REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF TAMPICO
August 15, 2017
Reagan Community Center
Mayor Kristine L. Hill called the Regular Meeting of the Tampico Village Council to order at 7:03 PM. Clerk Leathers went to change the batteries in the digital recorder. She advised that the batteries did not help. The recorder must be broken.
Commissioners Derrick Maupin, Robert Sigel, Scott Meier and Todd Tornow were present. Police Chief Terry Strike was also present. Village Clerk, Kathy Leathers, recorded the written minutes. The meeting was also video recorded but with no sound.
Mayor Hill led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Minutes of the August 1, 2017 Regular Meeting were approved as presented.
Reports of Village Officials
Mayor Hill advised the Vice President of CGH contacted her about the reduced hours at their Tampico Clinic. She was told the clinic would be open 1 to 2 or 1 1/2 days per week. Hill told those present, she asked about their employees losing jobs. She advised she was told they will be kept busy with other clinic locations.
Mayor Hill reported the issue in front of the Village Hall building is getting there. She told those present she hopes to be done before the first frost.
Commissioner Sigel advised that he had questions. Sigel asked where the monies come from for the different projects. Mayor Hill told Sigel that it’s mostly done by appropriations. She told him the issue out front has been the result of an emergency and there was no time to gather approval. Hill said it was part safety and also part of environmental concerns. Sigel advised someone he knows from his work is involved in agencies that help with that type of thing. He advised he thinks it’s called The Brownstone Group. Mayor Hill told Sigel that everything completed so far has gone through the appropriate systems and procedures. She told him she is working toward help with cost and will keep Sigel’s recommendation in mind.
Commissioner Sigel next asked who the new police officer was. He said he did not recognize him and he (the officer) didn’t introduce himself to Sigel. Mayor Hill and Chief Strike advised Sigel that his name is Will Lukehart and he is the Police Chief from Erie. Mayor Hill advised Lukehart has been with the Village for some time but he hasn’t worked many hours lately. Sigel asked if he was part-time. He was told yes, as needed. Mayor Hill advised that several years ago Commissioner Hill and Chief Strike arranged for a “Chief’s Meeting” where Police Chief’s from nearby could meet and discuss ways to help their municipalities. She said at that time, those present agreed to help each other when and where they could.
Commissioner Sigel’s next questions were regarding the newly closed Day Care. He wanted to know how the Day Care was funded in the past. Before they reopen their doors, when will they be paying the Village back. He told the Council he would like to have scheduled repayments from them. Mayor Hill advised those present that the Day Care was something for the whole community and initial set up costs were improvements made to the building. The Day Care did not go broke, she said, they had no administrator to run the program. Sigel said he was asking to make sure taxpayer money was going where it was supposed to. Commissioner Maupin stated there has been no skimming of money. Everything has been done in the proper direction and in the proper fashion. Maupin advised that the Day Care started to show the proper financial direction prior to its closure. Sigel said it’s still a business. Mayor Hill and Maupin told him it’s a non-profit. Sigel stated he is afraid the Village is not going to get it’s money back. Mayor Hill said the Day Care is being re-organized and she anticipates it will come back stronger. Mayor Hill also said this was also supported by community donations. Chief Strike stated another important reason to keep the Day Care open is to discourage sex offenders from residing in that area. Sigel said what he is getting at is there are only so many patches to put on a leaky boat.
Mayor Hill directed the meeting along to reports from other Village Officials.
Commissioner Maupin advised he has been working with a Personal Trainer who would like to rent space at the RCC. Maupin advised he will work with her to get times and dates. He said it will likely be an hour here or there.
Maupin also told those present Matt Hansen, Willett, Hofmann & Assoc., Inc., had contacted him with an update on the Water Line Replacement Project. Hansen would like to meet with Maupin and Water Superintendent Tom Pierce in the next few weeks.
Commissioner Tornow reported he will be meeting soon with the Recreation Committee. Tornow said everyone seems to be doing what they want and no one knows what the others are doing.
Remarks from Guests
Resident Mary Sigel asked about the annual audit. She said she noticed the Village was paying them $4,000.00. Sigel wanted to know if the audit is done yet. She was advised it is not.
Mayor Hill advised she would like to move ahead to New Business at this time.
The Mayor asked the Council to consider re-hiring Art Spencer to help with the mowing when needed. On a motion by Commissioner Sigel and seconded by Commissioner Meier, a motion was made to rehire Art Spencer on as an as needed basis at $11.00 per hour. “Yes” votes were Maupin, Sigel, Meier, Tornow and Mayor Hill. The motion carried.
At 7:24pm a motion was made by Commissioner Maupin, with a second by Commissioner Tornow, to leave the Regular Meeting to go into a Closed Session to discuss the minutes of meetings lawfully closed for purposes of approval of the semi-annual review. “Yes” votes were Maupin, Sigel, Meier, Tornow and Mayor Hill. The motion carried.
At 7:28pm a motion was made by Commissioner Maupin, seconded by Commissioner Tornow, to adjourn the Closed Session portion of the meeting and return to the Regular Meeting session. “Yes” votes were Maupin, Sigel, Meier, Tornow and Mayor Hill. The motion carried.
Commissioner Sigel motioned, second by Commissioner Meier that Resolution No. R12-17-08-15 Determining the Need for Confidentiality or Release of Closed Meeting Minutes from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017 be passed, approved and in full force and effect from and after its passage. “Yes” votes were Maupin, Sigel, Meier, Tornow and Mayor Hill. The motion carried. The closed meeting minutes from April 18, 2017 will remain closed.
Building permits issued by Zoning Administrator, Ron Kuepker, were 201 S. Benton – new roof.
Question of the Month from Ancel Glink regarding the Freedom Information Act about classifying frequent requests and allowing more time to fulfill FOIA requests.
Bills were ordered paid on a motion by Commissioner Maupin with a second by Commissioner Tornow. “Yes” votes were Maupin, Sigel, Meier, Tornow and Mayor Hill. The motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM. The next Regular Meeting of the Tampico Village Council will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Reagan Community Center located at 202 W. Second Street.
Kathy A. Leathers
Kristine L. Hill
MINUTES APPROVED THIS 5th DAY OF September, 2017
**These minutes are not official until signed, dated and sealed by the Village Clerk**