Galion city discusses farmers market regs
By Rachel Mendell
The Galion City Council met in regular session Oct. 25 to consider legislation and discuss city projects.
The agreement with Crawford County for the OPWC Paving Project was passed and the ordinance to apply for the OPWC funding was also passed. Should the city be awarded the funding it would go toward needed paving projects such as Dawsett, North Boston and Jefferson.
The council considered discussion about the new proposed ordinance concerning farmers markets within the city. At present there is only one market within city limits – the God’s Little Acre Market on Market Street. The ordinance would extend the time a market could conduct business (from April 15 to Nov. 15) and replace the current regulations of a 14-day license with only one chance to renew.
One resident commented that the $25 permit fee per year per vendor was too high and that there is already too much paperwork.
Stephanie Zmuda from the Galion Health Department explained that this cost is set in place to recoup Health Department costs, but isn’t enough to break even. Zmuda further explained that if vendors did not pay the permit fee, that cost would ultimately be passed on to the taxpayer.
The council passed the first reading of the new Farmers Market Regulations. The second reading will be considered at the next council meeting.
Dan Beach was approved as a representative to the Galion Health District Licensing Council. Funds of $3,000 were transferred into the fire department funds from an Ohio EMS grant that was received. Funds were also transferred within the airport fund from money received from the sale of fuel to buy more fuel.
City manager Gene Toy reported that the post-audit conference with the state went well. “We have a clean audit with no findings,” he said. Councilman Walt Keib thanked Toy for all his work with the Freeze Foundation board in finding a way to compromise wit hthe state. “For the first time, we have a clean audit,” he said.
The work on the Shumaker ditch is beginning with surveying taking place on Harding Way East near the Galion East Apartments. The old restaurant on State Route 61 has requested a liquor license. Council declined a hearing since that restaurant had already had a license.
At the next council meeting members will consider registering contractors within the community.
Toy reported the owners of the Galion East Apartments would like a letter of support to go after low income tax credits to aide in making renovations to the buildings. Keib urged Toy that the company be required to use Galion businesses saying, “If it’s in Galion, use Galion people.”
Toy also reported on a meeting with Hessenaur residents on the proposed safe house within their neighborhood at Keller Hall. He said it was a good meeting and that it looks like the project is “dead in the water.”
Toy also said that last week a representative of Bob Latta’s office was at the city building to meet with folks needing questions answered. There were no visitors.
A representative from a sanitation service requested she be allowed to pick up garbage in the area before the required 6 a.m. She said she sees beer and pop deliveries as well as school buses out earlier than 6 a.m. and she needs the extra time to get to all her routes and stay clear of the busy later morning traffic. George invited her to come to the laws and ordinances committee that meets Nov. 8 at 6:15 p.m. The requirements are an ordinance and the ordinance would need to be changed to permit earlier trash pick up, she said.
The council was reminded that Galion Trick or Treat is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 – 4 p.m. and Trick or Treat Walk You Feet will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 – 5 p.m.
Council woman Shirley Clark made the announcement that Tabernacle of Praise would be serving doughnuts and cider to neighborhood children at the East Park Cabin from 6 to 8 p.m.
Council members Roberta Wade and Thomas Fellner were excused from the meeting. The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The public is encouraged to attend.