May 12, 2008


The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on May 12, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.


          Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Goudy, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell, 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 Goudy called for a moment of silence.


          1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections for the minutes of the April 28, 2008 council meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved to approve the minutes.   Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.


          2.       There were citizens that had comments and questions for the council.


          Mr. Marsh said there would be a grand opening of the history center on July 26 and 27.  He said there would be several articles in the area newspapers.  He said they would be doing some fund raising and they were looking to pay off the fifteen year mortgage.  They will be having a walk through on Saturday, May 17.  There will be some historic displays and this would be an opportunity to see a brick building from the 1880’s.  The hours on Saturday would be from 1:00 to 4:00.   


          Mayor Goudy recognized Mr. Gergasko from 205 Riesling.  


Mr. Gergasko was still concerned about the drainage in his yard.  Mr. Applegate said he had not been able to reach Mr. McNulty, the owner of the adjoining property but he had met with Sam Knobler, the developer, and Doug Balsbaugh, the contractor.  He said they were still trying to reach Mr. McNulty to get permission to come on to his property.


          3.       Open Agenda


          Mayor Goudy stated that she wanted to extend her deepest condolences to Betty Terry and her family at this time. 


Mrs. Perkins moved to excuse Mrs. Terry from attending the council meeting due to a death in her family.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and her absence was excused.


          Mr. Blackwell reminded everyone that the next council meeting would be on Tuesday, May 27, due to the Memorial Day holiday. 


          Mr. O’Callaghan and others offered condolences to Mrs. Terry’s family.


          Mr. O’Callaghan asked for nominations for the Spirit of Union award for people that were improving their landscaping.


          Mrs. Kyle asked if there was a reason why West Martindale Road in front of the school had no yellow centerline.  Mr. Applegate said a centerline is not required and they had never put a centerline in.  He added that most residential streets do not have centerlines.  In the past, part of the reason was that the city did not have the funds to maintain a centerline.


          Mr. Bruns wanted to pass along his deepest sympathies for Mrs. Terry.


          Mr. Applegate said that Randy Butler has the current mowing contract and the contract allows for an extension.  Mr. Applegate said Mr. Butler has offered to extend the contract for one more year at the same price.  Mr. Applegate said considering the gas increases, extending the contract at the same rate for an additional year was a good deal.    Mr. Applegate asked for a motion from the council. 


          Mr. Bruns moved that the mowing contract with Randy Butler be extended for one year at the same rate.  Mayor Goudy seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.


          Mr. Applegate said they are working on Phillipsburg-Union Road and are doing the drive approaches.


          4.       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