President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order January 19, 2005, at 7:00 p.m.

 

            The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.   Mr. Knox gave the invocation.

 

            Mr. Knox took roll call.  Present were Council members Danbury, Galster, Pollitt, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear. 

 

            The minutes of January 5, 2005 were approved with seven affirmative votes.

 

            Mr. Squires nominated Tom Vanover to be vice-president of Council for this year.  There were no other nominations. Mr. Vanover was awarded the position by acclamation.

 

            COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS

            Civil Service Commission                                                      -           no report

Rules and Laws                                                                      -           no report

Public Relations                                                                      -           no report

Public Health, Safety & Welfare                                              -           no report

 

Public Works – Mr. Wilson said there is no change in status for the 2004 street program.  The Lawnview Avenue construction will start in early April 2005.

                                                                                           

Public Utilities                                                                          -           no report

                                                                                           

Capital Improvements – Mr. Danbury said a water main tie-in on the CSX project should be completed by mid February.  A sheet pile wall installation on the west end of the temporary railroad will be done this winter. 

                                                                                           

Finance Committee                                                                -           no report         

Planning Commission – Mr. Galster reported the Bergman Group who was requesting a sign for the Tri-County Beltway Center sent a letter in asking that it be tabled.  Staples was scheduled to come in with a new landscape plan.  The Perrins were represented by their son and an attorney who had requested that we look not only at the landscape but that they modify the driveway from what was approved at Planning Commission back to the driveway configuration that is existing today.  Based on safety concerns and the fact that there was no presentation of materials as to why they weren’t proceeding with what was approved, the vote to approve was denied 7-0.

                                                                                                

Board of Zoning Appeals                                                         -           no report

                                                                                           

Board of Health – Ms. Pollitt said the first focus group for the data assessment was held and went well.  The SOS meeting has been scheduled for January 26. This will be a conduit for people who need services to organizations who can provide those services.  There will be a speaker series at the Community Center.  February 17 is Heart Health, and April 7 is Are You Stressed? Twenty people visited the mammography      van in January.

 

Veteran’s Memorial Committee                                              -           no report

 

O-K-I  - Mr. Knox said I attended the meeting last week and it came to my mind that nobody knows what OKI is except the people who are on the board.  OKI is an agency that brings together nine counties so plans can be made.  A plan shown at the last meeting showed what is needed in the next twenty years in the area of transportation and roadways.  They give their best opinion on how to proceed.

                                                                                           

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Webster said OKI is a very critical component when you are trying to acquire funds for projects, especially transportation projects. 

 

Mayor Webster continued saying we received e-mails and notes  commending the staff on the snow and ice removal.  We have spent $39,973 on snow and ice removal so far this winter.  That’s split 50/50 in salaries and materials.  Our salt dome has the capacity for 2400 tons.  We started the year at 2200 tons.  We have 1600 tons left.  We lost some calcium but we’re at full capacity.

 

Mayor Webster stated the Food for Fines was a successful program.  Wal-Mart found out we were having this program and offered ten $150 gift cards to give to ten needy families.  We want to commend Wal-Mart for their involvement in our community.  We had 240 citations issued where people took advantage of the program.  We had to forego $9,064 in fines.  The proceeds were donated to Soul Ministries and Vineyard Church food banks.

 

Clerk of Council/Finance Director                                          -           no report

                                                                                           

Administrator’s Report – Mr. Osborn said part of a gabion wall has collapsed at Beaver Run Creek.  The wall was installed in the late 1970s.  We’ve had a contractor out to give us an estimated cost on repair.  We are applying for emergency funding from FEMA.  The wall protects residential properties and I think it’s important to get that wall up as soon as possible.

 

Mr. Osborn said Dave Butsch and Mr. Knox will be attending a meeting on January 28 where representatives of local jurisdictions will be briefed on how to make application for reimbursement.  Under FEMA policy when a snow declaration is made local jurisdictions can recover their costs for any forty-eight hour period. 

 

Mr. Osborn stated Cincinnati Water Works intends to put a water main down Chesterdale Road to Kemper, over Kemper to SR 747 and down SR 747 to Glendale.  The first leg of that work is scheduled to start any day.  We have been insisting that Water Works provide us with a performance bond to secure the restoration on that project and that was tendered to us today. 

 

Mr. Osborn reported the Corps of Engineers has been undertaking a general re-evaluation report on the Mill Creek for the last twenty years.  The Corps is recommending a modified channel alternative.  This has a cost of just over $606 million.  On this option the federal government would fund $429,000,879 and the local jurisdictions would have to find funding in the amount $176,921,000.  We all had a great deal of interest in the deep tunnel approach that was being proposed by MSD.  The numbers on that project are even more severe.  The price tag is $1.6 billion.  That would leave $1.2 billion for the locals to pick up.  The Corps is taking comments on their proposal through the end of this month.  There will be a special meeting tomorrow night of the Mill Creek Watershed Council where all stakeholders are invited.  The Army Corps will not be there so we will be able to have a frank and open discussion. 

 

Mr. Osborn said we are revising our snow emergency policy to reflect the designations of snow emergencies into levels one, two and three.  In an effort to get a better handle on this issue, the Hamilton County EMA (Emergency Management Agency) called a meeting yesterday of all jurisdictions so that we can all try to be consistent in how we define these various levels.  The County Sheriff is the one who is empowered to declare a snow emergency county-wide.  We will be working along these lines over the next month or two and see how much consensus can be built among the other 35-40 jurisdictions in the county, but ultimately, I think we will try to be as consistent as we can with the County Sheriff’s model unless Hamilton County EMA steps in and produces a model for the entire county as well.                                                         

 

Mr. Vanover asked was the gabion wall that collapsed one that had been undercut and just finally gave out?

 

Mr. Osborn replied I don’t know if that was the entire problem or probably the weight of all the heavy soil it was trying to restrain.  My guess would be the tie-backs that go into the hill have rusted through and there was nothing holding the gabions back.

 

Mr. Vanover asked was any thought given to re-enforcement on the face of that to help break the current channel driving into that?

 

Mr. Osborn answered I think it was ground saturation and failure on the part of the tie-backs.  I wouldn’t recommend going to a different technology as we have done in other parts of that creek simply because this is hard up against private property.  We have very limited room behind the wall with which to work without affecting private property. 

 

Mr. Vanover stated I received a letter from CWW and the first line says in order to provide better service to their customers.  That water line is for Butler County.  

 

Mr. Osborn said I had that same argument with Cincinnati Water Works and I still feel the same way.  They contend that because it helps loop the system better it is a secondary benefit to us as well, although we’re not taking any distribution off of it. 

 

Ms. Pollitt said if you live in an area where a vehicle is not supposed to be parked on the street during a snow emergency please move it off so the snow plows can do their job.  I know sometimes the police have had them pulled off the streets.  That just adds more work at a time when they are already overworked.

 

Mr. Osborn said we try to avoid towing vehicles.  They run the license, get the address and try to get the people to move them.  If we do have to tow, we try to tow it to a clean street.  That’s our last step and we don’t do it very frequently.

 

Mr. Danbury asked what is the construction timetable for the water main construction?

 

Mr. Osborn replied I don’t know now because it was originally supposed to kick off last June.  It seems like the Butler County and Chesterdale Road part is a little over one construction season.  The Kemper Road and SR 747 would be broken down into separate construction seasons.  They wouldn’t want to open up that much without being able to get through a whole construction season.  I think it will take two to three construction seasons to get it all done.  There is a blackout period from November through December.

 

Law Director’s Report                                                             -           no report         

Engineer’s Report                                                                   -           no report

 

            COMMUNICATIONS

 

            Mr. Knox stated the level one snow emergency means that the roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.  At level two the same is true and only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadway and you should contact your employer to see if you should report to work.   Level three is all municipal, township, county and state roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel.  You shouldn’t be out there and you could be arrested if you are out there. 

 

            We received a letter from Cinergy stating that they are making application for an increase in electrical distribution rates.  You can read about that in your newspaper.  That will take effect in January 2006 if approved.

 

            We have two letters about the sound walls.  They will be available in my office for anyone who would like to read them.  One is against the sound walls being proposed by the City of Forest Park.   The other one takes the Council to task for things that were said.  They are in favor of the sound wall. 

 

            Mr. Galster said the one in favor is from Mr. and Mrs. Maymir who were present at the Council meeting when the vote took place.  I have received a couple of phone calls from residents, one in favor of the walls and one opposed.

 

            COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE

 

            Monny Mack, 911 Summerfield Lane, said I-275 is expanding in 2007.  Seventy percent of the people responding to the state survey are in favor of the sound walls.  Many residents were not aware of the meeting in November to discuss the issues of the sound walls, nor of the decision made by City Council.  The City rejected having the sound walls installed.  The major objections were that the walls would reflect noise and that they were not pretty.  I called the State of Ohio to verify the reflection of the sound.  I was told that with the new technology, the walls will absorb over eighty percent of the noise.   I was also informed that Forest Park is installing the walls.  This is not a subject that we can take lightly.  The State says that it is not too late for the City to change its mind.

 

            Joyce Walker, 11838 Woodvale Court, stated I attended all the meetings with the representatives from the State.  I was very shocked to find out the City had voted against the proposal for the walls.  With the construction there is going to be a lot of noise.  I asked if the noise would bounce back and was assured that it would not.  I am asking Council to reconsider your decision.

 

            Jerry Bridgeford, 203 Centerbury Court, said I live in Olde Gate and am not affected by the walls one way or the other.  However, I am well aware that in other parts of the country they have put them in and found they protect residents from sound, in particular, trucks at night.  Those parts of the highway that are backing up to residential areas are going to incur major sound from trucks.  Every place I’ve been in the country they have considered the sound walls to be very helpful.

 

            David Traut, 845 Summerfield Lane, stated you probably received an e-mail from me regarding sound walls.  I have to concur with everybody else here.  The newer technology is effective, and I challenge Council to go to places in Columbus and Cleveland where they have installed walls relatively recently, and look at both the design and effectiveness.  You are not going to eliminate the sound but will it make it bearable for the residents along the highway.  The answer is yes.

 

            Mr. Wilson said I listened to the residents in the audience, but no one asked what effect it would have on residents 500 feet away or two blocks away.  I think we have to take that into consideration as well.   Something is going to bounce over.  Council did not flat out say we did not want the walls.  We asked for other options like earthen barriers. 

 

            Mr. Galster stated Ms. Walker mentioned that ODOT assured her there would be no bounce-back.  My recollection was that when ODOT was here they said just the opposite.  These walls have a sound absorption material that is put on at the factory.  They cannot be repaired.  They cannot be painted if they are damaged.  This is not a sponge that will suck the sound out of the interstate, but it also does not throw it back and forth anywhere near the amount the old design did.  But there are also additional problems with getting ODOT out to repair the panels if they get damaged.  There are some places along I-275 where we have edge of payment, guardrail, wall.  It’s a tunnel affect as you come into the SR 4 exit.  There will be damage to that material if anything should fly off the road or a car accident.  I’ve watched the repair history of walls regardless of surface, and it always seem to be lacking.  I went to the meeting last summer.  I asked the gentleman last summer if you are going to install these walls and you didn’t have to worry about financial restraints, what would you do?  He said they would put them up at an angle and deflect the sound up into the air.  It costs too much to put it at an angle.  Just because the State or federal government decides that there is money available, I don’t necessarily agree that all of it needs to be spent.   I can’t tell the State that I would like to see that money spent on education instead of sometimes sound walls that will not necessarily be effective.  Eventually they will run out of money to pay for this.   From what I saw from ODOT’s presentation we saw a 4 decibel reduction in what I consider their best case scenarios.  That’s not a significant drop although I’ve talked to people who told me if you drop it ten percent of decibels it cuts it in half.  They are looking at a five percent cut. 

 

            Mr. Vanover said one of the problems with their efficiencies is that there will be higher sections on one side and unless you build the walls equal on both sides you will have the bounce over.  If they absorb sixty percent, then forty percent of that sound is still out there maneuvering.  When you build a box you are building an amplifier.  You are now increasing because they are now bouncing faster.  A four decibel reduction if I recall right, is a whisper conversation, so you are taking a whisper out.  When that jake brake breaks loose that whisper isn’t going to make any difference.  Unless somebody can give me a better return on the dollar I haven’t seen any benefit.

 

            Ms. Pollitt said I have seen the walls in the Columbus area that have the trees by them.  They do look very nice.  Those walls are adjacent to a landfill.  There are no homes there.  I’ve seen walls in nice looking condition and I’ve seen walls in very bad repair.  My recollection from that meeting is that we had instructed ODOT that we would like to see what they can do with landscaping and trees.  I think that’s more aesthetically pleasing.  There has to be some sound deadening qualities to the foliage and the wood of the trees.

 

            Mr. Danbury said our job is to try to make the lives of all of our citizens better.  If we were absolutely convinced that these walls would eliminate to a great extent all issues of noise, and would be well maintained and the State would pay for it, we would be crazy not to do it.  They did not convince me that these are effective forms of eliminating the noise.   The walls take a geographic area that is affected by noise and spread it out, so we now have more households that are affected.  If we could outlaw jake brakes that would be a great thing. 

 

            Mayor Webster stated various Council members have done a very good job of articulating what we perceived as unanswered questions and problems with the walls.  There was no case made that would address those concerns.  The one thing we did know for sure from the pictures and diagrams is that there would be sections of Springdale that would be the same as the Lockland canyon.  I don’t thing any of us sitting up here wanted to see a canyon in Springdale on I-275.  The State did assure us that they will put a substantial amount of money into vegetation landscaping and trees.  That’s not going to tremendously  decrease the decibel level, but it will be more aesthetically pleasing than the walls.

 

            Mr. Galster said just prior to the meeting with ODOT, there was a publication in reference to diesel fumes and how this particular area is high for the percentage of homes that are affected by diesel fumes.  Nobody from ODOT can tell me what the walls will do in reference to these fumes. 

 

            Mrs. McNear said Council did not take the decision lightly.  I assure you we have not.  We’ve all been to meetings and done a lot of homework on this.  We just weren’t convinced it was the best solution for everybody.

 

            Mr. Mack said the minutes from the October 6 meeting said Mr. Clark from ODOT said their model predicted an average 8.4 reduction in decibels.  Ten percent reduction in decibels is equivalent to half.  We know that trees have to be really dense to make an impact.  Twelve years ago we were not talking about expanding the highway.  If not walls, then what?  We need to protect the interests of the residents.  What happens to Springdale when the Forest Park walls go up?

 

            Mr. Galster said there was confusion at the meeting.  Sometimes they were talking about decibels and sometimes percentages.  

 

            Mr. Bridgeport said I heard your introduction and reply.  My feeling was you didn’t know nothing.  You had some limited information and you’re saying it really isn’t available.  You mean the State of Ohio, Highway Department, the City of Cincinnati, those areas that have these things, do not have any meaningful information you could use to make your decision on. 

 

            Mr. Vanover replied we had questions that the State of Ohio could not answer.  We had concerns that they could not give us a reliable answer to.  If we can’t get answers, why spend the money.

 

            Mr. Knox stated nobody from ODOT offered any testimony from people who live near the sound walls.  Why didn’t they have that?  I don’t believe it exists.  This Council doesn’t believe it exists either.

 

            Mr. Vanover said the best solution to cutting the noise is cutting the traffic.  Just last year there was a mass transit proposal on the ballot and Hamilton County resoundly said no.  It wasn’t worth what it was going to cost us.  We all made decisions on what we had.  We left it that we would like to have other options from the State but to date we have not had any communication back from them.

 

            Mr. Osborn said I thought the way it was left was that Council gave them direction that they would prefer the planting as opposed to the wall, but I don’t recall any obligation on the part of ODOT to come back with additional options.

 

            Mr. Traut said I live where the Forest Park walls are going up.  That part of the City will be bombarded with not only normal noise but whatever boundes.  Please do research on the trees.   They are not effective and may actually increase certain noise.  

 

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

ORDINANCE NO. 4-2005  SETTING COMPENSATION FOR DECEMBER 1, 2007, AND THEREAFTER FOR THE OFFICES OF MAYOR, CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL, COUNCIL MEMBER”

 

      Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.

 

      Mayor Webster said this takes affect December 1,2007 which guarantees that no member of the elected family sitting up here would be assured of benefiting from this increase.  It was done the same way as last time.  This constitutes an eight percent increase over the four years which is two percent a year.  The impact on the budget will be $5951.

 

      Ordinance 4-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 5-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH BALESTRA, HARR & SCHERER, CPA’S, INC., FOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING SERVICES FOR THE AUDITS FOR YEAR-ENDED 2004 THROUGH YEAR-ENDED 2008”

 

      Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.

     

      Ordinance 5-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

ORDINANCE NO. 6-2005 “AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF 1.08 ACRES BOUNDED BY 148.01’ ON WEST KEMPER ROAD, 311.34 ON HICKORY STREET AND 146.5’ ON CHERRY STREET FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – HIGH DENSITY (RSH-H) TO RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – HIGH DENSITY – TRANSITION OVERLAY (RSH-H-T) AND TO CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF 2.50 ACRES FRONTING 284.11’ ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WEST KEMPER ROAD FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – LOW DENSITY (RSH-L) TO RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – LOW DENSITY – TRANSITION OVERLAY (RSH-L-T)”

 

      Mr. Galster made a motion to read by title only and Mr. Danbury seconded.  The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

      Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.

 

Jeff Pearson, Childress & Cunningham Inc., said we are currently working with two clients who are both interested in developing properties that are affected by this ordinance.  We would take down the deteriorating building at 311 West Kemper and replace with new construction.  In another case we would be using the residential building.  In all cases we feel very comfortable meeting the requirements and guidelines of the transitional overlay which include landscape screening the buildings and breaking up the parking areas.  We see this as a new opportunity to bring in small businesses and services.

 

Jim Knollman, 305 West Kemper Road said my property is part of the re-zoning.  Mr. McErlane, the Building Official, went over the drawings and questions I had.  What really concerns me is the proposed Pregnancy Care Center that is going in my backyard.  I don’t feel that is a good use of that land.  We don’t need businesses going down Kemper Road.  My neighbor, Mrs. Grieshop, was very concerned about the Pregnancy Care Center going in.  She has children and doesn’t want her children to see it.   I have concerns about lighting, the parking lot, strangers being there in the evening.  I don’t know if that’s in the best interest of Springdale.

 

Mayor Webster said I’m just wondering if anyone is unaware of which lots we’re talking about.

 

Mr. Galster said we’re talking about having  a transitional overlay on top of the residential.  It doesn’t change the residential use.  All the zoning requirements, setbacks and buffers are still intact on each of these properties.  Recently we had the school come before City Council.  They are tearing down the old school and expanding to the east.   The property we are dealing with tonight is directly across the street from the school.  There are two ill-maintained, crackerbox houses directly next to the church.  The third property is Mrs. Todd’s property which is a nice, two-story brick building.   Mr. Knollman’s residence is in front of the back panhandle of Mrs. Todd’s property.  There is one additional residence on Hickory that was included also to square the property off.   Planning Commission thought an improvement was needed.  The City Planner thought a transitional-overlay was the proper designation.  I personally don’t want to see it continue down any further than it is here tonight.  Because of the school’s location I think this is probably a more proper fit.  Planning has seen two conceptual preliminary plans; dentists on one section of the property and the Pregnancy Care Center.  Conceptually they had shown another tenant but I would like to see it stay as is.   But those are separate issues because a plan would have to come before Planning Commission and that is a separate issue from the overlay itself.  If the overlay is approved any development can come forward for use on those particular sites.

 

Leanne Russell, Springdale resident and volunteer at Pregnancy Care Center said I wish to address the concerns of the previous speaker about the type of facility that might go in.  I have two children, ages 5 and 8 and I have no qualms about taking my children into the center.  Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati is an organization that offers help, hope and healing to those who have pregnancy related concerns.  We are not a medical facility.  We do not perform abortions and we do not refer for abortions.  We offer women who come in the opportunity to have a free pregnancy test to verify their pregnancy, and the opportunity to obtain services at no cost.  We exist to help and support the community.  We encourage Council to support the zoning change.

 

Mr. Galster said any plan that would come before Planning in this district will be residential in style.  Traffic numbers would be important.  Lighting will be addressed.  We will be overprotective of residential uses.  We will make sure the transition is smooth.

 

Ms. Pollitt asked when would your busiest times be?

 

Ms. Russell said it is to our detriment to have the facility scheduled extra busy.  We have two client rooms at our current location.

 

Mrs. Pollitt asked do you have evening hours?

 

Ms. Russell replied that varies by facility.  The current facility hours vary from day to day.

 

Mrs. Todd stated I am the owner of the property.  I have been Jim’s neighbor for many years and the other Jim who isn’t here.  I don’t think he will notice much difference because there is so much honeysuckle across his back property that you can’t see through anyway.  I feel very pleased and would be proud of a community that would allow a Pregnancy Care Center to come in.  The new dental office will be an improvement to that property.

 

Mr. Bridgeport, Olde Gate, said our concern is for the people in that area.  It is too early for us to get answers.  I’m just interested that it doesn’t affect residents who live in Olde Gate.

 

Mr. Galster responded Olde Gate would be no different than any other single family residents.  They have a good tree and shrub line.  You might see more trees or shrubbery.  You might see a light pole but those will be kept to a minimum.  The glare and spillover of light will be contained on their site.

 

Mr. Danbury said when I first heard what was proposed I was against it because I didn’t want to see anymore development going down Kemper Road at the expense of residential.  But you are going to see any difference.  It will be the same residential integrity that you see now.

 

Mr. Vanover said you are welcome to come to Planning Commission anytime.  It’s another chance to see it in action, get the true feedback and see the plan as it comes to fruition.

 

Tom Rielage, 11756 Neuss Avenue, said I have been aware of Pregnancy Care and their function for several years.  Concerns over the appearance of the place or high activity level are ill founded.

 

Mayor Webster said I am in the process of forming a service organization called SOS (Springdale Offering Service).  This organization will be comprised of several of the area’s service organizations like the Lions’ Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, churches, two food pantries and also Pregnancy Care of Cincinnati.  We’re very pleased that we will have an organization in the City that provides the kind of support that they do for people who really need that.  The organization will try to match up people in need with people who can provide the service.

 

Ordinance 6-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

Council recessed at 9:10 p.m. and reconvened at  9:20 p.m.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 7-2005   “AMENDING THE LAND USE MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO DESIGNATE THE EIGHT (8) PARCELS AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF HICKORY AND WEST KEMPER ROAD AS “TRANSITIONAL OFFICE”

 

Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.

 

Mr. Galster said this is to update our land use, comprehensive plan, future land use plans to reflect the changes that were made here tonight. 

 

Ordinance 7-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 8-2005  “AMENDING THE LAND USE MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO DESIGNATE THE 4.03 ACRES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WEST KEMPER ROAD, RECENTLY REZONED TO “PF-L” AS “PUBLIC/INSTITUTIONAL”

 

Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.

 

Mr. Galster said this ordinance is to bring the comprehensive plan up to its current state based on what was done for the new Springdale Elementary School.  It’s a great tool for Planning Commission.

 

Ordinance 8-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 9-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXTEND THE AGREEMENT WITH MYERS Y. COOPER COMPANY AND THE BERGMAN GROUP FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRANTING AN EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF, AND TO NEGOTIATE FOR, THE REDEVELOPMENT OF REAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”

 

Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.

 

Mr. Osborn said the current agreement has expired.  We are very pleased with the participation involvement and performance by the Cooper/Bergman Group.

 

Jeff Tulloch stated I would like to explain the need for the twelve month extension.  The agreement that was executed twelve months ago was entered into in good faith by both parties but there were some issues in 2004.  The Springdale Cleaners environmental potential litigation issue took some focus during early 2004.  Some of the remaining properties to be acquired were a little more complicated than it appeared on the surface due to existing tenancy.   We have acquired one property and the next one in line we are at agreement with.  There is one final piece that we hope to reach agreement with very shortly.  There is a grant program called “Clean Ohio Revitalization Program” that requires several things.  There is remediation on the site which we’ve gotten.  It requires demolition, a project of an urban renewal ilk so we’ve met with the Pane Group who feels we have a strong potential for obtaining this grant.  It will take some time and we’ll need that twelve months to get it together.   Randy Cooper will show you some drawings.  These are preliminary and have not been to Planning Commission.

 

Randy Cooper said I have negotiated leases for the new facility.  The tenants want to know where they will be located so I had to come up with a site plan.  We are getting closer to having something to present to Planning Commission.  This is a real long piece of property.  One roof line would be very boring and monotonous.  We have established varied roof lines and chimneys to give it character. 

 

 Mr. Osborn said I can’t summarize the number of concepts we have looked at and there probably will be changes.  The plan has been reviewed twice by staff.  We looked at a number of his properties and selected one that had good eye appeal.  There will probably be some changes made.

 

Mr. Knox said you are showing a series of one-story buildings.  Would you entertain a two-story building?

 

Mr. Cooper replied I would like to have a two-story building because of the height.  My experience in second floor office space proved to be economically difficult, not only because of the fire codes but because of the second floor economic value.  It costs as much or more to build the second floor.  Architecturally I think it would be a great addition.  Parking is also an issue.

 

Mr. Osborn said there will be a landscape easement on the corner.  We will have a substantial piece of property that the City will do something with.   We still have some money set aside in the Phase I project that will provide for a planting area and installation of a Verdon street clock on the northeast corner.

 

Mr. Tulloch said there has been a lot of work done by CDS.  There is other necessary work going on that you don’t see.

 

Ordinance 9-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 10-2005  AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH 32 FORD FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE 2005 FORD MODEL F350 TRUCK POWER TRAIN CAB AND CHASSIS ONLY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

 

Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.

 

Ordinance 10-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 11-2005 “AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 152 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO

 

            First reading.

 

            Mr. Osborn said Mr. Galster asked at the last meeting if the fee changes would impact single family properties.  I asked Mr. McErlane to prepare a summary of the changes and they are very minimal.  The fee structure will still be below Hamilton County and other communities in our vicinity of our size.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Mr. Parham said at the end of the year I had requested a motion from Council extending the fact-finding period under our labor negotiations with the FOP.  We are at a point that we know we are not going to have the contract settled by that time.  I would ask that Council extend that period until May 2, 2005. 

 

Mr. Danbury made a motion to extend the fact-finding period until May 2, 2005.  Mr. Wilson seconded.  The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

            NEW BUSINESS                                                                    -           none

 

            MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

           

            Board of Zoning Appeals                                                         -           February 15

           

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE                        -           none

 

UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT

 

Ordinance 11-2005

 

RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED                  -           none

 

Council adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                        Edward  F. Knox

                                                                        Clerk of Council/Finance Director

Minutes Approved:

 

Kathy McNear, President of Council

 

 

__________________________, 2005