RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
April 12, 2010
Mr. O’Callaghan, the Vice-Mayor, called the City of Union council meeting to order on April 12, 2010 on Monday evening.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, Mrs. Kyle, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell, and Mrs. Perkins.
Other city staff members present were Joe Moore, Law Director and Acting City Manager and Janet Hamilton, sitting in for Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council.
Mr. O’Callaghan called for a moment of silence.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that Mayor Goudy was on vacation so he moved that her absence be excused. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Mayor Goudy’s absence was excused.
1. Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any corrections or additions in the minutes from the March 22, 2010 council meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. Mrs. Perkins abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion. The March 22, 2010 council minutes were accepted.
2. There were no citizens and visitors in the audience that had any questions.
3. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1491 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO PIONEER RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, THE RIGHT TO ACQUIRE, CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN AND OPERATE IN THE STREETS, THOROUGHFARES, ALLEYS, BRIDGES AND PUBLIC PLACES OF THE CITY OF UNION, STATE OF OHIO AND ITS SUCCESSORS, LINES FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER AND ENERGY TO PARTS OF THE CITY OF UNION AND THE INHABITANTS THEREOF FOR LIGHT, HEAT, POWER AND OTHER PURPOSES AND FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THE SAME
WITHIN, THROUGH OR ACROSS SAID CITY OF UNION, STATE OF OHIO. (three readings)
Mr. Bruns moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1491. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1491 was passed to the third reading.
4. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1493 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE LIST OF LIGHT ASSESSMENTS. (three readings)
Mr. Bruns moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1493. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1493 was passed to the third reading.
5. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1494 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT FOR THE MOWING OF PUBLICLY OWNED PARKS, FACILITIES AND ROADWAYS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Moore said this was an ordinance authorizing a contract for mowing city property. He added that the city had gone out for bids for mowing and Randy Butler of R B Services was the only bidder and has had the contract to mow with the city before.
Mr. Moore said they were asking that this ordinance be passed as an emergency, as stated in the ordinance. The beginning date for the contract is May 1, and if the ordinance went through three readings, the ordinance could not be in effect by May 1. In response to a question, the term of the contract is for one year with additional one year options.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1494 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Emergency Ordinance 1494. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Emergency Ordinance 1494 was adopted.
6. Open Agenda
Mr. O’Callaghan said Union’s Easter egg hunt was very well done and successful. He thanked councilmember David Blackwell, the VFW, and the police and fire departments for all of their help.
Mr. O’Callaghan also said that the flowering pear trees along Main Street in Union were unbelievable. He had invited everyone he knows to drive though the city. He said they get better every year.
He also said that they were looking for nominations for the Spirit of Union award so if any council members or citizens saw a property that was improved or beautifully landscaped, they should nominate them.
Mrs. Perkins agreed with Mr. O’Callaghan’s comment about the pear trees saying at Christmas time they were beautiful but at this time of the year they were gorgeous and that Union was “the great white way”!
Mr. Blackwell thanked the VFW for all of their donations to the Union Easter egg hunt this year. He said there was a good turnout and he thought that it went well but invited suggestions for next year’s event.
Mrs. Kyle and Mrs. Oberer both had praise for the pear trees on how beautiful they were and how well trimmed and even the trees were.
Mr. Bruns asked if anyone had read the information from the Montgomery County Health Department. Mr. Bruns said he was in favor of the “Get Up, Year of Healthy Fun with 5-2-1-Almost None” Pledge program and willing to endorse it but did not want to take the pledge. Several council members were in agreement.
Mr. Bruns asked if they should discuss the outcome of the survey on the water and sewer rates and how the city was doing an outstanding job and they decided to wait until the next meeting when Mr. Applegate would be present.
Mr. Moore said that Mr. Applegate was on vacation and that Mrs. Winemiller was absent due to the loss of her mother. Mr. Moore read information from the notice in the paper. He said that he and the council and everyone in Union wanted to express their condolences to the Winemiller family.
Mr. Moore said he wanted to show the council how their Charter and laws worked sometimes. Provisions in the city charter had been made in case of the absence of both the City Manager and Assistant City Manager. He referenced Section 3.05 and read that section to the council.
Section 3.05. Absences or Disabilities. The Manager may designate, by a letter filed with the Clerk of Council, a qualified administrative officer of the Municipality to perform the powers, duties and functions of the Manager during the temporary absence or disability of the Manager. If the Manager fails to make such designation, the Council may, by the adoption of a motion by a majority vote of its members, appoint a qualified administrative officer of the Municipality to perform such powers, duties and functions during the temporary absence or disability of the Manager. In event of an emergency and the Manager has not filed a letter of designation, the Mayor shall make a temporary appointment of a qualified member of the staff to act as Manager, until the Council acts as required in this section.
Mr. Moore said in all his time with the city, this is the first time that the city has utilized that provision.
Mr. Bruns thanked Mr. Moore and Ms. Hamilton for filling in for Mr. Applegate and Mrs. Winemiller.
7. Mr. Bruns moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. All concurred and the meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor