The Regular Meeting of the Council of the City ofBelpre,Ohiowas called to order by Council President Mr. Neff at7:30 p.m.with Mr. Neff welcoming everyone to this evening’s meeting.  The roll was called with the following members present: Ms. Abdella, Mr. Martin, Mr. Newberry, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Sinnett and Mr. Wallace present.   Also present were Mayor Lorentz, City Auditor Miss Pittenger, City Law Director Mr. Webster, and Treasurer Mr. McAfee. Absent from the meeting was Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, Council Person Mrs. Marshall 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.  The invocation was given.

A motion was made by Mr. Sinnett to accept the minutes ofJune 24, 2013as presented and by-pass the reading.   A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Reports of City Officials

Mayor Lorentz presented his report.

Representatives from Shelley and Sands contacted Mr. Ferguson and I to let us know that traffic signs would start appearing this week onFarson Street. The actual construction will start in about two weeks.

Please mark your calendar for the Alumni Association Ice Cream Social on Saturday the 13th of July.

Over the past few weeks I have noticed many property owners are still blowing their grass into the streets when mowing. If you have any influence with your constituents living within your wards let them know we are going to enforce the ordinances prohibiting this activity. Also a continuing violation throughout town is setting trash cans out days before the pickup or days after trash has been picked up. We cannot grow or attract new business or home construction if we look like a bunch of goobers.

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority has contacted me about sewer connections for the Blue Knob area. There are issues that need addressing and at this point we do not know the extent or which enterprise will be interested in sewer improvements. It could be that Mariettawould also be interested in the line going to their city. After the meeting on the 16th I should know more and will communicate back to council.

We are seeing some vandalism within our parks. Trust me when I say, too much time and expense has been spent on beautification to put up with this type activity.

The nursing home onHill Streetnow has tap fees.  Project will be moving forward

Mayor Lorentz present Scout with Merit Badge.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson was absent.  No report was given in his absence.

City Auditor Miss Pittenger reported that judges were in town to judge our city for Belpre in Bloom.  All went well.  Our thanks go out to all who participated in the beautification of our city.

Each member of council should have received the Second Quarter Budgetary Compliance for the City ofBelpreshowing where we are up to this point.  Also received was the Appropriation Supplemental for July 2013.

The June 2013 Adjustment Report, is before you this evening awaiting approval by council.  Please note that there were lots of pool adjustments.  Ms. Abdella made a motion to accept the Adjustment Report as presented.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

We received $800 refund from R.I.T.A and $25,000 from Workers Comp.

Letters are now being sent out to all delinquent tax payers.

City Law Director Mr. Webster had no report.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report.  Mr. McAfee stated that he was sorry for being absent at the last meeting as his wife was having some health issues.  Mr. McAfee did announce that the Ice Cream Social was being held this weekend.

Communications and Petitions:

Mr. Neff announced the following:  Gas Aggregation – June 28th.  Assigned to the Finance/Audit Committee were the Supplemental Appropriations and the 2014 Tax Budget.  There will be a Public Hearing onJuly 18, 2013 for the purpose of discussing the Tax Budget at7:25 PM with a Special Meeting of Council held immediately following the Public Hearing at7:30PM.

Report of Standing Committee:

Ms. Abdella, Finance Audit Committee had no report.  Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to this evening’s agenda A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2014 and A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2013 APPROPRIATIONS.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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

Mr. Wallace, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewer had no report.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

Mr. Martin, Parks and Recreation Committee had no report.

Mrs. Marshall, Planning and Zoning Committee was absent.  No report was given in her absence.

Mrs. Marshall, Economic Development Committee was absent.  No report was given.

Mr. Newberry had no report for the Rules Committee.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda items only. none

Unfinished Business:

Mr. Newberry brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELPRE, OHIO, PROVIDING MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR LANDSCAPIING OF CERTAIN AREAS, INCLUDING SETBACK, OFF-STREET PARKING AND OTHER VEHICULAR USE AREAS, IN CONNECTION WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION, CHANGE IN USE OR RECONSTRUCTION, RENOVATIONS OR REMODELING; REQUIRING A LANDSCAPE PLAN TO OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BELPRE, OHIO.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Newberry moved this be Ordinance 25, 2012-2013 and duly passed.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for second reading A RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING FUNDS.  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 TO APPROVE THE PLAN OF OPERATION AND GOVERNANCE FOR THE CITY OF BELPRE NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Martin brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2014.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin moved to suspend the rule of council of three different days to allow for the second reading of A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2014.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Martin brought before council for the second reading of A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2014.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

Mr. Martin brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2013 APPROPRIATIONS.  Discussion followed. Mr. Sinnett stated that there had not been enough appropriated for the fire department due to increased squad runs and repairs.  Mr. Martin stated there was 1 squad down.  Is it being repaired?  Leslie stated that yes money has been approved. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.  This will lie over until the next meeting of council.

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

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Eric Sinnett II, speaking on behalf of the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department Inc, as President, was here to inform the City of Belpre Administration, members of city council and citizens of Belpre that we the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department Inc, due to the closure of our instant ticket fundraiser in May of 2012, will no longer be able to pay theEMT/firefighters that we employ.  A copy of the letter is on file for review.

Mr. Wallace asked council if this could be a potential fire department levy.

Adjourn:

Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn at8:25.  A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.