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, Acting Service Director Rubertino, CBO McReynolds, City Engineer Gwydir, Police Chief Reik and Fire Chief Whittington.


Mayor Morley, Council President D’Ambrosio and Police Chief Reik recognized Police Sergeant Mike Werner on being named City of Eastlake Police Department’s Officer of the Year.


Mayor Morley, Council President D’Ambrosio and Police Chief Reik recognized Cara Hardy on being named City of Eastlake Police Department’s Civilian Employee of the Year.


03-25-(01): Resolution in Support: April, 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Month  

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This first item is to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The legislation

provides statistics about child abuse and the fact that throughout 2013, foster families, relatives and other alternative caregivers provided a safe environment for nearly 100 children who were unable to be in their family home. There are a lot of things we do not hear about as far as child abuse and we in the City of Eastlake want to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

There were no further questions or comments.

03-25-(02): Amendment: Section 333.03 “Maximum Speed Limits: Assured Clear Distance Ahead”

03-25-(03): Amendment: Section 939.26(d)(3) “Surcharges”

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This was discussed in Ordinance Committee. Mr. Hoefle?

Mr. Hoefle: The Ordinance Committee met on March 18th in which we discussed both of these items which I will discuss in detail during my report in the regular Council meeting.


There were no further questions or comments.


03-25-(04): Re-Appropriations: January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This next item is in regards to our operating budget and was discussed in Finance Committee. Ms. Vaughn is the Chair of the Finance Committee. However, as she was ill Ms. DePledge Chaired the meeting.

Ms. DePledge: I will incorporate my comments during the regular Council meeting. The meeting was held during which we had thought we would have a shortfall of about $36,000 but after some final adjustments we are $53,000 in the black which for a city this size is not a significant amount but it is still in the black. Mr. Slocum, do you have any comments?

Mr. Slocum: No, but we do need to get this passed this month.

Ms. DePledge: That is right. And, there have been several meetings on the budget starting back in January. The budgets are issued monthly and are available to anyone who wishes to see them. They are also posted on the web site. They are always available to the public. This issue will be moving forward this evening.

There were no further questions or comments.

03-25-(05): Union Contract: City of Eastlake and AFSME

Mr. D’Ambrosio: We met in Executive Session last Tuesday after the Ordinance and Finance Committee meetings and this appears on the regular Council meeting’s agenda.

There were no further questions or comments.

03-25-(06): Contract: Cargill, Inc.: Deicing Salt

Mr. D’Ambrosio: Mayor?

Mayor: As you know we have a $12,500 spending limitation. The day I found out we were going to run out of salt I called Council President D’Ambrosio and Council Vice President and Finance Committee Chair Ms. Vaughn regarding this $25,500 purchase of salt. I declared a State of Emergency in the City. Obviously, it is not something we like to do in the Administration. But, we have a contract with Cargill to purchase the salt.

Mr. D’Ambrosio: Are there any questions for the Mayor. We all know what this was about as we all saw the communications.

There were no further questions or comments.


There was no Legislation Pending.



Union Contract: City of Eastlake and IAFF

Mr. D’Ambrosio: We had a Special Meeting to adjourn into Executive Session this evening at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Union contract between the City and the Fire Department. We will be adding this to the evening’s regular Council agenda.

There were no further questions or comments.



State Contract: 2014/2015 Winter Use: Sodium Chloride/Rock Salt

Mr. D’Ambrosio: Mr. Slocum?

Mr. Slocum: The State notified the City via an email sent to our former Service Director. Hence, we did not receive the notification. Thanks to our Council President who notified us late that week. The State’s requirement for us to participate in the contract to purchase rock salt – which we did last year – is that we must notify them by April 8th which is the date of our next Council meeting. If we had waited until the next Council meeting it would have been too late. So we had to rush to get this on and are going to be committing to 3,000 tons of salt which means we have can purchase as little as 2,700 tons of salt and as much as 3,300 tons. Based on our historical use it should meet the needs of next winter.

Mr. D’Ambrosio: This is basically a housekeeping item. We order salt every year.

Mr. Licht: What I am hearing is it was almost missed because the communication went to the previous Service Director. Is there something in place to prevent that from happening again?

Mayor Morley: Yes. In fact the communication from the State was dated March 20th and we acted on it. Even with it going to the previous Service Director’s emails we still acted on it the date it was received. We originally found out because of the Council Presidents phone call to tell us that Wickliffe received notification. We received the email on Thursday and acted on it by Friday.

Mr. Slocum: This is early. In the past they have not required anything until May or June. They are implementing another program for the summer that we are not going to participate in.

Mr. Licht: And, there are no prices with this yet – it is just to get into the program?

Mr. Slocum: Yes, but we are committing to purchase no matter the price. This year it was $23 and last year it was $54. The State did a good job keeping the price down. We just hope they are able to do it next year.

There were no questions or comments.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:14 p.m.



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