The DeGraff Village Council convened in regular session from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at 107 S. Main St.
Mayor Gary L. Comer called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance with the following members and visitors present: Sue E Walls, Chuck Bertschman, Jenny LeClair, Dennis Stout, Jennifer Bowman.
EMPLOYEES: George K Piersall, DPD Chief
Jennifer Bowman moved to suspend the reading of the previous minutes and to approve them as written and submitted by the Fiscal Officer, with a spelling correction to “Newland,” which should be “Newman” on page 1; first paragraph under “STREET COMMITTEE.” Chuck Bertschman seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Chuck Bertschman, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye. Motion
Zoning: Nothing to present.
Solicitor: Nothing to present.
STREET COMMITTEE: Leaf collection going well; and a street light is out at the corner of North Main. A report to DP&L needs to be filed for repairs. Dennis Stout gave an update on current Street Department operations. The employees purchased their winter safety gear and coats this week.
Police: The Committee reported on the status of current police operations. Chief Piersall reported that he certified the Weapon/equipment verification for the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office
Volunteer Fire Dept: Nothing to report.
FINANCE: Sue E. Walls gave a status report on the Natural Gas Line Project; no new updates to report to council on that matter. Sue E. Walls will meet with the Fiscal Officer to review the Quarterly Financial Reports on November 12, 2015. A DP&L Distribution rate increase approximately 3%, commencing January 1, 2017. The Fiscal Officer placed a Public Notice for the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program to be held at the Village Office at 6:30pm on December 7, 2015. The three (3) advertisement dates are November 6; November 20; and November 27, 2015. Linda also reported that she had placed a separate Public Notice advertising the Public Hearing for the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program to be held on November 9, 2015 at 6:30pm (following the BPA Regular November meeting); with a second Public Meeting to be held on November 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Both Public Meetings will be held at the Village Office. Following discussion; Jennifer Bowman moved to allow the Fiscal Officer to place the Public Hearing Notices advertisement for CDBG Residential Public Infrastructure Grant Program for the two (2) meetings as follows: November 6, 2015; November 13, 2015; November 20, 2015. Seconded by
Jenny LeClair. Votes were: Sue E. Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye. Motion
The Mayor noted that the property owned by the late Charles Garver located at 139 S Main Street, and 141 S Main Street is being recommended to forward a request to Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder to assess property taxes included in a Village Curbing Replacement Project. The repairs and/or replacement is the property owner’s responsibility; and they have requested that it be assessed to their property taxes. Following discussion; Jenny LeClair moved to allow the Fiscal Officer to have the Logan County Auditor assess the property taxes to the properties owned by the late Charles Garver, located at 139 S Main Street, and 141 S Main Street for the portion of property that will be included in a village curbing replacement project. Sue E. Walls seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E. Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye. Motion
PARKS AND RECREATION: Jenny LeClair reported on the status of the Nature Work Grant Funding, she noted that she received a letter informing the village that we have been considered for a partial grant ($ 1,475.00), but the final decision is pending approval by the State of Ohio Controlling Board (Ohio Department of Natural resources). The trees at the Village Park have been trimmed, and the restrooms have been closed for the 2015 season.
CEMETERY COMMITTEE: Nothing.
JOINT SEWER BOARD: The next scheduled meeting will be the 2015 Joint Council End of Year Meeting to be held on December 8, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Quincy Community Building. There was no meeting in November due to a Lack of Qurom.
LIBRARY: Nothing to report;
ORDINANCES/RESOLUTIONS: The Fiscal Officer presented the following Ordinances/Resolutions to Council:
RESOLUTION 15-37: A Resolution to request the Logan County Auditor to amend the 2015 Certificate of Estimated Revenues in the General Fund amount of $10,000.00 due to additional donations and grants. Jennifer Bowman moved to approve Resolution 15-37. Sue E. Walls seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye.
RESOLUTION 15-38: A Resolution requesting Council to amend the 2015 Annual Appropriations; to supplement the General Fund (1000) Appropriations in the amount of $ 10,000.00. Jennifer Bowman moved to adopt Resolution 15-38. Jenny LeClair seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E. Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye. Resolution 15-38(passed)
Suspend the Rules: Jennifer Bowman moved to suspend the rules. Sue E. Walls seconded the motion.
Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye.
ORDINANCE 15-39: AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE STATE OF OHIO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SMALL CITIES COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT RESIDENTIAL PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. Jennifer Bowman moved to adopt Ordinance 15-39, and to Declare an Emergency. Jenny LeClair seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye.
Ordinance 15-39 (passed)
RESOLUTION 15-40: A Resolution for Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan. Jenny LeClair moved to adopt Resolution 15-40. Sue E. Walls seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye.
OLD BUSINESS: Nothing
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor Comer informed Council that the Village has a new Local Business in town, “Boon Docks Restaurant”, owned by Rob & Molly Carpenter. The restaurant opened their doors on November 2nd for business.
PAY BILLS: Jenny LeClair moved to pay the bills. Dennis Stout seconded the motion. Votes were: Sue E Walls, Aye; Jenny LeClair, Aye; Jennifer Bowman, Aye; Dennis Stout, Aye.
ADJOURN: Mayor Comer adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.
The meeting was adjourned till November 17, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the 107 S. Main Street – DeGraff, OH 43318-0309
Submitted by the village of DeGraff