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Peninsula Council discusses possible lease of Player’s Barn

10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Although there were many questions and much discussion about a proposed lease of the Player’s Barn to a community group, Peninsula Village Council deferred the issue until legal counsel can do further research.

During the Oct. 8 Peninsula Village Council meeting, Councilman Charles Moyer reported the village Planning Commission has reviewed the matter and recommended Council lease the building for five years to a community group willing to raise funds and make the building useable. However, the village solicitor told Council a license agreement with the organization may be a better option for the village, as it would allow the village more control over the property.

Councilwoman Dee Holody asked if a license agreement would be looked upon as favorably as a lease agreement when the organization applies for grants. Holody said the village has a vested interest in seeing the group succeed and did not want to hamper its efforts to maintain more control of the building.

The matter was referred back to the Planning Commission. Moyer said the Planning Commission would have a recommendation for Council at the November meeting.

In other news, Councilman Dan Schneider reported the committee to choose a police chief has narrowed the candidates from four to three and will be interviewing those candidates in the next week.

Fiscal Officer John Stiegel told Council the village will see a 5.7 percent increase in its medical insurance premium for 2013.

Holody questioned if Council had enacted legislation to pass half the increase on to employees. She said she was in favor of waiving the increase to employees this year since the increase was minimal.

Stiegel said he would research the matter.

An auction of obsolete or unneeded village equipment will be held Nov. 17. Among the items to be sold are Peninsula’s first traffic signal and 100-year-old windows removed from village hall in a recent replacement project. Council approved auctioning two trucks via the website www.govdeals.com.

In other business, Council:

• had a first reading of amendments to the village zoning ordinance regulating fences. The amendments would limit fence height to 4 feet in the front of properties in the R-1 and R-2 (Residential) districts and add a clause regarding allowable fencing materials. A public hearing on the amendments will take place Dec. 10 at 6:45 p.m. in the Council meeting room;

• heard from Schneider that the Valley Fire District promoted two firefighters to the rank of lieutenant. Nick Zamiska is first lieutenant and Scott Duber is second lieutenant;

• agreed to donate obsolete mobile and hand-held analog radios to Richfield Village for use in the Road Department;

• approved an agreement between the village and Summit County for a grant of up to $7,500 for demolition of residential properties, including asbestos removal, if required. There is no match for the grant, according to Stiegel;

• reiterated village trick-or-treat will take place Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The village Halloween party with costume contests will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodridge Intermediate School. Costume judging will be at 8 p.m.;

• authorized the fiscal officer to begin researching leases for two police cars. Leases would commence in 2013;

• had a third reading of a zoning ordinance to remove language referring to the Summit County Department of Building Standards and adopted the ordinance; and

• continued nominations for the village Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be accepted at the November meeting from Council members and community members.

Council’s next regular meeting will take place Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council room of Peninsula Village Hall, at the corner of state Route 303 and Akron-Peninsula Road.

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