RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

March 26, 2007

 

 

Mayor Beyer called the City of Union council meeting to order on March 26, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

 

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, 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 said Mrs. Terry had called and was unable to attend the meeting because she needed to care for a family member.

 

Mayor Beyer asked for a moment of silence.

 

1.         Mayor Beyer asked if there were any additions or corrections from the council minutes of the March 12, 2007 meeting.  There were no comments so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion passed.

 

2.         There was one citizen who indicated he wanted to address the council.  David Stamper, from 413 West Martindale Road complained about cars with loud boom boxes and people driving while talking on cell phones.

 

3.           ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1416 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 921.16 OF THE UNION CODE RELATING TO PAYMENT OF UTILITY BILLS. (waive three readings)

 

            Mrs. Winemiller said this ordinance was last updated in 2002.  She said since that time, they had added a payment option for utility bills of automatic debit and they needed to add a charge for insufficient funds.  They also are increasing the fees for reconnection when water has been turned off for insufficient funds.  Mrs. Winemiller said that they had approximately five bad checks each month and turned off about five accounts each month for non-payment.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1416.  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 1416.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1416 was adopted.

 

            4.         Open Agenda

 

            Mrs. Goudy said that the fire station addition was looking very nice.

 

            Mr. O’Callaghan commented that since Mrs. Terry was not present, he would remind the council that the Union Easter egg hunt was coming up this Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. 

 

            Mr. Bruns said there was information in the council packet from the Miami Valley Communications Council about Senate Bill 117, to eliminate most of the local control for cable companies.  He suggested that the city prepare a resolution and send it to Jeff Jacobson, since the cable franchise is a prime source of revenue.

            Mr. Applegate said that the cable franchise is the third highest source of revenue for the city in the amount of $58,000.00.  Mr. Applegate said this is just the beginning of the process and he will keep the council informed. 

 

Mr. Bruns said Mrs. Terry had called and had provided a reason for her absence so he moved to excuse Mrs. Terry from attending the council meeting.  Mrs. Perkins seconded the motion.  All concurred and Mrs. Terry’s absence was excused.

 

            Mr. Applegate said that the firehouse addition was looking very nice.  He said that it was really taking shape.

 

            5.         Executive session to discuss legal matters.

 

Mayor Beyer moved to recess the council meeting to adjourn into an executive session.  He included in his motion that Mr. Applegate, Mrs. Winemiller, Mr. Moore and Mr. McTigue, special counsel to the City of Union, attend the executive session.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed. 

 

Mayor Beyer said that there would be no action following the executive session.

 

After the executive session, Mayor Beyer moved that the council meeting be reconvened.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the council meeting was reconvened.

 

6.         Mr. Bruns moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

           

 

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Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council

                                                                                           

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Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor