RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mrs. Perkins.
Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.
Mayor Beyer called for a moment of silence.
1. Mayor Beyer asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes from the November 26, 2007 meeting.
There were no comments so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be approved. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion. The minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. There was one person in the audience that wished to comment so Mayor Beyer recognized Mr. Glynn Marsh.
Mr. Marsh acknowledged that this was the final meeting of the Union council for 2007 and Mayor Beyer’s last public meeting as Mayor. Mr. Marsh wanted Mayor Beyer to be recognized for his many years of community service with the Union Council and Planning Commission. He said it takes a special person to commit to community service and Mayor Beyer personifies that kind of person. Mr. Marsh said he had enjoyed knowing Mayor Beyer and working with him and his presence will be missed. Mr. Marsh thanked Mayor Beyer on behalf of all of the Union citizens.
3. THIRD READING – ORDINANCE 1437 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 941.04 RATES OF THE UNION CODE, RELATING TO CHARGES FOR STORM DRAINAGE SERVICE CHARGE. (three readings)
Mr. Bruns moved to have the third and final reading and adopt Ordinance 1437. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1437 was adopted.
4. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1442 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR 2007 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Bruns said that the budget committee met and reviewed both the budget for the coming year and the budget for 2007. Mr. Bruns said the budget committee had no problems with either one and recommended the passage of both as presented.
Mr. Applegate said the ordinance to amend the appropriations is done annually. Ordinance 1442 adjusts the line items, decreasing or increasing the ordinance that is currently in effect. It is the staff’s recommendation to approve the ordinance and this is in compliance with state law.
Mayor Beyer moved that Ordinance 1442 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1442 was declared an emergency.
Mayor Beyer moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency Ordinance 1442. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1442 was adopted.
5. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1443 – ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR 2008 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate said this ordinance sets in motion the money that is expended for the year. The total for the fiscal year is seven million, three hundred fifty-five thousand, and eight hundred twenty-two dollars. They had met with the budget committee to review this and it was their recommendation and the staff’s recommendation to adopt this appropriation ordinance.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1443 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1443 was declared an emergency.
Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1443. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1443 was adopted.
6. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1444 – AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A REGULAR PAY TABLE, ASSIGNING PAY GRADES STEPS/SALARIES AND THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FULL-TIME, REGULAR PART-TIME, PART-TIME (SEASONAL) AND AUXILIARY POSITIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNION FOR 2008 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate said with the adoption of the fiscal year 2008 appropriation ordinance, they need to adopt the ordinance for the pay grades and steps for all employees for the City of Union. It is the budget committee and staff’s recommendation to adopt Ordinance 1444.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1444 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1444 was declared an emergency.
Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1444. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1444 was adopted.
7. ONE READING – RESOLUTION 07-13 – A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO FILE AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE OF OHIO, DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT, TO SUPPORT AN APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE OHIO JOB READY SITES PROGRAM.
Mr. Applegate said that GGC Engineering is working with the City of Union on this application to submit to the State of Ohio, Ohio Department of Development, for a Jobs Ready Application and grant. The due date for the application has not been established and there will be a pre-application process. Since the city council will not meet again until January 14, Mike Carder with GGC Engineering felt that the city should be ready to move forward with this. This application deals with the area on Jackson Road by the airport that has been zoned Light - Industrial and Commercial and also the property owned by the Deal’s that the city has scheduled a rezoning hearing for on January 14, 2008.
Mr. Applegate said that with the new governor, there have been new guidelines created and more changes will be made. Mr. Applegate said once they receive the additional information, they will provide it to the council.
Mrs. Perkins asked if there was a problem doing an application on the second site, when the zoning has not been changed. Mr. Applegate said they meet the current requirements now but they know that the requirements are being changed. Mr. Applegate said it could be a problem if the zoning was not changed, depending on the new requirements and the deadline for the application.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 07-13. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Resolution 07-13 was adopted.
8. Open Agenda
Mayor Beyer commented that he had read in the paper that Philip Lantz had died. Mr. Lantz had lived in Union and served on the city council and had been Vice Mayor. Mr. Lantz had moved to Englewood several years ago. Mr. Applegate said Ron Lantz had served on council roughly fifteen to twenty years.
Mayor Beyer wished everyone a happy Christmas and new year.
He also asked that they officially notify the fire and police departments that he appreciated their assistance that afternoon.
Mrs. Perkins said she didn’t think she could say it better than what Mr. Marsh had said concerning Mayor Beyer and his tenure on council and as Mayor and that she had enjoyed working with him.
Mrs. Goudy passed on her best wishes for the holiday season and said she wished to echo Mr. Marsh’s comments about Mayor Beyer.
Mr. O’Callaghan wished everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Also, as president of the Park Board, Mr. O’Callaghan said he and Carolyn Bruns would be looking at all of the Christmas decorations on the evening of December 11. They will be sending letters of appreciation to several people.
Mr. O’Callaghan said he had been on the council for fifteen years and he appreciated Mayor Beyer’s years of service. He said he appreciated that despite health issues, he had always made it to the council meetings.
Mrs. Kyle said Mayor Beyer would be missed. She also wished everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year.
Mrs. Terry said she would miss Mayor Beyer and she had a lot of respect for him and admired him greatly. She also passed on best wishes to everyone for the holiday season.
Mr. Bruns passed on best wishes for the holidays. He said he started coming to the council meetings in 1989 and Mr. Lantz, Mayor Packard, and Mayor Beyer were on the council. He said that they had all served on council a long time and they would all miss Mayor Beyer’s presence at the meeting.
Mr. Bruns moved to adopt the 2008 meeting schedule as mentioned in a memorandum to the council. Two meetings that fell on legal holidays, Memorial Day and Columbus Day would be moved to Tuesday, May 27 and Tuesday, October 14. The second meetings in July, August, and December would be cancelled. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the 2008 council meeting schedule was adopted.
Mr. Applegate said they needed to do some housekeeping items and they would need to amend the agenda to add resolution 07-13.
Mr. Bruns moved to amend the council agenda to include Resolution 07-13. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the council agenda was amended.
Mr. Applegate said that to respect Mayor Beyer’s wishes, he had not planned to say anything, but since the door was opened, he was going to comment.
Mr. Applegate said it has been a pleasure knowing Mayor Beyer. He said the first time they met was at a meeting at the firehouse to discuss homes coming in at Concord Farms.
Mr. Applegate added that Mayor Beyer was there during crucial times for the city like for the creation of the city’s fire department. Mr. Applegate said that people do not realize the number of hours and time and effort that Mayor Beyer and others have put in for the city. Mr. Applegate said he really appreciated serving with him and he wished him the best of luck.
Mr. Applegate also wished the city staff, council, and citizens happy holidays and said that Union was a fine place to live.
Mr. Moore said he is a law director for some other cities and was at an orientation for new council members. He said some people have very little interaction with local government until they get involved. Once involved, they spend a lot of time learning what is needed to make local government work. Mr. Moore said Mayor Beyer has been very good for the city and the participation of all the council members is excellent. He said he appreciates working for this council and that they are all very pleasant to work for. He thanked Mayor Beyer for all the things he has participated in over the years.
Mr. Marsh said that ten years ago, he had approached the council with the concept of the future Randolph Township Historical Society. Mr. Marsh said Mayor Beyer was one of the first to come forward with a lifetime membership showing his support for the community.
9. Mayor Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor