The Council of the City of Cortland
met in regular session on Monday,
Oct. 17, 2011 at
with Council President Stocz presiding.Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville,
Kevin Piros, Diana Sweeney, Terry Tackett and James Woofter.Absent was Deidre Petrosky.Also present were Mayor Moll, Law Director
Wilson, Finance Director Moyer and Fire Chief Novakovich
A motion to approve council minutes from the Oct. 3, 2011 meeting was made by
Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Linville. ROLL
aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, abstain; Sweeney, aye;
Tackett, abstain.MOTION PASSED
A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid
totaling $ 24,146.95 was made by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman
Piros.ROLL CALL -Petrosky, absent;
Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville,
-a resolution authorizing the
Mayor of the City of Cortland, Ohio to place his signature on the replat of
lots 1 and 2 of Ainsley Plat No. 1., new lots known as lot 1A and 2A was read
and moved by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilwoman Sweeney.
COUNCILMAN PIROS -What is
There were two lots side by side and Ainsley owned one and one was owned by
another couple.At one point in time
they traded some land so they could have a notch out of that corner for a
garden and now they are straightening the lots out and making them square.I don’t think there has
been any money changing hands.It
is just an adjustment to the plat.
ROLL CALL ON R-33-11 -Linville, aye;
Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter,
resolution authorizing the Clerk of Council to advertise for the sale of
equipment deemed not necessary in the police, service and fire departments
according to the Ohio Revised Code was read and moved by Councilman Tackett and
seconded by Councilman Piros.ROLL CALL -Piros, aye; Stocz, aye;
Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent.RESOLUTION
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
third reading by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Sweeney.ROLL
absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye;
Linville, aye.ORDINANCE PASSED THIRD 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 ofCortland
and the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association was read and moved for third
reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Piros.ROLL
aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent;
Piros, aye.ORDINANCE PASSED THIRD READING
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 by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilman
Piros.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, absent;
Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye.ROLL CALLON 0-54-11 -Linville, aye;
Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter,
aye.ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY
– an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter a contract with Century
Link Sales Solutions for a new phone system for the AdministrationBuilding and Police Department was
read and moved by Councilwoman Sweeney and seconded by Councilman Tackett.A motion to suspend the rules was made by
Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Tackett.
what is our spending limit now for the Mayor.We have changed that a couple of times in the last 10 or 15 years.
CLERK OF COUNCIL -$2,500
without an ordinance.That goes for all
department heads.I am allowed also but
I don’t have any money.
COUNCILMAN PIROS -When do you
anticipate getting this replaced.
They seem to be pretty much ready to go.
COUNCILMAN PIROS –
Is Century Link the same company that does residential?
MAYOR -Yes.The biggest concern and all the people who
work for me expressed the same concern and they would like to see a local
company that they can get onsite quickly to do repairs.I looked at their prices and compared them
and they are extremely competitive.This
will provide a service contract
COUNCILMAN PIROS -Who is our
phone service through now?
MAYOR -The company
is out of Columbus and one around Pittsburgh.
FIRE CHIEF -If I may add to that
Mayor, different issues the fire dept. has had we have to jump through hoops
just to get service from them.I know
our dept. would love to see this.
doesn’t include the fire dept. at this time but down the road we will look at
it.We decided not to do theirs right
now because the fire dept. has a backup generator so their phones are always
ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES ON 0-55-11 -Linville,
aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye;
Woofter, aye.ROLL CALL ON 0-55-11 -Petrosky, absent;
Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville,
aye.ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY
MAYOR -Just a
reminder that we are going to celebrate Halloween on Halloween this year from
COUNCILMAN PIROS -How is the
uploading of the documents to the website going?
MAYOR -We are
making very good progress and Donna is still working on adding the
documents.I started with training with
the staff here and hopefullywe will complete that in the next couple of weeks.I have had one person from fire and police
interested so hopefully they can have their own pages.It seems to be working well.
OFFICER ANDREWS -You
received our monthly report and in addition we are going to have a full
compliment out for Halloween.All five
cars will be out with officers and one of the shifts will be paid for through a
grant.So eight hours will be paid
through the State.We will also have
probably two reserves out and will probably be on foot so we will actually have
seven officers.We should do pretty well
with that.If you have any questions I
will entertain them.
MAYOR -Where will
they be on foot?
OFFICER ANDREWS -Probably in
the residential.One in HeritageHeights and one in Shepherds Hill
and they will be giving out candy.
said to me this past week that they thought they saw officers walking on foot
doing foot patrol.Are they doing that
OFFICER ANDREWS -Yes,
especially at night the guys are getting out a lot more.We had a rash of break-ins on Main
St. and we had a suspect and by using as bike and
we were actually able to get a video.The guys have been out more with the nice weather and checking doors and
you would be surprised what we find open.
the Chief still on vacation?
OFFICER ANDREWS -As of now
he is still on vacation.
FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT
FIRE CHIEF -We also have submitted
our monthly report and if there are any questions I will gladly field them for
you. A little bit about the fire dept. and what is going on there.We have one class left of the basic refresher
class and there is 1-1/2 weeks left of the paramedic refresher and then we will
wrap up both of those classes here in the month of Oct.Most likely it will be the beginning of the
year before we see any additional classes.Once we hit January we will hit it pretty hard.If you have any questions I will gladly
PRESIDENT STOCZ -This
evening we have Tom Harwood from the “Friends of Trumbull Transit”.
TOM HARWOOD -Thank you very much
Council President andCouncilmembers. It
is a pleasure to be here.When I first
moved up to TrumbullCounty
from Arizona I lived in condo on Fowler
St. here in Cortland.I love Cortland
and it is a great town.My name is Tom
Harwood and my wife and I live in Niles, Ohio
and I am speaking very briefly on behalf of the Trumbull County Transit Levy
which is on the ballot this Nov. There is a power point presentation which is in
front of councilmembers and I will leave one for the fire and police
chiefs.Everyone will get information in
the mail. There is a ballot issue to generate 1.5 million dollars per year for
public transportation for the county.I
would like to bring us up to where we are and why we need the levy.In 2003 the Niles Trumbull Transit started
thanks to the Mayor of Niles, Ralph Infante.He and Darlene St.
George and a couple of other folks figured out there was a demand in the Niles,
Girard, Liberty, Howland areas for about 3,000 demand response trips for
seniors.That is how it started out,
just for seniors.By the time the senior
levy passed and funding was specificallyprovided in the levy for senior
transportation, we figured that the whole world of demand/response for seniors
in Tr. Co. was about 18,000 trips.We
figured the $460,000 in the senior levy would pay for these trips.Last year we had over 80,000 trips.We are victims of our own success.We have outgrown the City of Niles
ability to administer the public transportation system.The county has been using carryover funds
generated by the senior levy to support both elderly affairs transportation and
Niles Trumbull Transit for the past 2-1/2 years.Come Jan. 1there are no more carryover funds
available, so those 80,000 trips are in real jeopardy.That is why we have a levy.Today if you add Niles Trumbull Transit and
Elderly Affairs Transportation being merged together by the new Trumbull County
Transit Board.Contracted trips also
include Salvation Army trips through the Tr. Co. Mental Health Board.I would like to give you a brief run
down.I am not asking for an endorsement
butI am going
in front of every elected official in TrumbullCounty so you will know what is
going on so that if people ask you, you can say I heard this guy and you can
call him up and he will tell you why this is on the ballot.Come Jan. 1 if the levy does not pass, they
only money available is the $460,000 and that is a problem because if federal
funding ends, which it would if the levy doesn’t pass and all the grants we are
receiving fail because we won’t have the levy to off set the grants, the only
thing available is the $460,000 which by itself will only support about 12,000
disabled senior trips.The current
breakdown in Trumbull County Transit is:32,000 senior trips for men and women 65 years or older.Of those 13,300 are disabled seniors who need
assistance from inside their homes to wherever they are going.Mostly to doctor’s offices,
hospitals, and dialysis centers.On top of that we have around 22,000 trips for disabled and handicapped
adults who are younger than 60.We also
provide transportation through the Tr.Co.EducationalServiceCenter for high school students who
are handicapped in some way to go to work sites or rehab centers.We also provide trips through the Tr. Co.
Mental Health for the Salvation Army and if you add it all together we are
about 80,000 trips.We have never had
the money to simply open up and see what the real demand in Tr. Co. for
transportation is.We want to and I used
to be the Chair of the Senior Services Advisory Board and for the 6 ½ yrs I
served I was Chair for 4-1/2 yrs.We
figured that of the 32,000 senior trips we underserved about 10,000 or 15,000
trips.Of the disabled and handicapped
transportation ( a lot of that is in Warren)
we figure we served half of the handicapped and disabled community.The new transit board,
and I can’t speak for them because I am not on it, but having met with them
that there is not an interest or desire in running big empty busses in Tr. Co.So the system that we run we want to support
is what we currently have and that is where we pick someone up
at their home and take them to a
place.We do prioritize dialysis trips. Here
is what happens when the levy passes and we believe the levy will pass, if not
now in March.Because Cortland
is a participating community, each year you give a certain amount of money and
when the levy passes you will no longer do that.The whole county is a participating community
if the levy passes.So the $1.50 ride
the senior pays in Cortland today
is a $1.50 ride any senior will pay anywhere in TrumbullCounty.That $1.50 ride willalso apply to disabled and handicapped
adults and children.Now if you are in a
non-participating community you would pay $4.00 to $8.00 for a trip, today it
is $3.50.When the levy passes county
wide non disabled handicapped adults younger than 60 can go anywhere TrumbullCounty for $3.50.That is tremendous and how will we be able to
do that?It is because we will be able
to sit at the table for the first time with WRTA as an equal.That is the busing company in Youngstown
who controls the federal funding.TrumbullCounty last year got $530,000 and
we figure with the levy passing we will be able to qualify for over $900,000
with the federal funding.Because we are
not running big buses and because it is a demand/response system we will be
able to take advantage of rideshare and mobility management technology that is
already being implemented and installed in all the buses that Trumbull Transit
currently uses.That means that at any
given time the dispatcher will be able to click on a vehicle that is moving
people around, see who the driver is, see who is in the vehicle, what the
destination is and if someone else needs picked up along the route. That way we
will be able to maximize the money that we will be generating.That is called ride sharing.Wethink and it is a fairly educated
guess that the real world demand for ride system we have in TrumbullCounty is not the 80,000 tripsbut it is more like 120,000 to 125,000
trips.We do knowthe demand will go up once this
starts.We anticipate shuttles to take
students not just to the Trumbull Kent Campus but the Portage
system will have a meeting place for them and we will be able to get the
students back and forth.We will run a Penguin
express to the Youngstown
campus.We will have pickup points in TrumbullCounty.We want links with Sharon/Hermitage transit
system because in the eastern part of the county, Brookfield,
Masury, Hubbard, there is a big demand to get people to doctors and hospitals
in Sharon and Hermitage.Since we already take people to MahoningCounty
hospitals and dialysis centers, that won’t change.We want to have a once a week shuttle to the
Cleveland Clinic and the Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.All those things are what we have planned if
the levy passes.We have exciting things
to look forward to.If the levy doesn’t
pass and Jan. 1 rolls around and the transition agreements are not agreed to,
then we will have to start over.The new
Trumbull Transit Board is not going to roll over.We will have to start over and re-create from
scratch everything that we have already created.That will delay usin getting back up and delivering the
level service we currently are.Weneed the levy to
pass.We expect the new transit board by
the 25th to agree to everything that is involved in the transition
agreement so the flow of federal dollars will be uninterrupted.I am very hopeful and I think we are going to
do surprisingly well. I have yet to hear any real objections.The current money is not enough.It was when we thought 20,000 trips but not
we are looking at 80,000 trips.We are
demonstrating that there is a real demand for it.I want to thank Cortland
and would be remiss if I didn’t say thank you.The City of Cortlandhas been a strong
steadfast participant in the Niles Trumbull Transit System.On a every week
basis we take people from Cortland
to every township in TrumbullCounty.We take 30-40 from Mesopotamia
to every place in TrumbullCounty.It has been through the visionary and
selfless sacrifices of communities like Cortland
to allow this to grow like it has.I
want to thank you in advance foryour support because we need it.Most importantly you will talk it up because
it is needed and I thank you very much for your time.
is the cost of the levy going to be?
TOM HARWOOD -It is a .5 mil levy on
a home valued at $100,000 it is a little under $16.00 a yearso about $1.40 a month.
CLERK OF COUNCIL -Is this a
TOM HARWOOD -No, we have to prove
our way just like with the senior levy.If weweren’t
doing our job we didn’t deserve having the levy renewed and this is the same
way.You will never get Ralph Infante or
the rest of us not to earn our stripes and prove ourselves each time.
CLERK OF COUNCIL -How many
years for this levy?
TOM HARWOOD - I am sorry, five years.
I understand you to say if this levy passes the city contribution goes away.
TOM HARWOOD -Yes sir that is
MAYOR -We started
out at a $1.00 per person and now it is $0.50 per person.
– So it is 0.50 times 7,000.
COUNCILMAN PIROS -What are
the hours of the transportation?
TOM HARWOOD – Currently it is about
11 1-/2 hours a day, roughly from
to There are special routes and we have runs 24
hours a day to job sites like Lordstown.
MAYOR -Is this
going to eliminate the Elderly Affairs buses?
TOM HARWOOD – The plan that we have
proposed but the new Trumbull Transit Board can do as they choose.We have suggested and what community busing
has offered they will purchase from the county all the equipment and every
person who currently works for Elderly Affairs and Transportation has already
been offered a job. No one will lose their jobs and the equipment that the
county owns. Muni Busing has offered to purchase from the county so the county
has a realbenefit.
MAYOR -It doesn’t
seem efficient to run two separate busing.
TOM HARWOOD -No sir it is not.Last year the county spent $610,000 on
transportation for Elderly Affairs to run 13,300 trips.You can’t do that.Niles Trumbull Transit only got $635,000 and
that was for 64,000 trips and that is what we are trying to replace because the
county doesn’t have the money anymore so what we are doing is replacing that
money with the levy.We are trying to
lower the fares and make is as easy for people who want to use it as possible.
COUNCILMAN PIROS -How many
vehicles do you currently have in your fleet?
TOM HARWOOD -I couldn’t tell
you.I don’t know.I am a volunteer.For an example, community busing is
contracted to take every school child in TrumbullCounty to and from school
everyday.They are a very large company
and they run all the buses in HamiltonCounty near Cincinnati.The fact they are ours and home grown is a
MAYOR -Is the
$460,000 that is coming out of senior levy that will continue to go to
TOM HARWOOD -That is a good question
and I did not cover that.The proposal,
that is up to the commissioners, but the proposal we made to the commissioners
is that the $460,000 stays with the senior levy.We won’t need that.Having been the Chair of the Senior Services
Advisory Council, we are serve seniors in every segment of care and needs.What we have recommended is that the $460,000
be recycled into additional funds for services and centers especially
additional services for seniors who are in their homes and need personal care
service hygiene and the kinds of things that are currently provided through
contract Comfort Keepers.Home protective
services, we have a huge and growing demand through Tom Swift and what he has
done.Mobile meals as an example, we
figure that they could use an additional $75,000 in funds.There is no program funding where the amount
of money meets the needs.In every area
the amount of need far exceeds the money.The Senior Service Financial Counsel could use that $460,000 very
easily.Thank you so very much.
PRESIDENT STOCZ -Is there
anyone in the audience who would like to address council?
LAW DIRECTOR -Frank, I
would like to make note of something, I don’t usually ask for the floor.Several weeks ago a young lady passed away
who had been a volunteer on the Landmark Commission for the City of Cortland
and her name was Rebecca Smith.Becky
Smith volunteered as a member of the Landmark Commission and probably we worked
together on the committee for about 1-1/2 years before we proposed an ordinance
to pass legislation to have a Landmark Commission.It did not ultimately pass, but she was
killed at a very young age of 30 in a car accident about 3 weeks ago in ButlerPA.I just wanted to make a note of all the contributions she made to the
Landmark Commission while it was up and running in the City.She came to us a couple of years out of KentState and she did a lot of research
for us and kept the minutes from the meetings and she organized the
Commission.Dee Dee Petrosky, I know
would speak highly of her as well having served on the Commission.
PRESIDENT STOCZ -Thank you,
we appreciate that recognition.
A motion to adjourn
the meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman
Woofter.ROLL CALL -Piros, aye; Stocz, aye;
Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent.MOTION