The Regular Meeting of the Apple Creek Council was called to order on May 15, 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-absent, Charlie Lewis-present, and Steve Stoffer-present.
Councilperson Lewis made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 1, 2017 meeting, as always the minutes are available for the public to review. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Conrad. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
VISITORS: Rob Lehman, who is the final candidate for the open street position.
POLICE: The Mayor stated that the cruisers should “be in very soon, and that is all that is known at this time”. The Chief’s cruiser is being built this week. Lt. Matt Estacion reported that the equipment for the new cruiser has been picked-up. Councilperson Stoffer reported that an officer in East Liverpool was exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop. The Officer required four doses of Narcan. Councilperson Stoffer asked that Apple Creek officers “watch”. The Mayor suggested that the ACPD do some drug training for council for educational purposes.
STREETS AND MAINTENANCE: The Mayor introduced Rob Lehman and advised that he was the strongest candidate of the applicants. He also happens to be a Village resident, which is not a requirement. Eight applications were received and four people were interviewed. The Mayor called for questions. A motion was made by Councilperson Conrad to hire Rob Lehman as the new full-time street employee at a rate of $12.25 per hour, after 90 days will receive $1.00 hour raise. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Harwood. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried. It was noted that the hiring is contingent on passing a drug-test and background check. There is a 90-day probation period. Rob’s first day of employment will be on May 30, 2017.
Mayor Keener gave an update on the 250 bridge project. The Village did not meet the prerequisites to apply for the “Safe Route to School” grant. The percentage of students within a one-mile radius was very low, only 27%; 60% was needed. There are other grant possibilities, one of which is the CDBG; however, Apple Creek has not qualified for any CDBG funding before due to the average income of residents. A Letter of Intent, with a Letter of Recommendation is being sent for another grant opportunity. If invited to apply for the grant, the funding would be 95% of the project, with the village paying 5%. Additional information should be available in a couple of months. Options are being looked at, grants, loans, assessments, etc. Federal funds are available that are managed by ODOT, and relationships have been established with ODOT and with federal representatives, the Mayor explained. The Mayor called for any and all ideas for discussion.
WATER & SEWER: John Keener read the meters in May. A time-line for meter reading was discussed. Other village practices were considered, as well as dividing up the reading into several days.
Waynedale project update was given by the Mayor. The pre-construction meeting was held. Sixteen people were in attendance. Income tax from Waynedale will start sooner than anticipated, July 1, 2017, the start of the new school year. Construction will start approximately in June. The contractor coordinated time-on-campus with school representatives.
JEDD#2: Next meeting will be July 12, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Village Hall.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Ordinance 2017-11 An Ordinance granting the Extension and Use of An Electrical Outlet in Apple Creek Cemetery from the Village to the Apple Creek Cemetery Association, and Declaring an Emergency.
A motion to suspend the rules and advance to the second and third readings by title only was made by Councilperson Harwood, and seconded by Councilperson Conrad. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
A motion to pass Ordinance 2017-11 was made by Councilperson Harwood and seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes. Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS: Nothing.
COMMITTEE REPORT: Next CIC meeting will be June 19, 2017, at 5:30pm at Village Hall.
COUNCIL BILLS 5-15-17
A17A240 Mayor & AD.
American Elect. Power
Crystal Clear Water
Water & Cooler
B16B240 Streets O&M
Salt Spreader Motor
A MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS: was made by Councilperson Lewis and seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, and Council President Mackey-yes. Motion carried.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN: was made by Councilperson Conrad and seconded by Councilperson Harwood. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:58 pm.