CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
AUGUST 18, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann, Bob Best,
Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENT: Luke Gallagher and Babs Legeza.
After review of the minutes from the July 21, 2016 board meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the
minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
GUESTS: Deborah Herbel from the Conneaut Board of Tourism Committee.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Deborah Herbel passed out information on various ideas that the CPA might consider for
developing our Marina and making it more marketable to the public. She suggested small novelty shops and food establishments such as those currently operating at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
CORRESPONDENCE: Denver Spieldenner discussed the Foth Engineering reimbursement status and the various emails that he
has received from Yetty Lombardo from the ODNR Office of Coastal Management pertaining to the amount of $39,100.00.
FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Cooper discussed the Ashtabula County Port Authority and the grant they just received for a building renovation.
Joe Raisian suggested that the CPA should consider applying for a grant to assist in the cost of a new pump out station for our Fuel Dock.
Bill Cooper also mentioned that we could possibly obtain much needed buoys through the grant process as well.
Wally Dunne made a motion to amend Line #135 Grant Receipts to $39,100.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann 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 July 2016, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #33-16… Wally Dunne made a motion to amend Line #135 Grant Receipts to $39,100.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #34-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #35-16… Bill Cooper made a motion to change the wording on the 2017 Contracts to read Boat Length Overall from tip of bow pulpit to tip of swim platform, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
No slips or jet ski docks have been assigned in the past month. The slip prices were discounted 25% as of August 1st and will convert over to Fall Dockage on Sept 1st being $400.00 for the first month and $100 for each additional week thereafter until November 1s.
Larry Distelrath, at the Fuel Dock, has collected $720.00 for Transient Docks since the last board meeting and we require 50% of those funds for a deposit of $360.00.
Patrick Arcaro brought to Debbie’s attention that our website needs to be revised in several areas. She will contact our website administrator to make the appropriate changes.
Debbie will be updating C-Dock rates on the 2017 contracts. We made a motion in the September 2015 board meeting,
(Motion #14-15), to increase the C-Dock fee to match B, D, and the west side of E dock. The motion was generated
because we were going to install new floating docks in the spring of this year, however, the contracts had already
been mailed out for the 2016 boating season. Therefore, the old price of $825 will now read $875.00.
Debbie discussed the need to change the wording on the 2017 Contracts under Boat Length to read Boat Length Overall from tip of bow pulpit to tip of swim platform.
This change is needed since the boaters are generally recording their registration length and not their overall length.
Bill Cooper made a motion to change the wording on the 2017 Contracts to read Boat Length Overall from tip of bow pulpit to tip of swim platform, seconded by Bruce
Fleischmann, motion carried.
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT AUGUST 2016
• PCM PAVILION
o This building has been cleared of all dock holder property except for a few items in the refrigerator.
We will continue to monitor the condition of this area each week.
o We filled three 40 yard dumpters last week with tires from the sandbar. These dumpsters were arranged
for by the City of Conneaut. They also placed their tires (approximately 400) in these containers.
o We finally received word from the Ohio EPA that they had released funds so Liberty Tire can pick up our tires. (That we no longer have.)
o All tires on the sandbar have been disposed of.
o We have been talking to Police Chief Colby from the Conneaut Police Department about supplying an officer for weekend patrol in the Port area. He is talking with his officers and with the City Manager about this and trying to arrange for this detail. We have also been in contact with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department about this.
o We are in the process of placing additional 10 mph speed limit signs on the sandbar road. We will be posting signs at various areas on the sandbar stating you swim at your own risk, no alcohol, and no jet ski trailers beyond the beginning of the west side cove area. These should be in place by the end of the week of August 22nd.
o We will remove all signs at the end of the boating season.
• NAYLOR WEST
o We have done additional grading along this road and trimmed up the large willow tree at the far west end. (Part of this tree fell down last week from old age and rot.)
• HARBOR STREET MAINTENANCE BUILDING
o We have requested quotes to repair the roof, install new man doors, install a new overhead door, and put in a new electrical service panel.
o We will be getting a large roll off dumpster to dispose of unwanted materials left in this building.
o We met with Chuck Hanson to review our Port Authority insurance policy to make sure we are adequately covered. All appears to be okay.
• “B” DOCK-PCM MARINA
o Are we going to consider replacing this section of docks? Trying to plan Fall work schedule.
• PUBLIC DOCK PARKING LOT
o This year or next? Food for thought.
o We have cleaned up the lot above the Waste Water Treatment Plant at Naylor and Harbor Streets.
o We had to have one rear tire and one front tire repaired on the backhoe. Cost was around $200 for both.
o We have requested a quote from Thomas Fence to fence in the empty Harbor Street lots we just purchased so we could have secure boat storage. We also requested a quote to fence in the lot above the Waste Water Treatment Plant which could also be used for secure boat storage.
o We had one additional trash dumpster brought in. It has been placed on the upper lot at Harbor and Naylor East.
o We have helped dig trenches for D-DAY on the Township Park beach. We also helped move an ice machine to the park.
o We are requesting yield signs, stop signs, and other misc. signs from the Public Works Department to replace any we have that are damaged or faded.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Bob Best inquired as to whether we received the paving quotes for the Public Dock Area and if both companies were asked to requote based on specifications to be written by the Conneaut Port Authority.
Bruce Fleischmann replied that he had examined the bids but we had not asked the paving contractors to requote at the present time.
Bill Cooper suggested that due to the boating season being almost over that possibly it would be better to address the paving early in the spring.
Much discussion was made by all the board members.
Denver Spieldenner reported that he spoke to Dave DiFilippo from DJ Engineering about a new grinder pump that needs to be purchased at the price of $2,111.00 to be used as a spare for the sewer lift station.
Joe Raisian spoke about the Submerged Land Leases and the status of the class action suit pending in Lake County.
Bob Best gave an update on the security camera demonstration. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Joe Raisian discussed the sandbar being closed to the public on August 19th and 20th for the D-Day program.
Joe Raisian and Denver Spieldenner joined together to explain all aspects of renovating the building purchased on Harbor Street to be used as the Maintenance Building for our staff. The CPA has already obtained several quotes for roofing repairs, new doors, and electrical needs. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Wally Dunne reported on the Draft Lead In Timeline that he had generated for the purpose of developing the old fisheries building. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Joe Raisian announced that Dave Jurca from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative will be coming here for a meeting with the CPA on August 30th at 9:00 a.m. Bruce Fleischmann presented a flyer that was done in 2012 for the purpose of selling the
old fisheries building.
Bruce also passed out a spreadsheet he generated for the purpose of tracking the various costs involved in the renovation of the old fisheries building and converting it to a winery and restaurant. Much discussion was made by everyone.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m., seconded by Wally Dunne.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer