The Regular Meeting of the Apple Creek Council was called to order on February 1, 2016, 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.
Councilperson Conrad made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2016 meeting, as always the minutes are available for the public to review. Seconded by Councilperson Lewis. Roll Call: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Harwood-no, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, and Councilperson Steve Stoffer-yes.
Mayor Keener, Councilperson Conrad and Councilperson Lewis were sworn into office for their new terms by Village Solicitor, Jeff Musselman.
Councilperson Conrad made a motion to nominate Rodney Mackey for President of Council for 2016. Seconded by Councilperson McCarthy. Roll call: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Mike Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes.
Council President Mackey made a motion to go into Executive Session for legal purposes, ORC Section 121.22 (G)(3), at 6:34 pm. Seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll Call: Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Steve Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes.
Councilperson Rick Conrad made a motion to come out of executive session at 6:45 pm. Seconded by Council President Mackey. Roll call: Councilperson Rick Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes.
Results from executive session are as follows:
Ordinance 2016-3 An Ordinance Approving the Terms of an Acquired Easement From Timothy J. Suppes and Luann Suppes, Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Said Easement, and Declaring An Emergency.
Council President Mackey made a motion to suspend the rules and advance to the second and third readings by title only. Seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call: Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes.
Council President Mackey made a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-3. Seconded by Councilperson Conrad. Roll call: Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes.
VISITORS: Leonard Kaplan
POLICE: Chief Jason Woodruff was present and handed out his monthly report for review by Council. Mayor Keener thanked Chief Woodruff, Sgt. Matt Estacion, and Patrolman Bryan Neiman for attending the funeral for the Danville Officer that was killed in the line of duty, and for their outstanding performance of their service to the Village.
PARK: Street Superintendent Orr reported that he had installed some old signs at the park for enforcement of the new ordinance that prohibits parking in certain areas. Wayne County should have their new machine soon and then the new signs will be obtained as soon as possible. Water-Watts will be installing the new outside spigot at Mayer Carson Hall. The control valve will be placed inside Mayer Carson.
STREETS AND MAINTENANCE: Nothing.
WATER & SEWER: Mayor Keener reported that Steve Butler at Oberly Drive has decided to move the water line in lieu of moving his building. The deadline for this is March 1, 2016. Monday, February 8th is the new start date for the water plant upgrade work to begin. The second easement for the Waynedale Sewer line has been agreed upon. An ordinance authorizing boring of the streets will be prepared for the next meeting.
JEDD#2: Council President Mackey reported that JEDD 2 met last Wednesday and passed Resolution 2016-0, Delaying the Taxes to the JEDD Area and Removing the Buss Garage from the Tax Area. A resource officer was discussed. The meeting schedule has been established for the rest of year. The meetings will be held on April 6th, July 13th, and Oct. 5th, all to be held at the Village Hall starting at 6:00 pm.
CORRESPONDENCE: Council President Mackey read a letter from the Apple Creek Historical Society, signed by Society President, Gary Rogers, who thanked the Village for waiving the fees for the water & sewer hookups. He also thanked the Village for finding a group to take charge of the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Council President Mackey gave an update on the Festival planning activities.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Third reading of Ordinance 2016-1 An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 2014-23 and Adjusting the Schedule of Compensation and Benefits by 3% for Non-Elected Employees. Motion to pass Ordinance 2016-1 was made by Council President Mackey and seconded by Councilperson McCarthy. Prior to the roll call vote, the Mayor reminded Council that “we all have an opinion and need to share our opinions”. The Mayor asked Council President to start off with his opinion. President Mackey stated, “I agree that we should go ahead and increase employee compensation…it is warranted.” Councilperson Stoffer stated, “It should be a merit pay raise instead of across the board…not that they don’t deserve something. I just don’t like the way it is handled.” The Mayor asked Councilperson Stoffer who would be responsible for it (the merit raise system). Councilperson Stoffer suggested that it would be Council. The Mayor states that she writes the reviews and is around the staff on a daily basis. Councilperson Stoffer states that Council should be involved in the reviews also. Councilperson Lewis stated, “As far as I am concerned they (employees) are doing a fine job and are deserving of it (the raise). I live in town and see what goes on during the day and the evening. (Patrolmen) have a big responsibility when they walk up to a car….you need to give them credit. There is a lot of stuff going on these days and it is sad. As far as I am concerned, I want to give the three percent.” Councilperson Harwood stated, “I am with Steve, I don’t necessarily agree with automatic increases unless it is in a contract with x percent per year. I look at the County and the hospital and other municipalities, they have gone for two, three, four years without increases and then it is two and one half or three. I just don’t like it that it is automatically assumed, and it is in the budget. I don’t agree with that. Secondly, last year we gave three percent on the condition that we would be having a contribution towards health insurance, which was voted down”. Newspaper articles regarding the Ordinance were discussed. Councilperson Harwood further stated, “Every other year or a percent and a half per year…nobody automatically gets three percent a year.” Councilperson Lewis interrupted Councilperson Harwood and suggested that (Councilperson) Harwood “do their job”. The Mayor asked Councilperson Lewis to allow Councilperson Harwood the opportunity to express his opinion. Councilperson Harwood went on to further state, “I would like to see more street maintenance done or ……digitalizing of the village records. There are other areas where we should be ear-marking some money other than three percent per year. ” Councilperson Conrad stated, “We have a good group. You have to take good care of your people. Councilperson McCarthy stated, “ I agree with Charlie (Councilperson Lewis). Apple Creek has a good crew. They all work together. I think they deserve this at this point. I think it is too late in the game to put in a Merit Raise System. I think that it is something that can be on the table for next year.” The Mayor expressed her support for the ordinance. Roll Call vote: Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-no, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: Nothing.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Nothing.
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MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS: by Councilperson McCarthy. Seconded by Councilperson Conrad. Roll Call: Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes.
MOTION TO ADJOURN: by Councilperson Conrad. Seconded by Councilperson Lewis. Roll Call: Councilperson McCarthy-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:18 pm