Council President Mr. Neff called the Regular Meeting of the Council of the City of Belpre, Ohio, to order at 7:30 p.m.  The roll was called with the following members present: Ms. Abdella, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Martin, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Newberry and Mr. Robinson present.  Also present were Mayor Lorentz, Safety Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Auditor Miss Pittenger, City Law Director Mr. Webster and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith.  Absent from the February 9, 2015 meeting was Councilperson Mrs. Marshall and Treasurer Miss Martin.

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

Ms. Abdella made a motion to accept the minutes of January 26, 2015, 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 reported that on January 25, 26, and 27 were pretty busy days as travelled through North Dakota.  This area sent 13 representatives from Vienna Marietta, Parkersburg and Belpre to view the impact of Shale oil drilling.  In just over 60 years I may have seen my first new city.  Both Minot and Williston are totally being revamped to accommodate the growth and influx of oil workers.  If we are fortunate enough to get a third of this economic development our area is not ready.  If interested I have a few pictures for your viewing and could explain some of the issues these fine folks have faced and or endured.  The area cities are ready and willing to work together to eliminate the issues we could face.  Our follow up meeting included sharing pictures as well as notes so a presentation could be put together for the public.  When a date is set I will communicate this to all.

 On Friday, January 30th, I received notice that our OWDA loan was accepted so engineering could start along Route 7.  This work has started and hopefully construction later this fall.

On Friday February 6, I met with the Port Authority and the Prospective new owners of the Middleton Doll Building.  This company is looking for investors and incentives as they make their final plans to purchase.

Tomorrow at 2PM we will have a ribbon cutting for the Bistro at our new Emergency Room.  This will provide all the employees and visitors to the medical facilities with a good place to eat while working and waiting.

With the announcement of our Chief Clevenger’s retirement Mr. Ferguson and I are looking for tests and study materials for the candidates.  We have already received three resumes from outside our area and have three candidates from our department.  Testing will now include, Police Officer, Police Chief, Laborer II and a wastewater operator as we have a resignation on Monday February 2nd.

The old bowling alley is being remodeled so to accommodate a new church.  A Mr. Joseph Hunt will be the pastor when work is complete.

Council, hopefully you have the schedule for 2014 Financial Disclosure forms.  These are due no later than April 15, 2015.

The Bill Weinrich Volunteer Awards were presented on January 31st.  Our Council Person Debbie Marshall was one of the recipients for this year.  Congratulations Debbie.

This evening I would like the President of Council to have a voice vote for the Grant Application.

 Safety Service Director Mr. Ferguson stated that he would like to emphasize the importance of the Sewer Line Project North on 7 for the City of Belpre. It involves the relocation of the sewer line on the east side of the highway.  This will help with the breech in the line due to high water.

Mr. Ferguson stated that the Mayor and himself have met with a lawyer to discuss labor negotiations.

Chris Munn with Volunteer Energy our Electric and Gas Supplier presented an investment check to the City of Belpre in the amount of $5,740.00.  Chris also informed council that every year the City of Belpre is required to file a recertification for the PUCO along with a signed affidavit.  Chris stated that she would file for the recertification and she asked Mayor Lorentz to sign the affidavit.

Ms. Abdella made a motion for a voice vote for a United Way Grant Application.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Pepper from the Health Department and the gentleman that is responsible for running the majority of the operations for the Health Department was with us this evening to discuss any questions that council may have regarding restaurant inspections.  Mr. Pepper stated that the restaurants are inspected 1 to 4 times a year.  In 2013 we transitioned from paper to computerized check sheets. Inspection reports will be hyperlinked on the cities website.  We are allocated 8 hours per week for the City of Belpre.  Mr. Pepper stated that it is renewal time.  He also stated that the Ohio Department of Health is responsible for the audit for the Health Department.  A survey will be due in the next year.

Mrs. Miller asked Mr. Pepper the length of time they have to inspect a restaurant.  Mr. Pepper stated that it normally took 1 to 2 hours and at a minimum of 30-45 minutes.  A Level 1 certification is available to anyone that would like to take a class about the inspections.  Mrs. Marshall also asked how she would know whether or not a restaurant had been inspected.  Mr. Pepper stated that they are not required to post the inspections.  You will be able to go online and check to see if any restaurants had any critical marks against them.  Mr. Gilbert asked about their contract.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger announced that the cities new website is up and running and is bug free.  You will notice that on the right hand side there are short cuts set up for about seven of the most commonly used reports.  I would also ask that the Adjustment Report for January be reviewed and approved by council this evening.  Miss Pittenger also stated that one of the assets to the cities website is that there is a link to the Health Department.

City Law Director Mr. Webster announced the legislation that was passed at the last meeting needed to be redone this evening.  Mr. Webster stated that he miscounted the votes to suspend the rule of council.  This evening I ask that council redo the legislation and assign the correct ordinance number.

Treasurer Miss Martin was absent.  No report was given in her absence.

Communications and Petitions:

Mr. Neff reassigned the Storm Water Runoff Regulations to Planning and Zoning Committee.

Mr. Neff assigned the Collection of Garbage to the Utilities Committee.

 Report of Standing Committee:

Ms. Abdella, Finance Audit Committee reported that her committee met prior to this evenings meeting to discuss the Permanent Appropriations for 2015, water and sewer departments. I would like to call a meeting for Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM for the purpose of discussing the Permanent Appropriations for 2015 capital improvements.   At this time, Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to the agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2015.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Gilbert, Police and Fire Committee had no report.

Mr. Martin, Streets, Sidewalk and Storm Sewer had no report.

Mr. Robinson, Utilities Committee had no report.  Mr. Robinson made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE AWARDING OF AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE FOR THE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RUBBISH WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE.  Ms. Abdella asked if this would include recycling. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall, Parks and Recreation Committee was absent.  No report was given in her absence.

Mr. Newberry had no report for Planning and Zoning Committee.  Mr. Newberry made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIZE OF DEVELOPMENTS SUBJECT TO THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTION SITE AND POST CONSTRUCTION SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND OTHER WASTE AND STORM WATER RUNOFF REGULATIONS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Newberry had no report for Economic Development Committee.

Mrs. Miller had no report for the Rules Committee.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda items only.

Mr. Neff read the six pieces of legislation that was up for discussion/passing.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH THE WASHINGTON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT.

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CENTER. 

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

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2015.

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE AWARDING OF AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE FOR THE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RUBBISH WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE.

 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIZE OF DEVELOPMENTS SUBJECT TO THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTION SITE AND POST CONSTRUCTION SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND OTHER WASTE AND STORM WATER RUNOFF REGULATIONS.

Unfinished Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for second reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH THE WASHINGTON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Martin brought before council for second reading A 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.  This will lie until the next meeting of council.

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

New Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AUTHORIZED MANPOWER FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2015.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Robinson brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTIZE FOR BIDS AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE AWARDING OF AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE FOR THE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RUBBISH WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Newberry brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIZE OF DEVELOPMENTS SUBJECT TO THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTION SITE AND POST CONSTRUCTION SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND OTHER WASTE AND STORM WATER RUNOFF REGULATIONS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Newberry made a motion to suspend the rule of council on three different days to allow for the second and third readings of AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIZE OF DEVELOPMENTS SUBJECT TO THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTION SITE AND POST CONSTRUCTION SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND OTHER WASTE AND STORM WATER RUNOFF REGULATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Newberry brought before council for second and third readings AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIZE OF DEVELOPMENTS SUBJECT TO THE CITY’S CONSTRUCTION SITE AND POST CONSTRUCTION SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND OTHER WASTE AND STORM WATER RUNOFF REGULATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Newberry moved this be Ordinance14, 2014-2015 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council-

Eric Sinnett, Belpre Fire Chief presented a Custom Summary Report for the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. from January through December 2014.

Mr. Sinnett would like to purchase two cameras’ to help locate everything in a fire.  The cost of two cameras is $13,625.00.  The old camera will be donated to a fire department that doesn’t have one.

Mr. Neff was so pleased as to how quickly the fireman extinguished the garage fire this past week.

Mr. Ferguson requested an emergency clause be added to AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTIZE FOR BIDS AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE AWARDING OF AN EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE FOR THE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RUBBISH WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE.  Mr. Webster stated that he would add an emergency clause.

Mr. Robinson made a motion to excuse Mrs. Marshall from this evenings meeting.  Mr. Neff stated that Mrs. Marshall had an excusable absence. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.