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. Morley at approximately 7:07 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Members of Council in attendance were Mr. Licht, Ms. Vaughn, Ms. DePledge, Mr. D’Ambrosio and Council President Mr. Morley. Mr. Hoefle and Mrs. Quinn-Hopkins were absent and excused. Also attending was Council Clerk Mrs. Cendroski. Attending and in the audience was Councilman-at-Large Elect Mr. Evers.
Those attending from the Administration were Law Director Klammer, Finance Director Slocum, City Engineer Gwydir and Police Chief Reik. Fire Chief Whittington and CBO McReynolds were absent and excused. Mayor Andrzejewski was absent.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Council Meeting – November 26, 2013
MOTION: Mr. Licht moved to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of November 26, 2013. Ms. DePledge seconded.
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. The minutes were approved.
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COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S REPORT – Mr. Morley
Mr. Morley: The next Council-as-a-Whole Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The Regular Council meeting will be convened immediately following the adjournment of the Council-as-a-Whole Committee meeting.
We have been receiving calls on the leaf pickup. They are continuing to pick up leaves. The pickup from Republic ceased the last of November. The crews are continuing to pickup. Those are most of the calls Council has been receiving over the last two weeks.
Chief Reik: What should people do if they have leaves in bags?
Mr. Morley: I have asked Mr. Slocum to talk Mr. Semik. While the guys are out they can dump the leaves out of the bags and suck them up or if they have a pickup truck they can throw them in the back of the truck.
COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
A communication was received from the Administration requesting re-appointments to the Architectural Board of Review and the Civil Service Commission. Mr. Morley explained if there are no objections Motions would be made this evening to approve the re-appointments.
Re-Appointment: Architectural Board of Review
Mr. D’Ambrosio moved to re-appoint Kathleen Moran, 124 Hampshire Cove, Painesville, Ohio to the Architectural Board of Review for the term expiring December 31, 2016. Ms. Vaughn seconded.
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. Kathleen Moran is re-appointed to the Architectural Board of Review for the term expiring 12/31/2016.
Re-Appointment: Civil Service Commission
Mr. D’Ambrosio moved to re-appoint C. Richard Henderson, 36689 Valleyview Drive, Eastlake, Ohio to the Civil Service Commission for the term expiring December 31, 2016.
Ms. Vaughn seconded.
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. C. Richard Henderson is re-appointed to the Civil Service Commission for the term expiring 12/31/2016.
Mr. Morley: Congratulations to both.
Mr. Morley: A Finance Committee Meeting was held:
Finance Committee – Ms. Vaughn, Chair
Ms. Vaughn: A Finance Committee meeting was held Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. with all Council in attendance. In attendance from the Administration were Law Director Klammer, Finance Director Slocum, Fire Chief Whittington and Police Chief Reik. It was a relatively brief meeting for a Finance Committee meeting. We reviewed the budget and will be acting on that at the next Committee meeting as we will the re-appropriations that we reviewed and the temporary appropriations. The budget review I mentioned was the review of the expenditures as of October 31st. We have since received a November report and everyone will have ample opportunity to look at that before the next meeting. All items were for discussion only. I will not be scheduling another meeting until after the 1st of the year. I am open for questions.
There were no questions of Ms. Vaughn.
Eastlake Port Authority – Ms. DePledge, Liaison
Ms. DePledge: The Eastlake Port Authority meeting will be held tomorrow night at Trader Jack’s at 7:00 p.m. It is also their Christmas Party and everyone is invited.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
Mr. Morley 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.
Ted Beres, 36706 Lakehurst Drive, Eastlake
Mr. Beres: This is my WalMart report. At Thanksgiving I dropped my wife off at WalMart at 5:42 p.m. and the parking lot was full. People were parking at Drug Mart parking lot which I expected. I did see some cars at the old WalMart. My wife told me those were employees cars – WalMart had told their employees that they must park at the old WalMart on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays – obviously to free up parking spaces for customers at the new WalMart. I looked at the Eastlake Police Department Facebook page for Black Friday and it said there were some minor incidents but nothing out of the norm. I do not know if WalMart is going to make any changes as they proposed. We will just have to wait and see.
That is my report and I am open for questions.
Mr. Morley: The last email I received from our Engineer, Mr. Beres, was that they had handed in the plans but there would probably be nothing done until spring.
Mr. Gwydir: That is correct. The plans did come in for the drive onto Vine Street and cut through and have been reviewed and returned but I do not expect anything to occur until next construction season.
There was no one else who wished to speak.
LEGISLATION PROPOSED – First number will be 2013-080
12-10-(01) ORDINANCE NO.: ____________
Requested by: Administration An Ordinance to temporarily appropriate Sponsored by: Finance Committee for the expenses of the City of Eastlake, State of Ohio, for the period beginning January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014, and declaring an emergency.
There was no Motion to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full.
Legislation No. 12-10-(01) is placed on First Reading.
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There was no Legislation Pending.
There was no Unfinished Business.
There was no New Business.
MAYOR/SAFETY DIRECTOR – Ted Andrzejewski
Mayor Andrzejewski was absent.
LAW DIRECTOR – Randy Klammer
Mr. Klammer: Mr. Mayor-Elect – Mr. Council President, I have nothing to report. On pending litigation – there are still a couple of things out there and they are status-quo. We are still fighting over the rental inspection thing – that has kind of geared back up to a certain degree. Mr. Getsy’s case has reared its ugly head again and we have a status conference set on the Motion to hold in contempt on that house. We are trying to find some practical solution to that house that is falling over. Other than that I am open for questions.
There were no questions of Mr. Klammer.
FINANCE DIRECTOR – Mike Slocum
Mr. Slocum: I have nothing additional to report. As I will not be here for next week’s meeting I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
There were no questions of Mr. Slocum.
CITY ENGINEER – Tom Gwydir
Mr. Gwydir: I have nothing to report and am open for questions.
There were no questions of Mr. Gwydir.
SERVICE DIRECTOR – Mike Semik
Mr. Semik was absent.
CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL – James S. McReynolds
Mr. McReynolds was absent and excused.
POLICE CHIEF – Larry Reik
Chief Reik: I wanted to point out something with WalMart. It is kind of a double edged sword of getting information from Facebook and Twitter and the realization of what goes on a community letter – prostitution in Willoughby or theft at any store. WalMart being such a big establishment does its share due to its progressive loss prevention. They do have some issues there but they have been overly generous with us. At the Community Christmas they came out with 60 gifts and they have given grants to us for the K-9 and Fire Department every year. People have issues sometimes with bigger corporation type stores but sometimes they don’t get the credit they deserve. They have been a pretty valuable member of Community whenever we have asked them for help. I would like to thank Council for allowing us to do the awards here. Obviously we did not get a great turnout – the weather definitely did not help. This was one of those really big deals. We went down to the Federal Court House where the new FBI Director presented a number of different awards. There is a misnomer out that Federal and local agencies do not work well together perpetuated by shows and movies – actually that is the opposite. They know they can’t do it without us and we know we cannot do it without them. It all works out well. The guys have been tremendous liaisons for the City. It was unfortunately a bad thing for the fraud to be committed but to have the resources and personnel available at the time we were going through it – to take care of what they did – it is a really big thing for our Department. I am open for questions.
There were no questions of Chief Reik.
FIRE CHIEF – Ted Whittington
Chief Whittington was absent and excused.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:20 p.m.
DENNIS MORLEY, COUNCIL PRESIDENT
DEBORAH A. CENDROSKI,
CLERK OF COUNCIL