President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on November 3, 2004, 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 October 20, 2004 were approved with seven affirmative votes.

 

            COMMUNICATIONS

 

            Mr. Knox read part of a letter from Time Warner Cable.  “This letter is to advise you that cable customers will receive notification of a number of price changes in several components of our cable service on November 1, 2004.  The new prices will go into effect on December 1, 2004 and will result in an increase in the cost of some services.  All prices are arrived at as part of a process supervised by the Federal Government.  Programming costs affecting Time Warner Cable’s Cincinnati Division during 2004 have increased up to 25%.  The changes effective December 1, 2004 impact services that are unregulated.

 

            The cost for Basic service in your community will remain the same at $9.51.  The Standard Tier of service will change from $31.15 to $33.40 per month.  The cost for equipment is based on a nationwide average for all Time Warner Cable systems across the country.  The cost for the in-home terminal unit will remain at $7.95 per month at this time.  Pamela McDonald, Vice President of Public Affairs”

 

            COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE                        -           none

 

            OLD BUSINESS                                                                     -           none

 

            NEW BUSINESS

 

            Mr. Osborn stated there was a bid opening for waste collection on November 1 and Rumpke was the low bidder.  We will have legislation for this at the next meeting.

 

            Mr. Osborn said we will also have legislation for the road improvements at SR 747 and Crescentville.  This is a joint project with Butler County and we are the lead agency.  The project is ninety-percent funded by ODOT under the Highway Safety Program.

 

            Mr. Osborn said there have been a couple of promotions in the Fire Department and some new police officers to be sworn in.  We hope to have them here at the next Council meeting.

 

            MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

            Planning Commission                                                                        -           November 9

            Board of Health                                                                       -           November 11

            Board of Zoning Appeals                                                         -           November 16

 

            Mayor Webster reported that Robert Renner, who had been the grand marshal of the opening day parade in 2000 has died.  He was a volunteer for the Veteran’s Memorial committee.

 

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE                        -           none

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into a committee of the whole to discuss real estate matters.  Mr. Galster seconded.  The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

 

Council went into executive session at 7:08 p.m. and reconvened at 7:42 p.m.

 

UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT       -           none

 

RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED

 

Contract with Rumpke                                                            -           November 17

Ordinances SR 747/Crescentville                                          -           November 17

Charter Revision appointment                                                -           December 1

Civil Service appointment                                                       -           December 1

 

Council adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Edward  F. Knox

                                                                        Clerk of Council/Finance Director

 

Minutes Approved:

 

Kathy McNear, President of Council

 

 

 

__________________________, 2004