Mayor Robert Benson called the 8th Regular Session of Council to order on Monday April 18, 2016. Mayor Benson began the meeting with a prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members answering roll call were Derek Netzly, Daniel Rouse, Robin Keith, Gary Wilson, Ray Gallaher and Pat Winkhart. Also attending the meeting were Village Administrator Jeff Seward, Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson and Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger.
Mr. Netzly moved to approve the minutes of the 7th Regular Session of Council held on April 4, 2016. Ms. Winkhart seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Gallaher yes, Winkhart yes. Wilson abstained. Five yes votes. One abstained. Minutes approved.
Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson gave council a copy of today’s check register for approval.
Attorney Seeberger is working with the Navarre Bethlehem Joint Fire District to put a 3.5 mill fire levy on the November ballot.
Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger informed council that on April 12, 2016 we received the third of three permits to install needed from the EPA in order to move ahead with the Water Plant Expansion Project.
To bring new members of council up to speed Attorney Seeberger explained very briefly where we need to go from here. The first step will be to advertise for bids. The bids will be opened June 1, 2016. Advertise for two general contracts, one for water system and well fields and one for the water tower. Need a resolution from council to move ahead with the bids. Will to need to close on the USDA loan of $2,981,000.00. A bond will be secured by a mortgage on the water tower and water treatment plant. Loan closing and preconstruction conference will take place with the USDA at Stark & Knoll in Akron.
The project total value is 6.5-7 million dollars. The Village is responsible for the first $900,000.00 of project cost. The JEDD is responsible for the next $500,000.00. The next funds to be used will be the USDA loan funds, then the USDA grand funds of $2,437,000.00. Anything above 6.8 million will be provided by the Village.
Ms. Winkhart moved to authorize the Village Administrator to advertise the water system improvement project for bid under two general contracts. Mr. Netzly seconded.
Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Wilson yes, Gallaher yes, Winkhart yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried.
Mayor Benson said that Village Administrator Jeff Seward deserves a lot of credit, but we would not have been able to have had this announcement had the Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger not been here.
Bethlehem Township’s 200th Birthday Festivities will be held on June 4, 2016. The information is available on Navarre’s Website.
Mayor Benson shared a news clipping sent to him by Vivian Evans from October 18, 1911. It reports on the selling of bonds to build Navarre’s Water System for $25,000.00. The expansion and update of this facility today is estimated to be almost $5.5 million.
STREETS AND ALLEYS
The yard waste pit at the Waste Water Treatment Plant is now open. The hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M. and weekends and holidays from 8:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.
More broken catch basins were replaced.
Brush pick up was April 18, 2016.
Asphalt patching was done on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Streets will be swept on April 20, 2016 and April 21, 2016. Residents are asked to park off the streets the night before.
The clarifiers and chlorine contact tanks were cleaned in preparation for chlorination season at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Hydrants were flushed the week of April 11, 2016.
Chemicals were delivered to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on April 14, 2016 for use in chlorination season.
The annual spring cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.
Progress reports were filed for the JAG grant that was used to purchase body cameras for the police department.
Quotes for asphalting some problem spots around town are expected this week.
Ms. Keith reported that she had attended the VONBA meeting and that bicentennial banners are available for businesses and individuals.
A discussion was held on replacing two fence post signs for VONBA. The Village split the costs last time they were ordered. It was decided that if VONBA buys them the Village will install them.
Ms. Keith looked at the American Flags and said some of them need to be replaced. She does not approve of the manner in which the American Flags are stored.
Mr. Wilson announced a rules committee meeting will be held next Monday to review ordinances.
Mr. Wilson reported that some work had been done at 81 Ohio Street.
The tennis courts could use some attention this year according to Mr. Wilson.
Mr. Gallaher said a citizen would like a bench in memory of the two Vietnam soldiers. The Mayor has reminded council before that this is a project for the parks committee.
Mr. Gallaher said the front of Village Hall needs cleaned up.
BILLS AND CLAIMS
Mr. Netzly moved to approve bills and claims in the amount of $78,291.86. Mr. Gallaher seconded. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Wilson yes, Gallaher yes, Winkhart yes. Six yes votes. Motion carried. Bills and claims approved.
Mr. Netzly moved, Ms. Winkhart seconded to adjourn the meeting. Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Wilson yes, Gallaher yes, Winkhart yes. Six yes votes. Meeting adjourned.
Anne L. Johnson, Clerk-Treasurer Robert L. Benson, Mayor
May 2…………………………………………Council Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
May 12, 13, 14…………………………………………….Garage Sale Days
May 30…………………………………..Memorial Day Parade at 1:00 P.M.