CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
JUNE 21, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Virginia P. Arp, Bill Kennedy, Patrick Arcaro, Bill
Cooper, Bruce Fleischmann, Denver Spieldenner, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
After review of the minutes from the May 17, 2018 board meeting, it was moved by
Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
Denver Spieldenner received a letter from the Conneaut Fourth of July Committee
asking for a donation towards the Festival being held over the holiday week-end.
Bill Kennedy made a motion for a $500 Donation to the Conneaut Fourth of July
Committee, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Denver read aloud an email from Dennis Steighner who submitted a photo of the
Lighthouse that we believe to be on the CPA website. Dennis would like his name
added to the photograph. Virginia P. Arp offered to contact Mr. Steighner and also
our website administrator.
Denver received the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding
The Great Lakes water levels which have crested and predicted to go down through
the summer months.
Denver stated that our office had received a phone call from a woman voicing her
concerns over the jet ski operators over the week-end. The jet ski’s were coming
too close to the shallow waters where children were playing and being driven at
an excessive speed. Denver then made a phone call to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources concerning this matter and hopes to get the Coast Guard involved.
Bill Kennedy mentioned that the CPA is in the process of signing several documents
to be sent over to Foth Engineering in regards to the Federal Permit Applications.
Bill also added that we had received several Letters of Support for the Boating
Infrastructure Grant that we need to forward to Foth Engineering as well.
Wally Dunne announced that the Auditors had completed their 2017 Audit and the
Conneaut Port Authority had received a letter stating that we had a clean report.
Bruce Fleischmann rescinded his approval of the May 17, 2018 meeting minutes since
he was not present at the May Board Meeting.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to accept Bruce’s Fleischmann’s request to rescind his
approval of the board meeting minutes from the May Board Meeting. Patrick then
moved to accept the May 17, 2018 board meeting minutes, seconded by Virginia P.
Arp, motion carried.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No Report
FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the May Financial Report, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #29-18…After review of the minutes from the May 17, 2018 board meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #30-18…Bill Kennedy made a motion for a $500 Donation to the Conneaut Fourth of July Committee, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #31-18…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to accept Bruce Fleischmann’s request to rescind his approval of the board meeting minutes from the May Board Meeting. Patrick then moved to accept the May 17, 2018 board meeting minutes, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #32-18…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the May Financial Report, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #33-18…Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie presented the Launch Ramp and Sandbar Income Reports to date, for the board’s review.
Bill Cooper stated that Virginia P. Arp and Bill Kennedy had submitted the Nature Works Grant and thanked them for their efforts in completing all the paperwork.
Bill Kennedy mentioned that the Boating Infrastructure Grant is still pending.
Denver Spieldenner added that he had received several emails regarding the Dredging Permit which he and Bill Kennedy are working on with Foth Engineering.
HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JUNE 2018
o B and C dock reconfiguration is complete. We can now handle 30-foot boats on B dock and we are parallel parking boats on C dock.
o We had to replace some old bolts and weld some of the framework on F and E docks in the Lagoon Marina. The docks had worked loose but are okay now.
o We are upgrading the electric on all the long docks on A wall in the Lagoon so there is a 30-amp twist lock outlet for each dock.
• OLD MAINTENANCE BUILDING
o We have boarded up the north side windows from the inside in preparation to paint. We are replacing all broken glass in the windows on the south and west sides.
o We have pressure washed the inside of the building twice and we will do this one more time this week, so it will be ready to paint.
o We installed the sign advertising the building, so it can be seen coming down the Broad Street hill.
• PUBLIC DOCK
o The Public Dock has been sealed coated and striped. Many compliments from the public.
o We have had to close the sandbar several times due to high water.
o We are repairing washouts to the road several times per week.
o The Conneaut Fire Department burned our brush pile for us.
o The sandbar has been very busy with the warm weather we have been experiencing.
o Very few problems except for unleashed dogs and jet skis going to close to people in the water. We are addressing these issues.
MARINA ENTRANCE LIGHTS
o We have one red and one green entrance light out. We have ordered new lights. These should be here next week. $256 each for a smaller temporary light. The exact replacements would be over $1500 each. We will apply for an “Aids to Navigation Grant “from the ODNR this Fall for replacement lights as well as additional channel markers and buoys.
o We are getting quotes to install a new camera pole near the guard house on the sandbar. We will move the cameras on the north end of the sandbar to this new location to avoid problems due to high water levels.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner Harbormaster, Conneaut Port Authority
Denver also stated that the landscaping work on the Rock Beds is finished.
The Maintenance Crew straightened many signs that were leaning throughout the Marina.
The hours worked by the Maintenance Crew have been reduced per Denver.
Joe Raisian spoke about the Renovation Project made to B and C Docks in the
Lagoon and said the work has been completed.
Bill Cooper praised Denver Spieldenner and the Maintenance Crew for the
exceptional job they did on the Renovation Project in the Lagoon.
The question was raised to Debbie Vendely as to how long the Waiting List
is now, due to assigning the new larger docks to those who were on the list.
Debbie stated that the Waiting List has been cut in half.
Joe Raisian mentioned the two new Security Cameras that have been installed
and the great progress that Bill Kennedy has made getting all the cameras
repaired and functioning properly.
Wally Dunne thanked Denver and the Maintenance Crew for assisting him in
trimming trees and edging the sidewalk on Broad Street, along the west side
of the driveway, leading down into the Marina. Much discussion was made by
everyone as to what we may want to do to this area in the future.
Wally Dunne asked as to whether we were going to put on extra help to work
over the July 4th week-end.
Joe Raisian stated that there were concerns on Facebook that old tires were
being dumped on the Sandbar. However, Joe had given permission to the
New Leaf Methodist Church to bring over some tires that had been dumped
on their property as a one time courtesy. The tires were picked up and disposed
of properly as directed by the CPA.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive
Session at 7:30 p.m. to discuss property acquisition and personnel matters.
Bill Cooper made a motion for Executive Session at 7:30 p.m., seconded by
Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Kennedy, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro,
Bruce Fleischmann, and Virginia P. Arp.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to come out of Executive Session at
8:41 p.m., seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Regular meeting resumed at 8:41 p.m.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at
8:45 p.m., moved by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Bill Cooper, meeting
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on July 19, 2018
at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer