Monday, May 15, 2006

So there was this Council Meeting tonight

And there was huge community interest in it.  I was totally astonished to see a whopping five people turn out.  One of those folks even got to be on Council!  Not a bad deal if you ask me.

It wasn’t me if you were wondering.

Anyway, as Council Meetings go, it was rather dull overall.  Sorry folks, it really was a toss up between watching paint dry and taking notes.  Anyway, a brief review.

Council President Scott Garrett commended the Edwards’ for coordinating the Clean Up Day.  It does look pretty nice and they did a lot of work pulling this all together.

Sonya Edwards was appointed to the open Council position.

Mayor Jim Moore compared the last three attempts at passing the Income Tax issue.  He pointed out that in November it had 30% support, in February it had 24% support, and in May it received 36% support.

The Safety Committee is looking into any federal grants to help with financing the Police Department.  Rachel Barrett will be the new chair for this committee and it will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:15 pm after the Finance Committee’s meeting at 6:30.

The Financial Committee discussed issues with improperly depositing USDA money into the General Fund and conforming to the advice of the Auditor.  A Worker’s Compensation payment is to be made for the months of April and May to the tune of $28,606.00.  Marian also pointed out that the interest on the sustained debt is compounding continually.

Two ordinances were passed as Emergency measures.  They are as follows:

Ordinance No. O-2006–13  Declaring it necessary in order to continue to provide services in the Village of Windham to increase the Village Income Tax by .5% effective January 1, 2007, declaring an Emergency and repealing all prior inconsistent ordinances.

Ordinance No. O-2006–14 Declaring it necessary to place a .5% General Income Tax increase on the ballot for the August 8, 2006 Special Election said increase to be effective January 1, 2007 and notifying the Portage County Board of Elections to cause notice of the election, and declaring an Emergency and repealing all prior inconsistent ordinances.

The Committee also pointed out that there has been a request made by the Portage County Commissioners to purchase a 12 x 12 granite brick for the Veterans Memorial that will be in the front lawn of the County Courthouse.  It will be a Level III donation at the cost of $1,000.00.  The Council tabled the issue until next meeting.

The Service Committee presented an ordinance pertaining to the continuing issues with the water meters in the Village.  Presented was this ordinance, which was passed unanimously by Council:

Ordinance No. O-2006–11 Enacting new Section 927.06 of the Codified Ordinance of the Village of Windham to assess a monthly fee for water meter rentals and to create a fund for meter repair, replacements, and maintenance to be effective July 1, 2006 declaring an Emergency and repealing all prior inconsistent ordinances.

Through this ordinance, the Village Water Department will be able to purchase new water meters from a fund set up specifically for that purpose.  A $5.00 fee will be assessed per meter beginning in July, 2006.

The committee also presented issues raised by Kevin Knight.  Some fences in the Village are in need of repair which is estimated to cost $5,600.00; a valve on the water tank needs replaced which will cost $7,000.00; and some of the storm sewers in the Village are in need of maintenance.

The Public Housing Committee recommended that their Ordinance be tabled until the next meeting:

Ordinance O-2006–15 Amending Section 1341.02 (49) of the codified Ordinance of the Village of Windham to include single family rental units to the housing code to make them subject to inspections and licensing fees repealing all prior other inconsistent ordinances and declaring an emergency.

The Ordinance is intended to tighten up on licensing and enforcement of such in the Village.  There was also discussion about the method of inspections.  The housing inspector has not been filling out reports correctly and has not responded to a request made by the Mayor two weeks ago.

The Planning and Zoning Committee put this ordinance before Council, which was passed unanimously:

Ordinance O-2006–12 Authorizing a request to the Ohio Board of Building Standards to certify the Village of Windham for enforcement of the Residential Code of Ohio with the condition that the Portage County Residential Building Department exercise enforcement authority and accept and approve plans and specifications, and make inspections, and authorizing an agreement for such enforcement between the Village of Windham and Portage County Residential Building Department declaring an emergency.

The ordinance is a formality to make the PCRBD officially the building code inspectors.

In Guest Recognition, Robert Edwards thanked the Village and Council members individually for their help during the Clean-Up Day.

The Council went into Executive session twice during the meeting, first to discuss the selection of the new Council member and second to discuss legal and police personnel issues.

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