Russells Point Mayor’s Notes


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Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames’ meeting notes from the Dec. 7, 2015, meeting. All council members were present.

Meeting minutes from the regular meeting on November 16 and the special meeting on November 19, 2015 were approved as submitted.

Mayor’s Court report was approved as submitted.

Chief Freyhof distributed evaluation forms to the council. He requested that council use these forms to share their opinions on the department’s strengths and weaknesses and give the department guidance regarding goals and direction for the next year. He advised that the MARCS radios had arrived and should be put into operation early next year, the cross walk at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and state Route 708 is working properly, the 2005 cruiser was being serviced and snow tires put on in preparation for winter weather.

Chairwoman of the Board of Public Affairs, Pat Cochenour, advised that interviews were being conducted to fill the upcoming Water Clerk Position. Water Clerk Terry Lones will be retiring on Jan. 6, 2016.

Councilwoman Joan Maxwell, representative of the the Indian Joint Fire District Board reported that the IJFD is looking into grants to fund MARCS radios, three sets of turn out gear and boots. Their next meeting will be held on Dec. 8, 2015, and they will be discussing 2016 appropriations.

Parks and Recreation Board Chairwoman Sharon DeVault advised council that she had been notified that the village had received a grant from the Mary Rutan Foundation to be used to purchase rubber mulch for the playground at the municipal building that will provide a much safer and durable surface for the play area.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

Ordinance 15-1124 (third reading)

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND AND AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF FUNDS TO THE CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, LOGAN COUNTY, OHIO

The ordinance was accepted by a vote of 6-0

Ordinance 15-1126

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH ROGER BROWN TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO

The three reading rule was waived and the ordinance was accepted by a vote of 6-0

Ordinance 15-1127

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 181 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT REARDING MUNICIPAL INCOME TAX IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINTAND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO

The three reading rule was waived and the ordinance was accepted by a vote of 6-0

Resolution 15-818

A RESOLUTION ASKING THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO PREPARE A CERTIFICATE OF ESTIMATED PROPERTY TAX REVENUE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO

The three reading rule was waived and the resolution was accepted by a vote of 6-0

Resolution 15-819

A RESOLUTION DECLARING IT NECESSARY TO LEVY A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE TEN MILL LIMITATION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO

The three reading rule was waived and the resolution was accepted by a vote of 6-0

Resolution 15-820

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE LEVY FOR THE RUSSELLS POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THE MARCH 15,2016 PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF RUSSELLS POINT, OHIO

The three reading rule was waived and the resolution was accepted by a vote of 6-0

OLD BUSINESS

Patrick Beam of Basset Associates, Ada, Ohio, addressed the council regarding the application of a grant offered by the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Clean Ohio Fund involving parcels of land owned by R.E Becker within the village and in Washing Township. This had been the subject of discussion at the Special Meeting held on Nov. 19, 2015. The council had concerns about the potential costs to the village. Mr. Beam advised that Mr. Becker was prepared to cover the 35 percent local match required for the grant. Mr. Beam advised that the five-acre pond in the proposed plan would aid in storm water management as it would be designed to hold a greater volume of storm water than what the property has already been holding naturally and the permit from FEMA has been granted. Mayor Reames requested that the council consider fostering economic development in the village and the Indian Lake area by allowing the village to be applicants for the grant. No motion was made. Mayor Reames, Pat Cochenour, Chairwoman of the Board of Public Affairs, Sharon DeVault, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Board and resident Steve Reid requested that it be included in the minutes that they believed the council was making a bad decision by taking no action. Solicitor, Rob Eshenbaugh reminded the council that there would be opportunity for the village to decide whether or not to accept the grant in the future if it is awarded. Councilwoman Joan Maxwell made a motion and was seconded by Libby Stidam that the village applies for the grant. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0.

The mayor advised that the construction of the permanent Verizon tower was progressing well. The completion of the tower could be as soon as one month but could take up to six months depending on the weather.

Fiscal Officer Jeff Weidner advised that a representative form J.P. Mohler LLC has been conducting their analysis to obtain information in order to quantify, request and secure refunds of any over payments made by the village in the years of 2001-2015.

NEW BUSINESS

Village residents Thomas Hendel, Greg Iiams, David Klauer and Steve Reid made their intentions known to the council that they would like to be recommended by the Mayor to the council to fill the two vacancies on the Board of Public Affairs that will exist on Jan. 1, 2016, for the term beginning Jan. 1, 2016, thru December 31, 2019.

The Mayor advised that Jason Richter will be attending an exhibit hosted by WWETT (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment and Transport). His attendance will benefit Mr. Richter by affording him opportunity to achieve required continuing education in order to retain his Water Operator’s license and benefit the village. Expenses incurred (registration, mileage and lodging) will be evenly split between Mr. Richter and the village.

Mayor Reames advised that the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the decorating of the Christmas tree on the “Friends Serving Friends” site on Fairview Avenue by giving the village $150 to be used to pay for the electric expense. Bill Coyer of Coyer’s Tree Service will be on hand with a bucket truck to get the lights up. Decorating will be done on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 beginning at noon. The community is invited to help and participate.

Council went into executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee at 9:17. Council came out of executive session at 9:35.

Councilman John Huffman made a motion and was seconded by Kelly Huffman to compensate Roger Brown as an independent contractor for the village in the capacity of Code Enforcement Officer at a rate of $15.78 per hour. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:36.

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Submitted by the Russells Point mayor.

Submitted by the Russells Point mayor.