CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
APRIL 19, 2018

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

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

ABSENTEES: None

GUESTS: None

MINUTES:
After review of the minutes from the March 15, 2018 board meeting, it was moved by Patrick
Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:
Kevin Anderson was present to discuss his request for two jet ski docks this season and wanted
to inquire as to whether the CPA was going to purchase more jet ski platforms.
Allen Blood, a local resident, was present to attend the meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner stated that we had received the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of
Engineers showing the lake water levels as being high during February, March, and April.
Denver read aloud a letter from Connie Jury, a local resident, writing in regards to the cost of
the Sandbar entrance fees pertaining to Senior Citizens.
Denver said we also received a letter from Betsy Bashore, CEO, on behalf of D-Day Ohio Inc.,
asking for a donation.
The last letter Denver mentioned was from the Ashtabula County Junior Achievement telling
about an event they are having on May 11th called “Designer Bag Bingo” and asking if the
CPA would like to be a sponsor.
Patrick Arcaro asked the Board Members to discuss the consideration of reduced rates for
Senior Citizens to enter the sandbar gate.
Bill Kennedy stated that Veterans should be included in having reduced rates as well.
Bill then suggested a Senior and Veteran fee of $25.00 for a Season Pass and a $3.00
charge for the Daily Pass.
Joe Raisian asked for clarification from the board members as to the standard Senior Citizen
Age and there was much discussion from everyone in round table fashion.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to charge $25.00 for a Season Pass and $3.00 for a Daily Pass
for any citizen who is age 60 and over, with proper I.D., as well as, any Veteran who can show
their Veteran ID Card, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Kennedy made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Virginia P.
Arp, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to appropriate $300 to Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees on the Budget
Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the amended March Financial Report, seconded by
Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.

Bruce Fleischmann inquired if the CPA had ever looked into the cost of having a Pay Pal
account and also what our fees are on the CPA credit card per month.

MOTIONS:
Resolved #14-18…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to charge $25.00 for a Season Pass and $3.00
for a Daily Pass for any citizen who is age 60 and over, with proper I.D., as well as, any Veteran
who can show their Veteran ID Card, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #15-18…Bill Kennedy made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment,
seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #16-18…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to appropriate $300 to Line 237 Refunds-
Dock Fees on the Budget Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #17-18…Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the amended March Financial Report,
seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #18-18…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to enter into a service contract with Foth
Engineering up to the amount of $20,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #19-18…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $20,000 to Line 235 Grant
Match on the Budget Report towards the contract with Foth Engineering, seconded by Wally
Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #20-18…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to propose a Resolution for Authorization for
the Nature Works Grant with a 25% match up to $6,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #21-18…Bill Cooper made a motion to amend the Budget Report and approve up to
$14,000 on Line 215 Security for improvements on security cameras, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved #22-18…Bill Cooper made a motion to increase the Public Launch Ramp Fee to $7.00 pending the
approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie stated that the final dock deposits due on April 1, had just been completed.
She also added that we have 6 open docks left to rent in the Marina for boats 24 foot or less
in length and 40 open docks to rent in the Lagoon for boats 20 foot or less in length.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Bill Cooper spoke about a meeting held on April 10th with two representatives from Foth
Engineering and Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager, to discuss fees, permits, and
certifications needed for dredging in our marina. Brian Hinrichs asked that we finalize the
service contract with their company.
Denver Spieldenner added that we have initiated the renewal permit for dredging with the
Army Corps of Engineers. Much discussion made by all.
Joe Raisian stated that funds need to be appropriated to the budget in order to accommodate
the service contract with Foth Engineering.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to enter into a service contract with Foth Engineering
up to the amount of $20,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $20,000 to Line 235 Grant Match on the
Budget Report towards the contract with Foth Engineering, seconded by Wally Dunne,
motion carried.
Grants:
Bill Cooper mentioned the replacement of the pump out station and the conversation with
Ted Walsh, the Federal Aid Coordinator from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,
Watercraft Division. The CPA applied for the Clean Vessel Act Grant which is still pending
for this purpose.
Bill also asked Ted about his thoughts on increasing the Public Launch Ramp Fee since the
CPA has not raised the cost in over 20 years.
Bill wanted to know from the Board Members if we were going to pursue the Nature
Works Grant for the purpose of replacing the bird watching platform located on Naylor Blvd.
He stated that the application must be submitted by June 1, 2018.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to propose a Resolution for Authorization for the Nature Works
Grant with a 25% match up to $6,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Bill stated that the CPA needs to verify that we are up to date as a supplier within the State
of Ohio which pertains to the W-9 forms.
Patrick Arcaro mentioned that he would check with the Morrison Foundation and the Ashtabula
Foundation to see if the CPA would be eligible for funding to help with the renovation of the bird watching platform.

LEASES: No Report

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT APRIL 2018

• DOCKS
o The last wind storm caused some damage to our docks. “A” dock in the lagoon had one of the large anchor arms pull out of the concrete. We had to cut this arm with a torch to remove it. We have since welded it back together and will reinstall it when the water level goes down.
o “B” dock in the lagoon ended up on top of the pilings and we had to pull it back in place with our backhoe. It doesn’t appear to have suffered any noticeable damage.
o There were a couple of docks in the PCM marina that had welds break. These have been repaired.
o Water levels are very high at this time.
• LAUNCH RAMP
o Two sections of the floating dock at the launch ramp had to be removed for repair because the floatation tanks under them rotted out and filled with water and mud. We have ordered new plastic floats from Meeco-Sullivan which should be in next week. It should take no more than two days to repair and reinstall these sections. Cost is around $3,000.
• OLD MAINTENANCE BUILDING
o We have finished cleaning out Port Authority materials from this building. There are some items still in the building that belong to the contractor at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. They were starting to remove these items on Wednesday of this week.
o We will be pressure washing the inside of this building when the weather warms up somewhat.
• LAGOON ROAD
o We have graded the road and it is in fairly decent shape. We should probably pur-chase two or three loads of asphalt grindings to top it off.
o The last storm covered the road with lots of debris which has been removed.
• BREAKWALL RESTAURANT
o Metcalf Glass is giving us a quote to replace both man doors on the restaurant. The current doors are allowing weather to cause problems inside.
o One of the doors on the south side of the building in the back needed repair so we welded the frame and it is okay for now.
o We had to rebuild the flush valve on the urinal in the men’s room.
• EQUIPMENT
o The Chevrolet pickup truck had to go to the repair shop for a tune-up. It was run-ning very rough and could barely make it up the hill from the harbor.
o All other equipment seems to be in decent shape.
• SEASON START-UP
o We will be ready to start up on May 1st if the weather cooperates.
• SANDBAR
o We have cleaned the area up several times but the storms we have experienced keep piling up more debris. We will be ready to open when the weather permits.
• EMPLOYEES
o Everyone is on board that we need. We have met with all employees to go over start dates and rules.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: DENVER SPIELDENNER
HARBORMASTER CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY

OLD BUSINESS:
Bill Kennedy discussed the three security camera bids he obtained and said he is still working
with one of the companies. He has scheduled one more meeting with them on Monday evening.
A new Server was suggested being purchased.
Virginia P. Arp mentioned that Servers should be updated every 5 years.
Bill Cooper made a motion to amend the Budget Report and approve up to $14,000 on Line
215 Security for improvements on security cameras, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp mentioned the Planning Meeting held on April 14th and said she had generated
a spreadsheet listing of our goals and asked for ideas from the board members in order to
complete each task going forward.
Bruce Fleischmann passed out a sample piece of sign material for everyone to view for the
purpose of creating a new sign for the old maintenance building.
Bill Cooper asked about window companies in order to obtain bids for the old maintenance
building. Much discussion was made by all.
Wally Dunne inquired as to whether the Public Launch Ramp Fee should be increased and if
the board wanted to proceed with this proposal. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Bill Cooper made a motion to increase the Public Launch Ramp Fee to $7.00 pending the
approval from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, seconded by Wally Dunne,
motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp asked if the board members could participate in another strategic planning
meeting and it was decided to schedule a meeting on May 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

NEW BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian inquired about the Advertising and Promotional Line 227 on the Budget
Report and wanted ideas from the board members on where the funds should be spent.
Bruce Fleischmann suggested more advertising be initiated on the CPA website and
mentioned a firm from Cleveland who could help with our advertising needs.
Bruce also highlighted on several marketing potentials that the CPA may want to consider
for the old maintenance building. Much discussion by all.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.,
moved by Bill Kennedy, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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