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
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 stated the traffic has been moved to the temporary roadway for the CSX construction. There have been a few problems with the Fire Department toilet room/shower renovation, mainly with the slab floor and existing metal wall studs. They are finally finishing this project. Plans for Phase II of the streetscape program will be submitted in October. Construction should begin late summer.
Finance Committee - no report
Planning Commission – Mr. Galster reported the Kemper Pond
signage package for IHOP and the retail development was approved. A proposed ground sign for TGI Friday’s was
also on the agenda. They had wanted to
take down a 36 inch tree in order to improve their visibility. We suggested that they leave the tree, plant
the 36 inches of trees somewhere else on the lot and we would look at putting
the monument sign on SR 747. Their sign was approved. Approval of an extension of a storage trailer
at the Springdale Hotel was approved until
Board of Zoning Appeals - no report
Board of Health – Ms. Pollitt stated there were eighteen
participants for the mammogram van at the Community Center. New food service fees were proposed. The Public Health Infrastructure Grant has
been increased by $2,288 from last year.
There has been great success with the ServSafe classes and restaurants
are requesting on-site training. The
Health Department is looking to do a
Veteran’s Memorial Committee - no report
O-K-I - no report
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Webster read a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director – Mr. Knox stated one of the reasons we requested an increase in taxes in the City was to cover projects that we could clearly see were not going to be funded under the previous amount we were receiving. The biggest program was the street program and it is vital to the City. The funds that will be received in the tax increase will not be received until mid October at the earliest. Therefore, we are going to borrow the money. Seasongood and Mayer said they would purchase the $1.6 million note with one-year maturity rate with an interest rate of between 1.85% and 2.40%. I wanted to bring it up now so that the whole Council could hear about it. We would like to have legislation at the next meeting.
Mr. Danbury asked could we do something about the Community Center loan?
Mayor Webster responded that bond is not callable. We are locked in for the duration.
Administrator’s Report – Mr. Osborn reported there was a public meeting held August 12 where ODOT and a consulting firm made a presentation on sound walls to the people invited. All those people live within 500 feet of the highway. I received a call from Hans Gendl with ODOT indicating that the results are back on the survey. They only received forty-three responses. As a result Mr. Gendl wanted to solicit the City’s position on whether or not to construct these walls. I asked if this could be a topic of discussion for the October 6 meeting and I would get back to him on October 7. Since then we have received another letter indicating that ODOT is soliciting the same residents that it solicited in August and giving them another chance to vote.
Mayor Webster said we need to hear from our residents on how they feel about these sound walls. Initially we were told that only these people who get to vote have a say in it. The information Mr. Osborn has received says they are 80-20 in favor of it.
Mrs. McNear said I attended the meeting. When you are looking at the presentation and they showed the decibel reading, they went from 90 to 4. That doesn’t mean that’s where it’s going. It means it is going down 4 decibels from 90. For millions of dollars it only goes down 4 decibels. I thought that was very misleading.
Mayor Webster said I think it’s important that you touched
on the cost. We as
Mr. Galster stated the original letter that went out also
included the survey for the residents to mail back in. You didn’t have to attend the meeting the
first time to have voted. There is a
section heading into
Mr. Danbury said when we have applicants coming into BZA the variance goes with the land, not the person. I think it’s ridiculous that people who may not be living here in the springtime could possibly be deciding what it would be like. It really doesn’t decrease the noise. It just spreads out the noise level.
Mr. Galster said the people who are notified are the people most affected by the noise on the highway. There have been advances in the walls. They are sound absorbing walls. They don’t have gaps anymore. Not that I’m speaking in favor of, but there have been major improvements. They don’t reflect back into second or third row houses.
Mr. Wilson said it appears they are experimenting with design and composition to see what will work. I go along with the Mayor and say let’s have a public meeting including those more than 500 feet away who would be adversely affected. I think that would be more representative than just a small group of individuals who bought their property knowing that that highway was there and that noise was there and are still living in that area.
Mrs. McNear responded I think that is a good idea but ODOT is setting up the rules of deciding whether we get the rules or not.
Ms. Pollitt stated I have an acquaintance that lives near
those walls in
Mr. Vanover said if they want to do something about noise on the interstate, crack down on the truck drivers with this Jake braking. In the first wave, when we had our meeting here, they wouldn’t give us trees. One of the first things they did was plant trees, and they are planning vines. It seems we were in a more correct ballpark back then than they are now.
Mr. Squires said I got the distinct feeling when I left the
meeting that our residents did not want the walls and they would not be
built. We need to get as many people
here as we can. It’s very important to
Mr. Osborn said I don’t think ODOT is pushing this project. I don’t think they are going to try to force it on us. They are only doing this because it is mandated by the federal government. I think if the public doesn’t want these walls it won’t happen. I think if there is very little public input and the cities don’t want them, it won’t happen. I think we have to take the time to put that point across to ODOT so they have some documentation they can take back to the federal government as to why there are no sound barriers. In the letter that was sent out and in the presentation we saw, there were actually three choices: build a noise barrier, do not build a noise barrier, or prefer vegetation to be planted in lieu of the noise barrier. (This option would not function as noise abatement.) If they feel compelled to do something, why don’t we have them put in more greenery along the expressway. I would think we would get a fair shake from ODOT on this.
Mr. Galster said it was my understanding from the meeting that if 80% of the people who are affected according to the federal mandate wanted it and the City didn’t, that the City would not be able to stop them from doing it.
Mr. Osborn responded if only forty-three people voted on it out of thousands, what kind of mandate is that. Once we know the numbers after the 30th, there’s no public input being generated despite their efforts. Then I think the elected officials of the jurisdictions impacted would carry significant weight.
Mayor Webster stated I think we should have our solicitor prepare a resolution of objection, in case we want to object to this, we have a resolution in hand.
Mr. Danbury said there is a high density of people in the Knolls Condos and I know a lot of people said it is a problem, but historically a lot of people don’t live in condos longer than five or ten years. I think it would be a shame that a few could make the decision for everybody.
Mr. Galster said a few of my neighbors can’t have conversations in their back yards. They back up to the interstate. They can’t sleep at night with their windows open. I understand their concern. We’re adding additional lanes to I-275. Traffic is routing around I-275. There’s more noise than there ever was so I understand.
Mr. Osborn continued we have been very successful in soliciting applications for the economic development director’s job. We had 38-39 applications. We have made a tentative offer and the person has accepted pending a background check and physical examination. The target start date is September 27th.
Law Director’s Report - no report
Engineer’s Report - no report
Letter from nurse at
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCE NO. 42-2004 “ESTABLISHING MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR ALL FULL-TIME CITY EMPLOYEES NOT IN A BARGAINING UNIT, ESTABLISHING A POLICY OF EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 42-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 43-2004 “AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN COMPENSATION BY ˝% TO ALL FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE POSITIONS NOT IN A BARGAINING UNIT AND FOR ALL PART-TIME FIREFIGHTER POSITIONS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mayor Webster said we wholeheartedly ask for your support on this. We think it’s only fair since every employee in the City started paying another half-percent tax on July 1st, then to ask them to pay for health insurance is sort of a double dip in a negative way.
Ordinance 43-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 44-2004 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH MARKETING DEVELOPMENTS, INC., AND STAN ICHELBAUM FOR DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING SERVICES”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to add the emergency clause and Mr. Danbury seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 44-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R21-2004 “APPOINTING TONY BUTRUM AS A MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION SUCCEEDING THE POSITION HELD BY ROBERT APKE”
Mayor Webster announced that Mr. Tony Butrum has agreed to
serve on Planning Commission. He was
born and raised in
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Resolution R21-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Galster stated that the Planning/BZA training session was very informative and only two people were unable to attend.
Mr. Galster also stated that the Junior Olympics were also well attended.
Mr. Knox said there was a liquor license change for The Wine Source. There were no objections.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - September 21
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 acquisition. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Council went into executive session at and reconvened at
ORDINANCE NO. 45-2004 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH BARTON E. FOGEL AND BARBARA C. FOGEL, FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11550 SPRINGFIELD PIKE, SPRINGDALE, OHIO 45246, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 45-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
$1.6 million note - Oct 6
Objection to sound walls - Oct 6
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council