Session 1 January 8, 2024

Mayor Justin Cline called the 1st Regular Session of Council to order on Monday, January 8, 2024.  Mayor Cline began the meeting buy asking Josh Smith to say a prayer, then lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.  This public meeting is being recorded.  Members answering roll call were Joe Kammer, Daniel Rouse, Molly Lehman.  Also attending the meeting were Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed, Village Solicitor Attorney Terry Seeberger, Police Chief Chad Shetler, residents Chauni Skirtich, Josh Smith and Carla Carl.  Village Administrator Zack Wisselgren was absent. 

Mayor Cline started out by reading a speech that he prepared regarding being the new mayor and how he is glad to be working with the current council because every person on this council brings their own perspective to council and every person on council has their own strengths and skills to use to help run the village

.  He stated that in his last address to Village Council, Mayor Bob Benson had quoted Harry S. Truman in saying that “You’d be amazed at what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit” and Mayor Cline believes this council is the epitome of that quote and he stated that Bob Benson has given us big shoes to fill but we can do it if we don’t care who gets the credit. 

Mayor Cline asked council for nominations for the vacant seats on council.

 Motion by Ms. Lehman and second by Mr. Kammer to nominate Josh Smith to a vacant council seat. Rouse yes, Kammer yes and Lehman yes.  Motion passed.  Josh Smith is now a council member.

 Motion by Ms. Lehman and second by Mr. Kammer to nominate Carla Carl to a vacant council seat.  Rouse yes, Kammer yes, Lehman yes.  Motion passed. Carla Carl is now a council member.

 Mr. Seeberger then swore in Joshua Smith and Carla Carl as new council members for the Village of Navarre.  He stated that they will statutorily fill these seats fo the balance of a four-year term, through 2027.

 Mayor Cline asked for nominations for President Pro Temp for 2024.

 Mr. Rouse nominated Ms. Lehman for President Pro Temp and Ms. Carl seconded.

 Mr. Kammer nominated Mr. Smith for President Pro Temp and Ms. Lehman seconded.

 At this time, Mr. Smith stated that he would support Ms. Lehman for the position so Atty. Seeberger stated that a vote should be taken since both were nominated.  Vote: Carl – Molly, Kammer – Molly, Rouse – Molly, Smith – Molly, Lehman – Molly.  Unanimous vote for Ms. Lehman to be President Pro Temp.

 Motion by Mr. Smith and second by Mr. Kammer to approve the 2004 council rules for 2024.  Smith yes, Lehman yes, Rouse yes, Kammer yes, Carl yes. Five yes votes. Motion Carried.

 Mr. Smith made the motion to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2023 meeting and Mr. Kammer seconded. Carl yes, Kammer yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes.  Motion carried.  Minutes approved.


 No public participation.


 Fiscal Officer Kim Meek-Obed reported that the Finance Committee met on Friday January 5 and reviewed the reconciliation numbers for 2022 that the State Auditor’s Office had prepared. 

 Mr. Smith motioned to allow Ms. Meek-Obed to sign off on the reconciliation of the 2022 records so that those numbers could be put into our system to work on the 2023 records.  Ms. Lehman seconded.  Rouse yes, Carl yes, Lehman yes, Kammer yes, Smith yes.  Five yes votes. Motion carried.

 Ms. Carl asked when the 2023 numbers will be ready.  Ms. Meek-Obed stated that hopefully those numbers will be ready within a few weeks as she stated that she has tried to keep things up to date during 2023 and that the software company would be assisting with putting those 2022 numbers in for beginning numbers for 2023 and then everything will be reviewed and hopefully by sometime in February the end of 2023 numbers will be ready.


 Mr. Seeberger presented Ordinance 1-2024, an ordinance to award the contract for the 2024 street paving contract to Barbicas Construction in the amount of $268,392.60.

 Motion by Mr. Smith to accept Ordinance 1-2024 to award the contract to Barbicas Construction including the alternate street.  Second by Ms. Lehman.  Lehman yes, Kammer yes, Smith yes, Rouse yes, and Carl yes.  Five yes votes.  Motion passed.

 Mr. Seeberger presented Ordinance 2-2024, for first reading.  This ordinance is to amend Navarre zoning code, regulating marijuana uses.  Mr. Seeberger suggested that this ordinance be sent to a committee to be reviewed.  Mayor Cline sent it to the Business and Zoning Committee to be reviewed.


 Mr. Seeberger stated that Ordinance 17-2023 is still out for Committee review and should be handled at some time.

 He also mentioned that the Ohio Basic code could be approved by a Resolution.

 He mentioned that he could prepare a Resolution regarding using Internet Auction sites to sell items that the village no longer needs.

 Motion by Mr. Smith to have Mr. Seeberger draw up a Resolution to allow for Internet Auctions. Second by Ms. Carl.  Kammer yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes, Carl yes.  Five yes votes.  Motion carried.

 Mr. Seeberger stated that the Sterilite/Fohl intersection plans and specifications will be ready soon and may be ready to advertise for bids at the next meeting.  The DOD funds need to be used by December of 2024.

 Mr. Seeberger said he will have a tax sharing revenue resolution ready soon after he gets the tax numbers.


 Mayor Cline said we have the 2024 committee assignments that need to be approved.  He asked if everyone is okay with the committees that they are assigned to. Mr. Smith suggested that Molly get moved off of the Safety Committee and onto the Parks Committee (she was okay with that). 

 Mayor Cline requested council’s consent to re-appoint Chris Pittman as Cemetery Sexton for 2024.  Council approved with five yes votes.

 Mayor Cline requested council’s consent to re-appoint Marcia Comer as Cemetery Clerk for 2024.  Council approved with five yes votes.

 Mayor Cline requested council’s consent to appoint Michael Turner as the new Zoning Inspector for 2024.  Council approved with five yes votes.

 Police Chief Chad Shetler requests the appointment of four officers (Cody Flarida, Jeffrey Masters, Connor Bailey and Daniel Yeager) to the Navarre Police Auxiliary with council’s approval for 2024.  Council approved all with five yes votes.


 Ms. Carl welcomed Mr. Cline to the position of Mayor.

 Mr. Kammer had nothing to mention.

 Mr. Rouse had nothing to mention.

 Ms. Lehman reminded that there is Coffee with Council on January 20th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Rise Up Café.  She reported that the zoning class that she is taking started today and looks like it will be really useful.  She reported that the fence behind Nickles has been taken down by Stark Parks.  CDBG grants that are being reviewed should be done this week and that should give us some insight into future grants we may want to try to get.  We would like to have a Council of the Whole meeting right after this meeting.

 Mr. Smith reported that the Finance Committee met last Friday and one of the things we talked about is that we would like to have monthly meetings in 2024 to discuss the finances.  He thinks it would be good to have a Council of the Whole meeting once we get the new council member on board, so that we can discuss committees and other things.


 Ms. Carl moved to approve bills and claims in the amount of $73,470.44.  Mr. Kammer seconded.  Carl yes, Kammer yes, Rouse yes, Lehman yes, Smith yes. Five yes votes.  Motion carried.


 Chief Chad Shetler had been missed earlier in the meeting and reported that the speed signs that were put up are working great and there is a lot of information that we can get from those.

 He also reported that the guy that was involved in the robbery at the park is currently in jail.

Chief Shetler also wanted to clarify the deal with Brewster.  We are going to receive the cruiser and $1,500.00 from Brewster and they are going to get the Watch Guard camera system and two radios.  We need to re-do the resolution detailing the purchase because they need a copy of the resolution.

 Mr. Smith made a motion to revise the resolution to reflect accurately what is actually being transferred.  Mr. Kammer seconded.  Lehman yes, Kammer yes, Smith yes, Carl yes, Rouse yes.  Five yes votes.  Motion carried.

 Mr. Smith moved to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Kammer seconded.   Lehman yes, Rouse yes, Carl yes, Kammer yes, Smith yes.   Five yes votes.   Meeting adjourned at 8:02 pm.


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