CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
CONNEAUT PORT AUTHORITY
October 17, 2013
7:00 p.m. 929 Broad Street, Conneaut, Ohio
Meeting was called to order by Chairman Joe Raisian at 7:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Joe Raisian, Luke Gallagher, Bill Cooper, Wally Dunne, Eric Nesbitt, Bruce Fleischmann and Bob Best
Harbor Master Denver Spieldenner and Babs Legeza
A motion was made by Luke Gallagher to approve the September 19, 2013 monthly meeting minutes; second by Wally Dunne, motion passed.
E-mail received complimenting the sandbar, cameras and improvements made at the port.
ODNR has posted a sign that near Public Dock. The sign indicates this is the first stop on the Bird Trail.
Army Corp of Engineers is predicting the water levels will decline somewhat until March.
A Thank You note from the D- Day committee for all of the Port Authority cooperation and support during their event. Next years D-Day is scheduled for August 22 and 23, 2014.
FINANCIAL REPORT: Bruce Fleischmann
Bob Best made a motion to approve the September 2013 financials; second was made by Luke Gallagher; motion passed.
Bill Cooper made a motion to pay current bills; second by Eric Nesbitt; motion carried.
Resolved #- 49-13
Bill Cooper made a motion for a resolution regarding the Aids to Navigation Grant/ODNR/Water craft for marker buoys and channel marker lights, second was made by Luke Gallagher; motion carried.
HARBOR MASTER: Denver Spieldenner
Someone scattered about 25-30 tires that were in the collection pile.
We will try to get the OEPA to pick up the tires even though we dont have quite the 500 they would like.
We called to have the portable toilets removed for the season. These were a huge success with no vandalism at all. We received many compliments for putting the toilets out this year.
We received a letter from the USACE stating we are now in full compliance regarding the removal of the sand piles from the sandbar. They thanked us for our cooperation.
We have continued to mow and will do so as time permits before the end of the season.
We have purchased signs for Moses Cleveland parking lot that state there is no trailer parking there. There will be a sign at each of the two entrances.
We have purchased signs and stencils that state there is no swimming or diving from the Public Dock or in our marinas. This was done to satisfy our insurance company.
We have moved the ramp attendants shanty to the middle of the roadway by the launch control office and there will be a stop sign on the east side of it.
Someone tried to destroy the security camera sign at the sandbar gate. We have repaired it for now.
Vince Parlongo worked his last day on Monday of this week. He has agreed to fill in next season from time to time if we need him.
We had a good season at the ramps. Most people obeyed the no powering on signs and the sign instructing them to have their trailers in the ramp before pulling their boat up when leaving the lake.
We need approximately 18 more throw rings for the marinas. These run about $65 each. Probably need $1500 for rings, ropes, and brackets.
We are in the process of shutting down for the season.
All Jet Ski docks have been pulled. We will not need to pull any of the other docks as the water level is low enough that the ice should not be a factor.
The two man crew is working well and we should plan on doing the same for next season. Denver Spieldenner aids the maintainence crew when needed.
We will be done with shutdown by the end of October.
I would like to keep the crew for part of the month of November to re-deck and paint our trailer and to clean out the junk and organize the maintenance shop. This will cost approximately $2,000.
Decorative lamp post
We have submitted an estimate of repair cost to the bait shop in Port Clinton that ran over the lamp post on Public Dock earlier this year; we are still waiting to hear from their insurance company. This will cost almost $5,000 to fix.
Aids to navigation grant
Has been started, will need a resolution on this.
Public Dock damage
We have contacted a contractor for an estimate to repair the broken sidewalk caused by the D-Day crew when the Higgins boats were launched. Wally Dunne is working with Denver Spieldenner on this.
The dredge project is complete except for the final survey information by the USACE.
We have submitted a request for payment to the ODNR and FEMA. Denver has talked both agencies this week.
We are still waiting to hear about our grant application from CDC. They meet on October 21st.
Landscaping and Cleaning bids
Denver would like to go out to bid this fall for these services. Denver has asked Luke to help write up the specifications.
Public Dock beautification
We have trimmed trees and bushes and removed many bushes that were overgrown and impossible to make look good. All decorative grasses have been trimmed.
Next spring we will look at planting species that are more easily managed.
DOCK RENTAL REPORT:
120 deposit for 2014 Lagoon
38 deposit for 2014 Marina
1 deposit 2014 Jet Ski
$ 43,690 fees collected
GRANT APPLICATION & DREDGING: Bill Cooper
MARKETING: Eric Nesbitt, Bob Best
Eric Nesbitt will work on marketing the fall dock rate for next year.
A file will be compiled and checks will be made to ensure that tests have been completed and certifications are in order with the fuel dock.
Luke Gallagher will look into having a table/booth at the IX Center in Cleveland when they have the Outdoor Expo Show.
There has been no progress on the new web page. The Chairman asked for a February 2014 deadline to get this project completed.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & LEASES: Luke Gallagher, Bruce Fleischmann and Joe Raisian
Luke Gallagher reported that the restaurant will be open until November weather permitting.
Joe Raisin attended a seminar with Bricker & Eckler, attorneys at law regarding the subject of what a port authority is and the powers of a port authority. He indicated it was very informative and would recommend other official to attend.
The Aloterra project is moving forward.
Joe Raisian asked that information on electronic card readers for the restrooms be researched and brought back to the next meeting.
Electric ballast for the lights along A-wall in the lagoon and PCM will be put on maintenance list.
Bruce Fleischmann will ask for approval of the preliminary 2014 budget for the 2014 season at the next meeting. The formal budget will be approved by February 2014.
The Christmas Party for directors, employees and spouses will be at the Hawkeye Party Center on December 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Bill Cooper made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:05p.m.
The next regular scheduled board meeting will be held Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at 929 Broad Street in Conneaut, Ohio.
Joseph Raisian, Chairman
Bruce Fleischmann, Treasurer