mark Triplett made the motion for an ordinance authorizing the city safety-service director to enter into a contract to complete bridge work on Cummings Road be sent to the streets committee. Council member Susan Bean objected, stating the ordinance should be sent to the finance committee.

“There are other bridges that may need repaired before this bridge. I think we need to assess the situation first,” said Triplett who noted that the Edwards Street bridge is in worse shape.

The motion was passed to send the proposed $216,282 project to the streets committee for consideration before an ordinance is voted on by the council as a whole.

Galion resident Howard Morrow spoke out against an ordinance to amend the city’s stormwater credit policy.

The amendment would allow the city safety service director to hear appeals regarding disputes and complaints versus an appeals board.

“Leave the ordinance alone, it’s a good ordinance,” Morrow said. “A board is needed and if not, we should just get rid of all boards then.”

After more objections from Morrow, the ordinance’s second reading was passed.

Council also passed third readings of two ordinances. one is an amendment to the city’s design review board to allow members who own a business in the city but reside outside of the city limits to become members of the board, the other is the purchase of the city’s new Vactor Jet Truck.

Ordinances to authorize the purchase of bullet proof vests for the police department and regarding a bridge inspection program were also passed.

Council member Shirley Clark, who is chair of the council’s parks and recreation committee, said that the new splash park at East Park was a success over the summer.

“It went very well. We had citizens from all over using the splash park,” said Clark.

Matt Echelberry, the city’s communication director, said the city website went from 719 visits during April, May and June to 13,698 during the months of July, August and September.

“That is a 90 percent increase in web traffic overall,” Echelberry said.

The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Galion Municipal Building.


By Kimberly Gasuras

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