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CITY OF MAYFIELD HEIGHTS

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

September 10, 2007

 

 

The regular meeting of Council was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Council President Michael Ballistrea.

 

ROLL CALL: PRESENT: Mr. Michael Ballistrea, Mrs. Donna Finney,

Mr. Ronald Kobunski, Mr. Sam Mercurio,

Mr. David Sasak, Mrs. Diane Snider,

Mr. Howard Sonenstein.

ABSENT: None.

 

Also present were Mayor Gregory Costabile, Mr. Leonard Carr, Mr. Robert Tribby and Miss Lisa Benedetti.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

 

Mrs. Finney moved to suspend reading of the Committee of the Whole minutes of July 23, 2007, and approve as written, seconded by Mrs. Snider. All in favor, motion carried. Minutes approved.

 

Mr. Sasak moved to suspend reading of the Special Council meeting minutes of July 23, 2007, and approve as written, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. All in favor, motion carried. Minutes approved.

 

CORRESPONDENCE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

 

Mayor Costabile:  Mayfield Road Update: The South side west of Golden Gate to Lander Road - all utility work is complete. Concrete will be poured weather permitting. Two of the three phases are currently active. The final phase, the freeway interchange, will be starting the end of 2008 or early 2009. The Police Department has met with the school district to ensure safe and well flowing traffic flow with the schools now in session. Hillcrest Hospital and St. Francis Church continue to advise their patrons of alternative routes. The flow is fairly good, but some alternate routes may have some problems. The City continues to review the situation and the police have a continued presence.

 

The Cedar Road project is due to be completed this fall, which should help to alleviate some of the traffic flow issues. The City did only minor work on other roads this year to minimize additional traffic problems.

 

The Mayor stated he continues to speak to groups to keep open communications between the City and its various constituents.

 

The first Business Community Council meeting was held earlier in the summer. He believes this will also help to keep the lines of communication open.

 

The Mayors Golf Outing was most successful. The profit was triple over last year and the proceeds will be used for the Recreation Department.

 

The City Focus should go out soon. The Mayor urged everyone to read it to keep up with what is going on in the City.

 

Many fun filled events were held throughout the summer in the City. The Mayor congratulated the Recreation Department staff for the success of the events and all the hard work to put them together. The Mayor enumerated some repairs and improvements done in the parks.

 

Community Unity Days was a success despite some weather related issues. The alternate parade route worked out well. This year there was a bocce tournament in conjunction with community days that was very successful.

 

The Building Department remains vigilant in keeping the housing stock in repair so that our neighborhoods remain well kept in a safe manner for all.

 

Director of Law Carr:  Tabled Resolution No. 2007-29 should be removed from the table and placed on the agenda for action this evening.

 

Director of Finance Tribby:  There are several items on the agenda for which memorandums were sent to all members explaining the matters.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS:

 

Building Committee: No report.

 

Finance and Audit Committee:  Mr. Mercurio stated several items are on the agenda.

 

Legislative Committee: No report.

 

Public Works and Services Committee: No report.

Recreation and Parks Committee:  Mr. Sasak reported there were some weather issues for the rides at Community Unity Days. The solution to put the rides on the parking lot seemed to work out. He heard only positive comments and commended the Recreation Department. Mr. Ballistrea concurred that he also heard positive comments and the rides seemed to work out better where they ended up than where they normally are on the grass.

 

Safety and Transportation Committee:  Mr. Kobunski reported on the meeting held this evening prior to the Council meeting. The Fire Department has requested additional staffing of one more man per shift due to increases in ambulance runs. This would bring the total manpower for each shift to 11. There is money in the budget for this staffing. The committee recommends this additional staffing be done.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals:  Mr. Kobunski reported that a meeting would be held September 11, 2007.

 

Commission on Aging:  Mr. Ballistrea reported on the meeting held September 4, 2007. Copies of the minutes of the meeting were mailed to all members and are a part of the permanent record. Over 140 Gold Residents were in attendance and it was very positive. Flu shots will be given October 30 at the community center. Registration will be by forms this year, not by phone. He reviewed the parameters for persons eligible for the flu shots. Computer classes continue for seniors. There will be a Senior Expo at Gates mills Club on September 23, 2007. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mayor Costabile that the flu shots will be back at the community center as it has been. Last year was the exception when the County asked and the City agreed to administer the shots as a practice drill for the regional MIPOD (Mass Innoculation Point of Dispensing) group.

Mr. Kobunski commented that he liked the move of the Gold Resident ceremony to the community center this year instead of outside. It seemed to work out better for everyone and was more comfortable.

 

Mrs. Finney mentioned that the annual MIPOD drill would be held again this year, but not in conjunction with the flu shots, as it was last year.

 

Planning Commission: Mr. Sasak stated there was one item on the agenda that needed to be addressed.

 

 

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PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Elaine Engle, 1430 Mayfield Ridge, stated she was appalled to see that live rabbits were being given out as door prizes by one vendor at community days. This is not good for the animals or for the residents. The rabbits may end up outside because people do not know what to do with them. South Euclid has an ordinance prohibiting giving out live animals. She urged Council to consider adopting a similar ordinance. She distributed an article from the News Herald regarding this problem in Lake County. Mayor Costabile explained that the City did not contract with the vendor to do this and it was addressed immediately that it was known this was happening and the vendor stopped.

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Mr. Mercurio, seconded by Mrs. Snider, moved to remove Resolution No. 2007-29 from the agenda and place it on the agenda. All in favor, motion carried.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-29:  "A Resolution confirming the action of the Planning Commission of the City of Mayfield Heights in approving the final site plan for the addition of a 2,816 square foot fueling facility at the Costco Store located at 1409 Golden Gate Boulevard, Mayfield Heights, Ohio. " Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mrs. Finney moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Kobunski. Mr. Carr explained that this matter initially had a gate requirement for the residents on Bonnie Lane. The landlord, Shemo, did not approve this requirement. The City then negotiated with Shemo and Costco and had discussions with the current Building Director, the retired Building Director, and last year's Interim Building Director and outside legal counsel familiar with these types of issues. A new resolution was then prepared that Mr. Carr believes serves the original purpose of the gate requirement. The fuel station would be operated between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (the applicant had initially requested hours of operation between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.) and there will be an attendant there at all times. Also, last year impact fee legislation was initiated by the City. Costco was assessed according to this fee and agreed to a $500,000 fee that could be used to minimize the impact of this entire site to the area. The project should begin in October. Mr. Ballistrea asked if Costco received a copy of the resolution. Mr. Carr said yes and they have signed off of it. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-40:  "A Resolution requesting the County Auditor to advance real property and tangible personal property taxes from the proceeds of tax levies pursuant to Section 321.34, Ohio Revised Code." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mrs. Finney moved for suspension, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Kobunski moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Finney, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-41:  "A Resolution authorizing the Director of Finance to transfer funds in accordance with amounts listed in Ordinance No. 2007-23." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Sonenstein moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mrs. Snider. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Snider, Finney, Sonenstein, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sasak moved for adoption, seconded by Mrs. Finney. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Kobunski, Snider, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Finney, Sasak, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-42:  "A Resolution authorizing the City of Mayfield Heights, to join with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the National Preparedness Month Coalition, designating September 2007, as National Preparedness Month." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mrs. Finney moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mrs. Snider. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Finney, Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Sonenstein, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr.

 

Sasak moved for adoption, seconded by Mrs. Snider. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-43:  "A Resolution accepting a certain bid for the demolition of an abandoned gas station, 5855 Mayfield Road (O.B.O. Demolition and Construction, Inc.)." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mrs. Finney moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Kobunski moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Sasak. Mr. Ballistrea asked if there was a time frame for the start of the demolition. Mayor Costabile replied that it should begin fairly soon. Mr. Tribby added that Building Director Tom Jamieson told the company to be prepared to start. They are also going to try to coordinate the demolition of a house at the same time to be more efficient. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Finney, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-44:  "A Resolution accepting a certain bid for salt (Morton Salt Division)." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Sonenstein moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Kobunski. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Snider, Finney, Sonenstein, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mrs. Finney moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mr. Ballistrea commented that this was approximately 2% over the bid from last year. Mr. Kobunski inquired if there was a reason International Salt did not bid. Mr. Tribby replied that they have declined to bid for several years. It may depend on the distance to transport the salt, as they are not a local company. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Kobunski, Snider, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Finney, Sasak, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

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ORDINANCE NO. 2007-34:  "An Ordinance amending Ordinance Nos. 2007-23 and 2007-33, the appropriation expenditures of the City of Mayfield Heights, State of Ohio, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007." Mr. Carr read the ordinance by title only. Mrs. Snider moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Finney, Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Sonenstein, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sasak moved for adoption, seconded by Mrs. Finney. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The ordinance is adopted.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-35:  "An Ordinance amending Chapter 1311, Section 1311.01, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Mayfield Heights, pertaining to the Ohio Building Code." Mr. Carr read the ordinance by title only. Mrs. Snider moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Kobunski. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sasak moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mr. Ballistrea commented that this adopts the latest edition. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Finney, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The ordinance is adopted.

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Mr. Mercurio, seconded by Mrs. Finney, moved to authorize payment of $13,935.57 to Great Lakes Petroleum Company for gasoline for various departments. Mr. Ballistrea stated a memo was received from Mr. Tribby explaining that this action was needed due to the fact that this amount is higher than the Mayor's spending limit. All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sonenstein, seconded by Mrs. Snider, moved to authorize payment of $12,819.87 to Universal Oil, Inc. for gasoline for various departments. All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sonenstein, seconded by Mr. Mercurio, moved to authorize the advertisement of bids for the sale of the following used vehicles:

    1. 1996 Ford Crown Victoria (140895)

1999 Ford Crown Victoria (180881)

2000 Ford Crown Victoria (152640)

2000 Ford Crown Victoria (152641)

2000 Ford Crown Victoria (152639)

2005 Ford Crown Victoria (106762)

 

All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sasak, seconded by Mr. Kobunski, moved to approve the purchase and payment for two (2) salt spreaders for the Service Department from Jones Equipment in the amount of $24,000. Mr. Kobunski asked if this was additional or replacement equipment. Mr. Tribby replied it was replacement equipment. Mr. Sasak asked if there was a trade-in value. Mr. Tribby stated he believes it would be for scrap value only. All in favor, motion carried.

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There being no further business to come before Council, Mr. Ballistrea adjourned the meeting at 8:20 P.M.

 

Approved:                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Michael Ballistrea                                                       Lisa A. Benedetti, MMC

Council President                                                       Deputy Clerk of Council