CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030
April 21, 2016

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Bruce Fleischmann, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Luke Gallagher

GUEST: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager.

MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the March 17, 2016 meeting, it was moved by
Wally Dunne to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion approved.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Janet Brown
Janet presented her offer to put a portable “Ice House” unit in our Marina as a lease option.The machine would require water and electric hook up, and also a concrete pad to sit it on.The unit takes coins, bills, and credit cards. Janet asked the CPA to consider the idea.
Joe Raisian and the board members discussed this option in round table fashion and felt that if we accept her offer that the best place to put an “Ice House” machine would be in the Lagoon area. The Board will consider this proposition and get back to her.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner stated that he had received the monthly Great Lakes Report from the
Army Corps of Engineers and that the Lake Erie water level is predicted to peak during the end of June or the first part of July.
Denver also reported that the CPA had received a thank you letter from the Ashtabula
County Growth Partnership Organization for the $1,000 membership that we submitted.
Denver shared that we had received two ordinances for surveying Naylor Boulevard and
the Marina Drive, Broad Street Extension.
Joe Raisian announced that he had received another donation for the “Way Find Sign” and
he turned the check over to Debbie Vendely to deposit at the bank.

FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Financial Report from March 2016, seconded by
Bob Best, motion approved.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to pay the Current Bills, seconded by Patrick Arcaro,
motion approved.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate an additional $1,600 to the Real Estate Tax Line 232, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Babs Legeza stated that her calculation was incorrect on the additional appropriation amount for the Real Estate Tax Line 232 which should have been $1,650 instead of $1,600.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the additional appropriation amount from $1,600 to $1,650, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.

MOTIONS:
Resolved # 15-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate an additional $1,600 to the Real Estate Tax Line 232, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Resolved # 16-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to amend the additional appropriation amount from $1,600 to $1,650, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion approved.
Resolved # 17-16… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $500.00 to the “Our Town Project” cost for the WQLN television station to air a video about the city of Conneaut, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Resolved # 18-16…Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the board meeting, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely

13 Jet Ski Docks sold for $3,900.00
3 Jet Ski Docks open that would generate $900.00 if sold
185 Slips sold for $176,875.00 in the Lagoon
25 Slips open that would generate $21, 675.00 if sold
96 Slips sold for $146,610.00 in the Marina
5 Designated Transient Docks that could be sold to boats
that are for 22’ – 24’ in length on B-wall North side,
If sold they would generate $7,625.00.
1 Dock open for a 20’ or less boat on C-wall East side
2 Docks open for a boat with 8’ beam (Narrow Docks)B-26 and B-40
Debbie stated that she has been emailing Mike Summers, our website administrator,
since March 23rd trying to get things updated on the website. He is making the changes
as time permits. As of April 14th, not all the changes have been completed.
Debbie is currently mailing out reminder notices to the dock holders whose insurance or registration has expired in the last couple months since they filled out their original contracts.

GRANTS: Bill Cooper
Bill discussed his conversation with Ted Welsh from the ODNR, Division of Watercraft,
regarding the BIG Grant (Boating Infrastructure Grant) that has a due date of July 1, 2016 and a 25% match requirement.
Bill suggested that we hold off another year to pursue this grant due to other immediate projects that the Conneaut Port Authority is currently working on and their expense.
Joe Raisian and the rest of the board members were all in agreement.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Wally Dunne discussed the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative meeting that was held
here with the CPA on April 19th for the purpose of developing the old fishery building.
Jim Hockaday stated that Wally and he were both very pleased with the ideas that were
presented at the meeting in order to create a Plan of Action for the CPA to take.
Joe Raisian reported on the “Our Town Project” that is currently in progress in Conneaut.
Jim Hockaday announced that the Conneaut Public Library is assisting the “Our Town Project”by passing out packets to anyone for the purpose of coordinating approximately 25 different segments about Conneaut that will then be used to develop a 90-minute presentation for the WQLN television station to air to promote our city. The cost of this project is estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000 to produce the video that will broadcast in June.
Jim suggested that the CPA needs to submit some footage on our Marina a.s.a.p.
The board members discussed several options for putting together a segment on our
Marina and that we definitely want to pursue this opportunity.

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT APRIL 2016
•C-DOCK
oNew target date of May 6, 2016 for installation completion except for electric.
oWe are starting to place this dock this week.
oDJ Engineering to install electric service to this dock.
•WINTER DAMAGE
oWe found many docks in the Lagoon Marina with broken welds, loose bolts, broken spud pole brackets, and electrical damages.
oWe fabricated extra spud poles and brackets for “F” dock to help hold it in place. We plan to do the same for “D” and “E” also. These are in the Lagoon Marina.
oWe have added cables and turnbuckles to “D”, “E”, and “F” docks and attached them to the bulkhead to help stabilize them.
oWe are replacing approximately 80% of the water lines in the Lagoon Marina. These lines are old and brittle from exposure to the sun. We are replacing them with “PEX” tubing which will weather better. Cost should be under $1,000 for material.
oPCM Marina had damage to jet ski dock brackets and one broken water line. These have been repaired.
oWe had one dock support on “A” wall in PCM come loose because of a broken weld. We were able to fabricate a better support bracket and it is now fixed.
•929 OFFICE
oThe new phones have been installed.
•MAINTENANCE CREW
oThe crew is on an eight hour shift now. We will remain on these hours until we are completely ready for the season. After this we will most likely go to a three day week until time for winter shutdown. (unless other projects come up)
•SANDBAR
oWe are raking at this time. Most of the debris has been picked up.
oThe City Fire Department has burned one of our brush piles and intend to burn the large pile as soon as the weather permits.
oA representative from Liberty Tire was here on Tuesday of this week to talk about hauling our tires we have collected. They have a contract with the Ohio EPA. They are planning on picking up the tires in May.
•DREDGING
oWe are all set with the USACE to begin dredging in early July.
oMaterial will be placed in 8 feet of water east of the east breakwater and will be monitored by the ODNR and PDEP as well as the USACE to see where it moves to.
•NEW MAINTENANCE BUILDING
oWe are gathering proposals from many different contractors.
•MISC.
oThe launch ramp crew has cleaned up all the trash along the roadways in the harbor and now they are painting the trash bins. They will also touch up the stripes in the parking lot. They pressure washed the launch ramp office on Tuesday of this week. They cleaned the front of the Broad Street office on Monday of this week.
Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority

OLD BUSINESS:
Patrick Arcaro presented the quotes he obtained from several sign companies for a new
sign to be placed in the front of the CPA office building located at 929 Broad Street.
Much conversation was generated by everyone regarding the quotes and options.
Joe Raisian discussed the security camera situation which has been ongoing.
Everyone gave their thoughts on what we should do with the security cameras going forward.
Bob Best volunteered to be take charge of contacting our current provider to obtain his
input to update our security camera system.
Joe Raisian also mentioned that the core sampling is being done by Foth Engineering which is in progress.

NEW BUSINESS: None

ADJOURNMENT:
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss
various projects and contracts.
Patrick Arcaro made the motion for Executive Session at 8:10 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, and Patrick Arcaro.
Bob Best made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:35 p.m., seconded by
Wally Dunne.

Regular Meeting Resumed at 8:35 p.m.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to appropriate $500.00 to the “Our Town Project”
cost for the WQLN television station to air a video about the city of Conneaut, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
Bill Cooper made a motion to excuse Luke Gallagher from the board meeting, seconded by
Wally Dunne, motion carried.

The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.,
moved by Patrick Arcaro, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OHIO 44030
MARCH 17, 2016

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, Bob Best,
Bruce Fleischmann,Patrick Arcaro, Luke Gallagher, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

Guest: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager and Dan Claypool, Ashtabula County Commissioner.

MINUTES: Upon reviewing the February 18, 2016 minutes, Bob Best mentioned that a spelling mistake was made within the minutes that needed to be addressed.
Debbie Vendely stated that she would verify the spelling error and make the
correction afterwards.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the minutes once the correction is made,
seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion approved.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Two members from the Conneaut Boat Club and Lake Erie Boat Club were present to inquire about the property taxes that have doubled in cost and wanted to know the status of the situation. They also asked for verification of the physical address of the Boat Club.
Joe Raisian replied that a tax assessment is under way and we are waiting for CT Consultants to complete the process of resurveying the properties.
Jim Hockaday stated that a meeting with CT Consultants and the County Auditor is forthcoming.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dan Claypool, Ashtabula County Commissioner
Dan reported that the Ashtabula Coast Guard Station had considered closing. If that occurred, the Coast Guard would be available from Fairport Harbor and Erie locations. However, it appears that the Ashtabula post will remain open during the year except for the winter months.
Dan also mentioned that the Ashtabula office of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft plans on moving to Geneva.
Dan stressed the importance of the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization being involved with government entities such as the Conneaut Port Authority. He discussed the Tiered Membership Program and asked the CPA to invest in a $1,000 membership to help with economic development.
Dan announced that a luncheon is being held on April 13, 2016 at the Geneva Lodge and Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. in which Jobs Ohio from Columbus will be joining with the Ashtabula Growth Partnership Organization to pursue development for our county and the role that networking creates.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner reported that the Great Lakes Report from the Army Corps of Engineers had been received but not yet reviewed at the present time. He also stated that new U.S. flags had been purchased for our marina.

FINANCE REPORT: Wally Dunne
A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to appropriate an additional $8,000 to the Lagoon Improvements Capital Project Line and decrease the Cash Reserves Line, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Finance Report for February 2016, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.

MOTIONS:
Resolved # 10-16…A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to appropriate an additional $8,000 to the Lagoon Improvements Capital Project Line and decrease the Cash Reserves Line, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved # 11-16…A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Current Bills for payment, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved # 12-16…A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Finance Report for February 2016, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.
Resolved # 13-16…A motion was made by Bill Cooper to appropriate an additional $7,500 from the Cash Reserves Line and increase the Grant Match Line to accommodate up to $10,000 for the Army Corp of Engineers for the purpose of the CPA’s portion of the dredging project, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion approved.
Resolved # 14-16…A motion was made by Wally Dunne to appropriate $1,000 for a one-year membership to the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization to be taken from the Legal and Professional Line of the budget, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion approved. All in favor.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie reported the revenue figures received for the Jet Ski docks, the Marina docks, and the Lagoon docks since October 15, 2015 when the first payments were due for the 2016 boating season.
Debbie also mentioned that we have at least 24 open docks in the Lagoon for boats 20 feet long or less that have not been rented out. There are also 5 Transient and 4 Jet Ski docks open at the present time.
Debbie thanked Red Drew, one of the CPA dock attendants, for painting the front door of the office located at 929 Broad Street.
Debbie announced that she would be accepting donations for the “Way Finding Sign” Committee.
Joe Raisian announced that a meeting was going to be held here on Friday, 3-18th at 8:30 a.m. with members of the Conneaut Port Authority, Scudder Mackey from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Coastal Management, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency to discuss sand disposal relating to dredging issues.
Joe Raisian also discussed the Dredging Project and the money portion to be generated by the CPA.
Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate an additional $7,500 from the Cash Reserves Line and increase the Grant Match Line to accommodate up to $10,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers for the purpose of the CPA’s portion of the dredging project, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

GRANTS: Wally Dunne
Wally discussed that Tiger Grants are available for infrastructure purposes that could be used to expand water and sewer lines.
Bill Cooper mentioned the BIG (Boating Infrastructure Grant) Grant with a due date of July 1, 2016 for the purpose of Safe Harbor for the large boats to dock. Everyone agreed that we want to pursue this grant and a meeting needs to be scheduled to do so.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Jim Hockaday reported on several parcels in the city that need to be evaluated in regards to the Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.’s). He highlighted on a final survey of one half lot that was not of any value since it is not a buildable lot.

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT MARCH 2016

• C-DOCK
oAll components for this dock have arrived.
oAll of the finger docks have the wood decking installed now. We will wait to install decking on the main stringer until after the electric and water is installed.
oWe still plan to have these docks installed during the first part of April.
• WINTER DAMAGE
oWe have replaced at least a dozen of the concrete deck slabs on “F” dock with treated 2”x6” material because they were cracked. We will additional slabs to replace on “D” and “E” docks as well.
oOne dock broke loose on “F” dock. We rescued the dock, replaced the decking with wood and it has been reinstalled. Several of the other docks had loose bolts and they have been replaced and tightened.
oWe had to excavate behind the seawall on the north end of the lagoon because it was undermined and the road was washing out into the water. We hired Northcoast Construction do the excavation. We installed OSB boards behind the wall and then covered the pit with plastic to hold the cement we put in. We purchased three truck loads of cement from French’s Inc. for a cost of approximately $3,000.
oWe had several washouts around the PCM marina that we filled with cement while we had a truck here.
oMore shingles blew off the maintenance building roof during the last wind storm. So far we have no known leaks.
• UPPER OFFICE (929)
oWe have purchased new phones for this office.
• PROPERTY TAXES
oCT Consultants had a surveyor in the harbor this week. Not sure if they are done or not.
• DREDGING
oWe have a meeting with ODNR and PDEP tomorrow to discuss the sand disposal issues. This meeting is at 8:30 a.m. here is our office if you wish to attend.

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• MAINTENANCE CREW
oWe hired Charles Lloyd for the crew. We now have a crew of four for most jobs plus one man for mowing and raking who can be used elsewhere for some jobs.
oWe have two former crew members who are willing to volunteer some of their time if we need them. We need to finalize our waiver form for volunteers.
• NEW MAINTENANCE BUILDING
oWe have met with one contractor and will be meeting with at least two more to get costs on a 60’x100’ building.
• SECURITY CAMERAS
oWe are meeting with a contractor today to discuss this issue.

Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority

Denver mentioned that the Backflow Preventer Inspection was performed by Burdick Plumbing.
He also reported that there was a leak on the heat pumps in the Breakwall Restaurant and gaskets had to be replaced for the repair.
Denver thanked Patrick Arcaro for donating several pieces of furniture and equipment to the CPA on behalf of the Ashtabula County Department of Job & Family Services.

OLD BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian discussed the security camera situation and that we are in the process of obtaining another quote to update our equipment.
Joe mentioned that Foth Engineering will be performing core sampling as soon as possible.
Joe reported that Shawn Aiken from CT Consultants has been behind on providing the drawings to the CPA for the purpose of renovations we want to pursue on the maintenance building.
Jim Hockaday mentioned several other design/structural engineering firms that we could notify.
Wally Dunne announced that he has the agenda for the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative meeting to be held here on April 19, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. for development of the fishery building.
Wally also asked that we pursue getting the “policy folder” completed as soon as possible.However, we must locate all the documents that are filed in the archives from previous years.
Patrick Arcaro brought up the need for a sign to be made for the front of our 929 Broad Street office since customers are having a hard time finding this location.
Patrick volunteered to obtain bids for a new sign.
Wally Dunne asked as to whether or not anyone had tried to participate in the grant fund raising program which is located at the Conneaut Public Library.
Joe Raisian asked Jim Hockaday if his office has specific individuals that do research on grants or what avenue they take to pursue grant availability.
Jim Hockaday suggested that the CPA could use engineering firms to help with grant research.

NEW BUSINESS:
Bruce Fleischmann generated a round table discussion on the Ashtabula County Growth
Partnership Organization. He asked for Jim Hockaday’s opinion on the goals of this group and what he foresees happening in the future for this organization.

Wally Dunne made a motion to appropriate $1,000 for a one-year membership to the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership Organization to be taken from the Legal and Professional Line of the budget, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion approved. All in favor.
Joe Raisian mentioned that he had been contacted by a woman who wants to sell ice from a self-contained unit in our Marina this year. She was asking permission from our board.

ADJOURNMENT:
The chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bruce Fleischmann made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m., seconded by
Bill Cooper.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OH 44030
FEBRUARY 18, 2016

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann, Wally Dunne, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Bob Best, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, and Babs Legeza.

MOTION: It was moved by Patrick Arcaro to excuse Bob Best, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, and Babs Legeza from the meeting, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

GUESTS: Nic Church, Conneaut City Council Member, Melinda McNutt, Campaign Director for the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation, Dan Sullivan, Trustee for the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation, and Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager.

MINUTES: After review of the January 21, 2016 meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

PRESENTATION: Given by Melinda McNutt on behalf of the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation. Melinda explained the purpose of her organization and their goal of investing into the community which initiates the Placemaking Approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces. They produce a campaign every five years to gain funds by the use of pledges in order to match funds to be used for a project.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Joe Raisian reported that we received a letter from the Great Lakes Coalition in regards to the Army Corp of Engineers stating that a funding meeting was going to be held in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 2, if anyone would like to attend.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

FINANCES: Wally Dunne
Wally reported that he created a list of all Leases due to the CPA and their due dates.

A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to pay the Current Bills, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion approved.

A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Financial Report as presented, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion approved.

MOTIONS:
Resolved # – 08-16… A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to pay the Current Bills,
seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved # – 09-16… A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to approve the Financial Report, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie reported that the secondary dock payments are being received at the present time but the payments have slowed down. Many of the dock holders are in Florida for the winter months.
The Marina docks have currently been assigned in entirety, but we do have small docks that are available to rent in the Lagoon.

LEASES: No Report

MARKETING:
Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager, reported on the city lots that are being surveyed.
Jim also mentioned that the Health Department has new Food Service Regulations for Level 2 Certification that is now required. He stated that a training session may possibly be implemented in Conneaut. This is for Risk Level 3 & 4 Food Operation.
Jim mentioned that Transient Vendors have to renew their vendors license every 6 weeks at a cost of $100.00 per the City of Conneaut. He asked for the Conneaut Port Authority to brainstorm on this issue to help with this large expense.
Joe Raisian suggested a seasonal permit that may suffice for this purpose.
Jim Hockaday also stated that the city is currently reconstructing their website. They would like to include a link showing information about the Conneaut Port Authority.

GRANTS: No Report

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Joe Raisian stated that CT Consultants and their representative, Shawn Aiken, have been involved in providing drawings to the CPA for future development plans for the maintenance building.
Joe also asked if the CPA would consider forming a committee that would work solely on the planning and development of the old fishery building and focus on a timeline for this project.

Wally Dunne reported that Dave Jurca from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative will be
returning here on April 19 for a meeting to review the old fishery building development plans.
Wally stated that we need conceptual designs to present our vision to other sources as well.
Wally also passed out copies of several categories that he had put together for the Conneaut Port Authority Rules of Operation Handbook.

MAINTENANCE & PLANNING: No Report

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

MAINTENANCE CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT FEBRUARY 2016
•C-DOCK
oThe spud anchor poles have been delivered.
oThe docks are due to ship by the end of this week for arrival early next week.
oAs soon as docks arrive we will begin cutting the decking.
oWe are in the process of figuring out the electrical and plumbing needs for this dock.
oIt is our goal to have these docks installed the first part of April.
•WINTER DAMAGE
oJet ski dock in the lagoon tipped over pulling loose the spud anchors. We called in part of our maintenance crew and we removed the dock until better weather. No apparent permanent damage was noticed.
oD-dock has several broken concrete slabs under the ramp. We will need to raise the ramp, remove the broken slabs, and then replace concrete slabs with treated yellow pine. This will be a fairly quick fix. (1-2 hours)
oA water line broke under Public Dock near the entrance. This was a City of Conneaut repair job.
oSeveral signs have damage from the wind.
oWe are missing more shingles from the roof of the maintenance building.
•SNOW REMOVAL
oThe Public Works Department has been somewhat more responsive to snow removal needs in the harbor.
oThe new snow blower has worked out great. It starts easy and does a nice job of removing snow.
•UPPER OFFICE
oStill working out well.
oWe are looking at new phones and possibly another line. Joe called the phone company to set up a meeting with them to discuss our needs.
•PROPERTY TAXES
oWe are still working on resolving our issues with the County Auditors office.
•DREDGING
The USACE had a meeting with the PDEP regarding the placement of dredged materials. The USACE would like to place this material in 8 feet of water on the east side of the east breakwater and then monitor the material to see where it moves to. The USACE has the equipment to do this and the PDEP seems to be receptive to the idea as a test. The ODNR Coastal Management people in Sandusky have been involved with these talks also. If this works out it will keep us from having to pump the dredged material under the harbor and onto the eastside beach.
oWe are looking into hiring one or two people for the crew.

Respectfully submitted: Denver Spieldenner
Harbormaster Conneaut Port Authority

OLD BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian discussed that the core sampling that is going to be performed by Foth Engineering has not been completed yet due to inclement weather.
Wally Dunne announced that the Conneaut Fire Chief is looking for a craft for Harbor Safety and spoke to both Denver Spieldenner and himself in regards to this matter.

NEW BUSINESS: No Report

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the board entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Bruce Fleischmann made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.,
seconded by Wally Dunne.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OH 44030
JANUARY 21, 2016

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Bruce Fleischmann, Wally Dunne, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Bob Best

MOTION: It was moved by Bill Cooper to excuse Bob Best from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

GUESTS: Nic Church, Conneaut City Council Member.

MINUTES: After review of the November 19, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Wally Dunne to approve the minutes, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner reported the Army Corps of Engineers is predicting higher water levels in Lake Erie during June 2016.
Denver also stated that the Public Entity Pool of Ohio is requesting scenic pictures to be submitted for their 2017 calendar.
Denver mentioned that the Conneaut High School yearbook staff sent us a request for advertising in their yearbook.
Denver also received a flyer from the Cedar Point Marina listing their 2016 boat dock rental rates.
Denver stated that Goodwill Industries submitted a letter advertising their lawn care services for the upcoming season.
Joe Raisian reported that he was reappointed a member of the Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation for a period of three years which meets once a month.
Wally Dunne mentioned that the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative would like to revisit our Marina to help with future development plans.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

FINANCES: Wally Dunne
Wally Dunne passed out the 2016 Proposed Budget Report for discussion and review.
Wally then made a motion to approve the Proposed Budget Report for 2016, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the December 2015 Disbursements, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Financial Report for December 2015, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to pay the Current Bills, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.
Joe Raisian discussed the 3% Wage Increase for Employees retroactive 1-1-2016.
Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the Employee 3% Wage Increase, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.

MOTIONS:
Resolved # – 01-16… A motion was made to approve the Proposed Budget Report for 2016 by Wally Dunne, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved # – 02-16… A motion was made to approve the 2015 December Disbursements by Patrick Arcaro, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved # – 03-16… A motion was made to approve the Financial Report for December 2015 by Bill Cooper, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Resolved # – 04-16… A motion was made to approve the Current Bills for payment by Patrick Arcaro, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved # – 05-16… A motion was made by Wally Dunne to approve the 3% Wage Increase for Employees retroactive from 1-1-16, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved # – 06-16…A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to purchase a snow blower to be used at the 929 Broad Street office up to the cost of $450, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved # – 07-16…A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to raise the Harbormaster’s spending limit from $3,000 to $5,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

LEASES: No Report

MARKETING: No Report

GRANTS: No Report

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No Report

MAINTENANCE & PLANNING: No Report

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT JANUARY 2016

•C-DOCK
oNew docks will be delivered the middle of February. We are making arrangements to have our maintenance crew available to unload.
•BUILDINGS
oWe have been checking all of the buildings for heat and security issues and so far all is well.
•SECURITY
oSomeone drove around the sandbar gate and got stuck in the one of the swampy areas. A wrecker had to come to pull them out. We called the police and we got the name of the vehicle owner and pictures of the vehicle. The owner stated he was not the driver when this happened. He was informed that he was responsible and if it happened again he would be cited for trespassing. A police report has been made.
•SNOW REMOVAL
oWe need to get the City to plow a path around Public Dock. We also need to get them to plow to the end of the Lagoon road. They are stopping near the Lagoon restrooms and leaving a pile of snow for people to drive through if they want to get to the end of the Lagoon. We will contact the City Manager.
oSnow removal at the upper office (929 Broad) is an issue. We are hand shoveling the walk and driveway. A small snow blower would be nice. It doesn’t need to be very big.
•UPPER OFFICE
oThis office has worked out well this winter. The heat bill is low and we are very comfortable here. I would suggest we stay here during the summer months also. It is a much quieter office and more professional looking. We get more accomplished here without too many interruptions.
oThe office schedule is Monday-Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This schedule will continue through March and then we will go to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the balance of the season.
•PROPERTY TAXES
oWe have been questioned by the Lake Erie Boat Club as to where we are in regards to our appeal with the County Auditor to get the cost lowered. We can probably expect the same from the Conneaut Boat Club.
oPortside Marine has paid their 2014 property taxes.
•OHIO EPA
oWe will have a conference call with them on January 28th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss dredging and disposal issues. We will be discussing various uses for the dredged material.
•DREDGING
oThe USACE is planning on dredging our recreational channel this year. Bids will go out shortly and dredging will commence the beginning of July.

oWe may want to talk to the dredge contractor about dredging the area west of the launch ramps where we want to build our next marina. We are working with Foth Engineering and ODNR on this project.

Denver discussed the need for a snow blower to be purchased and used at the 929 Broad Street office due to snow fall accumulation and removal from the front sidewalks.

Patrick Arcaro made a motion to purchase a snow blower up to $450 for the purpose of snow removal at the 929 Broad Street office, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS:
Bruce Fleischmann recapped the chart that he passed out in regards to the CPA Planning Meeting that was held on Saturday, 1-16-16 for the purpose of Economic Development for the future.
Joe Raisian discussed the Foth Engineering Grant for Core Sampling for the area west of the launch ramps.

NEW BUSINESS:
Nic Church and Denver Spieldenner reported on the Conneaut Sign Committee Meeting held on 1-21-16. Many ideas were presented including the proposal of a new sign being placed on the top of the hill, over looking the Marina.
Wally Dunne suggested putting a gas well on Naylor Blvd. or on top of the sewage plant area to help with economic development for future utility needs.
Luke Gallagher discussed the notion from the Conneaut Human Resource Department putting in a garden on our property located on Day Street.
Denver Spieldenner mentioned that the Sign Committee also discussed a golf cart area that possibly could be accessible to the boaters.
Luke Gallagher stated that the Harbormaster’s pay schedule was interrupted at the end of 2015 due to the number of weeks occurring every seven years. He stated that our accountant would need to correct this situation going forward.
Nic Church reported the various issues being evaluated for Conneaut City trash pick-up in which the Council is in the process of obtaining bids. There is no recycling currently available. Much discussion was created on this topic.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues at 7:40 p.m.

Luke Gallagher made the motion, seconded by Bill Cooper.

Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Patrick Arcaro, Wally Dunne, and Bruce Fleischmann.
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to adjourn Executive Session at 8:08 p.m., seconded by Patrick Arcaro.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Patrick Arcaro, Wally Dunne, and Bruce Fleischmann.

Back into regular session, a motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to raise the Harbormaster’s Spending Limit from $3,000 to $5,000, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.

Bill Cooper made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 BROAD STREET, CONNEAUT, OH 44030
NOVEMBER 19, 2015

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Bruce Fleischmann, and Debbie Vendely

ABSENT: Wally Dunne and Babs Legeza

MOTION: It was moved by Luke Gallagher to excuse Wally Dunne from the meeting, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

GUESTS: Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager

MINUTES: After review of the October 15, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner reported the Army Corps of Engineers predicted the Lake Erie water level will rise during April, 2016.
Denver also stated that Jim Thompson turned in his resignation and Danny Blank will be leaving our employment as well.
Patrick Arcaro asked if there is a job description for their positions.
Denver mentioned that he received an email from Meeco Sullivan, the company chosen to supply the new floating docks for the renovation on C-Dock, who quoted the cost for new spud poles. We are also asking for a quote from Kelly’s Welding & Fabrication.

Jim Hockaday discussed the Coastal Management Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in which the application is due by December 4, 2015. He is requesting a Letter of Support from the CPA to aid the city in obtaining the grant monies for development purposes. Jim said the grant will be awarded in May 2016 and Yetty Lombardo will be participating.

It was moved by Bill Cooper for the Conneaut Port Authority to provide the Letter of Support to the city, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.

Bob Best announced that he had attended a seminar in Cleveland on November 19, in regards to various grants. He mentioned that The Nature Works Grant is not available in the coming year due to lack of funding and others as well.

Denver Spieldenner discussed the need for upkeep and maintenance to be performed at Malek Park on Parrish Road. He asked Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager, for volunteers. Denver stated that the CPA would be willing to supply several men to assist in getting this project completed.

FINANCES: Bruce Fleischmann

MOTIONS:
Resolved # – 19-15… A motion was made to approve the Proposed Appropriation Additions as outlined for November 2015 by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.
Resolved # – 20-15… A motion was made to approve the Current Bills by Bill Cooper, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved # – 21-15… A motion was made to approve the Financial Report from October 2015 by Patrick Arcaro, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved # – 22-15… A motion was made to approve the Temporary Budget from the October 2015 meeting by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.
Resolved # – 23-15… A motion was made by Bill Cooper for the Conneaut Port Authority to provide a Letter of Support to the City of Conneaut, in order to pursue the Coastal Management Grant, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
Resolved # – 24-15…A motion was made by Bill Cooper to submit a letter to the CPA’s banking institution stating that there are no cash withdrawals permitted from our account, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
2015 Lagoon – 195
2015 PCM – 95
2015 Jet Ski – 13

2014 Lagoon – 189
2014 PCM – 95
2014 Jet Ski – 6

Transient Docks: Canadian Tug Boat “Nadro Marine Services” was billed $480.00 not paid as of 11-19-15.
American Tug Boat “Kokosing Industrial Inc.” was billed $914.00 not paid as of 11-19-15.
(Ladder replacement, Stand-Off, Supports, and Labor Charge)

Debbie stated that the first Deposit for the 2016 boating season was due on October 15, 2015 since all 300 contracts had been mailed out on September 12, 2015. Phone calls were made and letters have been mailed to all delinquent dock holders.
Debbie mentioned that the Public Launch Ramp Revenue for 2015 showed a slight decrease from 2014.

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT NOVEMBER 2015
•Landscaping & Cleaning
oContractors are done for the year. Very happy with cleaning contractor. Landscaping was better at the end of the season than it was at the beginning.
•Security
oWe need to address camera issues for the 2016 season.
oThe dash camera we installed in the patrol car is working well. Audio and video are very clear. We can capture events to our computer and also print to disc or flash drive if needed.
oWe should look at available grants over the winter shutdown to see if there is affordable money available.
•C-Dock
oThe replacement docks have been ordered and one half of the invoice ($25,000) has been paid to Meeco-Sullivan. The other half will be paid after the first of next year (2016).
oWe should receive the new docks in February or early March of 2016.
•Employees
oAll employees except for the Administrative Clerk and Harbormaster are finished for the season.
•Winter Shutdown
oShutdown is complete.
oBuildings will be monitored all winter by the Harbormaster.
•Sandbar
oThe last storm deposited many tires and debris on the beach. We will have quite a bit of cleanup to do in the spring.
•Administrative Office
oWe have moved the office to the 929 Broad Street office for the winter season in an effort to cut our heating and lighting bills.
oThe 929 office is working out well and the Administrative Clerk and Harbormaster are very satisfied with the move.

Denver reported that Foth Engineering is still working with the CPA on funding for the $23,000 grant match in regards to the cost needed for dredging purposes and the core sampling that must be performed per EPA requirements.

LEASES: Luke Gallagher
Luke stated that the Fuel Dock and Breakwall Restaurant Leases needed to be signed for the upcoming year.

MARKETING:
Patrick Arcaro discussed various advertising methods on the old fishery building for future development purposes.
Bob Best stated that the old fishery building needs be looked at for remediation before we can advertise.
Denver Spieldenner stated he could contact CT Consultants and Smolen Engineering for remediation purposes.

GRANTS: Bob Best
Bob attended a Grant Seminar in Cleveland on November 19, which gave him much insight as to which grants were obtainable for the Conneaut Port Authority to pursue and also grants where funding had been cut. He mentioned that The Nature Works Grant was not available for 2016 due to lack of funds.
Bob also mentioned the Clean Ohio Trail Fund that will only be available in 2016 but we have nothing in this area to apply for.
He stated that there is funding for Recreational Trails and Motorized Trails which we do not use either.
Bob did discuss the Coastal Grant Map that is a tool for the CPA to review that highlights various grants that are available.
Bill Cooper reported that he is also working on several grants such as the ODNR Clean Vessel Grant.
Patrick Arcaro announced that the CPA had been turned down on the Lowe’s Grant that he had applied for, but he is considering submitting the grant a second time.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No Report

MAINTENANCE & PLANNING: No Report

NEW BUSINESS:
Bob Best recommended that the CPA initiate a letter to our banking institution stating that there are no cash withdrawals from our account what-so-ever. The CPA pays all bills through check processing which requires two signatures from board members.
A motion was made by Bill Cooper to submit a letter to our bank stating that there are no cash withdrawals permitted from our account, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.
Denver Spieldenner discussed that he had many problems with his laptop functioning properly. Russ Coltman, the computer repairman, suggested that it was time to replace this computer. Denver wanted to purchase a new laptop for his office and asked the board members for their approval. Everyone was in agreement.

OLD BUSINESS:
Luke Gallagher asked the board members to consider a meeting to review restrictions on the sandbar for the upcoming new year, as well as, the many options we may want to pursue for future development.
Much discussion was generated from everyone in round table fashion as to what direction the CPA wants to move upon.
Joe Raisian suggested that the board members have a planning session on January 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. to brainstorm for the purpose of developing the sandbar area. All were in favor.

ADJOURNMENT:
Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the board meeting at approximately 9:00 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, all in favor, meeting adjourned.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut.
There will be no board meeting held in December 2015.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, OH 44030
October 15, 2015

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bob Best, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Bruce Fleischmann and Wally Dunne

MOTION: It was moved by Luke Gallagher to excuse Bruce Fleischmann and Wally Dunne
from the meeting, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

GUESTS: Nick Church, Conneaut City Council Member and Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City
Manager.

MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the September 17, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the minutes, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner discussed a letter he received from the EPA in regards to dredging
in Lake Erie. A meeting is being held in Cleveland on October 23, 2015 with eight other
port authorities. He suggested that members of the CPA should attend.
Denver also received several emails from individuals stating they were pleased to see the view of the lake again due to numerous trees and brush that had been cut down and removed by our maintenance department crew. Denver mentioned that the Sandbar had been cleaned as well over the past several weeks and many improvements were made.
A discussion was generated by everyone with many suggestions for the Sandbar area.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

FINANCIAL REPORT: Joe Raisian
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Current Bills, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Appropriations Amendments Hand-Out presented by Babs Legaza, seconded by Bob Best, motion passed.
Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Financial Report from September 2015, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.

MOTIONS:
Resolved # – 16-15… Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Appropriations Amendments,
seconded by Bob Best, motion passed.
Resolved # – 17-15… Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the bid from Meeco Sullivan for
new floating docks at the cost of $49,754.00, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.
Resolved # – 18-15… Bob Best made a motion to increase the administrative clerk’s hours to 30 hours per week, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely

2015 LAGOON – 195
2015 PCM – 95
2015 JET SKI’S – 13

2014 LAGOON – 189
2014 PCM – 95
2014 JET SKI’S – 6

TRANSIENT DOCKS $ 30.00 Received at the Public Dock Office which the Management Fee does not apply.

$ 510.00
-255.00 Management Fee (9-08-15 thru 10-12-15)
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$ 255.00
+ 30.00
——-
$285.00 Profit

Debbie stated that she had been receiving the 2016 Dock Deposits daily that were
due on October 15, 2015. She also mentioned that the Launch Ramp Report showed
that our income was down from 2014 due to the heavy rains we had in June.
Debbie highlighted on the hard work that the Dock Attendants perform and their
dedication. Julie Gritzer and Red Drew cleaned all the light fixtures inside the Public
Launch Ramp Office as well as cleaning all the windows and replacing the tattered
screens with new.

LEASES: Luke Gallagher
Luke stated that it is the intent for the Breakwall Restaurant to renew their lease for 2016.

MARKETING: No Report

GRANTS: Bob Best
Bob announced that he attended a meeting with Mike Miller, who is in charge of
the State of Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.
The meeting pertained to the Boating Facilities Grant that is available. The CPA
must apply by the deadline of April 1, 2016 in order to request monies from the
2.5 million dollars available for the purpose of the Marina and Handicapped
Development. There is a 25% match.
Joe Raisian mentioned that there is a program available from Homeland Security
for grants pertaining to security cameras that the CPA may want to pursue.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Jim Hockaday
Jim stated that survey work is needed to be done on lot lines with CT Consultants
for several properties before distribution can be determined. Title searches are
being performed but they are costly. The MOU’s are still being evaluated. The
Economic Development Plan is in the future.

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: No Report

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT OCTOBER 2015

• Landscaping
o Penniman Brothers Landscaping is clearing the hillside below the condominiums down to Naylor Blvd.
o There has been improvement since we talked to them.
• Security
o Still working on camera issues.
o We tried out a camera from RadioActive Electronics in Middlefield, Ohio. It was no better than what we currently have.
o After talking to two different security companies it would appear we need fixed cameras and better lighting in key areas.
o We have installed a dash camera in the patrol car. Cost was $183.82. Seems to work well so far.
o Wally has developed a “violation” form for us to use. Need approval from the Board.
o There may be some Homeland Security money available for security cameras, etc.
• C-Dock Rebuild
o We have received two quotes for this project. One is from HarborWare and the other is from Meeco-Sullivan. I recommend Meeco-Sullivan since both quotes are virtually the same amount of money and the Meeco-Sullivan docks will require less labor thus saving us money in the long run.
o We have started removing the old docks from this area. We should be done with this by the middle of next week, weather permitting.
• Employees
o The maintenance crew is now on a five day schedule eight hours per day.
o We called back former employee Jim Thompson to help with C-Dock and winter shutdown.
• Winter shutdown
o We will be starting winter shutdown next week.
o We have already started to round up the picnic tables and trash containers.
o The port-a-johnnies will be removed from the sandbar after this week.
o We may have to remove the finger docks in PCM if the water level doesn’t go down at least three to four more inches. This is to prevent ice damage this winter.
• Sandbar
o We have been trimming and removing trees for the past month or so. The area looks great and we have received many compliments from the public.
o We have continued to mow and rake.
• Vehicles
o We had to have repairs made to both of our work trucks. Some of these repairs were safety related.
o The stake body truck had to have ball joints, power steering work, and a tune-up which included new wires, plugs, rotor cap, distributor cap, and a new serpentine fan belt.
o We still need to install a new left front fender on the stake body truck. We have the fender and will complete this job over the winter or early next spring.
o The Chevrolet pickup truck had to have a tune-up, exhaust work, transmission seal, brake lines replaced, and new brakes.
o The Envoy had to have a new starter.
o Total cost of repairs to our vehicles was around $2,000. These were necessary repairs and now our vehicles are in good running order.

Denver presented the formal quotation with drawings to the board members from
Meeco Sullivan, the company who bid on providing the new floating docks
for C-Docks located in the Lagoon. Much discussion was made from everyone.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the bid from Meeco Sullivan for new
floating docks at the cost of $49,754.00, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.
Denver also passed out a Warning of Violation Draft generated on behalf of the
Conneaut Port Authority for review by the board members. This form is for
the purpose of individuals who are stopped by the CPA security guard for
causing mischief or damage to the CPA marina and property thereof.

OLD BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian mentioned the need to examine grants and research possibilities to
either replace or repair the security cameras throughout our marina. He also stated that
the real estate tax appeal is still pending.

NEW BUSINESS:
Patrick Arcaro discussed the letter that Wally Dunne was sending out to the members
of the Conneaut Boat Club in regards to the flare that was lighted over the July 4th
holiday this summer.
Nick Church requested a copy of the letter from the Cleveland Urban Development who
came to our marina and gave us a summary of their ideas for future development.
Nick also passed out a brochure from the Conneaut Chamber of Commerce for a seminar
being held on October 21st that explains the new EMV credit card transaction machines
and processing guidelines.
Nick stated that the shopping plaza located at route 7 and route 90 had been sold.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss
personnel issues at 7:42 p.m.
Patrick Arcaro made the motion, seconded by Bill Cooper.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, and Patrick Arcaro.
Luke Gallagher made the motion to adjourn executive session at 7:58 p.m., seconded by
Bill Cooper.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, and Patrick Arcaro.
Bill Cooper made the motion to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on November 19, 2015 at 6:30
p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
September 17, 2015
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Luke Gallagher and Bob Best

MOTION: A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to excuse Luke Gallagher from the meeting,
seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
A motion was made by Bill Cooper to excuse Bob Best from the meeting, seconded
by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the August 20, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, to approve the minutes, motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

CORRESPONDENCE: Denver Spieldenner discussed an email that he received from a Bird Watcher, Mr. Bob Lane, who reported that he had seen several situations occur on the Sandbar that he was unhappy with.
Joe Raisian responded to Mr. Lane’s email by stating that the Sandbar is open to all of the public.
Denver Spieldenner also stated that he received a report from the Corps of Engineers showing a decrease in the water levels for Lake Erie.
Joe Raisian mentioned that the local town newspaper had made an error in reporting that there was an increase in dock rentals for 2016. The only change was made to the deposit fee themselves by asking dock holders to pay $300.00 versus $250.00 for the first and second payments which would lower the amount of the final payment and prevent such a large portion at the end.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne
o After review of the financial report for August 2015 it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Patrick Arcaro to accept the report as presented, passed unanimously.
o A motion to pay current bills was made by Wally Dunne, seconded by Bill Cooper; passed unanimously.
o Discussion and motion to decrease money from the Legal and Professional Studies Appropriations Line and increase the Utilities Appropriations Line.
o Discussion and motion to appropriate additional money for Wages Watch Line and decrease the appropriations for the Dock Fest Line.
o Discussion and motion to decrease money from Dock Fest Line and increase Refunds Dock Fees Line.

MOTION:
Resolved #12-15… Bill Cooper made a motion to appropriate an additional $4,000 for the Utilities Expenditures Line and decrease the Legal and Professional Studies Line, and appropriate an additional $2,000 to the Wages Watch Line and reduce the Dock Fest Line, and also appropriate an additional $1,575 for the Refunds – Dock Fees Line and again decrease the Dock Fest Line, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.
Resolved #13-15….Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to generate a two part purchase order to allow the estimated cost of $32,500, (half the expense) for the conversion of C-Dock to be allocated from this year’s budget and the balance of $32,500 from next year, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.
Resolved #14-15… A motion was made by Bruce Fleischmann to match the C-Dock Holder’s Fee to the same price as B-Dock in the Lagoon which is $875.00, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.
Resolved #15-15…A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to appropriate an additional $32,250 to the Lagoon Capital Improvement Line and decrease the Cash Reserve for Projects Line, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Babs Legeza discussed that she had been trying to resolve the many discrepancies in the QuickBooks Software in regards to the count of Dock Holders for both the Lagoon and Marina and also the actual revenue reports. She presented a reconciliation spreadsheet to show the variances. Much discussion was generated by everyone.

2015 LAGOON – 1 95 2014 LAGOON – 189 TRANSIENT DOCKS $1,320.00
2015 PMC – 95 2014 PMC – 95 8/9 THRU 9/7 MGMT FEE – 660.00
2015 JET SKI -13 2014 JET SKI -6 PROFIT $660.00

LAUNCH RAMP REPORT: Debbie Vendely
Debbie stated that our revenue is still below our totals from August of 2014 most likely due to the inclement weather we had in June. She also mentioned that the Dock Attendants have done a great job this season and need to be complimented on their many efforts.

LEASES: Bruce Fleischmann announced that Joe Raisian and he had met on Tuesday evening to review the leases for the 2016 calendar year.

MARKETING: Wally Dunne stated that he received videos from Patrick Arcaro as a sample for the CPA to review and possibly consider in order to use as a marketing tool to advertise our Port.
Patrick stated that the students at Ashtabula County A-Tech had produced the videos at no charge.The Ashtabula County Senior Citizens used the videos to advertise services on their behalf.Patrick mentioned that if we decided to produce a video, we could have them downloaded to Facebook or our website.

GRANTS AND PLANNING: Joe Raisian announced that Patrick Arcaro is still working on the Lowe’s Grant to be used towards the Observation Deck on Naylor Blvd.
Joe also mentioned that Wally Dunne and he had met with Karen Adair from Nature Conservancy to discuss the spraying of phragmites and what avenues we may want to consider.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Joe Raisian discussed that a meeting was held with the Conneaut
City Manager to discuss the MOU’s still pending for property transfers.
Joe mentioned that CT Consultants are performing the surveying for the CPA on our properties due to the real estate increases that occurred last year.
Denver Spieldenner stated that the CPA is working with Foth Industries for core sampling purposes since the EPA requires water quality certification for dredging to be performed.
Denver also discussed the State Grant of $23,000 that the CPA received because Foth Industries believes that they can help us raise the balance of $23,000 for the total cost needed to dredge.

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: No Report

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY HARBORMASTER REPORT SEPTEMBER 2015

• BUILDINGS
o We are getting quotes for windows on the maintenance building.
• LANDSCAPING
o We had a meeting with our landscaper and since then we have seen some improvement.
We will be monitoring this situation closely.
o We received a quote from Brobst Tree Trimming for $22,000 to clear the bank below Lakeview Park. We are seeking other quotes as well.
• DOCKS
o Unless the water level goes down by mid-September we will have to pull all the stationary docks in PCM.
o We have obtained quotes for replacing C-Dock in the Lagoon. An e-mail with costs of this project was sent to all Board members.
o We had damage to some of our docks from last weekend’s storm. We are fixing loose and broken stand-offs.
o Electrical issues have been corrected on all docks at this time.
• SANDBAR
o We have been clearing trees and brush on the west side of the sandbar. This has greatly improved the view from the bluff at Conneaut Township Park as well as from the Point Pleasant Cottages. We have received many compliments from the public on this project.
o We have been receiving complaints about vehicles racing and doing donuts on the sandbar.
o It seems any muddy area is fair game for trucks and SUV’s
o The birders are upset with the lack of respect from some of the trucks. We have received e-mails and have people stop us to complain.
o Our security officer is having issues with vehicles also.
o I highly recommend we seriously figure out how to gate off the north end of the sandbar and restrict it to foot traffic only.
o We are continuing to mow and rake twice per week.
o The fire damaged port-a-johnnies have been replaced.
• EMPLOYEES
o Mark Presley has returned to work after an extended sick leave.
o The maintenance crew is working three days per week at this time. We will return to a full five day week when we get to the season shutdown.

• SECURITY
o Security Technologies installed a night vision camera on the end of the maintenance building that covers the intersection at Broad & Naylor. We still cannot read license plates.
o We need to figure out where we are going with our camera security. We are constantly getting calls or e-mails from our dockholders about our lack of camera coverage.
o I have asked Dan MacRaild from RadioActive Electronics to install one of their night vision cameras on the end of the maintenance building to compare it to what we have now.
o We need to schedule a meeting with the Conneaut Police Department to discuss their role in the security of the port area. I have mentioned this to the City Manager.
• D-DAY
We ended up paying two of our employee’s overtime to help with security and preparing the beach for this event.
Naylor Blvd. is an issue as far as vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
We will be meeting with the D-Day committee to discuss our concerns and issues we have.
• MISC.
o We are working on a transient dock policy for commercial vessels at Public Dock.
o We purchased two new Stihl chainsaws. One is small for trimming limbs and the other has an 18 inch bar for cutting trees.
o We took our old Stihl chainsaw to Bortnick Tractor for a tune-up. Runs great now.
o We have purchased two swan decoys in an attempt to scare away the Canadian geese near the Public Dock.

OLD BUSINESS: Joe Raisian stated that the real estate tax appeal is still pending.
Joe also mentioned that the security camera situation is still ongoing and has not been resolved.

NEW BUSINESS: Wally Dunne passed out and read a draft letter for review by the board for the purpose of the CPA stance on the flare that was fired from a boat that was docked along the Conneaut Boat Club catwalk over the July 4th week-end.
Denver stated that we have acquired one quote thus far for the renovation of C-Docks in order to convert them over to floating docks. The labor and the electrical cost are not included in the proposal.
Joe Raisian continued with a discussion on the C-Dock conversion and the various aspects of the cost and different means by which the CPA could obtain monies for budgeting purposes.
A motion was generated for a two part purchase order to allow half the expense of the dock conversion to be allocated from this year’s budget and the balance from next year.
Discussion and motion was made to match the C-Dock Holder’s Fee to the same price as B-Dock in the Lagoon, which is $875.00.
Discussion and motion was made to increase the Lagoon Capital Improvement Line and decrease the Cash Reserve Projects Line.

ADJOURNMENT:
The Chairman of the board entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss legal issues at 8:55 p.m.
Bill Cooper made the motion, seconded by Wally Dunne.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, Bruce Fleischmann, and Patrick Arcaro.
Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn executive session at 9:02 p.m., seconded by Wally Dunne.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, Bruce Fleischmann, and Patrick Arcaro.
Bill Cooper made the motion to adjourn at 9:02 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030
August 20, 2015

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bill Cooper, Bruce Fleischmann, Patrick Arcaro, Luke Gallagher, Bob Best, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Denver Spieldenner

MOTION: A motion was made by Bill Cooper to excuse Denver Spieldenner from the meeting, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

GUESTS: None

MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the July 16, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Bruce Fleischmann to approve the minutes, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Wally Dunne received a letter from Josh Mandel,Treasurer of the State of Ohio, in regards to a program called“CheckBook.com” where municipal organizations
allow the public viewing of their financial reports.
Debbie Vendely passed out D-Day brochures showing the schedule of events.
Patrick Arcaro discussed the Lowe’s Grant to rebuild the Observation Platform.
Joe Raisian mentioned various lease payments that were coming due to the CPA.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne
Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to approve the Financial Report from July 2015, seconded by Bob Best, motion passed.
Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the current bills, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.
There was discussion on several of the budget line items.
Patrick Arcaro made a a motion to increase the appropriations on the Public Dock line item to $5,600.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.
MOTIONS:
Resolved #12-15… Motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to increase the budget line appropriations for Public Dock Improvements to $5,600.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

Resolved #13-15… Motion was made by Bill Cooper to raise the first and second deposit fees on the 2016 boating contracts from $250.00 to $300.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

Resolved #14-15…Motion was made by Bill Cooper to send out a letter to all dock holders to offer a reward of $1,000.00 or a free dock to the person who assists in the arrest of the
individuals responsible for the torture of the cat that occurred over the July 4th week-end, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

Resolved #15-15…Motion was made by Wally Dunne to increase the administrative clerk’s salary by $1.00 per hour, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
2015 Lagoon -195     2014 Lagoon – 189
2015 PCM – 95          2014 PCM – 95

Transient Docks $1,020.00 – $510.00 Mgmt Fee, Profit $510.00

2015 Jet Ski – 13       2014 Jet Ski – 6

10 Slips Open Lagoon = $8,450.00 Loss of Revenue

4 Slips Open PCM = $6,100.00 Loss of Revenue

LAUNCH RAMPS:
Debbie passed out the comparison charts for 2015 and 2014. We are still down from last year’s figures due to increment weather during the spring.
Debbie presented a new revised format for the 2016 boating contracts for the Lagoon and the Marina. Much discussion was made by everyone.
Debbie asked the board members to consider raising the first and second deposit fees from $250.00 to $300.00 to help alleviate the lump sum final payment.
Bill Cooper made a motion to increase the first and second deposit fees from $250.00 to $300.00, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

GRANTS: Bob Best – No Report
Joe Raisian mentioned that he had spoken to Karen Adair, from Nature Conservancy, regarding funds for phragmites and he will continue to research.

MARKETING: No Report

LEASES: Luke Gallagher – No Report

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Joe Raisian received a report to bring more natural gas to Ashtabula County.

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: No Report

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Given by Joe Raisian in the absence of Denver Spieldenner.
The sandbar is being prepped to open on Sunday, August 23. Water levels have receded.
Vandalism occurred to several Port-a-Potty’s located on the sandbar. Two were set on fire and destroyed and a third one was also damaged.
Spray painting occurred to the gate at the sandbar. The security cameras at the sandbar are being evaluated and a tree was trimmed to prevent future problems with vandals, however, there is no night vision on the cameras.
Our maintenance tractor was repaired and a chainsaw/pruner was purchased for trimming trees.
The breakwall was cleaned off by the maintenance staff with much improvement. Signs have been ordered to prevent feeding the wildlife to help eliminate the fear of bird flu and disease.
There was discussion regarding horses on the sandbar which is being discouraged.
We are looking into purchasing new stop signs.
The dock attendant shack was struck and damaged by a boater’s trailer at the public dock.
We have had success with the strobe light that was purchased as a test to scare the geese without harm and prevent them from leaving fecal matter on the docks..

OLD BUSINESS:
Joe Raisian stated that the maintenance building had been painted by our maintenance crew and that Chris Osborne from E & J Glass Company looked at the windows on this building
in order to submit a proposal for replacements.
Wally Dunne mentioned that he still recommends David Joyce from Urban Development to review future projects we may have for development purposes.
Patrick Arcaro asked if we have guidelines for commercial boats docking at the public dock.
Joe Raisian requested that a draft be written up by the HarborMaster and the administrative clerk that specifies commercial boat guidelines for approval.
Wally Dunne stated that the Conneaut Boat Club is still researching the situation with flares that were lighted over the July 4th week-end to determine who was responsible and what
outcome is going to be taken.
Patrick Arcaro mentioned that the policy for dock holders who become sick and give up their docks still needs to be completed.
Joe Raisian spoke to John Arcaro to see if we could acquire additional help to patrol the docks next year over the holidays.
Patrick Arcaro made several suggestions for extra patrol measures.
Bill Cooper brought up the Conneaut Boat Club incident with flares in regards to the letter their members received. Bill also discussed the situation of a cat that was tortured on the
docks during the July 4th holiday and whether a letter should be written to offer a reward or a free dock to the person who assists in the arrest of the individuals responsible.
Luke Gallagher suggested a reward of $1,000.00. There was much discussion from all.
Bill Cooper made a motion to send out a letter to dock holders offering either a $1,000 reward or a free dock to the person who assists in the arrest of the individuals responsible for the torture of the cat over the July 4th week-end, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.
Bob Best stated that the lawn care company had been lax in taking care of the grounds and their performance this summer has been unsatisfactory. Bob suggested notifying them
in writing or in person to let them know our discontentment with their work.
Bruce Fleischmann felt that a letter stating lack of performance would suffice.
Many concerns were conveyed by all members and the decision was made to schedule a meeting with the lawn care company to discuss these issues with the HarborMaster.

NEW BUSINESS:
Wally Dunne reported that he heard several complaints in regards to the large dump trucks going in and out of the docks causing much dust in the air. Wally then asked if water or something could be applied to the road to prevent this from happening.
Joe Raisian stated that he would make a phone call to help correct this situation.
Joe Raisian mentioned that the C-Docks had been raised due to the high water conditions, and that Denver Spieldenner had been acquiring bids to determine the cost of converting
C-Docks to floating docks.
There was much discussion regarding the projected cost and the need to budget for it.
Bill Cooper mentioned that a walkway in the PCYM had several boards in the middle that were raised up and needed to be fastened back down.
Bob Best discussed the map that Joe Raisian had passed out to show possible areas where additional docks could be built to service the PCYM. Bob stated that grants could be obtained for this purpose.
Joe Raisian stated that dredging would be a must at the quoted price of $46,000 by Foth Industries who would perform core sampling. We obtained a grant from the State of Ohio
for this project in the amount of $23,000 but we are looking into acquiring another grant for the balance. Joe also stated that boating development would be the main purpose of this
project but many aspects of this venture would be beneficial.
Bill Cooper mentioned this would be a step to develop the sandbar as well.
Joe Raisian expressed gratitude to Ashtabula Job & Family Services for several pieces of furniture they donated to the CPA.

ADJOURNMENT:
Joe Raisian called for a motion to go into executive session at 8:15 p.m. to discuss personnel evaluation.
Moved by Bill Cooper, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Luke Gallagher and Wally Dunne.

Wally Dunne made a motion to adjourn executive session at 8:23 p.m., seconded by Bill Cooper.
Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Luke Gallagher and Wally Dunne.

Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn, meeting adjourned at 8:25p.m.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
929 Broad Street, Conneaut, OH 44030
July 16, 2015

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann, Patrick Arcaro, Wally Dunne, and Debbie Vendely.

ABSENT: Luke Gallagher

MOTION: A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro to excuse Luke Gallagher from the meeting, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

GUESTS: Dan MacRaild – Installations Manager from RadioActive Electronics and Jim Hockaday – Conneaut City Manager.

MINUTES: After review of the minutes from the June 18, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Bill Cooper to approve the minutes, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE: Denver Spieldenner discussed the report from the Army Corp of Engineers
regarding the very high water level in Lake Erie. In June 2015, we had 95% more rain than normal. The projected prediction level is to rise through mid July and then gradually lower down 6 inches by the month of December. The C-Docks are currently under water.

Debbie Vendely presented a letter from the Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau looking to fill seven seats for a two year term beginning January 1, 2016.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Dan MacRaild gave a presentation pertaining to the quotation he submitted to the CPA for new security cameras and equipment.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne

Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Financial Report from June 2015, seconded by
Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the Current Bills, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.

MOTIONS:

Resolved # – 09-15… Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to decrease appropriations to the grant match line item by $22,500 and appropriate an additional $22,500 to the public dock paving improvement line item, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion passed.

Resolved # – 10-15… Bill Cooper made a motion to approve both the appropriations and   expenditures for paving improvements of the public docks up to $25,000, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

Resolved # – 11-15… Patrick Arcaro made a motion to post signs stating that feeding the wildlife is not allowed, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

HARBORMASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

We have three new employees, Jim Taylor, a new dock attendant, Cleo Rudler, and William Norton are both helping in the maintenance department. Nick Vendetti resigned from his position. Mark Presley may be returning to work in the maintenance department in September.
Denver stated that he has been working along-side the maintenance men to raise
C-Docks, due to being submerged under water from the high lake level.
We have electrical repairs being made to all the docks by DJ Engineering.
A new antenna was installed on the fuel dock building for the marine radio.
The problems with the fuel dock pumps have been corrected.
Both CPA vehicles are in need of mechanical repairs.
The old fire truck is currently being disassembled for salvage purposes.
We are still having issues with the lift stations which are being examined and new audible alarms were installed.
Koski Paving Company paved behind the dock offices.
The maintenance department has used the new fire pump, that was donated by the Elks Club, many times already to hose off the docks and it has worked very well.
The new LED Light installed at the public docks to scare the geese away is still being evaluated as to whether it is doing a good job. The instructions clearly state that the geese should not be fed with the installation. Much discussion was generated in regards to the health risks of people feeding the geese and how to prevent this from happening due to the recent reports of the bird flu and contamination.
Wally Dunne mentioned that horses are being ridden on the sand bar. He asked if any complaints were brought to the board members but nothing was conveyed.
Wally asked about the painting of the old fishery building which is being done in house.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely

2015 LAGOON – 192     (12 Slips Open) = $10,150.00 Loss of Revenue
2015 PCM – 95         (4 Slips Open) =   $6,100.00 Loss of Revenue
2015 JET SKI’S – 11

2014 LAGOON – 189
2014 PCM – 95
2014 JET SKI’S – 6

TRANSIENT DOCKS $720.00
-360.00 (50% Management Fee May 22 thru July 6)
———
$360.00 Profit

Debbie stated that she had walked the docks to determine the problems with dock
holders not tying to the docks properly and using the incorrect size ropes. She also
mentioned the complaints about C-Docks being under water.

LEASES: No Report

MARKETING: No Report

GRANTS: Bob Best

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Jim Hockaday – Conneaut City Manager

Jim stated that Kyle Smith, from his office, is still working on the revisions for the property tax appeal as submitted by Luke Gallagher.

Jim discussed various parcels of property within Conneaut that are foreclosures and
sheriff sales that are still being offered to the CPA for future economic development.

The appraisal for commercial property cost is $5,000 per Jim which may be split
between the city and the CPA.

Jim had a discussion with Brian Bidwell regarding cameras on the fence line.

Jim mentioned that he had forwarded a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Grant to the CPA in
which Bob Best will be working on for boating infrastructure purposes.

Joe Raisian added that the CPA was awarded the Coastal Grant that was submitted.

Jim discussed a quotation he had forwarded to Joe Raisian in regards to a traffic
counter that the CPA may want to look into. The CPA might consider using the
counter for D-Day purposes and holiday traffic.

Jim mentioned that CT Consultants were interested in submitting a quote for the
maintenance building renovation.

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: No Report

OLD BUSINESS: No Report

NEW BUSINESS:

Joe Raisian discussed the need to have a written policy for the public docks due to the
commercial vessels tying up. The public docks should be for safe harbor only.

Transient dock fees will apply. Much discussion from everyone. A rough draft of a new policy is going to be generated by email to all board members for review.

Joe requested of Denver Spieldenner to obtain a quote to convert C-Docks over to
floating docks due to the many concerns of those docks being flooded.

Joe mentioned the incident that occurred over the July 4th week-end which involved a flare being lighted at the Conneaut Boat Club. A letter is being prepared by Luke Gallagher to send out to the Boat Club Officers.

Joe discussed a second incident over the July 4th holiday involving a cat that was
tossed from one boat to another and eventually drowned. All board members wanted
answers as to who was responsible and what actions were being taken.

Wally Dunne mentioned that a bottle rocket was set off over the July 4th week-end
as well, which is against the CPA rules and regulations due to the extreme fire hazard.

All of these issues caused a round table discussion regarding security measures needed
for the holidays and also the security cameras during these incidences.

ADJOURNMENT:

Joe Raisian called for a motion to go into executive session to discuss the vacant property acquisition at 9:15 p.m.

Patrick Arcaro made the motion, seconded by Wally Dunne.

Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann and
Wally Dunne.

Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn executive session at 9:40, seconded by Wally
Dunne.

Roll Call: Joe Raisian, Patrick Arcaro, Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Bruce Fleischmann and
Wally Dunne.

Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn, meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held August 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
at 929 Broad Street in Conneaut, Ohio.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING

June 18, 2015 6:30 P.M.

 

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Denver Spieldenner, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Luke Gallagher, Bob Best,Patrick Arcaro, Bruce Fleischmann, Babs Legeza, and Debbie Vendely.

GUESTS: Nick Church – Conneaut City Council Member, Jim Hockaday – Conneaut City

Manager, and Jim Thompson – Member of the Conneaut Elks Club.

MINUTES: A motion was made to approve the April 16, 2015 meeting minutes by Bruce Fleischmann, seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

 

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Jim Thompson, presented on behalf of the Elks Club, the donation of a new water-trash pump to the Conneaut Port Authority to aide in all aspects of maintenance purposes.

 

CORRESPONDENCE:

Bob Best discussed a meeting he attended with the CDC members held at the Spire Institute in Geneva. Many topics were addressed such as the Conneaut city renovations, lake front trails, and future lake front development for the next five year cycle.

Joe Raisian mentioned that he participated in a meeting with the new Conneaut judge and the two acting public works directors to review the requirements for individuals seeking community service positions in order to pay off outstanding debts.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT: Wally Dunne

Bruce Fleischmann made a motion to approve the Financial Report from April 2015, seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion carried.

Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the April 2015 bills, seconded by Bob Best, motion carried.

Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Financial Report from May 2015, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

Wally Dunne made a motion to approve the May 2015 bills, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

 

MOTION:

     Resolved # – 07-15… A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro for Luke Gallagher to initiate a refund policy document for customers who ask for a dock refund due to serious illness, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

Resolved # – 08-15… A motion was made by Wally Dunne to contact the Catamaran owners before the 2016 boating season to let them know that a new storage fee of $150 is going to be in effect for next year, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely

LAGOON CONTRACTS:   193 Rented 5-30-2015

189 Rented 5-30-2014

PCM CONTRACTS:              95 Rented 5-30-2015

95 Rented   5-30-2014

JET SKI CONTRACTS:       10 Rented 5-30-2015

06 Rented 5-30-2014

 

Debbie conveyed the many complaints from customers regarding the goose feces on the docks. Much discussion from the board members as to various options that may be used to eliminate this problem. Also mentioned were the many people seen feeding the geese.

Debbie asked for further clarification on dock refunds for the slip renters that are seriously ill and unable to keep their dock. Many questions were presented by the board members as to the past policy and how to handle this situation going forward.

A recommendation was made to have a doctor’s written statement in order to issue a refund.

 

A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro for Luke Gallagher to initiate a refund policy document for customers who ask for a dock refund due to illness, seconded by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

 

LEASES: Luke Gallagher

Luke spoke to Kyle Smith to get an estimate for the appraisal on our properties regarding the property tax appeal that is currently pending.

 

MARKETING: Wally Dunne     No Report

 

GRANTS: Bob Best       No Report

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

Jim Hockaday, the new Conneaut City Manager, suggested that the CPA could possibly  benefit by meeting with Janice Switzer, who is affiliated with the Ashtabula County Community Planning Services, to discuss the plan about coastal management to obtain extra funding for future economic projects.

Jim also discussed land parcels that were tax foreclosures and sheriff’s sale properties that the CPA might possibly be interested in to promote economic development purposes.

 

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING:

Wally Dunne asked to have a work session with David Joyce from the Urban Development Association in order for the CPA to improve upon and brainstorm future projects.

 

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

 

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY

HARBORMASTER REPORT JUNE 2015

 

 

  • Buildings
  • The ceiling tiles in the fuel dock have been replaced and the ceiling grid has been painted. This was done by the employees of the fuel dock with the CPA furnishing the materials for the job.
  • We lost quite a few shingles on the maintenance building during the storm last weekend.
  • We had DJ Engineering replace the underground electric service to the maintenance building. We had low voltage issues due to poor wiring.
  • Landscaping
  • We still have some weed issues and the lawn at the 929 Broad St. office did not get mowed last week. We have contacted the contractor to correct this situation.
  • Docks
  • We have installed five new jet ski docks in the Lagoon. These are on the south end near “B” dock.
  • The water level is up about a foot so part of “C” dock is now under water. These are fixed docks. The floating docks are in good shape.
  • We have had some dock repair on “B” dock in the PCM marina. Normal wear and tear.
  • We are getting quotes from several sources to replace the old fixed docks in the Lagoon along “A” wall with floating docks.
  • We are correcting electrical problems in both marinas with the help of DJ Engineering. There are wiring issues and the pedestal lights in PCM need to be overhauled.
  • Misc.
  • We purchased a metal cutting bandsaw for the Maintenance Department. Cost was approximately $900.
  • We are having major issues with the geese and the mess they make. Many of our dock holders are complaining.
  • Both of our marinas passed inspection by the Conneaut Health Board.
  • We purchased 33 metal railing sections and many misc. parts from the now closed General Electric plant on Maple Ave. These will be used on dock walkways and to guard various areas around the port. Purchase cost was $1,650.
    • We are having problems with the gas pumps at the fuel dock. We had them serviced last week and the filters have been changed but we are still having issues. We may need to purchase a new or rebuilt pump in the near future.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Joe Raisian mentioned many aspects of using regrinds versus paving the lagoon drive. There was much discussion from all members in round table fashion.

Wally Dunne stated that $3,000 has been approved for the 2014 D-Day damages that occurred to the ramps last summer.

Denver Spieldenner discussed the many problems and the repairs that need to performed on the security cameras which have not been working properly for some time.

We have been waiting on new parts to be delivered and installed. Currently, we are looking into the cost of updating all the cameras.

Bob Best requested that we either pave or patch the holes behind the dock office from Naylor Road to the public docks. We have had several complaints from customers about the pot holes. Much discussion was generated from everyone.

Jim Hockaday stated that Koski Construction Company was very competitive with their pricing if the CPA needed help with this project.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Joe Raisian stated that the Dock Fest has been cancelled for this year.

Joe also requested a review of our Catamaran storage on the sand bar. The question was raised as to whether the CPA should charge a fee for storing these units during the summer months since we charge for all other watercraft. Much discussion was made and a new fee was agreed upon.

Wally Dunne made a motion to notify all Catamaran owners before the 2016 boating season begins that the CPA will be charging the new storage fee of $150.00, seconded by               Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

Joe Raisian mentioned that Michael Bartone created a new Facebook page for the Conneaut Port Authority, free of charge.

ADJOURNMENT:

Joe Raisian made a motion to adjourn the board meeting at approximately 8:30 p.m., seconded by Wally Dunne, all in favor, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Joe Raisian, Chairman

Wally Dunne, Treasurer

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