Kettering City Council to meet November 19, 2021


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Kettering, Ohio – The Kettering City Council will meet Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Council will meet at the Kettering Government Center, 3600 Shroyer Rd, Kettering. Council will hold two meetings. Council will first have a Council Workshop session at 6:00 P.M. in the Deeds Room. Council will then hold its regular meeting at 7:30 P.M. in the Council’s chambers.

At their regular meeting, Council’s first scheduled action is to present Fire Department Citizenship Award.

Council will also consider two Ordinances. These ordinances would amend various sections of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, and Zoning Code. Both ordinances will be in Second Reading, which means Council can vote on the Ordinances on Tuesday.

Council is also scheduled to consider 7 Resolutions at Tuesday’s meeting.

In the first Resolution, Council will consider accepting or rejecting recommendations from a State Employment Relations Board (SERB) Fact-Finding Report. SERB report 2020-12-MED-1405 related to the City’s contract negotiations with Kettering Association of Dispatchers. The details of SERB Report 12-MED-12-1405 were not available when this article was published.

Council will also consider a Resolution authorizing a cost sharing contract with the Kettering City School District Board of Education. The cost sharing agreement would relate to the City and the School District sharing the cost of School Resource Officers.

The third Resolution proposes permitting the City to enter a contract with the Montgomery County Public Defender Commission and the Montgomery County Public Defender Office to provide legal representation in Kettering Municipal Court for indigent defendants. According to the Resolution, Kettering is Constitutionally mandated to provide these services any time an indigent defendant is facing incarceration.

The next Resolution would authorize the City Manager and/or the Law Director to accept the “material terms” of the One Ohio Subdivision Settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This settlement agreement is part of litigation being prosecuted by the State of Ohio and numerous municipal governments against the Opioid industry. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has proposed a settlement of the claims raised against them. If approved, the State and municipal governments would share the proceeds of the settlement per the terms of a One Ohio Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the litigation participants.

Council will also vote on a resolution to contract with the Kettering Basketball Officials Association for officiating and scorekeeping services for the 2022 adult basketball leagues. Sealed bidding would be waived.

The sixth Resolution would permit the City Manager to use “competitive bargaining and negotiated quotes”, instead of sealed bids, to purchase fitness equipment for the Kettering Recreation Complex and the Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center. The resolution indicates that the estimated cost of this equipment would be $99,869. The City has allocated $100,000 for the project.

Council’s final scheduled Resolution would make the following supplemental appropriations for the Kettering Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. The Police Department would receive $144,700 from the General Fund, and $27,300 from the Police Pension Fund. The Parks and $100,000 would be transferred from the General Fund to the Parks and Recreation Fund to cover operating expenses.

Council will also consider the first reading of an Ordinance to amend Chapter 478 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Kettering regarding “shared mobility devices”. If this Ordinance is passed, the City would be able to issue permits to operators of businesses that provided shared scooters, shared bikes, etc. Council cannot enact the Ordinance Tuesday since it is only in First Reading.

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