of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mr. Knox gave the invocation.
took roll call. Present were Council
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission – Mr. Potts said we are evaluating a request from the City to reclassify a position. We have been giving it very thorough consideration and we anticipate a decision very shortly. Secondly, we are reviewing our promotional testing process for firefighters. We are initiating the process of recruiting a new field of candidates for firefighters. It has been two years since our last test. We will be advertising for the position shortly and will start administering the test the first week in March.
Rules and Laws - no report
Public Relations - no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare - no report
Public Utilities - no report
Capital Improvements – Mr. Danbury said the track switch for the CSX grade separation has been moved back until early March. The completion date for the project is still September 2006. The contractor is in the process of completing the work on the west side of SR 4 for the streetscape. That should be completed in May. The Kemper Road Phase III final plan preparation is underway. Construction will commence this spring and be completed in the fall of 2007. The Fire Department HVAC replacement will be re-bid in February.
Mr. Galster said in reference to the SR 4 streetscape west side, I noticed that the either some material over the concrete or the concrete is extremely pitted.
Mr. Shvegzda stated I wasn’t aware of that. It may be a curing compound that they use but we’ll take a look at it.
Finance Committee - no report
Planning Commission – Mr. Galster
reported the first item was a request for approval for an elevation change at
11345 Century Circle West. That was
approved 6-0. The development plan for
Westminster Cottages at 11199 Springfield Pike was approved 6-0. The Church of the Nazarene parking lot
addition on their property at 11177 Springfield Pike was approved. Two signs with a total height of 31 feet for
Board of Zoning Appeals – Mr.
Squires stated the Westminster Cottages at 11199 Springfield Pike are in the
Corridor District and they are requesting a setback from the 100 feet
required. They want a variance of fifty
feet. They gave us a considerable
landscape plan. This variance was
approved 5-1 with approval of staff as the presented landscape plan and with
items 1-5 incorporated into a letter from
Mayor Webster said they plan to have the present building razed by the end of March. A good number of these units are pre-sold. They expect to have everyone sold by the time they put the shovel in the ground.
Board of Health – Mayor Webster said they passed the regulation for food service fees. Our public health nurse has announced her intention to retire from the City as of March 31. There was an ad in the Sunday paper and will be another ad this Sunday for a public health nurse.
Veteran’s Memorial Committee - no report
O-K-I – Mr. Knox said the last
meeting was a housekeeping meeting. They
elected the same slate of officers that they had before and made a few changes
in the trustees. The board approved a
resolution which would provide $362,000 for the US 50 Corridor Transportation
and Land Use Plan Study which will occur in
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Webster said our senior activity programs are going very well at the Community Center. Since the first of the year we have had 350 new senior members sign up. They had their first corn hole outing this week and twenty seniors showed up to play. Line dancing is very popular also. The non-Springdale residents are amazed at the facility we have there.
Mayor Webster said I would like to
share the letter I received from Chief Laage regarding the 2005 Foods for Fines
Program. “The 2005 Foods for Fines Program was again a great success. This was the tenth year we have conducted
this holiday program and we had another very successful program in helping
needy families and food banks in the
Mayor Webster continued 304
citations were issued. The amount of
fines we relieved was $12,866. That’s
almost $4,000 more than 2004. The organizations
assisted were the Tri-County Soul Ministries Food Bank, the
Mr. Danbury said Al Maupin is the one who came up with this idea and it has been emulated throughout many cities and states.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director – Mr. Knox said we had our tax session last Saturday for improvements to our tax form. I’m happy to say no suggested improvements came forward. However, we did definitely confirm that not everybody reads that form the same way. The only solution we can come up with other than a longer form, is for anybody who has a question call the Tax Department and ask them, or come in with your question and they will help you fill out your Springdale tax form. By the way, the last day to file this year is April 17th, since April 15th falls on a Saturday. It used to be April 30th before the legislature moved it back to the 15th.
Mr. Knox said each elected official received the Ohio Ethics Commission Financial Disclosure Statement. Any elected official must fill this out and they must accompany it with a $25 check.
Administrator’s Report – Mr. Osborn
said we received word today on the continuous on ramp north of SR 4 onto east
I-275. We started the current round of
going after this project in 2004 with an interchange modification study. We proceeded to an application under the
Mayor Webster asked does the northbound portion start at Glensprings?
Mr. Shvegzda responded the actual widening will start immediately north of Glensprings. ODOT doesn’t want that additional lane to be continuous from the radius return of Glensprings.
Mayor Webster asked is there nothing in this application for screening of the CG&E substation?
Mr. Osborn replied no, this is just for making the road improvements. We have put landscaping out there over time and have asked ODOT to do other improvements but one of the things we have run into, is, if you get too close to Cinergy’s substation they get very nervous because of potential interference with their lines. We had one landscape plan rejected by them because they were concerned the trees would get too tall and create a problem for them. As we approach the project we’ll try to make that transformer as invisible as possible.
Mr. Danbury asked, when they widen I-275 are they just going to add a lane on each side or will we possibly get another bridge in case we want to widen SR 4?
Mr. Osborn answered all the work will be on the interstate itself. There are no planned modifications to the interchanges or anything beyond the sound barrier walls.
Mr. Osborn said Mr. Knox’s office closed out the year end about a week ago and our final numbers show us about $145,000 better than the estimate I presented to you back at the budget discussion in December.
Law Director’s Report - no report
Engineer’s Report - no report
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Council took a recess at and reconvened at .
ORDINANCE NO. 2-2006 “DECLARING THE PREMISES LOCATED AT 12065 GREENCASTLE TO BE BLIGHTED AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO TAKE ANY PROPER ACTION TO ACQUIRE THE PREMISES, ELIMINATE THE BLIGHT, AND PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF BLIGHT”
Mr. Galster made a motion to table
NO. 3-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Ordinance no. 3-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
NO. 4-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Osborn said the City adopted an ordinance last November authorizing the sale of the property we had assembled on the southeast corner of SR 4/Kemper Road intersection. When we proceeded towards closing, we found that the environmental cleanup on one portion of that site had not progressed to the point that we could move on to closing without delay. So we’ve divided the assembled property into two parcels; the one parcel, about one-half acre, where we still have environmental work to be done; and the balance in a second parcel. The larger tract of land will be sold under the language in the original contract to Myers Y Cooper. The smaller piece will be sold to a wholly owned corporation owned by Randy Cooper, Xanadu Properties LLC. The reasons for doing this is to segregate potential risk from the environmental contamination. It is our belief that we will reach the required levels of cleanup in the short term. In fact, this may be negated that by the time we get to closing it may already be at the point that everything is cleaned up, but just to avoid having to kill the closing date at the last minute, this mechanism has been put into place. We are selling the property to the same party for the same development at the same cost.
Ordinance 4-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
NO. 5-2006 “AMENDING ORDINANCE 52-2005 AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF AN
AGREEMENT WITH THE MYERS Y. COOPER COMPANY
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 5-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 6-2006 “AMENDING ORDINANCE 40-2002 REGARDING RATE OF COMPENSATION FOR AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO”
Mr. Osborn said this is a housekeeping measure. We had intended all along to peg the auxiliary officers at that first step for patrol officer. That was the case in 2002. The following year we moved police officers to a separate pay table but we neglected to bring the auxiliary officers along.
ORDINANCE NO. 7 – 2006 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Ordinance 7-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 8 – 2006 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Mr. Osborn said we are replacing two 2000 Ford Crown Victorias. The mileage on those two vehicles when submitted to me in November for budget purposes was 114,281 and 130,684. The last ordinance adopted was rotating out a 1991 Lumina. We used to replace vehicles every two years. We had to because we had just enough to get by and we had to keep them on the road all the time. Over a six to eight year period we have expanded the fleet so we can rotate cars in and out. Now we make vehicles last three and four years or more. We had $50,000 budgeted for this and the cost is $42,434. In the previous ordinance we had $25,000 budgeted and the purchase price was $21,727 so all these vehicles are being purchased well under budget.
Mr. Galster asked does the budgeted number include the fit out?
Mr. Osborn replied it does not. We may have to tap into that in the case of the cruisers for some additional work if the changeover costs exceed what we have budgeted but we budgeted the change over costs in a different line item.
Ordinance 8-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
NO. 9-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 9-2006 passed with five affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinance 2 - February 15
Ordinance 6 - February 1
Zoning Code - upcoming
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council