CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
JUNE 15, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Bill Kennedy, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Denver Spieldenner,
Virginia P. Arp, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENTEES: Wally Dunne and Bruce Fleischmann
GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager
After review of the minutes from the May 18, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by
Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
FINANCIAL REPORT: Babs Legeza
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the May Financial Report, seconded by Bill
Kennedy, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by
Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #25-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the May Financial Report,
seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #26-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment,
seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #27-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to reduce the Miscellaneous Line 231 by
$500.00 to donate towards the Fourth of July fireworks display over the lake, seconded by
Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #28-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Bruce Fleischmann and Wally Dunne from
the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Jim Hockaday
Jim announced that the Conneaut Chamber of Commerce would like some suggestions
for a September Fund Raiser, possibly a Perch Festival.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 6:40
p.m. to discuss sales and acquisitions of property.
Bill Kennedy made a motion for Executive Session at 6:40 p.m., seconded by Patrick
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Kennedy, and Virginia P. Arp.
Bill Kennedy made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 7:20 p.m., seconded
by Bill Cooper.
Regular Meeting resumed at 7:22 p.m.
Patrick Arcaro mentioned that he had received an email from a customer who had
visited the Breakwall Restaurant. The individual was inquiring about not having WiFi
service available while in our Marina.
Joe Raisian stated that we would have to purchase a Repeater for WiFi service.
Much discussion was made by everyone.
Denver Spieldenner highlighted on the Army Corps of Engineers report on the Great
Lakes water levels which are supposedly going to crest at the beginning of July.
Denver also received a letter from the Conneaut Optimus Club asking for a donation
for the Fourth of July fireworks display over the lake.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to reduce the Miscellaneous Line 231 by $500.00 to
donate towards the Fourth of July fireworks display over the lake, seconded by Bill
Kennedy, motion carried.
Denver announced that he had received a letter from Brian Mills, a Charter Captain,
who wrote a thank you note to the maintenance crew for repairs they made to his slip.
Denver stated he had spoken to Jim Bonfante, a Representative from Comp Management,
regarding our group rating for Worker’s Compensation.
Denver was contacted by Mike Egnor, the Claim Adjuster from the Public Entity Pool
of Ohio, regarding storm damages made to our docks and security cameras.
Denver read a note from Kevin Anderson, a dock holder, who was concerned about
the Jet Ski Rentals due to an accident that happened last week end in our Marina. He
assisted in helping four individuals out in the water who were off their jet skis.
Denver reported that the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Inspector did his yearly inspection
of the Fuel Dock Pump and said we must acquire a new pump for next year. Denver
is going to call Cleveland Petroleum to discuss further.
Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Bruce Fleischmann and Wally Dunne from the
meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie stated that the boating activity at the Public Dock has been rather sporadic due to
inclement weather conditions. The income is down from last year.
GRANTS: Bill Cooper
Bill reported that both the Clean Vessel Act Grant and the Navigational Aids Grant
are both still pending with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks
and Watercraft due to funding approval from Fish and Wildlife.
Bill is still looking into grants for rebuilding the old observation deck.
Patrick Arcaro contacted four companies for Decking Material Quotes on behalf of the CPA,
for the purpose of rebuilding the old observation deck and gave a brief presentation on
the Greater Lakes EZ Dock Company showing a floating pier. Much discussion from everyone.
LEASES: No Report
HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JUNE 2017
o All docks have been repaired including electric service and water lines.
o We have been in contact with our insurance company regarding winter storm damages. We need to capture and summarize labor and material costs. We will complete this project next week.
• We have two claims. One is for camera damage and the other is for dock damage.
o We have installed a camera pole on the north end of the fuel dock building. Security Technologies is in the process of mounting the cameras.
• Card Readers for Restrooms
o These have been installed and we will have a training session this Friday on their use and the issuance of codes to our customers. We have a master code for Port Authority use. See the arbormaster for the code is you wish to have it.
o We have recently serviced both tractors.
o Our stake bed work truck was involved in an accident. This was on the Broad Street hill coming up out of the harbor. Our employee driving the truck was not hurt and was not at fault. The other driver went left of center. He was not seriously injured and was cited.
o Our truck received quite a bit of damage and is at Greg Sweet Chevrolet for an assessment and repair estimate. We have been in contact with our insurance company. We need a new muffler on the Chevrolet pickup truck.
o We are painting the launch ramp office. It will be the same color as our maintenance building. This should be completed by next week.
o We have a washout at the north end of the sandbar. We have been filling this area with sand.
o The jet ski and kayak rental business is underway.
o Burdick Plumbing will be performing backflow preventer checks next Wednesday (6-21-17).
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner Harbormaster
Conneaut Port Authority
Bill Kennedy discussed our Security Cameras status and the repairs currently being made.
He reported that the new Restroom Locks have all been installed. We will be meeting with
Security Technologies on Friday for a training session on the digital locks which require a
four digit code. The colored key cards will no longer be used.
Bill also mentioned that Denver Spieldenner and he are still working on the Dredging Permit.
Joe Raisian announced that Wally Dunne, Bruce Fleischmann, and he met with the Strollo
Architects to review their ideas for our old maintenance building renovation.
Joe also stated the Breakwall Restaurant is still looking into providing more outdoor seating.
Joe Raisian stated that he met with TruGreen Lawncare Services in order to have them
apply weed control chemicals to several areas in our Marina.
Joe reported that the CPA had received our Real Estate Taxes in the mail recently.
He also discussed the News Bulletin that the Conneaut Police Department put out in regards
to the Sandbar Rules and their enforcement of these Regulations.
Patrick Arcaro suggested having life preservers and an emergency land line installed out
on the Sandbar area.
Joe Raisian asked Denver Spieldenner to purchase ten new life preservers for this purpose.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m., seconded by Patrick
Arcaro, meeting adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on July 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer