RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

February 26, 2007

 

 

The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Beyer on February 26, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

 

            Mayor Beyer asked for roll to be taken and the following council members were at the meeting:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mrs. Perkins. 

            Other city staff members present at the meeting were John Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Mike Blackwell, Public Safety Director, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

 

            Mayor Beyer asked for a moment of silence.

 

            1. Mayor Beyer said he had a correction to make on the February 12, 2007 council minutes concerning Mrs. Goudy’s unexcused absence.  Mayor Beyer said Mrs. Goudy had made several calls that she was having a surgical procedure and was unable to attend the meeting.  Mayor Beyer moved to excuse Mrs. Goudy’s absence from the February 12, 2007 council meeting.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Goudy abstained and the other council members voted for the motion.  The motion passed.  Mrs. Goudy’s absence from the February 12, 2007 council meeting was excused.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved that they amend the minutes of February 12, 2007 to excuse Mrs. Goudy’s absence by a vote taken during the council meeting on February 26, 2007.  The minutes of February 12 will be changed to show that Mrs. Goudy’s absence was excused.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Goudy abstained and the other council members voted for the motion.  The minutes were amended.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes from the February 12, 2007 council meeting be accepted as amended.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Goudy abstained and the other council members voted for the motion.  The minutes were accepted as amended. 

 

            2. Citizens and Visitor’s Comments. 

 

Mayor Beyer recognized Glynn Marsh who wished to address the council.  Mr. Marsh said he lived at 3473 Sweet Potato Ridge Road and he was representing the Randolph Township Historical Society.  He said he would like to invite the council and citizens to a presentation on March 14, 2007.  He said last year the historical society had several programs on National Road and this year they will be doing a program on the Dayton-Covington Pike and how it had influenced and affected the community. 

            Currently, Mr. Marsh said members of the historical society are going along Main Street taking photographs, documenting how the street looks today. 

            Mr. Marsh went into more detail about the programs and the guest panelists that include Dr. James Studebaker, Marlin Applegate, and Malcolm Treon.  He said audience participation was encouraged and the program would be held at the Janice Ward Center in Clayton.

Mr. Marsh thanked Union for their continued sponsorship.  The Randolph Township Historical Society is now in its tenth year.

 

            3.       THIRD READING- ORDINANCE 1409 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION AS ENACTED BY ORDINANCE 314 AS SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED. (three readings)

 

            Mayor Beyer moved to table item # 3, Ordinance 1409.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry and Mrs. Perkins voted against the motion and Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, and Mrs. Goudy voted in favor of the motion.  The motion to table Ordinance 1409 passed.

 

3.a       ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1409 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION AS ENACTED BY ORDINANCE 314 AS SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

 

            Mayor Beyer moved that Ordinance 1409 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry and Mrs. Perkins voted against the motion and Mrs. Kyle, Mr. Bruns, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan and Mrs. Goudy voted for the motion.  The motion was passed.

 

            Mayor Beyer moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1409.  Mrs. Terry voted against the motion.  The other council members voted for the motion and emergency ordinance 1409 was adopted.

 

            4.         Open Agenda

 

            Mayor Beyer said he wanted to commend the city workers for all their work in dealing with the snowfall on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.  He asked Mr. Applegate to pass along his and the councils’ appreciation. 

 

            Mayor Beyer read a note he had received from a citizen to the council members.    The note read:

 

Union City Cronies.  

These citations are a joke and you are a laughing stock.  I hope you are all voted out or run out of town on a rail! 

 

Mayor Beyer said it looked like it was signed by a Ron Haley.   

           

Mayor Beyer said Union had the cleanest streets in the Miami Valley and that Mr. Haley was wrong but he had at least signed his name to the note. 

 

            Mrs. Goudy also thanked the city crew for their work in cleaning the streets.  She said she was very impressed. 

 

            Mrs. Terry said Main Street was great but she asked them to keep working on her street.

            Mrs. Terry then asked why Ordinance 1409 was made an emergency.

 

            Mayor Beyer said at the councils’ discretion, they can pass most ordinances as an emergency except for certain fiscal matters.  He added that when an ordinance is passed as an emergency, it becomes effective immediately.

 

            The developer would like to start the development right away. If the ordinance were passed as a third reading, it would be effective in thirty days.

            The ordinance has been through two readings and most of the comments from citizens were people that lived in Butler Township, not in the City of Union corporation limits.  Since Ordinance 1409 had already gone through two readings, Ordinance 1409 was passed as an emergency so it can become effective immediately.

 

            Mr. Applegate thanked the mayor and council for their favorable comments to the servicemen for their work on the streets. 

            Mr. Applegate said they had used 260 tons of salt for a cost of $13,260.00 and employee overtime cost $10,180.00 for the year, during the February 13 and February 14 Valentine Day snow.  Mr. Applegate said that at one point, the crews had worked for twenty-four hours straight.

 

            Mr. Applegate said he wanted to commend their residents after this recent ten to twelve inch snowfall.  He said that there were only two citations given and that ninety-nine percent of the residents had complied with moving the vehicles off of the street.  He said that the cooperation from the residents was the best he had ever seen and he thought that was due to the newspaper article that was in the Dayton Daily News. 

 

            He said he heard a radio call from another community where a snow plow driver asked what to do about people pushing snow from their driveway into the street.  Mr. Applegate said he told them to call their city manager. 

 

            Mr. Applegate said the Union police and servicemen did an excellent job.  He said all of the city streets were clean, including every alley and cul-de-sac.  Mr. Applegate added that people were amazed that the streets were cleared and that they could get out of town.  He added that the servicemen can do a much better, quicker job of snow plowing when the cars are off of the street.

 

            During the recent ice and sleet storm, on Saturday, February 24, people came out and moved their cars off of the street, even though a snow emergency had not been declared.  Mr. Applegate added that no residents pushed snow back into the street.

 

            The city has currently exceeded the amount in the budget for salt.  The city is one of seventy or eighty cities that participate in the Southwest District Joint Purchasing so they are able to get a good price for salt at $51.00 per ton.  Mr. Applegate said they do have to use it with caution since it does affect the storm water run off.

 

            In response to a question from the council, there has not been many water main breaks this winter.  Mr. Applegate said they have converted to an “easy start” function on the well pumps that creates less of a shock to the system. 

 

            Mr. Moore said he wanted to clarify something that was said earlier about the public hearing.  He said that Mayor Beyer meant that all of the comments against the development were from Butler Township residents, not City of Union residents.

 

            He also noted that no one spoke against the development at the last council meeting. 

 

            5.         Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

           

 

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Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council

                                                                                            

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Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor