VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE – SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING – JANUARY 28, 2014
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 Julien-Here, Janet Goldner–Here, Aaron Patterson-Here, Leslee Thompson-Here, Bill Cameron-Here, Rich Rose, Art Patterson—Here, Clerk Richard Van Mooy-Here, Makayla Rein—Student Representative–Present.
III. New Business/Legislation
Ms Goldner made a motion that Resolution 01-14 be read by number and title only for the first reading, dispense with the second and third readings, suspend the rules and declare an emergency. Second by Mr. Patterson.
Before the vote discussion was held about the resolution on the table as well as other options for financing the EMS.
Mr. Patterson contended that since a motion and a second were made on Resolution 01-14 that no other items could be discussed. Mayor Julien said that was not the case and all comments relating to EMS were appropriate at this time.
Ms Goldner suggested that council may consider putting the street levy renewal rather than an EMS levy before the voters in May. This would allow the Safety Committee to further investigate options for EMS service, to see if the billing service is able to increase receivables and to work with the Wood County Port Authority on the Southwood study.
Mr. Cameron, in response to an inquiry from Ms Goldner, said that he had invited Port Authority representative to the 01-27-14 town meeting. He said that the local administration is not keeping up with the Port Authority activities and they are not keeping council informed of same.
Ms Thompson said that we all agreed that there is a problem with the EMS but that we don’t have enough information to propose a solution.
Mr. Van Mooy reviewed the steps that council needs to follow to put either an income tax and a property tax or both on the May ballot.
A discussion of EMS billing followed. It was concluded that even if we have good estimates on possible collection through Great Lakes, we won’t have actual figures for a couple of months.
Ms Thompson asked if any discussions had been held with Henry Township regarding EMS service. Ms Goldner said that she had informal discussion with one of the trustees and that she would have more formal discussion as time went along.
Mr. Julien voices his support of putting up the street levy in May and getting a better handle on the EMS before asking the voters to approve a tax in November.
Mr. Patterson asked rhetorically, if there is no immediate funding will the EMS be forced to close.
Ms Thompson suggested that we work with the Port Authority/Southwood to put together a viable package of EMS services.
Ms Thompson congratulated Ms Goldner for doing an excellent job with the EMS situation. All members joined Ms Thompson in congratulating Ms Goldner.
Mr. Patterson also congratulated members of the EMS and thanked them for their service to the community. He said that council is dealing with citizens’ lives and that this is the most important decision that council has to make.
Mr. Patterson reminded all that we will continue to soft bill our residents.
Mr. Julien called a recess at 8:30 PM to allow Clerk Van Mooy to locate needed documentation to request auditors’ certification for the street levy renewal.
Mr. Julien called the meeting back to order at 8:45 PM.
Ms Goldner amended her motion as follows: Resolution 01-14 be read by number and title only for the second reading, dispense with the third reading, suspend the rules and declare an emergency. Mr. Patterson reiterated his second of the motion as amended.
Resolution 01-14 read by number and title by the mayor.
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to adopt Resolution 01-14. Second by Mr. Art Patterson. All voted yes except Mr. Cameron who voted no.
RESOLUTION NO. 01-14 A RESOLUTION DETERMINING TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE THE QUESTION OF APPROVING A NEW, FIVE YEAR, 3 MILL LEVY IN EXCESS OF THE TEN MILL LIMITATION, TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT, FOR THE TRAINING OF PERSONNEL AND FOR THE OTHER OPERATIONAL NEEDS OF THE VILLAGE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Patterson made a motion to add Resolution 02-14 to the agenda. Second by Mr. Cameron. All approved.
Ms Goldner made a motion that Resolution 02-14 be read by number and title only for the first reading, dispense with the second and third readings, suspend the rules and declare an emergency. Second by Mr. Art Patterson. All approved.Resolution 02-14 read by number and title by the mayor.
Mr. Cameron made a motion to adopt Resolution 02-14. Second by Mr. Aaron Patterson.
RESOLUTION NO. 02-14 A RESOLUTION DETERMINING TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS OF THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE, THE QUESTION OF RENEWING A 5 YEAR 2 MILL LEVY FOR STREET AND ROAD REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS, AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.
IV. Old Business/Legislation
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to adjourn at 9:10 PM. Second by Ms Goldner. All approved.