The Council of the City of Cortland met in regular session on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Council President Stocz presiding. Members of Council present were, Dennis Linville, Kevin Piros, Terry Tackett and James Woofter. Absent were Councilmembers, Deidre Petrosky and Diana Sweeney. 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 Nov. 21, 2011 meeting was made by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter. ROLL CALL - Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye. MOTION PASSED
A motion to approve the schedule of bills to be paid totaling $ 198,529.12 was made by Councilman Tackett and seconded by Councilman Piros. ROLL CALL - Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye. MOTION PASSED
ORDINANCE 0-57-11 - an ordinance authorizing an agreement for legal defense for indigents was read and moved for third reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Piros. ROLL CALL - Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye. ORDINANCE PASSED THIRD READING
ORDINANCE 0-60-11 – an ordinance authorizing the City of Cortland to prepare and submit an application for the downtown waterline replacement – phase 1 to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program and to execute contracts required was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Woofter and seconded by Councilman Linville. ROLL CALL - Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent. ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING
ORDINANCE 0-61-11 - an ordinance authorizing the Law Director of the City of Cortland to proceed with the annexation of the water wellfield property owned by the City of Cortland and located in the township of Bazetta was read and moved for second reading by Councilman Piros and seconded by Councilman Woofter. ROLL CALL
Petrosky, absent; Piros, aye; Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye. ORDINANCE PASSED SECOND READING
MAYOR - There is a photo opt at BP on Thursday at 2 o’clock for the Cortland Area Food Drive. I am not sure if it is the kickoff for the drive which is from Dec. 5th thru the 10th. There is a collection box in our foyer.
I got an e-mail from the Soap Box Derby people and they were very pleased with our reception last year towards their organization and they would like to do it again this year. They are talking about a rally in April. The actual race will be around the first weekend in June. I told them I did not see any reason why they could not do that and directed them to talk to the Ag Center about access to the building. That is all I have.
FINANCE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
FINANCE DIRECTOR - The only thing I have this evening is a heads up that there will be an ordinance amending our appropriations one final time and a resolution moving money from contingencies to line items that need
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additional money. Hopefully that will be all for the year. We are going to make every effort to see that everything is accounted for at that time.
MAYOR – There is a long time between this last meeting and the end of the year so there is a potential that we might have to have a special meeting. It all depends on bills and money that comes in.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - What is it a week and a half?
CLERK OF COUNCIL - From the 19th until the 3rd of January.
POLICE CHIEF’S REPORT
OFFICER ANDREWS - I have nothing from the police department.
FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT
FIRE CHIEF - I have nothing from the Fire Department.
SERVICE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
SERVICE DIRECTOR - I have two things I would like to report on. Prior to this meeting we had the public involvement meeting for the High and Main intersection and bridge replacement project. It seemed to be well attended by everybody but the public. We had a lot of representatives from ODOT and the consultants and the engineer’s office and I think we outnumbered the people that actually came. They sent notices to the effected property owners that are going to have right-of-way taken and most of them showed up. If any of the businesses contact you and have questions about the project refer them to me and I will get them in touch with the proper people at the county engineer’s office.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - Don, will you have a set of those drawings here so if someone wants to look at them they could? In particular the one drawing that was down on this end and had an aerial with …
SERVICE DIRECTOR - I do not have those drawings. I have the preliminary design drawings.
MAYOR - I am sure if you contacted Randy’s office you could see them.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER – So that is probably what we should do, send them to Randy’s office.
SERVICE DIRECTOR - The other thing I need to report on is the press release that you have at your locations and it was also sent out on the e-news. We had an issue arrive last Friday with a minor water leak that is going to be a substantial undertaking to repair. It is going to require to take the new tank off line for a short period of time. We have a contingency plan in place while those repairs are undertaken. The result is there will be some fluctuations in pressure in the system while we do the repairs.
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COUNCILMAN WOOFTER – So that is tomorrow from 9 until 1. Where is this?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - In Willow Park.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - Back by the tank itself?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - Yes.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - Can you elaborate as to what happened?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - There was a waterline break within the tapping sleeve so the line filling the tank needs repaired and you can’t repair it without shutting off the water from the tank.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - So that is a new line, right? Or an old line that they just connected to?
SERVICE DIRECTOR – Correct.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - So it is probably old and the increased pressure from the new tank …
SERVICE DIRECTOR - We are not going to know until we actually get that piece of pipe out of the ground and see what happened.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - Do you know how old that line is? Had it been replaced before?
MAYOR - I am sure it has it was a 12 inch line so probably not that long ago.
COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - 10 or 15 or 20
MAYOR - Probably around 50.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - So that is coming from the wellfield into the new that fills the tank?
MAYOR - No, the other way around. The old line that used to come from the old tank out to Willow and split and went out to Wall, it is that line.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - Before the split?
MAYOR - Yes and we are going to put some more valves so we can isolate it a little better.
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COUNCILMAN WOOFTER - In order to keep the water going so everyone has water, you are shutting off the main water supply so where is it going to come from? Is it going to come from the old tank?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - No. The wells will be running. Normally when the wells run it meets demand of the system and it fills the tank. We are not going to have the luxury of having the tank on line that is why the statement was made we are going to flood Dornoch which we are going to go to the highest point in the city which is Dornoch and crack the fire hydrant. If we do not provide that pressure relief our lines will be breaking all over the city.
COUNCILMAN PIROS – Don, have you received any other comments but mine about the sign in front of the old movies? I think based upon other signs especially since it is so large. Most of the signs seem to be about 10 feet off the road, those that are ground mounted. That one is on top of the road and it seems out of place and I just don’t like it. I know there is nothing in the ordinances that prevented it but I just don’t like the way it looks.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - What sign are we talking about?
COUNCILMAN PIROS - The new sign in front of Movies and Famous Hair. The sign is on the edge of the sidewalk. I just want to make it known that I don’t like the way it looks.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - We don’t have any setback requirements on signs in a commercial district?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - There is an incentive for every foot you are set back you get a larger size sign. They were working off the existing electrical pole mounted sign. I did talk to the sign contractor and they are making some adjustments to where they are going to move it back from the sidewalk.
COUNCILMAN PIROS - When I talked to you last week it was actually 2 inches on the sidewalk at the time. They have moved it back so it is not technically on the sidewalk.
MAYOR - Didn’t they have a variance request on that sign which we authorized?
SERVICE DIRECTOR - Yes.
MAYOR - They it made 5 square feet bigger that it is supposed to be but they went in with the same framework. At the time we discussed it Zoning was very adamant about lets move the sign down and make it much lower and ground mount it if you can and they did. That is where it wound up. Isn’t that right Scott?
SCOTT ROWLEY - I thought they were going to be back a little further.
COUNCIMAN WOOFTER - I was just pleased to see it low.
SERVICE DIRECTOR – Right now it is black and white and once those panels are filled with the businesses, I am hoping that it will not be as bold. It was something new and different.
COUNCILMAN PIROS – All the other ones that have multiple tenants are at least 3 or 4 feet on the other side. In some of those cases there is more green between them, the edge of the road and the sidewalk which helps.
MAYOR - Sometimes you don’t realize just how close it is to the sidewalk.
COUNCILMAN PIROS - Until you get it set up.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - Are there more businesses going in there other than the two that are there now.
SERVICE DIRECTOR - I have not been officially approached.
COUNCILMAN LINVILLE - Who requested the sign change?
MAYOR - The owner of the building.
NO COMMITTEE REPORTS
PRESIDENT STOCZ - Is there 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 - Stocz, aye; Sweeney, absent; Tackett, aye; Woofter, aye; Linville, aye; Petrosky, absent;
Piros, aye; MOTION PASSED
Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
CLERK OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL