REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 9, 2018
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 7:02 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Members of Council in attendance were, Mr. Kasunick, Mr. Spotton, Mr. Hoefle, Mr. Evers, Mr. Overstreet, Mr. Zuren and Council President Mr. Meyers. Also in attendance was Council Clerk Mrs. Simons.
Those attending from the Administration were Mayor Morley, Fire Chief Whittington, CBO Menn, City Engineer Gwydir and Law Director Klammer. Police Chief Reik, Service Director Rubertino and Finance Director Schindel were absent and excused.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Regular Council Meeting Agenda –January 9, 2018.
MOTION: Mr. Zuren moved to approve the Agenda for January 9, 2018. Mr. Evers second.
Motion carried. Agenda approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Council Meeting Minutes- November 28, 2017.
MOTION: Mr. Zuren moved to approve the Minutes for November 28, 2017. Mr. Evers second.
Motion carried. Minutes approved.
Regular Council Meeting Minutes- December 12, 2017.
MOTION: Mr. Zuren moved to approve the Minutes for December 12, 2017. Mr. Spotton second.
Motion carried. Minutes approved.
Regular Council Meeting Minutes- December 19, 2017.
MOTION: Mr. Zuren moved to approve the Minutes for December 19, 2017. Mr. Kasunick second.
Motion carried. Minutes approved.
Mr. Meyers: The next Council-as-a-Whole Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 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.
There were no questions for Mr. Meyers.
COMMUNICATIONS & PETITIONS
- A communication from City Engineer Gwydir for the Local Public Agency for the state project for State Route 91 between Curtis Boulevard and the ballpark’s west parking lot.
Mr. Meyers: This was discussed in Council-As-A-Whole and it is on this evening’s agenda.
Mr. Meyers: An Organizational Meeting was held since our last Regular Council Meeting. Mr. Zuren?
ECDC Report – Mr. Zuren – Chair
Mr. Zuren: Thank you Mr. President. There will be two ECDC Meetings before the next Regular Council Meeting. The first one being the Banquette, Catering, Party center and Congregation Meeting and that will be held on January 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Willow-Lake Church. The purpose of this particular meeting is to create a networking organization to promote outreach events and to create mutually beneficial relationships. We also have “Hope over Heroin” and they are going to be giving a short presentation at the meeting. Hopefully the congregations that are at the meeting will invite them into their churches to try and help any of their patrons that attend their church. This meeting is in partnership with the cities of Eastlake, Willowick and Willoughby. The second meeting that we will have is the Vine Street Corridor Meeting and that is going to be held at Regovich Catering next Thursday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. This meeting is also in partnership with the cities of Eastlake, Willowick and Willoughby. We are working on a welcome package to promote our organizations and businesses within our cities. This is also to promote community outreach and to create beneficial relationships. The third item that I have is the Eastlake Community Dog Show. This has been announced and this is in partnership with Councilman Evers at EPAL and it will be on Sunday, February 11 from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. It is actually a dog show so you can sign your dog up and there are five events that they can compete in. We have a large variety of businesses that are going to be at the event. We are doing a fundraiser for a new Police K-9. I would like to particularly thank The Lake County Captains. There is a game that they are going to designate, where they can donate money to the Eastlake K-9 and that will be held on April 21. If you use the promo code: K-9 when you purchase your tickets they will donate a dollar per ticket. The ECDC Committee will also be at that game. We are going to handle the 50/50 raffle and the proceeds are going to go to the Eastlake K-9 fund. Out of all of the different organizations that are involved in this so far the library, the school system, EPAL, Purina Dog Food, Amy’s adoptable…and the one that I like the most is the Pooch Smooch Booth. It is a booth with a dog where you can kiss the dog…it costs a dollar and the proceeds are going to go to the K-9 fund. Hopefully everybody considers going to this event. With that I am open for questions.
There were no questions for Mr. Zuren.
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 2018-001
01-09-(01) ORDINANCE NO.: _______________
Requested by: Administration
Sponsored by: Council
The following is an Ordinance enacted by the City of Eastlake, Lake County, Ohio, hereinafter referred to as the Local Public Agency (LPA), in the matter of the stated described project, and declaring an emergency.
MOTION: Mr. Kasunick moved to suspend the rules requiring separate readings and reading in full. Mr. Overstreet second.
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
MOTION: Mr. Kasunick moved to adopt. Mr. Overstreet second.
ROLL CALL: Yeas unanimous.
Motion carried. Legislation is adopted as Resolution No.: 2018-001.
There was no Legislation Pending.
There was no Unfinished Business.
There was no New Business.
MAYOR/SAFETY DIRECTOR – Dennis Morley
Mayor Morley: Thank you Mr. President and welcome everyone to this evenings meeting. We met again with the people who want to go into the old Wal-Mart. The Vineyards that was owned by Brixmor Corporation has sold The Vineyards and I talked to the new owner yesterday and they are on board with the company that we are trying to get into the old Wal-Mart. Hopefully that will be done…as you most of the ones that come to the meetings I have been talking about this for months and hopefully we are at the finish line on that. As you see the Circle K on East 357th St. is moving at a pretty good pace to be open soon. Master Pizza just opened at the Centennial Plaza and we will have a ribbon cutting there on January 18th. We met with Channel 3 today and the Chief and the Fire Department have been training to go into the water. The Lagoons Yacht Club lets us in there. They cut a hole in the water and they were doing the training and each person from the Fire Department has to go into the water and pull someone out. The news channels have been contacting the Fire Department…obviously with the weather forecast over the next few days…the Chief, Mr. Rubertino and I have talked and we are ready if we need to be camped out at the river this weekend. With the thaw and the ice storm and the other storms that are coming in and we are ready for that. We do have an opening for the Civil Service Commission and anyone who is interested can contact my office and I will put an article in the next Gazette. I talked to President Meyers yesterday and we are in agreement to start a Charter Review Commission and I will also have that in my next Gazette article. The Commission is seven people and two members are appointed by the Mayor, two members are appointed by the President of Council, and one member from Council will be appointed by the President of Council, and two members will be appointed by Council as a Whole. It will be a one year commitment and there are some things in the Charter that we need to look at and we have talked about them before and we have never started the Charter again. We need to match up our election dates with the Board of Elections, so in case we would have a Primary there is no extra cost and that is just one of them. There are a few other things to clean up. I also talked to the Council President about the ordinance’s that we have that Ms. Schindel and I have been looking at and especially when we appoint a new Ordinance Committee…that we start looking at some of the ordinances that have not been there. When Mr. Menn does his report…businesses are continuing to come into the City of Eastlake. We have a couple more that have asked for CUP’s…a yoga company and an antique store on Lakeshore Blvd. We have had some enquires about the BP Station on Vine St. and Rt. 91 and we are hoping that the people that want to go in there that it works out and it will be a great thing for the city. 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 have just a couple of things. Like the Mayor was stating we anticipate that there could be some potential problems down at the river, however, this is a reminder that we do this at least once a year if not twice a year down there. We are not saying that it is routine things, because certainly that there is a lot at stake. But I think that the process are somewhat routine and we have a lot of things in place to make sure that we are doing our best to keep everybody safe down there. So we will keep an eye on it and see what happens. If you guys have any inquires or if anybody has any questions they can reach out to me. I will try and fill in the blanks. Like the Mayor said the media…anytime there is potential for this we actually get a lot of phone calls and inquires…it just so happens that we do our annual ice training that we do every year, so Channel 3 was able to go down today. As the Mayor was talking about we simulate people stuck in the ice or under the ice and the guys have to the evolutions of pulling people out. It just so happened that this was scheduled last year for this training and we obviously didn’t anticipate the weather changing and it worked out well. Obviously anytime we can get some positive information out to our communities and our people about the hazards down there we do so. If you guys have any questions just understand that we will keep an eye on it and we will do our best to make sure that everybody is good. With that I am open for questions.
There were no questions for Chief Whittington.
POLICE CHIEF – Larry Reik
Chief Reik was absent and excused.
There were no questions for Chief Reik.
CHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL – David Menn
Mr. Menn: Thank you council President. We are off to a good start with registration for contractors for this year. We are already up to 160 and that is within the last three weeks or so, which is a very good start for the New Year. We are seeing names of contractors that I don’t even recognize and that is a good thing. There is a BZA Meeting tomorrow but there is no new agenda to it and there will be no Planning Commission Meeting this week. As far as the Mayor said that yes we are getting a lot of calls, which is a good thing about buildings and I am even getting calls for buildings that we possibly can’t find, because they are asking for spaces. We are doing our best to try and fulfill everyone’s needs and we will keep doing that and hopefully it continues.
There were no questions for Mr. Menn.
SERVICE DIRECTOR – Nick Rubertino
Mr. Rubertino was absent and excused.
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 was absent and excused.
There were no questions for Ms. Schindel.
LAW DIRECTOR – Randy Klammer
Mr. Klammer: Thank you Mr. President, Members of Council and Mayor. The only thing that I would comment is to make sure we address that Organizational Meeting date in the Charter Review. I am just saying that so somebody remembers it in addition to me, but other than that I am open for questions.
There were no questions for Mr. Klammer.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:17 p.m.
JOHN MEYERS, COUNCIL PRESIDENT
TRACY M. SIMONS, CLERK OF COUNCIL