City council discusses use of workers’ comp rebate

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Marysville City Council members discussed legislation at their meeting Monday that would have the city use part of a state refund to buy a desk treadmill, backup cameras for vehicles and other safety equipment.
The city received about $174,000 this year from the State of Ohio as part of its “A Billion Back” program. The program has the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation distributing money to employers to spend on safety and health.
The desk treadmill would be for 911 dispatchers to use during long shifts to encourage leg circulation.
The backup cameras are especially needed, according to Finance Director Justin Nahvi.
“We do have some fender-benders here, especially with the large dump trucks,” Nahvi said.
Other items include standing desks, street barricades for events and dollies to move around equipment.
The requests total about $17,500.
Councilperson Tracy Richardson asked where the city sent the rest of the refund. Nahvi said much of the money was allocated to general fund, various utility funds and the street maintenance fund.
In an email, he further wrote that money was also allocated to the pool fund, events and recreation fund, street tree fund and security of persons and property fund.
Councilperson Nevin Taylor asked whether council could waive the third reading, though Nahvi said there’s no hurry, and that the city hadn’t put in purchase requests yet.
The legislation will return for its final reading and passage at the Oct. 22 council meeting.
Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley also gave a presentation about his and his mens’ time in North Carolina.
Riley said he received a request this week to go assist with hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We are not doing that at this point, but there are going to be requests in the future,” Riley said.
Riley also said assisting with other disasters opens up the city for grant opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security. That includes up to $65,000 of equipment with no matching of funds needed.
“That equipment all comes back to our community so that we can use it every day,” Riley said. “That is federal monies that’s given away.”
Later in the meeting, officials discussed netting some money from design review applications that go through the city.
Residents will have to give the city some money if they want to make certain modifications to their property.
Residents will now have to pay $50 to submit alterations to existing sites. Zoning Administrator Ron Todd said this covers administrative costs involved in the application being reviewed by officials then finally approved by the chair of the design review board.
A $25 fee will also be implemented for applicants requesting a street address. This would be if a property owner is turning a house into two residences and requesting a second address.
“With the new growth in the city utilities, both residential and commercial, we’re starting to see a higher volume of these permits being turned in,” Todd said.
Nahvi said the money gained from these fees would go into the city’s general fund.
In other council news:
-Taylor asked officials whether the Cook’s Point roadway project will open up when the asphalt is laid. Andrako said the city would likely wait until the striping on the road is done.
“We probably don’t want to open it up until all the construction’s complete,” Andrako said. “But I would say at some point this year, it’ll be opened up.”



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