Board Meeting Minutes, October 23, 2018

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Commissioners’ Meeting

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 October 16, 2018 commissioners’ meeting were emailed in advance. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the minutes; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Finance Director Mike Pataky presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) amending the Annual Appropriation Resolution; (2) amending the 2018 Appropriations Resolution by transferring appropriations; (3) expenditure adjustments for various funds; (4) cash transfers for various funds; (5) renewing a lease agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture; (6) approving a purchase of service agreement between the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and the Medina County Board of Commissioners for the Office for Older Adults FY2019; (7) creating of Office for Older Adults Home Energy Assistant Program Fund and authorizing appropriations; (8) creation of the Victim Assistance FY19 Fund and authorizing appropriations; (9) creation of the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Body Armor Grant Fund and authorizing appropriations; (10) creation of a Safe Communities Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Fund and authorizing appropriations; (11) creation of a Safe Communities Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Fund and authorizing appropriations; (12) creation of a Radio System Donations Fund and authorizing appropriations; and (13) allowing expenses of county officials. Mr. Pataky requested payment of the weekly bills in the amount of $1,220,921.24. 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.

Human Resources Director Holly Muren presented and reviewed a resolutions approving personnel changes for the employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County commissioners. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

County Administrator Scott Miller presented and reviewed a resolution authorizing employee health plan funding rates for 2019. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Assistant Sanitary Engineer Jeremy Sinko presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) authorizing the Sanitary Engineering Department to bid bulk chemicals for their water and wastewater treatment facilities; (2) declaring the necessity of replacement, rehabilitation and lining of existing sanitary sewer mains and manholes in the City of Brunswick, City of Medina, Hinckley Township, and Sharon Township and approving the detailed plans and specifications and authorizing the sanitary engineer to commence advertising for construction bids; and (3) accepting and awarding the bids for lawn maintenance services and snow plowing services for various Medina County facilities. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the three resolutions; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Job and Family Services Business Administrator Cheryl Scheck presented and reviewed a resolution authorizing an agreement for job development services between Tri-County Jobs for Ohio Graduates and Medina County Job and Family Services. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Jim Dieter reported that this past Sunday that a presentation was held from the National Wildlife Federation to the county for being the first county in the State of Ohio to be certified with having over 400 backyard habitats. It was a nice event and he thanked Commissioner Hutson for attending. Commissioner Hutson added that we are the seventh county in the entire nation to have this certification. Mr. Dieter stated that some signs will be presented to the commissioners. Mr. Hutson stated that they will have two signs and if the commissioners wish to do additional signs are approximately $70 each; he suggested purchased four more signs and place them around the county.

Mr. Dieter reported that they recently hired a new District Technician who is currently in training. This is Mr. Dieter’s former position.

He noted that their annual meeting will be held Wednesday, October 24; tickets are still available. Mr. Hutson will be the MC for the event. They recently hosted their Phase 2 training for the public road crews and townships.

MCDAC Director Brian Nowak announced that the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission stands with the county commissioners, the cities of Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth, and many other agencies who oppose Issue 1. Some of the reasons MCDAC voted to oppose it are: (1) the amendment would make it more difficult to prosecute drug traffickers; (2) this type of reform belongs in the Ohio Revised Code rather than a constitutional amendment; and (3) the amendment does not provide adequate funding for treatment. He recommended everyone educate themselves on this issue before voting.

Mr. Nowak reported that this week is Red Ribbon Week which is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people. He thanked the individuals in the school districts for their hard work and dedication offering drug prevention education to the students. He also thanked all of the students who have decided to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; they are an example not only to their fellow students, but to the entire community. Prevention begins with educating ourselves. He noted that the great resource is the “Start Talking” website. He encourage everyone to visit the website.

Mr. Nowak presented and reviewed a resolution proclaiming October 23-31 as “Red Ribbon Celebration Week.” Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Commissioner Hutson presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) reappointing a member to the Medina County Port Authority; and (2) appointing a representative for the Township to the Medina County Council of Governments (COG) on Drug Enforcement. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the two resolutions; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Commissioner Hutson presented and reviewed a resolution commending Robert D. Johnson for his 36 years of service with Medina County. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mrs. Geissman seconded the motion. Roll call showed all commissioners voting AYE.

Public Comment

None

With no further business to come before the Commissioners, the meeting recessed at 9:47 a.m.

Discussion Session

At 9:48 a.m., the Commissioners began the Discussion Session in the Commissioners’ Conference Room.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Bethany Dentler explained that they have been working on creating a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to assist the county in setting priorities and to be better positioned to receive grant funding for future projects. The CEDS is the result of 37 stakeholder meetings reaching over 300 people. She provided copies of the CEDS and timeline for their review and stated that she would like to present a resolution to the commissioners that would show their support.

Mrs. Dentler noted that some of the challenges and opportunities that were identified were attitudes on development, lack of shovel-ready sites, lack of diversity, drugs, lack of housing stock and lack of funding. She explained the goals and objectives that were identified including land use and development; housing and regulatory; regional; transportation; and workforce and diversity. She also stated that the school report cards have a great impact on our communities. She invited everyone to join their public rollout of the plan on November 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the new Pleasant Valley Corporation’s Business Event Center. Breakfast will be provided but RSVPs are required.

In answer to a question by Christina Fozio, Mrs. Dentler stated that a number of businesses have been attracted to Medina County specifically because of safety concerns; they come here because we are a safe community. There was a brief discussion regarding Agri-tourism.

Transit Update

Mike Salamone reported that MCPT joined NEORide which now offers mobile ticketing; riders will be able to purchase bus passes a smartphone. He also reported that the website is now up and clients are able to use it; they have also received some requests through the new website for advertising on busses. The web address is medinacountytransit.org. Leadership Medina County is working on marketing which will include a new brochure for fixed routes. Uniforms have been ordered for drivers, supervisors and administrative staff. Mr. Salamone thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to work in Medina County. He stated that he has really enjoyed it and has learned a lot. The commissioners thanked him for his service and wished him well.

Police Cruisers

Scott Miller reported that a couple of police cruisers have needed some dire repairs and need replaced. He asked to make the money available now for the purchase of two new vehicles in the amount of approximately $55,000 so we can have them in January or February of next year. The commissioners agreed.

Mr. Miller stated that the Building Department will be starting trials for their permitting software the first week of November and it is anticipated to go live January 1.

He noted to the commissioners that he will be on vacation Monday through Wednesday of next week.

Budget Hearings

Adam Friedrick thanked Mike, Scott and Erin; the budget hearing process was very smooth and organized. Mr. Hutson and Mrs. Geissman agreed.

Parking Garage

Bill Hutson noted that he is still working with the City of Medina on the amendment to the parking garage agreement. The facilities subcommittee met last week; the architect has presented a very high level conceptual drawing for the courthouse. It is hoped that by the end of the year, we will have some numbers and some conceptuals for the Administration Building and the Courthouse.

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 10:17 a.m.

RESOLUTIONS PASSED OCTOBER 23, 2018

  • 18-0825 Proclaiming October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Celebration Week
  • 18-0826 Commending Robert D. Johnson for his 36 years of service with Medina County
  • 18-0827 Allowing claims and authorizing issuance upon the treasurer in settlement of such list of claims
  • 18-0828 Amending the annual appropriation resolution
  • 18-0829 Amending the 2018 appropriations resolution by transferring appropriations
  • 18-0830 Expenditure adjustments for various funds
  • 18-0831 Cash transfers for various funds
  • 18-0832 Renewing a lease agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • 18-0833 Approving a purchase of service agreement between the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and the Medina County Board of Commissioners for the Office of Older Adults for FY 2019
  • 18-0834 Creation of Office for Older Adults Home Energy Assistance Program Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0835 Creation of the Victim Assistance FY19 Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0836 Creation of the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Body Armor Grant Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0837 Creation of a Safe Communities Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0838 Creation of a Safe Communities Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0839 Creation of a Radio Systems Donations Fund and authorizing appropriations
  • 18-0840 Allowing expenses of county officials
  • 18-0841 Approving personnel changes for the employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County Commissioners
  • 18-0842 Authorizing employee health plan funding rates for 2019
  • 18-0843 Authorizing the sanitary engineering department to bid bulk chemicals for their water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • 18-0844 Declaring the necessity of replacement, rehabilitation and lining of existing sanitary sewer mains and manholes in the City of Brunswick, City of Medina, Hinckley Township, and Sharon Township and approving the detailed plans and specifications and authorizing the sanitary engineer to commence advertising for construction bids MCSE #SR-500/5-4.2, #SL-300/7-5.2, #SL-500/3-5.2, #SL-500/3-4.1.1, #SL-500/200-3.2.1, #SL-500/200-00.4, #SL-300/9-1.2, #SL-500/11-1.1 and #SL-900/00-2.2.1
  • 18-0845 Accepting and awarding the bids for lawn maintenance services and snow plowing services at various Medina County facilities
  • 18-0846 Authorizing an agreement for job development services between Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates and Medina County Job and Family Services
  • 18-0847 Reappointing a member to the Medina County Port Authority
  • 18-0848 Appointing a representative for the township 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-third day of October 2018.

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