CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030
April 21, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Bruce Fleischmann, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENT: Luke Gallagher
GUEST: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager.
MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the March 17, 2016 meeting, it was moved by
Wally Dunne to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion approved.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Janet Brown
Janet presented her offer to put a portable “Ice House” unit in our Marina as a lease option.The machine would require water and electric hook up, and also a concrete pad to sit it on.The unit takes coins, bills, and credit cards. Janet asked the CPA to consider the idea.
Joe Raisian and the board members discussed this option in round table fashion and felt that if we accept her offer that the best place to put an “Ice House” machine would be in the Lagoon area. The Board will consider this proposition and get back to her.
Denver Spieldenner stated that he had received the monthly Great Lakes Report from the
Army Corps of Engineers and that the Lake Erie water level is predicted to peak during the end of June or the first part of July.
Denver also reported that the CPA had received a thank you letter from the Ashtabula
County Growth Partnership Organization for the $1,000 membership that we submitted.
Denver shared that we had received two ordinances for surveying Naylor Boulevard and
the Marina Drive, Broad Street Extension.
Joe Raisian announced that he had received another donation for the “Way Find Sign” and
he turned the check over to Debbie Vendely to deposit at the bank.
FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Financial Report from March 2016, seconded by
Bob Best, motion approved.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to pay the Current Bills, seconded by Patrick Arcaro,
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate an additional $1,600 to the Real Estate Tax Line 232, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Babs Legeza stated that her calculation was incorrect on the additional appropriation amount for the Real Estate Tax Line 232 which should have been $1,650 instead of $1,600.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the additional appropriation amount from $1,600 to $1,650, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Resolved # 15-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate an additional $1,600 to the Real Estate Tax Line 232, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Resolved # 16-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the additional appropriation amount from $1,600 to $1,650, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Resolved # 17-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $500.00 to the “Our Town Project” cost for the WQLN television station to air a video about the city of Conneaut, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved # 18-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the board meeting, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
13 Jet Ski Docks sold for $3,900.00
3 Jet Ski Docks open that would generate $900.00 if sold
185 Slips sold for $176,875.00 in the Lagoon
25 Slips open that would generate $21, 675.00 if sold
96 Slips sold for $146,610.00 in the Marina
5 Designated Transient Docks that could be sold to boats
that are for 22’ – 24’ in length on B-wall North side,
If sold they would generate $7,625.00.
1 Dock open for a 20’ or less boat on C-wall East side
2 Docks open for a boat with 8’ beam (Narrow Docks)B-26 and B-40
Debbie stated that she has been emailing Mike Summers, our website administrator,
since March 23rd trying to get things updated on the website. He is making the changes
as time permits. As of April 14th, not all the changes have been completed.
Debbie is currently mailing out reminder notices to the dock holders whose insurance or registration has expired in the last couple months since they filled out their original contracts.
GRANTS: Bill Cooper
Bill discussed his conversation with Ted Welsh from the ODNR, Division of Watercraft,
regarding the BIG Grant (Boating Infrastructure Grant) that has a due date of July 1, 2016 and a 25% match requirement.
Bill suggested that we hold off another year to pursue this grant due to other immediate projects that the Conneaut Port Authority is currently working on and their expense.
Joe Raisian and the rest of the board members were all in agreement.
Wally Dunne discussed the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative meeting that was held
here with the CPA on April 19th for the purpose of developing the old fishery building.
Jim Hockaday stated that Wally and he were both very pleased with the ideas that were
presented at the meeting in order to create a Plan of Action for the CPA to take.
Joe Raisian reported on the “Our Town Project” that is currently in progress in Conneaut.
Jim Hockaday announced that the Conneaut Public Library is assisting the “Our Town Project”by passing out packets to anyone for the purpose of coordinating approximately 25 different segments about Conneaut that will then be used to develop a 90-minute presentation for the WQLN television station to air to promote our city. The cost of this project is estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000 to produce the video that will broadcast in June.
Jim suggested that the CPA needs to submit some footage on our Marina a.s.a.p.
The board members discussed several options for putting together a segment on our
Marina and that we definitely want to pursue this opportunity.
HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT APRIL 2016
oNew target date of May 6, 2016 for installation completion except for electric.
oWe are starting to place this dock this week.
oDJ Engineering to install electric service to this dock.
oWe found many docks in the Lagoon Marina with broken welds, loose bolts, broken spud pole brackets, and electrical damages.
oWe fabricated extra spud poles and brackets for “F” dock to help hold it in place. We plan to do the same for “D” and “E” also. These are in the Lagoon Marina.
oWe have added cables and turnbuckles to “D”, “E”, and “F” docks and attached them to the bulkhead to help stabilize them.
oWe are replacing approximately 80% of the water lines in the Lagoon Marina. These lines are old and brittle from exposure to the sun. We are replacing them with “PEX” tubing which will weather better. Cost should be under $1,000 for material.
oPCM Marina had damage to jet ski dock brackets and one broken water line. These have been repaired.
oWe had one dock support on “A” wall in PCM come loose because of a broken weld. We were able to fabricate a better support bracket and it is now fixed.
oThe new phones have been installed.
oThe crew is on an eight hour shift now. We will remain on these hours until we are completely ready for the season. After this we will most likely go to a three day week until time for winter shutdown. (unless other projects come up)
oWe are raking at this time. Most of the debris has been picked up.
oThe City Fire Department has burned one of our brush piles and intend to burn the large pile as soon as the weather permits.
oA representative from Liberty Tire was here on Tuesday of this week to talk about hauling our tires we have collected. They have a contract with the Ohio EPA. They are planning on picking up the tires in May.
oWe are all set with the USACE to begin dredging in early July.
oMaterial will be placed in 8 feet of water east of the east breakwater and will be monitored by the ODNR and PDEP as well as the USACE to see where it moves to.
•NEW MAINTENANCE BUILDING
oWe are gathering proposals from many different contractors.
oThe launch ramp crew has cleaned up all the trash along the roadways in the harbor and now they are painting the trash bins. They will also touch up the stripes in the parking lot. They pressure washed the launch ramp office on Tuesday of this week. They cleaned the front of the Broad Street office on Monday of this week.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Patrick Arcaro presented the quotes he obtained from several sign companies for a new
sign to be placed in the front of the CPA office building located at 929 Broad Street.
Much conversation was generated by everyone regarding the quotes and options.
Joe Raisian discussed the security camera situation which has been ongoing.
Everyone gave their thoughts on what we should do with the security cameras going forward.
Bob Best volunteered to be take charge of contacting our current provider to obtain his
input to update our security camera system.
Joe Raisian also mentioned that the core sampling is being done by Foth Engineering which is in progress.
NEW BUSINESS: None
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss
various projects and contracts.
Patrick Arcaro made the motion for Executive Session at 8:10 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, and Patrick Arcaro.
Bob Best made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:35 p.m., seconded by
Regular Meeting Resumed at 8:35 p.m.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $500.00 to the “Our Town Project”
cost for the WQLN television station to air a video about the city of Conneaut, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the board meeting, seconded by
Wally Dunne, motion carried.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.,
moved by Patrick Arcaro, meeting adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer