CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
JANUARY 19, 2017

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Patrick Arcaro, and Babs Legeza.
Joe Raisian announced that Bob Best has resigned from the CPA Board effective immediately.

ABSENT: Bruce Fleischmann and Debbie Vendely

After review of the minutes from November 17, 2016 board meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner passed around the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers reporting on the Great Lakes water levels.
Denver stated that he received a letter from Conneaut Human Resources regarding a “Night at the Races” event and also a request letter from the Conneaut Grant Foundation asking for a contribution.
Denver was contacted by a gentleman who is on the Walleye Tournament Committee who would like to hold the event here in our Marina, during the month of August 2017.
Denver announced that Greg Myers has joined the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization as their Executive Director.
Denver mentioned that Connie Naylor sent us a letter on behalf of the Ashtabula County Tourism Board in regards to events that may need to be listed in this year’s visitors guide and how to contact them with submittal information.
Denver informed the group that David Rapp, a Surveyor, is in the process of surveying the CPA’s properties on Harbor Street.
Denver stated that we have information on Perry’s Landing now to pass around the table for review.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne
Wally discussed different aspects of using Dun and Bradstreet for credit information on the CPA.
Joe Raisian discussed the contribution letter from the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization asking for a contribution of $1,000 for membership.
Wally Dunne made a motion to contribute $1,000 to the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization for membership, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the November and December bills for payment, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the November and December Financial Reports, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

MOTIONS:
Wally Dunne made a motion to contribute $1,000 to the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization for membership, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the November and December bills for payment, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the November and December Financial Reports, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
Denver discussed the Relocation List and the Waiting List that is currently being addressed by Debbie Vendely and the various problems getting in touch with customers and the length of time involved to expedite their requests for obtaining a dock or relocating to another dock. Also considered are many customers who decline a dock offered, but still remain on the list for the allotted (3) year timeframe. Much discussion was made by all the board members.
Denver mentioned the need to reconstruct several of the docks for next year in order to create more larger docks for boaters who have 25 foot boats or larger. Much discussion was generated.
Joe Raisian and Bill Cooper discussed the Westside Marina as well.

GRANTS: Bill Cooper
Bill addressed the Navigational Aids Grant and mentioned that Denver had called our contact person in Columbus and it appears that we may be receiving this grant for new lights and buoys.
Wally Dunne stated that the CPA was turned down for the Coastal Management Assistance Grant but we need to pursue the Western Reserve Development Grant.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Joe Raisian
Joe stated that we have several meetings coming up in the next week.
Wally Dunne, Joe Raisian, and Bill Cooper spoke with Kevin Grippi, from Smolen Engineering, who looked at the old maintenance building for future development. Much discussion was made by all.
Joe suggested having a planning meeting going forward to discuss ideas for this purpose.

LEASES: None

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JANUARY 2017
• BUILDINGS
I HAVE BEEN CHECKING ALL BUILDINGS ON A DAILY BASIS. SO FAR THERE ARE NO ISSUES EXCEPT FOR SOME SIDING THAT
BLEW OFF THE WEST END OF THE OLD MAINTENANCE BUILDING.
• CAMERAS
OUR SECURITY CAMERA COMPUTER IS OUT FOR REPAIR AND POSSIBLE SOFTWARE UPGRADES.
THE NEW CAMERA FOR THE LAUNCH RAMP HAS ARRIVED AND WILL BE INSTALLED WHEN THE COMPUTER IS RETURNED AFTER REPAIRS.
• DOCKS
MOST OF THE DOCKS HAVE HAD NO DAMAGE.
“F” DOCK IN THE LAGOON HAS HAD SOME MOVEMENT FROM THE ICE AND WAVE ACTION. WE WILL HAVE TO PULL THE SPUD ANCHORS AND RESET THE DOCK IN THE SPRING. WE WILL LOOK AND PLACING ADDITIONAL ANCHORS ON THIS DOCK.
• EMPLOYEES
IT IS MY INTENTION TO BRING OUR MAINTENANCE CREW BACK FEBRUARY 13TH TO CLEAR OUT THE OLD MAINTENANCE BUILDING AND TO REPAIR/REPLACE THE DECK ON THE WORK BOAT. WE NEED TO FINISH THESE TWO JOBS BEFORE IT IS TIME TO START REGULAR MAINTENANCE IN THE SPRING. WE WILL USE AS LITTLE LABOR TIME AS POSSIBLE TO GET THESE JOBS DONE.
• MISC.
THE HARBOR IS FULL OF DEBRIS THAT HAS WASHED OUT OF CONNEAUT CREEK WITH THE RECENT RAINS AND SNOW MELT. SOME OF THIS MATERIAL HAS PUSHED INTO THE LAGOON AND WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED. WE WILL WARN ALL BOATERS OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS IN THE HARBOR.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: DENVER SPIELDENNER
HARBORMASTER CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY

OLD BUSINESS:
Joe mentioned that we are looking into the real estate taxes affiliated with the Sandbar.
Patrick Arcaro asked about the Arch Project and if the City Council was moving forward on this idea.

NEW BUSINESS:
Wally Dunne suggested putting several docks near the Observation Deck on Naylor Boulevard to serve as a Kayak Launch. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Jim Hockaday mentioned coming to the CPA office on Friday for a meeting.

The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:39 p.m.

Bill Cooper made the motion for Executive Session at 7:39 p.m., seconded by Wally Dunne.

Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, and Patrick Arcaro.

Wally Dunne made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 7:42 p.m., seconded by Patrick Arcaro.

Regular Meeting Resumed at 7:42 p.m.

The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m., moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on February 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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