Council Meeting Minutes May 20, 2021

Meeting Minutes May 20, 2021

Mayor Greg DiDonato called the online meeting to order at 6:15 pm.  Council members present in council chambers were Kene Edwards, Helen Borland, Mike Clark, Tracie Bolitho and Jim Dickey.  Vikki O’Hara joined the online meeting.  Solicitor Patrick Williams joined online and Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman was in attendance in council chambers.

Motion (1) to approve the meeting minutes of April 15, 2021 was made by Jim Dickey, 2nd by Tracie Bolitho. 

DEPARTMENTS:

STREET:  Supervisor Doug White was in attendance.  The Clean Up Days resulted in junk being picked up at over 100 residences and they collected over 8 tons of junk in the 2-day period.

The department has been busy making safety repairs in the park, the platform at the PHAC concession stand was removed by Dennison Bridge, Co. and they have been preparing for the Memorial Day service at the Depot.  The service is Monday, May 31, 2021 at 9 am.

POLICE:  Chief Todd Beeman was in attendance online. He requested that Mark Sadolsky be hired as an Auxiliary police officer pending the passing of his exams. 

The department has been busy issuing Property Improvement Notices and they are still selling gun raffle tickets.

Motion (2) to approve the April Department reports for Police, Fire, Ambulance, Zoning and the Twin City Water and Sewer Board was made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Mike Clark.  Motion carried.

FISCAL:   Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman was in attendance.  She presented bills in the amount of $114,355.25 to be paid with funds already available.  Motion (3) to pay the bills was made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

The bank statement for April has been completed with nothing outstanding and no adjustments.

The RITA collections are $389,537 which is 5.77% above budget.

Presented Resolution #2786 “A RESOLUTION DELARING THE NECESSITY TO LEVEY A TAX IN EXCESS OF THE TEN-MILL LIMITATION” Motion (4) to approve the resolution made by Kene Edwards, 2nd by Helen Borland.  Motion carried.

Kathy Norman also notified council that she had received a request from Denny Pozzi saying that the tornado siren was not able to be heard on the North end of town.

MAYOR REPORT:

Mayor Greg DiDonato reported that the total received in donations for the Fire Department Garage is at $234,068.22.  Construction of the garage is well underway with the walls being insulated inside.

Reviewed quotes for Fire Extinguisher maintenance in the Village owned buildings and would like to accept the bid from Automatic Fire Protection Systems, Inc. Motion (5) to approve the bid and sign the agreement made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Kene Edwards.  Motion carried.

The Community Development Block grant for the sidewalk project planned on McCrea Ave. has had an increase in funding.  For the same $14,900 local share, the village may receive extra funding dollars to extend the sidewalk project to include additional sidewalks on McCrea, McCook and Gardner Ave.  Trees encroaching on the sidewalks will also be removed.  The project would be scheduled in 2022.  Motion (6) to approve Quicksall Engineering to resubmit new drawings to include the extra sidewalks at a cost of $2,000 made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.

The street paving bids for North-end and Thornwood Alleys and Streets would be advertised June 23 and 30 if the project is approved.  The bids would be opened on July 14 at 10 am here at Village Hall in council chambers. If the project comes in at a lower bid, 2 addendums will possibly be added, the Thornwood Park parking lot and the 500 block of Depot alley.

A resident is accepting donations to provide Lights for Bikes for bike safety for the kids.  She needs a way to accept those donations, the Village will accept them through the PanHandle Passage fund to assist in the effort.

The Zoning Board met to discuss the rezoning of land from Business to Residential for the housing development planned for the Lakeside Heights Development.  17.5 acres will be rezoned.  Motion (7) to accept the decision of the Zoning Board to rezone the acreage made by Mike Clark, 2nd by Vikki O’Hara.  Motion carried. 

Mayor DiDonato said he met with the owners of the development and the water company and agreed to purchase 4 fire hydrants at an estimated cost of $15,000.  The water company would fuse the pipe and they would be installed by the developer.

Mayor DiDonato presented 2 properties for sale, 509 N. 3rd Street to Bert and Debbie Maxwell for $1,000.  It is an unbuildable lot.  And the property owned by the Village at the end of Center Street to Larry Nardi, Dennison Bridge, Co. for $2,500. It is a buildable lot.  Motion (8) to approve the property sales made by Jim Dickey, 2nd by Kene Edwards.  Motion carried.  All expenses related to transferring the properties is the buyer’s responsibility and at their cost.

Two requests have been received to close the streets.  St. Mary’s Festival to close Sherman St. from N. 1st to N.2nd from July 20, 2021 to July 27, 2021; Motion (9) to approve made by Helen Borland, 2nd by Kene Edwards.  Motion carried.   Coaches Crawl to close the 300 block of Center St. on Wednesday June 16th from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm for the race.  Motion (10) to approve made by Mike Clark, 2nd by Kene Edwards.  Motion carried.

The policy for the use of the 3rd floor auditorium, now named the “Railroad Room” and the agreement were presented to council.  A grant has been applied for that would pay the $12,000 cost for re-varnishing all the maple flooring.  Motion (11) to adopt the policy and agreement for the Railroad Room use made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey.  Motion carried.  The room has some additional things to be completed before use of the room is allowed.

Motion (12) to approve the request of Chief Todd Beeman to hire Mark Sadolsky as an Auxiliary police officer when he passes his required exams made by Vikki O’Hara, 2nd by Helen Borland.  Motion carried.

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance ##2787, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF DENNISON REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR ANY DUMPSTER PLACED WITHIN THE VILLAGE” had its first reading.

FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Mike Clark, chairman of the Finance Committee, presented the following recommendations to council.

  1. McCluskey Basketball courts – crack fill asphalt and striping for both courts by Carroll Asphalt for $4,680. Motion (13) made by Kene Edwards, 2nd by Helen Borland. Motion carried.
  2. Backhoe seat – remove and repair air ride seat in backhoe by Southeastern Equipment for $1,624.64. Motion (14) made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Mike Clark. Motion carried.
  3. Repair of back parking lot – clean, seal, crack fill and restripe lot by Classical Construction for $14,432.50. Motion (15) made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Jim Dickey. Motion carried.
  4. Crack fill city streets – Crack fill listed city streets for up to $20,500 by TuscCoat LLC. Motion (16) made by Tracie Bolitho, 2nd by Helen Borland. Motion carried.
  5. Allow Chief Todd Beeman to take $800 for purchase of food products for the concession stand at Dennison Railroad Festival. Mike Clark said the amount was being taken out of the police donation account and no approval was required.

COMMITTEE REPORT:

Vikki O’Hara said the Economic Development Committee met on May 13.  They will be setting up a business district committee in the near future.

Mayor DiDonato said that he would be participating in Walk with the Mayor that is being set up by Mission Nutrition.

Kene Edwards asked if they had plans to use the brush hog behind the track.  Mayor DiDonato said yes but the brush hog hadn’t been delivered yet.

Mike Clark reported that the Dennison Depot Museum purchased the Masonic Lodge building.

GUESTS:

Mayor DiDonato read the following statement:

The Village of Dennison council and myself as Mayor make the following statement about feral cats.  No other discussion will be held about it this evening.

A complaint was registered with our police department about feral cats doing damage to a resident’s property.  He was told it was a civil matter and the resident said he was willing to file a civil suit.  He was told that he should take photos of the damage and problems he was having.

Ms. Moreland was never approached by myself or an officer from the police department about this matter.  Ms. Moreland came to my office voluntarily to discuss the issues and also called Chief of Police Beeman.  At no time did anyone state that the city was interested in trapping and killing feral cats.  I never said to anyone that photos of Ms. Moreland feeding cats should be taken. But to be clear, photos taken of anything in public view is not illegal.

Myself and Chief of Police, Todd Beeman have been reviewing ordinances from other Ohio towns about how they handle feral cats.  It is the city’s desire to remedy the issues of both TNR caregivers and property owners. Notes from those ordinances will be forwarded to the HR, Rules and Insurance Committee for their review and to make a determination of how they wish to move forward with the feral cat issues in Dennison. When they have decided, an ordinance will be presented to council for consideration.

He then asked, “Are there any other guests online with comments to make about anything not associated to animals and feral cats?”

There was no response and then a woman, identifying herself as Michela Huth, said she wanted to talk about, “C.A.T.S” and Mayor DiDonato told her that as his statement said, no discussion about cats would be held at this meeting. He informed her that when the issue is addressed in committee it is an open meeting and everyone would be able to attend and give comments.  Then when the ordinance comes to council, it would have 3 readings before it is voted on so there will be ample time for thoughtful and intelligent conversation on the subject of feral cats.  Ms. Huth continued to disrupt the meeting by continuing to insist on speaking about cats. Mayor DiDonato adjourned the meeting.  The online meeting was then muted and ended for all online participants and the in-person attendees disbursed without further discussion.

Meeting Adjourned.

 

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Mayor Greg DiDonato                               Admin. Asst. Tammie Taggart

COUNCIL VOTES:

 5-20-21

RC

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Helen Borland

P

Y

Y1

Y

Y2

Y1

Y

Y

Y

Tracie Bolitho

P

Y2

Y

Y1

Y

A

Y1

Y

Y

Mike Clark

P

Y

Y2

Y

Y

Y

A

Y1

Y

Jim Dickey

P

Y1

Y

Y2

Y

Y

Y2

Y

Y1

Kene Edwards

P

Y

Y

Y

Y1

Y2

Y

Y

Y2

Vikki O’Hara

P

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y2

Y

 

 

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

Helen Borland

Y1

Y

Y

Y2

Y2

Y

Y

Y2

Tracie Bolitho

Y

Y1

Y1

Y

Y

Y1

Y1

Y1

Mike Clark

Y2

Y1

Y

Y

Y

Y2

Y

Y

Jim Dickey

Y

Y

Y2

Y

Y

Y

Y2

Y

Kene Edwards

Y

Y2

Y

Y1

Y

Y

Y

Y

Vikki O’Hara

Y

Y

Y

Y1

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

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