The Lakeview mayor called the Nov. 16 village council meeting to order and led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call was read and everyone answered the roll.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as written. A motion was made by Traci Snyder to pay the bills and seconded by Frank Dietz. All voted yes and the motion passed.
The Fire Chief was present and introduced two new recruits for the fire department to Council for hire. They are Doug Seibert and Waylon Monroe and are both local men. Their background checks have been done and they will be scheduling their physicals soon. A motion was made by Dennis Harford and seconded by Traci Snyder to proceed with the hiring of the new recruits as long as all criteria is met. All voted yes and the motion passed. The Fire Chief also announced he will have payroll ready to turn in by the first meeting in December.
Village Administrator Pat Parish reported he has been in touch with the contractor for the new fire station. He is working with contractor and the village solicitor.
Deputy Donnie Day was present and discussed a few calls he had received. He also reported that he had just got back from training dealing with mental health issues. He has also been watching for speeders.
Frank Dietz discussed with Pat along with Jacqueline Shoffner about what will need to be done for the downtown Christmas parade on December 5th.
Dennis Harford reported that the next meeting of the EMS Board will be held on November 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the EMS building.
Jacqueline Shoffner congratulated the Fire Chief on the passing of the fire house levy and thanked him and the department for all their hard work and the citizens for supporting our new fire house.
Eric Barhorst also said congratulations to the Chief and his department on the passage of the new fire house levy and to the citizens for supporting it. He also reported that there are semi-trucks parking on the newly acquired park ground. The Mayor responded that they have permission to park there and much discussion ensued. It was decided to allow them to park until the Village gets plans laid out on how the park will be developed. The Village will look for other grounds for them to park when that time comes. All members of council are to submit their plans and ideas on the new park layout to the Park Committee and/or the Mayor so we can get started on the development of the grounds.
The Fiscal Officer read a letter that was received from Osgood Bank about two securities that the bank has pledged that will be called on December 1st. In order for the bank to release this pledged collateral, they must have a signed release from the Village. If the Village’s balances would exceed the lower collateralized/insured amounts, the bank would immediately pledge additional securities as required by the State of Ohio. After discussion, a motion was made by Traci Snyder and seconded by Jacqueline Shoffner to authorize the Fiscal Officer to sign the release for the Bank. All voted yes and motion passed.
The Fiscal Officer also asked Council if they wished to join the Ohio Municipal League for calendar year 2016 at a dues rate of $450.00. It was discussed and Council decided to not join. An invitation to the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was read. It will be held on 12/5/15. Anyone wishing to attend should see the fiscal officer. An invitation to the Raider Night sponsored by Wright State University for the Sports Buffet and Basketball game was read. The Fiscal Officer then asked Council if anyone had any ideas on who the three members should be for the new Board of Review for the new Tax Ordinance. Connor will check with the Bellefontaine City Prosecutor to see if the county is working on a three member board that all the villages could use. The Fiscal Officer was asked to check with E.S. Evans and Company in Lima to see if they would be willing to sit on the Board and if so, what their compensation would be and report back at the next meeting. The Fiscal Officer also reminded Council that the income tax administrator’s contract was expiring at the end of 2015. Council is requesting that the Terri Lamb be present at the next council meeting and bring a proposal with her for the new contract. The Fiscal Officer was asked to check around and see what other villages were doing in regard to the collection of their income tax and report back at the next meeting.
The Mayor then thanked the Fire Chief, his department, and the Building and Grounds Committee for all their hard work in getting our new levy passed. He also expressed how pleased he was that our residents supported the new fire house levy. He also reported that the Village would be having a catered Christmas luncheon for all of Council and all employees to be held on December 18th at the Village Offices. Everyone should RSVP to the Fiscal Officer by November 30th. The Mayor then reminded everyone to have three dozen cookies at the bank by 10:00 a.m. on December 5th for the downtown Christmas festival and asked for volunteers to work at the bank from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Traci Snyder volunteered from 10:00 a.m. to noon; Jacqueline Shoffner will work from 11:00 a.m. to noon; and Eric Barhorst and Dennis Harford will work from noon to 1:00 p.m.
A motion was made to adjourn by Traci Snyder and seconded by Eric Barhorst. All voted yes and the meeting adjourned.
The next meeting will be December 7th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Submitted by the village of Lakeview.