Village of Mantua
Finance Committee Meeting
May 12th, 2011

Call to Order- 6:00 P.M.
Roll Call: Linda Clark, Ben Prescott, Roger Hawkins
Others: Clerk-Treasurer Jenny August, Mayor Donna Hawkins, Councilman Hura arrived at 6:50.
Citizens: Rod Garrison of E.G. & G. Architectural firm, Michelle Barnauskas, Keith Barton, and Rick Frato with Downtown Mantua Revitalization Committee.

Minutes:

Donna asked about the 7th Bullet point where Roger questioned the Lowe’s gift card and Jenny said Anthony was told to get what he needed. Linda said that has been said at Service and other meetings. Motion to approve the Minutes from the April meeting by Ben, seconded by Linda. All ayes on vote.

Financial Reports:

Jenny gave the financial reports. Last month was a good month due to taxes. The Fund status at the end of April was $484,497. Revenues were $224,162. Expenses including payroll totaled $108,986. There were no fund adjustments. Water and Sewer reconciled exactly. The bank reconciliation went through with no adjusting factors. As for the two new reports, one focuses on receipts, the other on revenues. There were no questions. We are pretty much on target with expected revenues, and expenses were a little over, mostly due to trucks. The audit is almost done. Today was the Auditor’s last day on site. Roger asked if he had any concerns. Jenny said anything he had concerns over, we have addressed. He thinks we might have to raise our water & sewer rates. Motion to move the Financial Reports to Council by Ben, seconded by Linda. All ayes on vote.

Downtown Mantua Revitalization Committee:

Michele Barnauskas introduced Rod Garrison from EG&G to discuss getting their project on schedule with the Village. He presented the streetscape plan and discussed funding options. There is OPWC Issue 2 funding possible available, as well as ODOT and CDGB grants. Ben asked what the total cost of the project is. Rod said the total cost is 4.5 million. Donna asked Jenny if there will be any funds available. Jenny said the debt in this Village is insane, and we need to whittle it down rather than increase or even replace it. Our water and sewer loans are huge, and Jenny said she can’t speak for Council, but she thinks the top priority is to fix our streets. There are some streets that should be marked “travel at your own risk”. Michelle said we should consider what things will look like in two years. Jenny said all of our loans will still be there in two years with the exception of our truck and cruiser payments. Roger said based on the streetscape picture, he could get on board with this. He said our Zoning laws don’t support this. For example, you don’t see any vending machines or mannequins holding signs in the streetscape picture. Linda said we can take this to Council and see where this can go on our priority list. Donna suggested they attend Planning. Rod mentioned that the State will be paving SR 44 from 303 to Mill St., and that might be the time to work some of the revitalization ideas in that end of town. Jenny noted that the infrastructure from there going South is fairly new and we shouldn’t need anything there. Linda said they want to put a Welcome to Mantua arch.

Bills of Resolution:

Motion to recommend the Bills of Resolution to Council by Ben, seconded by Linda. All ayes on vote.

Legislation:

Linda reviewed the legislation that will be presented at the Council meeting.

Motion to send all legislation to Council by Ben Prescott, seconded by Linda. All ayes on vote.

Other Discussion:

Prospect Street.

Linda said Audley is scheduled to blacktop High St. next week and then move on the Gregory’s on Prospect.

Franklin Street.

Donna said she gave Anthony the file months ago. Linda said we can ask Anthony about this at Council.

Proposed Pay Scale.

Linda reviewed the possible pay scale she prepared for everyone to review. She asked everyone to look it over and make suggestions that can be discussed at the next meeting. Ben noted that there is a start wage and a cap wage. Ben asked how they will get increases. Jenny said Council can recommend across the board raises. Linda said the Department Heads can recommend a raise also. Roger suggested performance evaluations to give employees incentive. Ben disagrees with merit raises because the boss’s buddy usually gets a raise when others may not, but he also feels that Council should be allowed to authorize a raise if an employee earns it.

Citizens

Citizens all left after Downtown Mantua Revitalization Committee presentation.

Other Business

Motion to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters at 8:55 by Linda, seconded by Ben. All ayes.

Motion to come out of executive session at 9:00 by Linda Clark, seconded by Ben. All ayes on vote.

Motion to adjourn at 9:01 P.M. by Linda, seconded by Ben. All ayes on vote.

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Linda Clark, Chair of Finance Committee

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Clerk-Treasurer Jenny August