Mayor Hopkins opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m., at Village Hall, and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Council President Marty Hura, Jim Rogers, Pearl Campbell, Wesley Hawkins, Linda Schilling, and Paul Janson.
Others Present: Clerk-Treasurer Betsy Woolf, Police Chief Buchert, Village Solicitor David Benjamin, Assistant Clerk Mary Pallone, Village Administrator Ed Trego, Rich Iafelice with CT Consultants and several village residents.
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Hopkins announced that Tyler Gallagher, from the Mantua area, is the World Champion of the Soap Box Derby. His winning is the second year in a row for the Mantua area.
Plans for the old fire station/new village hall have been submitted to the County Building Department for approval.
Minutes: A motion was made by M. Hura and seconded by J. Rogers to bring to the floor the minutes from the last council meeting of July 19th. All ayes on roll call. Motion made to approve as submitted made by M. Hura and seconded by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
Clerk’s Report: B. Woolf reported the financial balances as of the end of July and stated the reports are on file in the clerk’s office.
Bills of Resolution: Council was presented with the addendum to the bills of resolution and a motion to bring to the floor made by L. Schilling and seconded by W. Hawkins. All ayes on roll call. A motion to approve as submitted was made by J. Rogers and seconded by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
LEGISLATION: 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, ACCEPTANCE OF THIS DEDICATION IS CONDITIONED ON RECEIPT OF A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF CONTRACT COMPLETION APPROVED BY THE CRESTWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD, THE DATE OF WHICH ACCEPTANCE SHALL BE PART OF THE ONE YEAR WARRANTY GUARANTEE PERIOD AS FOR THE PROJECTS GENERAL CONDITION SECTION 11.3.1 AND DECLARED AN EMERGENCY. 2nd Reading. This legislation is currently tabled. J. Rogers made a motion to move tabled legislation off the table for discussion. There was a second from M. Hura. All ayes on roll call. There is still no resolution to the water & sewer issue at Crestwood. Ed Trego recommends that council pass the legislation and wait for the parts to arrive from the hydrant manufacturer. M. Hura suggested the Village wait until the next council meeting to take any action and made a motion to table the legislation. J. Rogers seconded the motion. All ayes on vote.
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. No action taken. Remains tabled.
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. No action taken. Remains tabled.
ORDINANCE 2005-22 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE EXTENSION OF THE UNTED HEALTH CARE INSURANCE/HOSPITALIZATION-VISION CARE COVERAGE FOR THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 AS A RESULT OF PREVIOUSLY ACCEPTED BID SUBMITTED BY THIS CARRIER, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE VILLAGE CLERK-TREASURER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO THIS EFFECT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 1st Reading. M. Hura made a motion to bring to the floor and it was seconded by J. Rogers. All ayes on roll call. Clerk Woolf stated that Kaczmarek Insurance is working on an alternate plan for health coverage for Village employees. A motion to pass on 1st reading was made by M. Hura and seconded by P. Janson. All ayes on vote.
ORDINANCE 2005-23 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING CHANGE ORDER NO. 2-FINAL FOR THE S.R. 44 TRAFFIC AND SIGNALIZATION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT TO FINALIZE THE PROJECT AND COMPLETE PAYMENT TO THE CONTRACTOR, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CLERK-TREASURER AND THE VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR TO EXECUTE THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTS TO CONCLUDE THIS MATTER, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 1st Reading. Motion to bring to the floor was made by M. Hura and L. Schilling seconded. All ayes on roll call. This is an adjustment to the initial contract, a change order that authorizes all the deductions and the final pay-outs. A motion to pass on 1st reading was made by J. Rogers and seconded by M. Hura. All ayes vote. P. Janson made a motion to suspend the rules and it was seconded by M. Hura. All ayes on roll call. M. Hura made the motion to approve on 3rd reading, seconded by L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call.
ORDINANCE 2005-24 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING PRINCIPAL DENTAL INSURANCE AND ASSURANT LIFE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE ELIGIBLE VILLAGE EMPLOYEES FOR THE TIME PERIOD OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2008. 1st Reading. L. Schilling made a motion to bring to the floor with a second from M. Hura. All ayes on roll call. The mayor and the clerk had a meeting with Love Insurance and it was determined that the Village could save approximately $3,000.00 annually on the premiums, for the same coverage, by changing carriers for dental and life insurance. A motion to pass on 1st reading was made by M. Hura with a second from J. Rogers. All ayes on roll call. A motion to suspend the rules was made by J. Rogers with a second from M. Hura. All ayes on roll call. A motion to pass on third and final reading was made by L. Schilling with a second from M. Hura. All ayes on vote.
A motion to accept all committee reports was made by J. Rogers with a second from L. Schilling. All ayes on roll call. The reports are on file in the Clerks office.
The Mayor asked for a motion to accept donations, as recommended by the State Auditors, for lighting for the new Village Hall building. A motion was made by J. Rogers and seconded by M. Hura. All ayes on vote.
Rich Iafelice with CT had nothing further to report.
Village Administrator Trego asked the Village Solicitor to clarify the meaning of a waiver of liens, and notice of furnishings, as it pertains the handling of projects that the Village has an interest in. Solicitor Benjamin explained the waiver of lien is to ensure that the person who is paid for a project done for the Village, in turn pays the subcontractors who did work on the same project. Mr. Trego also requested the clerk draft a memo regarding the changes in the health, life and dental coverage’s to distribute to the employees in his departments.
Police Chief Buchert had nothing further to report.
Assistant Clerk Pallone reminded everyone that any news item for the Mantua Matters be given to Diane Hura before the 26th of this month.
Clerk-Treasurer B. Woolf reported that the State Auditors will be here for a month or two and invited council to come in and meet them. She also said that the audit is going well.
Council member J. Rogers stated the Planning Committee is meeting at the Park Lodge, August 17th, 2005 at 7:00pm. He also reported that the NEFCO Application for the Mats Road Bridge placed third in the five county regions and first in Portage County; however, we are now exploring other avenues to get the project funded.
Citizens: Bob Ress asked how long Carolyn Hummel had served on Council. Clerk Woolf said she was on council from 1999 till 2005 and before that was Mayor of Mantua. He then asked if something had been dedicated to her at the cemetery. Betsy told him that a tree was planted at the cemetery in her name and the Village held a reception in her honor at the Park Lodge this past spring.
John Clark asked about Ordinance 2005-22 that was passed on first reading, according to the verbiage, should the savings prove to be great enough, will it be amended? The mayor answered that it would be amended.
Motion to adjourn at 7:28pm. was made by L. Schilling and seconded by P. Campbell.
Mayor Claude Hopkins
Clerk-Treasurer Betsy Woolf