The Regular Meeting of the Apple Creek Village Council was called to order on April 3, 2017, by Mayor Betty Keener with the following council members answering to roll call:
Rick Conrad-present. Mike Harwood-present, Rodney Mackey-present, Robert McCarthy-present, Charlie Lewis-present, and Steve Stoffer-present.
A motion to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2017 meeting was made by Councilperson Lewis and seconded by Councilperson McCarthy, as always the minutes are available for the public to review. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
POLICE: Chief Woodruff handed out the monthly report of March for Council to review. The Chief reported that the month started slow but ended with over 1,000 business checks. The total number of calls is up. There was one heroin overdose. Free Narcan was obtained from “Project Dawn” through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. This saved the Village over $300. Two doses are in each cruiser and another two in the safe. Another auxiliary officer, Stephanie Farley, submitted a letter of resignation. She obtained a job in Spencer. The Chief read the letter to Council. No further updates on the cruisers. The Mayor suggested that if it is July before the cruisers are to be delivered that we renegotiate with the seller as the model year will be considered a year old.
STREETS AND MAINTENANCE: Street Commissioner Orr read a list of streets/alleys to be repaired during 2017 with the projected cost. The Mayor explained that the funds would be appropriated at a later date for the convenience of the Fiscal Officer. Mill Street will be patched between the laundromat and the stop sign. Villard Street will be repaired. The alley behind Town Hall will be done. Park Street will be widened with the rest for unpaved parking. Telephone Alley between Troxell and Cross, and by the red-brick church, will have the approaches done. Church Street by the mailbox of Evelyn Musselman needs to be brought up and taken care of. 43 Cross Street by the two mail boxes is eroded. Hot-patch will be added. Mayor Street by the fire-hydrant has a 20 foot area that needs taken care of. The alley next to Deb’s Den needs worked on between 250 and Carson. Miller Alley needs one side raised. Carson needs worked on by the field side. State Street has a big dip in it that needs raised. Finley Street has a spot that needs touched up. Carcher Street has some good size holes. Hunter Street is a question on how to repair since it is concrete. The total estimate is approximately $7200.00 for “in-house work”. Another expense would be for street sweeping. The cost alone for bristles of the broom would be $600.00.
Councilperson Harwood asked about Shannon Drive. The Mayor explained that Shannon was looked at. The Street Committee determined that it would be patched since construction will be going on. Councilperson Harwood noted that it is a newer street and looks the worst. Council President Mackey explained that this same decision was made last year. “Since houses are being built, we don’t want to waste our money by resurfacing,” President Mackey stated. Councilperson Stoffer asked about Chip-n-Sealing roads. Commissioner Orr wants to try asphalt this year to determine wear against cost. If this is cost-effective, one or two streets per year could be asphalted. Repair of damage to the side of streets due to freezing water was discussed. The Commissioner explained that asphalting would take care of this problem. Villard Street repair was discussed. Councilperson Stoffer noted that it is cracked. Councilperson Harwood would like a yearly budget for street repairs. The Mayor explained that it would be very difficult to plan the budget this year with repair almost a year later. She also stated that she does not want a big budget so others will expect all those funds to be spend. She feels the system for street repair has always worked and is still working. It’s the only department that we are reactionary with upkeep. Everything else is managed on a proactive basis. Budgeting for the streets was discussed. Councilperson Harwood said that Apple Creek streets look like crap, and the Mayor retaliated that they do not. The Mayor and Street Committee found Apple Creek streets very adequate, thus the only repairs this year will be to upgrade mostly the alleys. The Village Administrator advised that she has received no complaints regarding street conditions. Councilperson Harwood stated that he has received complaints. The Mayor and Councilperson McCarthy reiterated that Council has determined in the past that residents are to voice their complaints to Village Hall or the Mayor for quicker results.
PARK: First Reading of Ordinance 2017-7 An Ordinance Amending Village of Apple Creek Ordinance 2010-28 Establishing Rental rates Concerning Facilities Located at the Village Park in the Village of Apple Creek, Ohio. The rates were read.
Second reading will be April 17, 2017.
Mowing has begun at the park.
WATER & SEWER: The loan on the sewer line extension to the Waynedale campus will close on April 27, 2017. A pre-construction meeting will be held after that date.
JEDD#2: Next meeting will be on April 19th at 6 pm at the Village Hall.
CORRESPONDENCE: A letter regarding Johnny Appleseed Days Festival was received, inquiring as to Council’s interest in setting-up a booth to be manned by Council members. Members are already involved in other areas of the Festival.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Former Wooden Nickel lot listed for sale.
Ordinance 2017-8 An Ordinance Listing for Sale That Property Known as the South Part of Lot 45 in The Village of Apple Creek (Commonly Known as the “Wooden Nickel” Lot) with Re-Max Showcase for a Term of Six Months At the Listing Price of $10,000.00 Authorizing the Apple Creek Community Improvement Corporation to Execute Said Listing Agreement, and Declaring An Emergency.
A motion to suspend the rules and advance to the second and third reading by title only was made by Councilperson Conrad, seconded by Council President Mackey. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson-McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
A motion to pass was made by Councilperson Stoffer, seconded by Councilperson Lewis. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson-McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: The Mayor thanked Councilperson Harwood for the Lions’ signs. These were returned to the Lions and Lioness Clubs.
COMMITTEE REPORT: Nothing
COUNCIL BILLS 4-3-17
Wayne Co. Commissioners
A17A240 Mayor & AD.
B16B240 Streets O&M
The Battery House
John Deere Financial
Oil & Sealed Beam
Bearing & Fitting
Wayne Co. Engineers
Wayne Co. Commissioners
John Deere Financial
Taggart Law Firm
A MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS was made by Councilperson Conrad, seconded by Council President Mackey. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
MOTION TO ADJOURN was made by Councilperson Conrad, seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson-McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:05 pm.