RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

January 8, 2007

 

 

            Mayor Beyer called the City of Union council meeting to order on January 8, 2007, Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.

 

            Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, and Mrs. Goudy.

 

            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 minutes from the December 11, 2006 council meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

            2.         Citizens’ and Visitors’ Comments

 

            Mayor Beyer recognized Roger Dilts from 315 Lang Court.  Mr. Dilts had asked if the city has a master plan and if so, could he obtain a copy.  He said the City Manager had already addressed his questions.  The city has a Comprehensive Master Plan that was prepared in March, 2003.

 

            3.         SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1413 - AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A TAX ON INCOME, AS DEFINED HEREIN, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSES OF GENERAL MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS, AND PERMANENT IMPROVEMENTS OF THE CITY OF UNION. (three readings)

 

            Mr. Bruns moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1413.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry voted against the motion and Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer,  Mr. O’Callaghan, and Mrs. Goudy voted to have the second reading.  The motion passed and Ordinance 1413 was passed to the third reading.

 

            4.           ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1414 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING EMS BILLING SERVICE AGREEMENT TO INCLUDE MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT BILLING SERVICES AS PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF UNION, DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND RESCUE.  (waive three readings)

 

            Mr. Applegate said Ordinance 1414 amends the current EMS billing contract and allows the city to start charging for sending out an engine for motor vehicle accidents. 

            Mr. Applegate said in 2006, there were 58 accidents with 22 engine responses.  In 2005, there were 75 motor vehicle accidents with 14 engine responses.  In 2004, there were 69 motor vehicle accidents with 15 engine responses. 

           

            Mayor Beyer said the insurance company would usually pay for that service and that the additional fees would help the fire and rescue department. 

            Mr. Bruns moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1414.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed. 

 

            Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1414.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.  Ordinance 1414 was adopted on the first reading.

 

            5.      Reappointment of members for Park Board and Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board.

            Mr. O’Callaghan moved to reappoint Mrs. Bruns to the Park Board.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and Mrs. Bruns was reappointed to serve on the park board.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved to reappoint Chris Heizer to serve on the Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

            Mr. Bruns then moved to reappoint Steve Roth to serve on the Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Mr. Roth was reappointed. 

 

            6.      Appointment of representatives and alternates for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Transportation Committee.

 

 

            Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have Mayor Beyer serve as the representative to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Transportation Committee with Mr. Applegate to serve as an alternate.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed. 

 

            7.         Open Agenda

 

            Mr. Applegate said a clerical error had been made on Ordinance 1412 on the pay raises for part time fire and rescue personnel.  The amount to be paid per hour needed to be reduced by twenty-five cents per hour. 

 

            Mr. Bruns moved to correct Ordinance 1412 as indicated by the City Manager.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

            Mayor Beyer said that on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, the City of Union council would have a special council meeting for the purpose of interviewing candidates to replace his position as member of the council.  Mayor Beyer said there would be no other items on the agenda but it was a public meeting and everyone was welcome to attend.

 

            Mayor Beyer added that the council would have an executive session to interview the candidates.  He said he and some of the other council members were uncomfortable with interviewing the candidates in public.

 

            Mr. O’Callaghan asked if a decision would be made at the end of the meeting.  Mayor Beyer said there probably would be a decision unless no one candidate would get a majority of the votes. 

 

            Mrs. Kyle said that Mr. Applegate had taken her on a tour of the City of Union along with Mr. Marsh, Mrs. Thomas-Roth, and Mayor Beyer.  She said she was very impressed with how Union had changed.  She said Mr. Applegate did a swell job and it was wonderful.

 

            Mrs. Terry asked if they would interview everyone in the executive session at the next meeting.

            Mayor Beyer said they would vote to go into the executive session.  They would interview each candidate, one at a time, then vote openly in public on the new council member.

 

            Mr. Bruns said there were five candidates and he thought that interviewing them publicly put the candidates at a disadvantage since they could hear the various questions and how the other candidates answered the questions.

 

            Mr. Applegate said he had provided the council a memo concerning a letter from Rumpke about an increase in the monthly trash rate due to an increase from Montgomery County Solid Waste District on their generation fee.    The City of Union will need to pay an additional $255.88 per month. 

            Mr. Applegate said at this time, the city felt that they could absorb the additional cost and not pass the increase on to the residents.

 

            8.         Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mrs. Goudy seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

Respectfully submitted,

           

 

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Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council

                                                                                           

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Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor