August 27, 2012
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, Mrs. Marshall, 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, Treasurer Mr. McAfee, and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith. Absent from the August 27, 2012 meeting was Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson.
At this time, Mr. Neff asked that everyone please stand for the prayer and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Lorentz gave the invocation.
Mrs. Marshall moved to accept the minutes of August 13, 2012 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 presented his report:
On the 14th I did meet with Mr. McCauley and the Emerick family to adopt a section of Roselawn Avenue that was still owned by the developer. This 10ft. section was just overlooked during the process of building homes and adding streets.
On August 15th I did travel to Belmont, Ohio to view the new 911 center they have built. If successful the Commissioners and area leaders will complete the grant process to provide our area with this benefit.
Trick or Treat this year will be October 30th, from 6 to 7:30 so to coincide with Parkersburg and Vienna.
The formal bids for our Sr. Building expansion were advertised over a two week period. On August 17th at closing we received only one bid. If acceptable we will award the building to Mountaineer Mechanical for construction. On August 16th the insurance company called to ask for two bids to replace the shelter. On Friday I arranged for two local contractors to submit their estimates. Hopefully in the next couple weeks our Howe’s Grove will look better than ever.
August 17th we also finished the gateway planting on Route 618. Thanks to Jon Neff, Greta Baynes, Leslie Pittenger, Sherry Ryan and Joyce Lorentz for their hard work. In the evening I traveled to Parkersburg to pass the torch and start their homecoming.
Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell has asked us to host an information meeting to see if there is interest in a professional baseball team for our area. We have scheduled a meeting on September 11th at 6PM in our council chambers. Anyone interested may attend, please pass the word to anyone who may want a voice.
Community Action called on the 23rd to announce they had received additional funding for flood area cleanup. Eddie Richardson from the Street Department and I toured our river banks and decided to have them start at the boat ramp and head east toward the condos. If you remember this is how we got the ditch line cleared from Washington Boulevard to the river. The Alcazar property is a different story as certain types of vegetation has to remain.
Today I asked for bids to replace/repair the roof systems at the water department area. One definitely will need replaced; one can be repaired and left until a later date. Replacement estimates were in the amount of $6,950.00.
Councilman Martin and I attended the Vienna City Council meeting to assist and discuss with them their plans for emergency operations should we experience another event like June 29th. On August 31st I will go to Marietta for the FEMA Declaration Briefing. Hopefully during this meeting I will find out if we will be reimbursed for our emergency costs.
If you notice our American Flags at half staff later this week it will be in honor of Neil Armstrong. The President has ordered this act on the day of Neil’s Internment.
Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson was absent. No report was given in his absence.
City Auditor Miss Pittenger had no report but pointed out a correction to the minutes. On page 3, under Communications and Petitions, she requested that I add to #2, 2012 Supplemental Appropriations instead of 2012 Appropriations.
City Law Director Mr. Webster had no report.
City Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report. Mr. McAfee announced that the Belpre Lions Club was having their District Meeting this evening.
Communications and Petitions:
Mr. Neff assigned the following to committee:
1. RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR was assigned to the Finance/Audit Committee.
2. 10 ft. Section of Roselawn Avenue, still owned by the developer being conveyed to the city was assigned to Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewer.
3. Mr. Neff is still getting inquires regarding aggregation. The concerns are no budget plan and the opting out issue.
Report of Standing Committee:
Ms. Abdella had no report for the Finance/Audit Committee. Ms. Abdella called a committee meeting for September 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM for the purpose of discussing Credit Card Policy for City Employees. Ms. Abdella made a motion to by-pass committee and add to tonight’s agenda for first reading RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.
Mr. Sinnett, Police and Fire Committee had no report but stated that he would be getting with Mr. Webster to discuss residency for Belpre Police Officers.
Mr. Wallace had no report for Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewer.
Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.
Mr. Martin had no report for Parks and Recreation Committee. Mr. Martin thanked the administration for all their hard work in getting some of the properties on Washington Boulevard cleaned up.
Mrs. Marshall had no report for the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Mrs. Marshall had no report for Economic Development.
Mr. Newberry had no report for the Rules Committee.
Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda items only. None
Ms. Abdella brought before council for second reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.
Mrs. Marshall brought before council for second reading AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE THE ENTIRE UNNAMED ALLEY LOCATED BETWEEN PARCELS IN LOT #69 OF O’NEAL’S 2ND ADDITION. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.
Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR. 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:
Flo Harpold, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Americanism Chairman Spoke before council about the importance of Our Nations Flag and what it means to all of us. Ms. Harpold also spoke about the etiquette of our Nations Flag and the way it should be retired. If anyone has a flag that needs retired properly please feel free to contact Ms. Harpold or someone at the American Legion and they can take care of this.
A question came up as to whether or not there had been any updates to the plans for Station II. The Mayor stated that he had communicated with the PM Company but they have not yet got back in touch with him.
Mr. Neff announced that the 20th Annual Belpre City Golf Outing will be held on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM. I have been notified by the 2nd Group of our Sponsors that they will not be able to participate this year. There is definitely a push to raise money for charity this year. There are 12 teams participating. Golfers from 17, to where is my Club? Thanks to Eric Sinnett for all of his help. The charity this year is to help the Belpre Alumni with scholarships. The Belpre Alumni Association was able to get this on their website.
Mr. Sinnett asked if anything was going to be done regarding Dana Drive. Mr. Wallace called a committee meeting for Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7PM to discuss the Dana Road issue.
Mr. Robinson stated that he flies our Nations Flag and what it means to him.
Mr. Robinson made a motion to adjourn at 8:10 p.m. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.