President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on February 6, 2002, at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

The minutes of January 16, 2002 were approved with six affirmative votes. Mr. Galster abstained.

COMMUNICATIONS

Mr. Knox said we have one communication from the Government Finance Officers Association and it says: "We are pleased to notify you that your comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2000, qualifies for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and finance reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the government and its management." With your permission weíll have a presentation for Mr. Williams at Council.

Mayor Webster said I received a communication yesterday. It reads: "On February 1, 2002, six members of my family traveled to the Cincinnati area to celebrate my mother-in-lawís eighty-fourth birthday. We unfortunately had to use the emergency squad while we were there. The staff on the medic was wonderful. Anthony Stanley and Joe Parks presented a professional appearance and went to work. They were very reassuring and told me what was going on. They also recognized that we were from out-of-town and gave us clear instructions on how to get to the hospital. I know how difficult budgets are these days. Your money is being well-spent in the fire safety area. I would be proud to have these gentlemen serve my community. Mr. Michael Puckett, City Manager, Sydney."

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none

ORDINANCE NO. 4-2002 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH TRIMBLE, JULIAN AND GRUBE, INC. FOR A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING SERVICES CONTRACT FOR THE AUDITS FOR YEARS 2001-2003 WITH APPROVAL OF THE STATE AUDITOR"

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

Ordinance 4-2002 passed with seven affirmative votes.

ORDINANCE NO. 7-2002 "AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A LINKED DEPOSIT LOAN PROGRAM AGREEMENT; AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE THE LINKED DEPOSIT LOAN PROGRAM AGREEMENT AND AUTHORIZING RELATED MATTERS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"

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

Ms. Pollitt said I was real excited when I saw this. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for some of our residents who maybe need new roofing or siding to dress up a little bit. That was one of the things brought up in our comprehensive plan meeting a couple of weeks ago. Itís a win-win situation for everyone.

Ordinance 7-2002 passed with seven affirmative votes.

ORDINANCE NO. 9-2002 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH MICHAEL STARKEY AND TRINA C. CORBIN-STARKEY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 366 PEACH STREET, SPRINGDALE, OHIO 45246, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"

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

Mayor Webster stated I would like to bring Council up to date on this. This property is at the northwest corner of Peach and Walnut Street. It was a property that we had initially identified as one we would like to acquire. Then we later determined that we could probably go ahead and widen the alleyway to whatever degree we needed to build a lot without having to have their property if the folks did not want to sell. By that time we had already made a call on them. They were at the meeting last Tuesday evening to hear the comprehensive planning study and they approached me afterwards. They indicated that they very much wanted to sell the property. They subsequently called Ken Schneiderís office and Carl Kirschner worked out the details. This is the amount that Council authorized us to go up to to acquire that property. Even though we donít absolutely have to have it, it certainly rounds out that entire block and I think itís to everybodyís best interest that we pull it in as part of this project.

Ordinance 9-2002 passed with seven affirmative votes.

OLD BUSINESS - none

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Knox said we have a communication from Mr. Blackwell, Secretary of State, asking us to update the file on elected officialsí addresses, etc. I would like to ask everyone on Council to look at the information we have on you and see if it is up-to-date. We will be transmitting that to the State electronically within the next month.

Mayor Webster asked why canít Mr. Blackwell walk across the street to the Ohio Ethics Committee and get all that information. We have to give it to one State Bureau along with some of our hard earned dollars. Why do we have to give it to another one?

Mr. Knox replied Iím going to ask the same question. Apparently there is a requirement in the ORC that they do this every two years.

MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Planning Commission - February 12

Board of Health - February 14

Board of Zoning Appeals - February 19

Ms. Pollitt said I donít know if Council has had an opportunity to see this booklet that came from the Hamilton County Environmental Services, but itís talking about a residentís guide to reducing, reusing and recycling. Itís a very detailed recycling book. It gives information on where recycling items are accepted. If any of our residents would like that, they could call Hamilton County Environmental Services at 946-7734 and they will be glad to send them a copy of that.

Mr. Vanover said Boy Scout Troop 164 is going to put on a spaghetti dinner, Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the Forestdale Church of Christ, 604 West Kemper Road, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Itís $6 for all you can eat.

Mr. Osborn said there is a DARE graduation at Springdale Elementary tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. You are all invited.

Mr. Osborn also said the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency is launching its annual severe weather safety awareness training program. This is a two-hour seminar where they train severe weather spotters that they then use as part of a network to identify when severe weather may be creeping into the radar, or a tornado or wind shear pops up at a particular place. Weíll post these dates and locations on our website. They are February 21, 7-9 p.m., Greenhills Fire Department; Tuesday, February 26, Evendale Recreation Center, 7-9 p.m.; Crosby Township Senior Center, March 7, 7-9 p.m.

Mayor Webster said I found another communication Iíd like to read: "Thank you all so much for the flowers. The flowers here in northern Michigan in January are a real treat and we enjoy them each day. The recovery is going well but not as fast as I would like. We hope to be back in Cincinnati in mid February and hope to see you then. Thanks, Wayne"

Mayor Webster said on March 20 weíd like to have the Police Department come in. There will be two or three presentations made that evening as some private sector people would like to acknowledge some events that have happened. The Police Department will be the recipient of at least one award that evening.

February 27, 6-7:30 p.m. is Mayorís Night In. If anyone has any questions about anything, please feel free to come up to City Hall and discuss it.

Mrs. McNear confirmed with Mr. Osborn that this coming Saturday is Walk the Creek Day.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none

Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a meeting of the whole to discuss possible real estate issues. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

Council went into executive session from 7:25 to 8:25 p.m.

UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT

Issuance of Bond for Phase II of Pictoria Island Project - pending

RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none

Council adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Edward F. Knox

Clerk of Council/Finance Director

Minutes Approved:

Kathy McNear, President of Council

 

 

__________________________, 2002