Session 12, June 17, 2024

Mayor Justin Cline called the 12th Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, June 17, 2024.  Mayor Cline began the meeting by asking Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed to say a prayer, then lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.  This public meeting is being recorded.  Members answering roll call were Carla Carl, Joe Kammer, Abigail Caldwell and Daniel Rouse.  Josh Smith and Molly Lehman were absent. Also attending the meeting were Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed, Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger and Village Administrator Blake Dibell. 

Mr. Rouse made the motion to approve the minutes of the 11th session of council held on June 3, 2024 and Ms. Carl seconded. Carl yes, Kammer abstain, Caldwell yes, Rouse yes. Three yes votes.  Motion carried.  Minutes approved.


No one from the public in attendance.


Chief Chad Shetler was not able to be here but Mayor Cline presented the police department month end reports.


Ms. Kim Meek-Obed reported that the Bills and Claims to be approved are less than usual.  She explained that the reason for that is because she normally pays bills once a week but she was on vacation last week so no bills were paid last week.

Ms. Meek-Obed reported that she has two appointments scheduled for her and Mr. Dibell to meet with salesmen to get information about a new color copier/printer.  She asked if they decide on one do they need to bring that back to council for approval or can Blake approve the purchase. 

Ms. Carl made a motion to authorize the Fiscal Officer and Village Administrator to enter into an agreement to purchase a color copier/printer to meet the needs of the village at a cost of up to $6,000.00.  Mr. Kammer seconded.  Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes.  Four yes votes. Motion passed.

Ms. Meek-Obed said she is working with Jody Matics, Fiscal Officer of Bethlehem Township to determine which entity needs to pay the other so that each are paying half of the expenses.  Council said that it is okay to pay the amount.  It was also discussed that we need to remind them that if they have large projects that they are going to do they should still come to council for agreement.

Ms. Meek-Obed reminded that there is a Finance Committee meeting next Monday, June 24, at 6:30pm.  She will have some reports to show to determine what kind of reports council wants on a regular basis.


Mr. Seeberger presented Ordinance 10-2024 for a second reading, an Ordinance creating a combined Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals. 

Mr. Rouse made a motion to approve Resolution 2024-16 as an emergency, a Resolution Authorizing Ohio Department of Transportation to complete sign replacement project on US Route 62 within the village.  Mr. Kammer seconded.

Caldwell yes, Carl yes, Rouse yes, Kammer yes. Four yes votes. Resolution approved.

Mr. Seeberger asked how close we are to getting EPA approval for the Wastewater plant so that we can proceed.  Mr. Dibell reported that Mr. Dummermuth (the engineer) was here last week and it is getting close.

Mr. Seeberger said that the Fohl/Sterilite project will be starting any day. 


Mayor Justin Cline told council that the people from the 55 & over community that had come to a previous council meeting are having a meeting this Wednesday, June 19th at St. Clemens at 5:30pm.

Mayor Cline reported that the Bargain Hunter did an article about the walking path at the YMCA so that may get more people using the path.


Mr. Blake Dibell reported that Barbicas is back in town working on the street project and may be paving as early as next week.

Mr. Dibell reported that T. Rowley is going to give a quote to clean up the property on Ohio Street then we will assess the cost to the property owner’s property taxes.


Ms. Carl thanked Blake for getting 3½ yards of mulch that was donated from Woodland Mulch.  She asked if we can get some more for the community garden but doesn’t want to ask for more donation.

Ms. Carl made a motion to spend up to another $100.00 for supplies needed for the community garden.  Mr. Kammer seconded. Kammer yes, Caldwell yes, Rouse yes, Carl yes.  Four yes votes.  Motion passed.

Ms. Carl reported for the recent Street Committee meeting that was held Monday, June 10th.  They discussed the 2025 paving project.  They discussed that only milling and paving will be done on Keeferview because there is no drainage solution yet and stated that there are other streets that will be on the 2025 paving project.

Ms. Carl made a motion to have Blake and engineer Don Dummermuth prepare a bid package for bids in late 2024 for the 2025 paving project.  Ms. Caldwell seconded.  Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes. Four yes votes.  Motion passed.

Ms. Carl also reported on the Safety Committee meeting that was held on Monday June 10th.  The committee discussed the dog situation that was brought to council at the previous meeting.  They asked if any other municipalities have any ordinances regarding this type of situation.  Mr. Seeberger will try to find some ordinances on the subject. The committee asked if we (the village) could send a letter to say this has been brought to council’s attention. Mr. Seeberger stated that would be okay and that the letter could come from the police chief, the zoning inspector or the mayor.

Ms. Carl also reported that the committee wanted Blake to check on a sign to be put at the entrance to Sisterhen to not black the alley due to emergency vehicles needing to exit.

Ms. Carl asked Blake to check about a sign on 4th Street for an autistic child at play.

Mr. Kammer asked if we have hired anyone for the part-time position.  Blake advised him that the application period just ended today and he will be calling people in for interviews.

Mr. Rouse asked if we know where we are going to put the yard waste dumpster when the sewer project starts.  There was some discussion about possibilities of locations for it.

Ms. Meek-Obed also mentioned that she had sent the draft cemetery ordinance to the cemetery clerk and board members but they didn’t have their meeting so we didn’t get their approval on the draft ordinance that Mr. Seeberger had drawn up.



Mr. Kammer made a motion to pay the Bills & Claims. Ms. Carl seconded. Kammer yes, Carl yes, Rouse yes, Caldwell yes.   Four yes votes.  Motion passed.

Mr. Kammer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Carl seconded. Caldwell yes, Carl yes, Kammer yes, Rouse yes. Four yes votes. Meeting adjourned at 7:49 pm.

______________________________                        __________________________   

Kim L. Meek-Obed, Fiscal Officer                             Justin G. Cline, Mayor

Finance Committee Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday, June 24, 2024 @ 6:30pm

Next Council Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monday, July 1, 2024 @ 7:00pm