Pemberville Village Council Minutes
of 1/15/02


Mayor Oberhouse called the regular meeting of Council to order on Wednesday, January 15th, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.  A prayer was offered by Douglas Wegman followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.   

Present for roll call were Vandersall, Panning, Wegman, Mazur, Brann, and Sharp.  Also attending the meeting were Police Chief, Dan O’Connor; Polly Weitzel from the Sentinel-Tribune; Fire Chief, Herb Martin; Assistant Fire Chief, Duane Martin; and residents—Sandi Caudill, Heather Schmeltz, Jose Martinez, Jose Salinas, John Held, Patty Pringle, Gina Hineline, Blain Hineline, Brian Damron, Mary Damron, Sterling Damron, Lisa Boyer, Robert Boyer and Marlene Jovanovic.

The minutes from January 2nd, 2002 were reviewed and as there were no additions or corrections, the minutes stand approved as submitted.

Village residents aired concerns about the suggested closing of the Forrest Avenue railroad crossing in exchange for the installation of lights and gates at the South Street and Elmore Road crossings.  They said closing the Forrest Avenue crossing would be a safety issue as well as decrease property value, effect school bus routes, mail delivery, snowplow, trash pickup, emergency vehicles, etc.  The Fire Chief agreed that closing the crossing would be a safety hazard.  Vandersall moved that we put stop signs and stop lines at all three crossings (Elmore Road, Forrest Avenue and South Street) and also continue to pursue funding for lights and gates.  Seconded by Sharp, the motion carried unanimously.

Bills in the amount of $2,966.09 were presented for approval of payment.  Sharp moved, seconded by Vandersall, to approve payment of the bills.  The motion carried unanimously.

The Mayor reminded Council to let her know of all 2001 Committee accomplishments so they can be included in the State of the Village Report.

Ordinance #1231, Ordinance Authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to enter into a contract with Buckeye Sanitation, Inc. for Trash Removal in the Village of Pemberville, had its first reading.  Sharp moved to suspend the rules.  Seconded by Vandersall, the motion carried unanimously.  Sharp moved to pass Ordinance #1231 as an emergency.  Seconded by Vandersall, the motion carried unanimously.

Resolution #646, Resolution Accepting Bid for Depository, had its second reading.

Wegman moved to enter into a contract with Laurie Heestand for cleaning the Police Station and Town Hall in 2002.

MAYOR: The Portage River Basin Committee is looking for more people to become involved.

The Wood County Mayors Association dinner will be January 29th at the Pemberville Legion Hall.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

SHARP: The Town Hall sign looks wonderful.  The Community Improvement/Public Relations Committee volunteered to be responsible for placing messages on the sign.

WEGMAN: Asked if the Village would consider sponsoring a boy for Boys’ State at a cost of $265.00.  The Fire Department usually sponsors one boy but does not have the funds this year due to the purchase of a Thermo Image camera.  The Legion sponsors two boys and the SAL one.  The Solicitor will be contacted to see if we would be allowed to do this.

MAZUR: Moved to advance Dave Bruning, Street/Lands & Buildings Helper to Step 4 retroactive to January 1, 2002.  Seconded by Sharp, the motion carried unanimously.

CHIEF O’CONNOR: The Officer Phil Program will be presented at the Elementary School Thursday, January 17, to grades K-4.

As there was no further business to be brought before Council at this time, Wegman moved, seconded by Vandersall, to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.