President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on February 2, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

    The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.

    Mrs. McNear took roll call. Present were Council members Diehl, Emerson, Galster, Hawkins, Squires, Vanover and Harlow.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    Mrs. McNear read a letter addressed to Mayor Webster and City Council dated January 23, 2011:

    “As a resident of the City and a local businessman I would like to take this opportunity to express my opinion of the selection of Mike Mathis as Springdale’s new police chief. I thank Chief Mike Laage and Assistant Chief Bill Hafer for their many years of dedicated service to the Police Department and the citizens of the City. Having said that, I would like to express my appreciation and agreement with you on your selection of Mike Mathis as the new police chief and Tom Wells as the assistant chief. Having worked with Mike Mathis many years ago when he was a rookie, I was able to observe early in his career that he was the kind of police officer this city needed. He was always very professional and courteous to the City staff and public alike. I have observed Captain Wells working with our citizens and he has done a great job as well. I am sure that both Chief Mathis and Captain Wells will continue to provide the positive kind of police service that we citizens of Springdale have become accustom to. In this modern age it seems we only see and hear the negative reports regarding our public servants, elected officials and sworn personnel. We rarely hear their sacrifices. Elected officials, City staff and sworn personnel need our support more today than in the past. Only by working together as a unified city will we be able to compete with other communities for new jobs, future growth and the overall continued success of the City. In wishing you all a good day, I remain sincerely. Ron Pitman”

    COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE         -    none

    ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 6-2011 – “COMMENDING MICHAEL E. LAAGE FOR HIS LONG, DISTINGUISHED AND DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE”

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

Resolution 6-2011 passed with seven affirmative votes.

Chief Mathis acknowledged area Police Chiefs who were in the audience. I also want to thank Chief Laage’s family. Mike graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He began his career in Springdale on April 1, 1974. Mike served in practically every capacity within the police division, including patrol officer, investigator, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, investigative lieutenant, captain and chief, twice being named employee of the year by the Police Department. He has served as a charter member and board member of The Shield, a non-profit organization that provides immediate resources and financial support for the families of officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty, and has served as the president of both the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He has completed the highest level of law enforcement management training in Ohio earning the Certified Law Enforcement Executive designation and graduated from the FBI National Academy. Mike has been involved in civic and community events, most notably the Special Olympics.

Captain Wells said Mike Laage has put his heart and soul into being a police officer and as chief he put his heart and soul into making this a better place for us as well as this city. Captain Wells read a letter from retired Captain Butch Hafer: “I must apologize for my absence from this Council meeting honoring Chief Michael Laage. When I learned this was going to occur on February 2 I had already made reservations out of town. After my retirement I looked back on my 37 years with the Springdale Police Department. At the beginning of my career we had a very young department and a group of officers who were eager to do police work. One of these was Mike Laage. Our purpose was going out every day to get the bad guys and make sure our businesses and citizens were safe. I thought about the times we arrested over 1,000 shoplifters a year, investigated hundreds of auto accidents and criminal cases. This was done with about half of the officers we have today, four marked cars and one unmarked car. One of those officers was Mike Laage. I remember Mike as someone who was always ready and eager to go to work. A…As he rose through the ranks Mike brought with him his dedication to the police profession. … There is no doubt that Chief Laage was one of the hardest working police officers in the police profession and was and is extremely proud of his profession. Mike and his family have been a mainstay in the City of Springdale for over 35 years. ...I sincerely wish Mike a long and happy retirement. Susan and Butch Hafer”

Chief Wells said I lost my father at a very early and I looked to others for a father figure and you were certainly one of them.

Mike Laage said I want thank the City of Springdale, the Police Department, Administration, elected officials, residents and my family. I want to thank the clerks assigned to me, Vicki and Suzanne.

Mayor Webster stated you have taken the Police Department to unprecedented heights. You raised the bar very high. The thing I’ll always be most proud of is your outreach to the community. I think the people in the community appreciate that and you will be sorely missed.

Mr. Vanover, Mr. Galster, Mr. Diehl, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. Squires, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Galster and Mrs. Harlow offered their comments and appreciation.

Pat Buschmann, wife of retired officer Dave Buschmann and a former Springdale resident extended congratulations and best wishes. The true mark of Mike is that he is a good and decent man.

Phil Cannon, Police Chief of Forest Park, wished Mike a long and healthy retirement on behalf of the Forest Park Police Department.

Carol Laage, sister-in-law, said there have been so many references to the man and the character. I have been privileged to be part of this Laage family for 28 years and it’s a reflection of their parents, John David and Marie, such fine people. Mike and Beth have been the anchor of this family as we are a military family and moved around a lot. When we came home it was most often Mike and Beth hosting family events and keeping us all together.

ORDINANCE NO. 4-2011 – “AMENDMENT TO SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION/ESTIMATED RECEIPTS ORDINANCE NO. 42-2010 TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES AND ADJUST ESTIMATED RECEIPTS FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2010”

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

Ordinance 4-2011 passed with seven affirmative votes.

ORDINANCE NO. 5-2011 – “TEMPORARILY INCREASING THE COMPLEMENT OF POLICE SERGEANTS IN THE SPRINGDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT FROM FOUR TO FIVE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”

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

Mayor Webster said I think Mr. Parham has explained that but right now we have authorized four lieutenants and four sergeants. We ’rwill be taking it down to two lieutenants and five sergeants. At this time, we are simply not going to promote any sergeants to the lieutenant position.

Ordinance 5-2011 passed with seven affirmative votes.

ORDINANCE NO. 6-2011 – “AMENDING SECTION 154.06 OF THE FLOOD CONTROL ORDINANCE AND DELARING AN EMERGENCY”

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

Ordinance 6-2011 passed with seven affirmative votes.

Mr. Diehl nominated Rose Fehr to the Board of Tax Review. There were no other nominations. Council was in agreement on the nomination.

RESOLUTION NO. 5-2011 – “APPOINTING ROSE FEHR AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TAX REVIEW”

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

Resolution R5-2011 passed with seven affirmative votes.

OLD BUSINESS                         -     none

    NEW BUSINESS

    Mayor Webster said I’d like to thank all the Council members for their participation in our cost reduction process. All of you submitted something in writing and I appreciate your comments. Where possible we’ll thoroughly investigate. Some we may not do.

    Mrs. McNear stated there are two liquor license requests. One is for 340 Glensprings Drive and the other is BP at 1175 Springfield Pike. They are both transfers. There were no objections.
   


    MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Planning Commission                     -     Feb 8
    Board of Health                         -     Feb 10
    Board of Zoning Appeals                     -     February 15

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE        -      none

Mrs. Emerson made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

Council went into executive session at 8:17 p.m. and reconvened at 9:30 p.m.

UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT

Amending sections of the Zoning Code             -     February 16
Purchase three police vehicles                 -     February 16

Mr. Parham said if you have questions about the three police vehicles between now and the meeting on February 16, I’ll be more than willing to address those. Item 5 Mr. Vanover referred to is very similar to the legislation you passed tonight on Section 154. In eEach instance, it ’is simply changing the name “subdivision” to “land development.” For this particular one, there is a requirement for a public hearing which is scheduled for the March 2 meeting if you approve.

RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED    -    none

Council adjourned at 9:33 p.m.

                        Respectfully submitted,




                        Kathy McNear
                        Clerk of Council/Finance Director

Minutes Approved:

Marjorie Harlow, President of Council



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