The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Council President Stocz presiding.  Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville, Deidre Petrosky, Kevin Piros, Diana Sweeney, Terry Tackett and James Woofter.  Also present at the meeting were, Mayor Moll, Law Director Wilson, Service Director Wittman and Fire Chief Novakovich

 

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

 

A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid totaling $207,106.46 was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  MOTION 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 third reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Linville.  ROLL CALL -  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED THIRD READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-08-11 -  an annual appropriation ordinance for the City of Cortland, County of Trumbull, State of Ohio, for fiscal year ending on the 31 st day of December 2011 was read and moved by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter.  A motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilman  Woofter and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  ROLL CALL ON 0-08-11 -  Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY

 

ORDINANCE 0-09-11 -  an ordinance repealing ordinance 0-07-08 for providing for the Council of the City of Cortland, Ohio to set policy for benefits and wages for the Clerk of Council was read and moved by Councilwoman Petrosky and seconded by Councilman Woofter.  A motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Piros. ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES -  Piros aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  ROLL CALL ON 0-09-11 -  Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY

 

ORDINANCE 0-10-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract Foust Construction, Inc. for the Stahl Estates Storm Sewer and Water main Improvement Project was read and moved by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  A motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilman Woofter  and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES - Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye.  ROLL CALL ON 0-10-11 -  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY

 

ORDINANCE 0-11-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Service Director to rent equipment and purchase materials to seal pavement cracks or joints with a hot applied crack sealant material was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Tackett. 

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COUNCILMAN PIROS -  Don, do you anticipate getting into a lot more sealing this year with the condition of the roads because of the harsh winter.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  No, we will be doing the same amount of roads  based on our resurfacing program. We try and target roads that have been resurfaced within the last year or two.  The conditions of the roads that have increased pot holes cannot be addressed with this crack sealer.  We need to put in hot patch or cold patch. 

 

MAYOR -  In some areas we are looking at some major repairs, no question about it.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR - This is just a rubber material to seal any cracks that form to prevent the water from getting into the asphalt.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -  To keep the water from the freezing cycle for next year.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Right.

 

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

 

ORDINANCE 0-12-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Fire Chief to purchase a utility box for the medic truck was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Tackett and seconded by Councilman Piros.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  What do you use that for Bill?

 

FIRE CHIEF -  That particular vehicle is our pickup truck that we utilize as a medic backup vehicle and we run the medic with it and such.  When we purchased it in 2003 we purchased it with intent of being able to replace the back end of that with a new box and chassis  and extend the life 3 or 4 more years.  It has a diesel engine so we will get a greater life out of it.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Good and thanks for saving us money.

 

ROLL CALL ON 0-12-11-  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

 

MAYOR'S REPORT

MAYOR -  I want to welcome the students here this evening.  If you have anymore questions or want to get some spelling, you can go to our website, the address is on the agenda.  If you did not get one, you can pick one up on your way out.  You go to the website and all the names of everybody that are involved with the meeting are there and all the ordinances are there in full content and the agenda and minutes  from last meeting.  If you want to do some research there is the opportunity.  You are always welcome to come back.

The only other thing is I got a notice today that the, I think we discussed this sometime in the past, but FEMA has given the county a grant for a hovercraft for rescue on the lake.  It should be a help to us

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even though we are not directly involved with it, I know our Fire and Police Dept. have supported the effort to get this piece of rescue equipment.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Where will it be stored and who will maintain it?

 

MAYOR -  This one is going to be kept by Mecca Township.  There is talk about buying another one.  Right now we don't have a way to rescue particularly in winter time.

 

FIRE CHIEF -  This is something that we as neighboring departments have been working on for a couple of years.  It is finally progressing and I think it will be a great asset not only to the departments but to the safety of the  community as a whole when you look at how much ice fishing goes on there.

 

MAYOR -  A lot of our residents are involved with recreation on the lake.

 

FIRE CHIEF -  It will be a win/win situation for all parties involved.

 

MAYOR -  That is all I have.

 

NO FINANCE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

POLICE CHIEF'S REPORT

OFFICER RICE -  You have the police report in your packet.  I don't know if you guys saw the Tribune today, but they had a nice article about our day turn officers, Morris and Smith.  It was about the month of January and shoplifters.  It was a pretty nice article in the Tribune.

 

FIRE CHIEF'S REPORT

FIRE CHIEF -  I submitted my monthly report.  If you have any questions involving that I will gladly address them for you.  I am still waiting to hear back on a couple of grants that are out there.  I am thinking we will know something in a couple of weeks and I hope in a very, very positive way.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  You received the monthly report in your packets.  Additionally I am looking for feedback regarding the request from Allied Waste  to extend the refuse  contract by two years.  This is something that we have done in the past.  I am kind of leaning that way rather than going out for bids.  They will hold the costs for the third year for the next two years.

 

MAYOR -  So there will be no more additional increases.  We have had a increase every year for the three.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Right, so the cost associated with year three would be held for years four and five.  I will have that before council at the next meeting.  I want to run it by Patrick to be sure the ordinance is in the correct form.  Other than that I have nothing else to report and I will entertain any questions  council may have of me.

 

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -  The Communications Committee is still diligently working.  We have narrowed our selection and are preparing a recommendation to council.  We just have to nail down some final details on what we would like to see and the Mayor is going to do that for us.  We are reaching the end.

 

MAYOR -  It may not be until two more meetings.

 

PRESIDENT STOCZ -  Is there anyone in the audience with questions of council.

 

STUDENT -  I would like to ask what the $150,000 is going to be used for in the Parks and Recreation?

 

MAYOR -  That goes into a fund which is specifically for Parks and Recreation and Pedestrian Transportation.  $75,000 of that will be used as matching funds for a grant to put sidewalks in up by the high school and middle school, sidewalks along Lakeview and up through Wakefield so it will kind of go between the two schools.  We are going to use it to survey the new park going in on Route 46 up by the lake and for additional upgrades for the Pearl St. park.  We need parking there and some other things.  It will be used for parks and the Parks Board will decide on that and then they bring it to council for approval. 

 

STUDENT -  I was wondering out of the $150,000 if $60.00 could go for buying a new net?

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  What kind of nets are you talking about?  For the tennis courts?

 

STUDENT -  No, for the basketball court.

 

MAYOR -  I think we put new ones up every year don't we?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Several times.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Don, when are those nets replaced?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  On an as needed  basis. 

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Probably when the weather changes a little bit more, we will probably get those changed.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -  Don, when do the tennis nets go up or are they up?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  They went up Friday.

 

STUDENT -  When does the screen around the court go up?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  The tennis team does that.

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STUDENT - The lights at the basketball court are not very bright.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  I think one of the lights was burned out towards the end of the year and we will address most of the issues with Willow Park when we do our walk through in the next couple of months.  We typically do that in April or May and come with a list of things that need addressed.

 

MAYOR -  Actually if you see something that needs done you can call city hall anytime.  The number is at the top of the agenda.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Preferably e-mail.

 

PRESIDENT STOCZ -  Before adjourning I would like to join the Mayor  in welcoming all the students here this evening.  It is great to see you and don't hesitate to come back.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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