The Collinwood City Commission met on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference/courtroom of the Collinwood City Hall.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Glenn Brown. All commissioners were in attendance, including Vice Mayor Danny Sandusky, Jeremiah Stults, Debie Pigg, and Butch Kephart. City Manager Gary Victory and City Recorder Cindy Kephart were also in attendance. A moment of silence was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
First was approval of the agenda. A motion was made by Commissioner Pigg and seconded by Commissioner Kephart to approve the agenda as presented, and the motion carried.
The next item on the agenda was the approval of the minutes from the meeting held on March 11th, 2019. Vice Mayor Sandusky made a motion to approve the minutes, and Commissioner Stults seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Department reports were next on the agenda. All commissioners received copies of departmental reports for their review. The Utility Department report noted that the “In God We Trust” sign had been hung at the Recreation Building, and the water fountain was installed at Ralph Hughes Park.
Next on the agenda was filter media replacement at the water plant. City Manager Victory told the commission that he received two bids on the media, one for $33,000 and one for $20,200. A motion was made by Commissioner Stults to accept the low bid of $20,200 from Tool Slingers. Commissioner Pigg seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
Discussion of the city’s garbage pickup was next. The commission discussed the pros and cons of buying a garbage truck, and City Manager Victory explained that rates would have to be increased either way. Vice Mayor Sandusky made a motion to bid out the city’s garbage contract, for one year or longer, with the possibility of added stipulations. Commissioner Pigg seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
Next on the agenda was an update on the City Hall roof repair. City Manager Victory told the commission that the work had been done, and that a high-pressure sealant had been applied.
Next was an update on the city’s current lawsuit. City Manager Victory said that he had spoken with the City Attorney, and that the city is now in a “wait and see” position.
Water tank rehab funding was next under new business. A letter from the Comptroller’s Office concerning the condition of the water tanks was read. The commission requested that City Manager Victory get both overcoat and complete stripping-to-metal quotes, with different sources of funding discussed.
Next was a request from El Guadalajara restaurant to serve beer. The commission discussed the possibility of changing the current Beer Ordinance in order to allow beer to be served at El Guadalajara. The ordinance currently states that any business serving beer would have to be at least 2,000 feet away from a church or public park, which El Guadalajara is not. Vice Mayor Sandusky made a motion to allow City Manager Victory to look into possible changes to the ordinance, and Commissioner Pigg seconded the motion. The motion failed to pass on roll call vote, with Commissioners Sandusky and Pigg voting yes, and Commissioners Brown, Stults, and Kephart voting no.
Next, Mayor Brown read the March 2018 Wayne County Welcome Center report. Mr. John Allen Berry, representing the Welcome Center, addressed the commission regarding work that is needed at the Welcome Center. The items mentioned were mulch for the flower beds, and pressure washing and staining the exterior of the building. Mr. Berry asked about the possibility of inmates doing some of the work. The commission then offered to supply the Welcome Center with mulch at no cost, and asked Mr. Berry to get a list of all the items needed for the repairs.
City Manager Victory addressed the commission next regarding a tourism grant to improve the RV park located on South Oak Street. The grant would include funding for concrete pads, fencing, and several other updates. No action was taken by the commission regarding the grant.
Victory then told the commission about complaints from visitors pulling campers who are not able to access the parking lot behind the Welcome Center. The commission was also informed that a camper had been abandoned at the RV camp site. The proper protocol has been followed on trying to locate the owners of the abandoned RV, and if the owners do not respond soon, the RV will be towed to City Hall and sold at auction.
Lastly, the Safe Routes to School grant was discussed, along with a 75/25 grant for fire equipment.
With no further business to come before the commission, Vice Mayor Sandusky made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Pigg seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.