Board Meeting Minutes, October 9, 2018

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Commissioners’ Meeting

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

The minutes of the October 2, 2018 meeting were emailed in advance. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the minutes; Mr. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE.

Highway Engineer Administrative Assistant Doug King presented and reviewed a resolution the necessity to close Tower Road (C.H. 55) in Montville Township between Wadsworth Road (S.R. 57) and Paradise Road (T.H. 121). Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the resolution; Mr. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE.

The commissioners reviewed the permits issued September 27 – October 3, 2018.

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) authorizing cash transfer for the County Home Levy Fund; (4) authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Gasoline Rotary Fund; (5) authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Medina County Print Shop revenue line items; (6) accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor; (7) allowing expenses of the Adult Probation Department; and (8) allowing expenses of county officials. Mr. Pataky requested payment of the weekly bills in the amount of $4,356,247.81. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the seven resolutions and to pay the bills; Mr. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE.

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

Office for Older Adults Director Laura Toth, distributed reports for the Office for Older Adults programs. The congregate meals are at 61 percent of their goal, 98 percent for restaurant vouchers and are switching to local funds for the rest of the year, and home delivered meals are 68 percent of the goal. For the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the totals are in the 80-90 percent range, but the grant funds cover the entire year so often times reach 100 percent. Transportation is at 75 percent of their goal for the year and supportive services are 81 percent. There have been 20 more Farmers Market Vouchers distributed which are valid until the end of October. For the year, 214 individuals received packets of $50 vouchers to be used at the Farmers Market. In answer to a question by Commissioner Hutson, Mrs. Toth noted that restaurant vouchers are valued at $5.85 per voucher for the raw cost of food. Transportation saw a difference from July to August. In August, there were 179 more trips than in July for on-demand routes; 77 trips were in the City of Medina and 64 were in the City of Wadsworth. Mrs. Toth noted that 140 trips are in municipalities that have loops and she wants to try and solve the issue to make transit more efficient. In answer to a question by Commissioner Friedrick, Mrs. Toth stated August does count veterans because veterans have 90 days to switch over to the Veterans Services Transit Program; the October data will not include veterans. The Veterans Services program is much more inclusive than the Office for Older Adult program.

The Bicentennial Fair last Friday was excellent. Mrs. Toth thanked Jim Gill who was called last minute due to entertainment issues. There were over 100 people in attendance. Open enrollment begins Monday, October 15 and runs through Friday, December 7; it is a great opportunity to review Medicaid plans. Wednesday, October 31 in Brunswick and Medina for Halloween events and there is a Halloween Costume Party on November 2. Office for Older Adults is participating in the Senior Health Fair at Medina Rec Center on October 19 and at the Wadsworth Expo on Friday, October 26.

Commissioner Hutson presented and reviewed the following resolutions: (1) approving the petition for the regular annexation of 0.8432 acres of land known as being part of Brunswick Hills Township to the City of Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio; and (2) approving the petition for the regular annexation of 25.0 acres of land known as being part of Brunswick Hills Township to the City of Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio. Mr. Friedrick moved to approve the two resolutions; Mr. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE. 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; Mr. Hutson seconded the motion. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE.

With no further business to come before the Commissioners, the meeting recessed at 9:40 a.m.

Discussion Session

At 9:42 a.m., the Commissioners began the Discussion Session in the Commissioners’ Conference Room.

Adopt-A-Thon

Scott Miller stated that the Animal Shelter Adopt-A-Thon is Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Animal Shelter. There will be approximately 8 organizations coming including Wayne County, and there will be raffle baskets and a bake sale.

Commissioners Website

Scott Miller noted that the website should be live around the end of November. Commissioner Hutson inquired about the transit website; Mr. Miller answered that it is still in process.

Renovations

Scott Miller stated that the renovations are underway on 60 Public Square. The Prosecutor’s office work is still being finalized.

Buehler’s Recycle Bins

Amy Lyon-Galvin mentioned that Mike Davidson, Vice President of Operations, reached out about bringing the Wadsworth bins back and a location has been agreed on. There will be educational information provided to Buehler’s.

FPA Meeting

Amy Lyon-Galvin stated that the FPA meeting is Friday; she has letters of support from the Medina Township Association and the Northeastern Ohio Township Association. The last engineering component of NOACA’s review has been completed and for the 13 customers within city limits, due to annexations, but part of the North lift stations tributary area, it has been demonstrated that house grinder pumps can be put in and force mains if Wadsworth prefer that they remain part of the South lift station area. If an agreement cannot be agreed on, then there is an engineering solution that can be determined. The vote will be on Friday to go to the Executive Board.

Budget Hearings

Mike Pataky stated that budget hearings start today at 10:30 am.

Made in Medina County Day

Commissioner Friedrick stated that Kathy Breitenbucher and Bethany Dentler have done some good things with Manufacturing Day and Everybody Works Day; the Manufacturing Day was very successful last Friday. Commissioner Friedrick was at Sandridge and explained the process of making the products. Commissioner Hutson stated that he was at Plastipak and discussed their processes.

Issue 1

Commissioner Hutson noted that City of Brunswick passed a resolution in opposition to Issue 1. Commissioner Hutson put calls into the judges to see what their opinions were on the issue. Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that wants to change the classification of certain felony offenses for drug possession down to misdemeanors, prohibit jail time until there are 3 convictions in a 24 month period of time, and take away a judges ability to sentence someone for probation violations. Commissioner Hutson stated that he believes it is a bad concept overall and not the right thing to do. Commissioner Friedrick stated that they had the Council of Governments and Gary Hubbard’s words were if Issue 1 passes it will give Ohio the most lenient drug laws in the country.

Commissioner Hutson noted that it also gives someone convicted of a felony drug offense, the ability to go back and petition the court to resentence them as a misdemeanor. It is also a constitutional amendment as opposed to a legislative enactment. Commissioner Hutson and Friedrick agreed that they were in opposition to Issue 1. Chuck Calvert noted that Ohio has the most lenient way of putting an amendment on the constitution and they have been working on changing this because it is too easy. Mr. Calvert stated that an amendment should not be put on the constitution in what should be done as a legislative enactment.

Executive Session

At 9:54 a.m., the Commissioners went into the Executive Session that had been voted on earlier. The Executive Session ended at 10:15 a.m.

Adjournment

There being no further business, Mr. Friedrick moved to adjourn the meeting; the motion was seconded by Mr. Hutson. Roll call showed both commissioners voting AYE. The meeting ended at 10:16 a.m.

RESOLUTIONS PASSED OCTOBER 9, 2018

  • 18-0796 Allowing claims and authorizing issuance upon the treasurer in settlement of such list of claims
  • 18-0797 Determining the necessity to close Tower Road (C.H. 55) in Montville Township, between Wadsworth Road (S.R. 57) and Paradise Road (T.H.121)
  • 18-0798 Amending the Annual Appropriation Resolution
  • 18-0799 Amending the 2018 Appropriations Resolution by transferring appropriations
  • 18-0800 Authorizing cash transfer for the County Home Levy Fund
  • 18-0801 Authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Gasoline Rotary Fund
  • 18-0802 Authorizing the county auditor to transfer funds from various county department accounts to the Medina County Print Shop revenue line item
  • 18-0803 Accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor
  • 18-0804 Allowing expenses of the Adult Probation Department
  • 18-0805 Allowing expenses of county officials
  • 18-0806 Approving personnel changes for the employees under the jurisdiction of the Medina County Commissioners
  • 18-0807 Approving the petition for the regular annexation of 0.8432 acres of land known as being part of Brunswick Hills Township to the City of Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio
  • 18-0808 Approving the petition for the regular annexation of 25.0 acres of land known as being part of Brunswick Hills Township to the City of Brunswick, Medina County, Ohio

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

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