Council Meeting Minutes April 15, 2021

Mayor Greg DiDonato called the online meeting to order at 6:15 pm.  All council members were in attendance except Kene Edwards.  Solicitor Patrick Williams and Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman were also in attendance.

Motion (1) to approve the meeting minutes for March 18, 2021 was made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

DEPARTMENTS:

POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Chief Todd Beeman announced that the new cruiser is expected to be delivered next week. 

They have been busy patrolling around the parks as they have been having issues with damage and vandalism in the area.  Additional cameras have been installed in the area. The vandalism has included throwing trash cans into the Stillwater creek, writing on park structures, climbing up in the rafters of the park pavilions, vehicles driving into the field and loud vulgar language in the presence of young children.

The department has been busy issuing property improvement notices.  The Police and Fire Departments will be holding a joint fund raiser with a Gun Raffle.  The raffle will be drawn over the days of the Railroad Festival, June 2nd to June 5th.  Tickets can be purchased from any Dennison Policeman or Fireman.  1000 tickets will be sold with the proceeds being split between the fire and police department.  Tickets are $10 each.

FIRE DEPARTMENT:  Fire Chief Dave McConnell said the construction on the fire department garage is going well.  They have been busy with fire and EMS calls. 

ZONING DEPARTMENT:  Dan Shaver announced that 2 new houses will be built by Habitat for Humanity, one on Center St. and the other on Grant St.

The Zoning Committee will hold a hearing on April 27th about the rezoning of the land for the housing development.

712 & 714 Grant street will be submitted for foreclosure under the land reutilization program.  Together the properties would add a buildable lot to the village.

Dan Shaver will provide Vikki O’Hara with a landlord list.  Determining a ceiling on the number of rentals in the village is not permitted, the Village rentals are equal to 40% of the populous of the village, not 40% of the housing.

A discussion was held about the dismissal of property improvement notices at the Tuscarawas Southern District court.

Motion (2) to approve the monthly reports of the Police, Fire, Ambulance and Zoning made by Jim Dickey, 2nd by Vikki O’Hara.  Motion carried.

FISCAL DEPARTMENT:  Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman presented bills in the amount of $94,513.54 to be paid out of funds available.  Motion (3) to pay the bills made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

RITA collections are on budget at $282,992.65. 

The bank statement for March 2021 was balanced with no receipts outstanding and no adjustments.

Mike Clark had asked for a list of outstanding loans; a list was provided to all council members.

Kathy Norman announced the Twin City Chamber of Commerce program of purchasing a fob for $5 to receive discounts at local businesses.  It would include monthly specials and discounts for 2021.  Specials would be announced on the Chamber’s Facebook page each month.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Mayor DiDonato reported that the donations for the Fire Garage is at $228,905 with $11,000 committed but not yet collected. 

Park safety improvements are continuing with the removal of the old playground equipment, fencing around the bleachers, removal of the old diesel tank and the moving of the swings.

Peter’s Field was found to be in total disrepair.  It had not been weatherized 2 years ago and the bathroom fixtures have broken, the water pipes were broken and the sewer cleanout was also broken.  The hot water tank will need to be checked.  Repairs are underway so the Jr. Miss Softball Team can begin their season there on May 1st.

Traffic signs for the truck route have been ordered.

Requested permission to purchase red flashing lights for the stop signs at a cost of $699.00 for 11 lights.  Motion (4) to approve the purchase of red flashing lights made by Vikki O’Hara, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

Motion (5) to approve the mayor to sign the final agreement with Ohio Power for the trail repairs made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Vikki O’Hara.

The Railroad Festival Committee is requesting permission to close the streets for the festival from May 30 – June 6, 2021.  Motion (6) to close the streets made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried. 

The Village will reimburse the Railroad Festival for security at a cost of $1,000.

Devin Brown will be rehired as a part-time firefighter.  Motion (7) to rehire Devin Brown made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

Permission to hire Ray Cottrell as a seasonal part-time street department employee at $10.85 per hour effective April 20, 2021.  Motion (8) to hire Ray Cottrell made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

Solicitor Patrick Williams was asked to look into the rules for Sunshine Law training.

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:

Motion (9) to approve Resolution #2784, AN AGREEMENT FOR INDIGENT SERVICES IN TUSCARAWAS COUNTY COURT, PUBLIC DEFENDER was made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Helen Borland.  Motion carried.

Ordinance #2785, AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE 2021, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  Motion (10) to suspend the rules made by Mike Clark, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.  Motion (11) to adopt Ordinance #2785 made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Helen Borland.  Motion carried.

COMMITTEE/COUNCIL MEMBER REPORTS:

Mike Clark, Chairman of the Finance Committee made the following recommendations:

  1. Permit Dan Shaver to spend $6750 to demolish the house at 509 N. 3rd St. Motion (12) to approve made by Mike Clark, 2nd by Jim Dickey. Motion carried.
  2. Increase part-time firefighter hours from 96 hours to 109 hours per pay period effective Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Motion (13) to approve made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.
  3. Hire Bridges Excavating to repair storm sewers in the alley ways before paving at a cost of $23,655. Motion (14) to approve made by Vikki O’Hara, 2nd by Jim Dickey. Motion carried.
  4. Purchase a brush hog for the street department at a cost of $1,450. Motion (15) to approve made by Jim Dickey, 2nd by Mike Clark. Motion carried. 
  5. Annual maintenance check and stabilizer repair on Backhoe $5,785.35 Motion (16) to approve made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Helen Borland. Motion carried.
  6. The Fire Department was awarded $5,000 toward the purchase of rescue jacks. The total cost of the jacks is $5,760. Approved the Fire Department to take the remaining $760 out of the Fire Department donation funds.  Motion (17) to approve the purchase of the rescue jacks made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Vikki O’Hara.  Motion carried.
  7. Approved the addition of a Business listing page for the website at a cost of $150.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Vikki O’Hara is planning to set a meeting with local business leaders.

Helen Borland said Go Shred would be at the Panhandle Passage Park on Saturday from 10am – 12 pm.  She gave the Cemetery Board report.

Jim Dickey reported repairs needed at Thornwood Park

Mike Clark said he saw an ad for the sale of the lots that said that horses were permitted on the properties for the new housing development.  Dan Shaver confirmed that is true because the code reads that you can have horses/cows if you have more than 2 acres as long as they are a certain distance from the property line.

Meeting Adjourned.

 

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Mayor Greg DiDonato                               Admin. Asst. Tammie Taggart

COUNCIL VOTES:

4/15/21

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Helen Borland

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Y

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Tracie Bolitho

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Mike Clark

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Jim Dickey

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Kene Edwards

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Vikki O’Hara

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