Presiding Officer, Mayor Nicholas Molnar called the January 24 regular meeting to order at 7:30pm.
Present: Council members Shane Barker, Kevin Bilkie, Jessica Brandt, Jan Tulley and Vini J. Ventura; Law Director Mark Guidetti and Council Clerk Josephine Arceci.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & INVOCATION City Chaplin Commander Tom O’Brien, Nordonia Hills American Legion #801
MINUTES MS. Tulley moved, Mr. Barker seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote approving the minutes of regular meeting of January 10, 2019.
~ John Cassmer, Macedonia resident and president of Longwood Manor Historical Society and Don Davis, also a resident of Macedonia and member of the Longwood Manor Historical Society reported on recent activities of the LMHS and anticipated activities and fundraisers for 2019 including a new incentive of a lifetime membership of $150. Membership is currently $25 per year for individuals and $35 for families.
Mayor Molnar informed Messer’s Cassmer and Davis that a $1,000 NOPEC lighting grant has been acquired to be applied to use at the Manor House.
Councilor Ventura commended Mr. Cassmer on the book he authored relative to Colonel Frew Long his Longwood Farm and the Manor House which Mr. Ventura then described as well done and a very interesting read.
INTRODUCTION, READINGS & ADOPTION OF LEGISLATION
ORD. NO. 123 – 2018: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 161.01 AND 161.05 OF THE
CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MACEDONIA RELATIVE TO COMPENSATORY
AND SICK LEAVE FOR CERTAIN EXEMPT EMPLOYEES was offered by Ms. Tulley and moved
Council waive the requirement that it be read by title on three different days, instructing the Clerk to read it by title only for its second and third reading by title only. Second by Mr. Barker carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Ms. Tulley moved, Mr. Barker seconded to amend ORD. NO. 123-2018 by deleting from Section 161.01 (a) the following: “Said exempt employees shall not be entitled to utilize or receive the cash benefit option set forth in Section 161.10 (1)(2) and (3).”
Roll call on Ms. Tulley’s motion to amend: Ayes: Barker, Brandt, Tulley and Ventura
Nays: Bilkie The motion passed.
At 7:50 p.m., Ms. Tulley moved, Mr. Barker seconded to adjourn into Executive Session pursuant to ORC 121.22 (G) (1) to consider the compensation of a public employee or official.
Roll call: Ayes: Barker, Bilkie, Brandt, Tulley and Ventura
Nays: Bilkie The motion passed
At 8:40 p.m., Council reconvened into its regular meeting and upon return Ms. Tulley moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to amend ORD. NO 123-2018, Section 161.01 (a) to read as follows: “…shall not be entitled to accumulate or utilize compensatory time as set forth in 161.14 beyond
forty (40) sixty (60) hours annually,…”
Ms. Tulley moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 123-2018 as amended and post according to law. ORD. NO. 123-2018 declared adopted as amended.
ORD. NO. 127 – 2018
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 1321 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY
OF MACEDONIA REGARDING THE FEE SCHEDULE FOR THE CITY OF MACEDONIA
BUILDING DEPARTMENT was offered by Mr. Barker for its third reading by title only. A second not required.
Mr. Barker moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 127-2018 and post according to law. ORD. NO. 127-2018 declared adopted.
ORD. NO. 1- 2019
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE FUND “280–SAFETY SERVICES FUND” was offered by
Mr. Barker and moved Council waive the requirement that it be read by title on three different days, instructing the Clerk to read it by title only for second and third readings. Second by Mr. Bilkie carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Mr. Barker moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 1-2019 and post according to law. ORD. NO. 1-2019 declared adopted.
Regarding ORD. NO. 1-2019, Mayor Molnar explained the purpose is designating a fund for the revenue generated by the recent income tax increase earmarked specifically for safety, the departments of fire, police and service. The designated fund provides for better accounting of the revenue.
ORD. NO. 4- 2019
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 114-2018 RELATIVE TO CURRENT EXPENSE
AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE CITY OF MACEDONIA FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY
1, 2019 TO DECEMBER 31, 2019 was offered by Mr. Bilkie and moved Council waive the requirement that it be read by title on three different days, instructing the Clerk to read it by title only for all three readings. Second by Ms. Brandt carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Mr. Bilkie moved, Ms. Brandt seconded and motion carried unanimously on voice vote to amend ORD. NO. 4-2019, Section 1 by adding the following:
FROM TO FUND AMOUNT
Levy/Bond Proceeds Safety Services Fund (280) $1,450.000.00
Mr. Bilkie moved, Ms. Brandt seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 4-2019 as amended and post according to law. ORD. NO. 4-2019 declared adopted as amended
Relative to ORD. NO. 4-2019, Mayor Molnar explained these dollars earmarked for the aerial ladder truck and the exhaust system in the fire bays were acquired through a Note approved through councilmatic action.
ORD. NO. 5- 2019
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE CITY OF MACEDONIA CREDIT CARE POLICY
PURSUANT TO STATE LAW (HB 312) was offered by Mr. Ventura and moved Council waive the
requirement that it be read by title on three different days, instructing the Clerk to read it by title only for all three readings. Second by Ms. Tulley carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Mr. Ventura moved, Ms. Tulley seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 5-2019 and post according to law. ORD. NO. 5-2019 declared adopted.
RES. NO. 6 -2019
A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF KEVIN HUNTER THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION) was offered by Ms. Brandt and moved Council waive
the requirement that it be read by title on three different days, instructing the Clerk to read it by title only for all three readings. Second by Mr. Ventura carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Ms. Brandt moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt RES. NO. 6-2019 and post according to law. RES. NO. 6-2019 declared adopted
MOTIONS / OTHER LEGISLATIVE ACTION None.
~An unidentified Macedonia resident left a voice giving ‘kudos” to the service department, expressing her appreciation for the quality of the condition of Macedonia’s roads during last week-end’s snow event compared to the condition and drivability of the roads in the neighboring communities.
~Letter of appreciation from Northfield Center resident Dolores Jacobs, 164 Marwick Place Lane to Chief Black for what Ms. Jacobs described as the exceptional professional care and compassion she received from Paramedics Jeff Tylicki, Matt Snowden and Joe Natali during an emergency event she experienced on November 17, 2018.
~Letter of appreciation from Jeff and Mo Flanick, 1028 Dresser Lane to Captain Ripley regarding the concern, support and personal encouragement Captain Ripley has shown the Flanick’s following the fire that devastated their home and belongings.
~~ Mayor Molnar commended Service Director Hnottavange and his crew for effectively handling last weekend’s continuous snow event which produced 12” of snowfall. Two crews worked 12 hour shifts ensuring there was no lull in service. Some residents complained their streets were never cleaned. GPS on every truck however indicates otherwise because it provides when, where and the length of time each snow plow has been in any given moment. The Mayor advised residents the first priority in clearing roadways is always the mains, hills and bends with the secondary roads following thereafter.
~~The Mayor mentioned some residents have complained that salt was not applied. The Mayor explained salt is not applied when temperatures drop below 15 degrees. For salt to be effective it has to be activated by higher temperatures, the sun, traction and heat created by vehicles. Macedonia is fortunate to have a good stock pile of salt. But even at $55 per ton it is wasteful to spread salt when weather conditions render the salt ineffective. Macedonia was lucky to have paid only $55. Some communities paid almost double, $105 per ton.
~~ The Mayor hosted a Mayor’s Association meeting on January 17th at which time many ideas were discussed particularly with regards to how to save tax payers dollars. Sharing services is always a big topic but this meeting one suggested by one of the mayor is enticing. The mayor suggested salt for all the communities be delivered by rail to his community, and then each community would retrieve their respective loads from the rail yard in his community. The big saving to each respective community is the cost of delivery.
~~The Mayor reminded residents the City is not responsible for repairing mailboxes damaged by the weight of snow thrown from plow blades, however if the mailbox is damaged by a direct hit from the plow blade or the truck the City will make the necessary repairs.
~~ The Mayor reported the village of Peninsula suffered a major catastrophe today when its service building housing equipment and trucks burnt to the ground. Macedonia has lent one of its plow trucks to the village.
~~ The Mayor reported due to Captain Ripley being proactive the City was able to save an additional $20,000 towards to purchase of the aerial ladder fire truck. The savings was realized by paying the vendor early by using money from the Note previously approved through councilmatic action. The Mayor expressed his appreciation to Capt. Ripley for seeing an opportunity to save money.
Parks & Recreation Commission Ms. Brandt announced the next P&RC meeting is Wednesday, February 6th at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center.
Finance Committee Mr.Bilkie announced the finance meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 31 has been cancelled.
Service Department Director Hnottavange reported that service crew operated 53-hours through last week-end’s snow event. The director commended the crew on their performance. Eight trucks, compared to six were used during the event. Each of the 8 trucks averaged 91 lanes miles. Salt was temporarily suspended because of non conducive weather conditions. Thus only 400 tons, a very low usage was spread. The director mentioned 20 mailboxes were damaged during the event. Road material was ordered for crews to tackle the potholes on Valley View Road. The condition of Valley View has been exasperated by steel carbide snowblades which benefit the City because they can be used for 2-3 years of continues use compared to blades previously used that require sharpening two or three times a year.
Engineer Mr. Gigliotti reported Summit County is currently developing plans to replace sewers in certain areas near Indian Creek. Replacement is expected sometime late in 2019. There is no action or financial commitment required of Macedonia. The sewers run along Indian Creek in the rear yards of properties west of Crow Drive, south of Lawton. The County will be replacing some sewers, straightening others and will be eliminating two that cross at Indian Creek. The County will be acquiring easements necessary to work on private properties affected by the project.
Recreation Department Ms. Manley reported renovation work continues relative to the new locker rooms, i.e., tiling, grouting and the installation of toilets, urinals and stall doors. Ms. Manley reminded the public there are few more days left in January to take advantage of the membership promotion.
Fire Department Chief Black asked residents to be mindful of the fire hydrants during heavy snow accumulation, that is, avoid piling snow near or by the hydrants. Clearing the hydrants of snow to make them accessible is the preferred option. Also keeping house numbers visible is equally as important.
Police Department Chief Golden had no report.
Law Department Mr. Guidetti had no report.
Unfinished business None.
Councilor Ventura asked Chief Golden is Officer Hetrick has returned to work to which Chief Golden responded that he has not.
There being no further business before council, the meeting was adjourned unanimously on voice vote at 9:10 p.m.