President of Council
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
The minutes of
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
Law Director’s Report - no report
Engineer’s Report - no report
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mr. Vanover replied we had questions
that the State of
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
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.
said I live where the
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
NO. 4-2005 “SETTING
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Mayor Webster said this takes affect
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 and reconvened at
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
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.
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
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.
NO. 11-2005 “AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 152 OF
THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF
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
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
Mr. Danbury made a motion to extend the fact-finding period
NEW BUSINESS - none
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - February 15
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council