CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET
CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
MARCH 16, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Virginia P. Arp, Bruce Fleischmann, Babs Legeza,
Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Kennedy, and Debbie Vendely.
ABSENT: Wally Dunne
GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager and Nic Church, Conneaut City Council
Joe Raisian introduced new board members: Virginia P. Arp and William Kennedy.
After review of the minutes from the February 16, 2017 board meeting, it was moved by
Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by
Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
Denver Spieldenner stated that he had received a flyer from Myers Trapping for geese
removal performed by trained dogs and whether we would be interested for the
upcoming boating season.
Denver informed the group that Leedco is having a public meeting in regards to offshore
wind turbines if anyone would like to attend.
Denver received a flyer for Sam’s Club Membership and asked if the CPA would like to join.
Denver passed out the monthly publication of the Seafarers Log and also the report from
the Army Corps of Engineers for review by everyone. He reported that the Lake Erie
water level is predicted to be higher this year.
Denver discussed a notification we received on behalf of the Lake County Ohio Port and
Economic Development Authority in regards to the Revised Code, (Ohio’s Open Meetings
Law) requirement for conducting Interactive Video Conference or Teleconference Authority.
Joe Raisian entertained a motion to take resigned board members off our banking institution’s
check signing approval list and add our new board members.
Bill Cooper made a motion to remove Robert Best and Luke Gallagher from our check
signing approval list, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to add Virginia P. Arp and William Kennedy to our check signing
approval list, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Joe Raisian announced that he had a meeting with a lady who was interested in setting up
a Jet Ski business in our Marina. He also discussed concerns from several citizens regarding
Joe also mentioned that he had received requests from two individuals wanting to bring a
Portable Hot Dog Cart and a Food Truck to our Marina this summer. He stated that we have
a seasonal contract for vendors who must adhere to the Health Board Requirements as well.
FINANCE REPORT: Babs Legeza
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to amend 2017 Estimated Resources by increasing Line 132,
Breakwall Restaurant, by $3,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to approve the current bills for payment, seconded by
Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the February Financial Report, seconded by William
Kennedy, motion carried.
Resolved #10-17… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting,
seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved #11-17 … Bill Cooper made a motion to remove Robert Best and Luke Gallagher from
our check signing approval list, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #12-17…Bill Cooper made a motion to add Virginia P. Arp and William Kennedy to our
check signing approval list, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #13-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to amend 2017 Estimated Resources by increasing
Line 132, Breakwall Restaurant, by $3,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #14-17…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to approve the current bills for payment,
seconded by Virginia P. Arp, motion carried.
Resolved #15-17…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the February Financial Report,
seconded by William Kennedy, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
36 open docks to rent in the Lagoon (20’ boats) at $875 each for a total of $31,500.
5 open docks to rent in the Marina (24’ boats) at $1,525 each for a total of $7,625.
8 open jet ski docks to rent at $300 each for a total of $2,400.
Final Dock Deposits are due on April 1st.
People have been calling wanting to know when our cameras are going to be up and
Dock Holders are being contacted for their current boat insurance and registration.
GRANTS: Bill Cooper
Bill contacted ODNR in regards to our application for the Clean Vessel Act Grant wanting
to know the status. He was told that the application period may be extended through
July, however, we are still being considered. This grant would help the CPA to obtain a
new pump out station.
Joe Raisian reported that a new lease has been initiated with the Breakwall Restaurant
and it is being reviewed by Kyle Smith, Conneaut Law Director. Many improvements are
slated this year for the Restaurant.
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT MARCH 2017
o WE HAVE NO HEAT OR WATER LINE ISSUES IN ANY OF OUR BUILDINGS.
o WE STILL HAVE SEVERAL ROOF LEAKS IN OUR HARBOR STREET MAINTENANCE BUILDING.
o WE HAVE LOST SIDING AND SHINGLES OFF THE OLD MAINTENANCE BUILDING.
o SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES HAS BEEN WORKING ON OUR CAMERAS. THEY WERE HERE TWICE IN THE LAST WEEK AND A HALF.
o THE NEW LAUNCH RAMP CAMERA IS UP BUT WE HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH IT STAYING ON.
o THE CAMERAS ON TOP OF THE RESTAURANT AND THE SOUTH END OF THE LAGOON ARE STILL DOWN.
o WE STILL DON’T HAVE CAMERAS READY FOR PUBLIC VIEWING ON OUR WEBSITE.
• STORM DAMAGE
o WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO OUR DOCKS FROM THE WIND AND ICE THIS WEEK. WE SEVERAL DOCKS THAT HAVE COME LOOSE AND ARE FLOATING IN OUR MARINAS. OTHER DOCKS HAVE BROKEN BOLTS, TORN ANGLE IRON, AND BROKEN BOARDS.
o WE HAVE PLACED CALLS TO THE COMPANY THAT SUPPLIED OUR DOCKS TO ASK FOR THEIR ADVICE ON HOW TO BETTER ANCHOR THE DOCKS.
o WE HAVE CONTACTED LAKE SHORE TOWING IN ERIE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE COST TO DRIVE PILINGS TO HOLD THE DOCKS.
o WE WILL BE REPLACING EXISTING FASTENERS WITH GRADE 8 BOLTS.
o WE WILL BE HAVING A MEETING WITH OUR RAMP ATTENDANTS ON MARCH 23RD. TO DISCUSS THE UPCOMING SEASON AND ANY CHANGES WE NEED TO MAKE.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED: DENVER SPIELDENNER
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
Joe Raisian highlighted on the damages made to our docks this week during the past two
days of high winds and storms moving through the area. Many repairs need made.
Joe also discussed different options needed in order to close down the Lagoon Roadway
during inclement weather since a citizen became stuck during the recent storms.
Joe Raisian stated that he had obtained information on another architectural design firm
who may want to submit a proposal for future development of the old maintenance building.
William Kennedy inquired as to whether the CPA had acquired a structural engineering
study on the old maintenance building.
Joe Raisian stated that CT Consultants had performed the study.
Patrick Arcaro asked of Jim Hockaday if the city would be involved in the demolition of
the vacant tanning salon building on Harbor Street that was recently purchased by the CPA.
Jim Hockaday requested that the CPA provide pictures inside and out of the tanning salon
property to determine the cost of demolition and whether asbestos removal was needed.
Jim also discussed the “Comprehensive Plan” meetings being held that will address local Parks,
Green Spaces, Waterfront Areas, Economic Development, etc. to create an “action plan” to
better the community. He asked if the CPA would participate by having a member volunteer
to attend the meetings which are open to the public.
Joe Raisian mentioned that the CPA had invited the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
to come to our Marina and execute a plan for future development which they had done.
Joe also discussed the Ohio EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers and the various dredging
issues that the CPA has confronted for economic development of the Marina.
Joe Raisian and Denver Spieldenner highlighted on the issues we are having pertaining to
the real estate taxes. Denver has requested a meeting with the Auditor as soon as possible.
Patrick Arcaro inquired as to whether the contractor who is performing upgrades to the
Wastewater Treatment Plant is still going to use our vacant lots to stage their equipment
and compensate the CPA for doing so.
Joe Raisian addressed his intentions to assign committees to various projects going forward.
He presented a list with anticipated projects and a request of board members for their
approval to be assigned to a specific committee. He would like feedback from each member
before the committees are finalized.
Jim Hockaday requested that an Economic Development meeting be held with the CPA on
March 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Conneaut City Hall.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:55 p.m.
to discuss property acquisition issues.
Bill Cooper made a motion for Executive Session at 8:00 p.m., seconded by Virginia P. Arp.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann, William Kennedy,
and Virginia P. Arp.
Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:10 p.m., seconded by
Regular meeting resumed at 9:11 p.m.
The Chairman of the Board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m.,
moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on April 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929
Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer