SIDNEY — Mayor Mike Barhorst recognized and honored Sidney Police Chief Will Balling with the proclamation stating Jan. 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
Barhorst said, “… in light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement officers nationally, there is a need to show those in uniform that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometime impossible career they have chosen … those of us appreciate law enforcement officers and the important role they play …”
The city of Sidney was also presented with Miami Valley Risk Management Association (MVRMA) Pinnacle Award during Monday’s city council meeting.
Council witnessed the presentation of the Pinnacle Award which is awarded to cities that receive a score of 100 percent compliance on the Safety Performance Evaluation Checklist (SPEC) program.
SPEC program is a tool used to determine where MVRMA members are excelling and where improvement is needed in areas of safety and loss control. Sidney is one of 20 member cities in the public entity risk management association and property/casualty insurance pool. Sidney last received the award in 2012.
City Manager Mark Cundiff said “special recognition should be given to Human Resources Manager Vickie Allen who works with all departments to prepare” senior directors and department heads for the SPEC program site visit.
In other business, council was introduced two ordinances for the permanent designation the clerk of council to attend the required training related to the public records law and sunshine law on behalf of the council, and for changes to the organization chart due to the recent retirement of the former Transit Manager Deb Grogean.
Council adopted seven resolutions, and they are:
• The authorization of the city manager to advertise for bids for various items, projects and services during 2017 that are in accordance with the city’s purchasing police and were included within the city’s adopted 2017 budget.
• To declare “necessity” as the first step in the 2017 curb and gutter program of requiring property owners to repair or replace curb and gutters in front of or adjacent to their driveway.
Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Gary Clough said approximately 17,157 lineal feet of curb and gutter will need replaced in 2017 estimated to cost $700,000. About 3,720 lineal feet is in front of driveways that need to be replaced by approximately 172 property owners by May 26.
Council member Janet Born asked if people could get an extension if they were unable to complete the work by May 26. Clough said likely property owners would be granted an additional week or two, but unless they intend to complete the repairs themselves, additional time would not be granted. If property owners plan to do their own repairs, they need to notify the city by mid to late April so the property will not be included in the city’s contract plans for repair.
• The authorization of the city manager to enter into a three-year agreement with the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). The agreement terms are for the city to pay the CIC $66,000 for the services of the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership for 2017. The CIC works to advance, encourage and promote industrial and economic development in the community.
• Approval of a replat to create two new lots at 2489 Michigan Street. This replat is part one of a two-part action to transfer a portion of the land to the adjacent Storage Express property. The property is located in the community business district. It was previously developed with a single family residence, which is prohibited in the community business district.
• Approval for part two of the two-part action described above for the replat to create one new lot at Storage Express on Michigan Street. The property is located in the community business district.
• The appointment of D. Jay Baird to the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership Council to replace Anthony Schroeder, who resigned due to work conflicts. This term will expire on Dec. 31, 2018. Baird previously served on the West Ohio Development Council Board, but due to the board’s reorganization, his seat was eliminated.
• The reappointment of Richard Plaine to a five year term the Sidney Stormwater Appeals Board, which will expire on Jan. 28, 2022. Plaine has served on the Sidney Stormwater Appeals Board since 2002.
Barhorst asked Balling for an update on the speeding concern voiced by citizens on Highland Avenue. Balling said after evaluating the area for three weeks, they discovered 89 percent of vehicles traveled at or below the speed limit of 25-miles per hour, with only 1 percent traveling 10-miles per hour over. Balling said Taft Street and Highland Avenue does not fit the criteria for the requested stop sign and that there are not many accidents there, but told the residents to keep them informed of issues.
Cundiff said the Christmas tree pick-up began on Monday and will continue through-out the week. Also, he said city offices will be closed in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, but trash pick-up will not be impacted. Also, the upcoming Zoning Board/Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 17, is canceled, as there are no applications.
In addition, council will also hold an executive session to consider the purchase of property for public purposes and a pending or imminent court action.
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