Safety and Service: July 6th 2015

Main Conference Room – Mayfield Village Civic Center
Monday, July 6, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

The Safety and Service Committee met on Monday, July 6, 2015 in the Main Conference Room of the Mayfield Village Civic Center. Mr. Jerome called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


Present: Mr. Marrie, Mr. Jerome, Mr. Saponaro

Also Present: Mrs. Mills, Mr. Marquardt (7:10), Mr. Wynne, Mr. Metzung, Chief Carcioppolo, Mr. DiNardo, Mr. Marrelli, Ms. Wolgamuth, Mr. Thomas, and Mrs. Betsa


  • New GMC Sierra for building maintenance

Mr. Metzung reported, we are looking at purchasing a new truck. Part of our budget calls for replacing our van. We are going with a half-ton pick-up truck. It’s a cab that has drawers on the outside and that open up in the back.

Mr. Marrie asked, he has a van now, doesn’t he?

Mr. Metzung replied, yes. It’s too hard to get in and out of it and to get things out. This one will have doors on the side and will have a sliding floor in it.

Mr. Marrie asked, it’s in the budget for that amount?

Mr. Metzung replied, $25,000, yes.

Mr. Marrie asked, any questions?

Mr. Jerome asked, there’s no reason to have this vehicle double as a plowing vehicle?

Mr. Metzung replied, no. We have enough plows.

  • Plows and safety lighting for three new pick-ups

Mr. Metzung reported, as I stated in my memo, this puts us over the budget.

Mr. Marrie asked, are we okay Ron with that?

Mr. Wynne stated, I will adjust the budget.

Mr. Saponaro asked, do you look at your budget mid-year and say, well, I know we are going to be over on this, but –

Mr. Metzung replied, things like purchases like that, I try to pay attention to what we have budgeted.   Overtime and thing of that nature fluctuate so much. I suspect we will be over on that too.

Mr. Jerome asked, what about the plows and lights on the other trucks?

Mr. Metzung stated, it’s a package.

  • Winter salt purchase (1,500 tons)

Mr. Metzung reported, the winter salt is $52 as opposed to the $80 summer salt fill. It’s quite a difference, the difference being Cargill bid this one and they did not bid the summer fill.

Mr. Saponaro stated, it averages out into around $65-67. It’s not as horrible.

Mr. Metzung stated, you are putting it out there for other people to decide. Unfortunately you have to decide whether you want to be in the program or out of it before you know the numbers.

Mr. Marrie stated, there was an article in the paper where someone was going after the salt companies with a collusion claim.

Mr. Metzung stated, there was a judgment against the salt companies. A few of those years we were not purchasing from either one of those companies. We were buying from North American Salt.

Mr. Wynne stated, I received information from the Attorney General’s office. The years in question we bought from Cargill or Morton. I got all the information for the claim.

Mr. Marrie asked, we will put in a claim?

Mr. Wynne replied, yes.

Mr. Marrie stated, good. We will get some of it back.


  • Senior Snow Removal Program: 2015-2016

Mr. Thomas reported, this is our annual process that we go through. We will be going out to bid. We anticipate about 250 residents will opt in. We need to start the process so the letters can get out and we can get organized.

Mr. Marrie asked, you are just looking for permission to go out to bid?

Mr. Thomas replied, correct.

Mr. Marrie asked, is this also on the Finance agenda?

Mr. Thomas replied, yes.

Mr. Jerome asked, no complaints?

Mr. Thomas replied, we always have some issues, but not many.


  • Fireworks: 2016-2018

Mr. Thomas reported, everyone should have received the memo I sent out about going with American Fireworks for another three years. I am pleased with what they have done. Gino and Mike are also very pleased with the safety. The price is right.

Mr. Marrie asked, Gino, no problems whatsoever?

Chief Carcioppolo replied, there were a few low grade hand shells that were crashing into the ground because they did not get the right elevation. There’s no way to prevent that.

Mr. Marrie asked, you are satisfied with the company?

Mr. Thomas replied, yes. Did anyone see the fireworks?

Mr. DiNardo replied, they were great.

Mr. Thomas stated, Ron, you had stated that you couldn’t see some of the shells last year because they were 2 ½ inches. They were all 3 inches this year. Gary Busa watched them from his house on Hickory Hill.

Mr. Marrie stated, I am glad you brought up about 2 ½ to 3 inch. We talked about that last year.

Mr. Thomas stated, I said to Roberto Sorgi, the owner’s son, that we want all 3 inch shells. We can’t shoot off 4 inches because of State restrictions with regard to space, correct, Gino?

Chief Carcioppolo replied, that is correct.   If you don’t follow the law and something bad happens and people get hurt and they say you didn’t have the appropriate distance in accordance with the Fire Codes.

Mr. Wynne suggested that just because of the dollar amount involved getting a price from other companies.

Mr. Thomas will go back to Zambelli to get a price.

Mr. Wynne stated, just to have a comparison.

Mr. Thomas stated, they were higher last time.

Mr. Jerome asked, did the show seem shorter than usual? It was about 20 minutes.

Mr. Thomas replied, Al Muhle came in to my office and told me it was exactly 26 minutes.

Chief Carcioppolo stated, it was not 26 minutes.

Mr. Marrie asked, any other comment? I think that’s a good idea, Ron, just to have a comparison.

Mr. Thomas will ask Zambelli for a price.

Mr. Jerome asked, we use American now?

Mr. Thomas replied, American Fireworks. They are based out of Hudson, Ohio. Zambelli and another company that previously gave a price were from Pennsylvania. I feel comfortable going with a local company, but I will still ask them for bids.


Mr. Thomas reported, we had no problems with people sitting on the curb during fireworks. Everything worked out well.

Mrs. Mills stated, please also report this at tomorrow’s Activities Committee meeting.

Mr. Thomas stated, I will. The second item, we had a safety issue at the pool. I am looking for suggestions, specifically from Doug. Since we have gone to our new fertilizer company, we have a lot of clover on the grass at the pool. As a result that is bringing a lot of bees which is bringing a lot of bee stings. My question would be what alternative do we have? Can we do something to prevent it?

Mr. Marrelli stated, it’s all natural.

Mr. Thomas replied, I know. That’s a problem from the pool standpoint in generating bees with clover on the grass because people sit on it.

Mr. Metzung stated, I can talk to them. Part of their sales pitch is they sell grass seed loaded with clover. They encourage it.

Mr. Thomas asked, can you check with Apex and see what our bee people can do for us? Maybe they have something they can spray on the grass? I don’t know. I don’t want to see kids getting stung all the time.

Mr. Marrie asked, any other comments?

Mr. Jerome asked Doug, when we were at The Grove, I don’t know if it has to do with the rain, but there were a lot of clumps of grass. If you laid down, you were covered in grass.

Mr. Saponaro asked, like grass clippings?

Mr. Jerome replied, piles. I don’t know if the rain threw you off. Last year it was fine. Is there a way to catch it?

Mr. Metzung stated, we can catch it. It’s a pretty good size area to be catching. Being as wet as it has been, the grass has been growing pretty quick. I can talk to our guys.

Mr. Jerome asked, have we gotten anywhere with the Library median at SOM Center?

Ms. Wolgamuth replied, no. Did you get another complaint? I have not heard anything from anyone. There were less than a handful of complaints initially and now it has been very quiet.

Mr. Jerome replied, yes. The call I received from the resident was that he was sitting for a long time. The two cars in the front would never go. He said I would have gone, but the people in front of me were not comfortable going. There was just too much congestion.

Ms. Wolgamuth replied, Tom is looking at doing it as part of the road program. This year’s road program now looks like the waterline going to get installed and the actual paving would be next year. We would get to it next year at the earliest. That was something he thought he would be able to tie in as part of the road program because it’s not a huge expense.

Mr. Marrie asked, any other questions or comments? There were none.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. The next Safety and Service Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2015 in the Main Conference Room of the Mayfield Village Civic Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary E. Betsa, CMC

Clerk of Council