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 and Mr. Robinson 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 meeting were Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson and Councilman Mr. Sinnett.

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

Mrs. Marshall made a motion to accept the minutes of September 27, 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 since our last meeting we have had the Kick-off for the Mid-Ohio Valley United Way Campaign. I attended the kick-off breakfast and distributed all the packets to Belpre businesses and non-profit entities that will be responsible for collecting. We need to remember just how many opportunities that the United Way affords us as we consider our pledges. Ms. Pittenger has advised me that we could arrange payroll deductions for council if they prefer.

September 18th was the Alzheimer’s Walk in Williamstown. I joined the other area Mayor’s for the start of the walk and we all signed the proclamation stating this day as the start to the end of this terrible disease.

After court on the 21st I attended a two day workshop with Washington Morgan Community Action. Until you really attend one of their meetings or a workshop you do not realize how many people are helped by different programs that assist everyone from infants to seniors.

September 24th I attended an area roundtable at the library sponsored by our State Representative Debbie Phillips.

September 25th my wife and I joined the area Mayors at the Annual Breast Cancer Walk in Parkersburg. All the area Mayor’s signed a proclamation for this cause.

Hopefully everyone received our telephone warning about the credit card scams erupting in our area. It now seems that they are using cell phones since the Sheriff and surrounding communities responded. Belpre has access to Rapid Response which is funded through 911 and much easier to use than the CAN system.

Council I have two names to present tonight for addition to our Fire Department. William Sprouse resides on Barclay Street and Ron Plummer resides on Rockland Avenue. Both desire fulltime membership. If they are present I will swear them in after you take action or as appropriate.

Mr. President I would ask our rules committee to research some of our ordinances for review or possibly change. The burning ordinance is one that continually pops up and everyone has a differing opinion. I challenge you to look at Ordinance No. 512.12

This Friday I will be in Columbus attending Mayor’s Court refresher training.

The Apple Butter Stir-Off is this Saturday and Sunday. I hope everyone comes out to support the Lion’s Club and others that put this together each year. Also on Saturday the Women’s Club is holding a bass tournament at our Boat Ramp. If you lack something to do, feel free to join us at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning for the start of competition.

Trick or Treat for Belpre will be October 29th at 6PM until 7:30PM.

Mr. President I would like to request an executive session after our meeting tonight to discuss negotiations and property acquisitions.

Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson was absent. Mayor Lorentz stated that if council passes the Street Sweeper legislation tonight we will take ownership tomorrow. Mr. Ferguson will be a happy person.

Miss Pittenger had no report for the Auditor’s Office.

Mr. Webster had no report for the Law Director’s Office however he invited everyone to come to the Apple-Butter Stir-Off.

Treasurer Mr. McAfee had no report.

Communications and Petitions

Mr. Neff announced that everyone should have received the following:

  1. Program about the 32nd Annual Apple Butter Stir-Off.
  2. United Way literature.
  3. See Miss Pittenger to arrange payroll deductions for United Way.
  4. Dominion – Residential fixed or low income enrolling in PIPP
  5. Annual Municipal League Conference this weekend
  6. Mr. Neff’s was proud to let everyone know that he was wearing his Ohio State Jacket this evening.

Report of Standing Committee:

Ms. Abdella had no report for Finance/Audit Committee. Ms. Abdella talked about how much easier updates can be made to the Policy and Procedure Manual now that it is an Electronic Document.

Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR, AND LAW DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A LABOR AGREEMENT WITH UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS, LOCAL 400. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee had no report. Mr. Baker also invited everyone to the Apple-Butter Stir Off.

Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers had no report.

Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee.

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

Mrs. Boso, Planning and Zoning Committee had no report.

Mrs. Boso had no report for Economic Development.

Mr. Sinnett, Rules Committee, was absent. No report was given.

Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only:

A question came up as to whether or not a RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR should be added to tonight’s agenda. It was the decision of council to add to tonight’s agenda.

Mr. McCauley addressed the Cable Company Merger and negotiations. He thought that with council approval we should get the Cohen Law Group involved in this matter.

Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISION 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.

Unfinished Business:

Mr. Baker brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE REGARDING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye

Mr. Baker moved this be Ordinance 14, 2010-1011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Mrs. Marshall brought before council for third reading AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE EDITION & INCLUSION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES AS PARTS OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENT CODES OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF BELPRE, OHIO. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

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

Mss. Boso brought before council for second reading AN ORDINANCE CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN REAL ESTATE OWNED BY BROUGHTON COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES LLC. 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 second reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2010 APPROPRIATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow the third reading of this resolution. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for third reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2010 APPROPRIATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 21, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

New Business:

Ms. Abdella brought before council for first reading A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, SAFETY-SERVICE DIRECTOR, AND LAW DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A LABOR AGREEMENT WITH UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS, LOCAL 400. 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 COMMISION 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.

Ms. Abdella moved to suspend the rule of council requiring reading of ordinances and resolutions on three different days to allow the second and third reading of this resolution. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella brought before council for second and third readings RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISION 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.

Ms. Abdella moved this be Resolution 22, 2010-2011 and duly passed. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Ms. Abdella made a motion to excuse from this evenings meeting Mr. Sinnett. Mr. Sinnett called and said that he was working and was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.

Persons Appearing Before Council:

Council checked about the Labor Agreement with United Foods and the date it needed to be passed. According to the Law Director it would go into affect 30 days whether passed or not.

Also discussed was the gas aggregation.

Mr. Neff went over the Council Committee Referral List. Items already passed on the final reading were removed.

Adjourn:

A motion was made to adjourn. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.