Regular Council Meeting Minutes from February 27, 2018

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MINUTES

TUESDAY

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

7:00 P.M.

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 Mr. Meyers at approximately 7:06 p.m.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

ATTENDEES

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

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

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Regular Council Meeting Agenda –February 27, 2018.

MOTION:  Mr. Evers moved to approve the Agenda for February 27, 2018.  Mr. Overstreet second.

Motion carried.  Agenda approved.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Regular Council Meeting Minutes- January 23, 2018 & February 13, 2018.

MOTION:  Mr. Evers moved to approve the Regular Council Meeting Minutes from January 23, 2018.  Mr. Spotton second.

Motion carried.  Minutes approved.

MOTION:  Mr. Evers moved to approve the Regular Council Meeting Minutes from February 13, 2018.  Mr. Overstreet second.  Mr. Hoefle abstained.

Motion carried.  Minutes approved.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Meetings Scheduled

Mr. Meyers: The next Council-as-a-Whole Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Regular Council meeting will be convened immediately following the adjournment of the Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting.  I would like to wish Mayor Morley a Happy Birthday.

There were no questions for Mr. Meyers.

COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS

  1. A communication from the Administration to enter into a contract with CTM, LLC for the replacement of the damaged telecommunications system.

Mr. Meyers: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and it is on this evening’s agenda.

  1. A communication from the Administration to enact Section 741.23 “Do Not Knock Registry” of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Eastlake.

Mr. Meyers: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and it is on this evening’s agenda.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Mr. Meyers: There were two Finance Committee Meetings that were held since our last Regular Council Meeting.  Mr. Evers?

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT- Mr. Evers, Chair

Mr. Evers: Thank you Council President.  The Finance Committee has met over the past several weeks to review the city’s budget.  Our first meeting was to go over the revenue side and the second meeting was the expenditure side.  I am very happy to report that for the first time in many years the city looks to be in very, very good shape.  That has to be…and said thank you to the Administration and all of Directors.  They watch their budgets pretty tightly and they are very careful about their spending and they have been a big asset and a big help to us here.  With that Ms. Schindel do you have anything to add?

Ms. Schindel: No I do not thank you.

Mr. Evers: Thank you and that concludes my report and I would like to mention that there will be a Finance Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. here at City Hall.  We will be going over the Mayor’s Court.

There were no questions for Mr. Evers.

WARD 1 AND WARD 3 MEETING REPORT- Mr. Kasunick, Ward 3

Mr. Meyers: Councilman Kasunick I believe you have a summary of the Ward Meetings?

Mr. Kasunick: Wards 1 and 3 had a Meeting at the Croatian Lodge on February 24.  We just discussed basic city events…by local program and other public concerns and street conditions are what were discussed.  We just wanted to give a special thank you for all who attended and also to the Croatian Lodge for being so accommodating to us.

There were no questions for Mr. Kasunick.

WPCC COMMITTEE REPORT – Mr. Zuren, Member

Mr. Zuren: Thank you Mr. President.  The WPCC Committee did meet with the City of Willoughby on February 21 and we discussed the 2018 budget, reviewed upcoming projects which will lessen the issue with water flow.  We also discussed the new technology that they have purchased to streamline plan efficiency and with that I am open for questions

There were no questions for Mr. Zuren.

ECDC COMMITTEE REPORT- Mr. Zuren, Chair

Mr. Zuren:  Thank you Mr. President.  The ECDC Committee did meet today and we had a variety of topics that we discussed.  They included the Vine Street Corridor Meeting and the main topics there were the three Mayor’s efforts to improve the look and uniformity of Vine Street along with upcoming events that we have scheduled in the city such as the Job Fair, Kids Fair, Wedding Show that is scheduled at the Croatian Lodge on April 15th, Trick or Treat Street, Christmas in July, Nature Weekend Scheduled for July 29th, and we also discussed the by local campaign.  We also discussed the Banquet Facilities Meeting that was held on February 15 at Bethel Lutheran Church and there we discussed the Wedding Show and how the churches can participate in that and how we can spread the word on the events that the church’s are having for the community, Help Over Heroin scheduled and event with EPAL for March 8th and we also had a guest speaker, which was Mr. Anthony who is the pastor of the Recovery House in Willoughby.  In addition to those items we have started interviewing some of the non-profits and pastors to discuss how their programs can help the community and the city.  Also in the ECDC Meeting we discussed in detail the Kids Fair and some of the items that we are working on, which is a children’s beauty pageant, Nintendo Switch Video Game Contest for children and we are waiting on the sponsorship from Wal-Mart, and also an Ice Cream Eating Contest for the Kids Fair that is coming up on April 29th and I will keep everybody updated on that and with that I am open for questions.

There were no questions for Mr. Zuren.

MOTIONS:

MOTION:  Mr. Evers moved to appoint Angela R. Schmidt, 1048 Quentin Road, Eastlake, Ohio to the Civil Service Commission.  Mr. Zuren second

Motion carried.

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC:  1/2 hour, 3-minutes per person

Mr. Meyers recognized the public input at this time; he 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.

There was no one wishing to speak.

LEGISLATION PROPOSED: First number will be 2018-011

02-27-(01)                               RESOLUTION NO.:_______________

Requested by: Finance Director Schindel

Sponsored by: Council

A Resolution authorizing and directing the Mayor and Director of Finance to enter into a contract with CTM , LLC, for a turn-key proposal for the replacement of the damaged telecommunications system and associated peripheral equipment, for the total amount of One Hundred and Eight Thousand and Seventy-Six Dollars and Sixty-One Cents ($108,076.61), and declaring an emergency.

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

ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.

MOTION:  Mr. Evers moved to adopt.  Mr. Overstreet second.

ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.

Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No.: 2018-011.

02-27-(02)                               ORDINANCE NO.: __________

Requested by:  Administration

Sponsored by:  Ordinance Committee

An Ordinance enacting Section 741.23 “Do Not Knock Registry”, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Eastlake, and declaring an emergency.

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

ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.

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

ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.

Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No.: 2018-012.

02-27-(03)                               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, 2018 and ending December 31, 2018, and declaring an emergency.

Mr. Meyers: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and it is being placed on First Reading.

LEGISLATION PENDING: (Placed on First Reading on 02/13/2018)

02-13-(03)                                     ORDINANCE NO.: ____________

Requested by: Administration

Sponsored by: Council

An Ordinance enacting Chapter XXX of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Eastlake, Titled “Canvassers and Solicitors”, and declaring and emergency.

MOTION: Mr. Spotton moved to remove Chapter XXX of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Eastlake, Titled “Canvassers and Solicitors” from the agenda with no action taken.  Mr. Kasunick second.

ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.

Motion carried.  Legislation is removed from the Agenda.

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 Mr.  President and welcome everyone to this evenings meeting.  First of all I thank Ms. Schindel for all of her work that she put into the budget over the last few months and also with the phone lines.  Every time I talk to the staff and talk about the phone lines still being down and people still can’t believe that we still don’t have phones since back in August.  Again we have to deal with insurance companies and it is a $450,000.00 claim and it is going to take a little while.  As I said in the Finance Committee Meeting I appreciative for all of my Directors and the Chief’s for how they handle the budget and the reason we are a little healthier than we’ve ever been.  I would like to give them all credit for that with the budget.  I welcome Ms. Schmidt to the Civil Service Commission and I believe that she is going to do a great job with Joyce and Mr. McKinney for the Civil Service. I still have one call out for the Charter Commission and I don’t know where you guys are on that.

Mr. Meyers: I believe that we need one more.

Mayor Morley: Once we get everyone we can appoint those and just let me know.  We talked about and I know that it was brought up about the road conditions and obviously they are all aware of the road conditions.  State Representative Rogers has asked for $200,000,000.00 out of the Rainy Day Fund for infrastructure and I think that is a good route to go; seeing that we won’t be getting a bulk of government funds back and if we could get infrastructure to fix roads that would be a great thing.  Through all of the cities that I drive through I pay attention more to the roads and different things to try and see where we are at compared to everyone else and I think that the other Mayor’s are in the same boat with potholes.  The Police Chief will touch on that we have a Police Dispatch position open until March 9 and you can get applications through the Police Department.  Between myself, Mayor Regovich and Mayor Fiala have been meeting to continue our project on Vine Street and we have also talked…Cleveland for that meeting and we are looking forward them giving us some traffic…and different things on Vine Street.  That concludes my report and I am open for questions.

  

There were no questions for Mayor Morley

FIRE CHIEF – Ted Whittington

Chief Whittington: Thank you Mr. President.  I just want to wish the boss a Happy Birthday.  I know that we’ve kind of and everyone has touch on the budget and I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but I think that a lot of credit needs to be said to not only the Mayor but all of you as elected officials.  More importantly the residents and for somebody that was challenged and whether through some of the most significant financial times in this community as far as moving backwards, it is a good thing to be turning a corner.  I think that everybody collectively has worked very, very hard to make sure that this city is getting better.  I think that all of us need to relish in the fact that we are moving in the right direction….Mayor but Council with all of you help to making the city change.  Other than that I am open for questions.

There were no questions for Chief Whittington.

POLICE CHIEF – Larry Reik   

Chief Reik: I would like to welcome Ms. Schmidt to the Civil Service and she has been pretty active the last couple of years….it will be nice having her on board.  I am sure… speaking for Chief Whittington, but if there are any questions that are preliminary that you want to sit down and talk I can do that anytime.  The Dispatch position again we are taking applications until next Friday.  There aren’t any prerequisites and it’s not right to say prerequisite skill set because it is such a unique position.  There isn’t a candidate like the Police or Fire Academies and I know that there has been talk about setting something like that up.  Because it is a very unique position to staff for and we are going to try this online test that a lot of communities have used to help transition people from the civil ion community into the job.  Hopefully that gets us a better a ray of candidates.  We have some good people in there and the one that we are losing is a good person and a good opportunity at no fault of his to move on.  We are hoping to get this group trained on their feet by the summer so we can have a somewhat enjoyable summer without much delay in that area.  If you know somebody who is a good multi tasker and begins a shift to work and if they have questions they can call and try and get those answered or they can always put in an application.  We will be going through those to try and get through a manageable number.  Other than that I am open for questions.

There were no questions for Chief Reik.

CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL – David Menn

 Mr. Menn was absent and excused.

There were no questions for Mr. Menn.

SERVICE DIRECTOR – Nick Rubertino

Mr. Rubertino had no report this evening.

There were no questions for Mr. Rubertino.

CITY ENGINEER – Tom Gwydir

 Mr. Gwydir had no report this evening. 

There were no questions for Mr. Gwydir.

FINANCE DIRECTOR – Carol-Ann Schindel

 Ms. Schindel: Thank you.  The year end 2017 is being put together by our accountants so we are in the process of trying to close out 2017.  2016 and 2017 are both…we still have  the Auditors in and they are going through them and I want to thank you very much for allowing us the opportunity to move forward with…it has really been a…and I thank you very much. 

 There were no questions for Ms. Schindel.

LAW DIRECTOR – Randy Klammer

Mr. Klammer: Thank you Mr. President, Members of Council and Mr. Mayor.  I like the Fire Chief want to wish the Mayor a Happy Birthday.  I am sure that you have notice Mayor that the Police Chief, Service Director, City Engineer and the Finance Director all wish you a Happy Birthday.

There were no questions for Mr. Klammer.

Mr. Meyers: Mr. Evers?

Mr. Evers: Thank you Council President.  I would like to go over a few dates coming up here that we have some things going on in the city that I wanted to make everyone aware of.  On Thursday, March 1st we have a Blood Drive over at the EPAL from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We have Hope Over Heroin coming in and they are a large support group coming in on March 8th.  There is a lot of good information that they have going out there so stop in get information and get answers to some of your questions.  On March 10th we have the Boulevard of Flags Fundraiser…it is a great asset to our city and it is self funded so if you haven’t gotten your tickets by now would you please see Mr. Rydzinski or myself.  Tickets are also available in the Building Department.  On March 24th we have our Easter Egg Hunt at Captains Stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m. and the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11:00 a.m. and it goes until 12:30 p.m.  It is sponsored by the City Administration, Captains and EPAL and that is all that I have and thank you.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:27 p.m.

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JOHN MEYERS, COUNCIL PRESIDENT

APPROVED: ______________________

ATTEST: _____________________________________

TRACY M. SIMONS, CLERK OF COUNCIL

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