The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Monday, November 7, 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.(Councilman Woofter arrived late for the meeting.)Also present were Mayor Moll, Law Director Wilson, Service Director Wittman, FinanceDirector, and Fire Chief Novakovich

 

A motion to approve council minutes from the Oct. 17, 2011 meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilwoman Sweeney.ROLL CALL -Woofter, absent; 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 $ 146,216.75 was made by Councilman Tackett and seconded by Councilman Piros.ROLL CALL -Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, absent; Linville, aye.MOTION PASSED

 

ORDINANCE 0-56-11 -an ordinance authorizing the Fire Chief to purchase one (1) Life Pak 15 Cardiac Monitor with accessories 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 PIROS -Chief, do you want to explain that this is similar to the ones we already purchased.

 

FIRE CHIEF -That is correct.†† The ones we previously purchased were 95% paid for by grant.The money we got for our old monitors that we sold and about $8,000, we will have all the our vehicles equipped.

 

MAYOR Ė So we got about $19,000 for the old monitors and it went towards this purchase.

 

ROLL CALL ON SUSPENSION OF RULES ON 0-56-11 -Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, absent; Linville, aye.ROLL CALL ON 0-56-11 -Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, absent.ORDINANCE PASSED IN EMERGENCY

 

ORDINANCE 0-57-11 -an ordinance authorizing an agreement for legal defense for indigents was read and moved for first reading by Councilman Linville and seconded by Councilman Tackett.

 

CHARLES PECK -Is there a maximum amount of money that can be expended under this ordinance?

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -It is a one year contract and it is set at $500.00.It will not exceed that.

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CHARLES PECK -Is this the same amount as this year?

 

FINANCE DIRECTOR -yes.

 

ROLL CALL ON 0-57-11 -Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, aye; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, aye.ORDINANCE PASSED FIRST READING

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MAYORíS REPORT

MAYOR -††I want to remind you all that election day is tomorrow.There is a levy on for the City and we need your support.That is pretty much the money for our general fund.There is no increase in taxes for this levy.Also we have the Charter Amendments on .If anyone has questions we have documents here that can answer your questions.They are pretty much straight forward.Hopefully everyone will vote for those.

I am very, very pleased with the progress on the website.It handles calendars, brochures, fliers and things like that very nicely.I have a policeman, John Westin and a fireman, Jeff Wagner who have volunteered to man the website for their departments.They are going to work on generating some history pages and things for their department sites.I encourage anyone who knows of any calendar events for non profits to let us know and they can be put on very easily.The brochures can be scanned and put on the internet.

 

COUNCILWOMAN PETROSKY -How do you want that information to come to you?Do you want them to call or e-mail you or?

 

MAYOR -Any of those will work.Rhonda is collecting the calendar information.She gets the sign requests for Speedway and as people call in she will ask them to send her a brochure.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -Mayor, is there a way we could put a form on line for non-profits and they could electronically submit a request.Something to think about.

 

MAYOR -It is a matter of just e-mailing the stuff to us.There is an e-mail contact there.

Donna Kaunike has been doing work for us and we have spent just about half the money that we allocated for the project.We are almost running out of things for her to do.We also saved about $500.00 on the project cost because we didnít buy one of the modules that they had suggested we needed.

We do have the CHIP request forms here at city hall.We wonít get the money until after the first of the year.There is $250,000 available and that will be enough to do 10 households for low to moderate income homeowners.The money can be used for all kinds of repairs, roofs, windows, wiring, plumbing, furnaces etc but they do have to qualify and they have to submit applications.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -It is the organization who determines who receives that grant money, not us right?

 

MAYOR -I believe it is the Federal Housing Govt. Agency that decides.The Neighborhood Development Services does the submission and handling of the applications but they donít make the determinations, the federal govt. agency does.

 

COUNCILAN WOOFTER -If they pick-up an application and fill it out they would send it to Ö

 

MAYOR -NDS in Ravenna.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -They would be informed after or before the first of the year?

 

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MAYOR -Probably after the first of the year.I am not real clear on the timing but I know themoney is not available until after the first of the year.There is county money available also for non-city residents and I am not sure how much is available there.That is all I have.

 

FINANCE DIRECTORíS REPORT

FINANCE DIRECTOR -I have nothing to report this evening unless there are any questions.

 

POLICE CHIEFíS REPORT

OFFICER ANDREWS -A few things to report.Halloween went off without a hitch.We had seven officers out and two of those were paid by state grants.Two of the others were reserve officers so four we did not foot the bill for.Secondly I talked to an individual last week about the problems in Willow Park and Councilman Woofter talked to the same person who talked to me also.There were younger kids back at the pavilion and our officers did make contact with them over the weekend and one arrest was made.We were able to use that to get no trespass warnings to keep them out of the park.Hopefully you can get the message to him and the message will trickle out and help manage the problem.It was unrelated to what we talked about but we were able to get an arrest.No drug activity was seen but there was something else going on.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Thank you.

 

FIRE CHIEFíS REPORT

FIRE CHIEF -Other than thanking you all for your support on the purchase of the cardiac monitor, I will gladly field any questions that you might have.If not, I have nothing else to report.

 

SERVICE DIRECTORíS REPORT

SERVICE DIRECTOR -I have nothing to report this evening but will entertain questions of Council.You will have my monthly report next meeting.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -Don, were you informed of any repairs on Beechwood, the back of Beechwood the part that is to be paved next year?

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -I did go out and look at it and I donít think there is anything that we can do in the meantime.

 

COUNCILMAN PIROS -I think there were a couple of shovels like some patching attempted.They looked fresher.

 

SERVICE DIRECTOR -There might have been some cold patching going on.

 

NO COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PRESIDENT STOCZ -Is there anyone in the audience who would like to address Council at this time?

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SUSAN MCCRIMMON -I am with Kent State and we are doing a program through Campbell Soup which is called Can-Hunger.We are doing food drives.Wal-Mart is going to do it for Second Harvest.I would like to do it for Cortland Food Bank.We found out there is a way we can still do it through Wal-Mart and let them get it for Second Harvest Food and we can do it here in Cortland and get the poundage for us.It is a fund raiser for us also.We do competitions nationwide.

 

MAYOR -Do you want to tell us what SIFE stands for?

 

SUSAN MCCRIMMON -Success In Free Enterprise.It is not just business people.It is graphic arts, marketing and science.We are doing community, local, state, nationwide and international.We are doing a book drive right now.We are collecting text books and we are sending them to Africa.

I wanted to see if you would like to back us and have the Cortland community behind us. I am going to attend a meeting of the Bazetta trustees and see if they will back us.We have Greenwoods of Cortland, Mark Thomas Ford and Cortland BP as drop-off sites and I thought maybe we could put a box here and we will be doing the pickups and taking to the food bank.I wanted to do it the week of the 4th thru the 10th of Dec.††† I would like to get the Mayor and everyone behind us.I know there are appox. 300 families in this area.I use the food bank myself because my husband is disabled and this is one of the ways I try to give back.When we have extra food I bag it up and take it to 15 families. This is a win/win situation.You guys get media coverage and it shows that the community cares.

 

MAYOR -I asked her if she would be willing to come and talk with council.I offered her the use of the website and publicity.Jim is the editor of the paper so he can probably help you out.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Yes the Cortland News and our next paper comes out on the 28th so we would need information sent to our editors very soon.I will see you afterwards.

 

SUSAN MCCRIMMON -I just started going to Kent in Sept. and I joined this group the second week.I wasnít sure what it was and they said you are project lead for the food drive.I said Ok.

 

COUNCILMAN WOOFTER -Are you from Cortland?

 

SUSAN MCCRIMMON -I am originally from Cortland and I lived in the City for 40 years and I live now in Bazetta Township.

 

MAYOR -This is good project because it is for all of Lakeview School District.

 

SUSAN MCCRIMMON -In the spring we are going to try and get the schools involved.Our art dept. is going to do sculptures and we are going to try and get the schools and have competitions with the different art depts..

 

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

 

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Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

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