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NB Village Council Minutes – Feb. 3

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VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE
COUNCIL MEETING
FEBRUARY 03, 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:

Mayor Mike Julien-Here, Leslee Thompson-Here, Aaron Patterson-Here,
Janet Goldner-Here, Bill Cameron-Here, Rich Rose-Absent, Arthur Patterson III— Absent, Clerk Richard Van Mooy-Here, Kylie Hiser—Student Representative—Present, Hank Matthes—Student Representative—Present.

Ms Goldner made a motion to excuse Mr. Rose and Art Patterson. Second by
Mr. Cameron. All approved except Ms Thompson who voted no

III. Approval of the Minutes:

Motion by Ms Goldner to approve the minutes of the 01-20-15 meeting. Second by Ms Thompson. All approved.

Motion by Ms Thompson to approve the minutes of the 01-27-15 special meeting as amended. Second by Mr. Cameron. All approved.
IV. Public Participation:

None

V. Letters and Communications:

Aaron Patterson reported that he received thanks from Chris Bates for the assistance from the police and street department regarding the closing of W. Broadway during the recent factory demolition. Mr. Cameron asked how long the street would be closed. Chief Baer said that the EPA requires the street to be closed until all demolition is completed. Ms Dettling will send a notice to the media announcing what could be a lengthy street closing.

VI. Administrative Reports:

Finance Officer: Absent. Excused due to illness.

Ms Goldner asked that the EMS report include the money collected only in 2015 and Mr. Cameron and Aaron Patterson asked for greater clarification as to the date of the run and when it is collected.

In reference to Officer Kirk’s forecast of a short fall in the street lighting account, Ms Goldner asked if the lights could be converted to LED. Clerk Van Mooy said that he is familiar with another community that is in process of switching and that it is quite expensive because the entire fixture’s internals must be replaced.

Aaron Patterson questioned Officer Kirk’s recommendation that we increase the 821 street cleaning account. Referred to Officer Kirk. Ms Dettling said that Officer Kirk’s report is designed so that we can watch for trends in spending and revenues.

EMS Chief: Present. Report Submitted.

Aaron Patterson asked why there are members on the squad that do not make runs. Chief Matthes said that he was working with those individuals in an effort to get them to either take runs or leave the department. Ms Goldner told the chief that he has the full support of council should he decide to remove the non participants from the roster.

Chief Mathis announced a power cot demonstration to be held at the EMS hall on 02-09-15 at 8:00 PM.

Aaron Patterson expressed concern over the number of missed runs and stated that the EMS is going backwards. Chief Matthes explained several of the missed runs. Aaron Patterson asked why a citizen would support the EMS when we miss so many runs yet have so many volunteers on the roster.

Based on Chief Matthes’ recommendation, Aaron Patterson made a motion to appoint Ryan Clark as an EMS volunteer. Second by Ms Goldner. All approved.

Fire Chief: Present. Report Submitted.

Chief Francisco said that January was the busiest month in memory. He also pointed out that many of his members run with EMS and that a number of the calls for service are joint calls with EMS and that frequently the fire member will drive the EMS so that both EMS personnel can be in the back of the rig attending to the transport.

Audience member Bonne Knaggs asked why the fire runs with EMS. She was told that is in our SOP and that EMS can always call for additional manpower if needed.

Police Chief: Present. Report Submitted.

Chief Baer distributed a bid list for a new cruiser. Council decided not to make the purchase at this meeting. Rather, Andy Sterling from USDA will be invited to the COTW to explain the USDA’s rebate financing program. Based on that information, council may take action on the cruiser purchase at the 02-17-15 meeting.

Ms Thompson Asked why so many calls were listed as “other” in the report. Chief Baer said that in many cases the computer dispatch labels the call as “other” since not all police calls are what most people considered typical law enforcement calls for assistance.

Village Administrator: Present. Report submitted.

Ms Dettling reviewed possible revisions to the agreement with Northeast Water and Sewer. There is a need to act quickly on this as Northwest is an eager customer for some of our sewer capacity. The supporting resolution will be on the 02-17-15 agenda.

Ms Dettling reported that six interviews for the treatment operator are scheduled.

Ms Dettling reviewed her interpretation of the USDA grant program.

Ms Dettling reviewed the final portions of the 2014 tree removal project. Two trees that were to be cut down were only trimmed due to the encroachment of power lines. These will be addressed in the spring.

Mr. Cameron asked for clarification on the timeline for a building to be declared dangerous. He expressed concern over the recent arson destroyed home.

Mr. Cameron expressed concern over the lack of enforcement of our sidewalk clearing ordinance and the downtown parking particularly after a snow. Both issues and parking signage referred to COTW.

Ms Dettling suggested that illegally parked cars be ticketed. She offered to see to it that the police department takes such action and that parking enforcement be part of the chief’s evaluation. There was no response to her suggestion.

Aaron Patterson called for parallel parking to be required downtown until all snow is removed from the center of the street. He also suggested that when we do the revitalization that the sidewalks be narrowed.

Mr. Cameron asked Ms Dettling if she was aware that the Safe Routes to School grant application deadline was fast approaching. Referred to North Baltimore Schools.

Clerk: Present. No report.

Appointed Legal Counsel: Absent. Excused.

Mayor: Present.

Mer. Julien said that he and Ms Dettling were working on streamlining our communications systems and that he would have a report at COTW. Aaron Patterson said that the $20,000 that we spent with Black Box was supposed to dramatically reduce our communications costs. Mr. Julien pointed out that Black Box installed a new phone system but did not address usage. He asked Aaron Patterson to wait for the report.

Mr. Cameron made a motion that the mayor send a letter of best wishes to Toledo Mayor Collins and condolences for the death of an on duty police officer. Second by Ms Thompson. All approved.

VII. Standing Committees:

Economic and Community Development (Aaron Patterson)

No Report.

Public Safety (Ms Goldner)

No Report.

Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review (Mr. Rose)

No report due to absence.

Public Works (Art Patterson)

No report due to absence.
Public Utilities (Mr. Cameron)

Mr. Cameron suggested emergency action on the Northwest Water
agreement.

Finance and Technology (Ms Thompson)

No Report.

VIII. New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business

Ordinance 2015-02 read by number and title by the mayor.

ORDINANCE 2015-02 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNTS FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

Ordinance 2015-03 read by number and title by the mayor.

ORDINANCE 2015-03 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNTS FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

Ordinance 2015-04 read by number and title by the mayor.

ORDINANCE 2015-04 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNTS FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015

IX. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions

None

X. Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions

Ordinance 14-52 remained on the table.

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 Tabled at the 01-20-15 meeting.
XI. Other New Business

Aaron Patterson asked for clarification from Mr. Marcin on the lack of council action regarding the reading of ordinances. Clerk Van Mooy also expressed concern saying that he felt that there should be some recognition of the process through council actions.

XII. Other Old Business

None

XIII. Payment of the Bills

Aaron Patterson made a motion to put the bills totaling $ 267,940.39 on the Claims Ordinance. Second by Ms Thompson. All approved.
Before the vote Aaron Patterson asked about the cost of replacing the guardrail near Bakery Feeds. It was decided during discussion that Ms Dettling write a letter to Bakery Feeds informing them the village would charge them for future guardrail replacements since the guardrail was added at their request.
Aaron Patterson made a motion to pay the bills totaling $ 267,940.39. Second by Mr. Cameron. All approved.
XIV. Adjournment

Ms Goldner made a motion to adjourn at 9:18 PM. Second by
Ms Thompson. All approved.

Approved __________________________
Richard Van Mooy, Clerk
Chester H. Marcin __________________________
Village Solicitor Mike Julien, Mayor

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