The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Council Vice President Sweeney presiding.  Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville, Deidre Petrosky, Kevin Piros, Terry Tackett and Jim Woofter.  Absent was Council President Frank Stocz.  Also present at the meeting were, Mayor Moll, Law Director Wilson, Finance Director Moyer, Police Chief Mink and Fire Chief Novakovich.

 

A motion to approve council minutes from the Feb. 7, 2011 meeting was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL -  Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye.  MOTION PASSED

 

A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid totaling $ 74,845.60 was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  ROLL CALL -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  MOTION PASSED

 

RESOLUTION R-09-11 -  a resolution to repeal resolution R-37-10 and authorizing the Mayor of the City of Cortland, Ohio to place his signature on the revised replat of Hidden Lake Development Plat No. 4, lots 36A, 38, 39, 40 & 341:  Plat No. 6, lots 50 & 42 was read and moved by Councilman Woofter and seconded by  Councilman Piros.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -  Were the property owners given the opportunity to add additional property to the back of their lots?  Is this what is going on here?

 

MAYOR -  Yes this was originally platted and they have decided not to develop it now.  They are selling it off.  We had one of these earlier with I think only two lots were involved and now you can see how many there are.

 

ROLL CALL ON R-09-11    Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.  RESOLUTION PASSED

 

RESOLUTION R-10-11 -  a resolution authorizing the Mayor to the City of Cortland, Ohio to place his signature on the replat of  lot 5 - Copperlake plat No. 1 was read and moved by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter.  ROLL CALL -  Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  RESOLUTION PASSED

 

ORDINANCE 0-02-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Finance Director to transfer $149,271.75 from the General Fund to the Parks and Recreation Fund was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilman Woofter.

 

MAYOR -  I have a couple of comments.  We did have a Finance Committee Meeting to discuss this.  Something that came up when we were discussing why or why not to do this, this is for sidewalks as well.  It was determined that we do have the Lakeview High School addition this year that will amount to about $77,000 which was going to be taken out of the Genera Fund and now we will take it out of this fund instead.  Instead of moving $140,000 we are really moving $65,000 or $70,000 into that fund.  I guess the other thing I would say is that we are undertaking the development of a new park and we are looking at 2013 not perhaps having this tax, so it might be a good idea to fund this at some level now while we have the money.

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ROLL CALL ON 0-02-11 -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-04-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with ms consultants for construction administration and inspection of the north wellfield interconnect project was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Linville.  ROLL CALL -  Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-05-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter a contract with ms consultants for construction administration and inspection of the Stahl Estates storm sewer improvement project was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Tackett and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL -  Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-06-11 - an ordinance authorizing Advanced Land Measurement, Inc. to perform professional surveying services for the development of new recreation area in cooperation with Trumbull County Metroparks was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  ROLL CALL -  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-07-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Service Director to purchase a  GAP VAX MC series combination jet/vacuum machine was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL -  Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye.

 

MAYOR'S REPORT

MAYOR -  First of all I would like to welcome all the students, it is always nice to have big crowds like this.  If you picked up an agenda there is information on it.  If you need more information go to the website and the address is on the agenda.  You can get the full text of all the ordinances and resolutions that were read tonight.  Names and correct spelling of councilmembers that you might need for your report. 

We had a final public hearing with Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) today.  We had a Housing Advisory Council Meeting last week jointly with Newton Falls.  We had it at Kent State and it turned out pretty well.  We are ready to submit our grant request again with NDS like we did last year.  We cut the amount back to $250,000 which is what the State limits us to now which will allow us to do 6 or 7 rehabs at $40,000 each.  In addition we could do 5 or 6 repair type things in the $10,000 to $12,000 range.  In addition we do have NDS people, I don't know if you saw it but there was an article in the paper last time about a program that is going on now for home repair.  The gal from NDS is going to be here in a couple of weeks to take applications and do inspections for home repairs.  If you know someone that needs repair like a furnace or roof replacement and are in low to moderate income, I think it is 80% of median and this would be a good opportunity to get some help.

 

 

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Next meeting we will be bringing two resolutions basically the same resolutions that we had last year to authorize my signing of an agreement with NDS and the signing of the submission for the grant.   I just wanted to let you know they will be coming.  That is about all I have but this thing here.

I want to congratulate one of our team members tonight ;

Whereas, Donna Lyden has been employed by the City of Cortland since Feb. 2, 1986; and Whereas, Donna has faithfully and conscientiously served the City of Cortland and its citizens for 25 years as Clerk of Council; and,  Whereas, Donna is to be congratulated on her 25th anniversary with the City of Cortland; and,  Whereas,  these years of service have been marked by exemplary dedication to the best interest of our community, and we appreciate all of her assistance to the City of Cortland through these many years; and,  Now, Therefore, we, the Mayor and Council members of the City of Cortland, Ohio do hereby extend our heartfelt appreciation and sincere thanks to Donna Lyden for her valuable service and dedication to the citizens in our community.  In Witness Thereof: we have hereunto subscribed our names and caused the Seal of the City of Cortland to be affixed this 22nd day of February in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and eleven.

Curt Moll;        Frank Stocz ;          Diana Sweeney;          James Woofter;        Deidre Petrosky;

Dennis Linville;      Terry Tackett;          Kevin Piros

 

CLERK OF COUNCIL  -   Thank you.

 

MAYOR -  Well you were in Hawaii.

 

CLERK  OF COUNCIL -  There is no better place to spend your anniversary.  Thank you.  I do appreciate it.  I enjoy working for the City of Cortland and for all of you.  Thank you very much.

 

MAYOR -  That concludes my report.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

FINANCE DIRECTOR -  The only thing I have this evening is the work on the appropriations is very well underway but not quite put together yet.  I will be working on meeting with Don probably tomorrow to finalize the general fund which is always the most involved.  I intend to get those typed and put together and out in the mail to you on either Thursday or Friday of this week.  You will have them before they are placed on the agenda for next meeting.  If there are any questions or any input from any council members, please contact me.  If there are no changes it will be placed on next meetings agenda for first reading.  That is all I have unless there are any questions.

 

POLICE CHIEF'S REPORT

POLICE CHIEF -  You have my submitted monthly, I have nothing to add to that unless there are any questions.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  I guess I have a question.  We have had different complaints and a letter written to the city about the snow on the sidewalks.  Part of the problem is the commercial property owners with the big parking lots pushing the big mounds onto the sidewalk and blocking the sidewalks and we can't even get our own city tractor through it because it is too much snow.  I kind of took it upon myself to stop at a couple businesses today and remind them that they weren't allowed to do

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that.  They would have to utilize their own property rather than the sidewalks.  As I understand it, it is something that can be enforced through the police dept. if need be?  Is it something that you are willing to do if necessary?

 

POLICE CHIEF -  Of course we will enforce the code if there is a complaint to the dept.  I think that should be the first step.  If there is a complaint, something physical, call us and we will go out and make contact and document it by a report.  We will give them a warning.  I don't think we should go out and issue citations for a first offense.  I think a better approach is to just stop the snow.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Thank you.

 

FIRE CHIEF'S REPORT

FIRE CHIEF -  As of yesterday we finished up the last of three pediatric advanced life support classes.  We had done numerous fire depts. as well as several ER personnel.  On Thursday we will finish up the paramedic refresher class followed up by the basic refresher class.  It should be late summer or early fall before we start any other educational projects.  In your packet, I am sure you received the monthly report and if you have any questions on it I will gladly address them for you.  I do want to let you know that we are already between 7-10% above last years totals. 

 

NO SERVICE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -  The communication's committee continues to meet to work on the website.  We had a go to meeting with Civic Plus, one of the companies that responded to our bid request.  Prior to our next meeting we are going to have a meeting with cboss.  We will do the same thing that we did tonight and meet at 5:45.  Also included in the packet for next time, it started with Kevin and Jim and everyone else has jumped on board and we have come up with a new logo which we will submit to council.  Council will be able to look at it prior to next meeting so hopefully we will be able by motion to approve the new logo so we can put it on the new website.

 

VICE PRESIDENT SWEENEY -  Anyone from the audience this evening with questions of council?

 

FLO HUTTON  -  She has been wanting an explanation on all these plats.  She asked what the mayor's job is.  She just wants a little explanation of what these ordinances are.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY - I will do the plats.  We talked about that at Technical Review Committee a couple of times ago.  What happened, and I can show you the map after the meeting, there were properties to be developed behind current property owners and the person who was going to develop the land decided not to do that and he offered the existing property owners first shot at adding to their property.  They basically took advantage of the opportunity to extend the depth of their property.  Not everybody did so you will see a zig zag property plat line.  These people chose to purchase additional land and these people did not. 

 

 

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MAYOR -  The other ordinances are for the city to spend money on specific projects.  The wellfield is a new property that we purchased up north for the drilling of two wells.  We have drilled one well there now and we have some work that needs to be done to tie those together to put into the new water tank.  That will give us a little more pumping capacity for the larger higher water tank.  The other ordinances, there is one on to buy a truck.  Anytime the city spends money we have to have an ordinance approved by this council through 3 readings or in emergency which is one reading to approve that expenditure.  The staff, fire chief, police chief, finance director, service director and myself are limited to $2,500 without council's approval.  In an emergency situation we can spend more but we still have to bring it here for approval of payment.  What is my job?  I am in charge of administration for the city.  It is a ceremonial head of the city.  I sign all the  documents and contracts.  If you want a little more explanation than that, I would go  to the website and there is a City Charter and in the Charter is describes what each of the job entails.  I think on the left land side of the website it says Charter and it will explain all of that.

 

VICE PRESIDENT SWEENEY -  Are there any other questions at this time?  Hearing none I would entertain a motion for adjournment.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PRESIDENT -  I would just invite, if anyone has any questions after the meeting, we do not have an executive so feel free after the meeting to ask anyone of us.

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter.  ROLL CALL -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  MOTION PASSED

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

 

 

 

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