Session 9, May 6, 2024

Mayor Justin Cline called the 9th Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, May 6, 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, Joseph Kammer, Abigail Caldwell, Daniel Rouse, and Molly Lehman. Council person Josh Smith was absent.  Also attending the meeting were Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed, Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger, Interim Village Administrator Blake Dibell and Zoning Inspector Michael Turner, Chris Thomas from MCTV and resident Chauni Skirtich. 

 Ms. Caldwell made the motion to approve the minutes of the 8th session of council held on April 15, 2024 and Mr. Kammer seconded. Lehman yes, Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes. Five yes votes.  Motion carried.  Minutes approved.


 Chris Thomas from Massillon Cable TV just wanted to introduce himself to the village administration and let us know that if we had any issues or concerns that we could contact him.


 Zoning Inspector Michael Turner reported that he spoke to Bill Miknis and he believes there are only two members remaining on the Zoning Board of Appeals, which is supposed to have 5 members. Mr. Turner reported that we will need to fill three positions on that board soon. Ms. Lehman asked what we would need to do to combine the Zoning Appeals Board and the Planning Commission Board into one board.  Mr. Seeberger stated that would have to be done by ordinance because you would be re-structuring two bodies of the village government.  Ms. Lehman explained to all council members that the Zoning Appeals Board looks at individual zoning appeals and the Planning Commissions looks at the entire map and decide what things should look like and where we should have what kind of zoning.  She stated that the thought of council has been that maybe it makes sense to combine these two groups into one.  Mr. Seeberger stated that currently the mayor would serve as chairman of the Planning Commission.  Ms. Lehman asked that we look into how many members are still on the Planning Board and then possibly look into combining the two boards.  Mr. Turner reported that he sent a nuisance letter to an address on Basin St. but nothing has been done with the property yet.   


 Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed reported that she prepared the Permanent Appropriations Draft and sent them to the Finance Committee, the mayor and Mr. Seeberger.  Mr. Seeberger had suggested that they be sent to the full council so that was done earlier today.  She reported that she figured these appropriations from looking at the 2022 appropriations and the expenses that we had in 2023 and came up with these appropriations.

 Ms. Meek-Obed reported that she attended a seminar in Zanesville last week that was presented by RCAP and she got some good information regarding water and sewer rates and funding.  The seminar was very beneficial.

 Reminded of the Finance Committee meeting on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 6:30 pm.


 Mr. Seeberger wanted to explain that RCAP is an agency that assists communities with funding for water and sewer projects.

 Mr. Seeberger reported that the bids were opened for the Fohl/Sterilite project and there was only one bidder, United Earthworks LLC.  He would like council to pass Ordinance 6-2024 to award the project to United Earthworks.

 Ms. Carl motioned and Mr. Kammer seconded to waive the three readings to pass Ordinance 6-2024.  Lehman no, Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes.  Four yes votes.  Three reading requirement waived.

 Mr. Kammer motioned and Ms. Carl seconded to approve Ordinance 6-2024, an Ordinance Awarding the Contract for the Fohl St. SW Turn Lane Project to Untied Earthworks LLC.  Caldwell yes, Rouse yes, Lehman no, Carl yes, Kammer yes. Four yes votes. Ordinance passed.

 Mr. Seeberger presented six resolutions that need to be approved.

 Ms. Lehman motioned to pass Resolution 2024-9, A Resolution Awarding Partial Reimbursement of “TIF” Funds to Stark Board of Trade as an emergency.  Mr. Kammer seconded. Rouse yes, Kammer yes, Lehman yes, Caldwell yes, Carl yes.  Five yes votes.  Resolution passed.

 Ms. Lehman motioned to pass Resolution 2024-10, A Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Apply for, Accept and Enter into a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Account for the Wastewater Improvement as an emergency.  Ms. Carl seconded. Kammer yes, Rouse yes, Carl yes, Caldwell yes, Lehman yes. Five yes votes.  Resolution passed.

 Ms. Lehman motioned to do a first reading of Resolution 2024-11, A Resolution to Approve a Gas Aggregation Renewal Contract. Seconded by Ms. Carl.  Kammer yes, Caldwell yes, Daniel yes, Lehman yes, Carl yes. Five yes votes.  This is first reading.

 Ms. Lehman motioned to pass Resolution 2024-12, A Resolution Re-Authorizing Participation as a PUCO Certified Electric Aggregator as an emergency. Mr. Kammer seconded.  Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes, Lehman yes. Five yes votes.  Resolution passed as emergency.

 Mr. Lehman motioned to pass Resolution 2024-13, A Resolution Authorizing Agreement with Buckeye Energy Brokers as an emergency.  Mr. Kammer seconded.  Carl yes, Kammer yes, Caldwell yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes. Five yes votes.  Resolution passed as emergency.

 Mr. Kammer motioned to do a first reading of Resolution 2024-14, a Resolution Authorizing the Village to enter into Tax Increment Financing and Cooperative Agreement with Stark County Port Authority, Stark County and the City of Massillon. Mr. Rouse seconded the first reading. Lehman no, Kammer yes, Rouse yes, Carl yes, Caldwell yes.  Four yes votes.  This is first reading.

 Mr. Seeberger reported that across Sterilite Street from TSC there is 125-acre parcel that has a high-pressure gas transmission line that needs to be relocated and that the Stark Board of Trade is working with Enbridge to get this done.


 Mayor Justin Cline had nothing to report.


 Mr. Blake Dibell reported that all of the park equipment has been ordered. The basketball hoops are all in bad shape so communicated with the fiscal officer and Councilman Smith and decided to replace all four of the basketball hoops from the poles to the nets. 

 Mr. Dibell reported that the walking path at the YMCA should be completed tomorrow, May 7th.

 Mr. Dibell reported that he spoke with Barbicas today and they haven’t started the paving project yet because they are waiting for shop drawings and catch basins before they can start the project. They are hoping to get those this week and be able to start next Monday.


 Ms. Carl reported that the garden has been tilled, fertilized and tilled again.  She stated that the next step is to get chicken wire and posts for the fence around the garden. Some people have committed to donating plants for the garden.

 Ms. Carl motioned to approve the expenditure of the materials for the fence around the community garden up to $250.00.  Ms. Lehman seconded.  Caldwell yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes, Lehman yes, Rouse yes.  Five yes votes.  Motion approved.

 Ms. Carl will give a list of needed material to Mr. Dibell so he can get it.  Ms. Carl asked if we could get one of the old picnic tables from Bethlehem Park moved down to the garden area.

 Ms. Carl reported to Mr. Dibell that there is a street light out on Church Street near her home.  Mr. Dibell will get the number and report it.  Ms. Carl also talked to Mr. Dibell about an alley that needs some attention and asked if he would take a look at it.

 Mr. Kammer reported that things are coming along well for the Memorial Day parade.  He hasn’t nailed down a speaker yet so if anyone knows of any veteran that would be willing to give a speech, let him know.  Bob Benson and Rich Regula were both suggested so he will contact them.

 Mr. Kammer reported that he had a complaint from someone on Sarah Circle that said the black top is starting to crack.  Mr. Dibell will check it out.

 Ms. Caldwell reported that she made up a flyer for the new route of the Memorial Day parade.  She will post them at area businesses.

 Ms. Lehman reported that she went to the Bethlehem Twp meeting earlier today to discuss hiring a historical society employee.  The township seemed to be on board with the position.  She reminded that there is a Historical Society meeting this week, on the 10th at 10:00 a.m.

 Ms. Lehman asked Mr. Dibell if we could put some top soil around the kiosk.  Mr. Dibell said he has already spoke to Ernie Lehman and asked if we could put gravel around it, so that is what is going to be done.

Ms. Lehman reported that were some good conversations at the last Coffee with Council on April 20th.

 Ms. Carl reminded everyone about the canal boat project that the school kids did at the park.


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

 Mr. Rouse made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Lehman seconded.  Carl yes, Lehman yes, Rouse yes, Caldwell yes, Kammer yes. Five yes votes. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm.

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

 Finance Committee Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 13th @ 6:30 pm

Council Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May 20th @ 7:00 pm