Mayor Hopkins opened the meeting at 7:00p.m., at Village Hall, and led the Pledge of Allegiance. He also asked for a moment of silence for Anna Thompson, who passed away recently.
ROLL CALL: M. Hura, J. Rogers, P. Campbell, W. Hawkins, L. Schilling, and P. Janson.
OTHERS PRESENT: Clerk-Treasurer Betsy Woolf, Assistant Clerk Mary Pallone, Police Chief Buchert, Village Solicitor David Benjamin, Village Administrator Ed Trego, Village Engineer Rich Iafelice, and several village and township residents.
Village Solicitor Benjamin issued the oath of office to Paul Janson, who was appointed by Council to fill the open council seat left by the resignation of Carolyn Hummel.
MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Hopkins reported on the paving of the East High Street hill. Also, the backstop at the ball field has been replaced, thanks to donations from the Lions Club and others. There is a commercial building on Orchard Street that is being looked at for possible sale.
CLERK’S REPORT: Betsy reported the revenue and expenses for April.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: L. Schilling made a motion to bring to the floor, the minutes of April, 2005. The second was made by J. Rogers. All ayes on roll call. J. Rogers made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted and a second was made by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
BILLS OF RESOLUTION AND ADDENDUM: Motion to bring to the floor made by L. Schilling and a second by P. Campbell. All ayes on roll call. Motion to approve as submitted was made by P. Campbell and a second from J. Rogers. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-10 AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE DEDICATION OF THE WATER/SANITARY SEWER HARDWARE OFFERED BY THE CRESTWOOD LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION AS A PART OF THE VILLAGE OF MANTUA WATER/SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 2nd Reading. Motion to bring to the floor made by M. Hura. J. Rogers second. All ayes on roll call. Discussion to table until hydrants are repaired. Motion to table made by J. Rogers. Second by P. Janson. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-11 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE RECODIFICATION, EDITING AND INLCUSION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES AS PARTS OF THE VARIOUS COMPONET CODES OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF MANTUA, AND DELCARING AN EMERGENCY. 2ND Reading. Motion to bring to the floor made by L. Schilling and seconded by P. Campbell. All ayes on roll call. Motion to approve on second reading was made by M. Hura with a second by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-13 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PRIOR ORDINANCE NOS. 1972-2, 1983-08, 1984-46, 1989-17, and 1994-04, 2003-36, 2004-18 AND CHAPTER 921 OF THE MANTUA CODE OF ORDINANCES CONCERNING WATER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF MANTUA, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 2nd Reading. A motion to bring to the floor was made by M. Hura and a second from L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call. J. Rogers suggested that modifications be made to the ordinance before the next council meeting in June. It was also suggested that Village Administrator Ed Trego re-bill township residents. A motion to amend the proposed ordinance was made by J. Rogers. Second by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-14 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PRIOR ORDINANCE NOS. 1996-23, 1997-5, AND 1982-23, 2003-37, 2004-19 AND CHAPTER 931 OF THE MANTUA CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 931 CONCERNING SEWER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VILLAGE OF MANTUA, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 2nd Reading. A motion to bring to the floor was made by J. Rogers and seconded by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call. A motion to approve on second reading was made by L. Schilling and seconded by J. Rogers. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-16 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A CONSULTING AGREEMENT WITH THE PORTAGE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION TO ASSIST THE VILLAGE IN COMPILING A COMPREHENSIVE GROWTH PLAN, AS RECOMMEDED BY THE VILLAGE PLANNING COMMISSION, IN AN AMOUNT DECREASED BY THE ANNUAL CREDITS TO WHICH THE VILLAGE IS ENTITLED FOR ITS ANNUAL PAYMENT DUES, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CLERK-TREASURER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO THIS EFFECT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 1st Reading. A motion to bring to the floor was made by J. Rogers and seconded by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call. J. Rogers received a proposal from Portage County Regional Planning, at a cost of $37,000.00. J. Rogers made a motion to pass on first reading and this was seconded by P. Campbell. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-17 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE ACQUISISITION OF A POLICE CRUISER FROM A DESIGNATED STATE-BID PURCHASING PROGRAM, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR, THE VILLAGE CLERK-TREASURER AND THE VILLAGE POLICE CHIEF TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO THIS EFFECT, FURTHER AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE CLERK-TREASURER TO ACQUIRE THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THIS PURCHASE, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 1st Reading. A motion to bring to floor made by L. Schilling. Second by J. Rogers. This was put out for public bid with no response. P. Campbell asked if we could trade-in the cruiser or keep it and Chief Buchert replied that with a state bid there is no trade-in and it is being discussed at safety. All ayes on roll call.
THE MAYOR ASKED FOR A MOTION TO AUTHORIZE CT CONSULTANTS TO START THE PRE-APPLICATION PROCESS TO RESUBMIT FOR ISSUE II MONIES. A motion was made by P.Janson and it was seconded by M. Hura. On a roll call vote, all ayes with exception of W. Hawkins who voted nay.
The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the repaving of Peck Road by the county from High Street to the northern line of the Village limits, our portion of the expense would be 11%, with a limit of $15,000.00. A motion was made by L. Schilling and seconded by J. Rogers. All ayes on roll all.
M. Hura moved to accept all committee reports. J. Rogers second. All ayes on roll call. All committee and financial reports are on file in the clerk’s office.
Rich Iafelice with CT Consultants - Submitted written report. Others issues potential strategy of selling well water to Portage County. Recommends meeting with Ed, Mayor and David Benjamin to review a potential draft of an agreement and also will be looking at the technical and regulatory issues as well. Rich will also be preparing the Issue II application for the Village that is due May 27th. In this process the county determines whether the project has eligibility for funding and then the full application will require legislation then would be needed if we were successful in getting the money.
E. Trego- Thanks for support of Issue II monies. Trash pick-up went well and was under budget as well. Brush pick-up was completed. The department is getting ready for the Memorial Day Observances.
H. Buchert – Will schedule the Safety Meeting.
M. Pallone-Diane Hura asked that any information be submitted to her for the upcoming issue of the Mantua Matters by Friday, May 20th.
W. Hawkins-Wes handed out a chart/draft of the Parks showing the expenses/revenues/appropriations year-to-date. Expenses are under but that may change with the committee working on cost-saving measures. Revenue projections for recreation are under but that will change because of the summer sales from the pop machines. Karen Harper asked about the breakdown of the wages and OPERS. Betsy explained that Wes’s report reflects the employee gross wage which includes OPERS. The bill’s list reflects the employer share of OPERS.
P. Campbell-Thanked the Lions Club for help with the paving of East High Street for the Soap Box Derby.
J. Rogers – The Mantua Planning Committee will meet May 18th , 2005 at 7:00pm. at the Park Lodge.
Public comments included Linda Clark asking if we could get more donations for the paving of East High Street, John Clark asked how Mantua Village ranked as it pertains to Issue II monies. Rich Iafelice responded that we rank number 2. John Harper, Mantua Township resident, expressed concern over the water and sewer rates and suggested it is a reason so many businesses are leaving Mantua Village.
M. Hura motioned to adjourn at 7:47 p.m. J. Rogers second. All ayes on roll call.
Mayor Claude Hopkins
Clerk-Treasurer Betsy Woolf