Regular Council Meeting Minutes from March 14, 2017

 


EASTLAKE CITY COUNCIL


REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


MARCH 14, 2017


 


The Regular Meeting of the Eastlake City Council was held at Eastlake City Hall, 35150 Lakeshore Boulevard.  The Meeting was called to order by Council President Ms. DePledge at approximately 7:06 p.m.   


 


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


 


ATTENDEES


Members of Council in attendance were Mr. Zuren, Mr. Meyers, Mr. Kasunick, Mr. Spotton, Mr. Hoefle and Council President Ms. DePledge.  Also in attendance was Council Clerk Mrs. Simons.  Mr. Evers was absent and excused.


 


Those attending from the Administration were Mayor Morley, Fire Chief Whittington, CBO Menn, Service Director Rubertino, City Engineer Gwydir and Finance Director Schindel.  Police Chief Reik and Law Director Klammer were absent and excused.


 


Ms. DePledge: If anyone is recording this meeting as courtesy to the public will you please identify yourself so that the fellow attendees know that they are being recorded.


 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES


Regular Council Meeting –February 14, 2017.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to approve the minutes from January 10, 2017.


 


Motion carried.  Minutes approved. 


 


COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Ms. DePledge


Meetings Scheduled


Ms. DePledge: The next Council-as-a-Whole Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Regular Council meeting will be convened immediately following the adjournment of the Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting.  The Boulevard of 500 Flags Annual fund raiser will be Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.at the Patrician Party Center.  Tickets are $35.00 per person.  The proceeds from the fund raiser go to preserving our park that is behind City Hall.  It is tremendous fund raiser and it has grown year after year.  It is put together by volunteers.  There is a dinner, open bar, Chinese Auction and side boards.  It is a great way to support your community, your veterans, and to keep our park looking beautiful.  You may want to mark it on your calendar.  That concludes my report     


 


There were no further questions of Council President DePledge.


 


COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS


  1. A communication from the Mayor to support and designate April 2017 as “National Autism Awareness Month” and April 2, 2017 as “World Autism Awareness Day”.

    Ms. DePledge: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and will be added to this evening’s agenda.

     

  2. Liquor license permit from Macs Convenience Stores LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 1351 E. 357th St., Eastlake, OH.

    Ms. DePledge: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and will be added to this evening’s agenda.

     

  3. A liquor license transfer request from Macs Convenience Stores LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 36391 Vine St. to Macs Convenience Stores LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 1351 E. 357th St., Eastlake, OH.


Ms. DePledge: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and will be added to this evening’s agenda.


 


COMMITTEE REPORTS


Ms. DePledge: There was an Ordinance and Finance Committee Meetings and they were held on March 7, 2017.  Mr. Evers is the chair of the Finance Committee and typically he would give the report, however, he is absent and excused this evening.  In his absence Mr. Hoefle who chairs the Ordinance Committee will be giving both reports.


 


Finance Committee Meeting – Mr. Hoefle-Member


Mr. Hoefle: The Finance Committee did meet last Tuesday and all members of the committee were present, all members of Council were present with the exception of Ms. DePledge who was absent and excused.  All members of the Administration were in attendance.  We had a few items that we discussed and they were the Purchase Agreement for the Nike JFK site, which was mentioned earlier.  We also went into the agreement with Osborne Concrete and Stone and this was for asphalt products.  We discussed the agreement with Osborne Inc., which is concrete products and we also discussed an agreement with Specialized Construction for emulsified asphalt and liquid asphalt.  In addition we discussed an agreement with Northcoast Landscapes and they will be handling landscaping for cleaning up grass and debris and everything on abated properties.  We also went through the budget and we moved that forward for this evening.  That was it under the Finance Committee.


 


There were no further questions of Finance Committee Member Mr. Hoefle.


 


Ordinance Committee Meeting- Mr. Hoefle-Chair


Mr. Hoefle: The Ordinance Committee also met last Tuesday and all members of Council were present with the exception of Ms. DePledge who was absent and excused and all member of the Administration were in attendance.  Proposed on there was the Medical Marijuana Ordinance and we held that in committee for further review.  We also discussed the deer control and held that in committee with additional information that we are going to discuss with our Law Director at an additional ordinance.  He is going to look at the ordinance from Parma…and some language that he will be looking at.  We are also looking at putting it on the November ballot.  Under miscellaneous we added that CBO Menn brought to our attention “Entertainment Device Arcades” and he forwarded a copy of the ordinance that Willowick currently has and it will all be under review and we will schedule another meeting at a later date.  That concludes my report and I am open for questions.


There were no further questions of Ordinance Committee Chair Mr. Hoefle.


 


Ms. DePledge: There was no other committee meetings held, however, Mr. Kasunick is a member of the self directed Mayor’s Court Task Force and has asked to make a brief report this evening.


 


Mayor’s Court Task Force – Mr. Kasunick- Member


Mr. Kasunick: The Mayor’s Court Task Force met on Sunday March 12th.  We have started to do some preliminary research.  We have gathered some financial data from places such as Willoughby Hills that has a Mayor’s Court.  We are trying to ascertain how much it would cost to set up a Mayor’s Court here and we have also reviewed some policy matters as far as pro’s and con’s to having a Mayor’s Court.  We will continue to work on it and I anticipate that within the next couple of months we will have a full report on Mayor’s Courts.


 


There were no further questions of Mayor’s Court Task Force Member Mr. Kasunick.


 


WPCC Joint Committee – Mr. Spotton- Chair


Mr. Spotton: The WPCC Joint Committee Meeting with Willoughby on Wednesday, March 1st.  The things that were discussed from their Executive Summary were a new ten year lease agreement with West Chanel Yacht Club was renewed.  Willoughby-Eastlake WPCC continued to perform within the limits of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit parameters of 2016.  Their daily flow has dropped down to 5.795 million gallons per day, which is the lowest since 1977.  The plans for phase one of Relief Sewer on Waverly Road must be submitted by March 1, 2018 and construction will be completed twelve months thereafter.  The Willoughby-Eastlake WPCC Submerged Outflow Diffuser section that was replaced with replacement funds the construction was completed in August.  The final project cost was $890,000.00 and the budget was $950,000.00 and it came in below budget.  That concludes my report.


 


There were no further questions of WPCC Joint Committee Meeting Chair Mr. Spotton.


 


MOTION


MOTION: Mr. Kasunick moved to add Legislation No. 03-14-(07) to this evening’s agenda a Resolution supporting and designating April, 2017 as ``National Autism Awareness Month'' and April 2, 2017 as “World Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Eastlake.  Mr. Hoefle second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried Legislation No. 03-14-(07) is added to this evening’s agenda.


 


MOTION: Mr. Meyers moved to approve and send back to Columbus, Ohio with no objections the liquor license permit request to Macs Convenience Stores, LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 1351 E. 357th St., Eastlake, OH.  Mr. Spotton second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried.


 


MOTION: Mr. Meyers moved to approve and send back to Columbus, Ohio with no objections the liquor license transfer request from Macs Convenience Stores, LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 36391 Vine St., Willoughby, OH, to Macs Convenience Stores, LLC, d/b/a Circle K at 1351 E. 357th St., Eastlake, OH.  Mr. Spotton second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Spotton moved to appoint James Turosky, 219 Erieview Drive, Eastlake, Ohio to the Zoning Board of Appeals, to the term expiring on December 31, 2021.  Mr. Hoefle second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried.


 


RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC


Ms. DePledge recognized the public input at this time; she reminded the speakers that there is a 3-minute limit for their comments; all comments are to be directed to the Chair and not include any personalities or individuals.    


 


Andrea Quinn, 35652 Admiral Dr., Eastlake, OH


Mrs. Quinn: That is part of why I am here tonight because it was a happen stance that I showed up at an ECDC Meeting on the 28th and it brought some information to our community.  I live on Admiral Drive.  At the meeting I learned that there was discussion within the ECDC and the Port Authority that they are looking to establish…


 


Ms. DePledge: I don’t mean to interrupt you but are you talking about the ECDC Meeting or the Port Authority Meeting?


 


Mrs. Quinn: I was at the ECDC but this is a combined effort between the ECDC and the Port Authority to come an idea and have that occur in the community that I and many of these people live in.  The problem was that we didn’t know about it.  We didn’t know that this was even in discussion.  A grant had been written, plans have been developed and we who will be effected by it the most haven’s even been considered.  At this meeting there was a bit of confusion afterwards about was and what wasn’t said, which brings me to recording.  You are recording me and there is zero recording available to anybody in my community to hear that whole discussion.  I think that both of those things need to be addressed.  I would personally like to hear how something in this city should get so far as to a printed piece of map with numbers and dollars.  Would get so far and we don’t know about it?  It directly affects my home, my family and all of those people.


 


Ms. DePledge: What is the proposal because it hasn’t come before Council?  Whatever you are talking about hasn’t come before Council so I am not sure…


 


Mrs. Quinn: Details of how all of this works means very little to me because I think that my representative Councilman Kasunick should do all of that.  Then come to me periodically and say “hey this is what we are talking about and it will directly affect you.”  There is conversation about the development of the property…you know the eye sore Erie thing and I’ve heard that story.  There is that conversation then there is a second conversation about two lots that are available at that river.  Right across from my home…across the one lane bridge where many of these people live that will be turned into public access.  There is conversation…again had it been recorded…the committee meeting recorded we would all know that there was conversation about parking spaces perhaps maybe not.  I did I didn’t I don’t care.  What I want is information that is real solid and honest.  Because right now I can’t prove anything…I have little information from this one and little information from that one.  This ones doesn’t match that one’s or that ones.  We need to be addressed with respect that we are due and quite frankly we are in a dangerous spot if you start bringing people into our community.  We don’t have the means to do what we need to do with our police force now.  Now we are going to bring people in from where ever they want to come from and walk around in our little world.  Well I find that a little scary.  What I would really like are two things and I know that I have done maybe three but there are a lot of people who I am speaking for and maybe they won’t mind.  I would like one thing for certain for this Council to consider.  I believe that every single Committee Meeting needs to be recorded.  That is my belief whether or not you agree with me I will tell you a great deal of confusion and frustration would have been diverted had we had it this time.  Secondly I think that as Council there needs to be re-enforcement about who your constituents are.  We matter that whole development matters a great deal to all of you and it should…but it mostly matters to us.  So we want you as a group…I know Mr. Kasunick and I’ve talked to him and he has been willing.  The problem is that there is too much he said she said high school stuff going on and I can’t manage that.  I want to have a real effort by your team, the Port Authority and I’m not sure how they’ve become very important to my world.  But I would like them to come together and I want it recorded, and I want it accessible to all of the people that it impacts so that we all have the same answers.  Good information on paper.  I think that we could really…we are neat people and different maybe, but your smart.  I would like to help you with that.


 


Ms. DePledge: I appreciate…and I am trying to get on track with what you are saying.  First of all I can tell you that all of the City Council Meetings are recorded and all of our Committee Meetings are recorded.  I sat on the Port Authority and I know that those meetings have minutes and they are recorded.


 


Mrs. Quinn: I am sorry to interrupt you.  Please tell me you say that the Committee Meetings are recorded?


 


Ms. DePledge: All of our City Council Committee Meetings are recorded and I was going to go on and say that I used to sit on the Port Authority and I know that those minutes are recorded, because I sat in those meetings.  Mr. Zuren chairs the ECDC Committee and I do not know what they are doing as far as the minutes or how they are handling that part of it.  So that is one issue and if we need to address that we will address that as a group and we will make sure that happens.  If there was something in that meeting that is going forward that is going to affect this many residents and they are going to come forward.  I can assure that Council is going to look very hard at it before anything happens.  It seemed to me that the two parcels that you were talking about that a grant was being made for…maybe a purchase of something and public access to an area.  That is something that would obviously have to come before Council and we would look at that.


 


Mrs. Quinn: I actually received an email that said that there is actually in the hands of the Port Authority a purchase agreement for those two properties.  Now that is not what’s been made available for a realtor.


 


Ms. DePledge: If a private seller wants to sell to the Port Authority we would not be involved in that and that would make sense to me.  Maybe that’s what’s going on but I don’t know and I don’t have any of that information.  I wish that I could help you but we will look into it, and the Mayor will look into it.  I will talk with Mr. Zuren and we will make sure that all of the residents are aware of what is going on.  There is never any intent by anybody here to keep information from residents.  Our doors are open, our books are open, and all of our meetings are open.  I want to make sure that your questions are answered and that everybody in this room…they may not like the answer but that you get an answer and that you are sure that nothing is being done inappropriately.  We have always done everything above board.


   


Richard Branstein, 35726 West Island Dr., Eastlake, OH


Mr. Branstein: I am a new resident and I’ve only been in here for about fifty years.  Yesterday I received something in my mail box about them buying lots on West Island Drive at the end of Admiral Drive…the first that I’ve heard about it.  The Port Authority is involved in it and they are going to make it some kind of recreational area.  The only thing that I’ve seen done in Eastlake at the recreational area with the Port Authority is down by the sea wall.  And as far as I can tell that’s just a trash dump.  You go down there…there are fifty-five gallon waste trash cans that are full and people dump their T.V’s there.  There was a T.V there for about three weeks by the dumpster.  There is hazardous waste…a five gallon pale of paint there and this is all taken care of by the Port Authority.  So I assume that they are trying to make a trash dump on the end of West Island Drive and I don’t approve.  That is all that I have to say.


 


Suzanne Zaletel, 72 Admiral Dr., Eastlake, OH


Mrs. Zaletel: We are going back to the Port Authority and they used to have somebody up there that would charge non-residents for fishing and they up kept it.  In the last two years they got rid of that person and it has become a dump down there.  That is why we as a community do not want this to happen down where we are.  If the Port Authority could keep up where they are doing the fishing pier like they used to we probably would have a problem with this.  But we don’t want it to turn into the garbage dumps and everything else…like he said the T.V’s and the garbage.  I will come home from work and there are people just dumping their garbage in the big trash bin down there to get rid of it so they don’t have to pay the city.  We just don’t want it to turn in what’s there.  If they would have kept that up we wouldn’t have the problem that we are right now.  So if you guys could please look into this and maybe we do need to go to the Port Authority too, but we here stand united as one tonight.  We don’t want this to happen to our city.  Thank you for your time.


 


Bernie Shipey, Admiral Dr., Eastlake, OH


Mrs. Shipey: I’ve been down there a lifetime also.  This was brought up several years ago and all of the residents came together and we did not want it.  And what happened…they came to me and they wanted to put in a walking bridge and I said “there is a house there.”  She lives there now and I said “how can you put a bridge there when there is a home there?”  They said “Well we never thought of that.”  So I said “Well I’m surprised you spent all of this money for these but nobody really studied anything.”  It was put into the News-Herald before it was ever even announced what was happening.  My neighbor who lives on the same street calls me and says “Bernie you won’t believe that it was in the paper.”  There are groves and groves of people walking all over my back yard.  They are here with their picnics and their parties.  There wasn’t even anything approved yet.  I don’t know if that is really acceptable.  We are on a one way street and the traffic is unbelievable.  We have no sidewalks and they want to put a parking lot.  I think that it is absolutely crazy and that is all that I have to say.  I definitely oppose whatever they want to do and I will keep opposing it.  I’ve been there all of my life and I want to continue living in my beautiful community without a bunch of riff raff coming in and ruining it.  That is all that I have to say.     


 


Jean Toth, 35606 West Island Dr., Eastlake, OH


Mrs. Toth: I have only been there for about ten years; however, I live at the far end of the island.  It is the second to last house on the block.  Whenever strangers come down the street they turn around in our driveway and we have a “No Trespassing” sign.  They could careless they will pull all the way up to the garage to turn around.  They back in our neighbors drive and they pull in my other neighbors drive.  I’ve even seen them pull into the grass that belongs to the Chagrin Lagoons, where the street goes straight into the channel.  I think that it is disgusting.  We have a one lane bridge and who is going to take care of it?  The city turned over a park because they could cut the grass.  You’re going to have public driving on our one land bridge that if anything were to ever happen we may never be able to get off the island except with maybe help from the Fire Department or whoever.  I just think that it’s terrible that you’re going to allow public people to come down our street.  When a couple of years ago when our old Mayor was in office we ran into him and we were talking to him about all of the strangers that came down our street.  Cased our houses, looked in our yards, walked around our properties that didn’t have anyone on it because they use it just for fishing and picnics for their families.  At that time we told him that we get a lot of goockers and we get a lot of strangers and we don’t want them in our neighborhood.  He’s the one who put up the sign for the Eastlake pier to go straight instead of coming down.  We’ve had people come all the way down our end and ask “How do you get out of here?”  They don’t have a clue and we just don’t want to see all those strangers in our yards.  I think that you would feel the same way on your street if it happened to you.


 


Ms. DePledge: I will talk with the chair of the Port Authority and I will talk with the chair of the ECDC Meeting.  I will find out what is going on and how far they have gone and maybe it is something that should have been brought to Council’s attention.  I don’t know so I don’t want to say anything or make any promises because I just don’t know at this point sitting here today.  But I can tell you that we do publish our agenda’s.  If it does come up before Council it will be on our website.  If you guys want to come back two weeks from tonight…hope that we will have some information and I will include it in my President’s Report for you.  To give you an idea of what is going on and what Council’s role is in that endeavor. 


 


There was no one else who wished to speak.


 


LEGISLATION PROPOSED - First number will be 2017-018


03-14-(01)                               RESOLUTION NO.: ___________


 


Requested by:  Administration


Sponsored by:  Finance Committee


 


A Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a Contract with Osborne Concrete & Stone, the most responsible and lowest and best bidder, for  Asphalt Products, and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-018.


 


03-14-(02)                               RESOLUTION NO.: ___________


 


Requested by:  Administration


Sponsored by:  Finance Committee


 


A Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a Contract with Osborne Inc., the most responsible and lowest and best bidder, for Concrete Products, and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-019.


 


03-14-(03)                               RESOLUTION NO.: ___________


 


Requested by:  Administration


Sponsored by:  Finance Committee


 


A Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a Contract with Specialized Construction, the most responsible and lowest and best bidder, for Asphalt Products, specifically for Emulsified Asphalt & Liquid Asphalt, and declaring an emergency.  


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-020.


 


03-14-(04)                               Ordinance No.:___________


 


Requested by: Finance Director Schindel


Sponsored by: Finance Committee


 


An Ordinance to reappropriate for the expenses of the City of Eastlake, State of Ohio, for the period beginning January 1, 20­­17 and ending December 31, 2017, and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-021.


 


03-14-(05)                               RESOLUTION NO.: ___________


 


Requested by:  Administration


Sponsored by:  Finance Committee


 


A Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a Contract with Northcoast Lawnscapes, Inc., the most responsible and lowest and best bidder, for  Mowing and Trimming of Grass, Brush, Weeds, Vegetation, Trees, Shrubbery and the Removal of Yard Waste, Trash and Debris, and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-022.


 


03-14-(06)                               RESOLUTION NO:___________


 


Requested by:  Administration


Sponsored by:  Finance Committee


 


An Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a Purchase Agreement with BR Land, LLC, for Permanent Parcel Number 34-A-001-0-00-001-0, located at 33505 Curtis Boulevard in the total amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00), and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Hoefle moved to adopt.  Mr. Zuren second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-023.


 


03-14-(07)                               RESOLUTION NO.: ____________


 


Requested by: President


Sponsored by: Council


 


A Resolution supporting and designating April, 2017 as ``National Autism Awareness Month'' and April 2, 2017 as “World Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Eastlake, and declaring an emergency.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Kasunick moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.  Mr. Hoefle second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


MOTION:  Mr. Kasunick moved to adopt.  Mr. Hoefle second.


 


ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.


 


Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No. 2017-024.


 


LEGISLATION PENDING:


There was no Legislation Pending.


 


UNFINISHED BUSINESS  


There was no Unfinished Business.


 


NEW BUSINESS


There was no New Business.


 


ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS:


MAYOR/SAFETY DIRECTOR – Dennis Morley


Mayor Morley: Thank you Madam President and welcome everyone to this evenings meeting.  If you’ve read my Gazette article you will see that they are going to start the work on Route 2 and Route 91…I put an extended version in my Gazette article.  It will be going down to one lane after March 20th and it will be in that area. If you don’t have to be in that area just stay away from it.  I would like to thank Council for approving the sale of the JFK and I hope that Mr. Rayburn and his group end up getting their license.  I think that it will be good for our city and I appreciate that.  I appreciate the appointment of Mr. Turosky to the BZA.  If you’ve read the paper or watched the news obviously there was a major fire at the School Board Office and I met with Mr. Thompson today.  Superintendent Thompson was at the Press Conference and he wanted to thank Fire Chief Whittington and our Fire Department for being there.  Unfortunately it was a bad fire and there is going to be a lot of loss to the building.  They will be moving their thirty-six employee’s to the School of Innovation in Willoughby Hills.  They will not have school tomorrow because of their server.  If there is an emergency they can’t get ahold of the parents so Willoughby-Eastlake Schools will be closed tomorrow.  Chief Whittington was there since midnight and I told him to stay home tonight but of course he is dedicated and he is here.  I will let him talk about the fire.  Mr. Menn and I met with the developer today to possibly look onto Lakeshore by the Chagrin River.  It is very early talks on that and anything that we would agree to would go through the Planning Commission and then through Council.  At the end of the meeting I am asking to go into Executive Session to talk about the agreement between the City and the Fire Fighters Union.  That concludes my report and I am open for questions.


 


There were no further questions of Mayor Morley.


 


FIRE CHIEF – Ted Whittington


Chief Whittington:  Thank you Madam President.  I don’t have much to report other than the fact like the Mayor said.  There was substantial damage to the building and it is going to be a huge interruption to the district as they push out stuff for school.  Nobody got hurt which is always a positive side to that.  I think that is about it and like I said the investigation is still going on as far as what caused it.  That is all that I have as far as the fire goes.  That concludes my report and I am open for questions.


 


Ms. DePledge: I have been going door to door talking about both of the Fire Levies and I want you to know that the response has been…out of 160 doors that I was able to knock on this weekend I only had one person tell me flat out that they would not support it.  I thought that you would like to hear that.


 


Chief Whittington: I appreciate it and keep moving forward in a positive direction.


 


There were no further questions of Chief Whittington.


 


POLICE CHIEF – Larry Reik   


Chief Reik was absent and excused.


 


There were no further questions of Chief Reik.


 


CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL – David Menn


Mr. Menn: Just to let you know we have received site plans for the new North High School, Longfellow and Circle K.  These are all site plans that get reviewed and then they will work their way to the Planning Commission and any other commission that may need to happen.  This process does take some time.  Once they submit them they go off to our engineer and they have to review them.  Depend on how smoothly everything goes it could take a couple of weeks.  Then we set up Planning Commission Meetings so I think that there was a little mistake that happened last week.  Someone thought that Circle K was submitted and then it was showing up on Planning Commission that week and I just wanted to be clear that once plans are submitted it does take some time.  You’re looking at possibly a month or longer before it hits the Planning Commission.  The Engineer and I try to move things along as quickly as we can and we will continue to do that.


 


There were no questions of Mr. Menn.


 


SERVICE DIRECTOR – Nick Rubertino


Mr. Rubertino had no report this evening.


 


Ms. DePledge: Just so everyone is aware we have eight trucks that are capable of plowing and six of them were down.  We had two large snow trucks and two 4X4 pickup trucks with snow plows on them that were clearing the streets.  So hopefully we will make it through this evening.  Our thoughts are with you and your guys. 


 


Mayor Morley: Mayor Rikovich from Willowick called me today and they will lend us a truck if we need one tonight.  I just wanted to thank Mayor Rikovich for that offer.  Mr. Rubertino has the Service Director’s phone number for Willowick in case we need the truck.  Ms. Schindel has talked with our insurance company to make sure that the truck would be insured for us.  I appreciate Mayor Rikovich and offering a truck.


 


There were no further questions of Mr. Rubertino.  


 


CITY ENGINEER – Tom Gwydir


Mr. Gwydir: Thank you Madam President Members of Council and Mayor.  Quentin Road EQ Basin is moving along well and excavation is going to be re-starting here shortly.  They are putting in the soil support system and as far as the SR 2 and SR 91 bridge job I would conquer with the Mayor and suggest that if you can avoid that area for the next nine months or it would be to every bodies benefit.  With that I am open for questions.


 


Ms. DePledge: Just so you know that when I posted on social media about Route 91 closing I had 364 shares. 


 


There were no questions of Mr. Gwydir.


 


FINANCE DIRECTOR – Carol-Ann Schindel


Ms. Schindel: I want to thank you for your vote of confidence on the budget.  Where we stand on the leases is that we have been approved for the lower financing with the companies that I had asked about earlier.  They had been approved and the paper work has gone in.  I expect both the ambulance and the loader to be here within the next thirty days.  That is just my expectation and I have heard anything different.


 


There were no questions of Ms. Schindel.


 


LAW DIRECTOR – Randy Klammer


Mr. Klammer was absent and excused.


 


There were no questions of Mr. Klammer.


 


MOTION: Mr. Hoefle moved to adjourn into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing the Fire Fighters proposed union settlement.  Mr. Spotton second.


 


MOTION: Mr. Zuren moved to adjourn out of Executive Session.  Mr. Spotton second.


 


ADJOURNMENT


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:07 p.m.


 


 


 


 


_________________________________________  ­


LAURA A. DEPLEDGE, COUNCIL PRESIDENT


 


 


APPROVED: ______________________


 


 


ATTEST: _____________________________________

                  TRACY M. SIMONS, CLERK OF COUNCIL

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