CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
MAY 19, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, Patrick Arcaro,
Bill Cooper, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENT: Wally Dunne and Bruce Fleischmann
It was moved by Bill Cooper to excuse Wally Dunne and Bruce Fleischmann
from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
After review of the minutes from the April 21, 2016 meeting, it was moved
by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
FINANCES: Babs Legeza
A motion was made by Bill Cooper to amend the appropriations by decreasing the
the Grant Match Line 235 by $8,000 and increase the Lagoon Improvements Line 253
this amount, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
A motion was made by Bob Best to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded
by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
A motion was made by Bill Cooper to approve the Finance Report for April 2016,
seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved #19-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne and Bruce
Fleischmann from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #20-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to amend the appropriations by
decreasing the Grant Match Line 235 by $8,000 and increase the Lagoon Improvements
Line 253 this amount, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #21-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate up to $750 to purchase
two more strobe lights for geese control, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
4 Jet Ski Docks open.
5 Transient Docks open for 24’ boats or less.
No open docks in the Marina to rent.
22 Lagoon Docks open for 20’ boats or less.
Our Website appears to have been updated in entirety.
Debbie is still mailing out letters to dock holders requesting their updated insurance
and registration that is required before they put their boats in the water.
Very little activity at the Public Dock launching boats thus far, which hasn’t warranted the dock attendants to work a full shift at the present time.
People have been spotted feeding the geese and seagulls in the marina which is going to
cause more feces to be present on the docks and the surrounding areas.
Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate up to $750 to purchase two more strobe
lights for geese control, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
GRANTS: Bill Cooper – No Report
Denver Spieldenner mentioned Foth Engineering and our Grant Match, as well as, the money pending from the state. He also stated his intention to call Scudder Mackey from the ODNR Coastal Management.
Joe Raisian discussed a conversation he had with Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager,
in regards to the CPA taking on a larger role in participating with economic development.
HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT MAY 2016
oDock is installed. We poured cement for the ramp approach and it is complete.
oDJ Engineering is working on the electric this week. Should be completed before end of next week.
oWe are in the process of installing the water lines.
oSome dock holders are in their docks already.
oWe are raking the sandbar and grading the road three times per week at this time.
oWe closed the sandbar this past weekend due to high water.
oWe are working to find one of our employees who may be interested in closing the gate each night for a small fee.
oThere has been considerable sand migration over the winter. This is helping to fill in low spots.
oThe area has been used heavily by birders and by wind surfers so far this season.
oPort-a-Johns are being ordered and we hope to have them in place by Memorial Day.
oThe USACE is still on schedule to dredge our recreational channel this summer.
oWe do not need to pay any money to place sand on the east side as the sand will be placed in the offshore dump area 4 miles out.
oWe are working on installing new water lines in the lagoon marina. We will have upgraded valves and drains for winter shutdown to prevent or at least minimize winter damage.
oWe will be installing the summer channel markers this week if the weather permits.
oAll of our trash containers and picnic tables have been painted and look great.
oWe poured a cement pad north of the pavilion in PCM. This area was stone and was undermined causing our sidewalks to be at risk of collapse. This area is now a good place for a couple of picnic tables.
oWe have repaired all of the standoffs that were loose or broken in both marinas.
oWe are fielding many questions about our security cameras. Dock holders are concerned.
oWe are re-striping the Public Dock parking lot.
oThe brush pile on the sandbar was burned by the Conneaut Fire Department last week. Many thanks to them.
oWe are still waiting for Liberty Tire to pick up tires on the sandbar. Should be sometime this month.
oWe had another boat hit the east break wall on Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported. ODNR Division of Watercraft is investigating along with the Coast Guard.
oCleveland Petroleum is coming next week to test our fuel lines and underground tank.
oWe had to call Petro-Com Corporation to repair our gas pumps. They would not run. OK now.
oThe new sign for the front of the Broad Street office should be ready in about a week to ten days.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Denver Spieldenner mentioned the new sign for our 929 Broad Street office is in progress.
Luke Gallagher asked about the estimate in regards to the parking lot area for the Sandbar.
Patrick Arcaro inquired about the newly hired landscaping company hired by the CPA.
Patrick also asked about using landscaping rocks versus mulch in our flower beds which created much discussion on what we want to do with the beds throughout the Marina.
Patrick offered to get another quote from a local landscaper to redo all of the flower beds.
Patrick mentioned that several of our signs in the harbor are faded and leaning and wanted to know if we were going to get them touched up and straightened.
Denver Spieldenner stated that we are going to get the worst signs touched up and we have already straightened the leaning signs.
Bob Best discussed the security camera problems and he asked the board to bring back one of the security companies that had already submitted a proposal for new equipment. He has been working with our current provider but nothing has been improved upon. There was much discussion from everyone.
Joe Raisian stated that we are waiting for Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative to submit their new design prints for the old fishery building.
Joe also mentioned the lease for the new portable Ice House is moving forward. The owner has agreed to install the electric and water lines.
Joe assured the board that the newly ordered U.S. Flags would be flying in place by Memorial Day.
Denver Spieldenner stated the flags will be put up as soon as the flag pole parts arrive.
Joe informed everyone that the electrical boxes in several areas are being painted.
Patrick Arcaro asked about the walking/bike path that the City of Conneaut had considered putting along Broad Street and other areas, and whether the CPA could tag onto that project and extend it to and around the port, since we will be re-striping the parking lots.
Much discussion was generated.
NEW BUSINESS: None
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss
Bill Cooper made the motion for Executive Session at 7:35 p.m., seconded by Patrick Arcaro.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, Patrick Arcaro, and Bill Cooper.
Luke Gallagher made the motion to come out of Executive Session at 7:50 p.m., seconded
by Patrick Arcaro.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bob Best made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 p.m.
The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer