Council, school board talk joint plans


Delaware City Council will have a joint meeting with Delaware City Schools Board of Education on Monday.

Council and the school board will have separate meetings before coming together, said Jennifer Ruhe, director of communications for the school district. Council will meet in its chambers at City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., 6:30 p.m. before heading over to Willis Education Center, 74 W. William St., at 7 p.m., she said.

The city will present information about development and its impact on the district and receive a school update from Superintendent Paul Craft.

The two groups will discuss about potential community uses of the district’s Boardman Field, the Delaware Community Coalition’s request for community basketball courts at Willis, safe routes to school and the possibility to use the Willis School as the Delaware Entrepreneur Center.

Council is expected to not address all items on its own agenda.

“Most of the items on the agenda are expected to be carried on to the Feb. 27 meeting,” said Lee Yoakum, city spokesman, in an email. “(City Attorney Darren Shulman) felt it was best to just keep them on the agenda for consistency, so they will just be read.”

“Of course all action by Council is at its discretion,” he added.

The two items Council is expected to take action, according to Yoakum, is the consent agenda and a resolution to authorize a memorandum of understanding between the city and AFSCME Clerical bargaining group.

The consent agenda will establish a time and date for public comment of a resolution to accept the downtown parking study submitted by MKSK Consultants, a Columbus-based planning firm. Public comment for that resolution is expected to be available at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 27.

Other items that are part of the consent agenda include accepting motion summaries from committee or prior Council meetings and a resolution to accept improvements of Glenross North development.

The MOU between the city and the bargaining group would extend vision coverage with the city’s $6 contribution. The intent is to provide this benefit during the current contract period, according to a city-prepared fact sheet, but requires both parties to negotiate this term in the next contract. The city would pay $528 in 2017 for eight members, who signed up, since Feb. 1.

In other business, Council:

• Will have a fourth reading of legislation to update the circus permit process. Council adopted two changes, one which bans exotic animals and the other allows Council to ban circuses for animal mistreatment based on citations issued by issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and the city’s animal control. Although not a policy change, a new section was added to further clarify that accredited zoos were exempted from the adopted provisions.

• Will have a second reading to update codified ordinance section 505.23, which now exempts circuses from having exotic animals. A public hearing was already scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

By Brandon Klein

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Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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