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 present. Also present were Mayor Lorentz, Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Law Director Mr. Webster, and Treasurer Mr. McAfee. Absent from the meeting was City Auditor and the 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.

A motion was made to accept the minutes of July 12, 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 on July 13th Mr. Ferguson and I met with ODOT and Regional people to discuss the traffic solutions for Farson Avenue. At this point we need to complete this quickly so to meet our deadline for OPWC. If I do not get the commitment from Buckeye Hills or the Governor’s Office we will need to commit capitol funds.

On the 14th Belpre hosted the Mid-Ohio Valley Mayor’s Dinner and meeting. The evening was enjoyable and the weather cooperated. Many thanks go to our sponsors, Waste Management, and Kraton Polymers.

On Thursday the 15th we hosted the press and Kraton as they announced their expansion and creation of new jobs. Belpre is blessed to have neighbors like Kraton that contribute so much to our area.

This past week I spent on the beach with all three Grandkids. My wife and I appreciate Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Neff, and council being here to handle the day to day issues. Thank you very much.

Mayor Lorentz stated that the funds I spoke of were for the traffic impact study. It is going to be an $8,000 bill. We committed to $6,000. We will need to come up with the additional $2,000. Mr. Neff stated that the City Auditor would need to add to the Supplemental Appropriations.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson stated it was a pleasure having the Mayor back. I attended a celebration of Ohioan Games of North Carolina. I ate something that didn’t agree with my system so that week was kind of a blur.

The J&J contract continues. We have had some misses of trash not being picked up. It is a new city and new learning experience for the driver. I believe we are getting better as the month goes on. We are going through a commercial audit to be sure that we are charging the amount we should be for commercial pick up.

We did have a trial sweeper in the city last week. We need to decide whether or not this is what we need. A used sweeper runs to the tune of $60,000.

The Solid Waste Management Plan is before you tonight. I have asked the President to assign and it would be nice if we could have the first reading on it tonight. Once it gets out of the printers hands it is mailed out to 160 odd townships, villages, and cities, in the five or six county area. It is something we have passed in the past. However it didn’t pass the EPA requirements so it must be redone.

I have placed a copy of the Belpre Homecoming schedule on each member’s desk. It sounds like it is another wonderful year for the chamber and the City of Belpre.

I have requested that Mr. Martin call an Executive Session this evening for the purpose of discussing a personnel issue.

City Law Director Mr. Webster announced that due to vacations and illnesses the Law Director had no report.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report. Mr. McAfee made everyone aware of the Lions Club Dog Days that will be taking place this weekend at Civitan Park.

Communications and Petitions

Mr. Neff stated that everyone has been invited to the opening ceremonies of the Belpre Homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Gazebo.

At this time I would like to assign to committee the following:

Finance/Audit Committee: Ms. Abdella – A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2011.

Streets Sidewalks & Storm Sewer Committee: Mrs. Marshall – A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO JOINT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT.

Report of Standing Committee:

Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella made a motion to by pass committee and add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2011. This is a housekeeping exercise. This is mandated by the state and we are required to do this each year. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee reported that he is still working with the fire chief on manpower adjustment for the fire department.

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers made a motion to by-pass committee and add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO JOINT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

Mr. Martin Parks and Recreation Committee reported that he visited our parks and they are still being used up until late in the evening. It sure is nice to see our parks being utilized for what we our putting money into. I would also like to request an Executive Session prior to the closing of this evening’s meeting to discuss personnel issues.

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. My daughter has a gift for everyone tonight. She got some eggs out of the pond. They are tree frogs. She raised them from eggs to tadpoles to frogs. She brought everyone a tree frog tonight. You can take them home and turn them loose.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only:

None

Unfinished Business:

Mrs. Boso brought before council for third reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SSD TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH DOWNES, FISHEL, HAAS, KIM, LLP FOR SPECIALIZED LEGAL SERVICES (LABOR ISSUES, ETC.). A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso moved this be Resolution 17, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for third 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 FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE BELPRE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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

New Business:

Mrs. Boso brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2011. 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 resolution. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso brought before council for second and third readings A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2011. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Boso moved this be Resolution 18, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN OHIO JOINT SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Mr. Baker stated that the Lion’s in our District holds Dog Days for raising money for Seeing Eye dogs.

Mrs. Marshall recognized the Lion’s Club for the Homecoming Parade.

Mr. McAfee stated that there will be an alumni breakfast held at the Masonic Lodge on Thursday August 5, 2010. The cost is $6.00 a plate. All alumni are invited to attend.

Mr. Martin made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues.

Adjourn:

Mr. Robinson moved to adjourn. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.