Session 19, November 7, 2022
Mayor Robert Benson called the 19th Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, November 7, 2022. Mayor Benson began the meeting with a prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. This public meeting is being recorded. Members answering roll call were Joseph Kammer, Justin Cline, Daniel Rouse, Molly Lehman and Josh Smith. Abby Gallion was excused from the meeting. Also attending the meeting were Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson, Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger, Village Administrator Zachary Wisselgren, Navarre Police Chief Chad Shetler, Captain Matt Amendola, Detective Alec Hall, Auxiliary Officer Michael Pomesky, Erie Valley Fire Captain Mike Turner and residents Robin Keith and Steve Morelli.

Mr. Smith motioned to approve the minutes of the 18th Regular Session of Council held on October 17, 2022. Mr. Cline seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Rouse abstained. Four yes votes. Minutes approved.

Robin Keith spoke with our gas energy broker and was told that it is up to the residents to contact IGS about the aggregation program. She doesn’t think it’s right that the residents have to call to get on the aggregation program. Some residents received a letter about it but did not get placed on the IGS program.

Steve Morelli spoke about the trailer with a billboard on it at Hukill Tile. Mayor Benson forwarded the information to the Zoning Inspector, along with the car restoration place. Steve Morelli advised he is prepared to take this to the Court of Common Pleas. He said these are eyesores for people visiting the Village and expressed there are ordinances on the books that address these issues. Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger said he will look into these ordinances.

Police Chief Chad Shetler reported Patrolman Michael Pomesky went through an accelerated Field Training Program due to his prior experience. With a full-time position available, he would like promote Officer Pomesky to the full-time position with Council’s consent. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Consent given. Mayor Benson appointed Michael Pomesky to the department in full-time capacity and swore him in.

Chief Chad Shetler said the evidence room was audited by an outside agency. The agency was impressed with the department in that every piece of evidence was accounted for.

Chief Chad Shetler advised the Christmas in the Village Parade will be this Saturday at 10:00 am.

Chief Chad Shetler said the YMCA is looking to change the gym to twenty-four-hour access for members and he said he discussed video options with Jim Stanford, so that the Police Department could have surveillance. Chief Shetler is also looking at surveillance options for the Historical Society.

Chief Shetler said problems continue in the Village with truck traffic, as trucks try to turn North onto State Route 21 from Wooster Street. He also said the sign on the trailer is not considered a billboard because it isn’t erected from the ground and can be transported.

Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson advised she took an Ohio Law Ethics Course on behalf of the elected officials, which covers everyone for their current term.
Clerk-Treasurer Anne Johnson gave Council a copy of today’s check register, the bills and claims, the October financial statements and the Street Committee Meeting Minutes. She requested a donation from Council to the Fairless Alumni Association for the Chris Belloni Wall of Excellence that will be placed in the new Fairless High School. She said Chris Belloni did a lot for the Fairless Community. Mr. Cline motioned to donate $1000 to the Fairless Alumni Association and Mr. Kammer seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Motion carried.

Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger discussed Ordinance 21-2022. He noted the lots have been adjusted. Jim Shell from the Auditor’s Map Office has approved it as well as our Engineer Don Dummermuth.

Attorney Terry Seeberger said five statements of qualifications have been received for the work at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Attorney Terry Seeberger said he recommends that himself, Mayor Benson, Mr. Smith and Administrator Zachary Wisselgren use the rating sheet he prepared to grade the statements. He also recommended an Annexation Agreement be signed before the Studer Apartments on Blough Street are tied into the sewer department.

Ordinance 21-2022, an ordinance approving replat of Marty Miller and Andrew Byler property, to be passed as an emergency. Mr. Kammer offered and moved to accept Ordinance 21-2022 and declared same to be an emergency. Mr. Cline seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Motion carried. Ordinance accepted.

Ordinance 21-2022, Mr. Kammer moved, Mr. Rouse seconded rules requiring three separate readings of Ordinance 21-2022 be suspended. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Rules requiring three separate readings suspended.

Ordinance 21-2022, Mr. Cline moved, Mr. Kammer seconded Ordinance 21-2022 be placed in final passage. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Motion carried. Ordinance 21-2022 duly adopted.

Resolution 2022-14, a resolution approving Stark-Tuscarawas -Wayne Joint Solid Waste District 2023. Ms. Lehman offered and moved to accept Resolution 2022-14. Mr. Smith seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Resolution 2022-14 accepted.

Mayor Robert Benson noted that the garage on Main Street is not a business and if they were to put up a fence it would not be such an eyesore. Attorney Terry Seeberger said he will continue to work with the Zoning Inspector on any complaints received.

Mayor Benson commended Ms. Lehman on her work on the Community Block Grant Application and also for her successful turnout of Coffee with Council.

Village Administrator Zachary Wisselgren reported bids will be opened on November 17, 2022 for street paving. Engineer Don Dummermuth and the Street Committee can review the bids.

Mr. Kammer suggested making a donation to the Fairless Salvation Army or Fairless Food Cupboard in memory of Chris Belloni.

Mr. Cline mentioned that Christmas in the Village is this weekend and that next weekend is the Fall Musical Disney’s Decedents at Fairless High School.

Mr. Rouse reminded everyone that tomorrow is Election Day.

Ms. Lehman said she was happy with the Coffee with Council event and plans to have more events in the future. She also said she received confirmation that the Community Block Grant Application was received. She is still working on the new business guide. She toured the Waste Water Treatment Plant and she finds it interesting that when upgrades are complete they will be moving away from chemical treatments of water with the use of UV treatments. She stated we will need to make sure the Towpath Trail is protected by planting some trees. She said Bethlehem Township will be meeting with Stark Parks regarding a new boat launch on Riverland Road at State Route 212. She reported the Towpath Trail is closed between Warmington Road to Lake Avenue.

Ms. Lehman suggested it would be nice to have a clean-up along the trail this Spring. Also, she would like to help farmers preserve their land with the economic development. The Western Reserve Land Conservancy helps put farms into trusts to be preserved. Western Reserve Land Conservancy would like to come to a Council Meeting to discuss the program. Mayor Benson noted there are not any farms located in the Village. Ms. Lehman responded she will get more details.

Ms. Lehman said the Ohio Checkbook Program we used in the past hasn’t been updated.

Mr. Smith moved to approve bills and claims in the amount of $201,448.98. Mr. Kammer seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Bills and claims approved.

Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Kammer seconded. Kammer yes, Cline yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes. Meeting adjourned.

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

November 21…….…………..……………….…….….…..Street Committee Meeting 6:15 pm
December 5……………………………..…………….…Finance Committee Meeting 6:15 pm
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January 9……………..…..……………..…....………………............Council Meeting 7:00 pm
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