The Council of the Village of Riverlea met on the above date via Zoom teleconference software. The following Council members were present: Mayor Eric A. MacGilvray, Marc J. Benevento, Scott K. Gordon, Kathy E. McClintock, Ted C. Miller, Leah M. Pyter, and Dan Schlichting. Also present were Gregory Bonk, Web Manager, Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer, L. Leah Reibel, Solicitor, and William P. Charles, Street Commissioner. Guests of Council were Sidney and Scott Reed. At 7:02 p.m., the Mayor called the meeting to order.
Eagle Scout Project
Riverlea resident Sidney Reed and his father Scott Reed were in attendance to discuss the completion of the Adirondack chairs that Sidney had completed for his Eagle Scout project. Sidney had completed a total of four chairs, to be installed in two sets of two. As part of the installation of these chairs, they could be attached to either stakes in the ground or to nearby trees with rope to prevent theft. Sidney Reed showed Council several spots in Circle Park that would work for the installation of these chairs. Council agreed that the two trees at the northwest part of the park were the best option and left the decision of how to secure the trees up to the Reeds. Sidney Reed stated that as part of the project, he would be mulching the trees in the park as well. Council thanked Sidney for his work on behalf of the Village.
The minutes of the Council meeting of August 17, 2020 were not read since each member had received a copy. McClintock moved and Schlichting seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Clerk-Treasurer
Pyter moved and Miller seconded the motion to approve the payment of bills and to accept the financial reports for August 2020 as submitted by the Clerk-Treasurer. The motion carried (6-0).
Report of the Mayor
- The Mayor announced that he had sent a newsletter to all Village residents informing them about the upcoming levies. He also stated that there would be a public forum to discuss the levies in Circle Park on September 27.
- The Mayor stated that the decision on whether to hold trick or treating was being left up to localities this year and that Riverlea would follow Worthington’s lead on the decision. This would likely be on Thursday, October 29.
- The Mayor stated that about $650K of CARES Act funding would be distributed to small localities on a per capita basis and that Riverlea would likely be eligible for some of this funding. More information will follow.
- The Mayor noted that the flag at High & Southington had been removed and the flag pole is broken. Miller said that he would inquire about replacing this with the Flag Lady.
Report of the Solicitor
- The Solicitor stated that she had drafted a resolution of appreciation for Catherine Simon for her work in arranging for good trucks to visit the Village over the summer.
- The Solicitor stated that she is working with the Planning Commissioner on the pool ordinance for the Village. As part of this, she had researched similar legislation in other neighboring municipalities. This updated ordinance is forthcoming.
Report of the Street Commissioner
- The Street Commissioner reported that he had attended the Planning Commission meeting in September, at which the building of a new house at 131 Southington was approved. He stated that he was there to make sure that the builder was aware of the requirements around such a project within the Village.
- The Street Commissioner stated that there had been no progress on the maintenance project for the lift station and associated generator installation.
- The Street Commissioner noted that there had been an issue at the lift station in which one of the pumps was not working. By the time it was inspected, the pump had cleared itself.
- Gordon asked the Street Commissioner if something needed to be done about the various gouges in the new roads throughout the Village to prevent them from cracking. The Street Commissioner stated that he would speak with Jim Dippel of Burgess & Niple about this.
Report of the Planning Commissioner
The Clerk-Treasurer stated that the commission had approved the building of a new home at 131 W Southington at their meeting in September.
Comments from Residents on Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on agenda items.
- Committee on Infrastructure
- Benevento, the Chair of the Committee stated that the committee had not met and that they planned on meeting in October to discuss one more round of revisions to the asset management plan.
- The Chair of the Committee stated that crews would be finishing the rest of the concrete curb and apron work from the infrastructure project over the next few weeks.
- Committee on Communications
Gordon, the Chair of the Committee, stated that the committee had not met and that he had received positive feedback from several residents on the newsletters that had been sent out with information on the upcoming levies.
- Web Manager
The Web Manager stated that he had been keeping the site up to date and that he was able to use the information from the directories to do a mail merge for the labels for the newsletter.
McClintock asked if the Council was interested in holding the luminary event again this year. She said that the Village could proceed with ordering the luminaries and decide on whether or not to have a gathering at a later time. Council agreed to proceed with the ordering of the luminaries.
- Resolution 2020-11
Resolution 2020-11, A Resolution of Appreciation for Catherine Simon for her Service to the Residents of the Village of Riverlea, and to Declare an Emergency was introduced by McClintock. McClintock moved and Pyter seconded the motion to waive the three readings of the resolution in order to give this resolution to Ms. Simon in a timely manner. The motion passed (6-0). McClintock moved and Pyter seconded the motion to approve the resolution. The motion passed (6-0).
Benevento moved and Schlichting seconded the motion to authorize the following expenditures:
$247.50 – Gudenkauf – Water & gas line locating
$336.49 – Eric MacGilvray – Levy newsletter expenses
The motion was approved unanimously (6-0).
Comments from Residents on Non-Agenda Items
There were no comments from residents on non-agenda items.
Next Meeting Announcement
The next regular meeting will be Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom teleconference.
There being no further business, McClintock moved and Pyter seconded the motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (6-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 p.m.
Joshua C. Mehling, Clerk-Treasurer
Eric A. MacGilvray, Mayor