Pemberville Village Council Minutes
of 3/19/02


Mayor Oberhouse called the regular meeting of Council to order on Tuesday, March 19th, 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 OíConnor; Wood County Health Commissioner, Larry Sorrells; Township Trustees, Keith Avers and Jim Witker; Township Clerk, Judy Beeker; Pool Board members--Cheryl Frobose, Lisa Downey, Beth Downey and Anne Michel; and Polly Weitzel from the Sentinel-Tribune.

The minutes from March 5th, 2002 were reviewed and as there were no additions or corrections, the minutes stand approved as submitted.

Bills in the amount of $55,292.25 were presented for approval of payment.  Vandersall moved, seconded by Sharp, to approve payment of the bills.  The motion carried unanimously.

Larry Sorrells talked about issues facing the County Board of Health.

The Pool Board wanted to answer questions and try to resolve issues concerning the swimming pool.  The pool is thirty-two years old and it is hard to predict what is needed in advance.  They did not anticipate the painting issue and deteriorating concrete.  The Village owns the pool but it is leased by the Pool Corporation.

As far as the Township contributing to the pool, Keith Avers said it is a privately owned corporation and they cannot submit funds to any private organization but they havenít had a recent opinion from the Prosecutor.  Mazur read a letter from Solicitor Marsh stating in his opinion both the Village and the Township have the legal authority to participate in and contribute funds toward the operation of the Pemberville Pool.

After lengthy discussion, Vandersall volunteered to serve on a committee to work together with the Township and Pool Board to plan for future pool needs and find a solution to pool funding.  Vandersall moved to form a committee to check into pool funding, meeting with the Wood County Prosecutor and Solicitor Marsh at the earliest possible date.  Seconded by Wegman, the motion carried unanimously 

Sharp moved that we come up with the $20,000.00 to pay for needed repairs to the pool.  Seconded by Mazur, the motion carried unanimously.

Ordinance #1232, An Ordinance to make Permanent Appropriations for Current Expenses and other Expenditures of the Village of Pemberville, State of Ohio, during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2002, had its third reading.  Vandersall moved to pass Ordinance #1232 as an emergency.  Seconded by Sharp, the motion passed unanimously.

Vandersall moved to give $2,500.00 contingency money to the swimming pool for repairs.  Seconded by Brann, the motion carried unanimously.

Laurel Nissen owes the Village $13,061.68 for sanitary sewer unit charge and tap-in fee and the Solicitor said it cannot be assessed to her property.  Vandersall moved that she be allowed to make two payments per year to the Village over a twenty-year period at 3.12% interest.  Seconded by Sharp, the motion carried unanimously.

A letter from the Ohio Department of Commerce informed Council that all permits to sell alcoholic beverages in the Village will expire on January 1, 2003 and this would be their only opportunity to object to their renewal.  There were no objections.

MAYOR REPORT: Elmore is hosting a Small Town Educational Summit Thursday, March 21st and the 28th Northwest Ohio Mayors and Managers Association Annual meeting is Thursday, March 28th at the Pemberville Legion Hall.

The Village has been named Tree City USA for 2001.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

MAZUR: Looked at Tom Wards building and the Village right-of-way and has a 1997 survey of the property from Heinz Offerman.  There is a big tree, a line of bushes and fir tree in the way.  They will mark it out according to the drawing before cutting anything down and stoning it.  The Mayor will talk with Elaine Buchman about it.

BRANN:  Would like to be involved in decisions made regarding streets since he is on the committee.  He is getting calls and doesnít have answers.

There have been complaints about cars bottoming out when turning the corner at Bierley Avenue and South Street.  Jeff Bourdo thought some stone would help that situation.  There are also concerns about the steepness of the new sidewalk across from the elevator where the handicap ramp was put in.

CHIEF OíCONNOR:  There have been concerns from the school regarding the lack of a crosswalk near the Town Hall.  There is

a sidewalk to the street in front of 111 W. Front Street, the walk could be extended to the street across from it by the Town Hall and both curbs shaved off.  There needs to be a designated crossing and it should be done quickly.

At 9:25 p.m. Sharp moved to go into executive session to discuss personnel.  Seconded by Vandersall, the motion carried unanimously.

At 9:43 p.m. Council reconvened and as there was no further business to be brought before Council at that time, the meeting was adjourned.