October 27, 2008


The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on October 27, 2008, Monday, at 7:30 p.m.


          Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, 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, Joe Moore, Law Director, and Michael Blackwell, Public Safety Director. 


          Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.


          1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any corrections or additions to the council minutes from the October 14, 2008 meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry and Mayor Goudy abstained and Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Kyle, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell and Mrs. Perkins voted in favor of 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. Applegate said the leaf pick up program has started and the city crews are ready for the first snowfall.


          Mrs. Perkins asked if the city could notify residents by a message on the water bill and in the city newsletter of the date when each quarter taxes were due.  She thought that would help the residents.


Mrs. Winemiller said they could possibly do that and she was meeting with the City of Vandalia concerning the income tax on November 17. 

Mr. Blackwell reminded everyone that Thursday evening, October 30, was Beggar’s Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  He asked that everyone stay safe.


Mr. O’Callaghan repeated that message concerning Trick or Treat, saying be safe and be careful.    Mr. O’Callaghan also reminded everyone to go out and vote. 


Mrs. Goudy, Mrs. Kyle, and Mrs. Terry also reminded everyone to vote. 


Mr. Bruns said that people had the option of voting early this year if they wanted to avoid the lines on Election Day. 


Mr. Bruns said that the city did a great job of picking up the limbs but he was still seeing some limbs out.  He asked if the city was finished collecting the tree branches.  Mr. Applegate said they were done because they were picking up leaves now, but if people would call in, they would try to get the branches.


Mr. Moore said that in zoning issues, the city always tries to work things out with the residents.   If that can’t be done, residents will be summoned to court.  At that point, usually the residents get the problems resolved before going to court.  If the city does have to go to court, they have been successful in the past getting the items taken care of.  Mr. Moore said the process is working and zoning issues are getting resolved.


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


Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor