CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian, at 6:30 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Babs Legeza, Wally Dunne, and Debbie Vendely.
Joe Raisian read a Letter of Resignation received from Luke Gallagher, effective immediately.
After review of the minutes from the October 20, 2016 board meeting, it was moved by Wally Dunne to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
Denver Spieldenner passed around the monthly bulletin from the Army Corps of Engineers reporting on the Great Lakes water levels.
FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Appropriations Worksheet as presented for November 2016, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Financial Report for October 2016, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Wally Dunne and Joe Raisian passed out the 2017 Estimated Revenues and Appropriations Budget Report for everyone to review. Much discussion was made by all.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the 2017 Estimated Revenues and Appropriations Budget Report, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #42-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Appropriations Worksheet as presented for November 2016, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #43-16…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved #44-16…Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Financial Report for October 2016, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #45-16…Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the 2017 Estimated Revenues and Appropriations Budget Report, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved #46-16…Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the Petty Cash Procedure, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.
Resolved #47-16…Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to create a new line item on the Budget Report for Property Acquisitions in the amount of $5,500 and decrease Line Item 233 by $2,000 and decrease Line Item 243 by $3,500, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie presented a Petty Cash Procedure and Withdrawal Form for everyone to review.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the Petty Cash Procedure, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.
Debbie passed out a copy of the CPA advertisement that is being printed in the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau Guide for 2017.
Todd Sommerfeld, a dock holder whose wife is handicapped, accepted to be moved to dock C-6 which is mid-point between the Pavilion and the Restaurant. We also offered him the corner dock B-54.
Larry Distelrath took in $120.00 in transient docks since our last board meeting and we retain 50% for a bank deposit of $60.
The 2017 Dock Deposits have come to an end for a total of approximately $107,905.00 paid. We have roughly open 11 docks in the Marina, 49 in the Lagoon, and 4 Jet Ski’s.
Denver and I are taking off the month of December. We will return on January 2nd to begin working on the Relocation List, moving current dock holders. Afterwards, we will start on the Waiting List for those customers needing a dock.
The glass window for the lobby is going to be delivered here and installed before November 30th. I spoke with Doug, the owner this week, who had to let their salesman Chris go onto greener pastures. He apologized for the delay.
Wally Dunne announced that he had attended the Coastal Management Environmental Grant Workshop held in Amherst, Ohio on November 1, 2016 and it was very informative.
Wally discussed the Coastal Management Assistance Grant Pre-Proposal Application that Joe Raisian and he submitted with help from Yetty Lombardo, who is our local liaison from the ODNR Office of Coastal Management. The Grant is for $100,000 with a 50% match.
Joe Raisian stated that Wally Dunne and he are working with the bank for our future business needs.
LEASES: No Report
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT NOVEMBER 2016
• 956 HARBOR STREET MAINTENANCE BUILDING
o We have finished painting the interior walls and the floor of the break room.
o We have moved much of our equipment from the old building but still have quite a bit to go. We will finish moving next season.
o The new man door arrived and has been installed.
o We had two loads of crushed concrete delivered for the rear entrance to the building to eliminate the mud we were tracking in with our equipment.
o The water in the shop has been shut off and drained for the winter season.
o The heat in the break room will remain on low to prevent water from freezing in the restrooms.
o Most of the roof problems have been fixed but we will continue to monitor the situation during the winter months.
o We have winterized the pontoon boat and placed it in the old maintenance building.
o We have added fuel stabilizer to all equipment and have added anti-freeze where needed.
o The New Holland tractor has the front bucket on and the grader blade on the rear in case we need it for snow removal.
o Our launch ramp and maintenance employees are done for the season.
o Debbie and I are in the Broad Street office through November and then we will shut down for December with planned return of January 2, 2017. We will be checking the mail each week to make sure bills get paid.
o Our winter shutdown is complete.
• LAUNCH RAMP CAMERA
o Security Technologies (Larry DeGeorge) has ordered a new high resolution camera for this area and will install it in the next couple of weeks.
• DOCK REPLACEMENT
o We have pulled the old fixed dock (A-37,38) from the Lagoon Marina and will replace it with the new floating dock in the spring.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority
Denver Spieldenner stated that Brian Hinrichs from Foth Engineering is working on finding grants that the CPA may be interested in pursuing.
Denver also reported that we still want to test a new style of security camera at the launch ramps once Larry DeGeorge from Security Technologies receives the unit.
Denver reiterated that our Dredging Permit expires in 2018 but he is going to contact the Army Corps of Engineers to get the permit renewed.
Joe Raisian reported that the properties purchased by the CPA are being surveyed and the purchase agreement for the old tanning salon building has been signed.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to create a new line item on the Budget Report for Property Acquisitions in the amount of $5,500 and decrease Line Item 233 by $2,000 and decrease Line Item 243 by $3,500, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Wally Dunne stated that he is planning on speaking with Jeff Crystal again from the Overture Restaurant in Youngstown in regards to developing our old maintenance building into a restaurant/winery. Much discussion was made.
Patrick Arcaro asked about the pre-fab concrete walls at a company on Cook Road in Ashtabula and if the CPA wants to pursue getting them at no charge.
Bruce Fleischmann highlighted on the different aspects of trucking the walls to Conneaut 0and the expense involved. There were many questions raised by everyone.
Joe Raisian announced that the CPA Christmas Party will be held on December 9th at the Conneaut Boat Club.
Joe asked Patrick Arcaro to review the Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program, for assistance with renovating the lower observation deck.
Wally Dunne suggested that the vacant properties that we maintain on Harbor Street could be used as revenue sources that could benefit the CPA. He asked if the board members had any ideas for the future. Much discussion was made.
Wally also asked for volunteers to hang Christmas Lights in several locations in our Marina on December 3rd.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss Property Acquisition and Appraisals at 7:57 p.m. Patrick Arcaro made the motion for Executive Session at 8:00 p.m., seconded by Bruce
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper and Wally Dunne.
Bill Cooper made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:20 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann.
Regular Meeting Resumed at 8:20 p.m.
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 p.m., moved by Bill Cooper, meeting adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on January 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
There will be no board meeting held in December 2016.
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer