March 10, 2008


Mayor Goudy called the City of Union council meeting to order on March 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., on Monday.


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

          Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.


          Mrs. Winemiller said that Mrs. Perkins had called and was ill.  Mrs. Perkins had sent her apologies. 

          Mayor Goudy moved that Mrs. Perkins be excused from attending the council meeting.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Mrs. Perkin’s absence was excused.


          Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.


          1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes from the February 25, 2008 council meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.


          2.       There were no citizens or visitors present that had indicated that they wished to address the council.


          3.       Gregory A. Brush, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts was present to address the council about services. 


Mr. Brush introduced himself to the council.  He said the Clerk of Courts served all of Montgomery County with court services and also handled auto titles and passports.  He said since 9/11 and the formation of Homeland Security, passport laws had changed in January 1, 2007.  He said last year the wait for passports to be issued was eight to sixteen weeks.  Now, the wait is back down to two weeks.  Mr. Brush said if people leave the country now, they can not get back in unless they have a passport.  He said he wanted to bring the passport office to the council’s attention since that function of the Clerk of Courts was not being fully utilized.  He said there were five locations including Randolph Plaza and they were considered as agents of the Federal Government.

          Mr. Brush said sometimes they would take their services to other places such as companies, churches, schools, and police departments to help groups obtain passports. 


          Mr. Brush explained that a birth certificate and proof of citizenship is needed to obtain a passport and then it is good for ten years.


          Mrs. Goudy thanked Mr. Brush for attending the council meeting.


          4.       Open Agenda


          Mayor Goudy thanked Mr. Applegate and the staff for the snow removal and said they had done an excellent job.


          Mr. Blackwell said he would be attending the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.


          Mr. O’Callaghan said that the city work crews had done a fantastic job on removing the snow.  Citizens had stopped him and complimented the work done.

          Mr. O’Callaghan also reminded everyone of the Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10:30 on March 15.


          Mrs. Kyle also noted that the city crews had done a good job of keeping the streets clear, especially on Martindale Road. 


          Mrs. Terry said the streets were as good as any of the other communities.  She also invited everyone to the Easter Egg Hunt and said they would have lots of fun.

          Mr. Bruns agreed with what had been said about the streets and asked Mr. Applegate if he was going to bring up the public hearing. 

          Mr. Applegate said that he needed a motion from the council on setting up a date for a public hearing for April 28, 2008 for a zoning change request from Leisure Living.


          Mr. Bruns moved that the public hearing for a rezoning request for Leisure Living be scheduled on April 28, 2008.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.  A public hearing will be held on April 28, 2008.


          Mr. Applegate said that the crews had plowed both on Friday and Saturday until every street and cul-de-sac was cleared of snow and in excellent condition.  He said they had used forty tons of salt and fifteen tons of sand.  He said that Union work crews had done a great job and it was an outstanding effort. 


          Mr. Applegate said the city had received grant money from Issue II for the purchase of wetlands, the area across from Stoney Crest.


          Mr. Applegate informed Mrs. Terry that he was getting her a P.A. system for the Easter Egg Hunt. 


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

Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor