CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OH 44030
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

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

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

ABSENTEES: Wally Dunne

GUESTS: None

MINUTES:
After review of the minutes from the August 17, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann to approve the minutes, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:
Roger Burdick discussed his Catamaran that is stored on the sandbar. He asked for permission to store and launch other catamarans as well as park trailers on the sandbar when visitors come here from out of town. The board gave approval to use the east side of the sandbar.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Joe Raisian announced that we received notification that the Breakwall Restaurant would renew their lease for 2018.
Joe stated we received a letter from the Conneaut Savings Bank regarding our activity with them in which they would like to hold a meeting with CPA representatives. We are also considering having a meeting with Key Bank for business purposes.
Denver Spieldenner discussed the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Great Lakes water levels which showed Lake Erie being down a foot from where the level was in July.
Denver also presented the application for the 2018 Ashtabula County Visitor’s Association for the purpose of advertising in their brochure which is published on a yearly basis.
Denver announced that the Public Entities Pool of Ohio has a Grant Program that we may be interested in. There is $500 of grant money that is available if we want to apply.
Bill Kennedy stated that he had a quotation from a security company who presented their bid for four Starlight Cameras. Bill is also asking our current security company to submit a bid also. Much discussion from everyone.
Joe Raisian stated that he had received the Tax Evaluations on the Lake Erie Boat Club and the Conneaut Boat Club from the Conneaut Law Director’s Office.

Joe also brought to the floor the request for a Resolution to Establish a Line of Credit.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to request a Resolution for the purpose of Establishing a Line of Credit. All in favor.
Patrick Arcaro offered to write the Resolution on behalf of the Conneaut Port Authority.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Bill Kennedy made a motion to rescind the previous motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit up to $500,000, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None

FINANCIAL REPORT: Babs Legeza gave the report in Wally Dunne’s absence.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to increase the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements by $46,900 for the insurance refunds, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend Appropriations to increase Line 215 Security by $8,000; increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $500; decrease Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $2,970; and decrease Line 252 Marina Improvements by $500, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the August Financial Report based on various amendments made and approved upon, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.

MOTIONS:
Resolved #39-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #40-17…Bill Kennedy made a motion to rescind the previous motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #41-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit up to $500,000, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #42-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #43-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to increase the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements by $46,900 for the insurance refunds, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.

Resolved #44-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend Appropriations to increase Line 215 Security by $8,000; increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $500; decrease Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $2,970; and decrease Line 252 Marina Improvements by $500, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #45-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #46-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the August Financial Report based on various amendments made and approved upon, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #47-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to have a new roof installed on the old maintenance building for a price up to $20,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Joe Raisian gave the report in Debbie Vendely’s absence.
Joe stated that if the weather holds out through the end of October, we will be caught up to the revenue that we took in last year on the Public Dock Launch Fees. We are still collecting gate fees at the Sandbar and also Transient Dock monies.

GRANTS:
Bill Kennedy reported that the Dredge Permit Renewal has been completed and is ready to be signed and mailed out.

LEASES: No Report

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT SEPTEMBER 2017

• CAMERAS
o We have received money from our insurance company for the cameras damaged by lightning earlier this year.
o The cameras on the sandbar are still down.
o We met with a representative from another security company (Paladin) to discuss alternative cameras to replace our damaged units.
• SANDBAR
o We are working the gate on weekends only now as the weekday traffic has decreased significantly.
o This area has much less trash and fewer problems in general since we started charging a fee to drive out there.
o We will be pulling the portable toilets by mid-October.
o We have not collected as many tires as in years past.
o We are continuing to rake and mow two times per week.
• JET SKI RENTALS
o Not much happening with this business.

• SIGNS
o We have replaced the old “No fishing” signs and the “This area under video surveillance” signs with new ones.
o We added “$250 Fine” signs under all our handicap parking signs.
o We are planning to contact the same sign company that the Public Works Department uses. We should realize a significant savings the next time we need to replace or add signs.
• D-DAY
o We had no apparent damage during D-Day this year. All we had to do was rake the sandbar.
o We received a nice thank you card from the D-Day Board of Directors.
• MISC.
o We have placed all the memorial benches that were delivered. We have one bench on order that will need placed and then we need to figure out where any future benches will be placed and if we want more benches.
o We installed an outside water faucet on the 929 Broad building.
o We installed underground drain pipes on the west end of the 929 building to channel the water from the eves away from the building.
o The eves have been cleaned on the 929 Broad building.
o We will be pressure washing and painting the top half of the Launch Ramp building. We will also paint the cupola on the roof.
o We need to determine what items can be disposed of in the last bay of the 929 building. We are becoming pack rats.
o We are working the maintenance crew half days (8 a.m. – 12 noon) three days per week until winter shutdown begins. We are giving additional time off when the crew asks for it.

Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner Harbormaster
Conneaut Port Authority

OLD BUSINESS:
Bill Kennedy stated the phone and camera upgrades will be completed next week.

NEW BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian requested of Patrick Arcaro to revisit the quotes he had obtained for the purpose of renovating the observation deck located on Naylor Boulevard. Joe would like the board members to review this information again.
Much discussion was made by everyone.

The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss buildings and acquisitions.

Bill Cooper made a motion for Executive Session at 8:00 p.m., seconded by Bill Kennedy.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bruce Fleischmann, Bill Kennedy, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, and Virginia P. Arp.

Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:17 p.m., seconded by Virginia P. Arp.

Regular meeting resumed at 8:17 p.m.

Bill Cooper made a motion to have a new roof installed on the old maintenance building for a price up to $20,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m., moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
AUGUST 17, 2017

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

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

ABSENTEES: None

GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager

MINUTES:
After review of the minutes from the July 20, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro and Bill Cooper abstained from the vote due to their absence from the July 20, 2017 Board Meeting.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner announced that he received the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Great Lakes water levels which are currently receding.
Denver also stated that we received an email pertaining to a past due invoice from Foth Engineering. However, the bill was sent to us in error and the CPA owes nothing.

FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Wally Dunne entertained a motion to amend the 2017 Amended Appropriations Line 228 Perch Paddle and Line 216 Insurance.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to reduce Line 228 Perch Paddle by $250 and increase Line 216 Insurance by $250, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to reduce Line 224 Legal & Professional by $5,000 and increase Line 209 Repairs and Maintenance by $5,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the July Financial Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Denver Spieldenner stated that the CPA is expecting a reimbursement check from our insurance company for damages made to our docks and security cameras during a spring storm that occurred this year.

MOTIONS:
Resolved #32-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to reduce Line 228 Perch Paddle by $250 and increase Line 216 Insurance by $250, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #33-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to reduce Line 224 Legal and Professional by $5,000 and increase Line 209 Repairs and Maintenance by $5,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #34-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the July Financial Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #35-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #36-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to incorporate an Acknowledgement Box on the signature page of the contracts that confirms our “No Refund” policy, as well as, adding a Refund Policy Statement within the Rules and Regulations themselves, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #37-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to increase the dock rates by $25 for the 2018 boating season, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #38-17…Wally Dunne made a motion to approve up to $5,000 for gable end siding for the old maintenance building, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie gave the comparison figures for the 2016 and 2017 Launch Ramp Reports and stated that our revenue this season is still lagging behind from last year. She mentioned that we now have monies being received from the Sandbar Entrance Fee and Seasonal Passes being purchased and she gave a report on the income thus far.
Debbie also passed out copies of the 2018 boating contracts and the current rules and regulations for everyone to review.
Bill Cooper discussed the need to enforce our current policy of all deposits and fees being non-refundable. He suggested that we revise our boating contracts and our rules and regulations to assure that the dock holders are aware of and understand these bylaws.
Virginia P. Arp stated that she already began the task of updating the rules and regulations as per a previous discussion with Joe Raisian and Debbie. She presented a rough draft. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Bill Cooper made a motion to incorporate an Acknowledgement Box on the signature page of the contracts that confirms our “No Refund” policy, as well as, adding a Refund Policy Statement within the Rules and Regulations themselves, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Joe Raisian mentioned that the board members may want to consider a Cost of Living Increase of 3% on the dock rates for the 2018 boating season.
Debbie passed out a list of dock rates from other marinas as a comparison to ours. Much discussion was made in round table fashion.
It was decided by everyone to proceed with an increase on the dock rates.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to increase the dock rates by $25 for the 2018 boating season, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Denver Spieldenner stated that the Transient Dock Permit Slips needed to be addressed with Larry Distelrath who handles these docks. We are considering updating the current format of the slips. Denver agreed to speak with Larry on this issue.

GRANTS:
Bill Kennedy mentioned that the Dredge Permit expires in August 2018 and he has been working on the renewal with Denver Spieldenner. The permit is for a five year period.
Joe Raisian discussed Foth Engineering and various grants they have been researching with the ODNR to help the CPA with the expense for large boat transient docking in the future.

LEASES: No Report

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No Report

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT AUGUST 2017
• CAMERAS
o CAMERAS ON SANDBAR ARE STILL DOWN
o WE ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH THE SYSTEM SHUTTING DOWN ON OCCASION.
o WE ARE STILL WAITING ON OUR INSURANCE CLAIM FOR THE TWO CAMERAS THAT TOOK A LIGHTNING STRIKE EARLIER IN THE YEAR.
• BREAKWALL RESTAURANT
o WE POURED CEMENT FOR THE EAST SIDE OUTSIDE SEATING THIS WEEK.
• SANDBAR
o WE HAVE ALMOST NO INCIDENTS SINCE IMPLEMENTING OUR FEE TO ENTER.
o WE HAVE HIRED THREE NEW EMPLOYEES TO MAN THE SANDBAR GATE.
o WE ARE STILL GETTING FREQUENT POLICE PATROLS
• JET SKI RENTAL
o WE HAD TO MOVE THE JET SKI DOCKS BECAUSE OF WEED PROBLEMS.
• SIGNS
o WE ARE REPLACING OUR OLD, FADED, OR WORN OUT SIGNS IN THE HARBOR.

• D-DAY
o THE SANDBAR WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAY EVENING AND WILL REOPEN SOMETIME ON SUNDAY.
o WE DUG TRENCHES AT TOWNSHIP PARK WITH OUR BACKHOE.
o WE PLACED A FOOT BRIDGE OVER THE DRAINAGE DITCH AT THE WEST END OF NAYLOR FOR THE REENACTORS.
o THE HIGGINS BOATS WILL BE AT THE NORTH END OF PUBLIC DOCK GIVING RIDES AGAIN THIS YEAR.
• WALLEYE MADNESS TOURNAMENT
o THIS TOURNAMENT WAS HELD LAST WEEKEND ON SATURDAY. THEY HAD 34 ENTRIES.
• MISC.
o WE HAVE TWO MORE MEMORIAL BENCHES TO PLACE.
o ENTRANCE SIDE WALK AT THE MAINTENANCE BUILDING HAS BEEN REPAIRED.
o WE NEED A CLEAR CUT POLICY FROM THE BOARD ON REFUNDS FOR DOCK LEASES.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: DENVER SPIELDENNER
HARBORMASTER
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY

Patrick Arcaro asked about the Jet Ski and Kayak Rentals and how they were doing.
Joe Raisian replied that our maintenance crew had to move the docks for the jet skis and kayaks to the west side of the Public Docks due to the thick sea weed that multiplied in that area.
Bill Cooper asked if we contacted Aqua Doc about more weed control measures.
Joe Raisian replied with several options to consider for removing the sea weed. Much discussion was made by everyone.

OLD BUSINESS:
Bill Kennedy announced that he had obtained several quotes from phone companies in order to increase our upload speed for security camera purposes. Bill stated that we are going to continue our operations with the Conneaut Telephone Company and they are going to be installing new fiber optic lines.
Bill also mentioned several other quotes for the renovation of the old maintenance building.

NEW BUSINESS:
Wally Dunne discussed the need to have a committee formed to review the CPA’s Policies and Procedures. He presented a rough draft for updating our Mission Statement and Goals.

The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:55 p.m.to discuss property acquisition.

Bill Kennedy made a motion for Executive Session at 7:55 p.m., seconded by Bill Cooper.

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

Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:20 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann.

Regular meeting resumed at 9:20 p.m.

Wally Dunne made a motion to approve up to $5,000 for gable end siding for the old maintenance building, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.

Wally Dunne discussed the Kent State Marina Management Program and asked if the CPA would be interested in hosting this event.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m., moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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