Pemberville Village Council Minutes
of 5/7/02


Mayor Oberhouse called the regular meeting of Council to order on Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.  A prayer was offered by Douglas Wegman followed by the Pledge of Alliance 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; Solicitor, Michael Marsh; BPA Members, Homer Johnson; Planning Commission Chairman, David Foulke; Polly Weitzel from the Sentinel-Tribune; and residents, Bob Panning and Kenneth Henline.

The minutes from April 16th and 19th, 2002 were reviewed.  As there were no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as submitted.

Bills in the amount of $6,467.26 were presented for approval of payment.  Sharp moved, seconded by Vandersall, to approve payment of the bills.  The motion carried unanimously.

BPA—Homer Johnson gave each Council member a copy of the Board of Public Affairs Resolution #2002-1 Fixing Water Rates and Water Tap Charge in the Village.  The rate increase will begin with the June usage/July billing.

The grouting of the sanitary sewer lines on East Street has been started and Bierley Avenue is being televised.

Johnson asked if the Village could start a compost pile, as a number of people are not happy with the grass pickup situation.

Both Issue II Grants were turned down for the clarifier and waterline across the river.

CLERK: A contract for mosquito spraying was received from TONACO, Inc.  Sharp moved to have TONACO spray six times for mosquitoes.  Seconded by Vandersall, the motion carried unanimously.

Dwight and Patty Fertig are asking Council to reimburse the $144.00 they paid to have their driveway approach replaced.  Sharp moved to reimburse the Fertigs the $144.00.  Seconded by Vandersall, the motion carried unanimously.

North Branch Nursery made a donation of $150.00 on labor to straighten two evergreens along the walkway by the Antique Market.

Dave Foulke reminded Council of the Planning Commission meeting on the Subdivision Regulations, Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m.

At 8:00 p.m. Vandersall moved to recess the regular meeting of Council so the Annual Joint Cemetery meeting could be held.  Seconded by Sharp, the motion carried unanimously.

The Annual Joint Cemetery Meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 by Cemetery Board President, Patricia Vandersall.

Present for roll call were Mayor Oberhouse, Witker, Avers, Vandersall, Panning, Wegman, Mazur, Brann, and Sharp.

Minutes for 2001 were reviewed and approved as submitted.

The financial statement for 2001 was presented.  It showed receipts for 2001 were $13,473.36 and expenses $13,850.71.  Balance on hand December 31, 2001 was $7,724.86.  Sharp moved, seconded by Brann, to accept the financial statement.  The motion carried unanimously.

Witker moved that a Trustee not be nominated to fill the vacancy on the Cemetery Board for next year until someone is appointed to fill Gene Walston’s seat.  Seconded by Avers, the motion carried unanimously.  The Township Trustees have thirty days to appoint someone for the vacancy.

Witker reported that the Township purchased a second mower last year and this year had them both reconditioned.  The Cemetery Board will share in that expense.  There is nothing major that has to be done this year at the Cemetery.

There are two part-time workers helping the Sexton.

Sharp moved at 8:15 p.m. to adjourn the Annual Joint Cemetery Meeting.  Wegman seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

The regular meeting of Council reconvened at 8:15 p.m.

MAYOR: The PUCO has completed a state funded field survey on the Forrest Avenue grade crossing and submitted a proposal to upgrade the warning devices to flashing lights and poles.  The estimated cost is $240,000.00 with Pemberville’s share - $75,600.00, PUCO assist $140,000.00 and CSXT $24,000.00.  The Village might be able to get further assistance for its share from Angels on the Track.  A decision on this proposal needs to be made before June 3rd.

The Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance to Jim and Bonnie Bowe, 155 Joyce Avenue, to put an addition on their house.

Thanked everyone who helped with the Beth Hertrick Fund Raiser.  A total of $15,000.00 was received.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

SHARP:  Citizens Savings Bank has been offering better CD rates than other banks.  We have a total of $1,650,000.00 in CD investments at this time.

The Park Board found a place for a skate park and Jeff Bourdo will check with Bradner on theirs.  John Lockard will put fencing around the basketball court, the gazebo is getting fixed and Jeff has a quote for replacing mulch on the playground area.  They will apply for grant money to replace the round picnic tables.

VANDERSALL:  The Personnel Committee will meet Thursday, May 16th.  The swimming pool meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at the Village Hall.

CHIEF O’CONNOR:  PIMA has flyers out for a car show “Cruisin’ Night” on June 6th.  He told them that they need to ask Council’s permission to close off SR 105.

Kenneth Henline asked if the Lands & Buildings Committee is aware of the condition of the salt bin building.  There has been deterioration to the roof and facer the last five years.  He also wants the sidewalks and curbs done and asked if a program for sidewalks has been established.

Henline also questioned the qualifications of Police Officer McHenry to work for the town and wanted Council to read a letter sent to him by the officer.  Council determined this was a civil matter and had nothing to do with the Police Department.  The Chief said he evaluates his employees by the job they do for the Village.

Bob Panning aired complaints about having been stopped six times in town by the police.

BRANN:  Knows someone that is interested in the brick from the old utility building if they decide to tear it down and the old salt spreader that was purchased and not used.

As there was no further business to be brought before Council at this time, Brann moved, seconded by Vandersall, to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.