RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

October 9, 2007

 

 

Mayor Beyer called the October 9, 2007 City of Union council meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

 

          Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, 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 called for a moment of silence.

 

          1.       Mayor Beyer asked if there were any questions or comments on the minutes from the September 24, 2007 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 council minutes were accepted as prepared.

 

          2.       Mayor Beyer recognized Chuck Wehrman who indicated he wanted to address the council. 

 

          Mr. Wehrman said he wanted to introduce himself to the city council.  He said he was running as a candidate for Mayor and asked if the council had any questions.   Mr. Wehrman also asked where he could place campaign signs and asked if they were allowed on city property.  Mr. Applegate said signs were not permitted in any right-of-way or on any city property.  He said if he had any other questions, he could contact the city office.

 

3.       SECOND READING – ORDINANCE 1431 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 955.03 OF THE UNION CODE, RELATING TO CHARGES FOR MINNICH CEMETERY. (three readings)

 

Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1431.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1431 was passed to the third reading. 

 

4.       SECOND READING – ORDINANCE 1432 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART NINE, TITLE THREE, UTILITIES CHAPTER 931, SECTION 931.01 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION PERTAINING TO SEWER CHARGES. (three readings)

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1432.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1432 was passed to the third reading.

 

5.       SECOND READING – ORDINANCE 1433 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO THE DAYTON POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AN ELECTRIC FRANCHISE IN THE CITY OF UNION, STATE OF OHIO, FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS, AUTOMATICALLY RENEWING FOR ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF TWO (2) YEARS UNLESS NOTICE IS GIVEN, COMMENCING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE. (three readings)

 

          Mayor Beyer moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1433.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1433 was passed to the third reading.

 

6.       FIRST READING – ORDINANCE 1435 – AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS FOR REMOVAL OF ANIMAL DEFECATION IN THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO.  (three readings)

 

          Mr. Applegate said that this ordinance was on the agenda at council’s direction because a resident had requested that Union pass legislation on this issue like Brookville had done.  Mr. Applegate said in looking at Brookville’s ordinance, they had decided to add a different section from a Tipp City ordinance that dealt with the same matter.  The proposed ordinance had been provided to the council at the last meeting in September and they had directed that it be placed on the agenda.

 

          Mr. Applegate noted that the new section used the term “dog” and that would be changed to “animal” in keeping with the other language used in the ordinance.  That typographical error would be corrected in the body of the proposed ordinance.  He said that the staff recommends the approval of this.

 

          Mayor Beyer moved to have the first reading of Ordinance 1435.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1435 was passed to the second reading.

 

7.       FIRST READING – ORDINANCE 1436 - AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO VECTREN ENERGY DELIVERY OF OHIO, INC. AND INDIANA GAS COMPANY, INC., AS TENANTS IN COMMON, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, A GAS FRANCHISE IN THE CITY OF UNION, STATE OF OHIO, FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE (5) YEARS, AUTOMATICALLY RENEWING FOR ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF TWO (2) YEARS UNLESS NOTICE IS GIVEN, COMMENCING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE.  (three readings)

 

          Mr. Applegate said that this was to renew the city’s franchise agreement with the Vectren Company that provides the gas service.  This was formerly handled by the Dayton Power and Light Company.  This agreement has been in effect for the last twenty-five years.   Mr. Applegate said just as the city has done with the electrical service contract, they are changing the term from twenty-five years to five years, which will enable the city to modify the agreement more frequently.  Mr. Applegate said that the staff recommends the approval of this contract.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the first reading of Ordinance 1436.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1436 was passed to the second reading.

 

8.       Open Agenda

 

          Mayor Beyer stated that he had received some information that October was Breast Cancer Awareness month.  He said they would have some literature for the public in the lobby of city hall.  Mayor Beyer also said that September was Prostrate Cancer month and that actually there were more cases of that than of breast cancer.

 

          Mrs. Perkins commented that she had seen Union featured in the Sunday real estate section of the Dayton Daily News.  The article featured the remodeled fire house and three homes that were for sale in Union.  Mrs. Perkins said it was nice to see Union getting some press coverage.

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan asked if the city had started their leaf pick up program.  Mr. Applegate said at the moment there were not many leaves down.  The crews had checked but there were not enough leaves down to be picked up to be cost effective.  Mr. Applegate added that the city had received the new leaf pick up machine. 

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan also reminded the council that Trick or Treat night in Union was Tuesday, October 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

          Mrs. Terry said she liked seeing the feature on Union in the newspaper.  

 

          She also stated that she was for increasing the fees for the cemetery and hoped that the city could put more money back into the cemetery.  Mr. Applegate said that the city had to transfer $4,000.00 from the General Fund to the Cemetery Fund every year and they had blacktopped the driveway and done some improvements.  Mrs. Terry said she would like to have water there and she had talked to Mr. Applegate and they were looking into that. 

 

          Mr. Applegate said that they had started the Rinehart Road lift station elimination project and they hoped to have the project completed in three weeks.  They were currently digging out rock.  Mr. Applegate said they were dismantling the lift station that had been in place for thirty-two years.

 

          9.       Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the October 9, 2007 council meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

         

 

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Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council

                                                                                           

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Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor