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ONTARIO — During a work session on Thursday, Ontario City Council looked at changing wording in a resolution about people who serve on boards or committees being in good financial standing with the city, as well as business license fees, both of which were implemented in 2018.

Sullivan suggests amending resolution

Ontario City Attorney Larry Sullivan and City Manager Adam Brown worked together to iron out an amendment on the financial requirement for members of boards and committees.

The matter regarded Resolution No. 2018-115 which “Requires good financial standing with the city to be appointed to a city board or committee and cause for removal from a city board or committee.”

It was suggested to change it to Resolution No. 2019-105, which states that “community members serving on boards and committee be in good financial standing with the city and hold no unpaid debts to the city.”

Sullivan said it was his intent to ensure people who served on city boards or committees were current in their financial obligations to the city, and he could do so by adding three amendments.

When passed in 2018, the resolution did not specifically address committee appointees who had business interests in Ontario that involved separate legal entities such as limited liability companies and corporations.

The City Council intends to have the rules in that earlier resolution that apply equally to appointees who are not sole proprietors but are partners, members or shareholders of Ontario businesses, and it is also the Council’s intent to require Committee appointees to be responsible for complying with the requirements of Chapter 4 of Title 3 of the Municipal Code, dealing with the registration of Ontario businesses.

Ontario Mayor Riley HIll questioned the fairness of the amendments changes, particularly if someone is a 10 percent owner of a business.

Continuing the discussion was added to the agenda for the regularly scheduled Feb. 19 meeting.

Business licenses

Councilman Norm Crume shared that he at one time had voted against having a business license. At the time he felt it was unneeded and unnecessary, putting expensive costs with expensive licensing on the business owners. Crume said he had been current since day one, and he had personally faced no financial hardships because of paying for a business license.

Council members discussed the cost of $25 per business for the first year, and $10 per business thereafter.

No decision was made, however.

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