The Lakeview mayor called the Dec. 7 village council meeting to order and led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call was read and Frank Dietz and Eric Barhorst were absent. A motion to excuse both gentlemen was made by Dennis Harford and a second was made by Traci Snyder. All voted yes and the motion passed.
The minutes of the last meeting were amended to read “Engineer” instead of “Contractor” in the fourth paragraph of the minutes of the Nov. 16, 2015, meeting. A motion was made by Jacqueline Shoffner to pay the bills and seconded by Dennis Harford. All voted yes and the motion passed.
A motion was made by Traci Snyder and seconded by Dennis Harford to transfer $2,483.04 into the Elevated Tank Fund and $3,212.29 into the Water Treatment Plant Fund from the CIWA Fund for November balancing. All voted yes on the motion and the motion passed.
The Fire Chief was present and reported the two new recruits have been scheduled to have their physicals and testing on Dec. 14 and 21 respectively. He also reported he attended a two-day class on tanker derailment. He reported that the 89 pumper has a wiper motor going bad and will need fixed. The Chief thanked Council for inviting him to the Christmas luncheon but declined due to a conflict in scheduling.
Village Administrator Pat Parish reported he met with the Engineer for the new fire station and the Fire Chief on Nov. 30. The bid has been set to be advertised on Dec. 22 and 29 and Jan. 5 with bid opening being set for Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Pat also reported that Efficiency Smart was present in the utility office on Dec. 7 to hand out free light bulbs to our customers. Pat reported that he had acquired three sets of aerial maps of the newly acquired park ground to give to the Park Committee for their review. He asked Council if they wished to give gifts of merit to all employees this year. Much discussion ensued. A motion was made by Traci Snyder to give the gifts of merit as follows: Village Administrator, $1,500; Fire Chief, $800; Fiscal Officer, $500; all full-time employees with tenure over one year, $200; and employees with less than one year, $100. The motion was seconded by Dennis Harford. All voted yes and the motion passed.
Deputy Donnie Day was present and discussed a few calls he had received. He stated the department had been very busy with calls to the Village and wanted to remind everyone to not leave their keys in their vehicles. He also added the parade was a big success.
Connor Kinsey reported he will not be able to attend the Dec. 21 meeting.
Terri Lamb was present from All Around Accounting to discuss the expiration of her contract with the Village and to present a bid for the next three-year contract. She asked council for a raise in her commission rate from 7 percent to 9 percent and reminded Council of all the additional work that HB5 has caused everyone and the fact that she has never had a raise since the income tax started in Lakeview. Discussion was had and a motion by Traci Snyder was made to enter into a three-year contract with Terri Lamb at All Around Accounting to be the Income Tax Administrator for the Village for the next three years and to be compensated at the rate of 9 percent commission for all monies she collects for taxes to the Village. Terry Brentlinger seconded the motion. All voted yes and the motion passed. A contract was presented for Terri Lamb and the Mayor to sign and copies were given to both parties.
The Employee Benefit and Handbook Committee reported that Connor has an updated version of the Handbook done and ready for all of Council to review. The Mayor expressed his desire to adopt it at the next meeting and asked everyone to review it before then.
The Fiscal Officer read a letter that was received from Logan County Solid Waste and reported that the Village received $1,192.50 this year representing a return to the Village of $7.50 per ton of recycled material. The Fiscal Officer stated this was down a little from last year by about $350. She then asked the Audit and Finance Committee when they would like to meet to discuss the changes in the health plan benefits for 2016. A date was set for Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The Fiscal Officer reported that there was a new round of funding that would be available in January for the CHIP program and she has posted information on the website as well as asked Jacqueline Shoffner to post it on the Village’s Facebook page so all residents can get information on it. The Fiscal Officer then asked Council to review the OhioCheckbook.com website and decide if they would like our Village to participate.
Dennis Harford asked the Village Administrator about Clayton Alley and Jacqueline Shoffner thanked Pat and the Fire Department for all their hard work during the Christmas parade and the events on Dec. 5. On behalf of the Lakeview Business Group, she said it was a huge success. She also asked about the Center Street alley from Union Street to where it dead ends and said people’s cars are blocking the street and an awning appears to be over the right-of-way. This matter will be referred to the Zoning officer to look into.
John Hayman attended Council and stated he was looking forward to being on Council in January.
The Mayor then read Ordinance 2015-18 which established a new 1/2 percent Income Tax Fund for the purpose of building a new fire house and declared an emergency. A motion to suspend the rules was made by Traci Snyder and seconded by Dennis Harford. All voted yes and the rules were suspended. A motion to pass Ordinance 2015-18 and declare an emergency was then made by Traci Snyder and seconded by Dennis Harford. All voted yes and the motion passed. The Mayor then read Ordinance 2015-19 which amends Ordinance 91-13, the old income tax Ordinance and declares an emergency. A motion to suspend the rules was made by Traci Snyder and seconded by Dennis Harford. All voted yes and the motion passed. A motion was then made by Dennis Harford to pass Ordinance 2015-19 and seconded by Traci Snyder. All voted yes and the motion passed. The Mayor then read Ordinance 2015-20 which is the new income tax ordinance and discussion was had and some amendments need to be made. The Mayor will meet with the Solicitor to make the changes and a copy will be made available to all council members for their review before the next meeting when it will be passed.
The Mayor then thanked everyone for their help in the Christmas parade and Terri Lamb with Santa’s workshop. There were more than 330 children with over 1,750 gifts passed out.
A motion was made to adjourn by Traci Snyder and seconded by Jacqueline Shoffner. All voted yes and the meeting adjourned.
The next meeting will be Dec. 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Submitted by the village of Lakeview.