President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on September 3, 2008 , 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 Danbury, Diehl, Galster, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and Harlow.

    The minutes of August 20 were approved with seven affirmative votes with three minor adjustments. Mr. Squires said on page 8513 in the last sentence change “big” to “bid”, on page 8515 under Mr. Wilson’s comments add the word “you” after “we will work with”, on page 8519 Mr. Vanover’s comments change “you put” to you’d”.

    COMMUNICATIONS                     -      none


    Mr. Karle said I want to invite Council and the public to the Taste of Springdale on September 13, 2008. Mr. Karle talked about the events for the day. Julie Matheny advised Council and the public of the vendors who would be there.

    Mayor Webster said last year there was a problem with the vendors’ parking and dropping off supplies. Has that been addressed with the Police Department?

    Mr. Karle replied yes, we are providing the vendors with placards and they will be allowed to park for a maximum of ten minutes in the turn around area to unload supplies.

    ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS    -    none            


    Mr. Galster said we have a final report on the Veteran’s Memorial Golf Outing. The revenue generated was $16,640 with expenses totaling $5,243.58. The net profit is $11,396.42.

    Mr. Parham said I e-mailed ODOT not to remove the vegetation from the front of the wall on I-275. We’ve been a USATree City for the past sixteen years so to take the vegetation down to show the sign that was ill placed would not be in our best interest. I received an e-mail back from ODOT saying not only would they not take the vegetation down but they will now relocate that sign from the current location to the first panel on the interstate. I did request that they give us an approximate date of when they would make this relocation. I have not heard anything from them as of today.

    Mayor Webster said Mr. Parham sent an excellent e-mail to ODOT which Mayor Webster read: “At last evening’s City Council meeting I shared the photos of the hidden Springdale wall with our elected officials. They too had a hard time understanding why that sign was placed in its current location. That rationale I could not explain. However, I did share with them ODOT’s proposed solution to removing the existing vegetation to address the hidden sign. While understanding the cost ramifications for relocating the sign, they are not in favor of removing the vegetation in an effort to correct this error in judgment. As one member indicated, we have been a Tree City USA for the past sixteen years and to remove trees to reveal the identity of a poorly placed sign would go against what we have always stood for. Therefore, the City of Springdale is requesting that ODOT not remove the vegetation at this location in order to reveal the identity of the hidden Springdale sign. If, in the meantime, you and your team are able to come up with some other solution to this problem, we would be more than happy to listen. Please respond back to this message to confirm your understanding as per our request.”

    Mayor Webster said I think he did a great job of putting the onus back on them.

    Mr. Galster asked were other issues such as the different coloration on the Kenn Road overpass discussed or will that be later?

    Mr. Parham replied I have not had any discussion with them relative to that. In fact, I have not spoken with them. I simply sent them the e-mail about the vegetation.

    Mayor Webster suggested that Council invite someone to come to a Council meeting and hear first hand our concerns. I doubt if we will have any success getting anything done. I agree that the Kenn Road overpass is ridiculous.

    Mr. Osborn said I have asked the engineer to bring up this issue with the contractor and State.

    Mr. Shvegzda said they recognized the problem on the paint and will touch up at the end of the project. I don’t think their idea of touching up is very large areas though.

    Mr. Galster said when they get to the touching up, if you are going northbound on SR 4 taking the ramp to east I-275 almost every one of the metal pilasters that holds the walls in place has multi colors that you can see. Every one of them has three or four colors of touch up that don’t match. I don’t think they plan on doing a complete repaint. It seems to me if they are having this much problem with a color match that if they fix the handling problems we will end up with that much more discoloration and non-uniformity in the finished product.


    Mayor Webster said Springdale Offering Support has a deal with Riley’s, who will donate 25 percent of your check if you take an SOS flier and dine at Riley’s on the first three Mondays and fourth Tuesday in October. This is a huge fund raiser for SOS. Riley’s is relatively new in Springdale and a very good corporate citizen.

    Mr. Osborn said I’d like to request two pieces of legislation for the next meeting. The first is for the bicycles that we accumulate and are not easy to identify ownership. We donate these bicycles to the Vineyard Community Church because they have a program that refurbishes the bicycles and distributes them to needy families. We’d like to request that we have a two-year authorization under this ordinance whereby every 180 days we can turn in bikes to them. It’s a very worthwhile program and the Church participates in our bike program.

    Mr. Osborn stated we have received bids for the pedestrian bridge at the Police Department. There were three bidders. We’d like to have a recommendation and legislation for you at the next meeting.

    Mrs. McNear said there is a liquor license request for WalMart for a C-1, C-2, and D-6 liquor license. There were no objections.

    Mayor Webster said I got an e-mail with a sign that Costco has on their display saying according to local liquor laws they are not allowed to sell these products on Sunday. Is WalMart in a different precinct?

    Mr. Schneider said I think the State would catch it and stop it if is not allowed.

    Mrs. McNear said I will investigate.

    Mr. Parham said I would like to request legislation at the next meeting for the Fraternal Order of Police contract.

    Mrs. McNear said I just want people to understand they can give to SOS and the Veteran’s Memorial Fund. Some companies will match funds.

    Mayor Webster said the fiftieth anniversary of the City will be next year. I think we need to do something to honor the occasion.


    Board of Health                     -     September 11
    Board of Zoning Appeals                 -     September 16
    Planning Commission                     -     September 9, 2008
    Planning & BZA Workshop                 -     October 18




Bicycles to Vineyard                     -     September 17
Pedestrian bridge at PD                 -     September 17
Police Contract                     -     September 17

Council adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

                        Respectfully submitted,

                        Kathy McNear
                        Clerk of Council/Finance Director

Minutes Approved:

Marjorie Harlow, President of Council

__________________________, 2008


City of Springdale Council

    September 3     2008