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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
o The landscaping crew has started with trimming and cleaning up the area.
o The cleaning people have been here to inventory the supplies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Joe Raisian, Chairman
Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer