Council: February 20th 2017

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF COUNCIL
Mayfield Village Civic Hall
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.

The Council of Mayfield Village met in Regular Session on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Mayfield Village Civic Hall.   Council President Saponaro called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL: 

Present: Mr. Jerome, Mr. Marquardt, Mr. Marrie, Mrs. Mills, Dr. Parker, Mr. Saponaro and Mr. Williams

Also Present: Mayor Bodnar, Mr. Wynne, Mr. Guidetti, Chief Edelman, Mr. Marrelli, Mr. Cappello, Mr. Metzung, Chief Carcioppolo, Mr. Thomas, Mr. McAvinew, Ms. Wolgamuth, and Mrs. Betsa

Absent:  None

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given.

OPEN PORTION:

Al Muhle
606 SOM Center Road

After 9 years, this is my last time to thank you for your contribution to our Association. Last month, Joan Gottschling became the President of the Mayfield Township Historical Society. I am here for the last time to thank you for your contribution this year to our organization. The membership appreciates it.

Joan Gottschling
President, Mayfield Township Historical Society

I just wanted to acknowledge Al right now for the 28 years he has put into the House.  Not only cutting grass and hanging drywall, but for all of his contributions to the meetings and his loving wife Jan helping him all the way.  I would like to give him a round of applause, please.

The audience applauded.

The Historical Society is not just Mayfield Village, it’s Mayfield Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights and a little portion of Lyndhurst.  Our house was moved in 1986.  It has 13 beautiful rooms.

We can always use volunteers to do anything there.  Pull weeds.  You can learn to be a docent.  We have all of the 3rd graders from Mayfield City Schools that come through and do timelines.  We also have St. Francis come. We can use anyone who would like to volunteer.  Our next meeting is March 8th at 2:00 p.m.  We are going to see a little program on Harry Truman.  Thank you so much.

Council President Saponaro thanked Mrs. Gottschling.

David Hoehnen
750 Robley Lane

I rise in support of Ordinance No. 2016-35 which is up for Third Reading tonight.

I can remember 4 years ago when The Grove Committee which I was charter member, had its first meeting. Garry Regan was there, also a charter member.  It became obvious within the first 10-15 minutes of the meeting that Mr. Regan had more experience and expertise in establishing the programs for The Grove than anyone there.  I nominated him for Chairman and he was elected unanimously.  He has been our Chairman ever since.   Now I believe the Committee has been merged into Parks and Recreation which again I think is a smart move.

The success of The Grove for the last four years is largely responsible to Garry and Diane Wolgamuth, without whom The Grove probably wouldn’t be continuing.  Besides his expertise and experience, Garry has been former Director of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.  He has gone out of his way not only to raise money, and most people don’t even know this, but he has raised money for some of the programs that we have had there that we couldn’t afford under our budget, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra last year, Dancing Wheels, a program we are going to have this summer and I know there are others, some of which I am not even mindful of, but I know there are others and there will be many more.   So I think it is money well-spent.  I know at least one member of Council, maybe others, have expressed doubts about the cost.  I believe it is $1,500 a month for a total of $18,000 a year.  It’s not an insignificant amount of money, but I think Garry is worth it and he will earn his pay. Thank you.

Council President Saponaro thanked Mr. Hoehnen.

David Ianiro
736 Franko Boulevard
Highland Heights, Ohio

I would just like to take this time on behalf of the Highland Heights Recreation Department to thank Mr. Bill Thomas for everything he has done for us for at least my last 12 years.  He has helped out the programs throughout the School District.  It’s a great celebration that he’s leaving, but he is volunteering so he will stick around in the neighborhood.  We also have Shane here.  Again, I want to take this time to thank you very much and again wish you the best of luck.

Council President Saponaro thanked Mr. Ianiro.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES:

Regular Council Meeting: January 23, 2017

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to approve the minutes as written.

Council President Saponaro asked, any discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Minutes of january 23, 2017 Approved.

COMMENTS FROM MAYOR BODNAR

Thank you, Council President.  I have a few comments tonight.

First, I would like to thank all of you here who turned out in support of Bill Thomas tonight. Bill certainly was the genesis of turning our Recreation Department from out of the ashes into the great program that it is today. We are all going to miss Bill very greatly.  It is a fitting tribute that so many people turned out in support of Bill to say thank you this evening.  Thank you all for coming.

I also wanted to thank Al Muhle and Joan and all of the members of the Historical Society for everything you do for our region.  I firmly believe that in order to move into our future in productive positive ways, we have to have an understanding and a grasp of everything that went on in our past. I thank you for bringing that to life and for educating all of us especially our children on what happened in the Mayfield Village’s past and the region’s past.  Thank you for that.

Dave Hoehnen, thank you for your comments about Mr. Regan.  I appreciate those very much.

Mr. Ianero, I appreciate your comments also.

On one other matter - this has been in the news so I would just like to mention it and keep you posted.  You have all probably by this time heard about or read about John Kasich’s proposed budget for the State of Ohio. We get regular updates on that budget from the Ohio Municipal League.  They do a very good job of telling us what is happening on a very current basis and keeping us informed.  Mr. Kasich’s proposal would implement a central collection of city taxes so instead of RITA, there would be one central collection agency in the State that would collect everything and then send it back out to the municipalities.  That would be a negative for us.  It would be cheaper for us to go through RITA and also we have more control over the process and more oversight on the process.

It was just recently on Cleveland.com that the amount we will receive from the Local Government Fund between 2017 and 2019 under the proposed budget would be decreased by 42% in Mayfield Village. We are unhappy about some of these proposed changes.  We have written to our local legislators asking them to look at that closely and vote against those changes.  We have drafted a letter.  It will be in Council packets on Friday and are also available on-line.  We are keeping up to date on that and working toward not allowing some of those negative changes to go through.  Thank you.

COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOSEPH SAPONARO

Bill, on behalf of myself and Council, we all share gratitude and thanks for all of the hard work, effort and your undying support of our Village. We look forward to seeing you in a different way as you continue to be a part of our family.  We wish you the best of luck.  It has been a privilege.  Thank you.

DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:

Ron Wynne (Finance) – I just wanted to mention our annual 2016 audit by our Independent Certified Public Accountant has been completed.  The report has been sent down to the State of Ohio Auditor’s office for their final review. Once that has been completed and available, I will let everybody know.

Shane McAvinew (Parks and Recreation)

  • Commission on Aging – Donna would like to take the opportunity to thank Bill Thomas on the occasion of his retirement.
  • Parks and Recreation Board – We have moved the Easter Party from the Civic Center to the Community Room due to safety concerns in proximity to the street.  The Debbie Hudacko Run has moved to Saturday, August 5th. Gazebo concerts will be three lunch concerts, Silver Creek, Eddie and the Edsels, Jerry Cole and The Drifters.  Thursday after work concerts will be Jersey Beats, Frankie Vallie Tribute, Red Light Roxy, Out of Eden, Eagles Tribute, LaFlavour Variety Show.  Special thanks go out to Sean McNamara from the Cobras Soccer Club for the $2,000 donation to new goals for the soccer fields.
  • Senior Services – The Community Partnership on Aging lunch will be on Wednesday, April 5th.  March Foot Clinics are scheduled for the 3rd and the 24th at the Civic Center. The March Lunch N Movie at Governor’s Village is on Wednesday, March 15th.  The movie is Fried Green Tomatoes.  The next Senior Services newsletter will be mailed out the last week of February.

Council President Saponaro explained, you will notice on the agenda that we skipped a lot of Department Heads.  There were no reports and we were trying to move things forward so everyone is not waiting through our meeting as we want to really concentrate on Bill and celebrate him.

Committee Reports:

Activities Committee – Mr. Marrie -  I filled in for Steve Jerome.  We met on the 7th.  Mary Singer was elected as Chair again this year.  The Committee reviewed some minor problems they had with the Tree Lighting as regards to serving the food and hot chocolate for the children.  Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast was discussed.  It is on May 14th.  Memorial Day Service will be May 28th.  Mary and Merv and the group could use help on the 27th placing flags at the Cemetery.  Show up between 8:30 and 9:00. Your help would be appreciated.  Cruise Night was discussed.  It is on June 10th.  It will be held in the center of town as it has been in the past.  Independence Day Celebration – they are working on the food and food trucks.  It looks like it will be down at Progressive again this year.  The Committee also discussed The Grove schedule.  Shane has already covered that.  The next meeting is May 7th.  Thank you.

Citizen’s Advisory Committee – Mrs. Mills – Our next meeting will be this coming Monday the 27th at 7:00 p.m. here in this room.

Finance Committee - Mr. Saponaro – We met both on the 6th for Caucus and this evening.  There are 18 items.  All are going to be on the Council agenda to be discussed.

Safety and Service – Mr. Marrie – We met on the 6th.  We discussed going out to bid for trash and recycling.  We discussed requests by the Fire Department for lifts to handle patients.  That’s generally how they experience serious back problems. This contract will take care of the maintenance of the equipment.  The other request was the maintenance of the cardiac monitors and CPR machines.  These items are on the agenda this evening.  Thank you.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Third Reading of Ordinance No. 2016-35, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing an Independent Contractor Agreement with Garry Regan for consulting on programming and activities at The Grove, The Gazebo, and Reserve Hall.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.  (First Reading – 12/19/16; Second Reading – 1/23/17)  (Administration)

Mr. Marrie, seconded by Mr. Williams, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2016-35.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There were no comments.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: Marrie, Mills, Saponaro, and Williams
NAYS: Jerome, Marquardt, and Parker

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

  • Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-03, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance appropriating funds for current expenses and expenditures for Mayfield Village, Ohio for the period from January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017 and declaring an emergency.” Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole. (First Reading -  1/23/17) (Finance Department)

Ordinance No. 2017-03 was moved to Third Reading.

  • Resolution No. 2017-03, entitled, “A resolution requesting the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer to adjust the amended official certificate of estimated resources for 2017.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole. (Finance Department).

Resolution No. 2017-03 remained with Ordinance No. 2017-03

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Motion to accept Planning and Zoning’s February 6, 2017 recommendation for renewal of Conditional Use and Special Use Permits with expiration date December 2018:

Applicant:

  1. Ken’s Auto Body/744 SOM Ctr. Rd
  2. Man’s Hair Barbershop/6579 Wilson Mills Rd.
  3. Georgian Center (Medical)/730 SOM Ctr. Rd.
  4. Noreen Londregan Dance/750 Beta Dr.
  5. Lakeshore Dance & Gymnastics/701 Beta Dr.
  6. Mt. Vernon Square (Medical)/6690 – 6700 Beta Dr.
  7. Progressive Insurance Company/651 Beta Dr.
  8. Hilton Garden Inn/700 Beta Dr.
  9. Governor’s Village Assisted Living/280 North Commons
  10. Altercare Rehabilitation/290 North Commons
  11. Heinen’s (Use of Village Land)/860 SOM Ctr. Rd.
  12. Beta Drive Conference Center/700 Beta Dr.
  13. Health 360/700 Beta Dr.
  14. Cuyahoga County Public Library/500 SOM Ctr. Rd.
  15. Sign-A-Rama/731 Beta Dr.
  16. Forest City Tree Protection/731 Beta Dr.
  17. Crooked River CrossFit/701 Beta Dr.
  18. Koinonia Homes/701 Beta Dr.
  19. Color Luxe/6571 Wilson Mills Rd.
  20. Villaggio’s Salon and Spa/6449 Wilson Mills Rd.
  21. Deacon’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM/740 Beta Drive
  22. Premier Development Partners/6655 Beta Drive
  23. Hattie Larlham Constant Companions Program/700 Beta Drive

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to accept Planning and Zoning’s February 6, 2017 recommendation for renewal of Conditional Use and Special Use Permits listed above with expiration date December 2018.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Recommendation by Planning and Zoning for Renewal of Conditional Use and Special Use Permits to 12/31/2018 Approved.

  • Motion to authorize an addendum to the Economic Development Incentive Agreement between Mayfield Village, Ohio, the Mayfield Community Improvement Corporation and Mars Electric Co.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to authorize an addendum to the Economic Development Incentive Agreement between Mayfield Village, Ohio, the Mayfield Community Improvement Corporation and Mars Electric Co.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

Mrs. Mills stated, we held a meeting of the MCIC this evening.  The Committee approved this.

Mr. Wynne added, this Agreement was put in place with Mars Electric in late 2015 and early 2016 with an anticipated move-in date at the end of 2016.  The Agreement was going to start on January 1st of this year.  Due to construction delays, Mars was not able to move into their facility until February of this year.  This motion is delaying the term from a January 1, 2017 start to a March 1, 2017 start.  It will still run for a 60-month term.

Council President Saponaro asked, any other discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Addendum Approved,

  • Motion to acknowledge receipt of financial reports for January 2017 and to approve of same as submitted. (Finance Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to acknowledge receipt of financial reports for January 2017 and to approve of same as submitted. (Finance Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

Roll Call:        

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Receipt of Financial Reports for January 2017 Acknowledged and Approved.

  • Motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $5,500 to Stryker Medical for annual maintenance and inspection of patient cots, loading systems and stair chairs.  (Fire Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Mills, made a motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $5,500 to Stryker Medical for annual maintenance and inspection of patient cots, loading systems and stair chairs.  (Fire Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Expenditure Approved.

  • Motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $7,220 to Physio-Control for annual service contract for cardiac monitors, AED’s and automated CPR machines.  (Fire Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marrie made a motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $7,220 to Physio-Control for annual service contract for cardiac monitors, AED’s and automated CPR machines.  (Fire Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Expenditure Approved.

  • Motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $37,270 to Lebanon Ford for purchase of 4-door Ford Explorer for Fire Department.  (Fire Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $37,270 to Lebanon Ford for purchase of 4-door Ford Explorer for Fire Department.  (Fire Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?  Just to be clear, Chief, can you say for the record what this purchase is for?

Chief Carcioppolo reported, this is an additional vehicle which will give us the ability to continue completing fire inspections as well as responding to emergency calls because we have four personnel on duty and we utilize a chase vehicle to chase the ambulance to calls so that that person, if there is an additional call, can leave the scene and come back or respond to an additional call.  With the creation of the Fire Prevention position, when a vehicle is out of service, we don’t have enough vehicle.  Right now we have a vehicle down and I am driving my wife’s mini-van.  This purchase will help us continue serving the public.

Council President Saponaro stated, very good.  Thank you. Any other discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Expenditure Approved.

  • Motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $11,000 to OP Aquatics for installation and freight of pedestals for diving well.  (Parks and Recreation Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marquardt, made a motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $11,000 to OP Aquatics for installation and freight of pedestals for diving well.  (Parks and Recreation Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Expenditure Approved.

  • Motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $18,000 to SPAN for 2017 dues.  (Police Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to authorize expenditure in the amount of $18,000 to SPAN for 2017 dues.  (Police Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Expenditure Approved.

  • Motion to go out to bid for rubbish and recycling. (Service Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to go out to bid for rubbish and recycling. (Service Department)

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Bidding Authorized.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-05, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing an Agreement with MetLife as and for an employee AD&D and life insurance program.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.  (Finance Department)

Mr. Marrie, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to suspend the rules of Council requiring an Ordinance to be read on three separate occasions.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Rules Suspended.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marrie, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2017-05.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

Mr. Wynne stated, our existing Agreement with MetLife expires at the end of March.  MetLife has agreed to renew for a two year term with no additional cost.

Council President Saponaro asked, does anyone have any other discussion points or questions?

There were none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-06, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing an Agreement with Delta Dental as and for an employee dental program.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.  (Finance Department)

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to suspend the rules of Council requiring an Ordinance to be read on three separate occasions.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Rules Suspended.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2017-06.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

Mr. Wynne stated, this also expires at the end of March. Delta Dental has agreed to renew for a two year term with no additional cost.

Council President Saponaro asked, any other discussion points?

There were none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-07, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance establishing the Parkview Recreation Complex Wages for the 2017 Season.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.  (Recreation Department)

Ordinance No. 2017-07 moved to Second Read.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-08, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance creating certain positions and compensation related thereto for the Village’s 2017 Summer Camp program.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.  (Recreation Department)

Ordinance No. 2017-08 moved to Second Read.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-09, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and President of Council to enter into a Purchase Agreement to purchase the real estate located at 586 S.O.M. Center Road.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.

Ordinance No. 2017-09 moved to Second Read.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-10, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and President of Council to enter into a Purchase Agreement to purchase the real estate located at 570 S.O.M. Center Road.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.

Ordinance No. 2017-10 moved to Second Read.

Council President Saponaro clarified, for everyone’s education, some of the things we have to do we have to pass because they are time-sensitive and if we have a deadline we have to pass an Ordinance by. Others, if we can keep them on for Three Readings, that’s what we want to do, so we are keeping these last four on Three Readings.  It will go through the normal process.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-11, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and President of Council to enter into a Plan Agreement that implements a Health Reimbursement Account for eligible Mayfield Village employees.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.

Mr. Jerome, seconded by Mr. Marrie, made a motion to suspend the rules of Council requiring an Ordinance to be read on three separate occasions.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Rules Suspended.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2017-11.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?

Mr. Wynne reported, as part of our health insurance renewal with the Cuyahoga County Regional Plan, we have decided to move away from the Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan we have to a Health Reimbursement account.  This is projected to save us about $60,000 a year based upon current plan utilization.  This is the Agreement with Enterprise Group Planning which is the company we hired through our insurance consultants to manage that program for us.

Council President Saponaro asked, any other discussion or questions?

There were none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

  • First Reading of Ordinance No. 2017-12, entitled, “An Emergency Ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor to enter into a Partnership Agreement among the communities of the Euclid Creek Watershed Council in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and the Euclid Creek Watershed Council.”  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole.

Mr. Jerome, seconded by Mr. Marrie, made a motion to suspend the rules of Council requiring an Ordinance to be read on three separate occasions.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Rules Suspended.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to enact Ordinance No. 2017-12.

Council President Saponaro asked, discussion?  This is for January 1st of this year.

Mr. Metzung stated, it’s a 4-year term.

Council President Saponaro stated, a 4-year term, through 2020.  Anyone have any questions?

There was none.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Ordinance Enacted.

PRESENTATION BY THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO WILLIAM D. THOMAS

Hello, I am Paul Byrne, I am the Executive Director of the Tri-Community CERT.  It’s a Community Emergency Response Team which is comprised of Mayfield Heights, Highland Heights and Mayfield Village.  We are now some 70 members strong.  We have received enormous support from Mayfield Village especially.  Chief Edelman and Chief Carcioppolo have been extraordinarily helpful.

We are here tonight to recognize Bill Thomas who has done an outstanding job supporting our team through many different activities.  Bill constantly contacted us and asked for our help for many events.  Bill was always very timely.  He was very thorough in giving us instructions.  We complied.  Bill, thank you very much for all your time and effort.  We appreciate all you have done.  Good luck on your retirement.

I am Pat Gregoric.   Bill is our biggest cheerleader.  He has always been very thankful and appreciative of all of our members.  Nobody, nobody does that better than Bill!

We have for Bill some emergency supplies in case he needs them.  You will find Bill with his flashlight.

Mr. Thomas stated, we are going to need you for Cruise Night and the Debbie Hudacko Run. Shane will take over.  Thank you very much.

Pat Gregoric stated, thank you for all you have done for us.

PRESENTATION BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL AS A WHOLE:

Mayor Bodnar stated, Bill, I would like to just suggest to you that Barb might need some of those emergency supplies, so you may want to share those.  It is my pleasure to be here tonight. On behalf of myself and on behalf of our Council, Administration, Department Heads and certainly everyone in Mayfield Village, I would like to propose the following:

  • Resolution No. 2017-04, entitled, “A resolution thanking Mayfield Village Parks and Recreation Director William D. Thomas for 18 years of dedicated service to Mayfield Village.  Introduced by Mayor Bodnar and Council as a Whole. (All Departments)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 1999, William D. “Bill” Thomas was hired by then-Mayor Bruce G. Rinker as Mayfield Village’s first Parks & Recreation Director; and

WHEREAS, before bringing his talents to Mayfield Village, Bill Thomas had already been enthusiastically dedicated to recreational programming for over 25 years, working in Orange, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights; and

WHEREAS, Bill Thomas has served the community of Mayfield Village with exceptional passion and commitment for over 18 years; and

WHEREAS, Mayfield Village and its residents have clearly benefitted and prospered as a result of the creation of the Parks & Recreation Department and Bill Thomas’s ability to program just about anything.  While the individual programs and events he has developed in the intervening years are too voluminous to name, suffice to say they have grown multifold; and

WHEREAS, Bill Thomas has accomplished so much more than programming:

  • After taking the position, Bill had only four months to oversee the construction of Parkview Pool (which at that point was not much more than a hole in the ground), hire necessary staff, develop policy and get the pool ready for the July Grand Opening.  He got it done.
  • In 1974, Bill Thomas helped found the “East Side Roundtable”, created to build support and cooperation among communities.  The Roundtable began with three communities, now includes 35 organizations, and is more active and vibrant than ever.
  • At the suggestion of resident Ann Regan, Bill developed the largest municipal program for persons with disabilities in the State of Ohio.  In 2010, Bill and Ann received the Milestones Appreciation Award for their efforts and, in 2012, the program was recognized for its excellence by the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association.
  • In 2013, Bill partnered with the Mayfield School District and his counterpart in Mayfield Heights, Sean Ward, to form Wildcat Sport & Fitness, a centralized fitness club promoting health and well-being in our community at an extremely low cost to residents.
  • Bill has been actively engaged with many local organizations including the East Side Recreation Roundtable, Ohio Parks & Recreation Association, Mayfield Special Olympics, Kiwanis Club, Mayfield Alliance and the Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Mayfield.  Bill has received much recognition over the years, mostly recently the 2016 Hillcrest Community Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon him by the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OHIO, THAT:

Parks & Recreation Director William Thomas be and is hereby recognized and congratulated for 18 years of dedicated and exceptional service to Mayfield Village.  On behalf of residents, business owners, department heads and staff, we wish him many years of health and happiness with his wife Barbara and their three lovely daughters.  Although he has officially retired, we know that he will never stop bringing his brand of energy to the Village and we look forward to seeing him perched on a lifeguard chair, with his ever-present smile, watching over us for many years to come.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Dr. Parker, made a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2016-04.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried. Resolution Adopted.

Mayor Bodnar presented the Resolution to Mr. Thomas.  Barb can join us, please.

Mr. Thomas stated, this is my wife, Barbara, of 41 years.

Mr. Thomas stated, I just have two words to my Department Heads.  This is Music to their Ears:  NO REPORT!  Shane will be doing that now.

Really, thank you all. This has been such a wonderful 18 years of my life.  I can’t think of any other community.  This is the best community to live in and to work in.  I thank Garry Regan and Bill Buckholtz for bringing the position to my attention and Mayor Rinker for supporting me and hiring me to this Department.  It has been just a wonderful time.  Thank you Mayor Bodnar, for all your support and Council.  When I started, Dr. Parker was here, Patsy was here and Bill Marquardt was here.  I have dealt with a lot of Council people over the years, but this is definitely one of the best.  Thank you all for all the support and everything.  I will still be around.  I don’t know if I will be in my Speedo at Parkview.

  • Executive Session

Council President Saponaro stated, we are going to let everyone mingle with Bill. Council has to go into Executive Session for hopefully a short session and then we will come back and continue the celebration after we come out of Executive Session and adjourn. You all should mingle and enjoy yourselves.

  • Motion to enter into Executive Session for a personnel matter relating to collective bargaining and benefits.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marrie, made a motion to enter into Executive Session for a personnel matter relating to collective bargaining and benefits.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried.

Council President Saponaro stated, there will be nothing to vote on when we come back.  We will just have to vote to come out of the Session.

Council went into Executive Session at 8:45 p.m.

Council returned from Executive Session at 9:10 p.m.

  • Motion to come out of Executive Session.

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Marrie, made a motion to come out of Executive Session.

ROLL CALL:

AYES: All
NAYS: None

Motion Carried.

ANY OTHER MATTERS:

Council President Saponaro asked, are there any other matters to come before Council?

There were no further matters.

ADJOURNMENT

Mrs. Mills, seconded by Mr. Jerome, made a motion to adjourn.

The meeting adjourned at  p.m.  The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017at 8:00 p.m.