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VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE COUNCIL MEETING JANUARY 20, 2015 MINUTES
I. Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Julien called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. Roll Call:
Before the roll call Mayor Julien introduced Hank Matthes who is the second semester student representative to council. He also thanked first semester rep Kylie Hiser for her service.
Mayor Mike Julien-Here, Leslee Thompson-Here, Aaron Patterson-Here,
Janet Goldner-Here, Bill Cameron-Here, Rich Rose-Here, Arthur Patterson III— Here, Clerk Richard Van Mooy-Here, Kylie Hiser—Student Representative—Present, Hank Matthes—Student Representative—Present.
III. Approval of the Minutes:
Motion by Aaron Patterson to approve the minutes of the 01-06-15 meeting. Second by Ms Goldner. All approved.
Motion by Aaron Patterson to approve the minutes of the 01-13-15 special meeting. Second by Art Patterson. All approved.
Motion by Aaron Patterson to approve the minutes of the 01-15-15 special meeting. Second by Mr. Rose. All approved.
IV. Public Participation:
- Letters and Communications:
Aaron Patterson asked Mr. Marcin if a letter written to him as a council person is a public record. He was told yes.
Aaron Patterson voiced concern about the snow removal procedures in the village. Mr. Cameron and Ms Thompson voiced concern that cars were being left on the snow streets and not being towed or ticketed. Chief Baer said that council had not provided him with direction based on the 2013 snow removal discussions. He further stated that most of the signs on the snow streets are illegible. Aaron Patterson volunteered to drive the snow streets and verify the signs’ condition.
Ms Dettling said that she would review and revise our snow removal procedures. She said that our current procedures do not take into consideration the safety of the traveling public nor pedestrians. Ms Dettling said that she did not believe that our current street superintendent has the safety of the public in mind when it comes to snow removal. Aaron Patterson reminded council that we recently increased the number of employees in that department so snow removal should be a higher priority.
Mr. Julien said that Ms Dettling had the full support of council on this issue.
- Administrative Reports:
Finance Officer: Not Present. Excused
Ms Dettling said that were no bills but that would be plenty to go around at the next meeting.
Village Administrator: Present. Report Submitted.
Ms Dettling reviewed her written report including the Liberty High ditch assessment. Ms Dettling said that the village’s total assessment for all ten years is estimated at $547.44 and that most residents will pay a onetime assessment of $10.
Ms Dettling reported that she is working with Mr. Marcin on a letter to declare a home at 506 Beckett a dangerous building. This is the first step in seeking its demolition.
Ms Dettling announced that the railroad stakeholder meeting is 02-12-15 at 7:00 PM in council chambers.
Mr. Van Mooy explained that he added a motion to table Ordinance 14-52 as was discussed by council. By tabling the ordinance, we can seek CSX comments before the adopting.
Appointed Legal Counsel: Present.
Mr. Marcin said that he sent Ms Dettling a draft of the income tax forgiveness ordinance. After he cleared up a couple of items with her he will send it to all members.
Mr. Julien read his state of the village speech. It was warmly received by members of both council and the audience.
Economic and Community Development (Aaron Patterson)
Public Safety (Ms Goldner)
Based on Chief Baer’s recommendation, Aaron Patterson made a motion to purchase a 2009 Ford police cruiser that is outfitted as a K9 unit from the Fostoria PD at a cost of $2500. The purchase will be paid for with a portion of the CSX grant allocated for equipment relating to a K9 unit. Second by Mr. Rose. All voted yes except Ms Thompson and Mr. Cameron who voted no.
Ms Goldner reminded all of the next Safety Committee meeting: 02-19-15 at 6:00 PM. Mention was made of pizza.
Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review (Mr. Rose)
Public Works (Art Patterson)
Public Utilities (Mr. Cameron)
Mr. Cameron reported on a meeting with Northwest Water and Sewer to
discuss the possibility of cooperative efforts including the purchase of sewer
capacity by Northwest. A number of details need to worked out including a
review of our 2007 agreement with Northwest. Additional discussions are
Discussion of the existence of a 30% refund/rebate policy for major
purchases financed through USDA was discussed. Ms Dettling will meet
with the USDA and seek full details of the program and its applicability to
Mr. Cameron reported that he and Ms Dettling are beginning the paper
screening of applicants for the two positions at the treatment plant.
Finance and Technology (Ms Thompson)
Based the recommendation of the finance committee Ms Thompson made a
motion to grant all employees a 1% raise effective 01-01-15. Second by Mr.
Cameron. All voted yes except Aaron Patterson who voted no.
- New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business
IX. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
Aaron Patterson made a motion to read Ordinance 2015-01 by number and title only for the second reading. Second by Ms Goldner.
Ordinance 2015-01 read by number and title by the mayor.
ORDINANCE 2015-01 AN ORDINANCE VACATING A CERTAIN NORTH-SOUTH ALLEY RIGHT OF WAY IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE, BOUNDED BY INLOTS 124 THROUGH 128 ON THE EAST AND INLOTS 129 THROUGH 133 ON THE WEST AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
- Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions
Ms Thompson made a motion to table Ordinance 14-52. Second by Mr. Cameron. All approved.
ORDINANCE 14-52 AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE CLOSING OF MORE THAN TWO RAILROAD CROSSINGS SIMULTANEOUSLY AND REQUIRING ADVANCED NOTICE BEFORE RAILROAD CROSSINGS ARE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS OR UPGRADING; ADOPTED AS NEW SECTION 553.06 OF THE VILLAGE CODIFIED ORDINANCES
- Other New Business
XII. Other Old Business
Ms Thompson asked that the school remove the weathered spirit ribbons that are tied all over town. Mr. Julien said that he would contact Supt. Delaney.
No bills were presented for payment.
Aaron Patterson made a motion to adjourn at 8:32 PM. Second by
Art Patterson. All approved.
Richard Van Mooy, Clerk
Chester H. Marcin __________________________
Village Solicitor Mike Julien, Mayor