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									                                    RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

CITY OF MUNROE FALLS REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

HELD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 AT 8:00 P.M.

Mrs. Cingle called the meeting to order at 8:02 p.m.

Mr. Schneider gave the opening.

Councilpersons present: Jeannine Case, Laura Cingle, Bentley Hudson, Tom McLaughlin, Cathy
Laubaugh, and Warren Schneider.

Also present: Mayor Brad Sisak, Law Director Amie Bruggeman, Director of Finance Ted Gordon,
Fire Chief Jim Bowery, Assistant Fire Chief Lee Chafin, Police Chief Steve Stahl, Service Director
Don Brooker, BoZA member Ann Malorni, Park Board member Mike Barnes and Deputy Clerk of
Council Amy Locy.

Councilpersons absent: Marvin Mills

       Mr. McLaughlin made a motion to excuse Mr. Mills from the meeting. Mr. Hudson seconded
        the motion.

Roll call:

Mrs. Cingle – yes                      Mr. Hudson – yes                     Mr. McLaughlin – yes
Mr. Schneider – yes                    Mrs. Case – yes                      Mrs. Laubaugh - yes

The motion passed.

Approval of Minutes:

        Mr. McLaughlin made a motion to approve the minutes of the Council meeting held
         Tuesday, August 19, 2003. Mrs. Case seconded the motion.

Discussion - Mr. Hudson mentioned that under Persons To Appear Before Council, paragraph 3
the word "law" should be removed.

        Mrs. Case made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected. Mr. McLaughlin seconded
         the motion.

A voice vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

Persons to Appear Before Council:

1. Colleen Norfolk-Twineham, 70 Merle Blvd. - said that she is confused about the Sonoco land
donation. She thought the land was going to remain P - Park district and now that land has been
changed to TC - Town Center district. Mr. Hudson explained that the land was never going to
remain Park district. He further explained that there was a group of residents that were worried
about the northeast corner, which is the small triangle of property that the Metro Parks will be using
to enlarge the parking lot for the Bike and Hike Trail. Mr. Hudson said that no matter what
happens, that portion of land would remain part of the park system. Ms. Norfolk-Twineham asked
which land would be developed into offices. Mr. Hudson said that the land south of the dam and
north of the railroad tracks is the area being considered for development.
2. Mary Ann Rhines, 60 Merle Blvd. - gave a copy of the Strategic Public Policy letter of peer cities
to the press and Mrs. Cingle. She read the list of peer cities and mentioned several peer cities that

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she has a problem with. She said that she personally spoke to Sandra McKew regarding these
peer cities. Mrs. McKew said that Ms. Rhines could log onto the Ohio Auditor's website and view
the source of the materials used in this report. Ms. Rhines called the Auditor's office and they
assured her that there is no Ohio State Auditor's Peer Review Program, as stated by Sandra
McKew. Ms. Rhines said that there are questions that need to be answered. She hoped that 2
positive things could come from this list of peer cities:
        1. Are these peer cities surviving? How are they surviving?
        2. Form a committee of City governments that would be able to approach these issues on
a state level.
Ms. Rhines turned over to Council the information she received from the State Auditor's office and
the business card of the gentleman at that office that helped her.

3. John Welfley, 448 Hiwood Ave. - spoke of the videotape of the flooding he submitted. He
asked for feedback on that video. Due to the swamping, the mosquito population is bad in that
area. He said that many water retention walls were built before, but now they will not allow
Hiwood/Pinehurst area to have retainer walls. Mr. Welfley gave his opinion of the paving of
Hiwood. He also had pictures of the manholes on Pinehurst that are acting like catch basins. Mrs.
Cingle explained that these issues need to be addressed to the Mayor and/or Don Brooker. She
also said that Council is looking into this issue, but there are no quick answers. Mrs. Case asked
where the standing water is and mentioned that the Summit County Health Department may be
able to help with the mosquito issue.

                                   REPORTS OF OFFICIALS

Mayor's Report:
1.      Munroe Falls Ave. culvert replacement project is finished. Many issues were overcome to
get this job done.
2.      Bob VanKirk will be retiring at the end of September after working with the City for 26
years.
3.      Gas aggregation program price was struck today and will be official tomorrow, 9/3/03.
4.      Mrs. Hladik has been working on the newsletter. It should be coming out in a week or two.
5.      The Mayor and 2 police cruisers were at Riverview School, during the opening week, to
observe the students crossing North River Rd. without a crossing guard. All went well.

Mrs. Case spoke of the Beacon Journal article. She asked if our gas aggregation program is an
opt-out program. Mr. Gordon explained. The Mayor explained that the City had until 10-15-03 to
strike the price, but residents only had until 9-10-03 to sign up for the City program. Mrs.
Laubaugh said that a resident told her that Shell Energy was quoting prices a few weeks ago.

Mr. Hudson said that he received bill from Roetzel and Andress and he has an issue with it. On
July 21 and July 24, 2003 there was discussion between Munroe Falls and the City of Stow Police
Department. He said he is upset and disappointed that Council was not informed of the existence
and subject matter of these meetings. Mrs. Bruggeman said that this is probably an executive
session issue and it is being handled administratively by both cities at this point.

Mrs. Case brought up the check donated by Chuck Slaunaker to the City. He donated $200.00 to
the Safety Departments.

Law Director:
1.    No new legislation is on the agenda tonight.

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2.      Has developed draft for the fee ordinance revisions.

President of Council:
1.       Mrs. Cingle reported that Mr. Mills was admitted to the hospital this morning, but has no
details.
2.       Assigned motion to General Government Services to make during the regular report.

Director of Finance:
1.     Street lighting assessment Ordinance is on tonight's agenda for 3rd reading. He went over
the costs.

Service Director:
Mr. Brooker left the meeting to respond to a fire/emergency call. The Mayor said that he had no
report from Mr. Brooker, but did inform Council that Jay Sabatini will be staying on with the City
until the end of grass cutting season. Jay will work part-time evenings cutting grass.

Police Chief:
1.     Submitted written report
2.     Lori Augustus started last Thursday in the Police Department. She is doing a great job so
far.

Mr. Hudson asked about Youth program drug testing. Chief Stahl said they test every youth in the
program.

Mrs. Case asked if the Police Department had any trouble with the road being closed for the
culvert replacement. Chief Stahl said that the department wrote a lot of tickets for driving on the
closed road. He praised the auxiliary officers for helping.

Fire Chief:
Chief Bowery left the meeting on a fire/emergency call. There was no report.

                                   REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Community Development:
This committee has not met since the last Council meeting.

    Mr. Hudson made a motion to waive the performance bond, in the amount of $4,620.00, for
     Harvest Home Realty for a period of one year from date of occupancy permit. Mr. McLaughlin
     seconded the motion.

Discussion - Mr. Hudson explained that this bond is for the sidewalk that must be installed in front
of Harvest Home Realty's property at 355 North Main Street. He said that he thinks there is a
distinct difference between a developer that comes into the City to build and a company that wants
to move into the City to stay. He feels that the City needs businesses desperately and should not
discourage Harvest Home Realty by charging this performance bond. He explained that this
company would have one year from the date of the occupancy permit to install the sidewalk. If
they do not put in the sidewalk, the City can install the sidewalk and assess the property taxes for
the cost of the sidewalk construction.

Roll call:

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Mr. McLaughlin - yes                 Mrs. Case - yes                      Mr. Schneider - yes
Mrs. Cingle - yes                    Mr. Hudson - yes                     Mrs. Laubaugh - no

The motion passed.

Finance/Audit:
1.      The General Fund balance will be discussed at the September 16, 2003 meeting
2.      The EMS transfer of funds will not be needed, but the water revenue transfer will be
presented as planned.
3.      Committee of the Whole meeting to be held Saturday, September 20, 2003 from 9:00 a.m.
to noon.
4.      State Audit Report is not yet complete.
5.      Discussion regarding large capital purchase of a fire truck. Chief Bowery and Ted Gordon
to investigate and report back at next meeting.
6.      Capital Improvement balances for 2003 for each department was reviewed.

   Mr. McLaughlin made a motion to authorize the Finance Director to pay the bills as reviewed.
    Mrs. Case seconded the motion.

Roll call:

Mrs. Case - yes                      Mr. Schneider - yes                  Mrs. Cingle - yes
Mr. Hudson - yes                     Mrs. Laubaugh - yes                  Mr. McLaughlin - yes

The motion passed.

General Government Services:
1.    A guest speaker presented information regarding the Solid Waste Management plan.
2.    Street lighting ordinance was reviewed.

   Mr. Schneider made a motion to confirm the Mayor's appointment of Lori Augustus as part time
    clerk for the Police Department at the rate of $10.00 per hour, effective August 28, 2003
    pending proper drug screening. Mr. Hudson seconded the motion.

Discussion - The Mayor mentioned that Lori Augustus is a Munroe Falls resident and he sees that
as a very important point because she will be available on short notice. Mrs. Cingle said that she
is going to vote no on this issue. She explained that she thinks that the City should have made
use of current employees for this position and that it is wrong to bring another employee onto the
payroll during these hard economic times.

Roll call:

Mr. Schneider - yes                  Mrs. Cingle - no                     Mr. Hudson - yes
Mrs. Laubaugh - yes                  Mr. McLaughlin - yes                 Mrs. Case - yes

The motion passed.

Mrs. Case asked if there is a deadline for the Solid Waste Management decision. Mrs. Bruggeman
explained that the deadline is 90 days from July 18th. Mrs. Case said that she thinks Council
should have a special meeting to discuss this issue. Mrs. Bruggeman said that this is an

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amendment to an existing plan. Mrs. Case said she thinks the price changes in the plan have
been slipped in on us and she doesn't have enough information. Mrs. Bruggeman explained that
Council has approximately 2 more months and that should be plenty of time to get all the questions
answered. Mr. McLaughlin spoke on the recycling issue. He said that some trash haulers do not
charge for recycling and some of the trash haulers charge a monthly fee if you want to recycle.
That means that contracts with the trash haulers may have to be rewritten. Mr. Hudson suggested
adding a special General Government Services meeting to the Community Development meeting
to be held Thursday, September 11th. Mrs. Case pointed out that the Ad-Hoc Public Information
committee will also be meeting that night and it may be too hard to try to squeeze everything in.
Mr. McLaughlin asked if Mr. Schneider would find out what cities have already signed the plan.

Public Safety:
This committee has not met since the last Council meeting.

Economic Development:
This committee has not met since the last Council meeting.

Parks & Recreation:
This committee has not met since the last Council meeting.

Ad Hoc Public Information:
1.    Met on 8/21/03 and the next meeting is scheduled for 9/11/03.
2.    Asked contributors to get their information in before the next meeting.

Mrs. Laubaugh mentioned that she got a price quote from Kinkos and they will charge $0.49 per
colored side.

                                   PROPOSED LEGISLATION

Ordinances for 1st Reading: none

Ordinances for 2nd Reading:
Prop Ord #2003-32              AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER
                    INTO A DONATION AGREEMENT WITH SONOCO PRODUCTS
                    COMPANY AND THE COUNTY OF SUMMIT REGARDING
                    MODIFICATIONS OF THE MUNROE FALLS DAM AND DONATION OF
                    CERTAIN PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF MUNROE FALLS, AND
                    DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

   Mr. Hudson made a motion to suspend the rules and omit all further readings on Proposed
    Ordinance #2003-32. Mr. Schneider seconded the motion.

A voice vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

   Mr. Hudson made a motion to adopt Proposed Ordinance #2003-32. Mr. Schneider seconded
    the motion.

Discussion - Mrs. Case thanked Mrs. Bruggeman for the exhibits that go with this Ordinance. She
corrected Mrs. Bruggeman by saying that Council has not had this ordinance prior to the first
reading. Mrs. Bruggeman said that Council did receive the draft of this ordinance several months

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ago, but said that she can understand how it could easily be missed because Council receives
such an abundance of paperwork for each meeting. Mrs. Bruggeman also explained the easement
that Sonoco will maintain. There will be no structure on this easement, but pavement may be
placed over the easement.

Roll call:

Mr. Hudson - yes                      Mrs. Laubaugh - yes                   Mr. McLaughlin - yes
Mrs. Case - yes                       Mr. Schneider - yes                   Mrs. Cingle - yes

The ordinance was adopted and assigned permanent number #33-2003.

Ordinances for 3rd Reading:
Prop Ord #2003-30         AN ORDINANCE LEVYING SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR
                    THE IMPROVEMENT OF GUISE PARK DRIVE, CASTLE DRIVE,
                    BERMONT AVENUE, LINDSEY ROAD, OAKHURST DRIVE, LUDEN
                    AVENUE, PINEHURST ROAD, STEEPLECHASE LANE, BUTTEVANT
                    DRIVE, VALENTINE’S BROOK, BELMONT PARK DRIVE,
                    CHELTENHAM LANE, AINTREE DRIVE, SAINT LEGER STREET,
                    SANDOWN LANE, BECHER’S JUMP, CRESTVIEW DRIVE, RIVER
                    PARK BOULEVARD, WILLOW GROVE DRIVE, SPRING GARDEN
                    DRIVE, GLENSIDE DRIVE, PARK RIDGE DRIVE, MAPLEBROOK
                    CIRCLE, BUCKEYE CIRCLE, RIVERDALE CIRCLE, RIVER PARK
                    CIRCLE, MUNROE FALLS AVENUE, RUSTIC TERRACE AND
                    CARLYON ROAD, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

     Mr. Schneider made a motion to adopt Proposed Ordinance #2003-30. Mrs. Case
seconded the motion.

Roll call:

Mrs. Laubaugh - yes                   Mr. McLaughlin - yes                  Mrs. Case - yes
Mr. Schneider - yes                   Mr. Hudson - yes                      Mrs. Cingle - yes

The ordinance was adopted and assigned permanent number #31-2003.

Prop Ord #2003-31            AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING A DEED OF SONOCO PRODUCTS
                       COMPANY FOR DEDICATION OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY ON THE
                       EAST SIDE OF STATE ROUTE 91, IN THE CITY OF MUNROE FALLS,
                       STATE OF OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

     Mr. Hudson made a motion to adopt Proposed Ordinance #2003-31. Mr. McLaughlin
seconded the motion.

Discussion - Mr. Hudson said that he is really glad to see this finally happening.

Roll call:

Mr. McLaughlin - yes                  Mrs. Case - yes                       Mr. Schneider - yes

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CITY OF MUNROE FALLS REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

HELD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 AT 8:00 P.M.

Mrs. Cingle - yes                 Mr. Hudson - yes                Mrs. Laubaugh - yes
The ordinance was adopted and assigned permanent number #32-2003.

Resolutions for 1st Reading: None

Resolutions for 2nd Reading: None

Resolutions for 3rd Reading: None

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Adjournment:

Mr. McLaughlin moved to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. Case seconded the motion.

A voice vote was taken and the meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.




President of Council                                    Deputy Clerk of Council




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