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CITY OF MAYFIELD HEIGHTS

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

December 10, 2007

 

 

The regular meeting of Council was called to order at 7:40 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. Snider moved to suspend reading of the Council minutes of November 26, 2007, and approve as written, seconded by Mrs. Finney. All in favor, motion carried. Minutes approved.

 

Mr. Mercurio moved to suspend reading of the Committee of the Whole minutes of December 4, 2007, and approve as written, seconded by Mr. Kobunski. Mr. Sonenstein moved to amend the minutes, seconded by Mrs. Finney.

Page 4, 2nd paragraph, 4th line, . . . suggesting, and he is still against the location. He said currently there are people walking, flying a kite and enjoying themselves. He stated the park should be a natural setting. Council should not decide to put a gas well in the middle of the park and then go from there. He said . . .

Page 4, 3rd paragraph, 23rd line, . . . tennis courts and across the street from the park so as not to be in the center of the park. He continued to say that the location is the residents' biggest complaint. Mr. Yarbrough . . .

All in favor, motion carried. Minutes approved as amended.

 

CORRESPONDENCE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: None.

 

REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

 

Mayor Costabile: Mayfield Road: The Mayor spoke at Gates Mills Place and there were some concerns about people coming out and heading west. The issue was reviewed with the Traffic Engineer and the Traffic Bureau. The traffic lights will be adjusted to try to get more efficient flow of traffic for the people heading west.

The contractor is still trying to get the work done so that the three lanes in front of Wal-Mart on the south side will be opened in the next two weeks.

 

The City is hoping to get its AM radio station up and running after the first of the year. It will be station 1700 and will be an informational station. The particulars will be in the City Focus and on the website.

 

The Winter City Focus will have a City survey. The Mayor hopes the residents and businesses will participate to help officials focus on concerns.

 

The Mayor congratulated Parks and Recreation on Lunch with Santa. It was a great event and Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Teller who chaired the event are to be commended.

 

Mayor Costabile wished everyone best wishes over the holiday season.

 

Director of Law Carr: Mr. Carr explained that there are three parts to the gas well issue. Three proposals have been received to date. He asked that Council remove Resolution No. 2007-54 the proposal from JR Resources from the table and vote on it. As discussed at the last COW meeting, it was suggested that no proposal be approved at this time. Instead Council should decide if gas wells should be allowed or not in the park. Resolution No. 2007-69 would allow this and give the Mayor authority to choose a proposal for a gas well to be drilled in the park. Council would then vote on the proposal recommended by the Mayor and the Law Department.

Director of Finance Tribby: No report.

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS AND BOARDS:

 

Building Committee: No report.

 

Finance and Audit Committee: Mr. Mercurio stated there were several items on the agenda. A meeting was held November 28, 2007. Copies of the minutes of the meeting were mailed to all members and are a part of the permanent record.

 

Legislative Committee: No report.

Public Works and Services Committee: No report.

 

Recreation and Parks Committee: Mr. Sasak stated he thought the Lunch with Santa was one of the best events and thanked Mrs. Snider and Mrs. Teller for chairing the event.

 

Safety and Transportation Committee: Mr. Kobunski stated there was one item on the agenda.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals: Mr. Kobunski stated the next meeting was cancelled due to lack of an agenda.

 

Commission on Aging: Mr. Ballistrea reported on the meeting of December 4, 2007. Copies of the minutes of the meeting were mailed to all members and are a part of the permanent record. The next meeting is February 5, 2008.

 

Planning Commission: Mr. Sasak stated there are two motions on the agenda.

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PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Sue Grozsek, President, Mayfield School Board, expressed sincere gratitude for all the City's support. She read a proclamation and presented it to Mayor Costabile. The District has been rated excellent six out of seven years and was named one of the best high schools in the nation. Mr. Ballistrea congratulated the District and the Board.

 

Dr. Don Spaner, Hillcrest Hospital, gave a presentation on drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. There is a serious problem everywhere, including over 720 traumas at Hillcrest Hospital in 2006. 17% of car accidents are alcohol related. There are 1.6 million head injuries with 52,000 deaths, not to mention the number of long term injuries. The cost in the United States for injuries from this problem is $30 billion. He gave a lot of statistics and showed pictures from accidents. These incidents are devastating to the public and to the trauma centers. It affects everyone. Mr. Ballistrea added that there is legislation on the agenda supporting this matter.

 

Dave Deneke, Franchise Operations (Burger King), 6251 Mayfield Road, stated that they are asking to rezone one parcel at 1467 Worton Boulevard (PP#862-01-55) from U-1(1) Single Family House Subdistrict to U-4 Local Retail/Wholesale District. They would also be requesting lot consolidation of that parcel with the three parcels Burger King currently occupies, 862-01-005, 006 and 007. This would all be done for a new Burger King.

 

Peg Egensperger, 6369 Ashdale, cited several projects, i.e. Cedar Road resurfacing, SOM Center sewer work, done in the City under the prior administration where the City worked with various other government agencies to keep the cost to the residents low. She believes that the current Mayfield Road project, approved by Council during her administration, will end up costing the taxpayers more than it should for a state project. She spoke about all this because of the issue with putting a gas well in the park. She does not believe all questions were asked or answered fully and the residents were not given the opportunity to ask questions at all the meetings. She cited several incidents of problems with gas wells around the country outside of the State of Ohio, even though gas company representatives had stated there were no safety issues. She stated that the City has been told that there could be a lot of revenue, but that is not a definite fact. She urged Council to carefully consider this matter and the ramifications of allowing a gas well in the park.

 

Ken Germain, 9017 White Oak Drive, Twinsburg, stated that he was a city official there for 13 years. He received a ticket in Mayfield Heights for pulling into the BP Station at Rt. 91, because he went on the wrong side of the barrels. That construction area is a disaster. He called the Mayor, who told him to present his defense in Court as the Mayor will not get involved with traffic citations as it is not his role as Mayor, so he did. The judge said she has seen other citations involving traffic issues with that area. He has gone by that intersection several times since and has not seen it fixed. He feels that a lot more could be done with the situation to help people driving in the City.

 

Geno Manfredi, 6292 Ridgebury Blvd., stated he has saved a number of articles on gas wells over the years. He read one from 2005 where a resident across from Knollwood Cemetery was quoted about noise, smells, no fencing and landscaping during the drilling process. Mr. Manfredi said he stands for not putting gas wells in residential areas. He is against taking away home rule. He has spoken with several fire chiefs who are not prepared for this type of accident. The fire departments cannot shut off the wells, only the companies can do so. Mr. Manfredi walked the proposed site in the park along with Mr. Kobunski and Mrs. Snider. He cited several types of complaints from around the surrounding areas about gas wells and stated that State Senator Tim Grendell is against it. He also cited ecological problems. He is here for the safety of the residents; he does not live in the area, but is concerned about safety.

 

Mrs. Snider, seconded by Mrs. Finney, moved to extend the public portion. All in favor, motion carried.

 

Judy Loach, 1620 Woodhurst, stated that her husband and neighbor's husband had heart attacks. She asked that this proposal not be approved. She feels it can cause health problems.

 

Seth Beal, Seagull Development, distributed a memo from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding regulations they have to abide by. There has only been one complaint for safety in Cuyahoga County out of over 3000 wells in the area. He just wanted to reiterate the safety of these wells.

 

George Michael, 1594 Fruitland Avenue, asked that more information be put on the agenda particularly for legislation. It is hard for the audience to follow. Also, Council rarely addresses environmental and social issues.

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Mr. Mercurio moved to remove Resolution No. 2007-54 from the table and place it on the agenda. All in favor, motion carried.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-54: "A Resolution approving and adopting an oil and gas lease agreement with JR Resources, Inc. for gas well drilling in the City of Mayfield Heights." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Sonenstein moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mr. Ballistrea understands that this proposal should not be approved. Mr. Carr explained that there is another resolution on the agenda this evening that would allow or not allow gas wells in the park in general. If that is approved then all proposals submitted to the City would be reviewed and the best one recommended for approval. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: None. NAYS: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. Vote 0-7. Motion defeated. The resolution is defeated.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-63: "A Resolution declaring the month of December as Drunk and Impaired Driving Prevention Month." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Mercurio moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sonenstein moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mr. Ballistrea commented that Dr. Spaner gave a very good presentation on the subject. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Finney, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-64: "A Resolution authorizing the Director of Finance to transfer funds in accordance with amounts listed in Ordinance Nos. 2007-23 and 2007-44." 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: Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Snider, Finney, Sonenstein, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sonenstein moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mr. Tribby stated this technically allows him to transfer the funds in the appropriations. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Kobunski, Snider, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Finney, Sasak, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-65: "A Resolution providing for the continuation of the employment of an engineer on a month to month basis (Fisher & Associates)." 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. Kobunski moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Mayor Costabile explained that City Engineer Tom Hippley has decided to retire. Fisher and Associates was the city engineering firm for the City for a long time. Mr. Hippley is willing to extend his contract with the current terms until the City can choose a new firm. The Mayor thanked Mr. Hippley for doing this. Mr. Sonenstein asked if the firm was closing and the Mayor stated yes it is. Mr. Sonenstein asked about records. Mayor Costabile replied that the City would get those. Mr. Hippley would also try to wrap up any outstanding issues for a smooth transition. Mr. Kobunski commended Mr. Hippley and his firm. They have always been helpful. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-66: "A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with L3 Communications/Mobile Vision, Inc. for the purchase of digital video systems for the Division of Police." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Mercurio moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Sonenstein moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Kobunski. Mr. Ballistrea commented that this expense is for 11 units for approximately $63,000. Mr. Carr explained that this is a sole source provider, which is allowed under the law. Mr. Sonenstein commented that the Safety and Transportation Committee reviewed this and saw a presentation. The Committee feels it would be an asset to the Police Department. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Finney, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-67: "A Resolution accepting a bid for a closed circuit television system (FM Systems)." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Kobunski moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Sasak. 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 stated that memos were received from Mr. Tribby, Mr. Carr and Police Chief Donnelly explaining that this was the most appropriate bid, even though it was not the lowest. It would cost the

City approximately $33,000 to replace the current equipment. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Kobunski, Snider, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Finney, Sasak, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-68: "A Resolution authorizing the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Village of Gates Mills for the furnishing of mutual fire protection for both municipalities for the year 2008 and declaring an emergency." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Kobunski 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. Mrs. Finney moved for adoption, seconded by Mrs. Snider. Mr. Ballistrea asked how much mutual aid there is for this annual contract. Mayor Costabile replied he could not answer that as it is dependent upon the circumstances that may arise throughout the term of the contract, but he does know that there is mutual fire aid. Mr. Tribby commented that this is an estimated 5% increase. This does allow the City to charge for squad runs, as there is no mutual aid for that portion. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2007-69: "A Resolution granting approval for, and authorizing the Mayor to enter into negotiations for a contract with an oil and gas drilling company, for the drilling of a gas well on City property more specifically that part of the City recreation and athletic park north of Marsol Road and contiguous to the baseball fields located therein." Mr. Carr read the resolution by title only. Mr. Sonenstein moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Sasak. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mr. Mercurio moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Sasak. Mr. Ballistrea stated there have been two Committee of the Whole meetings on this matter and Council has heard from residents and the gas companies.

Mr. Mercurio would like the resolution to reflect that the revenues from any drilling would be earmarked for Parks and Recreation.

Mr. Mercurio, seconded by Mr. Kobunski, moved to amend the resolution to earmark any revenues received from the drilling to be used for Parks and Recreation. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sasak, Kobunski, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: Finney. Vote 6-1. Motion carried.

Mrs. Snider stated her appreciation for all the discussion on the subject. She has learned a lot. She did a lot of research and her vote will reflect that. Mrs. Finney commented that after seeing the slides of the area of the park, she realized how small the park is and she does not feel a well should be allowed. She was also disappointed that the COW meeting was not shown on the cable station.

Mr. Sasak stated that this is one of the most difficult decisions he has had to make since being on Council. He has a passion for the parks and has been involved a long time with recreation. He also has a sticker that reminds him that he represents 20,000 people. This will be in his backyard too and he knows a lot of the people who would be affected. He feels that everyone has been affected by the cost of energy. It is becoming more expensive and any reserves need to be explored. Does the City need the revenue, no, but it is an opportunity. The money can be used to benefit many residents. He feels for the residents who will be affected by the drilling, but the City has to do the right thing.

Mr. Sonenstein commented that he also represents 20,000 residents. He has not heard one of them say a well should be drilled. The memo from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources cites water quality as an issue and that is enough for him to be against the drilling. Mr. Kobunski commented that he had stated at another meeting that he felt there was another place for a well, but after walking the area, he can state that there is no other suitable place. He will be happy to have the revenues go back to the park. Mr. Mercurio stated he wanted to assure people that this is not a safety issue. Research and experts have said that.

Mrs. Finney questioned if Mr. Sasak was planning on voting on this matter as he lives near the area in question. Mr. Carr replied that Mr. Sasak is not directly involved and can vote.

Mr. Sasak addressed Mr. Sonenstein's comment on the ODNR water quality complaints. These are typical for rural wells with drilled water. The City of Mayfield Heights does not have "rural wells." Mr. Sonenstein replied that no matter, that is the number one complaint. Safety could be an issue. He also heard that Marshall Ford would be part of this proposal. Mayor Costabile replied that one proposal could put the tank battery on Marshall Ford property and if that would happen then and only then would Marshall Ford receive some compensation for use of their property. Mr. Sonenstein also heard that the tank battery could not go near the salt bin. The Mayor replied that the Councilman has confused the two apparatus. The well head cannot go near there, but the tank battery can. If this resolution is approved the proposals would be reviewed with all these considerations.

Mr. Sasak asked what noise levels the residents could expect during the drilling process. The Mayor stated that when the well was drilled in Acacia Cemetery, there were minor issues with Woodhawk residents. Ohio Valley followed the City's ordinances on noise and analogizes the decibel level in that situation to hearing a murmur from a large party at a neighbor's house down the road.

Mr. Kobunski, seconded by Mr. Sasak, moved to allow Mr. Beal to speak. All in favor, motion carried.

Mr. Beal stated the sound would be a constant loud hum for 6-7 days. Many companies are installing hospital grade mufflers when drilling in urbanized areas to minimize the sound. Mrs. Finney referred to the ODNR memo he distributed which stated there were 3228 permitted wells in Cuyahoga County and 1018 producing wells. She asked how many of the permitted wells did not give gas. Mr. Beal said he did not know, as some of the permitted wells may never have been drilled. Mrs. Finney asked how many drilled wells produce gas. Mr. Beal replied about 99%. Mr. Carr asked Mr. Beal to confirm that regarding the Marshall Ford participation, that if the well and particulars remain where they are currently proposed, then Marshall Ford would not participate in any revenues. Mr. Beal said that is correct. Mr. Sonenstein asked if this legislation is for a specific location. Mr. Carr replied it states a wider area than previously stated, but does refer to the general area already proposed. Mr. Carr stated if a well would be drilled and at the location noted. Three proposals have identified the same location. If this legislation were approved, then he and the Mayor would review them, negotiate terms and make a recommendation to Council.

Mrs. Snider asked if this location would heat only the pool. Mr. Beal said yes or any facility the City cited. Mrs. Snider asked if there would just be credits for City Hall. Mr. Beal said if it is not contiguous, then there would be no gas, but credits could be offered. Mrs. Snider commented that she wanted to clarify what Council members and people have heard. Mr. Carr explained that the agreements would not specify specific facilities/buildings. It is given in cubic dimension of free gas and then a cost for gas used after that cubic amount. Mr. Carr asked Mr. Beal to clarify that if Marshall Ford were to participate it would receive a monetary reimbursement, not free gas. Mr. Beal said yes. They would only be included if the location were moved within 300 feet of their property line. Mayor Costabile added that it will depend on which proposal is accepted, but all would generate revenue and savings no matter how it is done. The clarification that Councilwoman Snider is asking for has already been confirmed. The City will either receive actual gas to heat the pool and city hall and/or receive credits to offset the cost of heating same. In either situation there is a savings to the City. Mr. Carr also mentioned that just because this could be approved, the homeowners still have to be agreeable. Mr. Beal mentioned that depending on the number of refusals, the proposal could still go forward. Mr. Carr commented that the state representatives put that in the law.

Mr. Sonenstein asked Council to take the residents consideration into account. Mr. Sasak commented that a recent article in the Plain Dealer stated that officials are considering allowing wells in state parks. Governor Strickland is a "green" governor and seems to be in favor of these wells. Mr. Sonenstein asked that if this does not get approved and no drilling is done at this time, then what happens. Mr. Beal stated that while the discussion is for only 20 acres, in reality more acreage is being sucked out. There are other wells already nearby that may take out the gas.

Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: Snider, Finney, Sonenstein. Vote 4-3. Motion carried. The resolution is adopted.

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ORDINANCE NO. 2007-44: "An Ordinance amending Ordinance Nos. 2007-23, 2007-33 and 2007-34, the appropriation expenditures of the city of Mayfield Heights, State of Ohio, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007, specifically the transfer and supplemental appropriation of funds in various accounts, and declaring an emergency." Mr. Carr read the ordinance by title only. Mrs. Finney moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Kobunski, Snider, Sonenstein, Mercurio, Finney, Sasak, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mrs. Finney moved for adoption, seconded by Mr. Mercurio. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Finney, Mercurio, Sasak, Kobunski, Sonenstein, Snider, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The ordinance is adopted.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-45: "An Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2006-41, which provides for the organization of certain administrative departments and fixing the salaries and bonds of certain officers and employees therein (Department of Law Rate Increase)." Mr. Carr read the ordinance by title only. Mr. Kobunski moved for suspension of the rules, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Sonenstein, Mercurio, Snider, Kobunski, Sasak, Finney, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. Mrs. Snider moved for adoption, seconded by Mrs. Finney. Mr. Ballistrea mentioned that the Finance Committee reviewed this proposal. Mr. Mercurio stated the increase was overdue. Mr. Tribby added the last increase was in 1999. Roll Call on motion as stated: AYES: Snider, Finney, Sasak, Mercurio, Sonenstein, Kobunski, Ballistrea. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The ordinance is adopted.

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Mr. Mercurio, seconded by Mrs. Finney, moved to confirm the decision of the Planning Commission approving a preliminary site plan for a 1,313 sq. ft. addition to the existing equipment/office structures for The Woodhawk Club, 200 Quail Roost. Mr. Sasak reported that it was an unanimous approval by the Planning Commission. This addition is more of a convenience for the residents at Woodhawk. All in favor, except Mr. Sonenstein, who abstained, as he is a property owner. Motion carried.

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Mr. Mercurio, seconded by Mr. Kobunski, moved to confirm the decision of the Planning Commission approving the on site directional signage for Parker Hannifin, 6035 Parkland Boulevard. Mr. Sasak reported that this was one of the most professional representations he has seen. This plan actually reduces the number of signs, but gives a clearer passage through the Parker Hannifin campus. Mayor Costabile added that approval was conditioned on the Traffic Bureau review and it has given its approval with one suggested change at location 10. The eastern face should be "No Left Turns", but on the opposite side with the western exposure, it should read "Do Not Enter". Karen Skunta, Karen Skunta & Company, representing Parker Hannifin, was asked to address this suggestion.

Ms. Skunta stated her agreement with the Traffic Bureau suggestion. Mayor Costabile thanked Parker Hannifan for their continued willingness to be an involved and caring business neighbor.

All in favor, motion carried.

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

    1.         2005 Ford Crown Victoria (106760)

 

    1.         2005 Ford Crown Victoria (106761)

 

All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sasak, seconded by Mr. Kobunski, moved to authorize payment of $12,969.62 to Universal Oil, Inc. for gasoline for various departments. All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sasak, seconded by Mr. Sonenstein, moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide cellular telephone service to the City. Mr. Ballistrea stated the cost is approximately $22,500 annually. Mayor Costabile thanked Police Chief Secretary Shelly Kristoff for researching this issue. This contract will pull all the cellular phones under one company, saving the City money. All in favor, motion carried.

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Mrs. Finney, seconded by Mrs. Snider, moved to designate the Deputy Clerk of Council as the designee for the Council Members for the training mandated by HB9, pertaining to the Public Records Policy. Mr. Tribby mentioned that Miss Benedetti had attended the class this afternoon. All in favor, motion carried.

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Mr. Sasak, seconded by Mr. Kobunski, moved to cancel the regularly scheduled Council meeting of December 24, 2007. All in favor, motion carried.

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NEW BUSINESS; COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL:

 

Mr. Ballistrea thanked Mr. Sonenstein, as this was his last meeting as a councilman, for his service to the City.

 

Mr. Ballistrea wished everyone happy holidays.

 

Mrs. Snider stated that at the Lunch with Santa event this year, there was a giving tree. They also raised $240, which would be given to a local charity. The tree will be planted in the park. She felt that it was a good learning experience for the children. She wished everyone happy holidays.

 

Mr. Sasak echoed these sentiments. He also commended and complimented Mr. Sonenstein on his years of service to the City.

 

Mr. Sonenstein thanked everyone. He also thanked the residents for the opportunity to serve.

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There being no further business to come before Council, Mr. Ballistrea adjourned the meeting at 9:45 P.M.

 

Approved:                                                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Michael Ballistrea                                                                                          Lisa A. Benedetti, MMC

Council President                                                                                          Deputy Clerk of Council