CASPIAN—At the City Commission’s reorganizational meeting on Jan. 8, Tony Dallavalle was selected as mayor for 2014.
City Manager John Stokoski asked the commissioners for nominations for mayor. Both Dallavalle and Gary Sabol were nominated. The commissioners then voted, with three votes for Dallavalle and two for Sabol. Colleen Smetak was selected as mayor pro tem.
Mark Stauber and Jody Menghini took their oaths of office as city commissioners.
During the reorganizational meeting, Dallavalle approved the city committees as presented with the only changes being the addition of Steven Saylor as resident director at the Community Center Recreation Committee and the removal of Brian Ingram as resident director. It was noted that Ancella Thurston had resigned from the committee.
Commissioner Sabol made a motion to put bids out for this year’s audit. The motion was supported and approved.
Menghini made a motion that the city also put bids out on the legal consultant and received support. However, she rescinded the motion after other commissioners suggested she take more time to decide and bring it up at a later time.
The reorganizational meeting ended with the approval of the investment policy adoption and a discussion to look into the repair of M-189 to Raven’s Road and Berkshire Road. The city will look into bids to fix the two roads.
During its regular monthly meeting, which followed the reorganizational meeting, commissioners discussed the quick response time to a recent 3 a.m. fire by the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department, which responded in eight minutes.
However, the commissioners were concerned about the U.P. Power Co.’s response to that fire. According to Sabol, it took UPPCO an hour and a half to respond.
Stokoski will write to UPPCO regarding its slow response time to local fires and ask why it took so long to arrive at the fire.
“The fire department did a really good job,” Stokoski said. “I’m really proud of you guys. You got out there at 3 a.m. when it’s subzero and nobody was hurt.”
“Hats off to the volunteers,” Stauber said.
According to the manager’s report, Darren Gill has been trapping for the city of Caspian near Leo Remondini Park. As of Dec. 31, he has trapped seven beaver between 20 and 55 pounds along with two otters and two bobcats.
Stokoski noted in his report that it has been difficult for the Department of Public Works (DPW) to remove ice from roads because of the low temperatures don’t allow road salt to do its job. The generator has been starting and running like it should, even in subzero weather.
The board approved the payment for MML Liability Insurance in the amount of $12,466. A rebate check will be received in the amount of $1,600.
The board approved the ordinance 1-5 fees of $25. A public hearing was held before the meeting, but no one was present.
Stokoski presented the board with information on the second health care increase and the library board financials.
The board approved disbursements of $86,433.