City council rolls back legislation to fire OHM Advisors as a municipal engineering company

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Massillon Town Hall

Monday meeting

KEY ACTION: Approved an ordinance for the city’s 2022 operating budget.

The city’s total business budget next year is expected to be around $ 50 million, which includes a general fund total of around $ 27 million.

Following: Mayor of Massillon: the City will be looking for a full-time engineer, a new firm from January

The general fund pays for services such as the police, fire department and streets.

Massillon city council approved the city’s 2022 operating budget on Monday evening.

DISCUSSION: Several board members asked General Counsel Justin Richard about the need for a new part-time position for his office starting in 2022.

The administrative assistant position lasts up to 30 hours per week with an annual salary of approximately $ 28,000. An amendment to remove the item from next year’s budget was ultimately rejected by council.

The post will therefore be funded through the 2022 budget.

OTHER ACTION: Legislation indefinitely postponed that aimed to end the working relationship between the city and its contracted engineering company, OHM Advisors.

The OHM submitted a resignation letter to the mayor earlier this month, severing ties with the city on December 31. As a result, the proposal considered by the Board became moot.

The company had been the city’s principal engineer since July 2016.

Also advice:

  • Legislation approved that aims to redirect the city’s six wards based on the new US Census population counts.

  • Approved an order to accept a federal grant of $ 180,000 for manpower for the Department of Health in Massillon. The money is to help fund two temporary part-time positions at the health agency and continue to pay for an existing part-time position.

  • Passage of a law that triggers a new three-year pact with the Police Association of the Fraternal Order of the Police of Massillon (FOP) Henderson Lodge for the officers of the gold unit. The gold unit is made up of sergeants and lieutenants. The agreement is retroactive to July 1 and ends on June 30, 2024.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Newly elected and re-elected council members, along with elected officials from other city offices, are expected to be sworn in for new terms at 7 p.m. on Dec. 27 in the council chamber.

Following: Massillon obtains a grant of $ 619,000 to help finance a water pipe and sewer system project

FOLLOWING: Meet at 6:30 p.m. on December 27 for a working session at the Massillon Government & Justice Center, 1 James Duncan Plaza SE. Meetings are open to the public and in-person participation is welcome.

This article originally appeared on The Independent: Massillon city council approves the 2022 operating budget on Monday evening


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