††††††††††† President of Council Kathy McNear
called Council to order on
††††††††††† The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
††††††††††† Mr. Knox took roll call.† Present were Council members
††††††††††† The minutes of were approved with six affirmative votes.† Mr. Wilson abstained.
††††††††††† Mr. Knox said Time Warner Cable wanted us to inform their viewers that the CW network will be on channel 20.† As a result, channel 38 is being dropped.† Right now you can get the CW network on channel 2 until October 17, then it switches to channel 20.
††††††††††† Mr. Knox said we have the annual letter from Time Warner Cable saying ďthe Federal Communications Commissionís Regulations for basic cable rates permits us to adjust rates annually for inflation, external costs and other factors.† We will be adjusting our installation and equipment rates effective January 1.† Our customers will receive notification of the rate adjustment thirty days prior to the implementation.Ē†
††††††††††† Mr. Knox continued, we have a communication from the Board of Elections.† Each person who voted in the last election should be receiving a card or should have received a card telling you what precinct you are in, and where you will be voting.† You must bring an ID.† There are several things that will suffice as a voter ID.† I suggest that you check with the newspapers and advertisements you will be seeing on television.† The Board of Elections has seen fit to change the lettering of the precincts.† †They have not changed the boundaries; however, the districts themselves have been re-lettered.†† For instance, the Beacon Hills and a small portion of Oxford Hills was J.† It is now A.† The Oxford Hills area used to be L and is now I.† Precinct K has disappeared.† Precinct D has expanded to the point that what used to be part of E is now D.† ††We will have these maps available.† Mary has one and you can call her or the Board of Elections to ask where you vote now.
††††††††††† Mayor Webster said it is my understanding that the Board of Elections is contemplating having someone at the front desk of the Community Center as soon as you go in, who will have a detailed list so if anyone wonders which polling place they belong to, that person will be able to direct them.
††††††††††† Mayor Webster read a letter from Mr.
and Mrs. Wesley Shaffer,
††††††††††† Mayor Webster read another letter
from Thelma Lindner: ďDear Mayor Webster:†
Just wanted to tell you and your committee what a great job you all did
††††††††††† Mr. Osborn asked is the map in electronic format so that we could put it on the website?
††††††††††† Mr. Knox responded I had to call the Board of Elections and received a paper copy.† I can see if they can send us an electronic copy.† Mr. Knox stated the change in the precinct lettering was not brought on by the action of any member of City government or anyone else associated with it.† There will be a special item that only Precinct E will be voting on.†
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ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
SECTION 95.03 OF THE
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Osborn said Chris Kinnard, a resident of our City who was at the last
meeting, and formally ran the Environmental Section of the Mound Lab in
Ordinance 68-2006 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANNCE NO. 69-2006 †ďAUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH DUKE ENERGY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF STREET LIGHTS ALONG STATE ROUTE 747 IN THE AREA OF THE RAILROAD AT-GRADE ELIMINATION PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCYĒ
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Galster said the maintenance of the system is $390 a month.† Is that in line with what we pay for other street lights?
Mr. Osborn said the actual maintenance operation charge is $15.61 a unit and the energy charge is $3.21 a unit for twenty-five units which comes to $470.50 a month which is consistent with what we pay.
Mr. Wilson said we budgeted $100,000 for this and I notice itís up $40,000.† Did they indicate why thereís a change?
Mr. Osborn responded I think it was that we didnít properly update that number. †Itís been in place for five or six years.† We kept carrying it forward on our budget.
Ordinance 69-2006 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 70-2006 ďORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A MASTER EQUIPMENT LEASE-PURCHASE AND SUBLEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT (THE ďAGREEMENTĒ) AMONG CHASE EQUIPMENT LEASING INC., THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, AND LIFESPHERE FOR THE FINANCING OF THE ACQUISITION AND INSTALLATION OF CERTAIN TECHNOLOGY AND TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT; AUTHORIZING ACQUISITION SCHEDULE 1 UNDER THE AGREEMENT FOR THE ACQUISITION OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT; AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC HOSPITAL AGENCIES AGREEMENT AMONG THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO AND BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO; AUTHORIZING AN ESCROW AGREEMENT AMONG THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A., THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, AND LIFESPHERE; AND AUTHORIZING OTHER DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH TRANSACTION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCYĒ
Mr. Danbury made a motion to read by title only.† Mr. Vanover seconded.† The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
stated the purpose here is to create a financing conduit process for Lifesphere so they can issue tax exempt debt that will have
an affect on their interest rate.††† They
will be able to save some money by doing this.†
We have done a similar issuance in the past in a hospital revenue bond
for Lifesphere which is now paid off.† There would be no obligation to the City for
the retirement of the debt if there was a failure of Lifesphere
to meet their obligations.† The purpose
is to assist Maple Knoll in replacing their system-wide phone apparatus.† They can no longer get parts for the system.† They are looking to replace all the phones in
all their locations which includes locations in
Mr. Knox said the legal agency representing this had a public hearing notice published saying we would have a public hearing on October 18.
Mr. Schneider said the emergency clause is on the ordinance but we are having a second reading on October 18.†
Mr. Galster made a motion to withdraw the motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded the motion.† The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.†
This was a first reading.
Mayor Webster said I canít find this in the ordinance but I think this is only for five years.†
Mr. Knox said it is for five years and by allowing this to become a municipal bond which is allowable under the ORC, they get a better rate and expect to save between $40,000 and $50,000.†
Mr. Schneider said I thought the terms were in here but I will check it and have it resolved before the next meeting.
††††††††††† Mr. Wilson said in reading the minutes of the September 20 meeting I noticed under Board of Zoning Appeals was a request for home occupation at 288 Kemper.† We have this oversized barn that is now a commercial exposure.† I wanted to ask the elected officials on that board to give me some insight as to why this was approved.† I realize these are oversized lots and then we had the photographer because he had had an establishment on that street before.† Now we have a pole barn that is probably bigger than the personís home.
††††††††††† Mr. Squires replied this was not a five minute deal.† It was carried over for four months.† There are other oversize barns in the area.† Only sixty percent of this barn can be used for business, †and the hours of operation are restricted.
Mrs. Harlow said the number of employees is limited, no
off-street parking, equipment trucks driven home by the employees. †The applicant had been recently remodeling his
home.† He put quite a bit of money into
that.† He tore down a two plus garage
that was deteriorating and he was keeping his business in
Mr. Wilson responded my concern is that itís still residential whether itís five acres, one acre of one-third of an acre, and all of a sudden we have residential/commercial.† Whatís to prevent anyone with an oversize lot from saying Iím going to sublet my lot and open a pony keg.
Mrs. Harlow replied I donít know if there is anything to
keep someone from subdividing their lot if they have enough lot to
subdivide.† We ran into the same problem
with a property in old
Mr. Wilson stated my comments were not directed specifically to the elected officials but just to get an understanding that we are setting a precedent.
Mrs. Harlow said given what we had to work with we couldnít do anything else.
Mr. Squires said Mr. Wilson, you served on that board with me and you know that every case is different.† As far as precedent is concerned we donít worry too much about that.† Everything stands on its own merit.†
Mr. Osborn said the closure of
Mr. Shvegzda replied itís more likely to be the weekend of October 13.†
Mr. Osborn said I had something sent to the businesses in the area to let them know it is approaching.† Weíre not certain which weekend yet but we would let them know as soon as it was determined.
Mr. Galster said I have just a couple of clarifications on the home occupation issue.† Once a lot is subdivided they would have to meet the lot size that is in the Zoning Code and most of those lots would not be able to meet that without a variance.† The issue with the State Farm insurance agency; that is in a transitional zone and the light is to be contained within their property.† It is a transition to the dentistís office and the town center so itís not strictly residential but if there are lights that need to be adjusted then they should be made to do so.† The other issue of cars parking in the area of a home occupation, people from outside the dwelling,† that was also a transitional district.† I think we do have to be a little careful about home occupancy businesses that exceed the people who live in the household.† I understand that they are not there to be part of the day but you will have rainouts and there will be times that they are traveling in and out.† I have more of a problem with the overall size of the thing.† It was double the previously approved buildings.† I trust that the board did their proper evaluation and did their due diligence and came to an understanding of hardship and voted accordingly.
Mr. Vanover said for the closing on Progress we are going to
Mr. Osborn said Iím sure thatís the responsibility of the
Mr. Shvegzda answered the detour will be via Crescentville to Centron.† Weíll get with the project engineer and bring that up.
Mr.† Vanover said we need a good barricade to head off people getting in there and then having to turn around and come back out.
Mr. Osborn said we may not be able to close that street off entirely as access is probably needed off that street to the side of International Paper, etc.† They will get down to Progress and then be forced to go west again to Crescentville.
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††††††††††† MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
††††††††††† Neighborhood Watch Picnic†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 7
Fire Department Open House††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 7
Planning Commission††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 10
††††††††††† Board of Health†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 12
††††††††††† Board of Zoning Appeals†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 17
††††††††††† Flu Shots†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† November 3
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UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinance 70††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††† October 17
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Resolution on tax budget
Council adjourned at
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Respectfully submitted,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Edward† F. Knox
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council