Minutes 2/28/19

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Presiding Officer, Mayor Nicholas Molnar called the February 28 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 Chaplain Commander Tom O’Brien of Nordonia Hills American Legion #801.

MINUTES MS. Tulley moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote approving the minutes of regular meeting of February 14, 2019.

FINANCIAL REPORT Mr. Bilkie moved, Ms. Brandt seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote acknowledging receipt of Financial Report dated January 31, 2019.

PUBLIC COMMENTS None.

INTRODUCTION, READINGS & ADOPTION OF LEGISLATION

ORD. NO. 9 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF JOHN M. VERES AS THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FOR THE CITY OF MACEDONIA 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 by title only. Second by Ms. Tulley carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Mr.. Bilkie moved, Ms. Tulley seconded to adopt ORD. NO. 9-2019 and post same according to law. 

Roll call: Ayes: Barker, Bilkie, Brandt, Tulley and Ventura Nays; None.

The motion carried. ORD. NO. 9-2019 declared adopted

Relative to ORD. NO. 9-2019, Mayor Molnar stated he interviewed four applicants for position. Although there were numerous applications the Mayor focused he said on only those applicants with municipal experience. Mr. Veres’ credentials and his municipal experience Mayor Molnar opined were paramount and factored into his decision to appoint Mr. Veres as Macedonia newest finance director.

Mr. Veres who was present said he is looking forward to working in Macedonia. Mr. Veres introduced his parents, John and Joan who were with him. His wife Mr. Veres explained is not present because she is home packing for a girl’s get-away week-end. Adding humorously, he said. “She is already confident in my abilities.”

ORD. NO. 10 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF CHRISTIAN

COSTELLO TO THE POSITION OF POLICE SERGEANT 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 all three readings by title only. Second by Mr. Bilkie carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Ms. Tulley moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 10-2019, and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 10-2019 declared adopted.

ORD. NO. 11-2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF JIM FERRIS TO THE POSITION OF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER 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 all three readings by title only. 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. 11-2019, and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 11-2019 declared adopted.

ORD. NO. 12 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF TYLER HILL TO THE POSITION OF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER 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 by title only. Second by Ms. Tulley carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Ms. Brandt moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 12-2019, and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 12-2019 declared adopted.

ORD. NO. 13 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF BEN KREMER TO THE POSITION OF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER 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 by title only. 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. 13-2019 and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 13-2019 declared adopted.

ORD. NO. 14 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF JASON

PITRE TO THE POSITION OF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER 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 by title only. Second by Ms. Brandt carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Mr. Bilkie moved, Mr. Ventura seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 14-2019 and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 14-2019 declared adopted.

ORD. NO. 15 -2019

AN ORDINANCE CONFIRMING THE FINAL APPOINTMENT BY THE MAYOR OF MICHAEL

ZWEGAT TO THE POSITION OF PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER 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 all three readings by title only. Second by Ms. Brandt carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Mr. Barker moved, Ms. Brandt seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 15-2019, and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 15-2019 declared adopted.

Relative to ORD. NOS. 10-15-2019, Mayor Molnar explained these are the last of the final appointments under the provision of the previous Charter to require council confirmation.

ORD. NO. 16-2019

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH CLEAN AIR CONCEPTS FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF THREE (3) FIRE STATION DIESEL EXHAUST VENTILATION SYSTEMS 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 by title only. Second by Mr. Bilkie carried unanimously on a voice vote.

Ms. Brandt moved, Mr. Bilkie seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to adopt ORD. NO. 16-2019 and post same according to law. ORD. NO. 16-2019 declared adopted.

Relative to ORD.NO.16-2019, Captain Ripley and acting fire chief explained the systems were made possible through a 90/10 FEMA issued Firefighters Assistance Grant which Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Aberth successfully wrote. The 10% financial commitment on the part of Macedonia will be shared equally between the three fire stations. The townships of Sagamore Hills (Station 2) and Northfield Center (Station 3) will pay two-thirds of the 10% cost share estimated to be about $14,000. The systems remove harmful carcinogenic diesel exhaust fumes which are known to linger in stations, on equipment, on clothing and on turnout gear.

ADDITION TO AGENDA

Mr. Ventura moved, Mr. Bilkie seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to add to the agenda RES. NO. 17- 2019: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY ENGINEER TO PREPARE PLANS, BIDS AND SPECIFICATIONS AND FURTHER AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS FOR VARIOUS ROADWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE

2019 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Mr. Ventura moved, Ms. Brandt seconded and motion carried unanimously on a voice vote to waive the 48-Hour Rule relative to RES. NO. 17- 2019.

Mr. Ventura offered RES. NO. 17- 2019 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 by title only. 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 RES. NO. 17-2019 and post same according to law. RES. NO. 17-2019 declared adopted.

Relative to RES. NO. 17-2019, Mayor Molnar stated the Streets & Highway Committee met with Engineer Gigliotti in order to peruse the road list and determine based on cost and the engineer’s recommendation which streets will be repaired this year.

MOTIONS / OTHER LEGISLATIVE ACTION: None.

CORRESPONDENCE: None.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

~Mayor announced that he has made Captain Ripley acting fire chief due to the retirement of Chief Black. The captain will act this capacity until such time as the promotional exam for position of fire chief by the Civil Service Commission is concluded.

~Mayor announced a house fire occurred on Crow Drive this week. The incident was reported by a passerby who called 911 after seeing smoke bellowing from the roof of the home. The residents who were home at the time were unaware of the fire. Mayor Molnar commended the passerby and police and fire who responded quickly.

~Mayor announced that the retention basin at Our Lady of Guadalupe is finally becoming a reality after the better part of a decade of dialogue and promises. The first phase of the project due to commence soon is felling trees before March 15 to clear the area for the basin. Residents affected by tree removal were advised by letter of the eminent activity in the neighborhood. Macedonia is bearing no cost relative to this project. NEORSD is taking full financial responsibility for it entirely. The Mayor thanked the city engineer for the plan development and OLG officials for their cooperation.

Council President Tulley suggested a public meeting be held to advise residents of each stage of the project.

Law Director Guidetti interjected explaining that there will be legislation forthcoming relative to other phases of the project lending opportunity for public interaction.

~Mayor announced several new restaurants are coming to Macedonia for which while the Mayor is very pleased he is not at liberty to discuss openly at this time. The Mayor announced other new businesses in Macedonia: Cleveland Clinic Urgent Care facility in Macedonia Commons; a soon to be Spectrum store also in Macedonia Commons, Culver’s Restaurant, KFC; Northeast Factory Direct; Kairo Child Center; European Wax Center and Achieve Nutrition.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Streets & Highway Committee Councilor Ventura reiterated the committee met with Engineer Gigliotti on February 12th and reviewed the proposed 2019 road improvement program relative to cost.

Parks & Recreation Commission Councilor Brandt announced the next P&RC meeting is Wednesday, March 6th at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

Finance Committee of the Whole Councilor Bilkie announced insofar as Finance Director Veres was just appointed, a finance meeting to discuss capital expenditures will not be scheduled until Mr. Veres gets acclimated.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Service Department Director Hnottavange reported the tile and plumbing fixtures installed in the new locker room for women has been completed. Shower doors will be installed soon and once the layout of sprinkler system has been completed ceiling and light fixtures will be installed. Tile for the floor, walls, showers and bathrooms is currently being installed in the men’s locker room. The renovation project is taking longer than expected because it is being done in-house. The fact that it is an in-house project also means it has been a cost saver. Explaining further, the director said the women’s locker room is an all new space. Regarding the men’s locker room one-half the space was preexisting and one-half of it is new. When completed the entire space of the men’s locker room will be new. The former women’s locker room will be the family locker room. Mr. Hnottavange reported that trenching for the lighting of field B is slated to begin March 5. Foundation work for the light poles will then follow. Laser grading for proper drainage relative to the three remaining baseball fields is on schedule for completion prior to the beginning of the ball season.

Building Commissioner

Engineer Mr. Gigliotti thanked Council approving Resolution No. 17-2019).

Recreation Department Director Manley announced that the American Red Cross will be at the Recreation Center for a blood drive March 5th from 1-7 p.m. Parents Night Out is scheduled for Friday, March 8th from 5-8:30 p.m., for children 6-12 years. The evening includes swimming, pizza, legos and other fun activities. A babysitter’s course is being held Sunday, March 17 for participants 11-15 years of age. Ms. Manley mentioned everything that has been mentioned this evening plus much more is listed on Recreation Center’s website, www.macrec.com. Regarding naming rights, Ms. Manley mentioned that so far there are three interested parties. Regarding online registration, the kinks many registrants have experienced are being resolved.

Finance Department

Fire Department Acting Fire Chief Ripley had to leave due to a house fire.

Police Department Chief Golden had no report.

Law Department Law Director Guidetti had no report.

Unfinished business None

New business Councilor Bilkie congratulated Captain Ripley on assuming the role of acting fire chief and Mr. Veres for his appointment as Macedonia’s new director of finance. Mr. Bilkie also expressed thanks and sent well-wishes to former Finance Director Rhonda Hall for her three-year service to Macedonia.

Regarding another topic Council President Tulley congratulated Firefighter/Paramedic Karen Crist who retires March 3, 2019 after 29-years of service. A luncheon was held for Ms. Crist today. Ms. Crist Ms. Tulley added has a history of hours of volunteering her time not only in Macedonia but in less fortunate places in the world.

Regarding another subject Councilor Brandt announced if they have any questions about the upcoming school levy their questions can be answered on the following dates, times and locations: Tuesday, March 26th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.- Macedonia Recreation Center; Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. – Nordonia Hills

February 28, 2019

Library; Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., BOE Open Forum- Macedonia Community Center; Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.- Macedonia Recreation Center and Tuesday, April 23,10:30 a.m.- Nordonia Hills Library. The levy is on the Tuesday, May 7, last date to register to vote is April 8th.

Regarding another matter, Mayor Molnar apologized for not recognizing the following staff during the last council meeting: Administrative Executive Assistant Diana Augustine, HR Director Annette Smith and IT Director Patrick Wasik.

There being no further business before council, the meeting was adjourned unanimously on voice vote at 8:05 p.m.

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