GREENWAY ESTATES POND:
After reviewing the many drainage improvement needs of the City, Public Service Director Meier, Engineer Kuhn and I have prioritized the top five(5) projects that warrant consideration. We based the prioritization on the following criteria:
- Public Health and Safety Concerns (flooding)
- Past (and potential) Damage to Real and Personal Property
- Population Density.
Based on the above criteria, the top five (5) are:
- Greenway Estates Drainage Pond*
- Hayes Place Storm Sewers**
- Parc Du Langlade drainage Pond***
- Wolf Creek Storm Sewers****
- Turnberry Estates Drainage Pond*****
* The Greenway Estates Pond is at the top of the list because it has flooded in the past causing damage to homes in the area. The area is also served by a somewhat undersized storm water line making it more prone to flooding. In addition, the City already owns the 4 acres on which a pond would be dug. Also, a letter was mailed in June of 2012 announcing to Greenway Estate homeowners that a retention pond would be dug that summer.
Using the three criteria specified above we have concluded that this is the number one (1) priority for utilizing storm water funds within the City of Northwood.
**Hayes Place (consisting of the streets immediately north of city hall) is in need of new storm sewers as they are undersized. We recently applied for CDBG funding for a portion of this area but unfortunately were placed on the stand-by list. To replace all of the storm sewers in this area would be costly so I would propose that when we address this we do so in three phases.
Using the three criteria specified above we have concluded that this is the number two (2) priority for utilizing storm water funds within the City of Northwood.
***Parc Du Langlade has had flooding and damage in the past and faces two issues. The first one involves the maintenance/replacement of the existing pumps and control panel and the second one deals with the size of the detention/retention pond which should be increased. This project can also be done in phases.
Using the three criteria specified above we have concluded that this is the number three (3) priority for utilizing storm water funds within the City of Northwood.
****Wolf Creek has no storm sewer and the existing drainage pattern (swale and small ditch leading to Curtice Road ditch) has become obstructed with debris over time.
Using the three criteria specified above we have concluded that this is the number four (4) priority for utilizing storm water funds within the City of Northwood.
*****Turnberry Estates has had flooding in the past and also faces issues caused by undersized storm sewer lines. However, if the Greenway Estates project is completed, some of the pressure should be taken off of the Turnberry storm sewer burden.
Using the three criteria specified above we have concluded that this is the number five (5) priority for utilizing storm water funds within the City of Northwood.
ORDINANCES 2013-17 PROVIDING FOR THE COMPENDSATION OF 24/7 Fire/EMT 807 PROGRAM NON-UNION MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL:
This item has been referred to the finance committee for discussion and recommendation.
It is my understanding that since the inception of the 24/7 fire/EMS coverage in January 2012, the Northwood Fire Department staff has provided 24/7 EMS coverage. The 2013 budget was approved with raises for EMS personnel working in the 807 program. When the 24/7 EMS program was established, department personnel agreed to start the program with everyone making the same pay. This meant a member with a higher level of EMS training and rank was making the same $12.00 an hour as a basic EMT. This practice continues today. The understanding was that this would be addressed in 2013.
Therefore, the fire chief is proposing a wage modification based on a member’s level of EMS training. There will be no additional modification based on a member’s level of fire training. In addition, a member holding an officer’s position would also see a slight increase based on their rank to help compensate for their increased responsibility on emergency scenes and leadership expectations.
PROPERTY/LIABILITY INSURANCE BIDS:
Staff solicited bids for the renewal of our property/liability insurance policy which expires July 9, 2013.
We received two competitive quotes and a third quote with and indefinite amount based upon what the other two companies bid.
Our current insurer, Wells Fargo (Dayton office) representing Argonaut Insurance, quoted a renewal price of $50,945.00 for the period 7-9-13 through 7-8-14.
For the same period, Stapleton Insurance (Toledo office) representing the Ohio Plan, quoted $52,940.00.
Even though the Ohio Plan is $1,995.00 more expensive, it offers more advantages to the City than the Argonaut Insurance coverage. For example the Ohio Plan offers higher coverage amounts for general, law enforcement, automobile and public official liability (5 million / 3 million) than the Argonaut plan. It also offers our local officials liability coverage to be placed on an “occurrence” basis instead of “claims made” basis. They also offer a 12 year “tail” endorsement which will allow coverage for claims which may have occurred prior to the effective date of the policy (which the city has no knowledge of). They also offer a “safety allowance” that allows us to receive discounts in premium price. In addition, they are a local agency.
It is for these reasons that staff is recommending that the city purchase this coverage policy form Stapleton Insurance representing the Ohio Plan.
Motion: Allow the City Administrator to sign all necessary paperwork to purchase property/liability insurance for the City of Northwood for the period 7/9/2013 through 7/8/2014 from The Stapleton Insurance Group representing the Ohio Plan as shown.
Motion by Council Member Edwards, Second by Gallaher: Motion Passed:
WALES ROAD CLOSURE:
By way of reminder: Part of Wales Road between Oram Road and East Broadway will remain closed through November, 2013 as a part of a multi-million dollar ODOT project aimed at alleviating traffic problems on Wales Road. Local access will be maintained throughout the project.
Droulliard Road at Wales Road will remain open through July.