The tape of this meeting is on file in the Council Clerk’s Office
TO THE HONORABLE COUNCIL, CITY OF ELYRIA, OHIO
The Utilities, Safety & Environment Committee held a meeting on Wednesday,
November 8, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Committee Chair Mitchell, Members Davis, Tanner, Cerra ABSENT: Craig
OTHERS PRESENT: SSD Siwierka, City Engineer Ujvari, Assistant Engineer Schneider,
Assistant Law Director Breunig, Sanitation Dept. Supervisor Eye, Utilities Superintendent Connor, WWPC Superintendent Korzan
BUSINESS OF THE UTILITY, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
1. Approval of the 9/27/2017 meeting minutes.
Cerra moved Tanner seconded to approve the 9/27/2017 meeting minutes.
2. The matter of a request for several easements for the construction of the bike path in Cascade and Elywood Parks.
Jim. Ziemnik, Lorain County Metro Parks Director, 12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange. Mr. Ziemnik explained that Federal Highway Funds will be paying for the trail. ODOT is the administrator of those funds.
Cerra moved, Tanner seconded to recommend an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to enter into an easement agreement for the bike paths in Cascade Park.
This wasn’t on the agenda, but residents from the Overbrook area are in attendance at the meeting and the Utility Chair chose to entertain a discussion on this matter.
Mr. Ujvari said he has been in communication with the Ohio Turnpike and ODOT. A message that he recently received from ODOT has indicated that they do not manage the Turnpike noise walls. There are no Turnpike mitigation funds available at this time for this kind of issue. At the last meeting that Mr. Ujvari had with the Turnpike, they indicated that ODOT was taking care of the noise walls. The biggest issue is lack of funding. ODOT is saying that the cost is somewhere at 1.8 million dollars per mile. He said that he asked for an initial survey by ODOT and they have not responded.
* Matthew Jagielski of 276 Overbrook Road spoke to the committee about the noise from the Turnpike stating that it is just getting worse. He said he and other residents made the petition in June 2016.
Mr. Jagielski said that the residents of Overbrook don’t want to be neglected any longer. The Turnpike is making the money. It’s very hard to live with the noise.
* Douglas McDonald of 416 Overbrook Road reminded to the committee that the group of people that are having these issues are Elyrians. Mr. McDonald stated that in 2008 the Turnpike Commission had authorized a pilot project and agreed to put up a couple sample barriers. At that time Elyria had 8 areas that were considered noise sensitive along the Turnpike and 300 homes were identified. Mr. McDonald said that he and other residents have come before Council periodically over the years. He has a file that goes way back to when Allan Zeleski was our State Senator our Governor was Governor Voinovich. That is when they started writing letters about the noise issue. Mr. McDonald went on to say that the issue is just gotten to be one of those daily irritating things that has only gotten worse as traffic volumes have increased. Other Turnpike authorities have done these kinds of projects. Mr. McDonald feels the Turnpike Commission needs to step up and he is just asking for City support through Council that steps be taken that would lead down the path of mitigation.
Mrs. Mitchell stated that they will keep trying, we can keep bugging the Turnpike to see if they would at least be willing to do a survey. Mr. Tanner suggested that the City Law Director contact our State Representatives regarding the issue.
* Eileen Stanic of 275 Overbrook Road came forward to speak to the committee. Ms. Stanic thanked Council for hearing their concerns. In addition to the noise they have seen an increase in the amount of pollution from the Turnpike as a result of the increased traffic. That has resulted in the residents to not be able to open their windows, which is an additional concern. Ms. Stanic wondered if the City could reach out to other communities who currently have noise barriers along the Turnpike, such as North Olmsted, which has a barrier past Stearns Road.
Mrs. Mitchell thanked those residents.
No motion was made on this matter.
3. The matter of ODOT’s two (2) bridge painting projects.
Davis moved, Cerra seconded to recommend authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with ODOT to perform bridge painting on Rt. 113 over the CSX railroad and over Adams & Bell within the City limits.
Tanner moved, Cerra seconded to recommend an ordinance to allow master metering systems for mobile and modular home parks to go into effect July 2018.
Tanner moved, Davis seconded to recommend an ordinance to amend ordinance no. 2017-112 to defer enactment of water rules and regulations to become effective Jan. 1, 2019.
6. The matter of Change Order #2 for 2017 Concrete Street Resurfacing Program
Cerra moved, Davis seconded to recommend an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into change-order #2 with DL Smith Concrete for street resurfacing program in amount of $49,730.09
7. The matter of considering Zero-Emissions Nuclear Resource (ZEN) Legislation, designed to preserve our State’s Nuclear Facilities. Ohioans for Clean Energy
* 8. The matter of water and sanitary sewer rate adjustments.
REFERRED BY: Engineer Ujvari * (Removed from Agenda per Engineer Ujvari)
9. The matter of creating an operations and maintenance plan to maintain safe and user-friendly conditions within the City.
10. The matter of an agreement with Republic Services for removal of mixed recycled glass.
(Tabled – Sept. 18, 2017) (Discussed at Strategic Planning – Oct. 2, 2017)
Mr. Eye wanted to help clear up confusion with the glass issue. Residents have asked if they should throw it in the regular garbage. Mr. Eye said the glass should continue to be disposed of in the recycling container. The cost is still less for the glass to be removed from the recycling instead of the garbage.
Davis moved, Cerra seconded to recommend an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into
an agreement with Republic Services for removal of mixed recycled glass.
11. The matter of Sanitation Rate increase for 2018 (Tabled – Sept. 18, 2017) (Discussed at Strategic Planning – Oct. 2, 2017) REFERRED BY: SSD Siwierka REFERRED TO: Utilities/Finance
Mrs. Siwierka said that the rates will go up 90 cents in 2018, 92 cents in 2019 and 96 cents in 2020.
This matter will also be discussed at full council.
Cerra moved, Davis seconded to recommend an ordinance to increase the sanitation rates for 2018, 2019 and 2020 for regular service and homestead rate service to be effective with the first full billing cycle after January 1, 2018.
12. The matter of authorizing the Mayor to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for Tree Lawn Tree Service. (Tabled – Apr. 24, 2017)
Davis moved, Cerra seconded to recommend an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for 2 years beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2019 to be paid from the Sanitation Account, Operations and Maintenance Fund.
Cerra moved, seconded by Davis to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 P.M. MOTION CARRIED
Colleen Rosado, Secretary