EASTLAKE CITY COUNCIL
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 5, 2016
The Organizational Meeting of the Eastlake City Council was held in Council Chambers, Eastlake City Hall, 35150 Lakeshore Boulevard. The Meeting was called to order by Councilwoman-at-Large Ms. DePledge at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL PERSON FOR WARD 1 – MICHAEL ZUREN
Law Director Randy Klammer administered the oath of office to Michael Zuren as Ward 1 Councilman for the City of Eastlake.
SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL PERSON FOR WARD 2- JOHN MEYERS
Law Director Randy Klammer administered the oath of office to John Meyers as Ward 2 Councilman for the City of Eastlake.
SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL PERSON FOR WARD 3 – JASON KASUNICK
Law Director Randy Klammer administered the oath of office to Jason Kasunick as Ward 3 Councilman for the City of Eastlake.
SWEARING IN OF COUNCIL PERSON FOR WARD 4 – DAVID SPOTTON
Law Director Randy Klammer administered the oath of office to David Spotton as Ward 4 Councilman for the City of Eastlake.
Members of Council in attendance were: Mr. Zuren, Mr. Meyers, Mr. Evers, Mr. Kasunick, Mr. Spotton, Mr. Hoefle and Ms. DePledge. Also attending was Council Clerk Tracy Simons.
Those attending from the Administration were Mayor Morley, Law Director Klammer, Finance Director Slocum, Acting Service Director Rubertino, City Engineer Gwydir, CBOMenn, Police Chief Reik and Fire Chief Whittington.
RECOGNITION OF MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE
There was no one who wished to speak.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING MINUTES, JANUARY 7, 2014
MOTION: Mr. Evers moved to approve the minutes of the Organizational Meeting held on January 7, 2014. Mr. Hoefle seconded.
Yeas: Mr. Hoefle, Mr. Evers and Ms. DePledge.
Abstain: Mr. Zuren, Mr. Meyers, Mr. Kasunick and Mr. Spotton.
Motion carried. The minutes were approved.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Ms. DePledge opened the floor for nominations for President of Council.
MOTION: Mr. Hoefle moved to nominate Laura A. DePledge as President of Council.
Mr. Evers seconded.
Ms. DePledge asked if there were any other nominations for President of Council.
There were no other nominations.
Roll call on Vote for Laura A. DePledge as President of Council
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. Ms. DePledge is elected President of Council for the term beginning January 5, 2016 through December 31, 2017.
Ms. DePledge: I accept this appointment as Council President and I want to thank you everybody for having your faith in me and I will do this job in the manner that it has been done before. I have some pretty big shoes to fill.
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENT
Ms. DePledge opened the floor for nominations for Vice President of Council.
MOTION: Ms. DePledge moved to nominate Kenneth Hoefle as Vice President of Council.
Mr. Evers seconded.
Ms. DePledge asked if there were any other nominations for Vice President of Council.
There were no other nominations.
Roll call on Vote for Kenneth Hoefle as Vice President of Council
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. Mr. Hoefle is elected Vice President of Council for the term beginning January 5, 2016 through January 9, 2018.
Mr. Hoefle accepted the appointment of Council Vice President.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Ms. DePledge
Ms. DePledge: First I would like to congradulate Mr. Hoefle on your appointment as Councl Vice President. I am looking forward to working with you and the rest of Council.
Ms DePledge: The next Organizational Meeting will be scheduled, pursuant to the City’s Charter, for the first Tuesday after the 3rd of January, 2018 – that is January 9, 2018.
The next Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. with the Regular Council meeting to immediately following the adjornment of the Council-As-A-Whole Committee Meeting.
Ms. DePledge: Per Ordinance 111.10 “Committees” – appointments are due by the second regular Council meeting after the Organizational meeting. Therefore, I will present assignments at our January 12th Council meeting. I will be speaking with the other members of Council to make sure we are all on the same page. I will also be making the other appointments at that time to the WPCC, the ECDC and the Port Authority.
COUNCIL MEMBER RECOGNITION
Michael Zuren– Councilman – Ward 1: I would like to thank my wife Amy and my children for being so supportive during the election process. I would also like to thank the past and current Council for being so supportive and helpful during the election. I would especially like to thank the residents of Ward 1 in Eastlake who voted for me. It is an honor to be the Councilman of Ward 1. Thank you.
John Meyers -Councilman – Ward 2: I would also like to thank my family and the past Council people who supported me along with the residents of Ward 2. It is an honor to be here.
Jason Kasunick– Councilwoman – Ward 3: I would like to thank my family and my fiancé Lacy who traveled quit a distance to be here today. I would also like to thank the voters of Ward 3 they are the reason why I am here today. I look forward to working with all of you.
David Spotton– Councilman – Ward 4: I would like to thank my wife and my daughter and also all of the residents in Ward 4 for the vote of confidence and it is an honor to represent Ward 4.
Laura DePledge – Councilwoman-at-Large/President: Again I would just like to reiderate what Mr. Evers has said I would like to welcome all of our new Council members and we are looking forward to working with you. Mr. Hoefle I am looking forward to working with you as Vice President and I want to thank all of the members for your support and your faith in me to lead us as we embark upon 2016.
Kenneth Hoefle – Councilman-at-Large/Vice President: I would like to welcome all of the residents and all of the new individuals on Council and I would like to congradulate Ms. DePledge as our new Council President. I also want to thank everybody for their support to appoint me a Vice President of Council. I know that we have worked together for quit a few years through out the City that we have actually lived in.
Ms. DePledge: Even longer and just leave it at that.
Mr. Hoefle: It will be great to work with everybody along with the Mayor and the Administration. Welcome everybody.
Kimberly C. Evers: Councilman-at-Large:I would like to congradulate Ms. DePledge and Mr. Hoefle on your appointments. I would also like to welcome all four of the new gentlemen and it is going to be a pleasure to work with you guys to move this City forward in a good vision. I think that we have a good start and we have a good team and hopefully it continues.
RECOGNITION OF THE MAYOR
Mayor Morley: Thank you Ms. DePledge. I want to congradualte Ms. DePledge and Mr. Hoefle and I would like to welcome our new Council members along with their families and our residents. As I have said through out the past couple of months to each and every one of you individually it is a though road for us in this City but again we had a good team and we will have a good team here. I think that if we all continue to work together and also to continue to work with my directors. Anything that we can do together will be positive for the City and I look forward to working with everyone. I know that my directors are looking forward to meeting with you. As I have told you before make as many appointments as you want to sit down with each of the directors just so you can see how our departments run. So that when the residents call you that you will have a good answer to tell them. Sometimes people will call and say that they saw this and they don’t have the rest of the story. Just meet with each one of the directors and it will be good and I am looking forward to 2016.
Mayor Morley: My Administrative appointments are:
Fire Chief Whittington
Police Chief Reik
CBO: David Menn
Service Director: Nick Rubertino
City Engineer Mr. Gwydir is per contract from CT Consultants and does a great job.
Finance Director: Michael H. Slocum
Law Director: Joseph R. Klammer, Esq.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL
TRACY M. SIMONS, CLERK OF COUNCIL