The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Council Vice President Sweeney presiding.  Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville, Deidre Petrosky, Kevin Piros and James Woofter.  Absent were, Frank Stocz and Terry Tackett.  Also present at the meeting were, Mayor Moll, Law Director Wilson, Service Director Wittman, Finance Director Moyer and Fire Chief Novakovich

 

A motion to approve council minutes from the Sept. 19, 2011 meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter.  ROLL CALL -  Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent.  MOTION PASSED

 

A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid totaling $ 87,565.47 was made by Councilwoman Petrosky and seconded by Councilman Piros.  ROLL CALL -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  MOTION PASSED

 

RESOLUTION R-32-11 -  a resolution accepting the amount and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor was read and moved by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  ROLL CALL -  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, 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, Ohio was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Linville. ROLL CALL -  Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND 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 second reading by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  ROLL CALL -  Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING

 

ORDINANCE 0-53-11 -  an ordinance approving the editing and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component code of the codified ordinances of Cortland, Ohio and to amend or enact sections of the traffic, general offenses and fire prevention code to conform to enactment of the General Assembly was read and moved by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Petrosky.  A motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilwoman Petrosky and seconded by Councilman Piros.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  I was wondering why we have to do this in emergency.

 

MAYOR -  Just to make sure that these changes are effective as soon as possible.  These ordinances are available and we should use them as soon as possible. 

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Will we get copies of these?

 

 

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CLERK OF COUNCIL -  Yes.  If your book is not here, please bring  it in to me.  If your book is here, I will make the changes.

 

ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES ON 0-53-11 -  Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.  ROLL CALL ON 0-53-11 -  Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY

 

ORDINANCE 0-54-11 -  an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with Foust Construction, Inc., for the Heritage Heights Storm Sewer Improvements Project was read and moved for first reading by Councilwoman Petrosky and seconded by Councilman Linville. 

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  I just want to know and I think at last council meeting we talked when this project is going to begin like March/April.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  It is  not going to begin until construction season of 2012.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Are we going to let the people know on Heritage?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  I have already sent out letters stating such.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  When were they sent out, today?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  I would have to check the date of the letter.  Typically whenever a project is going into an area I notify all the residents.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER – I knew you originally notified them and you had told them that it was going to be Oct. or you said it would be this year.  I just wonder if they have been notified again that it is going to be changed to next year. I have had one or two people ask me already.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  I hadn’t planned on it because I think the letter was explicit, if it started this year the majority of it would be completed or it would be starting next spring.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Ok so the letter said it could be starting next spring.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -   Yes.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY-  Could you give a little blurb for the newspaper because that is delivered to everyone?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Yes, I can put something together to send to the Cortland News.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS – We can put that on our website.

 

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SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Based on the project, the bids were opened Sept. 9th.  Foust was the lowest out of multiple bidders, we had almost one dozen. It is within the funding constraints of the project. 

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Has Foust worked in the city before?

 

MAYOR -  He has worked on numerous projects.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  For whatever reason he keeps coming back.

 

MAYOR -  He did Stahl, N. High

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -  Also Rosewae and Charles.

 

ROLL CALL ON 0-54-11 -  Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, absent; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, absent; Woofter, aye.  ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

 

MAYOR’S REPORT

MAYOR -  Really the only thing I want to talk about today is the website.  It did come up about one hour ago and it is working.  They submitted a request this morning and they said it would be 6 to 24 hours.  There are a number of changes and I guess I am asking all of you to help me make it better.  We have a lot more capability to put current events on.  The calendar has a lot more capabilities.  It does not provide all the ability that the old one had to put things in and have residents put things in. If they want to do that they will have to contact the administration here.  We have a fairly extensive ability to put documents on.  We should have those on in the next couple of weeks.  We started with Council and then we will address Planning and Parks Board.  There are new e-mails that will be effective in the next couple of days.  All of council has their e-mails forwarded to another e-mail so it will not have an impact on you.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Where will councilmembers, mayor etc. that was on the old site, where will it appear on the new site?

 

MAYOR -  It is under government at the top.  There is a suggestion box which sends an e-mail to the city administration.  If you see something you would like changed or have any suggestions, please let us  know.  We are going to be starting a different program for our e-news.  It has the ability for people to sign up and un-sign up.  Give it a try and play with it a couple of days and let me know what you think. That is all I  have.

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

FINANCE DIRECTOR   - I have one thing to report.  We did have our health insurance renewal on Sept. 1st and between a combination of, we had 5 employees switch to HSA vs. Traditional coverage and we had one employee that decided to opt out.  Between that and the changes we made under the new contract we will be actually spending $1,398.42 a month less than we did last year.  I wanted to pass that on.  It was a piece of good news that I thought everyone would appreciate.  That is all I have unless you have any questions.

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POLICE CHIEF’S REPORT

OFFICER ANDREWS -  Nothing from the police department except are we going to announce the Trick-or-Treat hours today?

 

MAYOR -  It will be on the 31st from 6-8 p.m.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Tom, I have a question.   Was there some type of situation last night in the City of Cortland around the bank?

 

OFFICER ANDREWS -  At Cortland Bank they found a door open and checked it out. 

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -  Some neighbors were down that way asked about it and saw the police and some guns drawn.

 

OFFICER ANDREWS -  Their money is fine.  But of course banks are a more tense situation and they found one of the doors was somewhat unsecured.  You can tell them they can call during the day and ask, we have no problem answering.

 

FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT

FIRE CHIEF -  The only thing I have to bring to council’s  attention is the training center is back up and running since it is Fall.  We started a basic refresher this past weekend and tomorrow will be the first day of paramedic refresher course and we will run that through the month of Oct.  Other than that, I will gladly answer any questions you have of me, if not that concludes my report.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

SERVICE DIRECTOR -    I have nothing in addition to report but I will take questions of council.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -  I do have a question of the Mayor. Did we host the Soapbox Derby in Sept.

 

MAYOR -  We blocked off the street for two days.  We didn’t have our Police FOP entry but it was well attended and the guys were very pleased with the whole situation.

 

VICE PRESIDENT SWEENEY -  Anyone in the audience with questions of council?

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

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            CLERK OF COUNCIL                                      PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL