Vice- President of Council Tom Vanover called Council to order on
March 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 Emerson, Hawkins, Squires, and Vanover. Mr. Diehl, Mr. Galster and Mrs. Harlow were absent.
The minutes of February 17, 2010 were approved with four affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster read a letter dated February 19, 2010 Chief Laage received from a resident whose home was broken into on September 9, 2009. The resident had praise for Detective Grindle, Detective Reardon, Lieutenant Mike Mathis and Patrolman Heard. She said, we have come to the conclusion that the Springdale Police Department does not have one or two exceptional officers, but the entire force is made up of exceptional, quality, understanding people. Our thanks go out to you for the standards you apparently have set in general and to those who have brought this particular crime to a successful conclusion. Best regards, Pat and Bill Lindenschmidt, 11840 Neuss Avenue.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Dan Ragenal from Frame USA stated on February 18th a snow-covered awning snapped and pulled part of the wall off the building. They called the Fire Department, who came out and put a tarp over the hole and helped us build a wall to hold the heat in.
Mr. Ragenal presented a plaque of the building and a fire truck to the City. The plaque says Springdale Fire Department, Thank you for your hard work, dedication and help. You truly went above and beyond. Your friends at Frame USA. Mr. Rangenal said there were five firefighters who really performed great. They are Dan Stryer, Mike Hoffman, Ralph Ritchey, Ed Woodward, Health Waxman, Kurt Kircheval and Lee Fisher. They really did a magnificent job.
PRINCETON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Dr. Gary Pack, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, said the district decided in March 2008 to place a construction levy of $142 million on the ballot to build a new high school and junior high. Dr. Pack introduced Dr. Lillian Hawkins, president of the school board; Tawana Keals, previous president of the Ohio School Association, now past president, board member of Great Oaks and the Princeton School District; Sandy Leach, board member, Tom ONeil, Communications Director; Kelly Wilham, principal of Springdale Elementary and Jim Rowan, treasurer. Dr. Pack said the levy on the ballot this May will be for $120 million. It would cost $100 million to renovate the high school and junior high school to last another 20 years, and $120 million to rebuild for 50 years. The State wont approve a renovation plan for either school. The first $20 would be at one percent bond rate and the other $100 million at four percent. We are asking for a 1.49 mil operating levy for 2011 and 2012. The school levy will begin in 2013. We have not asked for operating money in eleven years. We have cut the budget $13 million since 2004. We are cutting $3 million next year and if the levy doesnt pass, we have to cut another $6 million.
Mayor Webster said it has been eleven years since Princeton asked for an operating levy. Thats incredible. One of the foundations of our community is a good public school system.
OHIO CIVIL WAR TRAIL COMMISSION - Dave Mallory
Mr. Parham said Mr. Mallory called me last week to remind me that in 2003, he had come before City Council to point out that the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission was in the process of completing the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, and at that time Council committed to the addition of a number of signs/markers in our community that would be provided by the State. Mr. Mallory is here to share the information with us this evening.
Mr. Mallory, Hamilton County Coordinator of the Ohio Civil War Trail Commission, said the commission was started in 1999 by the Ohio Historical Society. The Commission was formed to research and interpret Civil War sites throughout the State of Ohio. John Hunt Morgans raiders passed through Springdale in the evening of July 13, 1863. Our trail marks the exact route of the raiders as they passed through Hamilton County and eighteen other counties throughout the State of Ohio. The trail is a driving trail with fifty-seven wayside spots for people to pull off and read a marker. None of those spots are in Springdale but there will be five directional signs in Springdale. It will be Ohios longest heritage trail. Im here to acknowledge the fact that Council did agree to the installation of these signs in 2003 and I wish this Council would also acknowledge that.
Mr. Parham said there was a letter Mr. Osborn directed to Mr. Mallory in 2003. Our commitment at that time, was that the Ohio Department of Transportation is creating the signs for the Commission. They will deliver those signs to the City of Springdale in July of this year and our staff will erect them. There are two on Kemper Road in close proximity to SR 4 and Kemper Road. There is a third south on SR 4. The other two are further to the south near Sharon and SR 4. The signs are 24 x 24 with a small directional arrow that is 18 x 6. ODOT will provide the poles.
Mayor Webster asked what happens if one of the signs is destroyed? Does the State replace it?
Mr. Mallory replied the Ohio Historical Society is responsible for replacing them. If one is damaged all the City needs to do is contact the Ohio Historical Society.
Mr. Squires made a motion that Council reaffirm the letter of the former City Administrator to the Ohio Historical Society and that Springdale be committed to its share of this. Mr. Hawkins seconded. The motion passed with four affirmative votes.
Mr. Mallory said please feel free to conduct a formal dedication when the markers arrive in Springdale.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION R4-2010 COMMENDING MARTHA JANE ZIMMERER FOR HER DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Hawkins seconded.
Mayor Webster said Id like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Martha. She has been an outstanding City employee. I can remember the day she started with the City 35 or 36 short years ago. The officers get a lot of publicity for the great things they do but they couldnt perform those duties to the level they do without the excellent support of people like Martha and her cohorts. You will be sorely missed.
Resolution R4-2010 passed with four affirmative votes.
Chief Laage said Martha has been with us so long. Martha was hired on August 4, 1974. She has been fun to work with. She was a front line receptionist for many years. Its a very difficult job. The receptionist has to be multi-faceted. She is responsible for the phone when it rings, for the radio when an officer calls from the car. For the last ten years Martha has been in charge of Mayors Court. There has not been one issue coming out of Mayors Court since Martha has been there. We owe it to her and her success for the success of Mayors Court. On behalf of the entire Police Department, we want to thank you very much for one heck of a career.
ORDINANCE NO. 7-2010 AMENDING SECTIONS 153.523 AND 153.531 OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE ZONING CODE REGARDING ELECTRONIC SIGNS
RESOLUTION NO. R5 -2010 APPOINTING TERESA PARDIECK TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM ON THE CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mrs. Emerson seconded.
Resolution R5-2010 passed with four affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
Mrs. McNear said CVS has requested a liquor license for C1 and C2. It is a new request. There were no objections.
Mr. Parham said you should have received a letter from the Secretary of the Planning Commission recommending an amendment to the Zoning Code. If you recall, in 2009 Council passed legislation authorizing temporary banners for thirty day periods in the business community. Those will expire on April 17. I think it has been worthwhile and has assisted a number of businesses as well as the elementary schools. The recommendation from Planning Commission is to renew that. Because of the time frame the soonest we can get it onto your agenda and also have a public hearing would be the April 7th meeting. We can have a first reading March 17. It would go into effect May 7th because it goes into effect thirty days after. It would be in effect May 7, 2010 to May 7, 2011. There will be a brief lag period from April 17th to May 7th.
Mayor Webster said well just have a soft enforcement for the six week period. Pappadeaux has probably used it more than anybody but the school. This ordinance will have a sunset provision and will expire twelve months after.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - March 9
Rules and Laws - March 10
Board of Health - March 11
Board of Zoning Appeals - March 16
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Vicki Switzer said Im running for the 28th House District State Representative position for the Republican nomination. I served six yeas on Wyoming City Council and also as the Mayor. I have my own company that I started twenty years ago.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinance 7-2010 - March 17
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Temporary banner - March 17
Council adjourned at 8:13 p.m.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Tom Vanover, Vice-President of Council