CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
JULY 20, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Kennedy, Virginia P. Arp, Bruce Fleischmann,
Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENTEES: Patrick Arcaro and Bill Cooper
GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager
MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the June 15, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by Virginia P. Arp to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
Joe Raisian discussed an email we received from a woman asking about bringing her horses to the Sandbar to swim and wanting permission to do so. Much discussion by all. Joe also read an email we received in regards to a vehicle that was driving recklessly on the Sandbar over the July fourth holiday. He forwarded it to Conneaut Police Dept. Denver Spieldenner announced that he received the monthly report from the Army Corps of Engineers pertaining to the Great Lakes water levels. The water is predicted to crest during the month of July. Denver also read a note from a Dock Holder who was asking permission to put up a pop-up tent in our Marina on July 29, for his wedding party celebration. It was decided to ask for a copy of his insurance.
Jim Hockaday presented quotes from JCI General Contractors for the renovations to the old Sun Tanning Building on Harbor Street that was just acquired by the Conneaut Port Authority and also for our old maintenance building, for budgeting purposes only.
Much discussion by all.
Jim announced a meeting in August between the City of Conneaut and David Emerman, the Dredge Program Administrator from the Ohio EPA, to discuss the 2020 Dredge Rule and also Deep Water Dredging. He would like the CPA to participate in the meeting. Much discussion on the permits and core sampling and who is responsible for these charges.
FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Kennedy made a motion to Amend the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements Line to $5,900, and make the following Proposed Appropriations Changes to reduce Line 248 Public Dock Improvements by $5,000 and increase Line 209 Repairs and Maintenance by $5,000; and also reduce Line 255 Equipment-ATV by $1,500 and increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $1,500; and finally to reduce Line 248 Public Dock Improvements by $8,000 and increase Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $8,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the June Finance Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #29-17… Bill Kennedy made a motion to Amend the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements Line to $5,900, and make the following Proposed Appropriations Changes to reduce Line 248 Public Dock Improvements by $5,000 and increase Line 209 Repairs and Maintenance by $5,000; and also reduce Line 255 Equipment-ATV by $1,500 and increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $1,500; and finally to reduce Line 248 Public Dock Improvements by $8,000 and increase Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $8,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #30-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the June Finance Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #31-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, 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 season this year has been hindered by inclement weather conditions.
Denver Spieldenner stated that the shipment of channel markers, lights, and buoys for the Navigational Aides Grant are in the process of shipping to us. Joe Raisian reported on a meeting that Bill Kennedy and he had with Brian Hinrichs from Foth Engineering who applied for a large boating Grant which has a match tied to it. This could possibly help us with temporary transient docking in the future. Joe also mentioned a meeting that Denver Spieldenner, Bill Kennedy, and he attended in Buffalo, New York, with the Army Corps of Engineers for Dredging Permit Renewal. Joe spoke about transient docking, floating docks, and the need to rebuild the lower observation deck with the intention of searching for a Grant to help with these costs.
LEASES: No Report
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JULY 2017
- We moved dock A-45 to the north about 6 feet and straightened it out.
- We have placed round tubes over the “H” beam pilings on the shore end of D,E, and F docks. We will be placing brackets over these to prevent movement of these docks during storms.
- We have five cameras available for public viewing.
- Cameras are back up on the new pole at the fuel dock.
- We still need new cameras for the top of the restaurant and the lagoon restrooms.
- Card readers for restrooms
- These are in place and now seem to be working okay.
- The work truck has been repaired and is back in service. The repair cost was $1,528.89.
- The Chevrolet pickup truck has had the muffler replace. Cost was approximately $106. The launch ramp office has been painted.
- We moved the kayak and jet ski rental operation to the launch ramp area.
- All of our back flow preventers have been checked and are okay.
- Maintenance employees are on shortened hours at this time.
- We will be hiring additional employees to man the sandbar gate. Interviews are being set up and anyone hired will be sent for a drug test and background
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenne, Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Denver discussed the new gate, soon to open on the Sandbar, and stated that we have three cameras located in that area. He also discussed the electrical vault at the Sandbar and the need to have it moved.
Denver added that the maintenance crew has installed several memorial benches thus far.
He reported that we have a pending insurance claim for the dock and camera damages that occurred during one of the Spring storms along the lakeshore.
Virginia P. Arp inquired about the loose siding on the outside of the old maintenance building and if it would be possible to take tack it down or dress it up since it is an eyesore.
Joe Raisian stated that the new Sandbar gate had been installed and he showed samples of the Seasonal Passes that were going to be purchased by the public for $25 for the balance of 2017. The charge is to be per each vehicle only. We will be charging $5 admission per car on a daily basis. The hours of operation will be subject to change based on weather conditions but tentative hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All rules and regulations are posted. Much discussion by everyone.
Joe Raisian discussed the concrete and electrical issues for the Breakwall Restaurant upgrades on the east side of the building.
Wally Dunne reported on the problem that the Ashtabula River area is having with Lake Erie Water Snakes due to the Algae situation in the western basin of Lake Erie. The snakes are moving eastward and we need to be proactive with trying to keep them out of our marina. They are a protected species and non-poisonous. He asked for suggestions from the group. Much discussion by all.
Bill Kennedy discussed upload speed in regards to our security cameras and the need to increase the rates to improve upon their functions. He obtained two quotes and is looking into our options at the present time. Joe Raisian thanked Bill Kennedy for all his efforts in getting our security cameras repaired and working properly.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:13 p.m., moved by Bill Kennedy, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, meeting adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on August 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929
Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer