CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
APRIL 20, 2017

Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Virginia P. Arp, Bruce Fleischmann, Bill Cooper,
Patrick Arcaro, Bill Kennedy, Wally Dunne, Debbie Vendely, and Babs Legeza.

ABSENTEES: None

GUESTS: Nic Church, Conneaut City Council President and Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City
Manager.

MINUTES:
After review of the minutes from the March 16, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by
Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner stated that he received the monthly report from the Army Corps
of Engineers regarding the Great Lakes water levels which are higher than normal.
Denver passed out a brochure we received for Drone Training if anyone is interested.
Denver announced that Bill Kennedy and he had participated this week in the Ohio EPA
Disposal of Dredged Materials Webinar. Also mentioned was David Emmerman who will
be coming here on April 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss this topic and the use of sand.
Denver reported that we received a notification from Ohio Sea Grant who is hosting a
Lake Erie Day for Decision Makers, Coastal County Commissioners & Mayors on August
14, 2017, to be held at F.T. Stone Laboratory which is the Ohio State University’s Island
Campus on Lake Erie. An invitation is forthcoming.
Denver also passed out the Twine Line Magazine that included a report on Harmful Algae
Blooms plaguing Lake Erie and Ohio’s Inland Lakes published by the Ohio Department of
Education Harmful Algae Blooms Research Initiative.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Jim Hockaday
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 6:35
p.m. to discuss sales and acquisitions of property.
Bill Cooper made a motion for Executive Session at 6:35 p.m., seconded by Bill Kennedy.

Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann,
Virginia P. Arp, and Bill Kennedy.

Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 7:16 p.m., seconded by
Virginia P. Arp.

Regular meeting resumed at 7:17 p.m.

FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Wally Dunne made a motion to purchase a Pile Driver, not to exceed $7,000, seconded
by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to amend the Appropriations for 2017 by reducing Line 243
Sewage Lift Station by $1,000 and increasing Line 257 Property Purchase by $1,000,
seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the Appropriations for 2017 by reducing
Line 253 Lagoon Improvements by $10,000 and increasing Line 245 Restaurant Improve-
ments by $10,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the March Financial Report, seconded by Bill
Cooper, motion carried.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the Current Bills for Payment, seconded by
Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.

MOTIONS:
Resolved #16-17…Wally Dunne made a motion to purchase a Pile Driver, not to exceed
$7,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #17-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to amend the Appropriations for 2017 by reducing
Line 243 Sewage Lift Station by $1,000 and increasing Line 257 Property Purchase
by $1,000, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #18-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the Appropriations for 2017
by reducing Line 253 Lagoon Improvements by $10,000 and increasing Line 245 Restaurant
Improvements by $10,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #19-17…Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the March Financial Report,
seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #20-17…Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the Current Bills for Payment,
seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
32 Open docks in the Lagoon for boats 20 foot long or less, sales of $28,000 if rented at
$875 each.
5 Open transient docks in the Marina for boats 24 foot long or less, sales of $7,625 if
rented at $1,525.00 each.
6 Open jet ski docks for sales of $1,800.00 if rented at $300 each.

Final dock deposits due on April 1, 2017 are 99 % completed.

Flyers were drawn up to pass out to boaters at the public dock showing the lanes
to be used for “prepping lanes” and the lanes for “drive through” traffic.
Hopefully this will eliminate the bottleneck that occurs next to the public dock office.
Also, signs are being ordered to designate these lanes as well.
Our website is currently under reconstruction with Virginia P. Arp leading the charge.
Bill Kennedy is currently working on getting our webcams up and running.

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT APRIL 2017

• BUILDINGS
o We still need the roof repaired on the maintenance building. The contractor has been contacted.
o We are still waiting for quotes for siding and windows for the old maintenance building. We need quotes for the roof on this building.
o The south doors on the restaurant building have been painted orange by our tenant. We should have been contacted prior to them doing this.
• DOCKS
o We have been working on storm damage for several weeks now.
o “D” and “E” docks in the Lagoon marina have been repaired and we are working on “F” dock now. We still need to repair the electric and water on these docks.
o “B” dock in the Port Conneaut Marina needs to be repaired yet. It also needs electrical and water line repairs.
o We have contacted the dock manufacturer for parts and they have been shipped and should arrive this week.
o We are tracking all material invoices and labor time to turn in to our insurance company. We have contacted our insurance rep and he has been to the jobsite.
o We have purchased a pneumatic pile driver to set the spud anchor poles on the docks. It arrived this week.
o We installed a new floating dock on “A” wall in the Lagoon marina. We still need to install standoffs on it.
o We have been talking with the contractor who is working on the Waste Water Treatment Plant. They are using our lot above the plant for equipment storage and in return they have agreed to drive “H” beam pilings on the shore end of D, E, and F docks in the Lagoon. These will be driven to a depth of approximately 30 feet. This should help stabilize these docks and help prevent further damage.
• EMPLOYEE MEETINGS
o We met with the ramp attendants to discuss the upcoming season and to review the employee handbook.
o We are making a few changes to the traffic patterns in our parking lot to make our boat launching more efficient. We will have a designated area for prepping boats and an express lane for boats that have been prepped in advance of their arrival.
• MISC.
o We will be meeting with the Ohio EPA on April 26th to discuss dredging and the beneficial use of the dredged material. This meeting is in our office and is at 1 p.m.
o We are getting quotes on upgraded electronic restroom door locks.
o We will be meeting with Kurtz Brothers Inc. to discuss the possibility of a bedload interceptor in our harbor to trap and recycle sediment. (mainly sand) The date for this meeting will be determined soon. We will email all CPA Board members when this is scheduled.
o We did receive the grant for channel markers and lights but we have not received these yet.
o We are working on an EPA grant for tire removal.

Joe Raisian announced that we obtained a burning permit for the CPA to burn debris
on the sandbar and at the Conneaut Boat Club.
Joe also mentioned that we had purchased asphalt grindings to spread on the Lagoon Road.
Bill Cooper and Joe Raisian gave a brief film presentation on a new Restaurant called “NOOSA”
that just opened at North East Marina in Pennsylvania. This new venture was previewed on
Channel 12 News, out of Erie.

GRANTS:
Bill Cooper had nothing new to report.
Bill Kennedy is working on the Ohio EPA Scrap Tire Removal Grant and submitted an
application for this purpose on April 20, 2017.

LEASES: No Report

OLD BUSINESS:
Bill Kennedy is working with several security companies to obtain proposals to repair or
replace the current webcam equipment that is no longer working due to recent storms.
Virginia P. Arp mentioned that Bill Kennedy, Debbie Vendely, and she had met with our
Website Administrator to update and reconstruct the CPA’s website.
Virginia announced that many changes are being made to the website, such as promoting
our Marina with new maps, pictures, and local events.

NEW BUSINESS:
Wally Dunne stated that Joe Raisian and he had met with Tom Messenger and Kevin
Willis from Strollo Architect Firm to look at the CPA’s old maintenance building for future
renovation needs.
Joe Raisian announced that he obtained a quotation from Weather Sealco for new siding
and windows for the old maintenance building as well. Much discussion by everyone.
Joe mentioned that Wally Dunne and he had a meeting today with HZW Environmental
Consultants pertaining to various properties owned by the Conneaut Port Authority.
Denver Spieldenner stated that Joe Raisian and he recently met with Brian Hinrichs from
Foth Engineering in order to research Grants and Permits that may be acquired for our
Westside Marina. Scudder Mackey from the ODNR Office of Coastal Management and
Brian are working hand in hand to assist us. We are also looking at State Grants that are
available for the purpose of transient dockage.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m.,
moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on May 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929
Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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