Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Roll call showed the following members present on this date. Burnell, Schwartz, Wills, Hoffman, Kuck and Stienecker. Also present were Mayor Pape, Solicitor Smith, Chief of Police Harrod, Village Administrator York and Fiscal Officer Gast. The first Council meeting in January was held at the Lockkeepers House and newly elected Councilors Hoffman and Schwartz took the Oath of Office in front of the Civil War Flag at the Bicycle Museum before the meeting.
Visitors were Ben Krieg, Angie Klosterman representing The Evening Leader and Margie Wuebker representing The Daily Standard.
Stienecker made a motion to elect Don Kuck as President of Council. Second by Wills. All ayes.
Minutes from the December 13 meeting were approved with a motion by Burnell. Second by Wills. All ayes.
Hoffman made a motion to approve a total expenditure for the month of December 2011 in the amount of $668,815.41. Second by Schwartz. All ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in the Mayor’s Report:
- Announced Lock One Community Arts will be hosting the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers on Jan. 29 at 4:00 p.m.
- Reporting NKTELCO will be having a rate increase of $5.00 per month.
- State of the Village’s Breakfast - January 26 at 7:30 a.m. at New Knoxville American Legion.
- Winter Canal Hike – January 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- Coffee with Administration – January 14 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Burnell).
- Coffee with Administration – February 11 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (Wills).
- Accepting seasonal applications until March 15.
- Congratulated Howard Overman as the new N.B.H.S. Superintendent.
- Reported fines, fees and forfeitures for the month of $628.00.
- Village Administrator York updated Council on projects within the Village.
Burnell made a motion to enter into Executive Session at 6:55 p.m. to discuss personnel. Second by Stienecker. All ayes. Council came out of Executive Session at 7:10 p.m. and took the following action.
Wills made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Burnell. All ayes. ORDINANCE 2012-1-2 amending the payroll ordinance and hiring Benjamin Krieg as Public Works Superintendent at Classification D-46 at a rate of $23.90 per hour effective January 16, 2012. There will be a 6 month probationary period. Motion by Kuck, second by Wills. All ayes.
Schwartz made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Burnell. All ayes. Ordinance 2012-1-1 approving the appropriations for 2012. Motion by Stienecker. Second by Kuck. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2011-11-39 authorizing the Mayor to enter into a three-year contract with the City of St. Marys for the collection of Income Tax revenues starting January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014. Motion by Wills. Second by Schwartz. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2011-11-40 entering into a contract with Stephen L. Smith for the rendition of legal services beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2013. Motion by Kuck. Second by Hoffman. All ayes.
Third reading RESOLUTION 2011-11-43 entering into a contract with Robert W. Kehoe for the rendition of services as Mayor’s Court Magistrate beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012. Motion by Burnell. Second by Stienecker. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2011-12-48 authorizing the purchase of a 311 Citizen Response Program from Town Square Software, LLC at a cost of $11,000 plus annual support and hosting per year of approximately $1875 to $3500. Council discussed the option of using Facebook because of the high cost for the 311 system. Since Facebook is free, some members of Council thought it might be a better option for the Village. Councilors also checked the Minster Facebook page and found it to be very professional. It was decided to have second reading to allow more time for review and community input. Motion by Schwartz. Second by Kuck. Burnell, Schwartz and Kuck ayes. Wills, Hoffman and Stienecker nays. Mayor Pape broke the tie with an aye.
First reading RESOLUTION 2012-1-1 authorizing the payment to the Auglaize County Wide Emergency Management Cooperative in the amount of $2084.60 for the per capita assessment for 2012. Motion by Schwartz. Second by Wills. All ayes.
Council discussed the EMS contract briefly and decided to review and audit the financial books according to the ORC.
Burnell made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Wills. Four ayes. Hoffman and Kuck nay. RESOLUTION 2012-1-2 authorizing basic engineering services by Poggemeyer Design Group for the Canal Trail grant (80%/20%) application from the location known as the ABC Center to Lock Two Road. The total compensation for services under C4.01 is $66,562 based on the following: a.) Preliminary Design (Stage 2 Review) $42,790; b.) Final Design (PS&E Review) $23,772. These figures include the New Bremen Foundation share. Motion by Burnell. Second by Stienecker. All ayes.
First reading RESOLUTION 2012-1-3 authorizing payment of the AMPGS stranded cost in the amount of $964,755 to be added to the Village’s power supply invoice over a period of 15 years with variable interest rates. The cost is a result of the Village’s partnership with American Municipal Power in a scrapped plan to construct a coal-fired power plant in Meigs County. Solicitor Smith said the floating interest rate currently stands at 1.2%. The 81 AMP-member communities are seeking litigation over the billed costs and if successful, would receive a full or partial refund. Motion by Kuck. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Wills made a motion to adjourn at 8:38 p.m. Second by Kuck. All ayes.
Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer