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, and Mr. Robinson present. Also present were Mayor Lorentz, Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson, City Law Director Mr. Webster, Treasurer Mr. McAfee and Clerk of Council Mrs. Meredith. Absent from the meeting were Mrs. Boso, Mr. Martin, Mr. Sinnett and City Auditor Miss Pittenger.
At this time Mr. Neff asked that everyone please stand for the prayer and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Please remember in your prayer the family of Gene Knotts.
Mr. Robinson made a motion to accept the minutes of August 23, 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 asked members of the American Legion to please come forward as he had prepared a document proclaiming September 16th as American Legion Day. The Mayor stated that Belpre should be proud to have such an outstanding post within our city. At this time Mayor Lorentz read and presented the proclamation to the Post Officers.
Mr. Ferguson, Cheri Hass and I met with the Police Department representatives and their union officials to start the negotiation process on the 26th of August. As of September 8th our Police Department has voted to explain the differences for 2011. As Mayor I want to thank our employees of the Police Department, Cheri Hass and Dave Ferguson for their patience and commitment to completing this process in a civil and professional manner. Mr. President I would like to request an executive session to discuss the outcome of this contract after our meeting tonight.
Ms. Abdella made a motion to go to Executive Session at 7:45 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the Police Contract. Council meeting resumed at 8:00 p.m.
Mayor Lorentz proceeded with his report by saying that on the 26th Mr. Ferguson and I met with the re-entry Task Force to better understand the process of assisting people who have been incarcerated then released in our area. This group will meet again soon and hopefully I will have more info to share.
My wife and I met with Senator Sherrod Brown in Athens on this same date. Sherrod was in the area stumping for our State Representative Debbie Phillips.
On September 31st the Auditor, Mr. Ferguson and I met with a developer and discussed the T.I.F. that may be implemented for an upcoming project. This will be an interesting process and somewhat cumbersome until we actually get started. The process of engineering our portion of the project is under way and we are researching the best engineering firm to represent us. On September 10th this group met with officials from the governor’s office to view the site and garner support for ARC funding as well as understand the T.I.F. process.
On the 31st I applied for a grant to enhance the lighting at Access Park. The grant is for $20,000 and must have safety implications to quality. The city has no match in this particular grant through the ODNR Division of watercraft. This could not have been accomplished without Darian.
Hopefully you all received a copy of the bids for the Senior Center. I was disappointed at the number of bids as well as the bottom line. At this time I am pursuing other means of funding as well as construction. If I am unsuccessful I will then ask for the project to be re-bid.
Mr. Ferguson and his wife were gracious enough to join my wife and me in the two area parades over the past few weeks. They are a lot of fun but, require a lot of candy.
Thanks to Mr. Robinson for assisting me with driving the beverage cart for the city golf tournament. A special thank you to Mr. Neff for orchestrating the entire event.
On Friday my wife and I attended the opening for The Stern Wheel Festival along with other area Mayors and officials. The event went very well and drew quite a large crowd.
On Saturday morning I was invited to the 9-11 ceremony in Parkersburg. Parkersburg, Vienna, and Belpre Fire Department worked together to honor the ones who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy. Belpre was well represented, and as Mayor I was proud to be a part of their remembrance service along with our group of firemen and police personnel.
At this time, Council President Mr. Neff spoke briefly about the 18th Annual Belpre City Golf Outing. The proceeds this year went to the Belpre Jr. Baseball/Softball Association. Presented to Mike Williams was a check for $1,350.
Safety-Service Director Mr. Ferguson stated that on September 1st, 2010 the bids were opened for the Senior Center Expansion.
On Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a Medication Take Back Day event held at the Belpre Senior Center. Other Collection Sites include John Dodge Senior Center, Beverly Carroll Senior Center, New Matamoras, Corner of Second and Putnam Streets, Marietta.
On your desk is and Important Notice regarding Sanitary Sewer Cleaning & CCTV Inspection. Please note the precautions that need to be taken. Also I have asked that the media publish this in the newspapers.
Tonight there was a public hearing held at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing AN ORDINANCE CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN REAL ESTATE OWNED BY BROUGHTON COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES LLC.
Also there was a meeting held prior to this evening’s meeting at 7:15 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the Street Sweeper for the City of Belpre. Mr. Ferguson remarked about what a good job the street sweeper did. His also expressed to council his appreciation of their support.
On your desk this evening is a news release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture regarding the Ohio Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine. It is highly recommended that citizens purchase local fire wood.
City Auditor Miss Pittenger was absent from tonight’s meeting however it was reported that $2,201 have been collected in delinquent taxes.
City Law Director Mr. Webster prepared AN ORDINANCE CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN REAL ESTATE OWNED BY BROUGHTON COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES LLC.
Treasurer Mr. McAfee reported that a copy of the August 2010 Treasurer’s Report was distributed prior to this evenings meeting. A signed copy was presented to the clerk. At this time Ms. Abdella made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.
Communications and Petitions
Mr. Neff announced that everyone should have received a memo from Susie Casto, Manager, Belpre Senior Center, regarding September as the National Senior Center Month. The Senior Center sponsored a great VIP Breakfast this morning and shared Senior updates.
Ms. Abdella asked that Mr. Neff assign the 2011 Temporary Appropriations to her committee assignments.
Report of Standing Committee:
Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first 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.
Finance/Audit Committee – Ms. Abdella reported that on September 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. the Finance/Audit Committee met to discuss the Supplemental Appropriations for 2010. Discussed was the Financing of the Street Sweeper, financing the various funds and the tax collections. It was the consensus of the committee to add this piece of legislation on this evenings meeting for first reading. Ms. Abdella made a motion to add to tonight’s agenda for first reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2010 APPROPRIATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.
Mr. Baker, Police and Fire Committee had no report.
Mrs. Marshall, Streets, Sidewalks and Storm Sewers reported that prior to this evenings meeting at 7:15 p.m. her committee met to discuss the purchase of a street sweeper. After discussion about the street sweeper and how it would benefit the city and its streets and sewers, the committee has recommended and support the purchase of this street sweeper.
Mr. Robinson had no report for the Utilities Committee. Mr. Robinson did do some research regarding the possibility of reducing the water bill to a minimum of 4,000 gallons for those in assisted living. Mr. Robinson stated that it could not be done.
Mr. Martin, Parks and Recreation Committee, was absent. No report was given.
Mrs. Boso, Planning and Zoning Committee, was absent. No report was given.
Mr. Sinnett, Rules Committee, was absent. No report was given.
Persons Appearing Before Council – Agenda Items Only:
Mr. Baker brought before council for second reading AN ORDINANCE REGARDING VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL. 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 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. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.
Ms. Abdella brought before council for first 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 first reading A RESOLUTION SUPPLEMENTING YEAR 2010 APPROPRIATIONS. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye. This will lie over until the next meeting of council.
Ms. Abdella made a motion to excuse from this evenings meeting Mrs. Boso, Mr. Martin and Mr. Sinnett. Mr. Neff stated that he had been notified by each member with reasons as to why they would not be here this evening. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.
Persons Appearing Before Council:
Susie Casto, Manager of the Belpre Senior Center spoke about the 218 individuals participating in the support and needs of the Senior Center.
Gene Knotts was remembered for his commitment and dedication to the City of Parkersburg.
Clarence Robinson appeared before council regarding an alley on Florence Street that he would like to see closed. He stated that the alley is not used by anyone.
Mr. Robinson moved to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. A vote was taken with all members of council present voting aye.