President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on November 1, 2000, 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 October 18, 2000 were approved with seven affirmative votes.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES AND SWEARING IN OF POLICE OFFICERS
Jeff Williams, Tax Commissioner introduced two employees from the Tax Department. Donna Roberts is not a new employee. She is an Account Clerk and has been here since August 1999. She came here from Sibcy Cline and Globe Furniture and she is a resident of the City of Springdale. Margie Brown started in the Tax Department as a temporary through Account Temps in March of this year. She liked it so much she was hired in June 2000 as a part-time clerk typist.
Chief Laage said late last month as a result of our recent promotional examinations we are here to promote two veteran officers on the department; Rick Newmann from sergeant to lieutenant and Joe Ture to the rank of sergeant. This completes the promotional process due to the retirement of Lieutenant Dave Koonce who is in the audience tonight.
Mayor Webster swore in Lieutenant Newmann and Sergeant Ture
PRESENTATION - 2000 LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BLOCK GRANT
Chief Laage said this year as in past years we have applied for a federal local law enforcement block grant. For the past two years we have taken an aggressive stand in regards to federal grants. Jeff Witte has been designated our grant administrator and he has successfully obtained several grants in different areas worth several thousand dollars. Jeff is also our program administrator for the federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant. This involves a lot of work. Itís a program to keep our officers and keep them in the neighborhoods. Part of the requirement is a public hearing and we use this as an arena to hear any views or get feedback from the public as to how we are doing. Jeff Witte, my extreme thanks for all youíve done so far.
Jeff Witte said this is the beginning of our third year of participation in the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program. The funding is provided by the Department of Justice through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Itís a formula grant based on our reported crime rate according to the FBIís Uniform Crime Reports. However, early into the program the Chief made a strong commitment that this money was going to be spent in the neighborhood supplementing neighborhood patrols. According to the program we are not allowed to supplant funds. We cannot spend any of this money on things we would have paid for anyway. The money has gone primarily for overtime patrols and extra cars in the neighborhoods during targeted hours. Let me just run some numbers past you very quickly at what we are looking at dollar-wise. Then Iíll explain how weíve run the program in the past and how we are gong to use the results of that to guide future years. We just finished spending the funds from our fiscal year 1998 grant. Only the federal government would be able to make 24 months into a fiscal year. Thatís why we are spending money that is dated two years ago. Our grant was $11,552. We had to put in a local match of $1,284 for $12,836. That was required to be put into an interest bearing account. We earned $516 in interest so our 1998 grant was total program funds of $13,352. We spent $8,446 on overtime, which was an additional 206 hours of overtime in the neighborhoods during a twelve month period which I think is a pretty substantial amount of coverage. We also spent $4,906 on physical expenditures including helmets and supplies for our bicycle registration and neighborhood bike programs; a substantial amount of womenís and personal safety pamphlets for several functions; as well as the cost for the parentsí on-line internet safety program. We are required under the conditions of the program to have a local advisory board made up of representatives of the Police Department as well as representatives from the community at large. They make non-binding recommendations on the nature of the expenditure of these funds. We have four resident members of the board representing four of our major neighborhoods. We have Renita Strange representing Beacon Hill; Phyllis Murray representing Oxford Hill; Janet Daggett representing Springdale Terrace and Royal Oaks; and Harold Shaffer representing Heritage Hill. We meet roughly twice a year to review the progress of the grant and make additional recommendations. For our fiscal year 1999 grant, where we have just now received the funds, we received a grant of $11,242. Our local match is $1,249 for $12,491. That has already been allocated based on the recommendations of the Police Administration and the Advisory board; $4,000 for expenditures and community education; $8,491 for overtime which will be about another 210 hours of overtime in the neighborhoods. We are also getting ready to download our fiscal year 2000 funds since the periods overlap and that will be a grant of $10,385, with a local match of $1,154 for a total of $11,539. We just had a meeting with the local advisory board two weeks ago to discuss preliminary allocations for those funds. Another requirement of the federal government is that we accept community input on the use of these funds. Obviously, that is non-binding but we are required to accept and consider any community input. One of the purposes of our public meeting tonight is to solicit that input so for the members of Council as well as members of the audience and anyone who should read the minutes or see this on cable, if you have any views at all on the expenditures of the funds or any recommendations on the use of funds you can contact Chief Laage or you can contact me by telephone or e-mail. We did conduct a survey this year. Officers patrolling the neighborhoods had survey forms and when they saw people out they asked them to complete them. The questions were about their residency in Springdale, concerns they have about their neighborhood, traffic problems, whether they have called the police or been the victim of an offense, things they were pleased with, things we could do better. We compiled 114 surveys in the first program year. Iím currently in the process of compiling and then analyzing those results which will be put together in a summary and provided to the Chief and advisory board. Weíll find a way to distribute it as appropriate to the Council members and City officials. Thatís a quick summary of how the program has been run. Weíre targeting all the funds for the neighborhoods and residents. Weíre not using them in the business area. Weíre not using them to run laser on I-275. Weíve got different grant programs that take care of that. We are going to use the results of the survey to target our future endeavors under the grant program; and we do solicit any and all input to my office or to the Chief.
Chief Laage said we look at suggestions as they come in. About a year ago Mr. Squires had a suggestion about identifying cruisers to state that this is a neighborhood block grant. We are looking at that this year and I think we will do that. We put the officers in the neighborhood. We try to do it at a time when we think a good percentage of the residents are going to be home and out in their yards. Itís a positive program to get in touch with that resident on a personal basis. We want to be able to let the resident know that we are in there and this is definitely a time to talk with the officer. Any suggestions whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.
In response to Mrs. McNear, Sergeant Witte said my direct line is 346-5774 and I have voice mail. Iím available on the City server firstname.lastname@example.org. Chief Laage said he is at email@example.com and his phone number is 346-5790. The general number is 346-5760.
Sergeant Witte said one of the questions on the survey deals with what days and times residents would like us to make additional patrols in the neighborhood. Weíre going to use those as a planning instrument to decide how and when weíre going to fill overtime patrols in the future. It really is a planning document when we get these survey results compiled.
Mayor Webster said I would like to echo the Chiefís thoughts here and express to you personally on behalf of all the City officials, our gratitude to you and all the work you have done on this. We can say this is money we wouldnít spend but at the same time, itís for programs we probably should be doing anyway. It sounds like youíre putting it to good use.
Ordinances 76 and 77 were tabled until further notice.
ORDINANCE NO. 76-2000"AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, BY THE ADOPTION OF NEW ORDINANCES AND THE AMENDMENT OF EXISTING ORDINANCES FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONFORMING THE SPRINGDALE CODE TO NEW AND AMENDED SECTIONS OF THE OHIO REVISED CODE"
ORDINANCE NO. 77-2000 "ENACTING AND ADOPTING THE 1999 SUPPLEMENT TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO"
ORDINANCE NO. 78-2000"AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE OF THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF TAX INCREMENT FINANCING REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2000 (PICTORIA ISLAND PHASE 1 PROJECT) OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, COUNTY OF HAMILTON, STATE OF OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded. Ordinance 76-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 79-2000"ACCEPTING A PROPOSAL UNDER THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH CINCINNATI BELL TO PURCHASE A VOICE SYSTEM NETWORK WITH CENTRALIZED VOICE MAIL AND REPEALING ORDINANCE 68-2000, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Parham said I think Mr. Osborn gave you a brief update at the last Council meeting but we did not have the information available at that time. If you recall, as the legislation says, Ordinance No. 68-2000 for the purchase of the phone system for the Community Center was approximately $33,000. That would have included a MAGIX system, one the new, updated versions of Cincinnati Bellís telephone system ordinance 79 passed with seven affirmative votes. Mr. Osborn and another member of the staff met with these representatives to outline the process as we talked before about trying to integrate our phone system, whereas we can exchange voice mail by transferring and a party would not have to hang up and redial. Attached to the Administratorís report is a breakdown of the cost. The first page outlines the cost for the phone equipment. The second page outlines the maintenance cost and the third page gives you a diagram on how the system will work. If you start at the top, the main voice mail system will be housed in the Municipal Building. With the current system we have and what we are proposing we have the capability of a minimum of three T-1 lines. We currently have a T-1 line. That line allows the dial tone to come into the main system here. That will take care of one of the three lines we have the capability of having. Because of the close proximity of the Fire Department and the capacity of the system in this existing building we are going to treat the Fire Department as those they are part of this building so through hard wiring we are going to connect the two. The Fire Department will be part of this system through hard wire. If you go to the Public Works Building, that building cannot be connected through hard wiring so we will have to use the second T-1 line to connect the Public Works Building to the system. That will give them the ability to use that voice mail and other features of the overall system. The third T-1 line is going to the Police Department. Because of the close proximity of the Police Department and Community Center, we will connect those two buildings through hard wire and they will be treated as one. We will be able to connect the entire system where it will be treated pretty much as one. In a previous presentation we talked about trying to incorporate all of this and then having additional lines so in case the system went down we would still have phone access. The number of lines we have existing is about sixty lines. That includes trunk lines and a lot of other lines including the phone in the elevator, security, fire security system that is required for this building and the Community Center. There are some that we have to keep. Others we will be able to do away with. Weíre estimating that we will have eleven to fifteen lines. We are paying $50 to $60 per line currently. That will be reduced when we integrate this system. We will have two or three lines for this building and the Fire Department. The Fire Department does most of their business through the emergency method. Public Works will have two lines and we will have three lines for the Police and Recreation Center. In addition to what you have here weíll have those additional 11-15 lines and that should get us to where weíve been trying to get to for the last couple of months.
Mayor Webster said what Derrick just described here is what we thought we presented to you earlier this year. Due to some misunderstandings with the phone company we didnít have what we thought we were buying. As Cecil also indicated, Cincinnati Bell was very apologetic and very, very cooperative in putting this together, and they should have been because it was their error to begin with. They took full responsibility for that and I think we have a good system here. Cecilís memo also points out that in thirty-some months this system pays for itself.
Mr. Danbury asked are we using these T-1 lines for e-mails between the various buildings as well?
Mr. Parham replied no, our e-mail is through the Roadrunner program. Exodus on Line hosts our web page.
Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Parham, do you know when this system will become obsolete. I hear that it will be paid for in thirty months but at that point will it be obsolete and weíll have to get a new system? Will it be obsolete before it is paid off?
Mr. Parham responded I donít think it will be. The Magix system was originally purchased for the Community Center and thatís their newer version. Our plan is to relocate that system to the Public Works Department. If you think back, four or five years ago we purchased a new system for the Police Department as part of their renovations. One of the early proposals we had under another individual representing Cincinnati Bell, whoís no longer with the organization, talked to us about just scrapping that system. We thought that was ridiculous. The system works and continues to work. Itís a matching system to what we have in this building. We are going to put a similar system, the Merlin System, in the Fire Department as well as the Community Center. I think the thing about these units is that they have such a large capacity of capabilities that I recall some time ago, that Cincinnati Bell wasnít sure what these could do. I think will be able to have these for a number of years beyond.
Ordinance 79-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 80-2000 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH TERRY D. GAINES TO SERVE AS MAYORíS COURT MAGISTRATE FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mayor Webster said I would like to publicly acknowledge the fine job that Mr. Terry Gaines has done for us. He is the only magistrate we have had. This will be his sixth one-year contract. The compensation has remained the same. Last year he elected not to be in PERS so the City incurred the benefit of the 13.5%. This year he wants to go back in. He retired from the Hamilton County prosecutorís office and you have to be out of the system two months before you can get back in. Heís been out for a year and is ready to go back in. Heís done a marvelous job for us and I hear very good comments on his performance down there. I get very few calls from residents.
Ordinance 80-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 81-2000 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH PATRICK J. GARRY FOR PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mayor Webster stated this is the third year we have had our own public defender. We did it for several reasons. The County was going to start charging us a public defenderís fee for every case that went downtown, and also when we send the cases downtown we have an officer off the street. For $125 itís a lot easier to have our public defender here. I donít have the numbers and if Council wants to table this I understand. Our concern initially was to make sure this system was not abused and that everybody didnít say "not guilty and I want a public defender". We are running five to seven cases a year. The procedure is if someone claims he/sheís innocent and needs the services of the public defender and pleads not guilty, he/she sits in the back of the room until the rest of the docket is cleared. Then they come down and plead their case and explain to the court why they need a public defender. That is done to discourage everyone from asking for that service. I can guarantee that it has not been abused and I can go back and look up the number of cases for last year.
Ordinance 81-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 82-2000 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH JOHN H. FLESSA FOR PROSECUTING SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mayor Webster said Mr. Flessa was associated with the court long before I was associated with it, twelve years. The only change is that he too would like to like to be a member of the public retirement system.
Mr. Danbury said Mr. Flessa does a great job. He and Mr. Gaines work for other municipalities also. Do they pay PERS too?
Mayor Webster replied yes, thatís the idea. The more cities they can get to pay it, the better their retirement system when they collect on it. We would just be paying on the salary we pay.
Ordinance 82-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 83-2000 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 10-FOOT WIDE BIKE PATH OFF OF SHARON ROAD FROM BALLINGER ROAD TO STATE ROUTE 4 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Parham said you notice in Section 6 it speaks to the Mayor and Clerk of Council entering into an agreement with the Director of Transportation. The title of the ordinance simply says, "authorizing the Mayor and Clerk of Council to enter into a contract for the construction." Our contract is actually with the Ohio Department of Transportation. It would probably be appropriate to insert into the title of the legislation "enter into a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the construction of a 10-foot wide bike path." They are going to bid the project and manage it. Our agreement will be with Ohio Department of Transportation. They will then enter into a contract with a contractor to do the work.
Mr. Danbury made a motion to amend the title to include "with Ohio Department of Transportation" after "contract" and before "for the construction." Mr. Galster seconded.
The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Ms. Pollitt asked will that be built to specs already approved by the City?
Mr. Parham replied I think a lot of our regulations are based on ODOT regulations.
Mr. Shvegzda stated it would be one and the same as the City requirements would be.
Ms. Pollitt asked what about the time frame?
Mr. Shvegzda responded construction would be in 2002.
Mayor Webster said I donít think we are losing any control. We have been an integral part of the design of this so itís being built exactly where we want it and where we had previously allocated right-of-way for this purpose.
Ordinance 83-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION NO. R18-2000 "PLEDGING SUPPORT FOR AN APPLICATION REQUESTING FUNDING FROM THE RAILROAD GRADE SEPARATION PROGRAM FOR THE SR 747/CSX TRANSPORTATION GRADE SEPARATION PROJECT"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mayor Webster said we discussed this at length at the Finance Committee meeting this week. This is project of a long-standing nature. Eight years ago we were granted some funds to do this grade separation. Inflation has driven the cost up. A lot of things found out in the field when they were doing aerial shots and paperwork have come to bear cost on it. We do need more help and we are very fortunate that the state does have this transportation grade separation fund and we hope to be one of the first applicants. We stand a good chance of getting some money to help us pay 100% of the construction cost of this project.
Mr. Shvegzda said Mr. Osborn has had contact with ODOT and they have recommended that we pursue this particular funding.
Mrs. McNear asked will we be able to do this two years from now because we still have a long way to go before we start this project. Obviously prices will go up again. Is anything built into this process to get us through to that timeframe? Do we just have to cross our fingers and hope things donít go up too much?
Mr. Shvegzda replied that and there is a built-in 10% contingency that ODOT and the other funding sources will pay above what the funding levels are. We are holding that in reserve for that particular situation.
Resolution R18-2000 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Parham said just before I began to explain the phone system to you the Mayor had asked me a question about the phone system and the Community Center system. Part of the ordinance that we passed this evening says to repeal Ordinance 68. At that time we were making the assumption that Ordinance 68 is for making the purchase for the system at the Community Center. At the August 16 meeting we brought you a proposal for about $53,000 which was the first proposal from that other representative from Cincinnati Bell that we thought would get the job done but it would not get the job done. This ordinance that we passed tonight replaces that ordinance. The ordinance to purchase the system that was going to be in the Community Center was for the amount of $33,571. We passed that one on May 17. That still is in effect. That one and the one we passed tonight will combine to handle this entire system.
Mr. Vanover said while we have the CSX railroad crossing in our forethought my hat is off to all parties concerned. I think that was the most painless rehabbing of that at-grade crossing that I can ever remember. Until today at least, a lot of that traffic has dissipated and we can only hope that it stays lost for a while longer. With the signage and getting everyone aware of it, it went very well.
Mr. Danbury said Iím happy to report to Council that I took a brief tour of the Community Center yesterday. We are getting very close to completion or at least to where we can have some occupancy. The tile work in the main area is almost complete. They are doing some steps as you go up to the running gym. The aerobics room is finished. The double gym is finished. The holes are drilled for the volleyball nets. The child care area is basically finished. Everything is set up in the fitness area. The furniture came in for the staff. There were a few pieces that were not the right pieces. All the landscaping is done. There are just a few things such as when they were coming by the old racquetball area and fitness area, they were moving a lot of equipment in there and they were going over the old tile. It was nicking and cracking it, and finally they took it up. Mr. Burton said they are going to be repainting the walls next week and the tile has to be redone in the next two weeks. Mr. Baysor told me we are getting to a point where everybody wants it to be done but when you are retrofitting, something that was built in 1974 to code is not up to code today. At that point they have to take things out and there will be a few cost overrides. It looks great and I would encourage everybody to go look at it. Did I miss anything, Mr. Parham?
Mr. Parham said the main thing holding us up right now is the vestibule area. Weíre trying to get a number of things tied down but we canít get them tied down until thatís on. After the general contractor threatened his sub, with whom heís had quite a bit of difficulty, they finally came out this morning and began to take measurements. They are beginning to put the frame of the vestibule on. Then the contractor is going to give them a short period of time to get the glass on or heís going to find somebody else to do it. Thatís probably whatís holding us up the most. The tile guys are right at the front door. They are actually cutting the tile on site and placing it down and making sure it fits. Sometimes they have to go through a number of cuts to get the right piece down. Itís a beautiful facility; it is just not done. The one correction I would make is for the tile going back by the racquetball area, we are going to do the tile and they have to do the painting. We have our folks scheduled for Monday to come in and insert that tile. They nicked it up but if you look at the facility, we didnít want people to walk in and say, "thatís the old, thatís the new." We tried to make it blend as well as possible. The tile that was there wouldnít match anything so we decided to take that tile up and get something that blends in. There are some other small points. We have to have handicap accessible showers. In the pool locker rooms the kids would pull the coils off the wall and doing their thing. We had to come up with a solution to prevent that problem. We found a big gadget that meets the requirement of handicap accessibility. If someone with a handicap disability needs the cord, they can check at the office and we can provide it for them. We donít want to leave it there for the kids to play with. Where we installed the gadget the plumber knocked out some of the tiles. The plumber has to come back and fix those tiles.
Mr. Danbury said the tile was supposed to be a two-week project and itís turning into an eight week project. Itís very detailed. Who picked out the carpet and color scheme for the day care area? Itís green, red and yellow plaid. I donít like it. The area that was damaged by fire looks absolutely beautiful. The rooms by the batting cages are finished. Itís just little things they are trying to fix here and there.
Mr. Shvegzda said a clarification on Mr. Vanoverís compliment for the work on the railroad crossing repair. That was coordinated and the signs placed by the Public Works Department.
Mr. Parham said throughout the building the architect team proposed a number of colors. The staff and I went through them and we were looking for lively colors for the child care room. Mr. Danbury is generous in saying the meeting rooms are finished. My position is that once you have completed it, and that means everything, then you lock that door and that room is finished. But until that point that room is not finished.
Mrs. McNear asked Mr. Shvegzda for an update on the construction at SR 747 and Kemper Road.
Mr. Shvegzda said that entails the widening there west of SR 747 onto Tri-County Parkway. The only part they are going to work on this year is the wall in the vicinity of Princeton Plaza. That wall is 90% is complete. There is going to be decorative fencing at the wall area. Rather than risk the chance of putting that in place and damaging it from other construction, the contractor is going to put a temporary railing system there and replace it with the final railing system next year.
Mr. Vanover asked how close are they to wrapping up the turn lanes going into Costco?
Mr. Shvegzda replied the only thing I think they were waiting on was for Cinergy to relocate a pole that was strictly for a street light. Once they get that out of the way they will be able to complete a small segment of the curb and the actual paving work. It should be done in the next couple of weeks.
Mayor Webster said I would like to bring your attention to the Comprehensive Plan that the City has embarked upon. Itís a $50,000 project that "will provide guidance in the development and redevelopment issues that the City will face in the future. The City of Springdale, although most entirely developed faces a new challenge and that is redevelopment. Thus far, the City has been fortunate as development and redevelopment, whether within the Springfield Pike corridor or Tri-County area has generally occurred consistent with the goals of the City. To ensure that this mixture of residential, commercial, neighborhood and regional office and industrial land uses are maintained, a program or plan is needed to identify key areas and policies for development or redevelopment within those areas. This plan will provide a foundation for future land use decisions and a resource for development projects in the years to come." The areas primarily under study here are the Springfield Pike corridor area, West Kemper Road from the western boundary to Northland, Northland/Tri-County office area, Crescentville area, old Springdale, Tri-County retail and residential communities. By virtue of my position as Mayor of the City, I am a member of this steering committee. They had their first meeting last week. I was out of town and unable to attend. As I read the purpose of this study and look at the areas that are under consideration, I think itís terribly important that the work product that comes out of here be beyond reproach. Weíre spending good money and a lot of time on this plan and itís something that will be the planning tool for years to come. I think most of you are aware that my wife and I own a piece of property in the Springdale corridor area. To make sure that this project goes forward without any aspersions or appearance of wrong doing, I find it necessary to excuse myself from this committee. I think itís terribly important and I hate to do that, but at the same time, I would not want to see the City spend the time and money to do this and then have someone cast aspersions on the study because I was involved in it. As of this moment I will no longer participate in any discussions of the Comprehensive Study that is ongoing.
Mr. Knox said last Friday, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Parham and I had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking for the eight-story office building at Pictoria Island. The pilings to stabilize the ground are in. They were putting in the forms for the footers and they said in twelve to thirteen months we will have an eight-story office building with a six-seven story garage. They are very enthusiastic and they are underway.
Mr. Galster said the Comprehensive Plan is for the whole city. The areas the Mayor was calling out are sub-areas of the City.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Health - November 9
Parks and Recreation Commission - November 14
Planning Commission - November 14
Board of Zoning Appeals - November 21
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss possible land acquisition. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Council went into executive session from 8:25 p.m. to 9:05 p.m.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinance 76 - November 15
Ordinance 77 - November 15
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Council adjourned at p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council