Tuesday, January 24, 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. 
Visitors were Robert Parker and Linda Emmons representing the New Bremen Emergency Squad, Angie Klosterman representing The Evening Leader and Margie Wuebker representing The Daily Standard.
Minutes from the January 10 meeting were approved with a motion by Schwartz. Second by Kuck. All ayes.
Wills made a motion to approve a total expenditure for the month of January in the amount of $750,598.06. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Mayor Pape made the following announcements in the Mayor’s Report:
- Ask for approval to sponsor Eagle Scout Jacob Rutschilling in the amount of $85.00 for the program on February 4, 2012.
- Village Administrator York updated Council on projects within the Village.
- Police Chief Douglas Harrod presented the 2011 Activity Report to Council.
- Burnell commended the Public Works Dept. on the snow removal.
First reading RESOLUTION 2012-1-4 authorizing a contract with the New Bremen Emergency Squad for ambulance and emergency medical services in the amount of $15,000 for a period beginning February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013 pursuant to Section 307.69.1 O.R.C. Stienecker will audit the account. Motion by Kuck. Second by Schwartz. Five ayes. Burnell nay.
Wills made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Kuck. All ayes. ORDINANCE 2012-1-3 eliminating three classification ranges no longer used for payroll. The classifications to be removed are Chief of Police Appt. after 08/06, Supt. Pub. Works Appt. after 08/06 and Asst. Supt. Pub. Works Appt. after 08/06. Motion by Wills, second by Stienecker. All ayes.
Kuck made a motion to suspend the rule. Second by Burnell. All ayes. ORDINANCE 2012-1-4 changing the classification of Lawrence Wissman to Public Works Worker II at range D-48 at a rate per hour of $22.05 effective 1/16/12. Motion by Schwartz. Second by Hoffman. All ayes.
Third 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. Burnell reported that he talked with some of the references listed with the software quote. Wills also made a call to the Auglaize County Sheriff Dept. for information concerning the system. After some discussion, Council decided the system would not be beneficial to the Village.   Motion by Kuck. Second by Schwartz. Kuck and Schwartz aye. Burnell, Wills, Hoffman and Stienecker nays. Resolution failed.
Second 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 Burnell. Second by Stienecker. All ayes.
Second reading RESOLUTION 2012-1-3 authorizing payment of the AMPGS stranded cost in the amount of $964,755 choosing Option D to be added to the Village’s power supply invoice over a period of 15 years with variable interest rates. Kuck made a motion, seconded by Schwartz to amend the resolution by choosing Option E at the recommendation of Courtney and Associates currently doing a rate study for the Village. Option E is to continue to carry sunk costs on AMP line of credit until final AMPGS litigation is settled. All ayes. The stranded 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 enter into Executive Session to discuss real estate at 8:20 p.m. Second by Hoffman. All ayes.
Council came out of Executive Session at 8:45 p.m. No action was taken. Adjournment followed with a motion by Kuck. Second by Burnell. All ayes.
Diane Gast, Fiscal Officer