BELMONT — Belmont Village Mayor Stanley Sobel said at the July 5 council meeting that he soon will be appointing two new part time police officers, TJ Wayland and Adam Porter. Mayor Sobel said he will do that when they are able to attend a council meeting. Mayor Sobel passed around the new badge design for the police department.
Fiscal Officer Rick Burkhead said they had to hold a budget hearing for the 2019 annual budget. Grant Williams made a motion to approve the 2019 budget and to submit it to the county auditor, seconded by Lorie Grob. Motion passed. Burkhead asked for approval for the Vance Outdoors invoices for the purchase of new police equipment. Lorie Grob made a motion to approve the purchase, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed.
Solicitor TJ Schultz presented Ordinance 2018-6 which enters the village into the Ohio Cooperative Purchase Program. Lorie Grob made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Bev Yoe. Motion passed. Dan Scott made a motion to approve Ordinance 2018-6, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed. Schultz then presented Ordinance 2018-2, which is the permissive vehicle tax levy, for the second reading. This will change the taxes from $10 to $15. Bev Yoe made a motion to declare tonight the second reading of Ordinance 2018-2, seconded by Dan Scott. Motion passed. Schultz presented Ordinance 2018-3 which creates the webmaster position, for its second reading. Cathy Caretti made a motion to declare tonight the second reading of Ordinance 2018-3, seconded by Grant Williams. Motion passed. Schultz presented Ordinance 2018-4 which updates the gym rate structure for the gym rentals. The change made is that when there is alcohol people will need to contact Belmont Police instead of Bethesda Police, and the officer rate goes from $15 to $25. Lorie Grob made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed. Lorie Grob made a motion to approve Ordnance 2018-4, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed. Schultz presented Ordinance 2018-5 which approves the service agreement with Live Nation to provide fire coverage for Jamboree in the Hills. Kaye Hall said the department has done this in the past and that this is in conjunction with several other fire departments. Cathy Caretti made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Lorie Grob. Motion passed. Lorie Grob made a motion to approve Ordinance 2018-5, seconded by Grant Williams. Motion passed. Schultz asked for council’s permission to seek an estimate to have the village's ordinances codified and to get an estimate from Walter Drane Company. Bev Yoe made a motion to authorize TJ to get an estimate, seconded by Dan Scott. Motion passed.
Jake Tacosik said there were 11 fire calls, 11 squad calls of which five were billable. Tacosik said there was hose and pump testing and everything was fixed if there were any issues. He said they were turned down for the grant to purchase air packs. They received the Union Township contract money. Tacosik said the fire department participated in the summer youth camp. Mayor Sobel thanked the fire department for their participation and stated that the kids really enjoyed having them there.
Water Board President Kenny Davis said there were 15 delinquents last month. He said the work crew is busy getting the grading and stone work done for the basement entrance to the gym where the new offices will be. Kenny stated that we need to address the rehabbing of the water tank. Schultz said the lowest estimate we have right now is $55,000. Davis said he is going to see if we can get the estimate lower than that. Burkhead said he will check with Century Bank to see what rates for bonds look like and the term of the bonds. Dan Scott made a motion to proceed with advertising if necessary, and to seek information pertaining to borrowing money to pay for the project, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed.
Dan Scott said a final grade needs to be done on the dirt by the gym basement entrance and then we will be ready for concrete work to be done. Davis said he called to get quotes for the concrete work.
Mayor Sobel discussed the summer youth camp that was held the first two weeks of June. There were 35 campers this year and there were 35 bicycles given to the campers. These bikes were donated by EQT. Mayor Sobel thanked all of the different organizations who helped put camp on by donating money, food, and items. Mayor Sobel name Sam's Club, EQT, and Riesbeck's who helped out a lot. Mayor Sobel stated that we had some kids that are over the camping age that came and helped with the smaller kids this year. Mayor Sobel stated that there were a lot of activities that made the kids very happy and the kids got to have some recreation and do some creative things.
Mayor Sobel said the playground has been installed and that there are still a couple items that need attention yet. We received $8,600 in donations and the grant amount was $20,029.11 and the village's match is $11,912.00. The additional mulch and handicapped ramps that we need are going to cost $4,000. Lorie Grob made a motion to approve the $4,000 purchase, seconded by Cathy Caretti. Motion passed. Mayor Sobel thanked all of the people who helped spread the mulch for the playground. Mayor Sobel said there was 2,000 pounds of mulch in 40 pound bags and it was super hot outside. Mayor Sobel thanked Belmont Mills for donating the fabric that went on the ground under the mulch.
Mayor Sobel said the environmental firm came and did a re-evaluation of the asbestos in the school at the expense of the Land Bank. Mayor Sobel said they are coming back tomorrow and then it will take another week to get the results. Mayor Sobel said he is going to ask the Land Bank to come to our meeting and help answer questions that people may have. Mayor Sobel said the school is the residents of the village's property and that they need to help decide how we should proceed.
PK stated that there were no burials or plots sold. Mayor Sobel said Mark Morton is working in the cemetery on refurbishing grave stones. Burkhead informed council that the cemetery fund is running low on money and may need some money transferred to it by next meeting.
Grant Williams said he heard good things from people about the summer youth camp.
Bev Yoe said summer camp was very positive. Yoe said a few changes need to be made to make it even better and to have it even more organized. Mayor Sobel said everyone who helps at the camp is a volunteer. Bev stated that she went through her yearbooks and doesn't see any pictures in the yearbooks of an eagle that was supposed to be the school mascot.
Dan Scott thanked Mr. Lewis for helping the village out with various things. Scott thanked his boss at A&A construction for donating the equipment to level off the playground area.
Lore Grob said they have had a lot of positive things happen recently and that there is much more to do.
Cathy Caretti said she has been told that people are already enjoying the new playground. Caretti stated that the children at summer camp loved having the fire department there.