CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OH 44030
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

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

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

ABSENTEES: Wally Dunne

GUESTS: None

MINUTES:
After review of the minutes from the August 17, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann to approve the minutes, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:
Roger Burdick discussed his Catamaran that is stored on the sandbar. He asked for permission to store and launch other catamarans as well as park trailers on the sandbar when visitors come here from out of town. The board gave approval to use the east side of the sandbar.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Joe Raisian announced that we received notification that the Breakwall Restaurant would renew their lease for 2018.
Joe stated we received a letter from the Conneaut Savings Bank regarding our activity with them in which they would like to hold a meeting with CPA representatives. We are also considering having a meeting with Key Bank for business purposes.
Denver Spieldenner discussed the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Great Lakes water levels which showed Lake Erie being down a foot from where the level was in July.
Denver also presented the application for the 2018 Ashtabula County Visitor’s Association for the purpose of advertising in their brochure which is published on a yearly basis.
Denver announced that the Public Entities Pool of Ohio has a Grant Program that we may be interested in. There is $500 of grant money that is available if we want to apply.
Bill Kennedy stated that he had a quotation from a security company who presented their bid for four Starlight Cameras. Bill is also asking our current security company to submit a bid also. Much discussion from everyone.
Joe Raisian stated that he had received the Tax Evaluations on the Lake Erie Boat Club and the Conneaut Boat Club from the Conneaut Law Director’s Office.

Joe also brought to the floor the request for a Resolution to Establish a Line of Credit.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to request a Resolution for the purpose of Establishing a Line of Credit. All in favor.
Patrick Arcaro offered to write the Resolution on behalf of the Conneaut Port Authority.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Bill Kennedy made a motion to rescind the previous motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit up to $500,000, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None

FINANCIAL REPORT: Babs Legeza gave the report in Wally Dunne’s absence.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to increase the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements by $46,900 for the insurance refunds, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend Appropriations to increase Line 215 Security by $8,000; increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $500; decrease Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $2,970; and decrease Line 252 Marina Improvements by $500, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the August Financial Report based on various amendments made and approved upon, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.

MOTIONS:
Resolved #39-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #40-17…Bill Kennedy made a motion to rescind the previous motion to Establish a Line of Credit, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #41-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to Establish a Line of Credit up to $500,000, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #42-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #43-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to increase the Estimated Resources Line 121 Refunds/Reimbursements by $46,900 for the insurance refunds, seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.

Resolved #44-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend Appropriations to increase Line 215 Security by $8,000; increase Line 237 Refunds-Dock Fees by $500; decrease Line 249 Sandbar Improvements by $2,970; and decrease Line 252 Marina Improvements by $500, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #45-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #46-17…Virginia P. Arp made a motion to approve the August Financial Report based on various amendments made and approved upon, seconded by Bill Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #47-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to have a new roof installed on the old maintenance building for a price up to $20,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Joe Raisian gave the report in Debbie Vendely’s absence.
Joe stated that if the weather holds out through the end of October, we will be caught up to the revenue that we took in last year on the Public Dock Launch Fees. We are still collecting gate fees at the Sandbar and also Transient Dock monies.

GRANTS:
Bill Kennedy reported that the Dredge Permit Renewal has been completed and is ready to be signed and mailed out.

LEASES: No Report

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT SEPTEMBER 2017

• CAMERAS
o We have received money from our insurance company for the cameras damaged by lightning earlier this year.
o The cameras on the sandbar are still down.
o We met with a representative from another security company (Paladin) to discuss alternative cameras to replace our damaged units.
• SANDBAR
o We are working the gate on weekends only now as the weekday traffic has decreased significantly.
o This area has much less trash and fewer problems in general since we started charging a fee to drive out there.
o We will be pulling the portable toilets by mid-October.
o We have not collected as many tires as in years past.
o We are continuing to rake and mow two times per week.
• JET SKI RENTALS
o Not much happening with this business.

• SIGNS
o We have replaced the old “No fishing” signs and the “This area under video surveillance” signs with new ones.
o We added “$250 Fine” signs under all our handicap parking signs.
o We are planning to contact the same sign company that the Public Works Department uses. We should realize a significant savings the next time we need to replace or add signs.
• D-DAY
o We had no apparent damage during D-Day this year. All we had to do was rake the sandbar.
o We received a nice thank you card from the D-Day Board of Directors.
• MISC.
o We have placed all the memorial benches that were delivered. We have one bench on order that will need placed and then we need to figure out where any future benches will be placed and if we want more benches.
o We installed an outside water faucet on the 929 Broad building.
o We installed underground drain pipes on the west end of the 929 building to channel the water from the eves away from the building.
o The eves have been cleaned on the 929 Broad building.
o We will be pressure washing and painting the top half of the Launch Ramp building. We will also paint the cupola on the roof.
o We need to determine what items can be disposed of in the last bay of the 929 building. We are becoming pack rats.
o We are working the maintenance crew half days (8 a.m. – 12 noon) three days per week until winter shutdown begins. We are giving additional time off when the crew asks for it.

Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner Harbormaster
Conneaut Port Authority

OLD BUSINESS:
Bill Kennedy stated the phone and camera upgrades will be completed next week.

NEW BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian requested of Patrick Arcaro to revisit the quotes he had obtained for the purpose of renovating the observation deck located on Naylor Boulevard. Joe would like the board members to review this information again.
Much discussion was made by everyone.

The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss buildings and acquisitions.

Bill Cooper made a motion for Executive Session at 8:00 p.m., seconded by Bill Kennedy.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bruce Fleischmann, Bill Kennedy, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, and Virginia P. Arp.

Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:17 p.m., seconded by Virginia P. Arp.

Regular meeting resumed at 8:17 p.m.

Bill Cooper made a motion to have a new roof installed on the old maintenance building for a price up to $20,000, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m., moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on October 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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