Board Meeting Minutes, December 21, 2018

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William F. Hutson called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. with Adam Friedrick and Patricia G. Geissman present. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

The minutes of the December 18, 2018 meeting were emailed in advance. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the minutes; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed Mr. Friedrick and Mr. Hutson voting AYE; Mrs. Geissman abstained.

Highway Engineer Assistant Josh Wolff presented and reviewed a resolution reducing weights limits on improved county and township highways as authorized by the Ohio Revised Code, Section 5577.07. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

The commissioners reviewed the permits issued December 6-19, 2018.

Finance Director Mike Pataky presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) amending the annual appropriations resolution by transferring appropriations; (2) amending the 2018 appropriations resolution by transferring appropriations; (3) revenue adjustments for various funds; (4) expenditure adjustments for various funds (5) cash transfers for various funds; (6) authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Gasoline Rotary Fund; (7) authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Medina County Print Shop revenue line item; (8) authorizing agreements with various veterinarians for dog spay and neuter services for the Medina County Animal Shelter; (9) approving an agreement for a drug and alcohol program at the Juvenile Detention Center; (10) approving an agreement for a mental health program at the Juvenile Detention Center; (11) approving the transfer of inventory that was held by Job and Family Services for OhioMeansJobs Medina County to Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments/Area 2; (12) adoption of the 2019 Annual Appropriation Measure; and (13) allowing expenses of county officials. Mr. Pataky requested payment of the weekly bills in the amount of $732,371.77. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the thirteen resolutions and to pay the bills; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Mr. Pataky presented and reviewed a resolution for the adoption of a revised mileage reimbursement rate. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Mr. Hutson explained that this resolution sets the mileage rate for anyone operating their personal vehicle on county business. The IRS rate has been raised from $0.545 per mile to $0.58 per mile for 2019. He stated that he does not know of any entity, whether public or private, that does not follow the IRS mileage rate and he believes that the county should be following it. Scott Miller stated that the reason for the difference was in the past, the rates were calculated based on insurance, maintenance and the cost of the vehicle depreciation. In one of the union agreements, they set it at $0.085 under the IRS mileage rate; the county adopted that for all county offices. In answer to a question by Mr. Friedrick, Mr. Miller answered that the yearly cost is minimal. Mrs. Geissman asked if the county goes with the IRS rate, what happens to the union contracts. Mr. Miller answered that it would have to be negotiated. Mr. Friedrick moved to amend his motion to set the county mileage rate at the IRS rate; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Human Resources Director Holly Muren presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) approving personnel changes for the employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County commissioners; (2) approving wage increases to non-bargaining employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County Commissioners; and (3) amending the Table of Organization for the Medina County Sanitary Engineer. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the three resolutions; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

County Administrator Scott Miller presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) approving a Cultural Project Cooperative Use Agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; (2) amending a CY18 Transit Service Agreement with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and (3) authorizing a service agreement with Oswald Companies. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the three resolutions; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Economic Development Corp, Executive Director Bethany Dentler announced that the governor signed HB122 which created the Regional Economic Development Alliance Committee. The goal is to create a report with recommendations that would improve economic development efforts. The committee is going around the state over the next couple of months to hear feedback to understand ideas. She had the opportunity to speak about workforce development, transportation and education with the emphasis on the importance of having the state focus on a workforce and talent attraction campaign. She hopes to stay involved.

She stated that the Economic Development Corporation’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7 in Wadsworth at 5:00 p.m. John Augustine of Huntington Bank will be speaking about the economy, the markets and the business outlook for 2019. The yearend review will also be presented.

Mrs. Dentler stated that Commissioner Friedrick has been the liaison to the Economic Development Corporation and he has done a fantastic job. To thank him, their staff put together a campaign. Chill ice cream created a special recipe for Adam acknowledging who he is. As Mr. Friedrick is rarely seen without a Diet Mountain Dew, Chill created a special ice cream called “Adam What Will We Dew Without You.” It will be on sale through the end of the year. Mr. Friedrick thanked Bethany.

Commissioner Hutson presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) appointing the Medina County Township Association’s alternate representative on the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission (MCDAC); (2) appointing representatives and alternates to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) for 2019; (3) appointing township representatives to the Medina County Council of Governments (COG) on Drug Enforcement; and (4) reappointing a representative for the villages to the Medina County Council of Governments (COG) on Drug Enforcement. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the four resolutions; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Commissioner Hutson stated that he has served on a lot of boards throughout the county for a lot of years and it has been an honor and privilege to serve with Mr. Friedrick. He has always appreciated his insight, his tenaciousness and the way he gets into the issues and understands them. He has an uncanny ability to explain things in very simplistic terms that he has come to appreciate. He will be missed on the board.

Commissioner Geissman stated that this is the best board she has ever had. There have been 14 boards in 26 years, but this one has been the very best and she hopes this continues with the new commissioner. She noted that Adam has been like a brother to her. They can disagree with one another and it is over as soon as they leave the room; that’s one of the things she appreciated when he came in 8 years ago. She stated that she is really going to miss him and she hopes to see him a lot, and is so glad he is going to stay involved – maybe even run for commissioner again at some point.

Commissioner Friedrick stated that he doesn’t think at any point in time during his 8 years in office did he think to himself that this was not what he thought it would be or he couldn’t wait until it was over. He thanked many staff members noting that it’s been a great privilege. It’s a great place to live and work. He also thanked his wife.

Mr. Friedrick moved to go into Executive Session following the Discussion Session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee or official; Mrs. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

With no further business to come before the Commissioners, the meeting recessed at 9:52 a.m.

Discussion Session

At 9:53 a.m., the Commissioners began the Discussion Session in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

Thank you

Scott Miller thanked Commissioner Friedrick for his honesty and bluntness at times. He also thanked Mike Pataky and Erin Mariotti for their work on the budget. They did a great job with the budget and working with department heads and elected officials.

Website

Rhonda Beck stated the Commissioners website has launched and it looks great. The website is medinaco.org. Mrs. Beck thanked Adam for his time as a commissioner.

Commissioners’ Charity Ball

Commissioner Geissman stated that she wants everyone to think of the Commissioners’ Charity Ball coming up and help fill tables to reach 300 people. The Charity Ball is on January 19 and tickets are $60 to raise money for charities.

Battered Women’s Shelter

Commissioner Hutson noted that the commissioners received a letter from the Battered Women’s Shelter regarding the house that they use. They have a grant from the State of Ohio to do renovations on the house. They are requesting that the commissioners transfer the property to them. Mr. Hutson noted that the commissioners have received similar requests from other organizations and he does not feel comfortable doing this; Commissioner Geissman stated she does not either. Mr. Hutson asked Scott Miller if he could check on restructuring their lease to a capital lease or if there was another way to qualify them for this grant for the Battered Women’s Shelter. Mr. Miller stated that they could arrange something as the property was purchased in 1999 and leased to the organization for $1 a year. This could be amended to help them get the grant. Commissioner Friedrick stated that they are just looking to use the money to renovate the house, but they are not able to currently because they do not own the property. Mrs. Geissman stated that there is an original painting on the wall by Franklin Bates.

Executive Session

At 9:57 a.m., the Commissioners went into the Executive Session that had been voted on earlier. The Executive Session ended at 10:14 p.m.

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Friedrick moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Geissman. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE. The meeting ended at 10:14 a.m.

RESOLUTIONS PASSED DECEMBER 21, 2018

  • 18- 0997  Allowing claims and authorizing issuance upon the treasurer in settlement of such list of  claims
  • 18-0998  Reducing weight limits on improved county and township highways as authorized by the Ohio Revised Code, Section 5577.07
  • 18-0999  Amending the annual appropriation resolution
  • 18-1000  Amending the 2018 appropriations resolution by transferring appropriations
  • 18-1001  Revenue adjustments for various funds
  • 18-1002  Expenditure adjustments for various funds
  • 18-1003  Cash transfer for various funds
  • 18-1004  Authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Gasoline Rotary Fund
  • 18-1005  Authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Medina County print shop revenue line item
  • 18-1006  Authorizing agreements with various veterinarians for dog spay and neuter services for the Medina County Animal Shelter
  • 18-1007  Approving an agreement for a drug and alcohol program at the Juvenile Detention Center
  • 18-1008  Approving an agreement for a Mental Health Program at the Juvenile Detention Center
  • 18-1009  Adoption of a revised mileage reimbursement rate
  • 18-1010  Approving the transfer of inventory that was held by Job and Family Services for Ohio Means Job Medina County to Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments/Area 2
  • 18-1011  Adoption of the 2019 annual appropriation measure
  • 18-1012  Allowing expenses of county officials
  • 18-1013  Approving personnel changes for the employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County Commissioners
  • 18-1014  Approving wage increases to non-bargaining employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County Commissioners
  • 18-1015  Amending the table of organization for the Medina County Sanitary Engineer
  • 18-1016  Approving a cultural project cooperative use agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
  • 18-1017  Amending a CY18 transit service agreement with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • 18-1018  Authorizing a service agreement with Oswald Companies
  • 18-1019  Appointing the Medina County Township Association Alternate Representative on the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission (MCDAC)
  • 18-1020  Appointing representatives and alternates to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) for 2019
  • 18-1021  Appointing township representatives to the Medina County Council of Governments (COG) on Drug Enforcement
  • 18-1022  Reappointing a representative for the villages to the Medina County Council of Governments (COG) on Drug Enforcement

All deliberations concerning official business and formal actions by this Board of Commissioners were conducted in an open public meeting this twenty-first day of December, 2018.

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