Session 10, May 21, 2018

Mayor Robert Benson called the 10th Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, May 21, 2018.  The Property Maintenance Committee met with the Zoning Inspector prior to the Council meeting.  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, Randy Hattery, Don Berkey and Pat Winkhart.  Also attending the meeting were Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson, Village Administrator Zachary Wisselgren, Navarre Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger, Erie Valley Fire Chief Rick Annen, Village Zoning Inspector Jim Neely, Julie Monroy account manager at Kimble, Vicki Merry Chairperson of Navarre-Bethlehem Park Board, Independent Reporter Arezov Vakili, Sabrina Hattery, Chris Miller, and Donald and Elizabeth Lint.  Mayor Benson gave an introduction of Arezov Vakili, Reporter for the Independent.

Mr. Netzly moved to approve the minutes of the 9th Regular Session of Council held on May 7, 2018.  Ms. Winkhart seconded.  Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Hattery yes, Berkey yes, Winkhart yes.  Six yes votes.  Minutes approved.


Julie Monroy from Kimble spoke to council about the process of a trash collection program.  Having an opt-out clause will not reduce the amount of trucks on the Village streets.  An exclusive contract would result in a lower cost.  The solid waste district will give the Village a rebate if there is a recycle program in place.  Attorney Terry Seeberger stated that the plan is to offer an opt-out between July 1 and July 20, with service to begin September 1.

Chairperson of Navarre-Bethlehem Community Park Board Vicki Merry reported there is a new Facebook page for the “Navarre-Bethlehem Park”.  Vicki Merry requested a motion from Council to have music in the park on June 22 from 6-8 pm.  There will be food in the closed pavilion.  Mr. Netzly motioned.  Ms. Keith seconded to allow the Navarre-Bethlehem Park Board to have a music night in the park.  Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Hattery yes, Berkey yes, Winkhart yes.  Six yes votes.  Motion carried.  Vicki Merry also requested to have a movie night in the park on August 11.  Ms. Keith motioned to allow the movie night in the park on August 11.  Mr. Hattery seconded.  Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Hattery yes, Berkey yes, Winkhart yes.  Six yes votes.  Motion carried. 

The Park Board is working on repainting signs.  There are banners up now.  The Park Board has been in contact with Stark Parks to repair the path.  The Park Board is working on a grant.  Surveys for the park will help get points for the grant. 

Vicki Merry distributed flyers for the music night.

Donald Lint reported the alley by his house needs attention.  There is heavy truck traffic.  Village Administrator Zachary Wisselgren advised he would look into it. 


Erie Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Rick Annen reviewed the monthly report with council. 

Chief Annen reported the Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday at 1:00 pm.


Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson gave council a copy of today’s check register.


Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger reported a partial refund has been received from AT&T.  He stated we will resubmit the $25,000 claim but advised that we may have to go to arbitration.


Mayor Benson announced Detective Joe Hill is resigning effective May 25, 2018.

Mayor Benson reminds residents that there is an Ordinance regarding grass height.  If the lawn is more than 9’ tall you can be cited.   This measurement does not include dandelions.

Mayor Benson requests the Building and Lands Committee, comprised of councilmembers Robin Keith, Don Berkey and Randy Hattery, to evaluate the air conditioning unit at Village Hall and the Civic Center.

Mayor Benson gave thanks to the Water Department employees, Waste Water Treatment Plant employees and Street Department employees for the remarkable work being done involving the activation of our updated modern water plant.  Mayor Benson reported that we are continuing to address many water breaks due to our increased water pressure.  He gave special thanks to Water Superintendent/Village Administrator Zachary Wisselgren as he is addressing not only the water plant issues but he continues to perform his duties as Village Administrator.  Mayor Benson along with Village Council and citizens expressed thanks for you outstanding dedication to your jobs.  Well Done!


The yard waste pit at the Waste Water Treatment Plant is open Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 3pm and weekends and holidays from 8:30 am to 11am.

Several catch basins have been repaired.

Newton Asphalt has started on Park and Basin Street today.

The second street sweeping of the year is scheduled for this Wednesday.


The Sewer Department will be tearing the old rag removal system out this week.

Water meters are being read this week.

Debt Reduction will be seen on this bill.

Start-up went off without a hitch at the plant.

There have been several water leaks since the pressure was increased.

Thanks to all the guys for their extra work.


The Garage Sale banner will be switched out with the St. Clements banner.

Another quote will be received for the Gully Field bridge removal.

Village Administrator Zack Wisselgren will be on vacation June 1 and will not be at the next council meeting.

Thanks were given to Village employee Chris Ross for going to the Civic Center last Saturday.  The air conditioning was not working properly and window sills are dirty.

Mr. Rouse reported the Property Maintenance Committee met prior to the council meeting and that letters will be prepared.

Ms. Keith advised she has received complaints regarding a home on Plainmont running a daycare center in an area zoned residential.  Village Zoning Inspector Jim Neely will address.

Ms. Winkhart shared plans for Memorial Day.


Mr. Netzly moved to approve bills and claims in the amount of $31,148.67.  Ms. Keith seconded.  Netzly yes, Rouse yes, Keith yes, Hattery yes, Berkey yes, Winkhart yes.  Six yes votes.  Bills and claims approved.

Mr. Berkey moved.  Mr. Netzly seconded to adjourn the meeting.  Netzly yes, Rouse, Keith yes, Hattery yes, Berkey yes, Winkhart yes.  Six yes votes.  Meeting adjourned.

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Anne L. Johnson, Clerk-Treasurer                              Robert L. Benson, Mayor



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