††††††††††† 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
The minutes of
††††††††††† COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
††††††††††† Civil Service Commission††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Rules and Laws††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Public Relations††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† -†††††††††† no report
Public Utilities††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Capital Improvements Ė Mr. Danbury reported the final plans were submitted to ODOT on the streetscape project.† Construction will begin this summer.†
Finance Committee††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Planning Commission Ė Mr. Galster there was a request for
approval for a proposed Sprint PCS antenna on top of the Howard Johnson sign at
Board of Zoning Appeals†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Board of Health Ė Ms. Pollitt said the Board of Health meeting was routine.† She said the 2004 annual report was in the packet and they did a fantastic job.† I would like to commend them for that.
Mr. Danbury said the cell phone business is really booming.† Are there any provisions we have that the cell phone tower owners would take down the existing towers and put up something more aesthetically pleasing if new technology comes out?
Mr. Galster replied if the tower becomes unused they have to remove it.† That was part of the original agreement.† We canít actually prevent them from putting towers up.
Veteranís Memorial Committee††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
O-K-I Ė Mr. Knox said they announced that they are going to
have public meetings and the public is invited to participate and let the
people from OKI and ODOT know what people would like the transportation system
to look like thirty years from now.† The
Mayorís Report††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† no report
Clerk of Council/Finance Director Ė Mr. Knox announced that
the tax forms have been mailed.† If
someone has not received a form please contact the Tax Department and have them
send one to you.† Anyone nineteen years
of age and older must file a tax form even if you donít pay taxes to the City
Administratorís Report Ė Mr. Osborn asked Mr. Tulluch to talk about the
Mr. Tulloch said the Clean Ohio Grant is
Mr. Osborn said the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authorityís senior housing project on SR 4 has gone out for bids.† In addition, they are putting together their financing plan for the project.† They have the option of going after tax exempt bonds, but another alternative, applying for tax credit increments from the Ohio Housing Authority would probably yield them a better result.†† They can remarket those tax credits and absorb the benefit of the profit into the project.† They will be before you at the next Council meeting.† There will be a resolution requested by them to endorse their application for the tax credits under the Ohio Housing Financing Agency.
Mr. Osborn stated we will have legislation before you at the next meeting regarding the next phase of the contract for the Tri-County Business District Revitalization Plan.† We brought in a comprehensive proposal from the consultant and chose only to implement the first part of it.† Now we want to tell you why itís time to move forward with the balance of that study.† Mr. Tulloch is working with Mr. Ichelbaum on finalizing the details of the proposal and agreement.† As soon as they reach a satisfactory conclusion to those negotiations, Mr. Tulloch and possibly Mr. Ichelbaum will be laying that program out before you on March 2.† I want to emphasize that I think it is very important that we continue placing a great deal of emphasis on this particular exercise.† We cannot just assume that because Tri-County Mall apparently is going to be given some additional investment in physical appearance, that thatís going to stimulate our business district significantly.† I think it will have a positive influence but I think we need to build off of that positive influence and take it to other properties.† †The purpose of this revitalization plan is to come up with a strategic plan on how we can sustain and improve our retail business district.
Mr. Osborn continued there is material in your packet from the First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio requesting we discuss the Greater Ohio legislative agenda.† I request that we do that under Old Business.
Mr. Osborn said I would like to give you an update on the
issue of the sound walls and our discussion with ODOT.† After the last Council meeting I was to
contact Mr. Jindhal and inquire as to whether the
Ohio Department of Transportation would add just that wall on the north side
along the Summerfield exposure to the expressway.† We both talked to their consultant, LJB, and
according to them, an earthen berm is not physically
possible at that location.† Secondly,
itís still possible to put the sound wall there because it has already been
designed into the project.† Mr. Jindhal said he would verify with the Federal Highway
Administration that they would allow us to put in only part of the recommended
wall.† He was concerned that they would
say you have to put in all of it or you have to select not to have any of
it.† The Federal Highway Administration
has a new
Mr. Danbury asked how did they determine the affected residents?† From my understanding itís just going to spread it out more.
Mr. Osborn replied I donít have a good answer for that.† We didnít get into those kinds of details.† I think you heard as much as I did the night the ODOT people were down here.† I donít know how they determine the first 500 feet from the edge of payment as their measurement for the impact area.† I donít know what success we would have arguing that the sample area should have been bigger.
Mr. Danbury said I wonder how this would affect the signage we have out there.
Mr. Osborn responded it wonít happen in commercial areas. †The pole signs will be high enough.
Mr. Wilson said my concern still revolves around what affect these walls will have on residents over 500 feet away in terms of decibel count.† No one has been able to tell us what kind of effect that will have.† †That should be considered too.
Mr. Squires asked is
Mr. Osborn replied I think we could still have some say in
the texture of the wall.† The wall starts
Mr. Osborn said Mr. Jindhal is
willing to organize a meeting between the
Mr. Osborn said the spot blight ordinance is in
progress.† It is intended to address some
very critical problem areas that have not been responsive to our normal
citations and orders from the Building Department and that have been on-going
and chronic.† The idea would be to give
the City the ability to acquire these properties through condemnation and then
remarket them.† The process is for the
City Administration to identify particular properties, make the recommendation
to City Council, give the property owner the
opportunity to appear before Council in an
Mr. Osborn said the next two pieces of legislation deal with an issue that came to our attention last week; that is, the parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts. †There was a situation in the Beacon Hills area where a resident has begun parking tow trucks and operating a towing service out of the residence.† They may work for another company but they are dispatched from their home.† We looked at the situation with the Building Department, Fire Department and Police Department to try to identify what violations we saw there.† The only violations of code that we saw were the use of an extension cord from the house to a truck parked on the street, which is a violation of the fire code.† There was a tow truck parked in the driveway on private property, which is not allowed.† They have been given until tomorrow evening to discontinue that practice.† If the vehicle is still parked there Friday morning they will be cited to court.† We are hoping that through direct contact with them that it will be better for them to find alternatives rather than contest this issue with the City.† We had a representative talk with them today.† This has caused us to take a hard look at our regulations and how they address this issue.† I think there are things we can do to make our code stronger.† We need to improve our Zoning Code as it relates to parking of commercial vehicles on residential property.† It was fortunate for us that this vehicle met the definition of commercial tractor.† Had it been a big step-van it wouldnít have met that definition and we wouldnít have been able to anything about it.† Secondly, there are no limitations on parking commercial vehicles on public streets.† There are certain weight limitations and certain width on the street but they typically deal with tractor trailers.† We are also proposing that we amend our parking regulations as they relate to parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts.† Our proposal is to have the draft Zoning Code reviewed by staff and our Law Directorís office by March 1.† It would be before you on March 2.† The intent there would be for Council to discuss it and recommend it to Planning Commission for their March 8 meeting.† In order to expedite this we would also start the advertising for the public hearing on March 4.† I know thatís jumping the gun a little bit but we are just trying to contract the amount of time the process is going to take.† The idea would be for a first reading on March 16 with a second reading and public hearing on April 6.† Assuming it is adopted on April 6 there is a thirty day period before it goes into effect.† We will also be making recommendations on the parking regulations and we want them to become effective just a little bit later than the Zoning Code for legal reasons. †The first reading on the parking regulation would be April 20 with a second reading May 4.† It would have an emergency clause but we would like the effective date to be May 7, the day after the zoning regulation.†
Law Directorís Report††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† no report
Engineerís Report††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† no report
††††††††††† Mr. Knox stated each member of Council and the Administration received a certified letter from CMHA.† Baldwin Grove is going to go forward.† Ninety-five percent of the units would be low income; five percent would be extremely low income.† The final paragraph says we have the right to submit to OHFA regarding the projectís impact on the community.† ďIf you plan to submit a letter of disapproval or objection you must submit a written statement signed by a majority of voting members, etc.Ē† I take it Council will not be sending an objection or letter of disapproval.
††††††††††† Mr. Osborn said we probably will be writing a letter of endorsement.† In addition to the request for a resolution they have also sent us a request for an endorsement from the Administration.† There were no objections from Council members.
††††††††††† COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
††††††††††† Richard Goetz, 805 Cedarhill Drive; Tera Hamilton, 812 Cedarhill Drive, Gary Thompson, 804 Edarhill Drive;† and Ed Knox, 881 Yorkhaven all expressed concern about the tow truck being parked on Cedarhill Drive that is causing a safety problem.† Mr. Goetz thanked Mr. Osborn and Mr. Wilson for their effort on this issue.
††††††††††† David Traut,
††††††††††† Mr. Osborn responded if we want to
have a frank discussion with ODOT and the
††††††††††† Mr. Traut said if Iím not allowed to attend, take a close look at the zones that are in the ODOT report.† Many of the zones that are identified there do not exceed the Federal Highway Administration or EPA noise limits.†
††††††††††† Mrs. McNear said after we have this meeting, I would think we would have another public meeting to report any of the findings that we have.
††††††††††† Mr. Vanover stated I think, after talking with Mr. Osborn and his interpretation, I donít think there is going to be a need for a public hearing after the fact because I think itís a moot point.† I think the walls will be there unless we hear otherwise.†
††††††††††† Mr. Danbury said when we are dealing with an issue such as the commercial trucks, sometimes there is just basic commonsense.† Iím not saying this is the case here but a lot of times people just go a little overboard.
††††††††††† Mr. Galster said there has been a lot of talk about this location but there are other locations in the City.† This is not designed for this one individual.
††††††††††† Mr. Osborn said I would like to
direct your attention to the Greater Ohio Action Agenda.† The First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest
Ohio is formed to create and lobby for legislation at the State level that will
benefit existing communities as opposed to encouraging green field
development.† Their very first tenet is a
fix it first policy towards
††††††††††† Mr. Danbury made a motion affirming
††††††††††† Mr. Galster said there are actually some situations where green field projects are actually given an encouragement with a higher rating than redevelopment.† Itís trying to make them re-think that we need to take care of existing situations but also do not reward green fields and penalize brown fields.†
††††††††††† Mr. Knox said as a member of OKI I am also a member of the Land Use Planning Commission.† †The objectives of the Land Use Commission are very similar to whatís in this document.†
††††††††††† The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
††††††††††† NEW BUSINESS††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† none
††††††††††† MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
††††††††††† Board of Zoning Appeals†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† March 15
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE††††††††††† ††††††††††† - ††††††††† none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Spot blight ordinance††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† March 2
Tri-County Business District Revitalization††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† March 2
Parking of commercial vehicles in res. Neighborhoods†††††††† -†††††††††† March 2
Resolution of support for CMHA†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† March 2
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Council adjourned at
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Respectfully submitted,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Edward† F. Knox
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council