President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on May 7, 2003, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Danbury, Galster, Pollitt, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear.
The minutes of April 16, 2003 were approved with seven affirmative votes.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL DAY TO LIEUTENANT FIELDS AND OFFICER RIORDON
Chief Laage said we’d like to swear in Mr. Dan Ingram, one of our auxiliary officers. Dan retired from Sharonville after serving twenty plus years there. He had served with the Park District also. When he retired he was patrol commander in charge of the Patrol Services Unit. We approached him in regards to our new program and I think he will fit our bill very nicely. This program is geared towards retired officers whom we feel are very useful in regards to training. Dan will be on station a good majority of time, following up on tax complaints, warrant work, etc. That enables us to more focus the full-time regular patrol officers on the beat where they should be.
Mayor Webster swore in Mr. Ingram.
Mayor Webster read a proclamation proclaiming May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 occurs as Police Week. Mayor Webster presented the proclamation to Lieutenant Fields and Officer Riordon.
Chief Laage said Officer Riordon has been with us about five years. He was with the Park Patrol for a year or two and he is after me to get a bike patrol going. He was selected this year because of his outstanding performance last year. Last year he was on third shift. He received an award at our March meeting. One night he was going down SR 4 and was actually going to stop an individual he thought looked suspicious. He saw an individual run across SR 4 by Provident Bank. He then pursued this person and he heard an alarm. He had just discovered a break-in in progress. He stopped a career criminal who had taken a gun from that business. Another night we had 20-30 car break-ins in a neighborhood. These are very troublesome and inconvenient but very personal to the victim. We work these but they are often hard to track down. Keenan knew the kids and young adults that were out at the time. He went out one night when break-ins were occurring again. Keenan thought it might be a certain individual and he sat by his house. He stopped that individual, who had the stuff from these break-ins on him.
Chief Laage stated that Bill Fields has been with us 23 years. For the last seven years he has been in charge of our Criminal Investigative Services Unit. He oversees the work of five other detectives and also carries a number of cases himself. It’s very rewarding work when the case goes the way you want it to, but at times it’s very frustrating. Bill has a very bright future with this police department. Bill was selected this past year to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. It is a feat that very few officers attain in their careers. It’s like one-half of one percent of all officers who get to go to the academy. It was well earned by Bill by what he’s done in the past. Bad news – Bill is coming out of Investigations. We have a system of rotation and Bill Mathis will be going into Investigations in the fall. Bill Fields will be on patrol but he will have that extra education as an investigator when he’s on the street.
Chief Laage said I want to say thanks to both of these officers. The Law Enforcement profession is very dear and rewarding to me. You won’t find a harder working group of men and women, or a group of men and women with ethics and integrity than we have on this force. I want to thank the City Administration and Council for all your support through the years.
Mayor Webster said thank you very much. I think the integrity, pride and accomplishments of our police department start at the top and go down from there. Chief, thank you very much for being the chief that you are and developing the staff that you developed. Please pass our appreciation on to your fellow officers.
Mr. Vanover, Mr. Danbury, Mr. Squires and Mrs. McNear expressed their appreciation also.
ORDINANCE NO. 12-2003 "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SPRINGDALE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 153, ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS "USE, CONDITIONAL": TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 153, ARTICLE 43, SECTION 153.444 FINAL PLAN OF A DEVELOPMENT AREA; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 153, ARTICLE 48, SECTION 153.490 PERMITTED ACCESSORY USES – OFFICE, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 153, ARTICLE 48, SECTION 153.491 ACCESSORY USES NOT PERMITTED; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 153, ARTICLE 52, SECTION 153.531 SIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 12-2003 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 14-2003 "AMENDING THE ZONING CODE TO PROVIDE AS PRINCIPAL PERMITTED USE FACILITIES PROVIDING POST SECONDARY EDUCATION IN FIELDS OF STUDY RELATED TO ANY PRINCIPALLY PERMITTED USES IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE ZONING CODE: 153.201; 153.216; 153.231; 153.246; AND 153.261"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 14-2003 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 18-2003 "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SPRINGDALE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 152, SECTIONS 152.20 PERMITS; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 155, SECTION 155.011(Q) SPECIFIC MEANINGS OF WORDS "JUNK MOTOR VEHICLE"; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 155, SECTION 155.073 NUMBER OF ROOMS; MINIMUM AREA; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 156, SECTION 156.02 DEFINITIONS "NON-DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY"; TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 156, SECTION 156.06 TREE APPROVAL REQUIRED FOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPROVAL; AND TO AMEND TITLE XV, CHAPTER 156, SECTION 156.07(A) TREE APPROVAL FOR DEVELOPMENT PLANS"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 18-2003 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 19-2003 "AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 112: VENDORS AND SOLICITORS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Ordinance 10-2003 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 20-2003 "AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND THE GREATER CINCINNATI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PERTAINING TO "PARTNERSHIP FOR GREATER CINCINNATI 1999-2003""
Mr. Squires made a motion to change "he" to "the" and also add "the" prior to Partnership. Mr. Danbury seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 21-2003 "ACCEPTANCE OF DEDICATION AND RIGHT OF WAYS ALONG STATE ROUTE 747 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY (OAKHILL CEMETERY)"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 21-2003 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury said I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Princeton School Board and thank the residents of Princeton for supporting the bond issue.
Mr. Danbury said there is a new law for phone solicitation. People can be put on a list and if people were to call that person, it would be a fifth degree misdemeanor.
Mr. Schneider responded I have not seen a draft of that bill but I will get a copy of it and we can announce to our citizens how to do it.
Mr. Danbury said while the Chief was talking about our police officers, I was thinking about the Fire Department. I know Mr. Wilson and Mr. Galster are working on our veteran’s memorial and I was wondering if there is a place we could have off to the side honoring the personnel on staff who have met their demise while on duty here.
Mr. Knox said they had a liquor license transfer from Daysprings Inc. to Nalini Hospitality Group. There were no objections from Council.
Mr. Squires asked if there is anything new to report on the Veterans Memorial and Mr. Wilson replied no.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - May 20
Planning Commission - May 13
Board of Health - May 8
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at 7:52 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council