President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on October
17, 2007, 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, Harlow, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear.
The minutes of October 3, 2007 were not available.
Mr. Parham introduced Janet Rudemiller, Senior Administrative Assistant, replacing Martha Brillhart. She comes to us with quite a bit of experience as an administrative assistant with a number of organizations. Typically, she has worked for the president, vice-president, CEO, CAO, which fits in very well for us here. She is currently studying Administrative Management Technology at Raymond Walters.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission Mr. Potts reported we conducted written testing for candidates for patrol officer. There were 215 applicants of which 147 sat for the examination, and 130 passed. The top 100 candidates will be coming in for physical agility testing. Tomorrow we will be conducting promotional testing for police sergeant.
Rules and Laws - no report
Public Relations - no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare - no report
Public Works Mr. Wilson said the Northland Boulevard sidewalk is substantially complete. The Police Department/Fire Department parking lot has been resurfaced and the pavement markings should be completed this week.
Public Utilities - no report
Capital Improvements Mr. Danbury stated right-of-way acquisition is underway for the SR 4 improvements at Crescentville. Were in the final phase of design and it will be submitted in January 2008. Construction will start in the summer of next year and be completed late 2008. Theres still a lot of work to be done on the Kemper Road Phase III Project. They will be doing the grinding and resurfacing of Kemper Road west of Tri-County Parkway. The resurfacing is scheduled to begin early next week. We are looking for a late October completion date. The final plans for the Crescentville Road improvements at SR 747 are being reviewed by City staff. Construction will begin in the spring of 2009. Everything is in place for the East Kemper Road improvements at Tri-County Road. The Veterans Memorial project should be under construction by late fall this year with construction substantially complete by early fall 2008. The Church Street parking project is underway with the storm sewer system in place. The light pole and final asphalt should be completed by mid November. Construction should be substantially complete in late November. The Fire Department heating should be complete by January 2008 with construction of air conditioning by June 2008. The SR 4 lane addition at I-275 has no change.
Finance Committee Mr. Wilson said they are looking for a favorable response to Resolution R17-2007 tonight.
Planning Commission - no report
Board of Zoning Appeals Mr. Squires stated there was a request from 11831 Ramsdale Court asking for a temporary variance allowing the owner to operate her dog grooming business as a home occupation. The Zoning Board provided the pet grooming business variances since 1992. This was approved 7-0. The variance will be discontinued.
Board of Health Mrs. Harlow reported they had the first reading of the legislation establishing food service licensing fees for the year 2008. They reviewed and updated the 2008 hotel/motel standards. They are also looking at the cost of hotel/motel inspections. Flu vaccination clinics are scheduled for November 1 and November 16.
Veterans Memorial Committee Mr. Wilson stated the bids for the Veterans Memorial are being looked at. There were ten bids but only two were construction and electrical. On October 15 the Garden Club and Public Works had a sale and raised close to $400. They will be donating $400 to the Veterans Memorial probably for a park bench.
Mr. Knox said if the park bench costs more than $400 the Garden Club will pay the additional funds.
O-K-I - no report
Mayors Report Mayor Webster announced Halloween will be observed on October 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mayor Webster read a proclamation declaring October 23 to October 31, 2007 Red Ribbon Celebration Week promoting alcohol, drug and tobacco free awareness.
Mayor Webster requested legislation at the next Council meeting authorizing contracts with the magistrate, prosecutor and public defender.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director Mr. Knox requested support for Resolution R17-2007.
Administrators Report Mr. Parham said over the last three weeks Mr. Osborn has been e-mailing the travel advisories to us. There was an indication that Chesterdale Road would be closed this evening from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the water line installation. That has been rescheduled for October 20 from 6 a.m. to twelve noon.
Mr. Parham stated the city-wide leaf collection would begin October 22 for those residents west of SR 4. They will begin on the east side October 29. They will alternate sides until December 10. Then they will do a city-wide canvas.
Mr. Danbury said in the past we have suspended use of the dump trucks for debris pickup. Will that be in effect while we do the leaf pickup?
Mayor Webster said if anyone really needs a truck they should continue to call.
Law Directors Report (Ken Schneider) - no report
Engineers Report (Don Shvegzda) - no report
Mr. Knox reported we have one communication from Time-Warner Cable addressed to Mr. Osborn. It states: The Federal Communications Commissions basic regulations for basic cable rates permit us to adjust rates annually for inflation, external costs, and other factors. We will adjusting our installation and equipment rates effective January 1, 2008. Our customers will receive notification of the rate adjustments thirty days prior to their implementation. It does not say what the rates will be.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Steve Moore, Evendale, introduced himself and stated he is running for the school board.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION R17-2007 RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION & AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR
Mr. Danbury made a motion to read by title only. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mr. Knox said this is an annual event to inform the Tax Commission of Hamilton County the amount of millage we require. It is 3.08 mills and it has always been. It doesnt increase or decrease. It comes directly to the City and is used for City purposes.
Mayor Webster said it is 3.08 mills and was granted to us in perpetuity when we incorporated in 1959. There are thirty-eight taxing districts and only seven communities have taxes lower than Springdale.
Resolution R17-2007 passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Wilson said I would like to thank the Garden Club and Public Works for their generous donations.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - November 20
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
(3 contracts) for court personnel - November 7
Veterans Memorial contract - November 7
Mr. Squires asked dont we have a liquor license request to discuss?
Mr. Knox stated Krazy City has requested a D5-B liquor license for on premise sales until 1 a.m.
Mayor Webster said this facility has been billed as an entertainment venue for children thirteen and under. Why do they need a liquor license? I know its a good size restaurant but I cant imagine that we are going to have a venue where we try to entice children and mothers with strollers to come in, yet they still want a liquor license.
Mr. Tulloch stated the entertainment component is primarily focused on kids under thirteen. It compares to Dave & Busters where the alcohol is available for the adults.
There were no objections.
Council adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council
City of Springdale Council
October 17 2007