Council was called to order on November 20, 1996 at 7:00 p.m. by President of Council Randy Danbury.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the governmental body and those in attendance. The Invocation was given by Mr. Knox.
Roll call was taken by Mr. Knox. Present were Council members Boice, Galster, McNear, Vanover and Danbury.
Mr. Danbury stated Ms. Manis is out because she had teeth pulled. Mr. Wilson will be late. Hopefully he will be here in approximately 45 minutes but he will be in attendance tonight. Mr. Osborn is out. Mr. Kenworthy is sitting in for Mr. Schneider and Mr. Shvegzda is sitting in for Mr. Shuler.
The minutes of November 6, 1996 were approved with 5 affirmative votes.
Mrs. Pat Stern of ICRC said I am here tonight to give you a brief update as to what has been taking place since you signed the franchise with Warner approximately 1 1/2 years ago. As you recall, at that time there were plans for constructing a new fiber optics system in your community. The construction is well underway and as I was talking with members of Council before the meeting they were relaying some of their experiences but I am pleased to announce that most calls we are getting at our office are very positive. People are pleased with the new system. Some people are a little confused with the way the system works and Warner is graciously sending technicians back into homes to explain the situation. We are getting quite a few calls from your community about the rates, but once we explain to the residents what the rate increase was all about and they understand that with the new cable service, people with cable ready sets no longer need to purchase the converter if they don't have pay channels. There are also other ways they can cut the price of their service. Once we explain that people seem to be okay with the rates. I really came tonight to talk about the activities of ICRC over the last year. You have seen the channel where we introduced the community announcements and the new scheduling on the cabling system. We've had quite a few calls from your residents to find out what is going on in your community. We're real pleased about that. The ICRC awards $25,000 a year of video equipment to our school districts and we have made those selections. Those announcements will be made next week. One of the new things we will be introducing in December is a web page. I know your community has one right now. Ours will be listing our schedule, our annual report and also it will be a promotion for your page because we will put in information about the City. Today we held a luncheon conference for all city managers that had to do with telecom issues. Some communities are being approached by cellular companies, PCS companies and alternate telephone providers wanting to come into your community and compete with your present cable and phone systems. Today we had a discussion and we introduced some sample legislation for communities to pass in order for you to sit down at the negotiation table with these companies. Because your city manager could not make the meeting today we do have the information for him and I will sit down with him one on one to explain what we discussed today. Tomorrow we are sponsoring a teleconference with all the health departments in the area. There is a teleconference that is coming from Washington DC on inspecting restaurants. We received a call and the word went out to all the health departments and your health department will be represented tomorrow in our studio. They will be able to see this teleconference live and phone in any questions they might have. We are now doing live programming from our studio. With the upgrade we now have a fiber optic link directly from our studio facility to Warner's Blue Ash playback facility. I also wanted to mention that we are playing back all the tapes. Hopefully you are not experiencing any trouble with the playback of your City Council meetings. We are doing that now. If you do experience any trouble with a videotape not playing, please call our office and let us know and we will correct the problem as soon as possible. This fall we introduced "Game of the Week" where we covered all of our football games in all of our municipalities. The following Tuesday evening live we would have coaches from our local schools come on with clips about the practices and some of the players. We're introducing the basketball show this evening and then we will get into some girls' sports where we'll be interviewing the coaches. That has been a real successful show for us. We still continue to monitor the legislation at the federal and state level. I recently met with Representative Portman to discuss some issues. I have to credit him publicly for preserving our right to control the right of ways. In the cable act of 1996 things got pretty crazy. A lot of the telephone companies were lobbying very heavily for the municipalities to lose that right. He came to our crusade with a bill he had passed the year before called the Unfunded Mandate Act which made sure if the federal government took powers away from our local municipalities that we would be financially reimbursed. If we had lost the ability to lease our right of way it would have meant hundreds of millions of dollars lost to all of our municipalities. We're planning to do an open house in January to which all of you will get an invitation and I strongly encourage you to come. We made some modifications to our studio. We've added a control room and we no longer have to use the mobile truck as a control room for the studio. I also think you would be interested to see our playback facilities where we are actually playing back programming on five channels. We hope to up that by two more after the first of the year. We continue to increase our programming, work with the schools, work with the local municipalities and governments. Hopefully you are pleased by the coverage you are getting for your Council meetings. I would be happy to entertain any questions that any of you have. In the interim before January I encourage all of you to come by our facility. I would love to show it off to you.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
RULES AND LAWS - no report
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Mrs. McNear said the latest issue of the newsletter was mailed this week. Everyone should receive it by tomorrow. You can call the Municipal Building if you did not receive one. The deadline for our next issue is March and the newsletter is scheduled to be mailed out in May. I just want to remind people about the tree lighting ceremony which will be held in front of the Municipal Building on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a special appearance by the Springdale Elementary School Chorale and Santa will also make an appearance.
PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE - no report
PUBLIC WORKS - Mr. Vanover said all work on the 1996 street improvement program is complete except for the final punch list items. The Rockcrest Drive repair work has been put off until spring because the contractor could not guarantee that this work could be completed before the end of the year. We didn't want that mess through the winter. The Public Works committee met last evening, Tuesday, November 19 to begin work on the 1997 program. The committee plans to present a program to Council at the December 4 meeting. Thus we can get the work bid out early in January and hopefully receive some financial benefit from that as we did this year.
PUBLIC UTILITIES - no report
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS - Mr. Danbury said I would like to hold off until Mr. Wilson arrives.
FINANCE COMMITTEE - - no report
PLANNING COMMISSION - Mr. Galster said Planning Commission met November 12. Home Quarters requested approval of a new fence arrangement to screen their loading and garden area as well as creating an area for their pallets instead of them just being stored outside. The fence that was finally approved is 10 feet of brick and then 17 feet of link that has slats in it. That was approved 7-0. Community Management Corporation requested approval of additional parking at Wimbledon's Plaza. They were tabled as no representation was there. Kerry Ford requested approval of proposed signage for Kerry Ford Subaru. They did have a sign person there but we had requested that they send an owner representative so that a complete detailed discussion could happen regarding all their signage. That was tabled 7-0. Final plan approval was requested for the Sterling House and that was tabled 7-0. LandCo Development requested rezoning of property at the northeast corner of Kenn Road at I-275 from PF-1 to RD-1. That was tabled 6-1. Roberds Grand requested approval of revised directional signage which was approved 6-0.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS - The Board of Zoning Appeals met last evening and six members were in attendance. Our first item under new business was Robert A. Kraft, 655 Glensprings Drive requesting a variance to allow the construction of a 14' x 16' patio enclosure. The variance was granted 5-1. William Fees, 870 Clearfield Lane requested a variance to allow him to park his utility trailer on the driveway. He was asking for a temporary variance until December 31 of this year. It is a trailer they are building to be used for a church group similar to the Boy Scouts. This was granted 6-0. David and Melody Langford, 11673 Harmony Avenue, requested a variance to allow the construction of a 8' x 16' storage barn. As you know, we allow 120 square feet. Their 8' x 16' put them over by 8 square feet. They did meet all the setbacks from rear and side yards so that variance was granted 6-0. William T. Nolan of Snookers Billiards Sports Cafe was requesting a variance to allow an addition to their pole sign for a total area of 62.5 square feet. Calculating all that is involved in that piece of property including Naked Furniture, their request would have put them 7 1/2 square feet over. He was interested in getting a sign board on there. None of us on the board was aware that they do serve lunch. It isn't a place where you just go in and stand up with your pool stick in hand. They do have seating space and apparently from what he said they have a chef who knows what he's doing. They wanted people to be aware of that and they felt they needed that sign board. With the configuration of where they are on S. R. 747 with the traffic flying by there, probably as he said, faster than it should, we did feel they needed this additional signage because some of their sign is blocked out by the trees. Seven and one-half square feet over we felt was not unreasonable and that variance was granted 6-0. Zaring Homes requested a variance to allow the construction of a driveway that was less than the required width of 19 feet. This has come up before. That particular development in Glenview had seven homes we knew were going to have problematic driveways. They originally had wanted Board of Zoning to give a carte blanche on all seven. I did not feel that was a good idea and my peers certainly concurred with me. They have come in on an individual basis and this one is the least of a problem. There are only 4 or 5 feet at the head (it's a side entrance driveway) that is 18 feet and then it does extend into the 19 feet. I think they still may have two more left. That variance was granted 6-0.
BOARD OF HEALTH - Mr. Vanover said they met last Thursday evening. We had the first reading for the establishing of new license fees for food service operations, vending machines and mobile food service operations and temporary food service operations within the City. There will be another reading in December and then vote on the final form in January. The search is on for the part-time public health nurse. This is a 1997 Health Department budget item. We have reached a point that our current nurse, Ms. Jane Messer, is really maxed out. This would give her some assistance and also free her to do some other things in the community. She does an outstanding job. In 1995 she had over 1,100 home visits. She is involved in immunizations and flu shots which is on-going. For the month of October we captured 6 opossums, 2 skunks, 3 raccoons and 1 infamous groundhog.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION - Mr. Parham said at the October 16 meeting we reported to you that we had offered the vacant position in the Police Department of violations bureau clerk to a candidate. She had completed every step of the process, was approved and we had actually established a start date for her. However, her present employer compensated her at the same level she would have gotten with the City of Springdale. Therefore, we are back in the process of interviewing to fill that vacancy. Hopefully we will receive additional names from the Civil Service Commission and move forward. We are also in the process of receiving names to fill the vacancy in the Fire Department.
O-K-I - no report
MAYOR'S REPORT - Mayor Webster said the City for quite some time has had some serious talks and negotiations with the GE Employees Activities Association regarding some joint recreational activities we'd like to pursue with them. Their board met November 13 and the members of the board of trustees were in favor of allowing Springdale residents participation in all the GEEAA league sports programs on the associate pass and/or guest program for the 1997-1998 season. I think this is very significant for the residents of the City. I think it will open up a lot of recreational opportunities, much better league play, and at the same time, free up a lot of gym time. One of the common complaints we've heard across the community is that we have no open gym time for our youngsters and this is going to allow that to happen. We're pretty excited about it and we're still in negotiation with GEEAA on fees, etc. but things are moving very well. Council, if you get the opportunity to go past the intersection of Kemper Road and Rt. 4 we have our new sign up there. It's a big, bold sign that costs $1,500 plus labor for installation. Before we embark on a program to order and install signs throughout the City I would like the City's feedback on that. It has been a complaint for many years, especially for strangers coming from out of town. I am very pleased to see in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Saturday, November 2 an article dealing with fire protection ratings throughout the area. There are 47 fire departments within Hamilton County. Two departments had a 2 rating; the City of Cincinnati and Loveland/Symmes Township. There are three others that have a 3 rating; Norwood, Colerain Township and Springdale. We were tied for third out of 47 fire departments. I think that speaks very highly, not only of our facility and the equipment Council has provided but also for the training and expertise Chief Posega and his officers possess over there. The debris removal program is still going full bore and hopefully it is going to slack off. We need the trucks for salt. We have now reached 280 requests. This past Monday I taped the Mayor's Forum Show for the ICRC. That will play back starting this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. There will be five viewings in the next two weeks.
CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR'S REPORT - Mr. Knox said I would just like to mention that Mr. Shvegzda has been named an associate with CDS. Congratulations.
ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT - Mr. Parham said I have distributed to each Council member a memo relative to a request for an enterprise zone agreement with International Paper. International Paper nationwide is in the process of purchasing two high speed gluers that will be used at one of their box and carton facilities. The Springdale location at 100 Progress Place is in competition for those two gluers along with plants in the states of Kentucky and Indiana. In an effort to have those gluers installed at the location here in Springdale, International Paper has requested from the City and Hamilton County, any enterprise zone agreement. They are looking at purchasing two gluers costing $1.9 million which will include approximately $150,000 in real property and the balance of $1.8 million for the price of the equipment itself and the installation. We have offered an abatement of 65% and it has been accepted by International Paper. The County is scheduled to act on the request either at the meeting of November 27 or at the December 4 meeting of the County Commissioners. We are requesting legislation at the December 4 Council meeting for the City with a 65% abatement over ten years. The City will collect $382 annually over a ten year period for a total of $3,820. I must point out that under this agreement they are not looking to add any additional jobs or new payroll; however, they have indicated to us that if they are unsuccessful in obtaining the two high speed gluers, they are pretty much likely to loose 58 jobs. It's more of a job retention program.
Mr. Danbury said Mr. Parham, if they don't get these two gluers they could eventually be phased out. If they do get the gluers do you anticipate that one of the other two plants might be phased out eventually and then this facility would be much larger than what we are looking at here?
Mr. Parham replied that may be a possibility in the future. Right now the finishing of their products is being handled at this location. Without the two gluers there is a strong possibility that the finishing products at some point in time may be transferred from this location and then, as small bites are taken, they may end up losing the entire facility, but at this point it is just pure speculation.
LAW DIRECTOR'S REPORT - Mr. Kenworthy stated related to the Christy Shepherd lawsuit which involves the City and several officials, on behalf of the City a motion to dismiss has been filed and that is set for hearing before the federal magistrate on December 23.
ENGINEER'S REPORT - no report
Mr. Danbury said I would like to welcome Troop 164. After communications anyone who would like to address Council can.
On behalf of the residents of Maple Knoll Village I would like to thank you (the City) for the sidewalks that were made in front our Meadows building and further up Springfield Pike past the main building of Maple Knoll. I know our residents will be enjoying taking advantage of the walk to get their daily exercise. Thank you again. Sincerely, Mary E. Dean, Secretary, Maple Knoll Executive Council
Letter addressed to Mr. Knox: I would like to complain about Warner Cable's increasing the rates as of January 1. Since they have put in all their new equipment in Springdale the rate has been increased a small amount. We didn't ask them to do these changes and like the utility companies we have no choice in these matters. Like many people, I am on a fixed income and cable television is mine and my handicapped daughter's only entertainment. If they keep raising the rates we may have to take the cable out of our home. I'm sure Warner Cable isn't worried about that. Thank you for reading my letter. Dorothy A. Bullock, 597 Observatory Drive.
Mr. Knox said I contacted Mrs. Bullock and discussed this with her and she may be registering a complaint after the first of January.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mr. Knox said we had a question about Ordinance No. 81-1996 at the end of the last meeting and it arrived on the agenda by accident. The question was whether we had a release from the owners of the property. I believe that was resolved, right Mr. Parham.
Mr. Parham said I did speak with Mr. McErlane and he indicated we have received that release from the Freys.
ORDINANCE NO. 84-1996 "AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, CHAPTER 77, SCHEDULE IV REGARDING SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES"
Mrs. Boice made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 84-1996 passed with 5 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 85-1996 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PROVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS LOCATED AT BOTH OFF-RAMPS OF 1-275 AND PRINCETON PIKE AND THE WESTBOUND ON-RAMP OF I-275"
ORDINANCE NO. 86-1996 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PROVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS LOCATED AT BOTH OFF-RAMPS OF I-275 AND SPRINGFIELD PIKE"
ORDINANCE NO. 87-1996 "AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, SECTION 35.01 POLICE DEPARTMENT COMPLEMENT"
Mayor Webster said Mr. Osborn explained why we need this in place before the first of the year. I really would like Council to consider this a first reading tonight and at your second reading on December 4 add an emergency clause. If you don't it won't go into effect until January 4, 1997 and we really need that in effect prior to that. Also, if you look at Attachment A, we need this to add the thirty-third officer or the twenty-fourth patrolman. As we looked at this we discovered there is another thing that needs to be changed. Where it says six violations bureau clerk dispatchers, it should say seven. Several years a prior administration decided to move one of the violation bureau clerks to the Mayor's office. I made the decision last December 1 to move that back to the Police Department. The position has been vacant so it really doesn't make any difference but to get things in synch that needs to be seven.
ORDINANCE NO. 88-1996 "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"
Mrs. Boice made a motion to adopt and Mrs. McNear seconded.
Mr. Danbury said Mr. Flessa is very effective. He is a very good prosecutor for the City and I think he's fair. I have a lot of respect for him as a professional.
Mayor Webster stated I totally concur. I think he does a great job for us and the terms and conditions of this agreement are identical to the ones in effect prior to the expiration of the current agreement.
Ordinance 88-1996 passed with 5 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 89-1996 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH KERRY FORD FOR THE PURCHASE OF A 1997 TAURUS GL FOR USE AS A POLICE VEHICLE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mrs. McNear made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 89-1996 passed with 5 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 90-1996 "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 32 FORD MERCURY, INC. FOR THE PURCHASE OF FOUR (4) 1997 CROWN VICTORIAS FOR USE AS POLICE CRUISERS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mrs. Boice seconded.
Ordinance 90-1996 passed with 5 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 91-1996 "AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, SECTIONS 38.11 ASSISTANT RECREATION DIRECTOR AND 38.12 PROGRAM SUPERVISOR TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT RECREATION DIRECTOR AND TO ELIMINATE THE POSITION OF PROGRAM SUPERVISOR"
Mayor Webster said I would like to make a request that this be a first reading tonight with the emergency clause added on December 4 so we can have all that in place before we pass the pay ordinance.
Mr. Danbury said people have received information on the boards and commissions when we have some positions available. As you look through there we just have a few that will be coming up for renewal or to put someone new in there. Mr. Coleman's position is up on Civil Service and by nature of the position he would also be on the review board. That terms ends December 31. Mr. Roger Stephenson's term on Charter Revision is due to expire on December 31. I assume both of these gentlemen are interested in continuing. I will contact them but I also invite anybody in the public to submit their names. Rita Hart's position on the Board of Health expires December 31 also. That is not a Council appointment. I would like to remind Council that the first meeting in December every year we will be electing vice-presidents.
Mayor Webster said Dr. Kettring's term expires on the Board of Health also so we have two terms expire and both of those people are interested in returning. I would like to request legislation be brought in at the meeting when you do the others to reappoint them to another two year term on the Board of Health.
Mr. Danbury said let's see if we can fill these positions by December 4.
Mr. Galster said last meeting we talked about the Zoning Code update that was going to be performed and forming a steering committee. I did talk to Mrs. Boice to get BZA's input as far as members they would like to see on it. I think we put together myself, Mr. Young, Mr. Okum, and the Board of Zoning Appeals representative. Mr. Young has also been on the Board of Zoning Appeals and Mr. Okum presently serves as liaison to them. I think we will have a pretty good mix in addition to staff people.
Mrs. Boice said I was just curious as to whether any of you had had calls from the residents of Springdale. I've had a couple regarding the CG&E announced 26% rate increase. It is a matter of concern to many people that are on set incomes. They were wondering if the City is going to protest or if there is anything we can do or say to stop these giants who have us at their mercy. To tell your older people to turn the thermostat down to 640F, I'm sorry. If you have ever worked with the elderly at all, they cannot survive at 640F. They just simply cannot. Is there anything the cities are doing, the Ohio Municipal League, any recourse we can take to stop this.
Mr. Parham replied to my knowledge we have no regulatory authority. I think CG&E, as well as the majority of utilities, is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). You can probably write a letter to PUCO as well as a letter writing campaign. Whether that will make a difference I don't know. I do believe from time to time the City of Cincinnati has held hearings when these types of things have occurred. Whether there has been a direct result of those hearings or of a letter writing campaign, I can't say for certain.
Mrs. Boice said I encourage Springdale to put their foot out in front and write a letter to the Public Utilities Commission. This is much of what we saw when Hamilton County Sewer came in here and said they had to increase their rates. All of a sudden they were going to jump them from a $270 connection to something like $1,500. I think they should have foreseen this plus is there not a request in there right now for another 8.3% increase which would be a total of 33%. I think this is just unmerciful and I would like Springdale to step off first and put in our plea. This is just absolutely abhorrent.
Mr. Danbury said we probably can't do anything but if we can just draft a resolution to strongly protest it. We can write letters but they will just go in the trash like everything else. This probably will as well but at least maybe they will take some kind of notice. We had to pay for Fernald and now they've named the stadium. They paid millions and millions of dollars. I know it's a drop in the bucket but still but that's too much of a jump for a lot of people, not only the elderly but a lot of people have budgets and are on a fixed income.
Mrs. Boice said I intend to call a couple of our state legislators. I don't know if they can do any arm twisting or how much power they have to bear but you are looking at the position of some people having to make the choice between keeping warm and having their tummy empty or having their tummy full and freezing. When I read this nonsense in the paper that the Utilities' Commission and CG&E say turn your thermostat down to 64o F, and we're going down to 260 tomorrow morning or the next day, I'm sorry, that just doesn't work. I would encourage all you to pick up the phone and call the people who represent us, who certainly have a stronger connection to these people who have these hearings. I'd like to go down and shoot out that sign that says Cinergy Field.
Mr. Vanover said I echo what Mr. Parham said. From time to time there are public hearings on proposed rate increases and they are announced in the paper. Unfortunately this one was probably held late summer, early fall when it was proposed. They are one of two utilities who've just got you where they want you. You don't have open competition.
Mrs. Boice said I think the thing that stunned me the most is that they said the reason for this increase is because of all of the purchases of gas they had to use last winter. Now are you telling me a corporation like that had to wait until the month of November to figure out that maybe the expenses had increased so much that all of a sudden they had to raise our rates? God forbid, if you run your own personal budgets that way. This was not mentioned during the summer months. It was not mentioned in the early fall. All of a sudden you are going to be hit with this December 1. If their planning is that poor, I think PUCO needs to look at what is going on down there.
Mayor Webster said I echo everyone's sentiments on that also. Mr. Vanover, as far as public hearings on this one, I don't recall getting a notification of that and this is the first increase I can ever recall that was just sprung on us with a matter of weeks notice. Usually these things are a year or eighteen months off. I don't know if something has changed with the PUCO or how this slipped through there but I agree. If they have $10 million to blow on a sign for Cinergy Field and they can run off to Indiana and buy power companies just for the matter of consolidation, then where are the economies scale you are supposed to get with consolidation, and why aren't our residents seeing that. If we can write a resolution or write letters I think we ought to do it.
Mr. Danbury asked Mr. Kenworthy if we could have a resolution at our next meeting.
Mr. Kenworthy replied I think so. I'm not sure where they are in the process. More than likely the public hearings have already been held and the decision has been made through their regulatory process but certainly we can join in at this point and do what we can do.
Mr. Danbury asked Mr. Kenworthy if he would like to get with Mrs. Boice on the language.
Mrs. Boice said my language would certainly be stronger than our legal people would advise. But they have stated this is effective December 1. They didn't give anybody a chance to turn their thermostats down and save a little money when we had some mild weather. I would ask that it be very strong language. I would trust your good judgment on that, Mr. Kenworthy.
Mr. Parham said I believe it was you, Mr. Danbury, who brought to our attention the issue of individuals at Forest Fair Mall coming back through the properties in Springdale. A couple of days after that Chief Freland and I walked the back of those properties adjacent to Forest Fair Mall. As a result I made telephone contact with one of the managers at Forest Fair Mall and talked about the possibility of seeing if they would put the same type of wooden fence on the northeastern side of Forest Fair Mall, the northwestern side of the City. Maybe they can put the same reinforcement on the eastern side that divides the mall from the residents. There is probably a 12'-16' high wooden fence on the northern and southern side. There is just very light, easily accessible fencing on the northwest side. In fact, one part is totally torn down. The gentleman did say he would have his personnel walk the site and get back to me. I've offered my services to meet them on the site. I've asked if they would consider putting that strong wooden fence to the north and running it a good distance down. We'll see what happens and keep you abreast of that.
Mrs. Boice said next month is December and we had discussed moving our first meeting in January which falls on New Year's Day to Thursday, January 2. I thought we might want to start getting that out in the press.
Mr. Danbury said there is one item we brought up about two years ago. Due to the fact that next year is a district Council election I would like us to look at whether we have to realign any of the districts. We would have to look at Board of Elections at how many people voted in the last general election. If it looks like we would have to have some changes then I'd like to have people outside the districts representing us, possibly someone from Civil Service or Charter Revision, an outsider.
Mayor Webster said you can appoint whatever committee you want but traditionally it has always been the three at-large Council people. You will probably have to wait until the final certifications are out.
Mayor Webster said the appointment as O-K-I trustee expires at the end of the year. It's a good body and they do good work but my experience has been that it's a waste of time. I have attended a number of meetings. I go and sit in a chair. Most of the stuff is already decided. I go if I have nothing else more pressing to do. If no one wants to do it you can put my name on there again.
Mrs. Boice said if it's a position on the Executive Board that's a little different. I protested that election many years ago. If you were on the executive committee then you do have some input as a City representative. We were representative for 6 or 7 years because Lynn Waxman followed me on that committee.
Mr. Danbury said if anyone is interested forward your name to the Mayor or me.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS - Mr. Knox read the report. All 1996 projects are completed except the Ray Norrish Drive improvement. All pavement and striping work is now completed and all utilities relocated. Work to be completed are the sidewalks, the stone wall and the signal control loops.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Survey meeting November 26, 6:30 p.m.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Danbury said recapping what we should have on our agenda at the next meeting we should have Ordinance 85 dealing with the I-275 ramps as does Ordinance 86. Ordinance 87 is about the Police Department complement. We will entertain a motion for emergency on that. Ordinance 91 deals with the assistant recreation director. This will be an emergency request as well.
Mr. Parham said on the legislation for the enterprise zone agreement with International Paper we would like the emergency clause.
Mr. Danbury said we also have a resolution complaining to PUCO.
Mayor Webster added the ordinances for the Board of Health members.
Council adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Randy Danbury, President of Council