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, Mr. Baker, Mrs. Boso, Mrs. Marshall, Mr. Martin, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Sinnett 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.

Mrs. Marshall made a motion to accept the minutes of November 08, 2010 as presented and by-pass the reading.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Reports of City Officials

 

Mayor Lorentz announced that on November 12th I was invited to the Schwendeman Agency for a quick explanation on the health care bill that has been introduced by Washington.  If you like I can provide you a copy of the power point presentation for your review.  Schwendeman is also assisting us with researching better or less expensive coverage for employees.

Belpre City Health Board met on Friday November 12th and agreed that the Sanitarian had spent enough time writing letters to the occupants in some of our blighted houses.  At this point some residents who have already received letters will now receive a summons to appear in Mayor’s Court.

On November 17th Marietta Memorial Hospital held a ground breaking ceremony for their new facility in Belpre.  The event was well attended and is hopefully the start of great things for our city.  Buckeye Hills is assisting us with acquiring ARC funding for the expansion on Farson Street.  It looks like we are in the running for $750,000, $500,000 for street construction and engineering and $250,000 for sewer upgrade and engineering.

Reminder for Council, Student Government Day is December 13th.  Students will be here for the day and as always you are invited to spend time with your replacement for a day.  The probletunity team will be disclosing their findings of our problem at the next School Board Meeting on the 20th of December.

November 19th I was invited to the High School to visit with the Government class and discuss city government.  I attended both classes and had a very good time with the students.  Chief Clevenger attended elementary school during the same time.   I was at the High School.  The question was placed to both classes as to what they would like to see in Belpre and both classes had the same answer.  Taco Bell!!!!!!!!!

Cub Scout Pack 91 visited the city building Saturday November 20th as part of their rank advancement.  I showed them through the City building as well as the Police Department and a cruiser.  Thank you to the officers and dispatch for assisting with the tour.  Of course the big hit was the police cars and lock-up cells.

We are in the process of installing curb ramps throughout the city.  Believe it or not some of our students were caught jumping in the fresh concrete.  This should be complete by month’s end.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson announced that the Senior Citizens Contract with the O’Neil Center was renewed for one month and would come about again in January.

City Auditor had no report.

City Law Director Mr. Webster reported that they are working toward an agreement with PMC on the items the city will complete and items for which they will be responsible for completing.  If you haven’t been to Mayor’s Court in awhile you might want to come and see how much it has increased in size.  Most misdemeanors seem to be speeding and suspended license.  It seems to be a very popular offense.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report.  Mr. McAfee announced that the Christmas parade would be November 27th, 2010.  Participants will form at the High School at 5:00 p.m. and the parade would begin at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. McAfee stated at one time Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell would be together. 

Communications and Petitions

 

Mr. Neff announced that the clerk received an updated list of elected officials from the Ohio Ethics Commission. Mr. Neff passed along the sheet of addresses for council to review for accuracy.  The clerk was to mail back to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

 

Report of Standing Committee:

 

Ms. Abdella reported that the Finance/Audit Committee met on November 17th, 2010 for the purpose of discussing Temporary Appropriations, Manpower and Longevity. At this time Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda TEMPORARY APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR CALENDAR AND FISCAL YEAR 2011, AN ORDINANCE CLARIFYING ENTITLEMENT TO LONGEVITY PAY, and AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2011.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella mad a motion to by-pass committee and add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee had no report.  Mr. Baker stated that Dr. Barrett offered to sell property to Taco Bell fifteen years ago.

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers had no report.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.  Mr. Robinson thanked council and the administration for flowers that were sent in remembrance of his grandson.

Mr. Martin, Parks and Recreation Committee reported that his committee met prior to this evening meeting to discuss the Blennerhassett Island agreement.  It was the decision of the committee to place on the agenda this evening for first reading.  Mr. Martin made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICAL STATE PARK.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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

Mrs. Boso had no report for Economic Development. 

Mr. Sinnett, Rules Committee reported that the new revised addition regarding burning in our city has been presented to Mr. Webster.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda items only.  None 

Unfinished Business:  None

 

New Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading TEMPORARY APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR CALENDAR AND FISCAL YEAR 2011.  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 AN ORDINANCE CLARIFYING ENTITLEMENT TO LONGEVITY PAY.  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 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2011.  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 APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved to suspend the rule of council on three different days to allow the second and third readings of A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for the second and third readings A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 25, 2010-2011 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICAL STATE PARK.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin moved to suspend the rule of council on three different days to allow the second and third readings of A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICAL STATE PARK.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for second and third readings A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICAL STATE PARK.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin moved this be Resolution 26, 2010-2011 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

 

Mr. Robert Hadfield, 1585 Lois Street appeared before council on behalf of the Belpre Volunteer Department with a list of needs for the department such as training, medical supplies squad replacement, etc.  A copy of the letter was requested by Ms. Abdella.  Discussion followed.

Mr. Neff recognized the students that would be participating in Student Government Day.

Mr. Busey 2404 Norris Avenue addressed council on the needs of the fire department.

Adjourn:

 

Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.