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
SWEARING IN OF NEW POLICE OFFICERS
Mayor Webster swore in Bill Zeek and Richard Mike Ott.
Captain Laage said we
feel we have two very good candidates.
Bill Zeek went to
Captain Laage said
Mike Ott attended
Mr. Osborn said the summer issue of Ohio Police Chief Magazine features our new police cruiser look on the cover. There is an article called “The Redesign of a Patrol Car” and talks about the evolution our department went through to come up with the design. There is another article about our electric car titled “What is That?”.
Mr. Osborn continued we are about ready to embark on the ninth annual Foods for Fines program.
Chief Laage stated it is the most wonderful program a holiday season can have. When Al Maupin thought of this I thought it was the craziest thing he’d ever thought of. The concept was that the holiday season can be very deadly with auto accidents on the highway. Everybody is in a hurry. There are a lot of holiday parties. We stress to our officers to get out on the road and enforce the law and make it a safe roadway for all of our citizens. At the same, most of us are family men with kids and we know that buck is hard to come by, especially at Christmas time when you are trying to buy that perfect gift for the kid. Al’s concept was that during this period from Thanksgiving morning until Christmas day, almost every traffic violator has the option to pay out the regular way or in canned goods. It has been a very successful program.
Chief Laage read an e-mail from Maryann King, manager of The Colony, thanking them for the help the Police Department gave to one of her tenants last year.
INTRODUCTION OF NEWLY PROMOTED FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL
Chief Shroyer introduced
Gary Taylor, who was promoted to captain.
Health Waxman was here about a year ago as a new hire. He has now completed his paramedic training and is out in the field. He is working out excellently and is our resident gardener/landscaper.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission – Mr.
Strange said the Civil Service Commission met November 4. We continue to work on the process of our
hiring flow charts and updating documentation.
We have a new fire captain and five patrol officers. We did fill the two open positions for
violations bureau clerk. We still have a
police sergeant, assistant fire chief and
Rules and Laws - no report
Public Relations - no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare - no report
Mayor Webster said I will be pretty disappointed if we have to pay anything for having that project carried over to the spring because it’s not our fault that the contractor did not get in there and get the job done.
Mr. Shuler said I am not aware of any cost implications. I thought it was a mutual agreement to delay because of the weather and the possibility that they may not get it done.
Mr. Osborn stated the construction company is an excellent contractor. I think maybe Don was speculating. It’s not uncommon for us to end a contract with negotiations.
Public Utilities - no report
Capital Improvements – Mr. Danbury said the SR 747 grade separation is moving along pretty well. The remainder of the items we are doing in November are temporary sheet piling installation, the excavation of bridge construction, complete remainder of water main installation and testing, and the sanitary sewer installation and testing. There’s really no change in the streetscape Phase II.
Finance Committee – Mr. Wilson reported we will be reviewing the five-year plan on Wednesday, December 8.
Commission – Mr. Galster stated the first item was landscape approval for
Staples. They asked that it be
tabled. We had concept discussion for a proposed
of Zoning Appeals – Mr. Squires said Emken Homes requested
a variance to build a 1760 square foot house at
Mr. Squires stated the last request was for a temporary banner and portable sign for Snookers at 12119 Princeton Pike. The owner listed the hardship of losing business because of the SR 747 construction and the temporary road does not allow traffic to even see his place of business. He was the first to come before BZA and say that they’re losing money because of the road construction. There may have been more who came before the Administration but none have come before BZA. We did not allow the portable sign but we did give him six months for the temporary banner. I told him I would contact the Economic Developer for the City and have him contact him because of the problems he is having with the temporary road construct and perhaps something could be done unilaterally for all those businesses.
Mayor Webster said if the owner of Snookers portrayed the situation as though the City hadn’t done anything or helped them, that’s totally not the case. We are very aware of the situation there with three businesses and we have, at City expense, constructed some signs and put them up.
Osborn said I had a call from Dr. Alf, the owner of the property, on behalf of his
tenants, concerned about the impact the construction was having on them because
of access and visibility. The State put
up some signs that just said “business entrance” and they put them up much
lower than what it would require for someone going northbound to see the
signs. We asked the State if they would
fund any signs that would identify those businesses and they were reluctant to
do so. I approached the Mayor and he
agreed it was an emergency situation and that the City should step in, pay for
and erect signs identifying every business and the access point. Initially we wanted to put a sign on both
sides of the road. The temporary road is
not on the right-of-way; it is on a temporary easement. We did get the signs up on the west side of
the road and we did mount them higher than we originally planned to so that if
there is traffic queued up (not big trucks), you can see over those cars and
see the identity of each business.
Ms. Pollitt asked is there is any way a sign could be put up before you get into the construction area?
Mr. Osborn replied there are five or six businesses along the front. If you identify all of them you would have to have a gigantic sign or the writing would be so small that nobody would read it.
Webster said I really feel sorry for BZA . That’s a sad situation and you are between a
rock and a hard place. It’s very
unfortunate that we weren’t able to share with you what we’d done and the fact
that we are working with these folks.
If you are coming south on SR 4 and you want to patronize Bargos, Bob Evans, or the motel, we have signs just as you
of Health – Ms. Pollitt reported that Regulation R1-2004 regarding food service
fees was read for the second time with a public hearing. Also, there was a discussion on the
Veteran’s Memorial Committee – Mr. Wilson stated there was an article in today’s Tri County Press about the memorial.
O-K-I – Mr. Knox reported as a member of OKI, I am also a member of the Land Use Commission and they will have their final meeting on Friday. In all of their objectives they keep saying “Local jurisdictions will . . .” . In a few cases they did say at the end “where appropriate.” I turned down everything that said “Local jurisdictions will” that didn’t have “where appropriate.” I’m going to see if I can get them to put one statement in there early on saying that local jurisdictions are not bound by this if they happen to vote in favor of it. If they don’t put that in there I won’t vote in favor of it.
Osborn said I would think that they know that
Mr. Knox was nominated to continue as OKI representative.
Mayor’s Report - no report
Clerk of Council/Finance Director - no report
Report – Mr. Osborn stated the City’s 2005 LTIP application for funding of
Phase II of the
Mr. Osborn said we received a notice from the Legal Aid Society. Last June the Metropolitan Sewer District entered into a consent decree with a number of litigants in issues revolving around clean water and MSD’s sanitary sewer operation. As part of that decree, MSD was required to establish a “water in basement” program. The goals of that program are to investigate and clean up WIB incidents, reimburse for WIB damages caused by capacity or maintenance issues, and install measures to prevent reoccurrence of the problem. To make sure that the public is adequately represented in the follow-through on this commitment, the court has also named the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati as the ombudsman for the program. If a resident has a problem they should contact the program at MSD set up for that purpose. If they feel they are not being dealt with properly from MSD, they can call the Legal Aid Society at 362-2801.
Mr. Parham reported we are currently in labor negotiations with the FOP. We know we will not settle this before December 31; therefore, I would like a motion from Council to authorize an agreement with a fact finder. If we don’t sign the agreement, and we don’t reach a settlement with the FOP, that fact finder will not have the ability to make any decisions that have a financial impact.
Mr. Squires made a motion that the City enter into an agreement with the fact finder. Mr. Danbury seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Parham stated Ordinance 52-2004 is for the waste collection service renewal. There were two bids and Rumpke was the lowest. This is a five year contract with an increase of 16% for household waste. We will now have to pay $2.50 per yard per month for the dumpsters at the municipal buildings. Curbside recycling increases from $2.25 to $2.40 a month for the units that we have. The current cost for the recycling drop off center is $160 per yard. We are looking to go from 36-yard separated containers to three six yard co-mingle containers at $80 per container per month. They will be picked up once a week. For the city programs such as debris removal and leaf pickup the cost is going from $7 per cubic yard to $9 per cubic yard. If we decide to go for a sixth year the price will be what we have before us tonight. That price has been locked in.
Osborn said we have 80% participation in curbside recycling. I think it’s very commendable that
Mr. Vanover asked are there different size recycle bins.
Mr. Turchlano of Rumpke replied we recommend people ask for paper bags at the grocery store and put their recyclables in the bags and place them next to the recycle bins. There is a large increase in cost for larger bins.
Law Director’s Report - no report
Engineer’s Report - no report
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 52-2004 “ACCEPTING A BID AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT WITH RUMPKE WASTE, INC. FOR WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING SERVICES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 52-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 53-2004 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH JOANN SCHWAB, FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11570 SPRINGFIELD PIKE, SPRINGDALE, OHIO 45246, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Ordinance 53-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 54-2004 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT WITH ANDREW FOGEL, FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY INTEREST IN 11550 SPRINGFIELD PIKE, SPRINGDALE, OHIO 45246, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Ordinance 54-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster said I would just like to congratulate Jeff Tulloch for getting this agreement put together and resolved. This has been on-going for a long time. This agreement allows us to reach our ultimate goal and redevelop the strip without shelling out a ton of money to this lease holder.
55-2004 “AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A COOPERATIVE
AGREEMENT WITH THE
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 55-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Osborn said before we read the next ordinance I would like to point out that I had a conversation with the officer at District 8 who is responsible for coordinating the legislation. We agreed that this should be an emergency ordinance. That is stated in the last paragraph of page 2.
Mr. Danbury made a motion to read this ordinance by title only to include preliminary legislation, Ordinance Number 56-2004, with an emergency clause. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Osborn said this is a $3 million project.
We are paying five percent of that.
Ninety percent Is being paying by State and Federal dollars, and five
NO. 56-2004 - ODOT Ordinance for SR 747 and
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 56-2004 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mrs. McNear said the lawns after Cinergy took care of them are starting to look good. They did a good job. Thanks Mr. Parham for following up with Cinergy.
Webster said they haven’t done a thing with those on
Mr. Vanover reminded the residents not to rake leaves into the road.
Mr. Knox said we have a request for liquor license name change for Su Casa. There were no objections.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - December 21
Tree lighting ceremony - November 28
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Charter Revision - December 1
Civil Service - December 1
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council