Mayor Robert Benson called the 2nd Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, January 19, 2015. Mayor Benson began the meeting with a prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members answering roll call were Derek Netzly, Daniel Rouse, Don Berkey, Matt Feucht, Ray Gallaher and Gary Wilson. Also attending the meeting were Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson, Village Administrator Jeff Seward, Fire Chief Shane Stantz, Chris George, Tom Austin, Patsy Benson, Cassie Benson, Chris Roberts, David Bacon, Claudia Anderson and The Independent Reporter Devon McCarty.
Mr. Wilson moved to approve the minutes of the Regular 1st Session of Council held on January 5, 2015. Mr. Berkey seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. Minutes approved.
Claudia Anderson from the Village of Navarre Business Association would like to request permission to us the Navarre Civic Center for the monthly business meeting of the Navarre Business Association (VoNBA). Mr. Netzly moved to grant the Village of Navarre Business Association permission to use the Civic Center. Mr. Gallaher seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. Permission for The Village of Navarre Business Association to use the Navarre Civic Center for monthly meetings approved.
Ms. Anderson urged council to consider purchasing the Weisgarber property on behalf of the Navarre Village Business Association. They believe it would benefit the area business owners.
The Village of Navarre Business Association will be having a chocolate tour at the end of February and Ms. Anderson will supply more details as they become available.
Fire Chief Shane Stantz distributed the November 2014 and December 2014 monthly reports to council.
Mayor Robert Benson read a letter that was given to him by Chief Stantz;
“From the desk of: Chief Shane Stantz N.V.F.D., Council, The officers of the Navarre Village Fire Department would like to appoint Probationary Firefighters Chris McGeorge and Tom Austin as an active members effective January 19, 2015. These Candidates have shown outstanding commitment to the department and the community. These individuals are also fulfilling their training requirements and are actively participating in the weekly training schedule. We are asking the council to support our decision and approve the membership of these Candidates. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully, The Officers of the Village of Navarre Fire Department.”
Mayor Benson appointed Chris McGeorge to active status after successfully completing a six month probationary period and requested councils consent. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes. Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Consent given.
Mayor Benson appointed Tom Austin to active status after completing a six month probationary period and requested councils consent. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Consent given.
Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson gave council a list of bills prepared for payment approval. Council gave approval.
ORDIANCE AND RESOLUTIONS
Ordinance 5-2014, an Ordinance adopting amendments and /or additions to Chapter 151, of the Village of Navarre Code of Ordinances. Second reading by title only. The third and final passage will be held February 16, 2015 after the Public Hearing on the Ordinance.
Ordinance 6-2014, an Ordinance amending the Official Zoning Map of the Village of Navarre. Second reading by title only. Third and final passage will be held February 16, 2015 after the Public Hearing on the Ordinance.
Ordinance 1-2015, Mr. Berkey moved to accept Ordinance 1-2015, an Ordinance approving the Permanent Appropriations for 2015. Mr. Feucht seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes. Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. The first reading was given.
Mayor Robert Benson introduced Attorney Terrence L. Seeberger to council and guests. The Mayor noted that Attorney Seeberger was just re-elected as chairman of the Plain Township Zoning Commission and is President of the Stark County combined General Health District.
Mayor Robert Benson appointed Attorney Terrence L. Seeberger as Navarre’s Solicitor and requested council’s consent. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Consent given. Attorney Terrence L. Seeberger is The Village of Navarre’s Solicitor.
The Mayor would like to get the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, Zoning Inspector and council together with Attorney Seeberger to review the responsibilities of each body.
Solicitor Terrence L. Seeberger thanked council for their vote of confidence in him. He explained that he is a partner with Stark and Knoll in Akron and has represented the Village of Navarre in past. He helped with annexation issues in the 1990’s, put together the JEDD agreement with the Mayor and also represented The Village of Navarre with the Waste Water Treatment Plant project and the related EPA issues.
MAYOR’S STATE OF THE VILLAGE 2015
Mayor Robert Benson read the following 2015 State of the Village;
“As I have in previous reports, state that Navarre is financially sound. Not only because the Law requires it, but also because of the stewardship of Navarre Council, Jeff Seward, Navarre’s Administrator and the attentiveness of Anne Johnson, Navarre’s Clerk-Treasurer.
Also, I have on many occasions said that Navarre is fortunate to have people who are dedicated and responsive to the citizens of our village.
I feel very comfortable and grateful with all departments’ personnel to provide the services required for the operation of the village.
I am appreciative of the loyalty and commitment of our safety forces.
My desire is to one day have our Bethlehem and Navarre Fire Department’s, if not become one Department, establish an agreement that would allow them to work as one department providing services to the citizens of both Navarre and Bethlehem Township residents. I know some communities in the area have had the same challenges of competing services and have been able to establish a mutual and satisfying agreement.
This is my 20th State of the Village Address. I am honored and humbled to even say that. While reviewing previous addresses I was astonished how they have portrayed the progress of Navarre government, or as I will exhibit, the lack thereof.
Following is my comments made during my annual State of the Village addresses concerning Navarre’s water expansion project.
2003, 12 years ago
The first project is the expansion and improvement of the Navarre Water Treatment Plant at an estimated cost of $1,212,000.00.
Before Council now, is a preliminary engineering report for improved water treatment plant at the Navarre Water Works, report. We are talking major expenses and unfortunately major rate increases.
In 2005, we have major projects associated with our water services. That being, our expansion and renovation of the water plant, with a cost projection of about $2,607,000.00 .”
I had hoped that in this State of the Village I would be able to say that our new water tower was under construction. I feel confident that I will be able to make that statement next year.
Our vision of the future and our desire to best serve Navarre was the reasoning for waiting to get just the correct location for this new tower.
As in other years I talked about the updating of our water and waste water plants and I do so again this year, but with an actual location for our water tower, we should be able to move forward on both of these projects.
In association with the development of the area and with our water expansion plans complete and ready for construction, it is anticipated that the water tower or storage tank that I have been talking about in past years will finally get started.
I have mentioned in past years about our water project expansion. I am of the opinion that 2009 is the year. I look forward to the State of the Village
for 2010 when I can talk about how the project was so successively completed.
Navarre, Perry Township and the JEDD Board, along with the property owner, Bambini Company has been working with Hammontree and Associates to gain an Ohio Department of Development Job Ready Site grant.
Along with this project, Navarre is working to gain grant money from the USDA/Rural Development to expand Navarre’s water service. Navarre is anticipating the go ahead with in weeks. If funds are granted as expected the project will begin this spring.
At this point Navarre has been granted a USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT loan for $2,150,000.00 and $1,750,000.00 Grant for our Water Treatment Plant expansion.”
Last year, in my State of the Village I reported that Navarre had been granted a USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT loan & Grant for our Water Treatment Plant expansion. I also mentioned that the Perry Navarre JEDD had been granted the OHIO DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT JOB READY SITE GRANT and ROADWORK DEVELOPMENT GRANT for the road/bridge project.
As of now, the Bridge Project is moving along and the bridge is under construction.
Unfortunately I cannot say the same for our Water Expansion Project.
Because of difficulties associated with subordination legalities involved with our ability to start construction of our water tower on our leased land, the whole project is at a standstill.
In 2009 Navarre along with Perry Township, through our Perry Navarre Joint Economic Development District (JEDD), applied for and was awarded the OHIO DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT JOB READY SITE GRANT and ROADWORK DEVELOPMENT GRANT for a road/bridge project
This project was estimated to be $6,767,913.00, counting grant and matching funds. To date 2/3’s of the project, or more, is completed. We are on track to open the road and bridge this spring.
In March of 2010 Navarre was awarded a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant and a loan for a water expansion.
The legalities involved in clearing title requirements for easement land where the new Water Tower will be, have held up the start of the project. We are hoping that these concerns are being addressed and we look forward to starting our Water Expansion Project very soon.
2014, Last Year
For the first time since 2003 our water expansion was not mentioned. My address last year unfortunately concentrated on an issue that has, in my opinion, been resolved with the Citizens Petition and passage of Navarre Issue #12.”
As pointed out previously, the location of Navarre’s new Water Tower and the land acquisition and the easements associated, has been the holdup in actually starting our Water Expansion Project.
At this point in time, the necessary and required documentation for the plotting of our new water tower land is before the Stark County Regional Planning for approval.
With this approval, we will update our previous Engineers Drawings and move to actually bidding the project.
The Water Expansion Project is the construction of a new tower plus the updating and expansion of the Water Treatment Plant, along with the infrastructure associated between the two.
Upon the completion, Navarre will not only have a very much desired increased water pressure, but have the ability to offer water service to a much expanded area.
As I have said and worked for during the last 20 years and even the 10 years prior while on Navarre Council is that the development of the Industrial area located in Navarre’s northern border holds the financial requirement for Navarre’s future.
This along with the current Industrial zone, soon to be referred to as Downtown Industrial zone, and our continually growing local businesses, is what insures Navarre’s ability to prosper.
The establishment of the Village of Navarre Business Association (VoNBA) has successfully enabled all local Navarre businesses to coalesce into one collective voice that insures a positive futuristic and innovative body that has one voice for all Navarre businesses.
It has always been my hope and vision that Navarre could prosper through the development of our Industrial area on our northern border, which is adjacent to current Industrial facilities in Massillon. The development of this area not only insures the stability of Navarre’s future, it accomplishes the goal of our Perry Navarre Joint Economic Development District (JEDD’s) pledge to provide much needed jobs, not only for Perry and Navarre, but for the entire area.”
“The development of this area, in my opinion, would not harm the characteristic charm of the Village. As we stated on our website, this lies in its broad tree-lined streets and quaint homes and buildings relating to the historical past of the village. Navarre is the perfect blend of the past with the present.
With the economic development previously mentioned and the positive aspiration of Navarre’s Business Association, along with our unfaltering business like, Nickles Bakery, Mids and Massillon Container, Navarre’s future is positive.
I believe God has blessed our community when I read and think about our impressive history and my prayer is that He continues to do so in our future.
God Bless Navarre and God Bless the people who make up Navarre !
Mayor Bob Benson, Village of Navarre, Ohio.”
STREETS AND ALLEYS
Brush pick up for 2015 will begin April 6, 2015. Until this time all brush and yard waste can still be brought to the dumpster at the Waste Water Treatment Plant Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M until 3:00 P.M. and weekends and holidays from
8:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.
Christmas tree pick up ends Friday, January 23, 2015. Trees should be placed in the tree lawn and residents should call Village Hall to schedule pick up.
Several banners were hit by plow trucks on Route 21 during the snow event.
One of the ornamental sign posts were destroyed in a traffic accident. The police gave insurance information to VoNBA.
Work continues on the Village’s response to the storm water audit.
The annual sludge report for the Waste Water Treatment Plant was completed.
The sludge press and the polymer system had their annual maintenance done.
The water truck was repaired.
The easements and land purchase agreement for the water project are with McKinley Title and Regional Planning for approval.
The annual PERRP report was completed.
Parts for the ornamental gas lamp on Rochester Square are expected in by the end of January.
Work continues on the Municipal Road Fund application.
Columbia Gas improvement project scheduled for this year. We still need our street opening ordinance updated and possibly should look into a project specific agreement with Columbia Gas in regards to this project due to its scope and length according to Village Administrator Jeff Seward. Mr. Seward will work with Attorney Seeberger for an agreement for the project.
Mr. Netzly reported on the Safety Committee meeting prior to the council meeting on January 19, 2015. The meeting concerned the uniform allowance for the Village of Navarre’s Police Department. Mr. Netzly moved to increase the allowance to $1000.00 for the full time officers and $350.00 for the part-time officers effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Gallaher seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. Attorney Seeberger will create a new ordinance to update the clothing allowance.
Mr. Netzly presented a copy of an ordinance for council’s review to increase the cost of solicitation in the Village of Navarre. The cost of a permit will increase from $25.00 to $50.00 plus $10.00 for each additional person. Mr. Netzly requested that council review the changes for the next meeting.
Mr. Berkey has received phone calls about the speed of the snow plows on Park Street.
Mr. Gallaher reported a street light out at Canal Street and Sisterhen.
Mr. Wilson requested a Council of the Whole meeting for February 2, 2015 at
6:30 P.M. to discuss the Council’s and Mayor’s pay.
BILLS AND CLAIMS
Mr. Netzly moved to approve bills and claims in the amount of $104,572.68. Mr. Gallaher seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. Bills and claims approved.
Mr. Netzly moved, Mr. Gallaher seconded to adjourn the meeting. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Berkey yes, Feucht yes, Gallaher yes, Wilson yes. Six yes votes. Meeting adjourned.
Anne L. Johnson, Clerk-Treasurer Robert L. Benson, Mayor
February 2……………………………………Council of the Whole at 6:30 P.M.
February 2…………………………………....Council meeting at 7:00 P.M.
February 16…………………………………..Public Meeting at 6:30 P.M.
February 16…………………………………..Council Meeting at 7:00 P.M..