Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New look web site

I have recently completed my new look web site. I now have control over updates and can keep you more informed than I have in the past.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

RECHARGE OHIO

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Council meeting at Northwood Fire Sta 1 tomorrow

Hope to see you there...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe the Plumber

A famous locall guy....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeX3zfvIwAA
Please copy and paste above link to view.

You tube video I found

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fyXzFP_wxw&feature=related

Copy and paste in a browser.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Public hearing tomorrow: Central Business District

PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2007
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 7:00 P.M.


1. Mayor: Call to Order the Public Hearing of City Council for Thursday, October 2, 2008

2. Clerk of Council: Roll Call for Public Hearing

3. Mayor: Purpose of Public Hearing:

The purpose for this scheduled and advertised public hearing is to hear public comment regarding recommendations from the Northwood Planning Commission concerning a proposed zoning amendment for the areas classified as residential zoning and C-Commercial zoning as illustrated on the map attached, to the zoning classification of Central Business District Phase I.

4. Speaking in favor:

5. Speaking in opposition:

6. City Council Discussion:

7. Mayor: Close Public Hearing of October 2, 2008 Time:_______p.m.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Brentwood Park

Minutes from last council meeting

Description Regular Northwood City Council Meeting
Date 8/28/2008 Location Council Chambers

Time Speaker Note
7:32:09 PM
Call to Order: The regular meeting of the Northwood City Council was called to order by Mayor Mark A. Stoner on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Northwood Municipal Building.
7:50:37 PM
Pledge: The Pledge of Allegiance was then given.
7:50:47 PM
Roll Call: The roll was called by the Clerk of Council and those in attendance were as follows: Mayor Stoner; Council members Kozina, Edwards, Hughes, Myers, Barton, Gallaher and Schimmel; City Attorney Ballenger, City Engineer Kuhn, City Administrator Bacon, and Clerk of Council Goertz.
7:50:50 PM
Approval of Council Meeting Minutes: Mayor Stoner requested approval of the minutes from the following meetings held by Council in July and August:
7:51:14 PM
Comm. of Whole Mtg. and Regular Council Mtg. of July 10, 2008: Committee of the Whole meeting and Regular Council meeting of July 10, 2008: A motion and second were made by Council members Myers and Hughes to approve the minutes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Council and the regular meeting of Council held on July 10, 2008, as submitted. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
7:51:19 PM
Comm. of Whole Mtg. and Special Council Mtg. of August 7, 2008: Committee of the Whole meeting and Special Council meeting of August 7, 2008: A motion and second were made by Council members Kozina and Schimmel to approve the minutes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Council and the Special meeting of Council held on August 7, 2008, as submitted. Council Vote: 6 yes votes/1 abstention (Edwards) Motion passed.
7:51:27 PM
Special Council Mtg. of August 25, 2008: Spefcial Council meeting of August 25, 2008: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Edwards to approve the minutes from the Special meeting of Council held on August 25, 2008, as submitted. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
7:51:34 PM
Public Comment re: Current Legislation on Meeting Agenda for August 28, 2008: There were no public comments concerning current legislation on the meeting agenda of August 28, 2008. .
7:52:20 PM
Communications: There were no communications reported.
7:52:46 PM
Committee Reports: Council committee reports were given as follows:
7:52:49 PM
Economic Development: Councilman Gallaher reported on the following items reviewed by the Economic Development meeting held on August 25, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
7:53:23 PM
1. Update on Economic Development issues:
7:53:25 PM
2. Vacancy in the Zoning Office:
7:53:26 PM

7:53:29 PM
Councilman Gallaher commented on the current opening for a Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Coordinator and asked that Council consider letting the current interim personnel be given an opportunity to fill this position and show what they are capable of before advertising the position. Councilman Gallaher reminded Council that for openings in other departments in the past, Council has allowed for personnel from within to fill these openings, for example, Chief of Police, Director of Public Service and Mayor's Court Clerk.
7:53:56 PM
Councilman Gallaher advised that the revised job description for the position of Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Director was pulled by the City Administrator. Councilman Gallaher commented on funds that are available for this position which would cover an increase of $2,500.00 to the current salary. Councilman Gallaher pointed out that over ten (10) businesses have closed in the past year on Woodville Road and something needs to be done. The increase in salary for an Economic Development Director could be used from the settlement money the city has received from the Waste Management. Councilman Gallaher stated he was just trying to address the concerns that were raised by other members of Council and to help the city move forward. Councilman Gallaher concluded by stating that It is very difficult to convince businesses to come and invest in the City of Northwood when we, the city, are not willing to invest in ourselves.
7:55:56 PM
5. Finance corrections on Wilson Street ?
7:56:18 PM
The next Economic Development meeting is pending.
7:56:22 PM
Environmental/Solid Waste: Councilwoman Hughes reported on the following items reviewed by the Environmental/Solid Waste committee meeting held on August , 2008 as follows:
7:56:37 PM
1. Evergreen Recyling Facility
7:56:44 PM
2. Homecraft - NWWSD - Ordinance pending for joining the district (Ord. 2008-24)
7:57:00 PM
3. Toledo Edison Rates - info. from the PUCO re: upcoming meetings.
7:57:11 PM
4. 3208 Woodville Rd. sidewalk assessment - further discussion to be held by Admin with homeowner.
7:57:42 PM
5. Sidewalk at NW Estates at Andrus/Tracy
7:57:58 PM
August 28th meeting:
7:58:06 PM
1. Envirosafe violations
7:58:14 PM
2. Delta Fuels spill clean-up
7:58:22 PM
3. Host Agreement with Evergreen - to continue discussions
7:58:42 PM
Recreation Board: Councilwoman Hughes reported on items reviewed by the Northwood Recreaetion Board at their meeting of August 11, 2008, as follows:
7:59:05 PM
Girls to have helmets with face protectors and will be paid by the player
7:59:16 PM
Shorts to be purchased - pending next meeting
7:59:28 PM
Diamond #3
7:59:32 PM
Gercak diamond and other diamond donations
7:59:49 PM

7:59:51 PM
Increase budget for tournaments - $150.00 for two tournaments as recommended by the Ball Commissioner to place in budget in September
8:00:12 PM
Buckeye league next year and having a private team - continue at next meeting
8:00:24 PM
Permanent bases for No. 4 - with lockbox behind the
8:00:46 PM
the city would purchase for the school diamonds - need permission from Greg Clark Two dimensions 60 ft. and 70Ft.
8:01:11 PM
Central Park issue - spoke with City Admin.
8:01:22 PM
Stone on the Great Eastern side for additional side (north side) possibly talk with Great Eastern - people are parking all over causing mud. Casto organization that NRP is interested in, however, Pat Bacon will take with Casto - low area - Pat will check funds.
8:02:30 PM
Hosting tournaments for girls as well as boys.
8:02:37 PM
The next Recreation Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room.
8:03:16 PM
Finance: No report for August 28, 2008. The next Finance meeting will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room prior to the regular Council meeting.
8:03:50 PM
Safety: No report for August 28, 2008. The next Safety meeting will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room prior to the Finance meeting.
8:04:49 PM
Service: No report for August 28, 2008. The next Service meeting is pending.
8:05:32 PM
Utilities: Councilman Edwards reported on items reviewed by the Utilities committee at their meeting of August 28th as follows:
8:05:46 PM
Columbia Gas of Ohio is revamping their gas lines throughout Ohio and there will be a rate increase. There will be new risers installed in over 800 homes.
8:06:24 PM
The next Utilities committee meeting is pending.
8:06:49 PM
Council Request:: Councilman Gallaher requested a list of the contractors who work for Columbia Gas be obtained and how many of the contractors are from this area.
8:07:19 PM
Need list of contractors for Columbia Gas and how many are from this area. Councilman Kozina advised that Columbia Gas needs to notify homeowners if they are going to be doing any work on their property prior to shutting their gas service off. Councilman Kozina shared a situation he had this past winter with Columbia Gas who had not notified him of shutting his gas off during the month of January when he was out-of-town.
8:32:48 PM
Pending Legislation: The Clerk of Council confirmed that there was no pending legislation for Council's consideration on the agenda.
9:11:19 PM
New Legislation: The new legislation was read aloud by number and title only, by the Clerk of Council as follows:
9:11:37 PM
Ord. 2008-21: Ordinance 2008-21 to approve the editing and inclusion of certain ordinances as parts of the various component codes of the Codified Oridnances; to provide for the adoption of new matter in the updated and revised codified ordinances; to repeal ordinances in conflict therewith, and to declare an emergency. Note: This legislation is provided by American Legal Publishing Corporation upon completion of two (2) years of revisions to the City of Northwood's Codified Ordinances.
9:11:54 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-21: First Reading of Ord. 2008-21.
9:12:04 PM
Ord. 2008-22: Ordinance 2008-22 to levy special assessments for the constructiion of a certain waterline on Sheffiled Place (north extension) in the City of Northwood, Ohio. Note: This waterline project was completed in 2007.
9:12:11 PM
Council Motions for Ord. 2008-22 Motions and seconds to the motions were made by Council members Hughes and Schimmel as follows: 1) To suspend the three reading rule for Ord. 2008-22. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 2) To adopt the emergency clause for Ord. 2008-22. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 3) To adopt Ord. 2008-22. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:20 PM
Ord. 2008-22 adopted as an emergency measure and effective 8/28/08. Ordinance 2008-22 adopted as an emergency measure and effective immediately upon passage: August 28, 2008
9:12:36 PM
Ord. 2008-23: Ordinance 2008-23 to levy special assessments for the construction of certain sidewalks along Woodville Road in the City of Northwood, Wood County, Ohio. Note: This sidewalk project was completed in 2007.
9:12:45 PM
Council Motions for Ord. 2008-22: Motions and seconds to the motions were made by Council members Myers and Barton as follows: 1) To suspend the three reading rule for Ord. 2008-23. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 2) To adopt the emergency clause for Ord. 2008-23. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 3) To adopt Ord. 2008-23. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:49 PM
Ord. 2008-23 adopted as an emergency measure and effective 8/28/08. Ordinance 2003-23 adopted as an emergency measure and effective immediately upoon passage: August 28, 2008
9:13:16 PM
Ord. 2008-24: Ordinance 2008-24 determining to have the City of Northwood join the Northwestern Water & Sewer District and authorizing the City Council to execute an application to the District.
9:13:49 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-24: First reading of Ord. 2008-24.
9:14:10 PM
Ord. 2008-25: Ordinance 2008-25 to amend Chapter 208, Section 208.01 (a) of the Northwood Codified Ordinances titled Fees in the Administration Code, pertaining to rates for ambulance or emergency medical service transportation, and declaring an emergency. Note: This legislation was recommended by the Safety committee.
9:14:15 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-25 : First reading of Ord. 2008-25 .
9:15:26 PM
Res. 2008-6: Resolution 2008-6 authorizing the City Administrator to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to execute contracts as required. Note: This application is for the Maryland Place Pavement and Utility Improvements project.
9:15:34 PM
Council Motions for Res. 2008-6 (5 motions) Clerk's Note: Upon reading of the number and title of the following Resolutions 2008-6, 2008-7 and 2008-8, Councilman Gallaher advised of amendments to be made to each Resolution as follows: The third paragraph within each Resolution listed as Section 2. is to be omitted and Section 5. of each Resolution is to be renumbered Section 4. Motions and seconds to the motions were made by Council members Hughes and Myers as follows: 1) To suspend the three reading rule for Res. 2008-6. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 2) To adopt the emergency clause for Res. 2008-6. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 3) To adopt Res. 2008-6: 4) To amend Res. 2008-6 to omit the third paragraph listed as Section 2. and to renumber Section 5. to be Section 4. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 5) To adopt Res. 2008-6 as amended. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:16:30 PM
Res. 2008-6 adopted as amended as an emergency measure and effective 8/28/08. Resolution 2008-6 adopted as amended and as an emergency measure to be effective immediately upon passage: August 28, 2008
9:16:57 PM
Res. 2008-7: Resolution 2008-7 authorizing the City Administrator to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and /or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to execute contracts as required. Note: This application is for the Curtice and Bradner Roads Intersection Improvements project.
9:17:01 PM
Council Motions for Res. 2008-7 (5 motions) Motions and seconds to the motions were made by Council members Gallaher and Kozina as follows: 1) To suspend the three reading rule for Res. 2008-7. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 2) To adopt the emergency clause for Res. 2008-7. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 3) To adopt Res. 2008-7. 4) To amend Res. 2008-7 to omit the third paragraph listed as Section 2. and to renumber Section 5. to be Section 4. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 5) To adopt Res. 2008-7 as amended. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:17:13 PM
Res. 2008-7 adopted as amended as an emergency measure and effective 8/28/08. Resolution 2008-7 adopted as amended and as an emergency measure to be effective immediately upon passage: August 28, 2008
9:18:10 PM
Res. 2008-8: Resolution 2008-8 authorizing the City Administrator to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to execute contracts as required. Note: This application is for the Oregon Road 54" Storm Sewer Replacment Project.
9:18:14 PM
Council Motions for Res. 2008-8 (5 motions) Motions and seconds to the motions were made by Council members Gallaher and Kozina as follows: 1) To suspend the three reading rule for Res. 2008-8. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 2) To adopt the emergency clause for Res. 2008-8. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 3) To adopt Res. 2008-8 4) To amend Res. 2008-8 to omit the third paragraph listed as Section 2. and to renumber Section 5. to be Section 4. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. 5) To adopt Res. 2008-8 as amended. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:18:24 PM
Res. 2008-8 adopted as amended as an emergency measure and effective 8/28/08. Resolution 2008-8 adopted as amended and as an emergency measure to be effective immediately upon passage: August 28, 2008
9:19:44 PM
Legislation concluded. Legislation concluded.
9:19:47 PM
Mayor's Report: Mayor Stoner gave the following report:
9:50:47 PM
Fines and Costs for July 2008: Northwood Mayor's Court: Northwood Mayor's Court receipted for the month of July 2008: Fines = $4,475.00; Forfeitures = $4,055.00 and Costs = $2,898.00 for a total of $11,428.00.
9:51:08 PM
Information: Heather Sayler has resigned from her position as the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Coordinator effective Tuesday, September 30, 2008.
9:51:47 PM
Recommendation to Council: Recommendation to appoint Kimberly Grames as Interim Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Coordinator at the current rate of pay effective Monday, September 8, 2008.
9:52:28 PM
Motion to Concur: A motion and second were made by Council members Gallaher and Edwards to concur with the Mayor's Recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:53:10 PM
Information: A documentary film will be shown at the Maumee Indoor Theater on Saturday, September 20, 2008 which features a Navy ship during WWII which survived seven (7) attacks by the Japanese Kamakazi's. Mayor asked the Clerk of Council to make copies of the film announcement and post for the public's information.
9:54:44 PM
City Administrator's Report: City Administrator Bacon gave the following report.
9:55:13 PM
Recommendation to City Council: Recommendation to authorize the City Administrator to advertise and accept the lowest and best bid for the Curtice & Coy Road intersection improvements project with funding assistance from the OPWC Issue I application request.
9:55:57 PM
Motion to Concur: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Kozina to concur with the City Administrator's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:56:25 PM
List of Proposed Expenditures over $10,000.00: City Administrator Bacon presented the list of proposed expenditures over $10,000.00 in the total amount of $82,560.43 for Council's approval.
9:56:57 PM
Motion to Approve: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Myers to approve the list of proposed expenditures over $10,000.00 in the total mount of $82,560.43. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:57:33 PM
City Clerk's Report: No report.
9:57:39 PM
Discussion with City Attorney/Report: No report.
9:57:47 PM
Discussion with City Engineer/Report: City Engineer Kuhn provided the following city project information:
9:58:01 PM
1. New salt storage building: Soil testing to be performed next week and then project will be out for bids.
9:58:03 PM
2. Applications to be made for three (3) Issue 1 projects next week by September 5, 2008.
9:58:04 PM
3. Brentwood Park drainage issues being worked out with the Director of Public Service, Craig Meier
9:58:15 PM
Council Discussion: Mayor inquired about how soon the salt storage building could constructed. City Administrator Bacon stated it should be ready by the end of the year.
9:59:00 PM
New Business: Mayor Stoner read aloud the recommendations to Council from the Northwood Planning Commission as of their regular meeting held on August 11, 2008 as follows:
9:59:27 PM
1. Recommendation to approve the Central Business District (CBD) Phase I as outlined. Diagrams of this Phase I will be an attachment/exhibit to legislation.
9:59:36 PM
2. Recommendation to place a moratorium on the construction of wind turbines in the City of Northwood until legislation is recommended by Planning Commission to City Council.
10:00:12 PM
The Mayor and Council requested and authorized the City Attorney to prepare legislation for both the Central Business District (CBD) Phase I and legislation for wind turbine regulations for the City of Northwood.
10:01:00 PM
Old Business: No old business was reported.
10:01:10 PM
Persons Appearing Before Council: Mr. Harold Hamilton, 5290 Pintail Ln., Northwood, Ohio, appeared before the Mayor and Council to revisit with Council, his earlier concerns and questions addressed to Council at the regular meeting of July 10, 2008 in which he presented a flow chart and other information pertaining to the flooding in Cedar Creek Woods subdivision in early July. Mr. Hamilton read from a prepared letter to Council and a copy of the letter dated 8/28/08 is attached to these original Council proceedings on file with the City Clerk. In his letter, Mr. Hamilton asked Council to address 1) Why was there a sewage back-up within Cedar Creek Woods subdivision? 2) What can be done to prevent this problem from happening again?; and 3) When can this be done? Mayor Stoner invited Mr. Hamilton to remain after the meeting adjourns to meet with him and the City Administrator.
10:02:53 PM
Adjournment: There being no further business before Council and all being in favor, the regular Council meeting of August 28, 2008 was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.
10:03:23 PM
Note: Note: Times are not accurate as listed in the left margin since the Clerk remained after adjournment to finish entering transcription from her notes.
10:04:04 PM
Attest: Lynn E. Goertz, Clerk of Council
10:04:13 PM
Approved: Mark A. Stoner, Mayor

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Public forum dates

Please note the following public forums have been scheduled at the request of the Mayor and Council regarding pending legislation Ordinance 2008-24 be considered by City Council which concerns joining the Northwestern Water & Sewer District. Note: Ord. 2008-24 attached.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 5:30 p.m.


Note: The public forums are informational meetings for the public and will be held in the Council Chambers of the Northwood Municipal Building, 6000 Wales Rd., Northwood, Ohio.

Public Forum - Joining Northwest Water and Sewer District

AN ORDINANCE DETERMINING TO HAVE THE CITY OF NORTHWOOD JOIN THE NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY COUNCIL TO EXECUTE AN APPLICATION TO THE DISTRICT.

WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Northwood after careful and thorough review, deems it advisable for the City to join the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, a regional water and sewer district existing under Chapter 6119, Ohio Revised Code:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Council of the City of Northwood, Wood County, Ohio:

SECTION 1. The City Council hereby finds and determines it is necessary for the City to become part of the District to provide wastewater collection and water distribution more economically and efficiently and that it is in the best interests of the residents of the City to have the City become part of the District, that it will be conducive to the public health, safety, convenience or welfare and that it is practical and feasible for the City to be included in the District.

SECTION 2. That the City Council be and are hereby authorized and directed to execute and file for the City an Application to include the incorporated areas of the City in the District in accordance with Section 6119.05, O.R.C., in substantially the form attached as Exhibit A hereto.

SECTION 3. That it is found and determined that all formal actions of this Council concerning and relating to the adoption of this ordinance were adopted in an open meeting of this Council and that all deliberations of this Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with the law.

SECTION 4. That this ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, comfort and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Northwood in that said Application must be filed with the Northwestern Water & Sewer District as soon as possible to enable the City to join the District, and it shall take effect upon its adoption.

Adopted this _____ day of ________________, 2008 as an emergency measure.

ATTEST:



_________________________ _______________________________
Clerk of Council President of Council

APPROVED AS TO FORM: APPROVED:

Brian J. Ballenger _______________________________
City Attorney Mayor












APPLICATION
(Section 6119.05, O.R.C.)


The City of Northwood, Wood County, Ohio (the "City”) a political subdivision existing and in good standing under the laws and Constitution of the State of Ohio hereby applies to the Board of Trustees of the Northwestern Water & Sewer District (the "District") to include the incorporated areas of the City of Northwood as shown on the attached Exhibit, within the District.

The City has determined it is necessary for the City to become part of the District to provide wastewater collection and water distribution more economically and efficiently and that it is in the best interests of the residents of the City to have the City become part of the District, that it will be conducive to the public health, safety, convenience or welfare and that it is practical and feasible for the City to be included in the District.

The City Council agrees and understands its wastewater collection and water distribution users will be subject to the District's rates and charges and other fees.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Mayor of the City of Northwood, Wood County, Ohio being duly authorized has executed this Application on behalf of the City this day of , 20 .

CITY OF NORTHWOOD
WOOD COUNTY, OHIO



By:
MAYOR, CITY OF NORTHWOOD



Attest:
(City Seal)


Clerk

T Boone Pickens

http://push.pickensplan.com

Up dates

The city is looking at joining the Northwest Water and Sewer District.

Kimberly Grames was appointed interim Zoning Inspector.

The city is working on Brentwood Park storm water issues.

City had approved and will have built a new salt building. The old building is not suitable for use. This item was in the budget for 2008.

There is a group interested in the Woodville Mall. They are having trouble getting a loan. Banks have made it very tough to get finding for this type of project.

No update on Great Eastern Shopping Center.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lack of updates

There hasn't been much going on lately. There should be more to report this month.

Next weekend is the Veterans Appreciation Parade. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Woodville Mall

There is a company that is seriously looking at buying the Woodville Mall. They have done re-vitalization projects on malls in Florida and Minnesota. Lets keep our fingers crossed and pray that this can happen.

It appears that the Great Eastern face lift has been put on hold because of the state of the ecenomy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Long time since last post...

I have been very busy with work, home projects and coaching ball. I will make a better attempt to keep inormation flowing.

We had severe flooding issues in Northwood. Some had storm water some had sanitary water. I have been dealing with water issues since 1998. I moved into my house in 1996. I have made phone calls to wood county and have spoke with our city administrator and toured problem areas with the Street Superintendent. This will be on the agenda for July 24th service committee. I think this meeting is at 7pm. Check the citys web site to make sure. I'm no expert but I think we need retention ponds and larger retention ponds. Some of these ditches and creeks start well south of Northwood. The more they build south of us the more water that has to pass through. Maybe, when some of these neighborhoods were built they could take a rainfall of 4". With new homes, buildings and apartments it may be down to 2"

Some residents behind Brentwood Park had issues with water in your back yards and close to your house. This will be discussed also. They are working on options and hopefully we can get you an update soon.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Congressman Bob Latta's new web site

LATTA ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE AND VIRTUAL OFFICE

Thursday March 6, 2008

Washington, DC -- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today announced the rollout of his redesigned website and virtual office. The website http://latta.house.gov will serve as a convenient resource for constituents who are interested in the daily business of Congress as well as researching various aspects of the federal government.

“I am excited to rollout my new website and virtual office today. This website is a great resource for my constituents who need assistance from my office or federal agencies, in addition to providing information about the United States Congress. I look forward to using this site as an additional resource to serve the constituents of the 5th District,” Latta said.

Some features of the website and virtual office include:
-Office location and contact information
-Links to federal government agency sites
-Downloadable form for federal agency assistance requests
-A “Write Your Rep” section
-Tour information for the U.S. Capitol and other Washington D.C landmarks
-Meeting request forms
-U.S. flag request forms
-Press releases and news updates
-Legislative information



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Congressman Robert Latta was elected in a special election in 2007 to serve the Ohio 5th District. He is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Congressman Latta previously served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly and Wood County Commissioner.

Citys Council Minutes for approval on 3-13-08

Description Regular Council Meeting
Date February 28, 2008 Location Council Chambers

Time Speaker Note
8:25:42 PM
Call to Order: The regular meeting of the Northwood City Council was called to order by Mayor Mark A. Stoner on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Northwood Municipal Building.
8:25:47 PM
Pledge: The Pledge of Allegiance was then given.
8:28:25 PM
Roll Call: Motion to Excuse: The roll was called by the Clerk of Council and those in attendance were as follows: Mayor Stoner; Council members Kozina, Hughes, Myers, Barton, Gallaher and Schimmel; City Attorney Ballenger, City Engineer Kuhn, City Administrator Bacon, and Clerk of Council Goertz. Note: Councilman Edwards was absent and a motion and second were made by Council members Myers and Kozina to excuse Councilman Edwards from the regular Council meeting of February 28, 2008. Council Vote: All present in favor. Motion passed.
8:28:38 PM
Approval of Council Meeting for 2/14/08: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Schimmel to approve the minutes from the regular Council meeting held on February 14, 2008, as submitted. Council Vote: 5 yes votes/1 abstention (Myers) Motion passed.
8:28:55 PM
Presentation: CHIP Program (Community Housing Improvement Program) Note: A required public hearing which had been scheduled and advertised in the newspaper was held in the Council Chambers prior to the regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing was the explanation the CDBG Small Cities Grant Program - CHIP Program (Community Housing Improvement Program).
8:29:13 PM
Mr. Paul Tepenecatl of Poggemeyer Design Group appeared before the Mayor and Council to outline the CHIP Program and the funds available in the amount of $556,000.00 for this year. Note: The information sheet provided is attached to these original proceedings of February 28, 2008 on file in the office of the City Clerk). Mr. Tepenecatl encouraged the City of Northwood to apply for the funds available and confirmed for Councilman Gallaher that the amount awarded to the City of Northwood would depend upon what is given to the Habitat for Humanity of Wood County.
8:31:10 PM

8:32:01 PM
Executive Session of Council: Actual time was 8:37 p.m./Council Meeting reconvened at 8:45 p.m./Roll Call: A motion and second were made by Council members Myers and Hughes to hold an executive session of Council for the purpose of discussion hiring, firing and promotion of personnel during the executive session. Vote: All in favor. Motion passed. Note: Those to attend the executive session were Mayor Stoner; all members of Council, City Attorney Ballenger and City Administrator Bacon. Those attending left the Council Chambers at 8:37 p.m. to hold an executive session in the Audio Visual Room of the Northwood Municipal Building.
8:32:29 PM
Presentation: Mr. Neil Munger, Director of the Wood County Park District, appeared before the Mayor and Council to provide information about the upcoming Wood County Park District Levy. Mr. Munger stated that the Wood County Park District has been in existence since 1934 and the first levy was 1988. Since 1998, the district has grown from 3 parks to 11 parks to include Cedar Creek Preserve. Park levy funds are used for land acquisition, programming and maintenance within the park district. Mr. Munger explained in more detail what the levy would help accomplish in the area of capital improvements for every aspect of the parks, including land acquisition. Cedar Creek Preserve will have several improvements made over the next four to five years. Mr. Munger concluded by stating that the Wood County Park District takes a firm approach to planning prior to placing a levy on the ballot.
8:46:58 PM
Presentation: Attorney Matthew Reger, 540 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green, Ohio, appeared before the Mayor and Council to introduce himself as a candidate for the position of Wood County Prosecutor. Mr. Reger stated he was currently the prosecutor for the City of Bowling Green and has held this position since the year 2000. Mr. Reger stated he has experience as both a civil and criminal attorney and has experience running an office. Mr. Reger stated he has some new ideas about crime prevention; starting with a community prosecution model which involves sending prosecutors from the county out to the communities to meet with Councils and law enforcement concerning crime issues in their community. Mr. Reger stated he would like to have one prosecutor that is dedicated to working with domestic violence matters. Mr. Reger thanked the Mayor and Council for the opportunity to speak prior to the upcoming election.
8:50:38 PM
Communications: There were no communications reported.
8:50:44 PM
Economic Development: Councilman Gallaher, Chairman of Economic Development committee for 2008 gave the following report:
8:50:58 PM
1. 2007 Planning & Zoning Report reviewed.
8:51:03 PM
2. Residents' Letters concerning the Great Eastern Shopping Center and the Woodville Mall reviewed.
8:51:12 PM
3. Market Analysis
8:51:16 PM
4. Revisions to CRA - Great Eastern area
8:51:22 PM
5. Website proposal
8:51:28 PM
The next meeting date is pending.
8:51:37 PM
Environmental/Solid Waste: Councilman Gallaher reported on the Environmental/Solid Waste committee meeting held prior to the Council meeting and advised that a Chairman had not been appointed. Committee members held a discussion with Ms. Pat Tebbe from the Ohio EPA regarding a Municipal Storm Water Management Program and what the responsibilities of the City of Northwood would be.
8:52:20 PM
A discussion was held concerning temporary resident permits with the landfill and some changes to be made in this system.
8:52:35 PM
The next Environmental/Solid Waste meeting will be held as needed.
8:52:40 PM
Finance: A Finance committee meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the AV room or conference room (if remodeling is completed).
8:52:47 PM
Recreation Board: The Recreation Board will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the AV Room.
8:52:58 PM
Safety: Councilman Shimmel gave the following Safety committee report as the appointed Chairman for 2008:
8:53:04 PM
Police Dept.: 1. Discussion of issuing a six month hauling permit for Fluor Contractors located at 6700 Wales Rd., to allow for moving of large equipment on trucks with a fee of $150.00 to cover the six month hauling period. There will be haul route specified on each permit.
8:53:55 PM
Fire Dept.: 2. Review of purchase of two Ricoh model copier/fax/scanner/printers (combined) for the two Fire Stations. Recommendation from Safety to lease two copiers as proposed.
8:54:32 PM
3. Discussion of water rescue capabilities by the Fire Department: Chief Romstadt advised the committee members that they are qualified for water rescue and may need to purchase rafts or boats in the future.
8:54:57 PM
The next Safety meeting will be scheduled as needed.
8:55:02 PM
Utilities: Councilwoman Hughes scheduled a brief Utilities meeting to be held prior to the Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. for purpose of appointing a committee Chairman. Utilities committee members are Councilman Edwards, Councilman Gallaher and Councilwoman Hughes.
Note: Mayor Stoner reminded Councilwoman Hughes of the topic for discussion at a future Utilities meeting; potential for use of wind mill power.
8:56:30 PM
Service: No report.
8:56:42 PM
Mayor Stoner has requested that Service review the following:
8:56:54 PM
Items for next Service meeting: 1. New park at I-280/Curtice Road:
8:57:04 PM
- name for park
- grants
8:57:10 PM
- ODNR stocking fish
8:57:17 PM
- future fishing derby
9:11:58 PM
Pending Legislation: No pending legislation.
9:12:09 PM
New Legislation: New legislation was read aloud by number and title only by the Clerk of Council as follows:
9:12:14 PM
Ord. 2008-4: Ordinance adopting Wood County Standard Operating Guidelines for Incident Command System (NIMS) by the City of Northwood, and declaring an emergency.
9:12:15 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-4: Three (3) motions and a second for each motion were made by Council members Hughes and Myers to suspend the three reading rule, adopt the emergency clause and for final adoption of Ord. 2008-4. The roll was called after each motion was read by the Clerk of Council and the vote was: (All in Favor) for the passage of each motion.
9:12:16 PM
Ord. 2008-4 Adopted 2/28/08: Ordinance 2008-4 was adopted by Council as an emergency and effective immediately upon adoption and signature of the Mayor; February 28, 2008.
9:12:16 PM
Ord. 2008-5: Ordinance 2008-5 creating Erosion and Sediment Control Rules in the City of Northwood, and declaring an emergency.
9:12:17 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-5: First reading of Ordinance 2008-5 - February 28, 2008
9:12:18 PM
Ord. 2008-6: Ordinance 2008-6 for Illicit Discharge & Illegal Connection Control in the City of Northwood, and declaring an emergency.
9:12:18 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-6: First reading of Ordinance 2008-6 - February 28, 2008
9:12:19 PM
Ord. 2008-7: Ordinance 2008-7 concurring with the recommendation of the Northwood Planning Commission to approve an expansion of Xander's located at 2497 East Broadway, in the City of Northwood, Ohio, allowing for the construction of a 925 square foot addition to the exiting non-conforming building, and declaring an emergency.
9:12:19 PM
Council Action for Ord. 2008-7: First reading of Ordinance 2008-7 - February 28, 2008
9:12:19 PM
Res. 2008-2: Resolution 2008-2 supporting the Armed Services of the United States of America including Company A, First Battalion of the United States Marines stationed in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
9:12:20 PM
Council Action for Res. 2008-2: Three (3) motions with a second to each motion were made by Council members Hughes and Barton to suspend the three reading rule, adopt the emergency clause and for final adoption of Res. 2008-2. The roll was called after each motion was read by the Clerk of Council and the vote was (All in Favor) of the passage of each motion.
9:12:20 PM
Res. 2008-2
Adopted 2/28/08: Resolution 2008-3 was adopted by Council as an emergency and effective immediately upon passage and signature of the Mayor; February 28, 2008.
9:12:21 PM
Legislation concluded.
9:12:21 PM
Mayor's Report: Mayor Stoner gave the following report:
Recommendation to Council:
9:12:21 PM
Recommendation to Council (Police Dept.) Recommendation to appoint Detective Sergeant Trent Schroeder to Interim Police Captain at an hourly rate of $29.53 per hour effective Monday, March 3, 2008.
9:12:22 PM
Council Action: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Myers to concur with the Mayor's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:22 PM
Mr. Trent Schroeder spoke before the Mayor and Council and thanked all for their support and the opportunity to serve as the Interim Police Captain. Mr. Schroeder commented on his 17 year successful working relationship with Interim Chief Tom Cairl.
9:12:22 PM
Recommendation to Council (Tree Commission) Recommendation to appoint Michael Bella, 4105 Wise St., Northwood, Ohio, to fill the unexpired term of Mary Young on the Northwood Tree Commission, effective Friday, February 29, 2008 with term expiring on December 31, 2008.
9:12:23 PM
Council Action: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Kozina to concur with the Mayor's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:23 PM
Proclamation: Mayor Stoner noted a Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor proclaiming March 8, 2008 as Volunteers of America Day and March 2 - March 8, 2008 to be Volunteers of America Week.
9:12:24 PM
Information: Mayor Stoner thanked the city's Street Department for their efforts and a great job during the recent snow falls in the city.
9:12:24 PM
Mayor Stoner advised Council that the Hirzel Canning Co. on Lemoyne Road will be constructing sidewalks from the Bob Evan's Restaurant to Curtice Road.
9:12:29 PM
City Administrator's Report: City Administrator Bacon gave the following report:
9:12:29 PM
Recommendations to Council:
9:12:30 PM
YMCA Seniors Program: Recommendation to authorize the City Administrator to sign a Recreation Agreement Seniors Program between the City of Northwood and the YMCA of Greater Toledo, Eastern Community Branch. The cost of the gym and aquatic program for adults 55 years of age and older is $3,400.00 per year. There has been no price increase from the previous few years. This agreement will terminate December 31, 2008.
9:12:33 PM
Council Action: A motion and second were made by Council members Myers and Barton to concur with the City Administrator's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:34 PM
Wood County Emergency Mgt. Proportionate Share Contract: Recommendation to authorize the Mayor to sign the Wood County Emergency Management Agency Proportionate Share Contract to furnish emergency management services to the City of Northwood through calendar years 2008 and 2009. There is no rate increase for 2008 but the fee increases from $.41 to $.50 per capita for calendar year 2009. This agreement was formerly known as the Civil Defense and Disaster Services.
9:12:34 PM
Council Action: A motion and second were made by Council members Hughes and Gallaher to concur with the City Administrator's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
9:12:34 PM
Purchase of Ricoh Copiers for Fire Department: Safety committee: Recommendation to authorize the City Administrator to sign a 60 month lease agreement with Ricoh to lease two printers that copy, scan and fax for the two Northwood fire stations at a cost of $208.22 per month.
9:12:35 PM
Council Action: A motion and second were made by Council members Myers and Barton to concur with the City Administrator's recommendation. Council Vote: All in favor. Motion passed.
Note: There was no list of proposed expenditures over $10,000.00 to be presented for Council's approval.
9:12:35 PM
City Clerk's Report: No report.
9:12:35 PM
Discussion with City Attorney/Report: No report or discussion.
9:12:36 PM
Discussion with City Engineer/Report: City Engineer Kuhn gave the following report:
Project Updates:
- Bids for the Rood Street Improvements Project will be received at the city offices on March 14, 2008
- Maryland Pl. Improvements Project will be finalized (storm sewer project)
9:12:39 PM
- Bradner/Williston Intersection Improvements Project to resume in April with weather permitting.
Mayor Stoner inquired about flashing lights on Curtice Road. Menard's will be opening the first week in March.
9:12:54 PM
Adjournment:


Attest: There being no further business before the Mayor and Council and all being in favor, the regular meeting of February 28, 2008 adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Lynn E. Goertz, Clerk of Council
9:13:27 PM
Approved: Mark A. Stoner, Mayor

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Mayors Report

MAYOR’S REPORT
March 13, 2008



FINES & COSTS: Northwood Mayor’s Court has receipted for the month of February 2008: Fines - $5,267.00; Forfeitures - $6,130.00;
Costs - $3,223.00 for a total of $14,620.00.

INFORMATION:
(Building & Grounds) Provisional Appointee Jeffery Mahnen has been terminated. Effective date was Monday, March 3, 2008.

(Fire Department) Firefighter Corey Gunderson has submitted his letter of resignation from Fire Department # 1 due to relocation. Effective date will be Monday, March 17, 2008.

MOTIONS:
(Police Department) Request a motion appointing Interim Police Chief Thomas Cairl to Police Chief at the current salaried rate of pay. Effective date will be Monday, March 17, 2008.

Request a motion appointing Interim Police Caption Trent Schroeder to Police Captain at the current salaried rate of pay. Effective date will be Monday, March 17, 2008.


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City Administrators Report 3-13-2008

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Meeting of March 13, 2008

MOTION REQUESTS:

1. No motion requests at this time.


MEETINGS ATTENDED:

1. I attended the D.A.R.E. Graduation on February 27, 2008 at Northwood Middle School. This was Sgt. Hubaker’s first D.A.R.E. graduation class and he taught a total of 62 5th graders receive certificates of completion. The guest speaker was Judge S. Dwight Osterud of the Perrysburg Municipal Court. The Northwood Police Color Guard gave the colors presentation.

2. I attended the Transportation Planning Certification Review public meeting at TMACOG on February 28, 2008. Representatives of the Federal Highway and Transit Administration were present to seek comments from those in attendance on whether TMACOG should be recertified as our metropolitan transportation planning organization. There was positive participation for this event.

3. Sandy Welch and I attended a workshop on FMLA revisions and the upcoming Healthy Families Act sponsored by the Employers Association on March 5, 2008. Employers must review and amend their leave policies to acknowledge these substantial changes to the FMLA.

4. I attended the Stormwater Coalition meeting at TMACOG on March 6, 2008. The new FEMA maps for Lucas County will be released on June 28th. These maps include only Lucas County. We had discussion on the MS4 mapping and Ohio EPA is requiring that the entire storm system be mapped but there was much discussion on the fact that portions of storm system are on private property and again this is a task that is another financial burden to the MS4 communities.

5. I met with the Northwood Housing Council on March 6, 2008 to review the 2007 CRA Status Report for CRA #1 and #2. The committee members found the applicants to be in compliance and voted to approve the 2007 report and submit it to the Tax Incentive Review Committee (TIRC) at Wood County on March 12, 2008.

6. I met with Tim Wisecup of Claus Temporaries of America, Inc. on March 10, 2008 and with Becky Fondessy of Cardinal Staffing Services on March 11, 2008 to discuss part-time seasonal help in the parks department during the upcoming spring/summer season.

7. I met with Sally Waterman of the King Agency on March 11, 2008 to discuss information that we can provide Medical Mutual that may help to reduce our premium quote that would become effective May 1, 2008. Sally will be working with various health care providers to receive other quotes as well.


INFORMATION:

1. I spoke with Martin Liles, Vice President of Redevelopment with Centro Properties Group on March 3, 2008 to discuss the status of the Great Eastern Shopping Center redevelopment. He indicated that he is still negotiating to acquire a national tenant but that work is still being done behind the scenes. Nothing moves quickly with our current economy situation with commercial growth. Mr. Liles said they are in the crawling stage but things are still proceeding.

2. I spoke with Sally Waterman of the King Agency on March 10, 2008. We are looking at renewal rates for our health insurance. Medical Mutual has come back with a substantial increase in our premiums so we’ll be going back to them with additional information and looking at other carriers for quotes. We’ll discuss this briefly at finance committee.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mayors report 2-14-2008

MAYOR’S REPORT
February 14, 2008




FINES & COSTS: Northwood Mayor’s Court has receipted for the month of January 2008: Fines - $5,133.00; Forfeitures - $2,952.00; Costs - $2,065.00 for a total of $10,150.00.

INFORMATION:
(Recreation Board) A motion from the January 24, 2008 Council meeting appointing Jeff Knisely, 4081 Ranger Drive, Northwood, OH to the Recreation Board effective January 25, 2008 for a five-year term had the wrong expiration date on the term. The term will expire on December 31, 2012.

(Tree City USA) The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has recertified Northwood as a Tree City USA Community.

(Fire Department) Engineer Cloyd Purtee has submitted his letter of retirement from the City of Northwood with 30 years of service. Effective date was December 31, 2007.

MOTIONS:
(Police Department) Request a motion appointing Captain Thomas Cairl to Interim Police Chief at the current rate of pay. Effective date will be February 19, 2008.

(Fire Department) Request a motion for a 2% pay increase for Firefighters Shane Baumgartner and Al Smith to Paramedics. Both have completed the required classes in 2007. Effective date should be January 1, 2008.



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2-14-08 Agenda for Council Meeting

CITY OF NORTHWOOD
COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008
7:30 P.M. - Council Chambers


Mayor Mark Stoner

Members of City Council
Michael Myers, President
David Gallaher
Connie Hughes
Randy Kozina
Edward Schimmel James Barton
Dean Edwards


Call to Order: Mayor Stoner

Call to Order Regular City Council Meeting of Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor

Roll Call: Clerk of Council Goertz

Approval of Minutes: Mayor Stoner: Request for Motion of Council:

- Approval of minutes from the regular City Council Meeting of January 24, 2008
- Approval of minutes from the special City Council Meeting of January 28, 2008
- Approval of minutes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of February 7, 2008

Presentation:

Mr. Greg Clark, Supt., Northwood Local Schools - Northwood School Levy

Public Comment Re: Legislation on Current Meeting Agenda:
Please Note: The Mayor requests that public comments be limited to a time of 5 to 10 minutes.
Thank you.

Communications:

Committee Reports: Economic Development; Environmental/Solid Waste; Finance;
Safety; Service; Utilities

Legislation: Clerk of Council to read legislation by number and title. Note: Legislation is read in its entirety if requested by the Mayor or Council.

Pending Legislation

Ord. 2007-49: Ordinance establishing a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee as a standing committee of the Northwood City Council, and declaring an emergency.
Council Action to Date: The third reading of Ord. 2007-49 was held by Council on January 24, 2008 and tabled by motion of Council.

New Legislation:

Ord. 2008-3: Ordinance authorizing the Municipal Administrator to advertise for sale, a 1977 fire truck, and declaring an emergency.
Note: Proposed legislation reviewed by Committee of the Whole on 2/7/08.









Northwood City Council - Regular Meeting Agenda
February 14, 2008
Page 2

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Stoner

City Administrator’s Report: City Administrator Bacon

List of Proposed Expenditures over $10,000:

Clerk of Council’s Report: Clerk of Council Goertz

City Attorney’s Report and Discussion: City Attorney Ballenger

City Engineer’s Report and Discussion: City Engineer Kuhn

New Business:

1. Northwood Planning Commission Recommendation to City Council:
Re: Zoning Amendment Application for 2497 E. Broadway - Xander's (formerly Wales Bar).

The Northwood Planning Commission is recommending to Council a one time exemption for property owned by Mr. Dean Willard located at 2497 E. Broadway, Northwood, Ohio, to allow for construction of a 925 sq. ft. non-conforming building addition. A motion and second of the Planning Commission was made by Planning Commission members Kohring and Melnyk with 3 yes votes and 1 abstention by Lisa Irving.
Please Note: Mr. Willard withdrew his zoning amendment application which requested a zoning change from M-2 Heavy Industrial to C-Commercial.

Old Business:

Persons Appearing Before the Mayor and Council:
Note: Please state name and address at the podium for the Clerk’s Record of Proceedings

Executive Session:
Note: Mayor will request motion of Council to hold an Executive Session of Council if one is needed.

Adjournment: Mayor to request motion of Council for adjournment.


Time:_________p.m.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Council Minutes

CITY OF NORTHWOOD
COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008
7:30 P.M. - Council Chambers


Mayor Mark Stoner

Members of City Council
Michael Myers, President
David Gallaher
Connie Hughes
Randy Kozina
Edward Schimmel James Barton
Dean Edwards


Call to Order: Mayor Stoner

Call to Order Regular City Council Meeting of Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor

Roll Call: Clerk of Council Goertz

Approval of Minutes: Mayor Stoner: Request for Motion of Council:

- Approval of minutes from the regular City Council Meeting of January 10, 2008

Public Comment Re: Legislation on Current Meeting Agenda:
Please Note: The Mayor requests that public comments be limited to a time of 5 to 10 minutes.
Thank you.

Communications:

Committee Reports: Economic Development; Environmental/Solid Waste; Finance;
Safety; Service; Utilities

Legislation: Clerk of Council to read legislation by number and title. Note: Legislation is read in its entirety if requested by the Mayor or Council.

Pending Legislation

Ord. 2007-49: Ordinance establishing a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee as a standing committee of the Northwood City Council, and declaring an emergency.
Council Action to Date: The second reading of Ord. 2007-49 was held by Council on January 10, 2008.

New Legislation:

Res. 2008-1: Resolution authorizing the Municipal Administrator to file an application with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for financial assistance under the NatureWorks Program, and declaring an emergency.

Mayor’s Report: Mayor Stoner

City Administrator’s Report: City Administrator Bacon

List of Proposed Expenditures over $10,000:

Note: There are no bills over $10,000.00 for approval at this time.

Clerk of Council’s Report: Clerk of Council Goertz

City Attorney’s Report and Discussion: City Attorney Ballenger

City Engineer’s Report and Discussion: City Engineer Kuhn
Northwood City Council - Regular Meeting Agenda
January 24, 2008
Page 2




New Business:

1. Zoning Amendment Application for 2497 E. Broadway - Wales Bar (Xanders) for referral to the Northwood Planning Commission's agenda for Monday, February 11, 2008.

Old Business:

Persons Appearing Before the Mayor and Council:
Note: Please state name and address at the podium for the Clerk’s Record of Proceedings

Executive Session:
Note: Mayor will request motion of Council to hold an Executive Session of Council if one is needed.

Adjournment: Mayor to request motion of Council for adjournment.


Time:_________p.m.

Mayors Report for 1-24-08

MAYOR’S REPORT
January 24, 2008



MOTIONS:
(Umpire in Chief) Per the recommendation of the Recreation Board, I recommend appointing Mike Blazevich as the Umpire-in-Chief for the 2008 Summer Ball Program at the rate of $450.00 per month for 3 months.

(Recreation Board) Per the recommendation of the Northwood School Board, I recommend appointing Jeff Knisely, 4081 Ranger Drive, Northwood, OH to fill an expired term of 5 years on the Recreation Board. This is a School Board appointment. Effective date will be January 25, 2008. Term expires on December 31, 2008.

I recommend appointing Rick Radocy, 190 Farnstead Drive, Northwood, OH to fill the unexpired term of Dean Edwards. Effective date will be January 25, 2008. Term expires on December 31, 2008.

(CHIS/CHIP Housing
Advisory Committee) I recommend appointing Deb Downey of the Wood County Committee of Aging to serve on the Housing Advisory Committee for CHIS/CHIP for a new 3 year term. Effective date January 25, 2008. Term expires on December 31, 2010.




“STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS”












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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Parks and Rec Committee

I am not in favor of creating a 3 council member committee to be in charge of Parks and Rec. The rec board was designed years ago to be in charge of Rec and Parks. The great people who serve on Rec Board have a better idea on what needs our city has concerning Parks and Rec.

Another interesting article in the Metro Press:

Council to create parks, recreation & open space committee
By Kelly J. Kaczala
Press News Editor
kkaczala@presspublications.com

Northwood City Council is considering creating a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee.

Council has already approved a second reading of the proposed ordinance.

“Our recreation board has authority over all our parks,” said Mayor Mark Stoner. “I don’t think anyone knew that the recreation board is supposed to be in charge of the parks. The board could technically tell our streets superintendent when to cut the lawns, what mowers to buy, and hire people to do it. It’s just a huge duplication of services. We need to make another committee for council on parks, recreation and open space.”

Stoner would like the recreation board to remain intact to oversee city sports programs, mostly baseball.

“It’ll make it a little easier for our administrator [Pat Bacon]. When she wants to order playground equipment for one of our parks, who does she take it to? To the Finance Committee to get approval for financing? This will make it a little clearer. Basically, anything that would happen inside a park boundary could go to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee,” said Stoner.

The chairman of the recreation board would likely meet regularly with the three member committee to discuss some of the needs of the sports programs.

“The chairman would inform the committee, for example, that we need more stone on the baseball diamonds. The recreation board has no authority to spend money. They have to go to council for approval. No communication from the recreation board came back to council. The liason from council who was supposed to go to the recreation board was working different shifts, so therefore, no communication came back to council. Having a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee would clear that up. There’s going to be councilmen on the committee. So if one is gone, there are still two other councilmen to hear their concerns. If they need something done that requires financing, then they can bring it to the full council.”

The city, with a population of 5,500, currently has four parks - Brentwood, Central, Nature Trails, and a new park at I-280 and Curtice Road that has not yet been named.

Not everyone supports a new Parks, Recreation and Open Space Committee.

Councilman Dave Gallaher said it was unnecessary.

“I don’t think council is in a position to take over the recreation responsibilities of the city,” said Gallaher. “Council deals more with budget items, and the long-term operation of the city as far as rules and regulations. Parks and recreation should stay exactly the way it is, with volunteers and parents involved in the recreation program on almost a daily basis. Those are the people who are in touch with those who use the program.”

Gallaher said the city needs an in-depth master plan for parks and recreation, which is recommended in the city’s master plan.

“It’s something I’ve been trying to get on the agenda for well over a year. I don’t think we have enough direction in our parks and recreation program. With money being tight, it’s all the more important that we know exactly where we’re going with the parks and recreation program so we start projects that, in the long run, aren’t in the best interests of our residents. We need a parks and recreation master plan. We don’t need a parks and recreation committee of council.”