The Regular Meeting of the Apple Creek Village Council was called to order on May 2, 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-absent, Charlie Lewis-present, and Steve Stoffer-present.
Councilperson Conrad made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2016 meeting, as always the minutes are available for the public to review. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Lewis. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
VISITORS: Leonard Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan commented the water was so clear in his business sink that he could not tell that there was any water in the sink. The Mayor stated that was good to hear.
POLICE: Chief Woodruff presented the April report which reflected almost 70 calls for service. (This number does not include criminal reports.) It has been a busy month. Security checks are up as well, the Chief reported. More counterfeit twenties have been received at the same business. President Mackey inquired if any other communities have encountered this problem. The Chief stated only the Sheriff, and the Chief has been in touch with them.
Officer Neiman resigned to accept a full-time position with Smithville PD. Smithville does not permit dual commissions, so it was necessary for Officer Neiman to resign from Apple Creek. A promising application for the part-time position has been received. The applicant previously worked full-time for Smithville for three years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with five years of experience between Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Rittman PD, Boston Heights PD and Smithville PD. The Chief stated that the applicant could be covering shifts in as little as two weeks. Councilperson Harwood inquired about uniform reimbursement. Chief Woodruff stated that Officer Neiman did not use any uniform allowance. If he had used the allowance, Officer Neiman would have to reimburse this cost to the Village since he was here less than a year. Establishing a police benevolence fund was discussed. There is a federal program for families. The Chief is working on compiling information. Councilperson Harwood will research also.
Councilperson Lewis made a motion to hire the applicant, Derek Miller, as a part-time police officer. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Harwood. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
The Chief has obtained a quote from Auto-Tech for repairs of the Charger, police cruiser, in the amount of approximately $1,000.00. The quote includes two new tires. Council discussed the repairs and the fact that this quote is very reasonable. Council did not want to wait until the “grant may be received”. A motion was made by Councilperson Conrad to accept the quote and make the repairs. The Mayor determined that a motion was not needed. The Charger is to be repaired.
PARK: Four more tables have been received from Curry Lumber. Street Commissioner Orr reported the Park lawn has been rolled. The Mayor advised Council some residents have yet to begin mowing. The Village Ordinance requires mowing to be done at least once per month. Keeping in line with the once-a-month requirement, the earliest notice that could be sent to residents regarding needed mowing would be the middle of May.
STREETS AND MAINTENANCE: Second Reading of Ordinance 2016-13, An Ordinance Granting the Director of Transportation Authority to Maintain State Highways, Apply Standard Longitudinal Pavement Markings and Erect Regulatory and Warning Sings on State Highways Inside Village Corporation. Third reading will be May 16, 2016. Street repairs were discussed. The weather does affect this schedule.
WATER & SEWER: Water tower cleaning is scheduled for the end of June or the beginning of July. This really is a maintenance issue at this point, the Mayor stated, due to the good quality of the water. First Reading of Ordinance 2016-14, An Ordinance Requiring Water and Sewer Accounts to be Titled in Property Owners’ Names, and Thereby Amending Ordinances 2015-9, 2015-8, 2012-24, 2012-23, 2009-16 and 2009-15, and repealing Prior Inconsistent Ordinances and Resolutions. The Mayor states this change will stop a lot of shut-offs and hassles. The newspaper reporter will be informed of this so rental-owners will have notification. The Mayor stated that this new process will be beneficial to the Village.
JEDD#2: Nothing. There will be a July meeting.
CORRESPONDENCE: Mayor Keener received a letter from the Wayne County Commissioners who were inquiring as to whether the Village wants to place something into the time capsule that will be embedded in the Courthouse foundation. The letter will be forwarded to the Apple Creek Historical Society for a possible submission.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Nothing.
NEW BUSINESS: Ordinance 2016-15, An Ordinance Approving the Terms of An Acquired Easement From Willis E. Weaver, Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Said Easement, 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, and seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes. Motion carried.
A motion to pass Ordinance 2016-15 was made by Councilperson Conrad, and seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Water & Sewer Committee met and discussed the Waynedale project. The Village Solicitor will be working on the Reber easement. There is one more resident to approach regarding an easement. If it becomes a problem, the engineers do have a “plan B”, the Mayor states.
CIC fund-raising was discussed.
|COUNCIL BILLS 5-2-16|
|A11A241||Ray Allen||Office Supplies||264.92|
|A17A240 Mayor & Admin. O&M|
|A17A241||Friendly Wholesale||Cleaning Supplies||88.36|
|A17A245||Silco Fire||Fire Extinguisher||113.00|
|B16B240 Streets O&M|
|B16A245||John Deere Financial||Round Up||18.98|
|B16B241||Tricor Industries||Graphite lube||45.77|
|B16B243||Yoder Hydraulics||Back Hoe Repair||1789.00|
|B43A242||Friendly Wholesale||Paper Towels||56.04|
|E15A243||The Battery House||Battery||98.85|
|E15A238||Dean’s Backflow||Daily Operations||1005.00|
|E15A241||John Deere Fin||Grass Seed||12.99|
|E15A243||Mast Lepley||Tank Fitting||34.10|
|E15A243||The Bergern Assoc.||Communication Repair||497.00|
|E25A238||Bean’s Backflow||Daily Operations||3635.00|
|E25A235||Miller Septic LLC||Sludge Hauling||12937.50|
A MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS: was made by Councilperson Conrad, seconded by Councilperson Stoffer. Roll call vote was as follows: Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Stoffer-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, Council President Mackey-yes, and Councilperson Lewis-yes. Motion carried.
Council President Mackey requested that Council revisit the agenda item of the park. He was wondering if the outside faucet had been installed. Commissioner Orr informed him the faucet has been installed. Council President Mackey further commented that there is low pressure at the water hydrant due to the food trucks on the same line. Commissioner Orr states there is a ¾ inch line at the ball diamond. Further, the fence is to be fixed. A check has been received for this repair.
The Mayor reported that she and Council President Mackey met with Mr. David Hooe of Precision Products. He is the CEO at Baltimore. Precision Products is planning a $1.5 million expansion at the Apple Creek plant. This expansion is to begin any day now. It will add a number of jobs. The company will be looking for laborers, sales reps and engineers.
A MOTION TO ADJOURN: was made by Council President Mackey, seconded by Councilperson Lewis. Roll call vote was as follows: Council President Mackey-yes, Councilperson Lewis-yes, Councilperson Conrad-yes, Councilperson Harwood-yes, and Councilperson Stoffer-yes. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:13pm.