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)
_______
$ 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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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
BOARD MEETING April 16, 2015
6:30 p.m., 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, OH 44030
Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian

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

GUEST: Nick Church

MINUTES: After review of the minutes for the March 19, 2015 meeting, it was moved by Patrick Arcaro to approve the monthly meeting minutes, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

CORRESPONDENCE:
Joe Raisian presented a request from Nora Anderson from the CDC Grant Line asking
for a sign to read “ Funded by the CDC” to be placed on the Bird Observation Platform.
We have available funds of $700.00 in the CDC grant money.
Bob Best passed out a flyer from the Growth Partnership Association regarding an event
for Nature Conservation. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. Cost is $40.00 to attend
and will be held on May 2nd and May 3rd.
Joe Raisian also mentioned that the Growth Partnership Association was offering a Grant
Operation as a partnership venture with different levels and different costs for voting privileges.
Denver Spieldenner stated that the Army Corp of Engineers reported lake levels were down
during the month of March, but they should be back up in June and July.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Bruce Fleischmann
o Bruce reported that our audit needs completed early in the month of June.
o The Tourism Sign Project donations are at a total of $27,500.00 for six new city signs.
o A motion was made by Bill Cooper to approve the March 2015 Financials, seconded by Patrick
Arcaro, motion carried.
o Wally Dunne made a motion to pay the previous months bills, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion passed.
o Joe Raisian stated that the Tourism Sign Project should be capitalized going forward.
o Appropriation increases were discussed by Babs Legeza and it was agreed upon to raise the Memorial
Bench Line to $1,500 and the Tourism Sign Project Line to $22,500.
o Much discussion on the Tourism Sign Project and various funding avenues for next year.

MOTION:
Resolved #06-15… Luke Gallagher made a motion to increase the Memorial Bench Line to $1,500 and the
Tourism Sign Project Line to $22,500; seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
PCM DOCKS LAGOON DOCKS 5 JET SKI CONTRACTS
93 Docks Rented 183 Docks Rented

Approximately 85% of the dock payments have been received.
Debbie has begun calling customers for past due balances.
The Waiting List and the Relocation List have both been totally revised and updated.

LEASES: Luke Gallagher
o Luke is still waiting for the Tax Appeal for the Conneaut Port Authority Property Taxes.

MARKETING: Wally Dunne
o Wally and Patrick Arcaro both looked at the CDC Study and want to partner with the Chamber
of Commerce to look into future options for the sandbar etc.
o Bob Best mentioned the option of using QR codes when using smart phones to link to our website and other various locations throughout the area.
o Wally spoke to the Urban Design Organization regarding various designs for the maintenance building and they suggested that we speak to an architect to help us with this project.

GRANTS: Bill Cooper
o Bill looked into the ODNR Grants for any boating and infrastructure grants. He researched both the Harbor Evaluation Grant and the Cooperative Boating Grant but neither have any funds available this for this year.
o Bill also spoke to a representative from ODNR to see how the Open Lake Dumping would affect our channels. He was told that dredging would not take place until next year and no funding was available at this time either.
o Bob Best mentioned the Nature Works Grant of $39,000 for Ashtabula County listed on the
ODNR website as a source we may want to pursue that is due on May 1, 2015.
o Joe Raisian stated that the board needs to continue its search for various grants that are
available to the CPA that would benefit our organization going forward.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Joe Raisian
o None

MAINTENANCE & PLANNING: Bob Best
o Bob stated that the public dock is in need of repaving and that he had called Koski Paving
to get the current cost of asphalt which is $4.00 per ton. Bob may be asking for additional
bids.
o Bill Cooper suggested that our maintenance department could possibly look into using cold
patch in several areas.
o Nick Church suggested that possibly we should consider the chip and sealing process.

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
HARBORMASTER REPORT APRIL 2015
• Buildings
o We are in the process of painting the interior of all the restrooms and the fuel dock. The PCM restrooms and the Launch Ramp restrooms are complete.
o The roof of the walk-in cooler at the restaurant in leaking. Our insurance company had an issue with this so we are contacting John Monday to get it repaired.
o Shingles on Portside Marine buildings need replaced. We are checking the lease to see who is responsible.
o The heat was off again in the restaurant. This was a payment issue. We have notified the gas company to contact us any time there is a past due bill so we can pay it before it is shut off.
• Employees
o We still need at least one more ramp attendant.
o We will be meeting with all employees sometime in the next two weeks to review our employee handbook and review our policies and procedures.
o We need to get photos of all new employees and Board members so we can have I.D. cards made.
• Cleaning/Landscaping
o The landscaping crew has started with trimming and cleaning up the area.
o The cleaning people have been here to inventory the supplies.
• Docks
o We have contacted Kelly Welding & Fabricating to get a quote on building floating docks for “A” wall in the Lagoon.
o We are researching other companies for pricing on floats, hardware, and the steel dock sections.
o We are preparing to install the new electric service to “C” dock in the Lagoon. We met with our supplier to get a quote on the materials we will need.
o After inspecting all the docks it looks like we had very little damage in either marina over the winter.
• Vehicles
o We had new shocks put on the Envoy and the charging issues have been resolved. (New battery)
o We had to put a new alternator on the pickup truck. We did this in house.
• Taxes
o The Law Director is keeping on top of this. The county asked for more info (our leases) and it has been forwarded to them. We are waiting to hear from the Auditor’s office.
• Insurance
o The rep from PEP was here on March 26th and it would appear we are in good shape. He said he was impressed with our record keeping and our operation in general. He made a couple of minor suggestions which we will implement this season.
• Farmall Tractor
o This has been posted on the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club website. So far we have had no response.
o We have spreading the word around town that we have a tractor for sale. Make us an offer.
• Misc.
o All of the picnic tables and trash containers have been placed.
o We will be working on the flower beds on Public Dock shortly.
o Port-a-potties will be ordered for the sandbar to be in place by mid-May.
o Channel markers will be placed by the first part of May.

OLD BUSINESS:
o Joe Raisian asked if the board was in favor of having the maintenance building professionally
painted or done in house? This question presented a lengthy round table discussion among the board members. No decision was made.
o Joe mentioned that the new city signs for Conneaut should be in place by Memorial Day.

NEW BUSINESS:

o Nick stated that a reception is being planned for the new Conneaut City Manager.
o The Rotary Club is planning a clean-up day for the second Saturday in May.
o An engineering firm been asked to provide a plan for separating the Bunk House Buildings.
o The ice cream store in Conneaut is putting in a new parking lot for the public.
o Denver Spieldenner will have the maintenance department spread mulch in various areas.
o Joe Raisian reported that a local home owner had complained about two trees needing to be cut
down that are on CPA property, but are blocking the view to the lake area.
o Denver Spieldenner stated that we asked a local tree cutting company to provide a bid to
take down the two trees and grind the stumps down.

ADJOURNMENT:
Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the board meeting at approximately 8:40 p.m., seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, all in favor, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conneaut Port Authority Office, located at 929 Broad Street, Conneaut..

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING
March 19, 2015 6:30 P.M.

Meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joe Raisian

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

MINUTES: A motion was made to approve the February 19, 2015 corrected minutes by Luke Gallagher, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Denver Spieldenner received a report from the Army Corp of Engineers which
discussed the water levels being up 8-10” from last year.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None

FINANCIAL REPORT: Bruce Fleischmann
○ Bruce passed out a spread sheet from the Ohio Development Service Agency that needs filled out pertaining to capital projects that the CPA initiated during 2014. The report is due April 1, 2015.
○ Joe Raisian announced that Bruce Fleischmann has resigned from the Treasurer’s position due to the work load from his current job. Wally Dunne has offered to fill the position.
○ A motion was made by Wally Dunne to approve the financials, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.
○ A motion was made by Bill Cooper to approve the current monthly bills, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.

MOTION:
Resolved # – 04-15… A motion was made by Patrick Arcaro for Wally Dunne to assume the position of Treasurer, seconded by Bruce Fleischmann, motion carried.
Resolved # – 05-15… A motion was made by Bill Cooper to approve the new amounts made to the donor matches and the operating lines submitted by Bruce Fleischmann, pertaining to the financials, seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.

DOCK REPORT: Debbie Vendely
○ LAGOON CONTRACTS: 170 Docks Sold
○ PCM CONTRACTS: 82 Docks Sold
○ JET SKI CONTRACTS: 6 Docks Sold
○ Debbie stated that dock payments are being received daily.
○ Denver Spieldenner announced that Debbie and he had made many improvements to the Waiting List and the Relocation List and that customers were being updated and called to determine their current needs and status.
○ Joe Raisian stated that the uniform pricing of the docks has made a big improvement.
○ Bill Cooper suggested to clarify boat sizes, overall length, when customers call in wanting a dock to assure that boats are being assigned to the correct size dock.

LEASES: Luke Gallagher
○ Luke met with Carly from the Conneaut City Finance Department to discuss the Appeal Hearing that is pending regarding property taxes. An appraisal needs to be performed as soon as possible for the Conneaut Port Authority’s property.

MARKETING: Wally Dunne
○ Wally announced that the Foundation Center Grant agreement with the Conneaut Public Library has been initiated for the Internet Website and it is now up and running. This website provides a listing of National Private Foundation Grants only. The site is registered through the Library.

GRANTS: Bill Cooper
○ Bill discussed various grants that may be available to the CPA that need to be researched.
○ Bill also highlighted on the grant that Patrick Arcaro had applied for that was denied. This grant was called Grassroots GRO1000 and was part of the Scotts Miracle Gro commitment to support the creation of community gardens and green areas.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
○ Joe Raisian discussed the CBDG Coordinator Meeting held in Jefferson that Denver Spieldenner and he both attended. The meeting supported various community projects throughout the county. Many of the projects related to infrastructure. Conneaut had 18 projects and the CPA had 4.

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: Bob Best
○ No Report

HARBOR MASTER REPORT: Denver Spieldenner
REPORT MARCH 2015

• Buildings
o We had a roof leak at the 929 Broad St. office. It has stopped now that the ice and snow are off the roof. When the weather gets better we need to check the roof flashing and shingles.
o We had no water at the 929 office but found out it was just a valve on the back flow preventer that was turned off by a contractor and not turned back on when they left.
• Snow removal
o We damaged the telephone/cable box at the entrance to the Public Dock. It was hit with our backhoe when we were plowing. Conneaut Telephone crew repaired it in short order. Not sure if this will cost us anything or not. Next year we will mark all of the boxes before the snow flies.

• Employees
o The maintenance crew returned to work on March 16th as planned. We are servicing all the equipment this week so we will be ready for the season ahead.
o We still need to hire at least one person for the launch ramps. (My opinion)
• Cleaning/Landscaping
o Both contractors from last year will be returning.
• Docks
o A rep from Meeco Sullivan met with Joe and I to discuss the floating docks we need in the Lagoon marina. He will be getting back to us with quotes and design propositions.
o So far we have not discovered any ice damage to the docks. Still waiting for all the ice and snow to melt.
o One of our first jobs will be to re-wire “C” dock. All the wiring was removed last season when we repaired this section of docks.
• Vehicles
o The Envoy is going to Deans Auto to have the charging system checked out.
o All tractors and work trucks have had the oil changed, greased, and filters replaced.
• Backflow preventers
o All units have been tested.
o A new unit has been installed for the restaurant water.
• Taxes
o The Law Director has filed an appeal in Jefferson. According to their office Luke has received a copy of the paperwork.
• Channel Marker buoys
o We sent information to the Coast Guard that they requested to update our placement of the buoys. We have not heard anything from them since.
• Insurance
o Mike Boyd from PEP (Public Entities Pool of Ohio) will be here on March 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. to discuss our current policy and any updates we may need.
• Office use
o The 929 Broad St. office will be used by Bob Best for a meeting on March 25, 2015.
• Farmall Cub Tractor
o We are spreading the word that we would like to sell this tractor.
o We had a gentleman from the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club look at this tractor to give us an idea what it may be worth.
o We are posting the tractor on the internet page the Engine Club sponsors in hope of generating interest from a collector.

OLD BUSINESS:
○ Joe Raisian stated that the new street signs for the Conneaut project are in the works and the committee is working diligently to have the signs in place by 6-1-2015.
○ Bruce Fleischmann reiterated that the CPA had donated $9,000.00 for the signs and he asked where the signs were to be located.
○ Joe Raisian explained the proposed design of the signs as well as the probable locations. Much discussion was made on the signs from the entire board.
○ Luke Gallagher mentioned that the Real Estate Tax Appeal Hearing is pending.
○ Bob Best requested another meeting to discuss project funding and various options.

NEW BUSINESS:
○ Patrick Arcaro passed out an article from the Ashtabula County Development Public Forum in regards to a study that had been performed on our county.

ADJOURNMENT:
○ Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the board meeting at approximately 7:45 p.m., seconded by Wally Dunne, all in favor, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING

February 19, 2015

6:30 p.m. 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio

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

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Wally Dunne, Bruce Fleishmann, Luke Gallagher, Bill Cooper, Patrick Arcaro, Harbor Master Denver Spieldenner, Babs Legeza, Debbie Vendely, and Nick Church, Conneaut City Council President.

Joe Raisian made a motion to excuse Bob Best from the meeting. Wally Dunne seconded the motion, motion carried. Joe also stated that Bill Cooper and Bruce Fleischmann were sustaining from making any motions this evening.

MINUTES:

A motion was made by Joe Raisian to approve the January 15, 2015 monthly meeting minutes; second by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Denver Spieldenner received a letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stating that there would be no open lake dumping of dredged materials per the EPA. Denver also received the monthly report from that the Water Core that water levels are expected to be above average during 2015.Joe Raisian made a motion to approve the new rate increases that were discussed in the January 15, 2015 Executive Session for the following: Launch Ramp Attendants (3% increase), Maintenance Crew (3%increase), Security Guard (3% increase), and Harbor Master (4% increase). Seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed. This motion was previously over-looked but included in the minutes.

FINANCIAL REPORT:

Bruce Fleischmann passed out a chart indicating Wage Appropriations Changes that were reviewed by Bruce and Babs Legeza. Joe Raisian asked questions regarding the totals. Babs Legeza and Bruce gave a breakdown of the figures in detail.

Bruce then discussed the Financial Report with the actual amounts shown through 1/31/2015. He also mentioned the Maintenance Crew will be starting back to work on March 16, 2015. He mentioned that $75,000 was set aside for Capital Projects and included in the Book Balance for 1/31/15. Bruce discussed the financial report in entirety and stated that January activity was light. Bruce addressed the increase of the Wage Appropriations chart and Babs Legeza assisted with more details explaining how it would affect the admin budget.

  • Luke Gallagher made a motion to adopt the Wage Appropriations. Patrick Arcaro seconded, motion carried.
  • Luke Gallagher made a motion to pay January bills. Wally Dunne seconded, motion carried.
  • Bruce Fleischmann reported that we received the survey for the Manual Audit at a cost of $5,600.00 per year which had been budgeted.
  • Patrick Arcaro made a motion to approve the Financial Report. Seconded by Luke Gallagher, motion carried.

MOTIONS:

Resolved #- 02-15 Luke Gallagher made a motion to adopt the Wage Appropriations. The motion was seconded by Patrick Arcaro, motion passed.

Resolved #-03-15 Luke Gallagher made a motion to approve a match up to $9,000 for new signs.The motion was seconded by Wally Dunne, motion passed.

DOCK REPORT:

  • Debbie Vendely reported that 82 docks were sold in the PCM, 169 docks in the Lagoon, and
  • 6 Jet Ski docks. Debbie stated that she sent out letters to the C-Dock holders explaining that those docks were renovated in the fall and their numbers had been reassigned, but not their locations.

LEASE REPORT:

  • Luke Gallagher reported the Breakwall Lease has been executed.
  • Luke also mentioned that there will be issues for the Lake Erie Boat Club and Conneaut Boat Club leases regarding the real estate taxes.
  • Joe Raisian commented that we need invoices to be generated for all the leases and taxes and requested that Bruce needs to get with Debbie so she can mail invoices by April 1, 2015.

MARKETING REPORT:

Wally Gallagher reported that he had a conversation with David Jurka from Kent State University in regards to the Cleveland and Urban Design Collaborative. Wally then presented to the board members a report titled, “Fall 2014 Conneaut Charrette: The Student Perspective”, for further discussion. David asked for additional pictures of the Fishery Building.

Wally also announced that The Conneaut Library is in negotiation for purchasing some property south of the library, Madison Street, to be used as part of the city commons, as well as, property on Broad Street for further development for the soap box derby.

Wally mentioned the Grant Partnership from the Online Foundation Directory from Cleveland and the Conneaut Library. Wally met with Cathy and she said their board approved the partnership grant with the Library to hopefully be opened in March for anyone wanting to use this site. We are anticipating that someone from their agency will come here to plan a seminar to show individuals how to use the website.

Wally addressed the D-Day damages since the D-Day Committee needs photos, before the damages were made, for submission to their insurance company.

GRANTS: No report from Bill Cooper.

Patrick Arcaro announced that some sort of grant may be available for the flower bed renovations and he had seen something pass his desk but hadn’t had the time to look the paperwork over yet. Wally Dunne announced that the Rotary had a meeting and there was mention of a grant that possibly could help with our renovations as well.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: No Report

MAINTENANCE AND PLANNING: No Report

HARBOR MASTER: Denver Spieldenner

  • Buildings
    • All buildings are being checked regularly and so far we have no problems with water lines or anything else.
    • We have contacted Paint the Town contractors for an estimate to paint the maintenance building.
  • Snow removal
    • This is a daily chore lately. Trying hard to keep Public Dock open.
    • We helped LEBC and CBC remove snow at their facilities with our tractor.
    • We are keeping the sidewalks shoveled and salted.
  • Employees
    • The maintenance crew will return to work on March 16, 2015.
    • We will need at least one additional launch ramp attendant. Two employees from last season are no longer with us.
  • Facility cleaning
    • Kathy Mittlesstadt has agreed to clean this season for the same cost as last season.
  • Landscaping
    • We have contacted Penniman Brothers Landscaping to get updated costs for this season. Still waiting to hear from them.
  • Docks
    • We are still waiting for the rep from Atlantic-Meeco to stop with information on docks for “A” wall in the Lagoon.
    • We need to complete electrical repairs on “C” dock in the Lagoon when the weather breaks.
    • It still appears there is no ice damage in either marina. We will know more after it warms up and the ice melts.
  • D-Day damage
    • No word yet on whether or not we are going to be compensated for damages caused during this event.
  • Vehicles
    • The Envoy will need to have the charging system looked at. The battery keeps going dead and there is a squeal that is very noticeable. We will get to Deans Auto shortly.
    • We have some license plate issues with a couple of our work vehicles. The plates on record with the DMV don’t match our vehicles and VIN numbers. We are working with the DMV to correct this problem.
  • Water backflow prevention devices
    • Burdick Plumbing will be here on Monday 2-23-15 to check all of our backflow devices.
    • Burdick Plumbing will be installing one new backflow device for the restaurant as there is not one on that water service. This has to be corrected.
  • Taxes
    • We have some major increases in property tax bills for the LEBC (356%) and CBC (450%). We have contacted the Ashtabula County Auditor and also the Conneaut City Law Director to file appeals for these two parcels. We took copies of all paperwork to the Law Director as well as CPA Board Member Luke Gallagher.
    • We have until March 31, 2015 to file the appeals.
  • Channel marker buoys
    • We are working with the USCG to verify the placement positions and the quantity of each type of buoy we will be placing in the recreational navigation channel this season.
    • We may have to fill out a new permit.
    • We are working with USCG Buffalo on this project.
  • Surplus and outdated equipment
    • We have quite a variety of old computer equipment that we need to dispose of.
    • We also have the Farmall Cub that we no longer use that we should probably get rid of.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • The property taxes were discussed in round table fashion and Babs Legeza explained the method that had been used to calculate the taxes and that there may have been a clerical error in some of the totals in several neighborhoods. Much discussion made.
  • Joe Raisian discussed “Paint the Town” and that we need to get quotes on painting the maintenance building.
  • Bruce Fleischmann stated that there are many possibilities for the maintenance building and requested that another meeting needs to be held to brainstorm.
  • Wally Dunne spoke to David Jurka who said we may need to contact a local designer to assist with planning ideas for the maintenance building.
  • Joe Raisian mentioned that five docks need to be renovated on A-Docks and we are getting a quote. He also stated that the Western Reserve Group is looking at our property for development but it did not look promising.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Joe Raisian stated that Denver Spieldenner and Nick Church were both present for the Sign Committee Meeting. The estimate for the new signs would cost approximately $4,000 – $5,000 each for six signs. A sign drawing and locations were presented to the board from Cicogna Sign Company. The signs were discussed in round table fashion. Much discussion from everyone.
  • Nick Church stated that the Geneva on the Lake area currently has signs up and they are very impressive looking.
  • Joe Raisian brought up that possibly the Conneaut Foundation might be interested in a fund match for the cost of the signs.Luke Gallagher addressed that the CPA should to be able to match a portion of the monies given.
  • Luke Gallagher made a motion to approve a match up to $9,000 for signs. Seconded by Wally Dunne, motion carried.
  • Joe Raisian addressed the need for the restrooms to be painted as soon as the weather breaks and our maintenance crew can begin.
  • Joe Raisian requested of Patrick Arcaro to examine Brownfield money programs that may be available to help the CPA with future projects, and asked Wally Dunne to look into Grants that may be available also.
  • Joe Raisian mentioned the lease for the stone dock upcoming in June of 2022 and suggested to Nick Church that the CPA could participate in a joint committee with the city to discuss our options.
  • Nick Church mentioned that he participated in an interview for upcoming marketing plans for Ashtabula County that he felt could be a great asset.
  • Nick also announced that the Bunk House is now owned by the city of Conneaut and that the City Manager search has been narrowed down to one person and will soon be announced.
  • Nick stated that a new business, JT’s Bagels, opened in Conneaut.
  • Joe Raisian made a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:58 p.m. Wally Dunne seconded the  motion.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Joe Raisian, Chairman

Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer

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CONNEAUT PORTAUTHORITY

CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY

BOARD MEETING

July 17, 2014

6:30 p.m. 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio

Meeting was called to order by Chairman Joe Raisian at 6:45 p.m.

PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Luke Gallagher, Bob Best, Bill Cooper, Harbor Master Denver Spieldenner and Babs Legeza

EXCUSED: Wally Dunne and Bruce Fleischmann

MINUTES:

A motion was made by Luke Gallagher to approve the  June 19, 2014 monthly meeting minutes; second by Bob Best, motion passed.

CORRESPONDENCE:

  • Army Corp of Engineers monthly bulletin reports normal lake levels.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

  • None

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:

  • Mike Summers updated the board on the progress of the new web page.  He is asking the board for their input on pages.  He will update the links page with charter information.
  • Terry Berkey and Larry Perady gave a presentation on the Ashtabula Metro Parks, this included maps various parks in Ashtabula County. Voters will vote on a ½ mill levy in the fall.
  • Patrick Ernst of the Army Corp of Engineers reviewed the Ohio Submerged Lands Lease Program.  He went over the history of the program and answered some questions from various board members.

FINANCIAL REPORT:

  • Bill Cooper made a motion to approve the June 2014 financials; second was made by Luke Gallagher, motion passed.
  • Luke Gallagher made a motion to pay current bills; second by Bill Cooper, motion carried.

MOTIONS:

Resolved # – 18-14Bob Best made a motion to excuse Wally Dunne and Bruce Fleischman from the July 19, 2014 monthly board of directors meeting, second was made by Bill Cooper; motion carried

LEASE REPORT: Luke Gallagher

  • No Report

MARKETING REPORT:

  • No Report

GRANTS: Bill Cooper

  • No Report

ECONOMIC DEVOPEMENT: Joe Raisian

  • No Report

DOCKFEST:  Joe Raisian

  • DockFest committee will on the Pat Williams show Tuesday morning July 22, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

MAINTANENCE AND PLANING: Bob Best

  • No Report

HARBOR MASTER: Denver Spieldenner

Restaurant

  • New vinyl windows have been installed. There were problems with the screens but new ones have been ordered. This is a manufacturer issue.
  • We need to install two additional electrical circuits for an ice machine and a chest freezer. These will be on the restaurants electric meter.
  • New exterior perimeter lighting has been installed.
  • We are working with a contractor to cover the overhang on the front of the restaurant. Restaurant expense but we need to approve. Joe has the drawing.

Fuel Dock

  • We reset the toilet and repaired a water valve in the restroom. This appears to have solved our problem of water on the floor.
  • We are painting all the water and gas access panels outside. These will be gray with a yellow border to prevent people from tripping over them.
  • We are exploring why the electric bill seems to be high for this building.

Public Dock

  • We have repaired most of the standoffs on the face of the dock. We hope to have this project finished before D-Day as long as the weather cooperates.
  • We have placed a new throw ring and reach pole at the launch ramp floating dock. This was a safety issue.
  • We will be re-painting the arrows and some of the striping in the parking lot.

Maintenance Building

  • The new furnace has been hung and we are working on the gas and electric lines to it. This is a fill in job on rainy days when we can’t work outside.

Lagoon Lift Station

  • We have ordered a new grinder pump for this lift station. It is stainless steel and matches our other pumps in the other lift stations so all parts are interchangeable. Cost was $2345. The Wastewater Treatment Plant has been pumping this out for us as needed. Many thanks to them for the help.

Equipment

  • The TD-5050 tractor is at Bortnick Tractor for repairs to the air conditioner.
  • Our welder is back in service and we have returned the welder we borrowed from Kelly Welding while ours was down.

Decorative Lamp Post

  • Still waiting for lamp post to arrive.

Docks

  • We have had several minor electrical issues that have been repaired.

Sandbar

  • Continuing to rake and mow as needed. Many storms lately so we have had to pick up a lot of driftwood.
  • We placed an additional five trash cans on the sandbar.
  • We hired our cleaning contractor to empty all the cans on the sandbar three times per week when she empties the other cans at the port. This costs us $150 per month. This is to pick up thirteen cans three times per week. If you do the math it is 156 cans per month. About $0.96 per can.
  • We had trash all over the place after the Fourth of July fireworks. This is not unusual but we spent approximately 12 man hours cleaning it up.

Channel Marker Buoys

  • We received a letter this week informing us it will be at least 8 weeks before our buoys come in. We have been waiting for these since last spring.

New Marina

  • We are working with an engineering firm to give us a quote to do core samples in this area. Core samples are necessary if we apply for a 401 Water Quality Certification permit that we need before we can do any dredging. We should have pricing back next week. The company is Bowser-Morner, Inc. out of Toledo, Ohio.

PCM Marina Laundry

  • We ordered a stackable washer/dryer unit for the men’s restroom. It seems the men are using the washer/dryer in the ladies room and this is an issue of privacy. Cost is $1555.24 delivered from Home Depot. Scheduled arrival is July 22, 2014.

DOCK REPORT:

99 PCM

194 Lagoon

13 Jet Ski

 

LAUNCH RAMP REPORT:

2574 Launches

$ 12,869 Collected

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Larry DeGeorge of Security Technologies is going to provide a demonstration using night vision camera for security.  Mr. DeGeorge also would like to discuss a future service contract with the port authority.
  • Denver Spieldenner complimented and thanked Luke Gallagher for providing “cook-out” lunches on the sandbar for the crew.  Mr. Spieldenner stated that it is a good moral boost for employees.

 

At 9:05p.m. Chairman Joe Raisian called for a motion to go into executive session to discuss potential property acquisition.

Roll call followed:

Bill Cooper, Bob Best, Luke Gallagher, and Joe Raisian

 

At 9:30 a motion was made to exit executive session; Roll call followed: Bill Cooper, Luke Gallagher, Bob Best and Joe Raisian.

 

Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting 10:00p.m.

 

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held Thursday August 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at 929 Broad Street in Conneaut, Ohio.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph Raisian, Chairman

Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer

 

 

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