The Regular Meeting of the Council of the City of Belpre, Ohio was called to order by Council President Mr. Neff at 7:30 p.m.with Mr. Neff welcoming everyone to this evening’s meeting.  The roll was called with the following members present: Ms. Abdella, Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Martin, Mr. Newberry, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Sinnett, and Mr. Wallace present.    Also present were Mayor Lorentz, Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Auditor Miss Pittenger, City Law Director Mr. Webster, Treasurer Mr. McAfee and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith.

 At this time, Mr. Neff asked that everyone please stand for the prayer and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.  The invocation was given.

A motion was made by Mrs. Marshall to accept the minutes ofFebruary 11, 2013as presented and by-pass the reading.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Reports of City Officials

 Mayor Lorentz’s presented his report:  Report on file.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson announced that during our last wind storm the light atFarson Street fell.  ODOT was contacted.  They now assure us that all lights are attached properly and secure.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger had no report for the Auditor’s Office

City Law Director Mr. Webster had no report for the Law Director’s Office.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee reported that a copy of the January 2013 Treasurer’s Report is before you this evening and is awaiting approval by council.  Mr. Newberry made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. McAfee announced that the Lions Club would be holding their Pancake Breakfast onMarch 9, 2013and onMarch 11, 2013  they would be having their Magic Show.

Mr. McAfee and his wife will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary at theRocklandMethodistChurch.

Communications and Petitions:

 Mr. Neff announced that before him tonight he has an updated employee roster.

Mr. Neff assigned the below topics to committee:

Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella

 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE MAYOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT TO CONDUCT A COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH THE ATHENS-CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR SERVICES OF A PART TIME SANITARIAN.

 Police and Fire Committee – Mr. Sinnett

 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR THE CARE AND SUSTENANCE OF PRISONERS.

 Rule Committee – Mr. Newberry

 City ofAthens– fracking.

Report of Standing Committee:

Ms. Abdella, Finance Audit Committee reported that her committee met on February 13th, 2013 to discuss the Annual Appropriations.  At this time there were no capital expenditures discussed.  The Mayor will meet with us in the very near future to discuss the capital expenditures.  Also discussed were the Smart lease agreement and the Part-time Sanitarian.  At this time I would like to make a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH THE ATHENS-CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR SERVICES OF A PART TIME SANITARIAN and A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE MAYOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT TO CONDUCT A COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Sinnett, Police and Fire Committee had no report.  Mr. Sinnett made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR THE CARE AND SUSTENANCE OF PRISONERS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Wallace, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewer had no report.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

Mr. Martin, Parks and Recreation Committee, had no report.

Mrs. Marshall, Planning and Zoning Committee had no report.

Mrs. Marshall, Economic Development Committee reported that her committee met onFebruary 13, 2013at6:30 PMfor the purpose of discussing Environmental and Landscaping Design.  It was the decision of the committee to hand over to the City Attorney to draft legislation.

Mr. Newberry had no report for the Rules Committee.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda items only.  None

Unfinished Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for third reading A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE STATE OF OHIO’S TAKING OVER COLLECTION OF MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX.  Ms. Pittenger made sure that the legislation stated HB5 instead of 601. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 21, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

 Ms. Abdella brought before council for third reading RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CENTER. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 22, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2013.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Ordinance 21, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICAION OF CERTAIN REAL ESTATE BY NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER CHURCH.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall moved this be Ordinance 22, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

New Business:

Mr. Martin brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTRORICAL STATE PARK.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR CALENDAR AND FISCAL YEAR 2013.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH THE ATHENS-CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR SERVICES OF A PART TIME SANITARIAN.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE MAYOR TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT TO CONDUCT A COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Sinnett brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR THE CARE AND SUSTENANCE OF PRISONERS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Sinnett moved to suspend the rule of council on three different days to allow for the second and third readings of A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR THE CARE AND SUSTENANCE OF PRISONERS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Sinnett brought before council for second and third readings A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR THE CARE AND SUSTENANCE OF PRISONERS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Sinnett moved this be Resolution 23, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council: none

Needed is the Legislation # on Vacant Vehicles.

Ms. Abdella commended all the emergency team that responded to a tragic fire onHill Street.  The Emergency Services were pleased with the response for the victim that was transferred to the hospital.

Adjourn:

 Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn at8:05 p.m. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.