President of Council Randy Danbury called Council to order on November 18, 1998, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mr. Knox gave the invocation.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Galster, Manis, McNear, Pollitt, Vanover (arrived at 7:10 p.m.), Wilson and Danbury.
The minutes of November 4, 1998 were approved with 6 affirmative votes. Mr. Vanover was absent at the time of the vote.
Mayor Webster swore in Michael Mathis to the position of lieutenant in the Police Department.
Mr. Osborn said we have just completed working on the goals and objectives for the organization for 1999. Chief Laage has put at the top of his agenda, increasing the department’s ability to deal with illicit drug activities in our community. This is consistent with a proposal he brought to me about two months ago, that the City of Springdale join the DART (Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force) which had a very good history here in the county in confronting the illegal drug activities in a number of local jurisdictions. We have met with DART and I believe there is a very good fit between their mission and the benefits we believe we can derive by participating. We’ve asked the DART representatives and Chief Laage to come forward this evening and better describe the role of DART and how we believe it will benefit our community.
Chief Laage introduced Chief Mike Allen from Blue Ash and DART coordinator, John Benner. DART has been in existence for a long time. There are approximately 18 communities within greater Cincinnati that belong to DART. We’re requesting that an officer that we are paying for be assigned to work within Springdale and also outside of Springdale. In 1991 Chief Freland asked for a full-time DARE officer. There are different ways to fight drugs. I don’t think any of us are naïve enough to believe we are going to win, that we will eliminate drugs. But you fight it through many facets, through education and through enforcement. A few years ago when we asked to put an officer in the schools full-time we thought that was a heavy request, taking an officer off the street and putting him in a non-conventional position to fight drugs through education. I think all of us know how successful our DARE officers and the program have been. I think it has really created a positive bond between the officer and the child. Tonight we are asking for an officer for criminal enforcement to go out and try to find that drug trafficker. Within Springdale it is not uncommon for us to respond to the shopping center and arrest a shoplifter who all he does every day of his life, is steal $1,000 a day to get that $400 or $500 for that drug habit. We feel we need increased enforcement. We feel we owe it to our citizens, our business people, our community. We have a very safe community here in Springdale; however, we are not drug-free. We have it in the residential area; we have it in the business area. This is just an added tool we can use to combat that problem. John Benner will give you an overview of DART and what they have done for other communities.
Mr. Benner gave out a hand-out. Mr. Benner said we are a multi-jurisdictional task force. We currently have 18 communities participating with the organization. We are funded through the Burns Memorial Grant funds from the federal government through the State of Ohio. We are the highest funded task force in the State of Ohio and have the best record of arrests and seizure of any Burns Memorial Task Force in the state. If Springdale decides to come on board, yes, you are giving up an officer who would be working your streets, but he’s still going to be there. We want that officer to be back in Springdale as much as possible doing cases here. The more Springdale puts into it the more they'll get back out of it. Not only will they get that officer back but they’ll get all the other officers from the other departments that work with us. I have been with DART over four years and over those years we have done work in Springdale at the request of the Springdale Police Department and have worked with some of the detectives and patrol officers in the past. We look forward to doing it in the future. When an officer comes with us we provide him with training, an automobile specifically for that job and pretty much what he needs to participate. Less than 1% of full-time law enforcement does full-time drug enforcement, yet we consider that our major problem. Over the last ten years we have made over 3100 drug arrests for felony drug offenses. We target predominantly drug traffickers. It’s not a problem that is just in Springdale; it is everywhere. The only way to effectively fight this is for the departments to band together
Mr. Danbury asked is there a national DART organization that you might work with?
Mr. Benner replied there is not a national organization. All of our full-time DART people are cross-designated as customs and DEA agents. We work under an OCDEF concept (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force). That allows us to bring to bear locally all the benefits of the federal agencies and the ability to gain information much easier through the federal system, and use the federal system to prosecute the offenders, and confiscate properties through forfeitures and seizures.
Mr. Danbury asked is the training done through your organization or is the Chief responsible to actually train these people?
Mr. Benner responded we take responsibility for that. There is a separate Burns Memorial Grant that we assisted with and do the training for the State of Ohio. There is two weeks of training which we pay for. We do other types of training with them also. I personally work with them on raid tactics. We do search warrants.
Mr. Danbury said I think we are very fortunate in the Cincinnati market that we are not the big market like Chicago, Detroit, LA. We don’t have a lot of gang activity but is there a direct correlation to a high drug rate and gang activity?
Mr. Benner answered yes, there is. In fact, Cincinnati has been identified as one of the new major markets whether we realize that or not. DEA has information in regard to that. I think we are having much more gang activity than what we are seeing here.
Ms. Manis said we have already benefited from DART activity in the area. What are the additional benefits from having an officer that we supply on the force, if any?
Mr. Benner replied we actively, aggressively participate in cases, but we don’t actively and aggressively participate in Springdale. We will take things if they happen to lead us here or if a detective calls and makes a special request. Theoretically, we’re not supposed to but we do come over and help because this is a multi-jurisdictional thing. It’s not like we can just stop at the corporation line. If we do that, in our manner of thinking, we are definitely going to lose the war. There are too many places in the City of Cincinnati, in a lot of the suburban communities where you can go out and make street drug buys just by driving up in your automobile. You could go out every day and make 100 buys if you knew the areas to go to. I think Springdale will benefit more from DART than about any other police department that we have because of the arrests and the way your City is set up. They have the best advantage of developing the intelligence and actually getting the most work out of us.
Chief Laage said we feel we will greatly benefit from the actual training of our other officers. John and I have talked about this. This officer is going to be assigned to work different areas but he/she is not leaving our organization. We want this officer back at regular intervals to train our other officers. I don’t think anybody does a better financial criminal investigation than us because of all of our stores and property crime that we have here. But we need to learn more in regards to drug investigation. Chief Laage said Springdale is making 20-25 drug arrests a year. Most of those are not complex investigations. I think we need to step up our drug enforcement.
Mr. Benner said the officers who come back here after being in DART will be more aggressive on the street as far as their knowledge and what to look for. We will train the uniform officers on how to develop informants, what to look for on the street. We even do things for the school system. We’ll do identification and handling things for the teachers. The Springdale Police Department is much larger than the Fairfax Police Department and makes a whole lot more arrests. Fairfax Police Department only has 9 full-time officers but yet, last year they made over 70 drug arrests because most of their officers have participated with DART and they are very up on what’s going on. It’s not that they have any more or less of a problem than Springdale.
Ms. Manis asked what is done with the money you recover? Do you use it for training?
Mr. Benner replied the money is used for several different things. It helps meet the local match. The departments do chip in some money. We help fund the DARE programs and other drug enforcement programs. We carry a separate insurance policy that is a protection for all of our communities. Nobody can stop a law suit but it certainly has worked well for us. DART is not a separate entity. We want to be thought of as part of every police department we work with.
Ms. Pollitt said you list seven participating communities. Then you have participating agencies. Can you differentiate for me?
Mr. Benner said there is a board and the first list is the board. Any agency who puts in a full-time officer becomes a board member.
Mr. Galster asked will the police officers rotate?
Mr. Benner replied a lot of that is up to the department. We like to see them stay for a year to a year and a half. Chief Laage stated that the officer will be rotated on a year/year and a half basis. We feel it is a benefit to get a number of officers trained.
Mr. Galster asked have you had an officer trained and then not continue to do it?
Mr. Benner said there are times we will pick somebody up, then lose them, then pick them up again as Administrations change.
Mr. Osborn said I see Jeff Witte in the audience. When he was crime prevention officer he always talked about crime prevention as crime displacement. I think that’s what we are talking about here. We are not going to arrest every drug dealer but if it becomes apparent that there is a high cost of doing business in Springdale, it accomplishes the same thing for our residents. I think Chief Laage and John Benner have both listed a number of assets; the training, the very sophisticated surveillance equipment that we could not duplicate, the intelligence system and networking that they have. Could you tell us a little bit about your agreement with the FBI on firearms transportation and the with the Customs Service on searches?
Mr. Benner stated each full-time officer is cross-designated as Customs and DEA agent. We work predominantly with Customs. Right now we are working on a package interdiction program where we’ll be able to go into UPS or other package places and be able to spend a short period of time looking at packages for incoming narcotics and outgoing cash as a result of the drug trades. The agreement with the FBI to transport firearms allows us a lot of leeway that we wouldn’t have before.
Mr. Osborn said I don’t think this is taking something out of the community. It’s bringing it in where we presently don’t have resources. If you look at our patrol activities we will have details stacked up waiting to be answered. Our investigators are incredibly busy. The type of detail that this agency will be able to undertake for us is very complex and very time consuming work. We just don’t have that resource right now. This will allow us to have it. The cost for DART has been included in the 1999 budget which will be presented to you. This program comes with our strongest recommendation.
Ms. Manis said we can assume that Chief Laage will not be standing up here introducing the DART officer every time we have a new one.
Mr. Benner replied that is correct. We work out of a separate covert location from any police department. It is a closely guarded, secretive area that very few people have access to. It is a lot more work than the regular patrol.
Ms. Pollit said we have never been presented with DART before. Is there a reason why?
Chief Laage responded no, it’s been discussed before at different staff meetings. There’s just different opinions on how you combat the problem and how you attack it. I’m more of the opinion that it should be on a regional basis. To be successful you have to pool your resources at times. This kind of investigative work is very different, very complex.
Mr. Vanover said I concur with you wholeheartedly, Chief. I think when we entered the Neighborhood Watch, the thought process was, if you are going to do it, don’t do it here.
Mayor Webster said I want to thank Chief Laage and Mr. Osborn for getting us to this point. It’s a great program and I think we’ve gotten some benefit over the years but it is time for us to contribute an officer and get more benefit.
Mr. Osborn said the department has been stepping up efforts to develop a community policing program. A source of funding has become available through the Department of Justice and Chief Laage would like to explain to you the program we are pursuing and how we hope to see the resources applied within Springdale.
Chief Laage said we have applied for a local block grant. If you apply, you obtain the grant. It’s over $11,000. You can use it for equipment, overtime, etc. Officer Jeff Witte is our grant writer and he has been assigned this task. He has done a great job. We want input from the neighborhoods. Part of this proposal is comprising a block grant advisory board. We went out into the neighborhoods and asked citizens to serve on the board. We will be meeting with this board a couple of times a year to get their ideas on just how we use it. Do we use it for a traffic problem, juvenile problems, crime prevention techniques? The four people we have asked to come on board with us are Phyllis Murray of Kenn Road, 4 year resident; Renita Strange, Brookston Drive, 18 year resident; Janet Daggert of Harter Avenue, 30 year resident; and Harold Shaffer of Tivoli Lane, 22 year resident. This is the first we’ve done something like this and we are very excited about it.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
RULES AND LAWS – Ms. Manis said we are going to look into the level of misdemeanor on sidewalk sales and the tree replacement ordinance but we haven’t yet.
PUBLIC RELATIONS - none
PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY & WELFARE - none
PUBLIC WORKS – Mr. Vanover reported that all the work is completed on the 1998 street program. The final punch list items are being addressed at this time.
PUBLIC UTILITIES – Ms. Pollitt said I attended a Community Leaders Conference at the Sharonville Convention Center. It was hosted by Cinergy and it was a really good program. I sat in on two work sessions. One was Collaborating for a 21st Century Workforce. One of the things brought out in the session was that we have a gap in the society of our workers and it will take strong community leadership to close those gaps. The other session was Transportation for the 21st Century. I think we are going to see more and more of our direction needs to go to regional because what’s happening in Springdale is also affecting our neighboring communities.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS – Ms. Manis stated all projects are moving along.
FINANCE COMMITTEE – Mr. Wilson said they will meet Monday, November 23. We will have a work session with the budget the first Wednesday of the month and a public hearing on the budget on December 16.
PLANNING COMMISSION - Mr. Galster reported that they met November 10. We had a proposed garage at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. There was no representation and that was tabled 7-0. We had approval of a 60 foot wall sign at Party City which was 38 square feet greater than permitted by code. That was approved 5-2. The next item was a development plan approval of Triple A Travel Renovation, 11711 Princeton Plaza. This was approved 7-0. Development plan approval of First Watch Restaurant, 11711 was approved 6-1 with a lot of conditions. This plan was lacking a lot of information and detail. There was a site plan approval for a proposed Lowe’s at 505 East Kemper Road. This is the former Levitz site. The applicant plans to tear down the existing building and build a home improvement center. It will be farther back and more in line with Tri-County Parkway. They had originally proposed having outlots but they have abandoned that plan and are going to replant grass and get rid of some of the parking that is not required. This will come to BZA with a litany of various requests. It was approved 7-0.
The next item was a proposed tree replanting for the Tri-County Golf Center, 11200 Princeton Pike, a piece of land between the Levitz site and the cemetery. They had proposed putting in a nine hole, executive course driving range. A lot of the area is not going to be touched but there are so many trees. They have arranged the golf course around any tree that was 24 inch or better. The City’s tree replacement plan would have required them to have planted 5,000 caliper inches of trees which wasn’t practical. We looked at financial compensation. We looked at what we were getting which is a lot of green, undisturbed space and based on that there was a proposal made for a $20,000 donation to the tree fund, 150 trees replanted at the beginning and another 100 trees planted over the next five years and they also offered a yearly seminar on care, planting and maintaining of trees coordinated through Public Works, Oak Hills Cemetery and the golf course. They would try to put that on once a year for residents who are interested. That was approved 7-0.
Ms. Manis asked are they going to do the whole Princeton Plaza?
Mr. Galster replied there are only three stores that haven’t been redone. They are going to replace those as the tenants come forward. The aesthetics of that mall have gotten a lot better. I tried to talk them into doing the whole thing but didn’t get very far.
Mr. Wilson asked was there a reason why the board approved the First Watch Restaurant with all the contingencies?
Mr. Galster said the applicant agreed to meet all the demands of the City Engineer, the City Planner, the landscape people, but we didn’t have it in front of us to say okay. The one thing we were lacking was a total parking count based on the new mixed uses in that mall.
Mayor Webster asked where the trees would be planted, on the project or at the cemetery.
Mr. Galster replied this golf course is treed quite extensively. Where they have added their parking lot a couple of trees have gone in. They don’t have room to put in 150 trees. The cemetery does have their own tree planting program. These will be in addition to what the cemetery plants.
Mayor Webster asked are they permanent trees?
Mr. Galster replied if they open a new section they still go back and replant on their own. The cemetery is still required to meet the tree replacement ordinance of the City as well. We’re not sure that that has been enforced but we are addressing that now.
Mr. Vanover said part of the plan of the golf course is to educate in the schools.
Mr. Knox asked, if the golf course doesn’t make it, is there a contingency plan on the use of the land? If someone puts a business there we are just short the trees.
Mr. Galster replied there are 75 acres there, 50 which are not touched for the golf course. There are only 1.9 acres that are non-green, where there is a building or parking surface. The zoning is PF-1 and it is owned by the cemetery. They have a 30 year lease with the golf course. It is not their plan to lose their cemetery space for the distant future.
Mr. Vanover said the cemetery is owned by the same owner as Spring Grove Cemetery and when they did the lay out for storm water retention that was done in accordance with the cemetery’s master plan for their needs in the future. It was pretty evident that the cemetery had no intention of letting that land go perpetually.
Mr. Danbury asked has anybody given any consideration to the deer displacement?
Mayor Webster said the cemetery has applied to the State of Ohio for a hunting permit. Last year they had 19 gravestones damaged by the deer so they were given a permit.
Mr. Osborn said this is not something the public can approach the cemetery about. They obtained the hunting permit from the Department of Natural Resources. We’ve agreed to allow them to hunt on their property on weekend nights and it is limited to their employees. Given the acreage of the site and the fact that it has a secure perimeter, we felt this was a safe exception to our law.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS – Mrs. McNear stated they met last evening. Mr. Clifford Garska, 11835 Mangrove Lane, requested a variance to allow the placement of a satellite dish on his garage roof. This was tabled twice, first of all, did he have permission to put this on his property and secondly, there was some confusion as to whether he needed to bring this to BZA because if the dish is 1 meter or less you do not need a variance. The manufacturer finally sent that information. It was less than 1 meter and dropped from the agenda.
Sherry Barnett, 736 Smiley Avenue, requested an extension of a variance from 12/1998 to allow three dogs on her property. They were trying to find a home for one of their animals. They still have not found a home and asked for a ninety day extension. That was granted 6-0.
Lowe’s, 505 East Kemper Road, had six items for variances, such as the height of the fences and setbacks. The fence was not as high as the one at HQ. They had a pole sign, building height. Most of the building height was just a façade. The loading area was visible but they were going to screen most of that. They also looked at adding a right turn lane from Tri-County Parkway heading east on Kemper Road which I think is a good addition. They weren’t happy that the staff and Planning Commission said they would like to see the first driveway as you would be turning left into the site from Kemper Road, you turn right on Tri-County Parkway, then left into the parking lot. They wanted that to be moved down but the architects from Lowe’s didn’t think that was a good idea. That’s a very dangerous spot and Lowe’s will be very busy and I think that traffic will stack up. All of those items were passed 6-0.
Advanced Cellular, 11439 Princeton Road, requested a variance for a 5’ x 7’ painted window sign on the front glass from November 25 through January 13. This was an unusual request. The first time we voted on this it was turned down. They brought it back up because they reduced the square footage by half and that did pass 4-1-1.
Mr. Osborn said the site plan for Lowe’s was approved with the understanding that the Engineer and Lowe’s would get together and we’d try to work something out with them on the driveway. We don’t have a lot of flexibility. The numbers we brought to Planning Commission were the minimum so our position is that this is a threshold issue for us. We’re right now in the process of spending considerable money to improve traffic capacity on Kemper Road. If we allow this driveway to be placed where it’s proposed, the critical problem is that it reduces the stacking capacity for all the northbound lane and affects the turning radius for vehicles running west on Kemper to south on Tri-County Parkway. I think there is more flexibility on their part in that they can rearrange their parking grid to accommodate this relocation, particularly because they have told us consistently now that they are not going to put anything on that outlot. If they are not putting anything on the outlot then reallocating space for their parking grid should not be a hardship for them. Our position will be that they have to put the driveway where the engineers recommend it.
BOARD OF HEALTH – Ms. Pollitt reported that they met November12. Items discussed were the 1999 budget and performance goals and objectives, part-time nurse position. The part-time nurse has resigned. We’re not quite sure how this will affect the infant immunization program. We also discussed the Best Western Hotel mold problem. The Best Western has been closed until they get that repaired. NIOSH is working with the City with the Health Commissioner. He has made us a lengthy report and I will put a copy in your box if you’d like. We did talk about the criteria that will have to be met in order for the City to grant the license again. NIOSH is offering their services free to the City.
Mr. Danbury said Channel 5 made the mold sound like the black plaque. How serious is it?
Ms. Pollitt replied it is serious. It will take extensive renovation before they can open again. Originally it was on the upper floors. The outside panels were caulked back in the 1970s. When they recaulked a few years ago the contractor did not take the old caulk out. He put the new caulk over the old and there was a chemical reaction and the caulking failed. A lot of water came into the building and hitting on the drywall in the back. On the other side of the drywall was vinyl and adhesive wallpaper. Mold grows rampant on that. There have not been a lot of people reported being ill. A few employees reported over the past summer that they were ill. Apparently this has been ongoing for about two years. The wall paper and vinyl flooring was hiding it. The manager and owners are working diligently with the Board of Health, OSHA, and NIOSH. They are making everyone aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, when they are doing it. It’s open to the Health Commissioner. He goes over all the time and makes his inspections. It’s a very good working relationship. We have no idea when it will be reopened.
Mayor Webster said Mr. Winfough has put together a chronicle of events. The press tries to sensationalize everything. The City did not have to close the hotel. By the time we were made aware that there was even a problem they had closed the upper floors. After a lengthy teleconference with Mr. Winfough, local management and the ownership they volunteered to close down the rest of the hotel. They have been very cooperative and I have every reason to believe that they will not try to open the facility until it is totally 100% safe.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION – Mr. Coleman said on October 22, over 175 individuals were tested for two firefighter positions. We had a total of 340 applications but not all showed up for the test. On November 4 the Civil Service Commission conducted two appeal hearings involving two police officers relating to promotions in the Police Department. We are studying the facts in the case and will have a decision within the next thirty days. On November 17 the promotional exam for the position of police captain was given and two officers took this test. The Civil Service Commission has been very busy and putting in long hours. We appreciate the support we get from the City and we are dedicated to serving the City in a professional manner.
Mayor Webster said we should be the ones giving out the gratitude. These three people and Mrs. Dunfee do a marvelous job. They really do go about their work in a very methodical, professional way, follow the rules. They had a review hearing and I’m sure that will probably lead to litigation but we feel very confident that our board has done their work and have done it properly. Please express our thanks to your committee for their fine work they are doing.
Mr. Danbury said if you look at all the boards and commissions, you really do a good job.
O-K-I - no report
MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Webster said this past Saturday the Ohio Municipal League conducted an all day training in Blue Ash for mayors and magistrates making sure we’re certified for 1999. Magistrate Gaines and I were both in attendance and have our certificates for 1999. The judging for the Christmas awards will begin on December 10 and hopefully conclude on December 12. The tree lighting ceremony will take place here on Sunday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. rain or shine. If it’s raining we’ll do it inside in the rotunda.
As you know last year the Police Department came up with the "food for fines" program. They ran it for seven days. There were 34 citations that were paid with food. We gave up $1530 in fines. Instead we got a lot of food which we gave primarily to the Tri-County Soul Ministries. I suggested we crank it up earlier this year. We would like to do it for a full month starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through December 25. This could mean a short fall of $6,000 to $7,000 in fines. We think it’s a great program and the Police Department is asking permission to do it. We understand Sharonville is thinking about copying the program. The press has already called to see if we are going to do it again.
Ms. Manis said I think it’s a great idea. I never considered Mayor’s Court or the fines from the P.D. as a source of revenue. I would do it all year round if we could.
Mr. Danbury asked would this be applied to any revenues levied during that four week period or do you think we could wash out some of the state of pay?
Mayor Webster responded it would just be citations that are issued and have to be paid out during that period. It won’t have anything to do with our state of pay docket. Mr. Schneider researched this last year. There’s still a $20 cost that has to go to the state for a moving violation.
Mayor Webster said we have started the expansion of the Community Center parking lot.
CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR’S REPORT - no report
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT - no report
LAW DIRECTOR’S REPORT - request for executive session
ENGINEER’S REPORT - no report
E-mail to Derrick Parham: I want to send my appreciation out to the EMTs and other personnel that responded to my family’s 911 call. On Friday, October 30, 1998 at 5:30 a.m. my wife, Cynthia, gave birth to our new daughter, Efia Ashely Borden, at home. Needless to say, this was not planned. There were no symptoms. The labor was sudden and quick. The situation was not stressful, but shocking. And before I knew it, in a matter of seconds, I was holding this newborn baby girl.
Immediately after the birth, we called 911 and within minutes, as we were still speaking on the phone, there was a knock on the door. The EMTs were efficient and took every precaution from clapping off the umbilical cord and administering oxygen to assisting my wife and newborn to the hospital.
Cynthia and Efia are at home now and are doing fine. Again thanks to all that were involved in this matter. I remain, Frederick A. Borden, 399 Summerfield Lane
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCE NO. 68-1998 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH SPRINGDALE KEMPER ASSOCIATES TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARD THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXTENSION OF CENTURY BOULEVARD AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Ms. Manis seconded.
Mr. Osborn said in the early 90s when SKA (Springdale Kemper Associates) developed the former Kroger site, the City extracted from them commitments to build a road system. They built Commons Drive and Commons Circle. They also made the commitment to build an extension of Century Boulevard once that road was extended to the north from Kemper Road across the Paffe property. At that time, as part of the PUD, a configuration was laid out for that future intersection and alignment. Some time after that point Champion Windows was developed and a parcel was sold off to Champion. When that property was cut up it did not appear that that would be a factor in any future extension of Century Boulevard. However, when Target came in and developed the Paffe property we took another look at how those roads were going to align and concluded that it was not appropriate for Century Boulevard to be the secondary street teeing into Commons Drive. As you recall, Commons Drive is going to be a right in, right out at Kemper Road. We wanted to make Century the primary road. That would require a significant alteration as to the alignment of the intersection. Unfortunately, this forced the project over to the Champion property. Champion was approached by the City and we asked them to enter into an agreement with us where we would build that road extension portion that fell on their property in exchange for their donation of right-of-way. Keep in mind that they were an innocent party here. The relocation of the intersection made them a player. In order to cause this road to go forward we felt this an appropriate and pretty critical thing to do. It was going to be difficult to get either Target or SKA to add to their commitments they had already made. If you look at the benefit to the City, because this extension of Century Boulevard is something we have been trying to see happen for some time, we made the commitment. At the time the cost estimate was $75,000. Eventually, with the final design of the project other cost factors came into play. We had to partially relocate the detention basin for Champion as part of the site modification. The final cost for our share of the work is $99,000 as you heard here this evening. We’d like to keep this project moving forward. We have two property owners who have not been the most cooperative individually and when you try to get them both working with you at the same time it’s a real feat to get something like this road built. We’ve got the momentum. We’ve got the commitments from the other parties to build their portions of the road. We’d like to show them our commitment to absorb our share that we have committed to so that the project moves forward.
Ms. Manis asked is Champion still talking about moving?
Mr. Osborn replied yes but it will probably be a year or so before that happens.
Mayor Webster said SKA has not been before the Planning Commission for some time. That’s because we have given them a mandate that nothing gets approved until this road gets built. I know for a fact that SKA has some clients in the wings waiting. Hopefully, once this comes to fruition you’ll see that center filled up.
Ms. Manis asked can we actually tell them that?
Mr. Osborn replied we told them that. Mayor Webster said we could have held this hammer over their head earlier but we didn’t do it because of other factors.
Mr. Osborn said the Target commitment to build the road is what allowed us to do that.
Ordinance 68-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 69-1998 "APPROPRIATION OF PROPERTY, AUTHORIZING THE LAW DIRECTOR TO FILE A PETITION FOR APPROPRIATION NECESSARY FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE URBAN RENEWAL PLAN, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mrs. McNear nominated Ms. Manis to be the O-K-I representative and Mr. Galster seconded. Ms. Manis was appointed by acclamation.
Mr. Danbury said a few positions will be coming up. Ted Tartar’s position on Civil Service will be coming up for Council appointment. It’s a three year term and by virtue of the position that person would also be on the Board of Review. I will contact Mr. Tartar to see if he is interested in continuing but I would like to vote on these positions the second meeting in December.
Also Rita Hart and Dr. Kevin Ketring’s positions will be coming up on the Board of Health. Mayor Webster said he would give them a letter notifying them of their reappointments.
Hal Rink’s position on Charter Revision will be ending on December 31. I will contact him and see if he is interested in reappointment. I will notify the press and see if anyone is interested. That way we can consider filling these positions December 16.
We have an election every year for Vice-President of Council. I will open the floor for nominations at the next meeting.
There is an application for a liquor license transfer from Petro Staff Services Inc. at 11595 Princeton Pike to Equilon Enterprises LLC and.
Gerald A. Hegreberg and Lynetta J. Freeman dba Vintage Wine & Coffee applied for a new D2 liquor license.
There were no objections to either license.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
MVRMA reception December 1, 2:30 p.m., Ketring
Mr. Parham said the City joined MVRMA in 1991 and since that time I think it’s fair to say the City has enjoyed a great deal of savings, not only financially but we’ve had a great advantage being a part of a number of programs they’ve offered. There are a lot of training opportunities. I want to extend an invitation to each of you. There will be light refreshments and a chance to review some of the history of the organization.
Zoning Code Review Board November 24, 7:00 p.m., conference room
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
News racks - still open
Amended contract with Barrett Paving - still open
Resolution accepting the amended certificate for the 1998 - December
Supplemental appropriations - December 16
Jurisdiction for speed control on Springfield Pike - December 2
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Mr. Vanover made a motion to go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss land acquisition. Mr. Galster seconded. Executive session was from 8:57 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Council adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Randy Danbury, President of Council