June 14,2010

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. Marshall, Mr. Martin, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Sinnett.  Also present were Mayor Lorentz, Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Law Director Mr. Webster, Treasurer Mr. McAfee and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith.  Absent from the meeting were Council person Mrs. Boso and City Auditor Miss Pittenger

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

Ms. Abdella made a motion to accept the minutes of May 24, 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 reported that Mr. Ferguson and I met with Candy Nelson to discuss summer employment for our area youth.  The week of June 7th we received 6 employees from Jobs and Family Services and at this writing have 5 left.

As you know we filled the pool on the 25th and found we had a leak.  The pool was drained caulking was removed from expansion joints and re-caulked.  After filling the 2nd time we still had a small leak and thanks to Leonard Wiggins it was repaired wearing scuba gear.  I want to thank Larry Martin for assisting with the initial repair.  It would not have been ready for Leonard without his help.

On May 29th I was the recipient of a few cream pies at the first Miracle network fundraiser sponsored by area Speedway Stores.  The crowd was slim but, we had a good time and good food for a good cause.

The Memorial Day service was very well attended and very well done.  Some of our Belpre Employees were in charge of the activities and represented our city very well.

On June 1st I met with Tony Brumbaugh to discuss the Sr. Center.  Tony has my material and cost estimates and believes that they will be very close.  Some of the permits have taken a raise but only in the $50 to $100 ranges.

June 4th we attended a dinner to honor the recipients of the Alumni Scholarships.  Belpre graduated some very nice and hopefully successfully young people.

Saturday June 5th I attended the Railroad Celebration at Depot Park, Stopped by the Bass Tournament, and also attended the Tractor Show at Howe’s Grove Park.  After that we traveled to Athens to meet with Debbie Phillips and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, then on to Marietta for another event with Jennifer Garrison, Lee Fisher and others.

Since we last met I have met with two new business owners wanting to settle in our city.  If all goes according to plan we could add quite a few jobs to the area in the next two or three years.  Mr. Ferguson and I have already talked with engineers to start looking at drainage and traffic issues.

Mark you calendar for September 4th as it will be Belpre Day in Athens.  The tickets are free for city employees and council, $7.00 for everyone else.  Let me know if you are interested and I will arrange tickets.

On June 3rd I was elected chairman of the WWW for the upcoming year.  Commissioner Cook resigned his seat.

On Friday the 11th of June Mr. Ferguson and I met with the Civil Service Commission and Sherry Becker from Washington State Community College.  Sherry and the commission are trying to develop future tests for Belpre that more apply to us than larger metropolitan cities.  The expense for the test is paid for by a grant.  When the test is administered the cost to us will be approximately the same.

If you did not attend the Bridge Day festivities you missed a fun filled day.  The Chamber and committee did a good job including as many as possible with activities.

Mayor Lorentz also announced that he received applications for the Ohio Public Works.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson reported that there may be a bright start on the horizon for the traffic problem in our city.  The trash that has accumulated behind Fruths from storms will be ground up sometime in August by Custom Trees.  The pool is open.  Astro pools came in and we negotiated prices with them.  We appreciate everyone’s help in getting the pool ready to be opened.  Mr. Neff recognized Mr. Ferguson for taking the lead in getting the job done.  Before you is a colored copy of a printed map showing zoning of different properties within our city.  The street sweeper worked sometimes and sometimes not so we sent it packing.  The fire department has representatives here tonight to present the 32 ft rescue boat to the city.  It has sonar to be able to look at the bottom of the river.  After two weeks we have contracted with J&J Refuge for residential and commercial trash removal.  There is no increase in cost.  The commercial trash should not increase as well.

At this time members of the fire department presented the title of the 32 ft Rescue Boat to the Mayor.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger was absent.  No report was given in her absence.

City Law Director Mr. Webster announced that since the last meeting he prepared AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTE TO FINANCE EXPANSION OF BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER. Each member of council should have a copy before them tonight.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee announced that a copy of the Treasurer’s Report was distributed prior to tonight’s meeting and is awaiting council approval.  A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  Mr. McAfee also announced that the Lion’s Club would be sponsoring a circus on July 1st.  There will be an Ice Cream Social on July 10th at Howe’s’ Grove Park sponsored by the BHS Alumni Association.  Mr. Webster complied with the insurance regarding this event.

Communications and Petitions

Mr. Neff announced that everyone should have received a complete roster of the fire department. Mr. Neff also announced the BHS Alumni Ice Cream Social.  On June 28th from 10 am to 11 am there will be a Diabetes Education on What Are Carbs? An finally the Belpre Senior Center will host a picnic lunch at noon on June 24, 2010 then everyone will enjoy ice cream and games in Howe’s Grove Park.  The cost will be a $2.50 donation.

Report of Standing Committee:

Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella reported that her committee met on June 10th at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTE TO FINANCE EXPANSION OF BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER.  It was the consensus of the committee to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading.  Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTE TO FINANCE EXPANSION OF BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  Ms. Abdella also asked who was responsible for the landscaping at the Y in the road.  The administration informed her that Bob’s Market provided the fountain along with City Auditor Miss Pittenger.  Ms. Abdella stated that she thought it looked very nice.

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

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers reported that her committee met to discuss Outdoor Wood Boilers being used in the city.  After the committee discussed the pros and cons it was decided that all council members take the handouts home, read the information and we will bring it back to committee in the near future.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

Mr. Martin Parks and Recreation Committee had no report.  Mr. Martin thanked the mayor for his help at the pool.

Mrs. Boso was absent.  No report was given for Planning and Zoning.

Mrs. Boso was absent.  No report was given for Economic Development.

Mr. Sinnett had no report for the Rules Committee.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only:

Susie Casto, Manager of the Belpre Senior Center thanked everyone for supporting the expansion of the Senior Center and for supporting the seniors.  Mrs. Casto also stated that the seniors are (HIP) standing for Healthy, Independent, and Productive.

Alice White, Putnam Howe Village stated that she appreciated everything the city does for us.  She also thanked the fire department.

Donna Jean Williamson also announced that she appreciates everything the city does for the seniors.

Unfinished Business:

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

New Business:

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.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Baker made a motion to accept the 32 ft Rescue Boar that was presented to the city by the Belpre Volunteer Department. Ms. Abdella asked if the boat would be put in and out of the water.  According to the fire department it would be.  Second question was what happens to the other boat.  According to Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Webster the other boat would be put in a collection of items to be bid or auctioned as excess property.  Ms. Abdella thought perhaps the administration should consider donating back to the fire department.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker made a motion to excuse Mrs. Boso from tonight’s meeting.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Garnett Foutty, Jenny Lou Street showed her appreciation to council for the wonderful blessing of a bus.

Mr. Baker also showed his appreciation to the administration and to all the seniors that came out and supported the expansion.

Chief Clevenger was recognized for getting a grant put back in force.

Lee Middleton showed his concern about a speed bump through the park.

A member from the Senior Center invited the council and administration to attend the senior center and take part in chair volleyball and the kitchen bank.

Adjourn:

Mr. Robinson moved to adjourn at 8:15 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