President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on
August 3, 2011, 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, and Harlow. Mr. Vanover was absent
The minutes of July 20, 2011 were approved with six affirmative votes after the following correction. Mrs. Harlow stated the minutes should have said Vice-President Tom Vanover called the meeting to order as she was not at that meeting. The minutes were approved with five affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster read a letter: I wish to extend my most humble thanks for honoring my request in regards to the name change of McGillard to Jake Sweeney Place. I do this on behalf of the Jake Sweeney family to celebrate our many years as part of the Springdale community. Thank you again very much, Juanita, Lawrence and family.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 26-2011 AMENDING SECTION 153.431 OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE ZONING CODE REGARDING OUTDOOR ADVERTISING DEVICES
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Thamann said at the last meeting under Section 5(k) we changed the word retail to business.
Ordinance 26-2011 passed with six affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster said I would like to thank Council, Planning Commission, the City Engineer, City Planner and Building Department for their work on this. It will identify Springdale on I-275 and the businesses can take advantage of it. I think its something we have been lacking.
ORDINANCE NO. 29-2011 AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 19-2011 REGARDING PART-TIME AND SEASONAL POSTIONS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mrs. Emerson adopted.
Ordinance 29-2011 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 30-2011 AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR ALTERNATIVE SUPPLY OF WHOLESALE ELECTRICAL ENERGY FOR CITY OF SPRINGDALE MUNICIPAL FACILITIES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Parham stated in May or June 2010 the City was presented with an opportunity to join through the Center for Local Government with eight other jurisdictions to collaborate our municipal facilities electrical energy. As a result we were able to experience a roughly forty percent savings in our electric bills. The program expires December 31, 2011 when the Duke Energy rates expire. Duke has been back before PUCO to obtain new rates. No one knows what the exact date will be. The broker who overseas the Center for Local Government program (Good Energy) predicts that the new contract will be for 17 to 41 months. Some of the jurisdictions are moving towards creating aggregates for their community. If that occurs and the rates with that aggregate are better than with this group, we want to have the ability to leave this group and participate in our aggregation. Right now, they are just collecting communities to participate in the program but they are waiting for the Duke decision from PUCO. If you pass this ordinance tonight, we wont do anything until these issues are clarified. The ordinance will give us the authority to take advantage of things as they occur.
Mayor Webster said we and eight other communities are participating in this program. It was eighteen or nineteen originally but many of them dropped out. I believe those that dropped out will be able to see that we did see a forty percent savings and there will be many more that join the group.
Ordinance 30-2011 passed with six affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
Mayor Webster announced winter operating hours at the Community Center. Starting October 1 the Center will close at 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., Monday through Friday through March 1. The total estimated cost of the extension is $4200. That will accommodate basketball and volleyball games and practices.
Mr. Parham said one of the projects in both the five year and one year budget was Century Circle North improvements. We decided to place a number for engineering in the budget and I was notified by the State that we have $328,070 out of $374,500 available at this time. They believe by November they will have the balance of $46,300 available for us. That would cover seventy percent of the construction costs of the project which is estimated to be $535,000; $374,000 covered by the grant, $160,000 covered by the City. The engineering would be paid by the City as well as construction engineering. We will seek other reimbursement for those funds as well, but we would like to bring legislation in for a proposal from CDS for the engineering to be completed on that project.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - Aug 9
Board of Zoning Appeals - Aug 16
Safety Day - Aug 20
Cop on Top (Walgreens) - Aug 5-6
Wendys Special Olympics - Aug 5
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
John Kilburn, staying at Super 8 Motel said I noticed things at the motel such as loose wiring, where lights had been removed, etc. so I came up and spoke with the Assistant Fire Chief and asked if any violations had been placed on different businesses for Fire Code violations. One issue of concern is the door to the main service panel is left open. As I went up and down the steps, the top step sits lower than the height of the step and sits at an angle. In case of a fire it could be dangerous because people are in a hurry. I got a copy of the Fire Report for this year and I noticed that there is a violation that has not been corrected from the May 24, 2010 inspection concerning the fire hydrant. They have issued a violation order but since there have never been any fines, what incentive do people have to correct these violations. These laws are just like traffic tickets. They come out of the Ohio Revised Code and they have a purpose for the life and safety of the public. Also, this time I noticed work being done at the motel. I started working there. After working a week I was not paid. I asked the owner to deduct what I was owed from the rent. The owner said no. Hes paying part-time people cash at $7 an hour, under minimum wage. These people, Im not trying to say its wrong that they come from another country, but a lot of hotels have been purchased by people from India, which is fine. But when they come to America, they take an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of our land. They pay people less than minimum wage and dont concern themselves about correcting violations. When I got plans from the Building Department for the space being built, I see that he directed us to do certain things that were not in the plans. Therein is another violation. The way the law reads each and every day is a separate violation. He could pay $750 per day for each of these violations. He could face time in jail. I am here to ask Council what is their thought about businesses conducting business in this manner because when I stayed at Howard Johnsons for a week, they had a service panel off in the main hallway. That panel has 277 volts per phase, phase to phase it is 480. Very hazardous conditions exist out here. For ten percent of these fines I would address these fines. I would write a list of businesses that are doing these things which would not cost you one penny. As a matter of fact you would make money off this. Id also like to ask that someone go over where this construction is going on and address the issue of plan changes. They have not applied for a permit through IBI. The water line to that building will not shut off. Its been over a year for the fire hydrant I referred to. The sign beside the fire hydrant that says fire lane only is laying on the ground. I ask you to think about this. Would you please look into it?
Mrs. Harlow said thank you for bringing these concerns to Council. Im sure Administration and our Fire Department will take a look at all of this.
Mrs. Emerson made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss economic development. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative votes.
Council went into executive session at 7:30 and reconvened at 7:46 p.m.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Pictoria TIF - Aug 17
Municipal Liens - Aug 17
Municipal Leagues Group Rating Program - Aug 17
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
CDS Engineering for Century Circle - Aug 17
Council adjourned at 7:49 p.m.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Marjorie Harlow, President of Council