May 24, 2010

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. 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.

Mr. Robinson made a motion to accept the minutes of May 10, 2010. Mrs. Marshall pointed out that under Persons Appearing before Council she had been excused twice, once in the first paragraph and also in the last paragraph. A motion was made to amend the minutes to reflect only the one in the first paragraph with all members of council present voting aye.

Reports of City Officials

Mayor Lorentz reported that on your desk you will find the contract for the County Jail. The information was sent to the Police Station instead of my office and we are now past due. I would appreciate it being passed tonight so we are caught up and legal.

Also on your desk is the contract for Ruble’s Sternwheeler for 2010. Mr. McCauley was kind enough to correct dates, etc. so they could operate until council approval for 2010.

Since our last meeting I attended a new business grand opening for Ohio Home Health on 8th and Main in the old Kirkpatrick building. On the 12th I was honored to address the Lion’s Club Students of the Month. These young people are truly an asset to our community and the Belpre School system.

The new throat was installed in the county meter. Since that time we have lost approximately 9 hours of readings due to unexpected power outages in the area. I have notified Cora Marshall so they did not see a spike in next month’s bill.

Washington County Relay for Life went off without a hitch last weekend. The rain was expected just like homecoming. These wonderful volunteers raised over $180,000 for the cause.

The Lion’s Club announced the Circus coming to town on July 1st. They will be at the east side of our pool in the field.

The new computer system is now up and running in the clerk’s office. Hopefully this will assist them in communications and reporting to the state. Our new clerk was able to take part in the training during this set up period.

The hiring process is concluded for the dispatch position. The interviewers consisted of Chief Clevenger, Becky Davis, Dave Ferguson and I. The new dispatcher is Christi Holbert. Christi has an associate’s degree in criminal science and has parents in law enforcement.

On Wednesday May 19th I presented the proclamation for Poppy Day to the American Legion officers and Little Miss Poppy Miss Sarah Davis. Poppy Day is May 29th. Make sure to visit one of the People’s Bank facilities or Kroger’s to support the Auxiliary.

We are fast approaching mid-year and I have asked Susie Casto to provide you a progress report of activities and growth at the Sr. Center. The permitting and engineering fees already paid will run out in August-September time frame. I would like council to consider starting on this project as soon as possible.

Saturday May 29th the Speedway on Washington Blvd. is having a fund raiser for the Miracle Network. They have asked me to participate and take a cake in the face for their effort. My wife agreed that this was a good idea and a good cause.

On Sunday we had a horrible fire that claimed two houses in our city. At the time of the call I was in the city building and responded because one house was a friend. I was very impressed at the number in response plus, the manner in which our fire fighters and police reacted to the emergency. It was also good to see our newest EMT’s in action. Council you are blessed to have such a group of people at your side. I want to thank Warren and Little Hocking Fire Departments for great back-up service.

At this time, Ms. Susie Casto, Manager, Belpre Senior Center presented a report in reference to the Belpre Senior Center Programming/Building Use. A copy of Susie’s report is on file for review if you so desire. Ms. Casto announced that on June 4th the seniors from Camden Clark Memorial Hospital’s Lifetime Partners and the Belpre Senior Center will kick off summer with a “fun in the park”. The event will be held at Civitan Park beginning at 10 a.m. with a wide selection of games and demonstrations around the walking track. On June 28th, 10 a.m. at the Belpre Senior Center there will be a seminar about “What are Carbs?”

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson announced the six holidays’s that holds up trash pick up. They are as follows: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving I have with me tonight pictures from the start of the Relay for Life that was a Hugh success. I also have pictures with me of the Boy Scout painting the fence at the tennis court at Civitan Park in an effort to earn his Eagle Scout. Weather permitting the resurfacing of the tennis court should happen next week. Pool contract has been signed. On your desk this evening you have a piece of legislation regarding Ruble’s Sternwheelers. I would also like you to have wood stoves assigned to committee. The City of Belpre now has a new website. You can visit it at City of Belpre.com. I would also like to thank the police and fire fighters for the job they did in fighting the house fire this past weekend.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger announced that last month we were going to be advertising grants for pool passes for low income families. We have 146 passes for adults and children. There is a piece of legislation on your desk for the renewal of the Depository Designation. This is done every five years. It is now that time.

City Law Director Mr. Webster stated that the Radio Control Ordinance is before you tonight. If it can be passed tonight I can get it to the Port Authority tomorrow otherwise it will be sometime in June. I would like to say that we have an approved legal description from the Washington County Tax department.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report.

Communications and Petitions

Mr. Neff announced that before him tonight was the Senior Center Report from Ms. Casto. At this time I would like to assign the Senior Center Expansion to the Finance Committee.

I would also like to assign the following:

Lease of City Real Estate to the Radio Control Car Club to the Parks and Recreation Commission – Mr. Martin

Public Depository to the Finance Committee – Ms. Abdella

The Care & Sustenance of Prisoners to the Police and Fire Committee – Mr. Baker.

Ruble’s Sternwheeler, Inc to Parks and Recreation Commission – Mr. Martin.

Outdoor wood burners to Streets, Sidewalks & Storm Sewer – Mrs. Marshall’s Committee.

Report of Standing Committee:

Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella wanted to know what time the Mayor is going to receive cake in the face on Saturday. The time is from 12 – 4. I would like to call a committee meeting for June 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. for the Senior Center Expansion. Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE ESTIMATED AGGREGATE AMOUNTS OF PUBLIC FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DEPOSIT DURING NEXT FIVE (5) YEARS FOR DESIGNATION OF PUBLIC DEPOSITORY. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. Ms. Abdella also recognized the fire department for the great job done while fighting the fire.

Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee 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.

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers had no report. Mrs. Marshall called a committee meeting for June 14, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing outdoor wood boilers.

Mr. Robinson reported that the Utilities Committee met at 7:00 p.m. this evening for the purpose of discussing AN ORDINANCE REGARDING GARBAGE AND RUBBISH COLLECTION PROCEDURES. At this time I would like to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE REGARDING GARBAGE AND RUBBISH COLLECTION PROCEDURES. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin Parks and Recreation Committee had no report. Mr. Martin asked about adding legislation to this evening’s meeting and whether or not we needed to run Ruble’s Sternwheeler for all three readings. It was the decision of the law director’s to add to tonight’s agenda. Mr. Martin made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A LEASE OF CERTAIN CITY REAL ESTATE TO THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO PORT AUTHORITY FOR ASSIGNMENT TO THE OHIO VALLEY RADIO CONTROL CAR CLUB. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. Mr. Martin also recognized the fire-fighter from Deerwalk for helping fight the fire. The response time was phenomenal.

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 RUBLE’S STERNWHEELERS, INC. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso had no report for Planning and Zoning.

Mrs. Boso had no report for Economic Development.

Mr. Sinnett had no report for the Rules Committee. Mr. Sinnett announced that the Health Fair at Fruth Pharmacy went very well. Mr. Sinnett also thanked council and the administration for their fine comments to the fire department.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only: none

Unfinished Business:

Mr. Baker brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker moved this be Ordinance 9, 2010-2011 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 AMENDING SECTION 1313.52 (A) (E) OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELPRE AS TO STORM WATER. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall moved this be Ordinance 10, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

New Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE ESTIMATED AGGREGATE AMOUNTS OF PUBLIC FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DEPOSIT DURING NEXT FIVE (5) YEARS FOR DESIGNATION OF PUBLIC DEPOSITORY. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella made a motion to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow second and third readings of this resolution. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for second and third readings A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE ESTIMATED AGGREGATE AMOUNTS OF PUBLIC FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DEPOSIT DURING NEXT FIVE (5) YEARS FOR DESIGNATION OF PUBLIC DEPOSITORY. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 11, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker 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. Baker made a motion to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow second and third readings of this resolution. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker 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. Baker moved this be Resolution 12, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Robinson brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE REGARDING GARBAGE AND RUBBISH COLLECTION PROCEDURES. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye except Ms. Abdella whom voted nay. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Martin brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A LEASE OF CERTAIN CITY REAL ESTATE TO THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO PORT AUTHORITY FOR ASSIGNMENT TO THE OHIO VALLEY RADIO CONTROL CAR CLUB. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin made a motion to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow second and third readings of this ordinance. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for second and third readings AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A LEASE OF CERTAIN CITY REAL ESTATE TO THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO PORT AUTHORITY FOR ASSIGNMENT TO THE OHIO VALLEY RADIO CONTROL CAR CLUB. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin moved this be Ordinance 11, 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 RUBLE’S STERNWHEELERS, INC. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin made a motion to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow second and third readings of this resolution. 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 RUBLE’S STERNWHEELERS, INC. Brief discussion followed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin moved this be Resolution 13, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Bids for the trash contract will be read on June 1st at 11 am.

June 5, 2010 – Railroad Days at Depot Park.

Mr. Neff announced that May is Police Safety Month and June is Motorcycle Safety Month.

This Thursday at 11 am, Belpre Senior Center there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring our past seniors.

Adjourn:

Mr. Robinson moved to adjourn at 8:35 p.m. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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Will Neff, President of Council Kimberly S. Meredith, Clerk of Council