RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Vice-Mayor Michael O’Callaghan on Tuesday evening, May 27, 2008 at 7:30.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, 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.
Mr. O’Callaghan called for a moment of silence.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that Mrs. Perkins had called and was not able to attend the meeting due to her work. Mr. Bruns moved to excuse Mrs. Perkins from attending the council meeting. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Her absence was excused.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that Mayor Goudy had called and she was required to work late and would either be late or not be able to attend the meeting. Mr. O’Callaghan moved to excuse Mayor Goudy from attending the council meeting. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Mayor Goudy’s absence was excused.
1. Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any additions or corrections of the council minutes from the May 12, 2008 meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry abstained and the other council members voted for the motion. The minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. There were no comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience.
3. Open Agenda
Mr. O’Callaghan commented about the appearance of the corner of State Route 48 and Phillipsburg-Union Road with the house being removed. He asked about the foundation that was still there.
Mr. Applegate said that eventually they were planning on creating an overlook of the valley.
He said they were in the process of looking at the foundation and checking the stabilization of the bank. Mr. Applegate said they would be cleaning up the area, thinning some of the trees, and building a plat form, depending on the structure of the foundation, but the area will definitely be filled in.
Mr. O’Callaghan asked if Mr. Applegate wanted to comment on a letter that the council members had all received. Mr. Applegate had not seen the letter. He said he would get a copy and address the matter at the next council meeting.
Mr. Blackwell said that a slide at the Martindale Road Park had some graffiti painted on it and he asked if the graffiti could be removed. Mr. Applegate said they would have someone clean up the slide.
Mrs. Terry thanked the council and everyone for their condolences, prayers and flowers over the loss of her husband.
Mr. Bruns commented about the Dayton Daily Newspaper article in the council packet concerning the increased fuel costs for trash service. He asked if Rumpke Waste Inc. was raising their rates.
Mr. Applegate said they had just met with Rumpke on that. The current contract expires in September 2008. He said they have an option for two extensions. Mr. Applegate said they are currently gathering information so they can make a decision. He said they would not be able to renew the contract without an increase. Once they have more information, they will present it to the council.
Mr. Applegate said that since the last meeting, he had continued to work on the concerns expressed by Mr. Gergasko on the drainage on his property located on Riesling Road. He had sent a letter to the adjoining property owner, Mr. McNulty, and Mr. McNulty had called the city. Mr. McNulty had given the developer permission to come upon his property to correct the situation. Mr. Applegate said that the developer has told the city that he will take care of the problem and is supposed to let the city know when they are doing the work. Mr. Applegate said that since the developer has made arrangements to make some changes on Mr. Gergasko’s behalf, the situation was resolved as far as the City of Union is concerned.
Mr. Moore said that the annexation of Water Wheel Farm with the City of Union and Butler Township was going to the Court of Appeals. Mr. Moore said that the City of Union had won at the County Commissioner’s level, and at the Court of Common Pleas, but this was now forwarded to the Court of Appeals. Mr. Moore added that Union and Montgomery County were in favor of the annexation but Butler Township opposed it.
Mr. Moore said this case was to be expedited and he hoped to have a decision within thirty to forty days.
Mrs. Winemiller reported that she had attended a public records seminar that day.
4. An executive session to discuss the purchase of real estate.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council recess to have an executive session of the council and he asked that Mr. Moore, Mr. Applegate, and Mrs. Winemiller also be included. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and a recess was called. Mr. O’Callaghan said there would be no decision made following the executive session.
After the executive session, Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be reconvened. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting reconvened.
5. Mr. Bruns moved that the City of Union council meeting be adjourned. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor