Council President Mr. Neff called the Organizational Meeting of the Council of the City of Belpre, Ohio, to order at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Neff called the role.  Those present were Ms. Abdella, Mr. Colvin, Mrs. Drake, Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Miller and Mr. Turrill. Also present were Mayor Lorentz, City Auditor Miss Pittenger, City Law Director Mr. Webster and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith.

At this time Council President Will Neff appointed Kim Meredith as Clerk of Council for the 2016-2017 terms.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Next on the agenda was a request by Council President for a voice vote from council to fill the 3rd Ward Council Seat.  Each member of council was asked to either vote for Mr. Henderson or Mrs. Sinnett when his or her name was called.  All members were in favor of Mrs. Sinnett except for Councilman Colvin whom voted for Mr. Henderson.  The vote ended with a 5-1 vote.

Next Mr. Neff asked for nominations from council for Council President Protem.  Mrs. Miller nominated Ms. Abdella to fill the position.  Hearing no other nominations all nominations were closed. By acclamation Ms. Abdella was accepted as Council President Protem.

Mr. Neff asked for nominations from council for Council Clerk Protem.  Ms. Abdella nominated Mrs. Drake to fill the position.  Hearing no other nominations all nominations were closed.  By acclamation Mrs. Drake was accepted as Council President Protem.

Mr. Neff reminded everyone of the PUBLIC HEARING called for January 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 715 Park Drive, Belpre, Ohio for the purpose of vacating an alley, which separates the two properties at 718 and 722 Ohio Avenue.  We will also be discussing a request by property owners of 1210-1212 Washington Boulevard, Belpre, Ohio for a zoning variance on the set back regulations as per Ordinance 1149.02 (e)(2) A 1.

Mr. Neff passed out Committee Assignments for 2016-2017.  After reviewing the assignment list a vote was taken.  All members of council present voted aye for the acceptance of the assignments.

Mr. Neff assigned the following to committee:

Finance/Audit – Ms. Abdella – Annual Appropriations for 2016, Manpower for 2016 and Management to the Belpre Senior Center.

Utilities Committee – Mrs. Marshall – ODOT Resolution regarding bridges.

Mr. Neff also went over the ways in which to vote.  Aye for yes, Nay for No and Abstain if you have a conflict of interest.

Ms. Abdella called a Finance/Audit Committee meeting for 7:15 PM on Monday, January 11, 2016 for the purpose of discussing A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SSD TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CENTER. 

Ms. Abdella asked the Mayor for a copy of the proposed Manpower Exhibit.  She also would like to see the Employee Handbook updated.  It hadn’t been updated since 2008.

Mr. Neff also informed council of the procedure you must take as councilperson when you aren’t able to attend a meeting.  You must first contact the President of Council.  You must have an excusable absence to get paid.

Ms. Abdella made a motion to adjourn at 6:35PM.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.