CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
JULY 21, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, Denver Spieldenner,
Bruce Fleischmann, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
After review of the minutes from the June 16, 2016 board meeting, it was moved by
Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
Denver Spieldenner spoke about a claim notice that the CPA received regarding
Submerged Land Leases and the class action suit ongoing in Lake County.
Denver also stated that Joe Raisian had signed the documents for reimbursement
money from Foth Engineering for the Site & Sediment Characterization for Beneficial
Reuse Grant Project.
Denver mentioned that Joe Raisian had replied to an email that the CPA had received
from a dock holder regarding the Pavilion building and all the clutter inside.
Denver stated that the CPA had received a large water bill pertaining to a water leak but
the leak has been repaired and both Joe and he are working on the billing issue.
Denver addressed a letter that the CPA received from KS Associates, an engineering firm,
inquiring about three properties where the owners, (Ricauate, Caruso, and Casino) are
seeking permits to build a Breakwall Embankment.
The firm is requesting verification that the CPA will not be using the lakefront property
for future development.
A motion was made by Bill Cooper to approve a resolution that the CPA will draft, allowing
the property owners to proceed with the Breakwall Embankment, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann,
Denver reminded everyone about the invitation the CPA received from the Growth Partnership of
Ashtabula County to attend a breakfast to be held on August 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Spire
Institute in Geneva.
Denver also stated that the last invoice for Core Sampling from Foth Engineering had been
Denver read a letter that the CPA received from a dock holder who was asking for a partial
refund on his dock claiming that his boat was too large for the dock we assigned to him.
Joe Raisian addressed the need for the CPA to send a letter to the dock holder explaining
our position on the dock that was rented to this individual and also to offer him the ability
of putting his name on the waiting list for another dock for the 2017 boating season.
FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $37,000.00 to Line 224 Legal and
Professional, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate $100.00 to Line 232 Real Estate Taxes,
seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to appropriate $6,100.00 to Line 242 Tourism Board/
Wayfinding Signs, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to create a Line titled “Harbor Street Maintenance
Building” and appropriate $75,000.00 to this project, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by
Bob Best, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Financial Report for June 2016, seconded by
Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #25-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to approve a resolution that the CPA will
draft, allowing the property owners to proceed with the Breakwall Embankment,
seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #26-16…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $37,000.00 to Line
224 Legal and Professional, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #27-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate $100.00 to Line 232 Real
Estate Taxes, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #28-16…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to appropriate $6,100.00 to Line 242
Tourism Board/Wayfinding Signs, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #29-16…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to create a Line titled “Harbor
Street Maintenance Building” and appropriate $75,000.00 to this project, seconded by
Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #30-16…Wally Dunne made a motion for Patrick Arcaro to become the Conneaut
Port Authority’s “Public Records Coordinator”, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
3 Catamaran rentals
18 Jet Ski Docks rented
18 Docks open in the Lagoon for 20’ boats
0 Docks left to rent in the Marina
Larry Distelrath had sales of $1,380.00 in Transient Docks and we received 50%
of that for a deposit of $690.00 so far this season.
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JULY 2016
• PCM PAVILION
o We are working to clear this building of clutter and personal items belonging to individual dock holders.
We are asking all dock holders to take these items home.
o We have purchased a new microwave and coffee pot for everyone’s use.
o Jack Vignal has retired.
o We are looking for a replacement patrol person.
o Our maintenance people are still working short hours. This will continue until the shut down this fall.
o We are still waiting for Liberty Tire to pick up the tires stored on the sandbar.
o We have called them again for an update on funding and a possible date they will be here.
o We are having a problem with theft of equipment from several dock holders’ boats.
o Cameras? We are getting calls all the time asking for a status update on our security cameras.
• ICE KIOSK
o The kiosk is installed and working well. It appears it is being used.
• NAYLOR WEST
o We have cleared the brush and debris from this area. It looks much better and we have had many compliments
with only a few negative comments.
• MARINA INSPECTION
o We had several items that needed repair. (electrical, backflow devices, standoffs, etc.) These have been
taken care of.
o “B” dock in PCM needs to be replaced. Many of the docks are twisted causing safety issues. The hinges are
worn out and the boards are aged and need replaced.
o We pulled one dock this week to try to straighten it out. It will go back in the water Thursday afternoon
o We have received quotes from Meeco-Sullivan for replacement docks.
o The new replacement dock for “A” 37/38 in the Lagoon Marina has arrived.
o Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Denver mentioned that repairs had been made to B-Docks in the Marina since several of the docks were tipped.
Much discussion was generated from the board members as to what improvements need to be made with this dock
Denver reported that flowers are going to be planted in the North Flower Beds and also that trees were pulled
out on the east side of the maintenance building for the purpose of creating more parking spaces.
Denver stated the “Do Not Feed the Wildlife” signs have been posted at the Public Dock.
Denver Spieldenner stated that dredging is starting the week of July 25 in the harbor.
Jim Hockaday announced that he is waiting on an award letter for a grant through the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management.
Jim thanked the board members for allowing the city to use the CPA’s administration
building to conduct interviews for Police Chief Assessment Examinations.
Joe Raisian would like the board members to consider forming an Economic Development
Committee that could possibly assemble on the same evening as the board meetings,
either prior to or after.
Bill Cooper suggested that the CPA should apply for new buoys or any equipment we
may need through the grant process at the end of October.
Debbie Vendely reported on the current status of lease payments made to the CPA.
Maintenance and Planning: None
Bob Best reported that we need to set-up a meeting with our current security camera
provider this week in order to demo high resolution cameras for our consideration.
Bob reviewed our options to purchase fiber optic lines at an estimated cost of $2,000.
Joe Raisian discussed the dock holder’s boat motor that was hit by another boater and
shown on our security cameras just recently.
Denver Spieldenner stated he had reset the cameras but little improvement was made.
Joe Raisian stated that the D-Day Committee requested keys for the sandbar gate for the
purpose of the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day to be held August 19-20 in Conneaut.
Joe mentioned that he received a phone call from a lady wanting to hold a wedding
ceremony on the sandbar and was asking for our permission.
Joe asked the board members for their opinions as to whether the CPA should charge an
admission fee to the sandbar in the future. Much discussion was made.
Joe also inquired as to whether or not there is a city ordinance dealing with animals being
brought to the sandbar, specifically horses.
Luke Gallagher discussed the barrier that the CPA had decided to install on the sandbar and
also additional parking spaces. Much discussion was generated in round table fashion.
Bruce Fleischmann suggested having a planning meeting for the sandbar development.
Joe Raisian asked for a planning meeting to be held on July 30th at 9:00 a.m. on the sandbar
to discuss future improvements and development for this area.
Bill Cooper announced that he would not be able to attend the planning meeting.
Wally Dunne presented a rough draft that he had put together as a timeline for future development
of the fishery building, in order to meet our goals.
Wally also felt that the CPA should have a written policy regarding “harassment” towards any
employee that works for our organization. He is going to create some guidelines that will
assist in the proper actions to be taken when an employee is verbally or physically abused.
Joe Raisian explained that the Pavilion building was going to be cleaned and all personal
belongings of the dock holders were going to be moved over to the maintenance building,
where the dock holders could retrieve their items as needed.
Luke Gallagher stated that his services have been retained by the Breakwall Restaurant
committee to have a meeting to discuss options to dig out the area between the Lake
Erie Boat Club and the Restaurant in order to expand their outdoor seating.
Joe Raisian mentioned that he had inquired about the cost of concrete and also the digging
expense for this project. The CPA may perform some of the labor in house. Much discussion
was generated from everyone regarding this matter.
Joe Raisian reported that the audit held with the CPA was very clean. He also passed out
a Fraud Reporting Form that all employees of the CPA must complete.
A motion was made by Wally Dunne for Patrick Arcaro to become the Conneaut Port Authority’s
“Public Records Coordinator”, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Joe Raisian announced that the CPA is currently looking to replace the security officer’s
vacant position and we are pursuing different options at this time.
Joe also passed out two quotes obtained for sealcoating the Public Dock area.
Denver Spieldenner discussed sealcoating methods and specific areas needing to be done.
Bruce Fleischmann offered to write up specifications for the sealcoating bidders in order
for them to requote and keep their proposals more in line with our needs.
Joe Raisian and Luke Gallagher discussed the status of the Harbor Street building that the
CPA is opting to buy.
Bill Cooper mentioned another building that the group may want to consider purchasing.
Bob Best suggested to the board members the need to advertise in the newspaper for
next year’s job openings that may come about before the 2017 boating season begins.
Patrick Arcaro offered to post the job openings over the internet if we can supply him with
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bill Cooper made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:07 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on August 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer