Meeting Minutes: November 15, 2011
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS:
Council called to order by Mayor Amy Joseph on
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Rockford Village Hall.
Invocation was given by Gene Steiner
Pledge of Allegiance
Those present: Gehle, Steiner, Hodge, Pontsler, Searight, Heitkamp.
Also attending: Judy Koesters, Sgt. Stetler, Jeff Long, Chief May, Amy Kronenberger of the Daily Standard, Nancy Leighner, Marti Lentz
Motion Steiner. Second Pontsler to accept Agenda as orders of the day with addition of Ordinance 05-11. Gehle called for the question. Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Gehle = y, Hodge = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Motion: Searight Second Heitkamp to accept the minutes from the November 1, 2011 meeting as presented. Steiner called for the question. Searight = y, Heitkamp = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Hodge = y, Pontsler = y, Passed 6 yes.
Visitors to Address Council:
Mayor’s Report and Correspondence:
Leaf pick up issues. If you live outside the Village limits you do not receive leaf pick up.
Village Administrator’s Report – Jeff Long – absent
Fiber optic to 33 complete. Now Wabash Communications will be taking the fiber optic from Market St. to the school. Will be 1 to 2 years and will be available throughout the Village.
Waterline project has been started.
We will be capping the well at the old water plant and getting ready for the building to come down. We will then present the deed to the school for that property that they will be using to improve the sports complex. They are currently working on the dugouts at the baseball diamond.
Discussed DP & L Energy lighting on Holly Lane. They have submitted a quote for 10 lights. The quote will be cut down to 6 lights. These will be decorative lights. We will also be renewing our DP & L Contract at no increase.
Jeff thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers for his daughter in law and grand babies during the last several weeks.
Finance Committee – Steve Gehle
Motion Steiner. Second Pontsler to pay the bills as submitted by the
Fiscal Officer in the amount of $17,072.68. Bills include audit fee, DP & L and fuel. Hodge called for the question. Steiner = y, Pontsler = y, Hodge =y, Gehle = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Motion Pontsler. Second Hodge to accept the Mayors Court Pay in of $1175.00. Searight called for the question. Ponstler = y, Hodge = y, Searight = y, Gehle = y, Steiner = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Health Insurance for Village Employees. We are going with the Anthem policy. There will be no increase to the Village and there will be no increase to the Village employees. Going to a higher deductible policy $750 to $2,500.00.
- ORDINANCE 04-11
AN ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, STATE OF OHIO, DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012.
- 1st reading – 11/01/11
- 2nd reading – 11/15/11
Service Committee: Gary Hodge
Motion to re-instate Tom Williams for the 2012 Tree Commission.
Motion Searight, Second Gehle. Pontsler called for the question. Searight = y, Gehle = y, Pontsler = y, Steiner = y, Hodge = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Jeff and the Tree Committee reviewed the Village Tree Ordinance and everything meets the state requirements. We will be hosting the Northwest Area Tree City Awards Banquet in May 2012. 200+ will be in attendance.
Safety Committee: Ron Searight
Nothing at this time.
Economic Development Committee: Eugene Steiner
The next RADC meeting will be November 28th at the Library Basement. We will be electing officers and reviewing goals for 2012.
Public Utilities Committee: Greg Pontsler
We now are having problems with renters moving without paying their final water bills. Therefore, Jeff has written an ordinance to require a deposit to be paid before a renter gets water services. Landlords will receive a copy of the ordinance and they should inform their tenants.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 50.06 , PAYMENT RESPONSIBILITY, OF CHAPTER 50 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF ROCKFORD, OHIO (VILLAGE WATERWORKS SYSTEM), AND ENACTING A UTILITY DEPOSIT TO BE PAID BY RENTERS AND LEASEHOLDERS OF PROPERTIES REQUESTING UTILITY SERVICE.
- 1ST reading – 11-15-11
Rules Committee: Chris Heitkamp
We will be reviewing the Employee Handbook at the next Rules Committee meeting on December 6th at 6 pm.
Back to Visitors to Address Council:
Nancy Leighner would like to congratulate those winning in the Village elections. She also wanted to know where we stand on the surveillance lights at the Park. The Park Board is working with this issue. Also there are some parking issues on Pearl Street between neighbors. This issue and others have been brought to Council attention. There is nothing Council can do. This is a public street. They have been to court and told to get along.
Motion Searight. Second Steiner to go into executive session to discuss personnel. Gehle called for the question. Searight = y, Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Hodge = y, Pontsler = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Time – 8:05 pm
Motion Steiner. Second Gehle to come out of executive session with no action taken. Hodge called for the question. Steiner = y, Gehle = y, Hodge = y, Pontsler = y, Searight = y, Heitkamp = y. Passed 6 yes.
Time 8:55 pm
Meeting adjourned 8:56 pm.