COUNCIL AS A WHOLE COMMITTEE MEETING



       FEBRUARY 24, 2015


Council President Mr. D’Ambrosio opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. 



Members of Council in attendance were Mr. Licht, Mrs. Quinn-Hopkins, Mr. Evers, Ms. DePledge, Mr. Hoefle, Ms. Vaughn and Council President Mr. D’Ambrosio. Also attending was Council Clerk Mrs. Cendroski. 


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



02-24-(01):  Contract: Northcoast Lawnscapes, Inc.: Mowing & Trimming

Mr. D’Ambrosio:  This was discussed in last week’s Finance Committee meeting.  Ms. Vaughn?


Ms. Vaughn:  This was a competitive bid – we went with the lowest and best applicant.  This is to cut the grass for people who do not take care of it themselves.  It does not maintain the City but is for residential. This was reviewed by Mr. Menn and this is his recommendation.  Upon review, the Finance Committee recommended this move forward and it appears on this evening’s agenda.


There were no further questions or comments.


There was no Legislation Pending.



Proclamation Resolution: February 23-28, 2015: America Saves Week

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This is a proclamation resolution recognizing February 23-25 2015 as America Saves Week. America Saves is national society marketing campaign to persuade, encourage and motivate Americans to take financial action in building wealth through saving money and reducing debt. Mr. Bob Houston is present and would like to address Council.


Robert Houston, 309 Heather, Eastlake, OH.

Mr. Houston: One of the reasons I got involved in this was to try to bring different things to the City of Eastlake and Lake County. One is to bring financial education and a savings plan to low and moderate income people in saving money. Later on we would do a foreclosure clinic to try to stop people from losing their homes. I mention that because I talked to my Councilwoman and Council President – the home I grew up in Eastlake is one of the ones being foreclosed and I am getting information to try to save it and keep it in the family before it gets destroyed. I will leave information – I have a proclamation by the Lake County Commissioners, a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and Achievement from Congressman Joyce, a copy of a thank you from when I was involved in Cleveland Saves by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners and a list of all the organizations that are involved and the governments through the state and federal and a list of benefits to people who sign up for Ohio Saves.


Thank you.

Conditional Use Permit: Robert F. Masseria, LLC dba Bonkers, 36901 Vine Street, Eastlake

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This was forwarded to Council by the Planning Commission. Mr. Masseria purchased the Bull Bar located at 361st Street and Vine Street and changed the name to Bonkers. Mr. Menn?


Mr. Menn: He has done all his inspections and everything is fine.


There were no further questions or comments.


Conditional Use Permit: Faquar, LLC dba Shananaginz, 33329 Vine Street, Eastlake

Mr. D’Ambrosio: Ms. Jacobs purchased the Final Score Bar and had worked there for several years. When this changed ownership they did not know they needed to apply for a conditional use permit. Mr. Menn contacted them and they stepped right in.


Mr. Menn: They met their obligations. They went through Planning Commission and have had all their inspections.


There were no further questions or comments.


Repeal: Ordinance Section 1385.16 “Annual Permits for Multiple Dwellings and             Rooming Houses; Fees; Nontransferability

Mr. D’Ambrosio: I know we have had some issues in the past with this ordinance. Mr. Klammer?


Mr. Klammer: This is the ordinance that was our rental inspection for basically apartment houses. We had never used it until when the past few years we tried to enact it and were hit with a lawsuit right off the bat. The lawsuit is still pending. It does not seem like the ordinance is workable – that the concept is usable. It does not seem to be a priority for the City for a number of reasons and not just staffing. In order to wrap it up and regroup later on this would take care of the lawsuit. Should we decide at a later date that we want to make this a priority the ordinances requires a complete over hall. So, it is appropriate to kill two birds with one stone. I spoke with Mr. Menn and I don’t think he had any objections to it. I am open for questions.


Mr. D’Ambrosio: So, if we repeal this it will take care of the lawsuit?


Mr. Klammer: This will take care of the permitting section. Once it is gone there is no reason for the lawsuit. We spoke about this with the Judge and he knows we were going to propose the repeal.


Mr. D’Ambrosio: I see this was passed in 1986 and it sat idle until a couple of years ago when we tried it and it did not work out.


There were no further questions or comments.



Liquor License Transfer Request: HBII, Inc. dba Handle Bar II, 34471 Vine Street & Patio, Eastlake to MFRS, Inc. dba Diamondback Bar & Grill & Patio, 34471 Vine Street, Eastlake

Mr. D’Ambrosio: Mayor, I spoke with you earlier – there were no objections. Chief Reik?


Chief Reik: No objections.


Mr. D’Ambrosio:  A motion will be made to approve this transfer request.


Amendment: Ordinance Section 1145 “Schedule of Permitted Buildings and Uses, subsection (a)(1)”

Mr. D’Ambrosio:  This is about bees. I will let Mr. Hoefle comment on this.  We have people in the City who have bees which are a good thing to have. Unfortunately we have an ordinance that says you cannot have them and it has caused uproar with a couple of people. We checked surrounding communities and I think we are the only one that does not allow bees.  Mr. Hoefle?


Mr. Hoefle:  All we are going to do is take the ordinance we have right now and remove the word bees. That way they are allowed to have them. Right now we do not have the staffing to monitor hives and we would have to turn it over to the County for inspections. This is a good thing and will simply things.


Mr. D’Ambrosio: We will follow the County guidelines. 


The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m.





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