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. Robinson and Mr. Sinnett. Also present were Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Law Director Mr. Webster, and Treasurer Mr. McAfee. Absent from the meeting were Mayor Lorentz, Councilman Martin 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 June 28, 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 was absent. Mr. Ferguson read the Mayor’s Report. The report is as follows: June 15th was recognized as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and celebrated in Belpre. I prepared a proclamation and presented to the seniors of our city. Purple balloons were released from all parts of our country at noon to note this problem.

The RSVP held a Recognition Dinner at the Lafayette Hotel on Thursday June 17th. Our own Nancy Sams was recognized and presented the Presidential Award for over 4000 volunteer hours to our community and area.

I was invited to the opening ceremonies for the Multi Cultural Festival in Parkersburg on June 18th. This year’s festival was very well organized and quite a bit larger than previous years.

On Tuesday June 22nd we met with J&J Refuse to discuss the contract, routes and transition on July 1st. Everything seems to be going smooth at this point.

The Right Path held a dance and party in our Howe’s Grove Park on June 22nd. This group is trying to reach our and include more of the county so to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse in our teen population. My wife and I supplied the hotdogs, and probably some of the entertainment trying to do the hula hoop along with Mr. Ferguson.

The Rotary asked me to be the speaker on June 23rd during the noon meeting. I tried to emphasize the changes and improvements throughout our city. As a city council you should be proud of the changes we have made and still stay within budget. Think of the equipment you have purchased or replaced and the fact that our entire group of department heads has changed, the Auditor’s Office has totally changed, and soon the Clerk’s Office.

The Auditor and I sent a letter to our law firm Cincinnati, Clemens & Nelson in Cincinnati advising them we were not renewing our contract as of September 1st. Our new law firm will be Downes Fischel Hass & Kim LLP in Columbus, Ohio. Our main contact will be Cheri Hass for employee issues and negotiations. Council will get to meet Cheri hopefully at our next meeting.

We are trying to schedule a meeting with ODOT and Buckeye Hills to discuss the OPWC needs for Belpre. The proposal needs to be completed by the first of August. My priority at this point is the north end of Farson St. As we get figures and information I will relay to council.

By now you all have heard the mention of a coordinated 911 system for Washington County. The powers that be, know my feelings on the coordinated 911 system for Washington County. We should, in the near future, be calling a meeting for the 911 committee to decide why we are not following the Final Implementation Plan adopted in 2001. Each council member has a copy of this plan at their desk. As I receive information it will be relayed to council.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson reported that the Planning Commission met concerning the proposed petition from R-2 to C-2. All members of the planning commission have approved it. The next step is the Board of Zoning appeals. Does the local resident need to be notified? According to Mr. Webster they do need notified. At this time I would like to introduce Scott Walter from J& J Refuse who will give a presentation. A copy of the handout is on file. Mailing has been sent out to area residents as to their day of pick-up. J&J will begin picking up on July 2, 2010.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger reported that there has been a lot going on in the Auditor’s Office. There is a new face at the front desk. Ronda Elder is our new employee who has been with us for two weeks but acts as if she has been here for six months. She is a great addition to our staff. The first section of our three part upgrade budgetary utility billing in place. The next step is budgetary and payroll that will go into effect in July. We will are slowly getting into the 21st century.

City Law Director Mr. Webster announced that since the last meeting he has been in contact with the Mayor regarding the 911 issues that will be coming back again in the future. It is rather a hot topic.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee announced that we will be introducing a piece of legislation this evening regarding A RESOLUTION DESIGNATION THE PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR ACTIVE, INACTIVE AND INTERIM FUNDS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE.

Mr. McAfee also announced that the Lion’s Club would be sponsoring a circus on July 1st. Tickets can be purchased at Ohio Valley Press.

Communications and Petitions

Mr. Neff announced that everyone should have received a handout regarding the 911 Implementation Plans that came back when Mayor McAfee was Mayor.

We received a letter form Richard Matheny regarding his retirement from the Fire Department.

The 18th Annual Belpre City Golf Outing is nearing. Sponsorships are coming in. This year we are raising money to the Little League Ball Fields. Our goal is $1,000. The Mayor and the City Auditor is responsible for driving the beverage cart.

We received a letter from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control asking whether or not we want a hearing. Since it has already passed I would entertain a motion to by-pass the hearing. Ms. Marshall moved that there would be no public hearing on the Liquor Issue. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

I would like to assign the appropriate legislation to the following:

Finance Audit Committee: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH DOWNES FISHEL HASS KIM LLP FOR SPECIALIZED LEGAL SERVICES AND ADVICE.

Recreation Committee: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ERECTION OF THE BUILDING SHELL OF THE EXPANSION OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER.

Finance Audit Committee: A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS.

Finance Audit Committee: A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR ACTIVE, INACTIVE, AND INTERIM FUNDS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE, OHIO.

Report of Standing Committee:

Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella made a motion to by-pass committee and add to the agenda for first reading the following Finance Committee items. They are as follows: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH DOWNES FISHEL HASS KIM LLP FOR SPECIALIZED LEGAL SERVICES AND ADVICE; A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE STATE AUDITOR’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER FOR CITY AUDITS; A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR ACTIVE, INACTIVE, AND INTERIM FUNDS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE, OHIO. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee stated that the legal part of this council will be advised of the 911 problem. He understood that there have been parts of this system that have not been implemented. Please keep us advised.

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers stated that she hopes that everyone has reviewed the wood boilers that she presented to council. Mrs. Marshall would like to call a meeting for hopefully the final meeting on July 12, at 7:15 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the wood boilers.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

Mr. Martin Parks and Recreation Committee was absent. Mr. Sinnett 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 ERECTION OF THE BUILDING SHELL OF THE EXPANSION OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER. 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. Webster made a comment that our person that is doing Community Development has resigned. The Port Authority is in the process of hiring someone.

Mr. Sinnett had no report for the Rules Committee.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only:

Mrs. Casto thanked council and the administration for their support with the Senior Center.

Robert ___________________ Little Hocking addressed council regarding permanent structures.

Lee Middleton appeared before council regarding the immediate attention of the speed bumps in the park.

Unfinished Business:

Mr. Robinson brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE REGARDING RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE AND RUBBISH COLLECTION PROCEDURES. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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

Mrs. Boso brought before council for second reading AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTE TO FINANCE EXPANSION OF BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER. Discussion followed regarding the expansion of the building and being sure of the firm amount. Mrs. Boso made a motion was made to table the legislation. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

New Business:

Mrs. Boso brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SSD TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH DOWNES, FISHEL, HAAS, KIM, LLP FOR SPECIALIZED LEGAL SERVICES (LABOR ISSUES, ETC.). Discussion followed by Miss Pittenger regarding saving money. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Sinnett brought before council for first reading AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE SSD TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS AND ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE ERECTION OF THE BUILDING SHELL FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. Council recessed at 8:25 p.m. Mr. Sinnett called a committee meeting for July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Boso 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.

Mrs. Boso moved 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.

Mrs. Boso brought before council for 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.

Mrs. Boso moved this be Resolution #14, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR ACTIVE, INACTIVE AND INTERIM FUNDS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso moved 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.

Mrs. Boso brought before council for second and third readings A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR ACTIVE, INACTIVE AND INTERIM FUNDS OF THE CITY OF BELPRE. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso moved this be Resolution #15, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Mr. Baker made a motion to excuse Mr. Martin from this evenings meeting. Mr. Martin is out of town working and this is an excused absence. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella thought it would be nice if Mrs. Marshall invited the fire chief to the committee meeting on wood boilers.

Mr. McAfee stated that Senator Robert Bird passed away. He was a great senator.

Adjourn:

Mr. Robinson moved to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.