The Council of the City ofCortland met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 19, 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 Finance Director Moyer.

 

A motion to approve council minutes from the Sept. 6, 2011 council meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.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 $ 159,831.81 was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Tackett.ROLL CALL -Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.MOTION PASSED

 

ORDINANCE 0-51-11 -†† an ordinance amending 0-27-11 establishing the terms of employment of the water/sewer billing clerk of the City of Cortland was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter.ROLL CALL -Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye.ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-52-11 -an ordinance amending ordinance 0-32-11 to approve and authorize a revision to the collective bargaining contract between the City of Cortland and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.ROLL CALL -Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

 

MAYORíS REPORT

MAYOR -I only have a couple of things.One is cleanup day which is Sept. 29th and 30th.That is next week and before the next meeting.

Bazetta has proposed that we do trick or treating and they have actually authorized it to be Monday, Oct. 31st from 6-8 p.m.I guess I donítneed a motion just so nobody shakes their head no.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -I think Howland has set the same time.

 

MAYOR -Ok then trick or treat will be Monday, Oct. 31st from 6-8 p.m.

The other thing I want to mention is we have moved the e-mails to cboss and they did it unannounced to me.They took over our e-mail pretty much the way it was.I had proposed some new e-mail addresses to them.I am having some trouble because I think my quota is smaller than it was.I have run into a space problem and things get bounced back.Unfortunately both times that I ran out of space someone sent me something that was huge. At any rate it has been moved.Donna and I met this morning for a couple of hours and we probably have a few hours of work left and we will be able to release it. We will be adding functionality pages to that.Some for the fire dept. and she had pictures linked into it right now.The only other issue we are dealing with is how to handle the ordinances, resolutions, minutes and agendas and Donna and I are going to go through that tomorrow.I donít like the way they have proposed doing it.There are some functions they are not using and I think they should be.We are making progress.The question I have for you as councilmembers is I am proposing changing the council e-mails to DPetrosky and TTackett etc., instead of councilperson.

 

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COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -I think that is much better.

 

MAYOR -I will not do some of them if youwish.We decided to leave Mayor, Finance Director, Clerk of Council the way they are because we thought they might get more e-mails.We do have the capability of adding additional e-mails.We did add the police, there is a TAndrews, DMorris all at city of Cortland.If you want to send one to the policeman you can do it that way.All fulltime police have e-mails with first initial and last name.That is all I have.

 

FINANCE DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR Ė I donít have anything this evening unless you have any questions of me.

 

POLICE CHIEFíS REPORT

 

OFFICER ANDREWS -The monthly information was submitted in your packets and I have nothing more to add unless there are any questions.

 

NO FIRE CHIEFíS REPORT

 

SERVICE DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -You received the monthly report in your packets.Just a couple of updates.If you noticed the street stripers were in town and got that completed.They came in one day last week and finished that up.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Don, there wasnít any problem with that.I donít understand why they thought they had to wait until Sunday to do it.Did he complain about anything like too much traffic?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR Ė No, I just think he tries to do the smaller jobs on an evening when the traffic is down for the safety of the workers.There was some traffic but it wasnít too bad.We are good for this year and we will look at it again in the spring.

 

MAYOR Ė Can we do something about the railroad crossing that they just repaired on 46?It is really kind of never, never land there.It is dark and there are no lines.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Isnít that up to the state or the contractor?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -There is no dealing with the railroad.\

 

MAYOR -Can we paint some lines there?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -We would need a permit to do it or we get fined for going in the right-of-way.

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MAYOR -Who is going to paint the railroad crossing sign because they have been paved over?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR Ė The one from the north has not.I am sure they will come back, but I will followup.

 

MAYOR -A centerline is really needed because of the curve. There is nothing to guide you around that curve.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -Two Fridays ago we opened up the bids for the Heritage Heights Storm Project.I had a recommendation letter after the agenda had been set so that will be first reading the next meeting and then in emergency the meeting after that.We will have enough time to award the project.It isnot going to be started this year.We are going to hold off and start it in the spring.

 

MAYOR Ė We are?

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -I thought we were starting Oct. 1st.

 

MAYOR - So did I.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Why did that change?

 

MAYOR -Because we donít want it to look like Stahl Ave. all winter.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -I said that was one option if the contractor wanted to get going hecould start as soon as the 1st of Oct.In thinking through that it was going to take 6 to 8 weeks to get the storm structures ordered.That puts you in the middle of November and you are pouring concrete Nov. and Dec. and that is not a good time.So it is best to hold off to the beginning of next year.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Are you looking at March or April?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -Whenever spring breaks.

 

MAYOR -If last winter was any indication you wonít have to grind it.It will be gone.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -Other than that I donít have anything else to report. I will entertain questions from council.

 

COUNCILWOMAN SWEENEY -I have a question.E. Main, traveling east before you come to Willow on the right hand side the area that was repaired for some reason, are we going to bring that area up to grade with the rest of the street?There is a huge bump there.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -Yes, that was just a temporary fix.They are going to be in this week doing the restoration of the waterline trench from Main St. up to and beyond Stahl Ave. apartments.

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MAYOR -It does help speeding on Main St.

 

COUNCILWOMAN SWEENEY -Or you donít have a Corvette or a truck.The suspension might be smoother in other vehicles.I slow down for it because I know it is there.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -The S. Colonial storm sewer did you submit that for OPWC funding?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR Ė No, I did not include that in the project.I submitted a repair up on St. Andrews because that pipe is collapsing and is cracked and the cost for that was approx. $100,000.Wedefinitely needed funding assistance to repair that and for the first phase of replacing water lines downtown, the 4 inch for a larger diameter pipe.They are upwards of 80 years old.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY Ė Any idea what we are going to do with the S. Colonial problem?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -I think it is just more of a maintenance issue.I was just informed that someone was over there after we had those heavy rains on Sat. and there was no flooding.

 

MAYOR -There wasnít any and I was down through there too.I also called the Soil and Water and we are going to meet sometime in the next two weeks with the Fowler and Johnston Trustees to discuss what can be done to divert some of the water on the other side of route 11.We have a big tiling project along 305 that is going to be dumping into Robbies Run and there is another clearing project out by 305 and 11 that is dumping into the area around Laura Lane. It is really complicating the problems.We still havenít resolved the issues with the south side of 305.There is a lot of concern about the amount of water coming from the townships into the city and what to do about it long term.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -Thank you for attending the meeting with them and being pro-active.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -Don, I have just one question.You have done some patching on St. Andrews and Portal.Could you also take a look at Beechwood up by Spring Creek, it is just falling apart.There is a 100 yard section that is in really bad shape and it has grass growing up through the road on the right hand side.If you could take a look at it and see if there is anything we can do.I think it was probably delayed to next year for paving.If there is anything we can do to keep it from going into their yards over the winter I would appreciate it.

 

NO COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT STOCZ -Is there anyone in the audience that would like to address council?

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -I do have a question of the mayor.I did get a phone call on the information about the CHIPS grant. I was wondering what the qualifications were.

 

MAYOR -Was it in the paper?

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FINANCE DIRECTOR -Someone called me today and said it was on TV on Friday.

 

MAYOR -We are going to have applications here at city hall soon I hope.The gal said she was going to drop them off last week and she didnít so I am going to call her again.I think it is 80% of the median income level.It is a formula driven thing.

 

CONCILMAN WOOFTER -So you are saying it is 20%below the median.

 

MAYOR -I think that is the number I remember off the top ofmy head, but I can double check that.They are fairly liberal but we wonít have any money until after the 1st of the year.They do have other programs that are available now so if someone really has a need I would urge them to contact Cheryl Woods at NDS and I have a number for her and I gave it to Dorraine.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -I talked to Dorraine and she gave me this Cherylís phonenumber and I called and got her voice mail and left a message and did not get a call back from her.

 

MAYOR -In my experience it might take a couple of days.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY Ė Do we have any intention of perhaps chronic violators who might benefit from this program, sending them an application directly?

 

MAYOR -Part of the program is NDS is going to do some target advertising but it is more geographic, I think.We will be advertising the area which I consider the old part of Cortland and north.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -I just want to make sure that they are aware of it.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -It has to be paid back, right?

 

MAYOR -It is payable upon sale and if you keep it for 10 years you donít have to pay it back.††† More details will be coming it is a little bit early.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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