July 7, 2014 Council Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Apple Creek Council called to order on July 7, 2014 by Mayor Judy Gatti with the following council members answering to roll call:

Betty Keener-present, Rick Conrad-present, Mike Harwood-present, Rodney Mackey-present, Robert McCarthy-present, and Steve Stoffer-present.

Mike Harwood made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 2, 2014 meeting, as always they are available for the public to review. Seconded by Rick Conrad, Roll call: Mike Harwood-yes, Rick Conrad-yes, Robert McCarthy-yes, Betty Keener-yes, Rodney Mackey-yes, and Steve Stoffer-yes.

The June 16, 2014 meeting was canceled to no business on the Agenda.

Budget Hearing was opened up by the Mayor with the following figures given as follows:
Fund Revenue Expenses
General $325,200.00 $ 395,500.00
Streets $ 99,400.00 $ 99,400.00
State Highway $ 3,200.00 $ 3,200.00
Municipal Motor $ 21,000.00 $ 21,000.00
Parks $ 5,500.00 $ 12,900.00
Park Agency $ 600.00 $ 600.00
Dui $ 100.00 $ 100.00
DWI $ 100.00 $ 100.00
Law Enforcement 0.00 $ 0.00
Water $ 103,400.00 $103,400.00
Sewer $258,000.00 $207,200.00
Water & Sewer Deposit 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00
Sewer Capital $ 22,500.00 $ 27,500.00
Refuse $ 450.00 $ 450.00
Unclaimed Funds $ 0.00 $ 0.00

Total $840,950.00 $872,850.00

Motion to approve the 2015 budget by Betty Keener, Seconded by Rodney Mackey, Roll Call: Betty Keener-yes, Rodney Mackey-yes, Mike Harwood-yes, Steve Stoffer-yes, Rick Conrad-yes, and Robert McCarthy-yes.

VISITORS: Arriving late was Leonard Kaplan.

ENGINEERS: Mayor reported the upgrade to the sewer plant has been submitted to the EPA for permit to install. The project will be going out for bids in August.

POLICE: Chief Jason Woodruff was present and handed out his report. Jason reported they have had a break in the BP robbery, but still cannot talk about it.
Rodney Mackey made a motion to accept the mutual agreement with Wayne County. Seconded by Robert McCarthy, Roll Call: Rodney Mackey-yes, Robert McCarthy-yes, Betty Keener-yes, Mike Harwood-yes, Steve Stoffer-yes, and Rick Conrad-yes. The contract has been reviewed by Jeff Musselman. Mike Harwood reported the CIC was approached about starting a neighborhood watch program. Jason will get information and have Nick Myrda bring it to the July 21, 2014 meeting.

PARK: Dale reported the chains are installed at the park and the people are still parking in the wet area just down further.

STREETS AND MAINTENANCE: Judy reported that the committee had discussed the parking issue of parking on both side of street at the same time and not leaving much room to get through. Jason will be sending up Sergeant Nick Myrda, and if he cannot solve the issue, a letter will be sent to the residents creating the issue. Dale reported there is a dead tree on Cemetery St. which is on three properties with the Village being one. The committee decided if the two residents each pay 1/3 the Village will pay 1/3 of the cost of $700.00 for Kidron Tree Service to remove the tree. Also will be removing the trees beside the gazebo at Bixler Park, Steve Stoffer asked Dale to look at a tree behind the BP station that is dead. Betty Keener requested that everyone read Ordinance 2009-23 which is the Nuisance Ordinance for any suggestions to upgrade the ordinance for current needs.

WATER & SEWER: Judy Gatti reported she had a phone call from Joe Rabatin about the large water bill the township received. Rodney Mackey made a motion to credit the sewer portion of the bill less the minimum sewer usage, with being a onetime credit. Seconded by Mike Harwood. Roll Call: Rodney Mackey-yes, Mike Harwood-yes, Steve Stoffer-yes, Rick Conrad-yes, Robert McCarthy-yes, and Betty Keener-yes.

JEDD: Rodney Mackey reported they did not get much accomplished at the meeting; Mr. Steve Mast failed to show up.

CORRESPONDENCE: Gary Daugherty has dropped off the plans for the upgrade to the sewer plant.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Kevin Dean of Dean’s Backflow is staying on to run the water & sewer plants for the time being. We need to keep looking.

NEW BUSINESS: RESOLUTION 2014-9 A Resolution to adopt the Solid Waste Management Plan for the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, was tabled.

Judy Gatti explained the Ordinance 2014-10 is an Ordinance to help the Village balance the budget, the Village is averaging a yearly deficit of $60,000.00 dollars and the Village’s General Fund has a balance of $600.000.00. If we just maintain our current expenses and revenues are not increased, the village will be broke in 10 years. This Ordinance would generate revenues for Village between $46,000.00 to $50,000.00 each year. This Ordinance would be for the tax year 2015 not to be collected until the year 2016. This will not solve the entire problem, but would help the carry over last a lot longer.

ORDINANCE 2014-10 An Ordinance Amending Tax Ordinance 4-73, Resolution 5-73, and All Subsequent Amendments Thereto, As Regards Credit for Tax Paid to Other Municipalities.

Motion to move to the second reading at the July 21, 2014 meeting by Betty Keener. Seconded by Rodney Mackey. Roll Call: Betty Keener-yes, Rodney Mackey-yes, Mike Harwood-abstained, Steve Stoffer-no, Rick Conrad-no and Robert McCarthy-yes. Mayor Judy Gatti-yes. The Ordinance advances to the second reading on July 21, 2014.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: Betty Keener reported there will be a CIC committee meeting on July 21 at 5:30pm. Paul Troyer will be nominated to be placed on the committee. Mike Harwood reported there is a community wide clean up scheduled for Sunday July 13th at noon starting at the red brick church and working out towards the two ends of town. Also we have an issue with two signs being spelled wrong. The Village will be replacing them with the new reflective signs that will be required within the next few years, with the correct spelling.

See attached bills

MOTION TO PAY THE BILLS: by Rick Conrad, Seconded by Mike Harwood, Roll Call: Rick Conrad-yes, Mike Harwood-yes, Steve Stoffer-yes, Robert McCarthy-yes, Betty Keener-yes, and Rodney Mackey-yes.

MOTION TO ADJOURN: by Betty Keener, Seconded by Robert McCarthy, Roll Call: Betty Keener-yes, Robert McCarthy-yes, Rodney Mackey-yes, Mike Harwood-yes, Steve Stoffer-yes, and Rick Conrad-yes.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:40 pm.

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