President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on February 3, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

    The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.

    Mrs. McNear took roll call. Present were Council members Diehl, Emerson, Galster, Hawkins, Squires, Vanover and Harlow.

    The minutes of January 20, 2010 were approved with seven affirmative votes with one addition; “Ordinance 5-2010 passed with seven affirmative votes.”


    Mrs. McNear said each elected official would have a packet in your mailbox for your 2009 financial disclosures. Be sure that you send it in before April 15th or their will be a fine. There is a new address on the forms. Please confirm to me that the address on that document is your correct address.

    ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS        -     none
    PRESENTATION – Food for Families
    Chief Laage recognized Marsha Bemmes for the successful holiday program.

    Marsha Bemmes said we collected names from the schools and apartment complexes. We helped forty-one families. We started with the coat, hat and glove drive and still have some left over for next year’s program. We worked with Calvary Church in delivering twenty Thanksgiving dinners to families. Target took on our Shop with a Cop program and we were able to take nine kids to shop with a cop. Twenty-five families were picked up by numerous businesses and residents of Springdale. SOS picked up some of the families. John Morrell donated 750 pounds of meat. One business owner helped the Hispanic community by donating thirty food baskets. We were able to collect canned goods even without the Food for Fines program and were able to help the food pantries. In addition we had $1900 donated.

    Mayor Webster stated Marsha did an outstanding job with this. We had an SOS meeting on December 2nd. I left the meeting thinking this program wasn’t going to happen this year. Marsha said don’t worry, it will all fall into place. Thanks to the leadership of Officer Bemmes and the generous donations of businesses like John Morrell, Target, Jose Galicia from La Plaza Tapatia, Danny Comer and his staff at The Boulevard, and an outpouring of support throughout the community, we were able to make this happen.

    Chief Laage said I’d like to talk about the Police Department Accreditation, “a process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet certain standards.” We were first accredited in 2007. We are one of the fifty-eight agencies in Ohio out of over two hundred who are accredited. This is a three-year process. The assessors come in and look at our policies and procedures. We have over 450 standards (policies and procedures). The assessors did not find one issue. This is an expensive process but I think it is worth every buck. MRVMA thinks very highly of this program. They give the City a substantial discount every year on our accreditation fees because of what we do. Marsha Bemmes is the accreditation manager.

    Mrs. Emerson said if this accreditation is what the hospital goes through, what a feat to be reviewed like you’ve been with no citations. This is a day to day thing to keep your force in line and up to policies and procedures. You should be proud.


    Mr. Hawkins asked did we find out anything about the lights at Kenn Road? There appear to be lights on the northbound lane of Kenn Road. I didn’t know if they were going to be activated.

    Mr. Shvegzda replied I have an e-mail in but I have not received a response as to whether that was planned or what the schedule is. I will follow up with that.


    Mr. Vanover said I noticed earlier this week that the pole mounted traffic head where you come up Tivoli at Crescentville, the red light is burned out.

    Mr. Forbes said I would like to express my thanks and appreciation in Council’s action in my appointment to the Law Director’s position. I assure you that you will continue to receive the same, if not better, legal services that you have grown accustomed to.
    Mrs. Emerson said I attended the ribbon cutting Monday for the Eye Mart Express. I just wanted to welcome them to Springdale.


Planning Commission                     -     February 9
Housing Board                     -     February 9
Board of Health                     -     February 11
Board of Zoning Appeals                 -     February 16
Rules and Laws                     -     February 23

Mrs. Harlow announced I will be holding a District 3 meeting. I would like to have a community clean up day and if you would be interested in serving on a committee to organize that please call me.

Mr. Squires said the Springdale Youth Boosters will have the Cinema Horse Races/Monte Carlo night February 27.

Mrs. Harlow said we need to fill a slot on Charter Commission. We need to get them organized for a meeting to look at how Charter addresses Planning Commission appointments and BZA appointments.


Mrs. Emerson made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss possible real estate acquisitions and/or litigation. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.

Council went into executive session at 7:28 p.m. and reconvened at 8:18.



Council adjourned at 8:19 p.m.

                        Respectfully submitted,

                        Kathy McNear
                        Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Minutes Approved:

Marjorie Harlow, President of Council

__________________________, 2010