RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

September 8, 2008

Mayor Goudy called the September 8, 2008 City of Union council meeting to order.  The meeting was held on Monday night at 7:30.

         

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, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

 

Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.

 

1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes from the August 11, 2008 council meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion.  The motion passed and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

 

2.       Mayor Goudy called upon Roger Dilts who had a question for the council. Mr. Dilts asked about the status of purchasing a new fire engine.  Mr. Applegate said they have not received the final notice concerning the grant.  The money for the fire engine is in the 2009 budget and was also in the 2008 budget.  Mr. Applegate said they are waiting to hear if the purchase will be funded by a grant or not, but either way, the city will be purchasing a fire truck.

Mayor Goudy added that it was prudent of the city to try to obtain a grant to purchase the vehicle to save the taxpayers money.

 

3.       ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1459 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A REQUEST TO THE OHIO BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS TO CERTIFY THE CITY OF UNION FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL CODE OF OHIO TO EXERCISE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY AND ACCEPT AND APPROVE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS AND MAKE INSPECTIONS.  (waive three readings)

 

          Mr. Applegate said the city needs approval from the Ohio
Board of Building Standards for the city’s building department.  This Ordinance is a requirement for submitting the application.  Mr. Applegate said the building inspector has already been certified so the approval from the Ohio Board of Building Standards should be granted.  Ordinance 1459 needs to have the three readings waived because the board only meets twice a year and the next meeting is in November.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1459.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

          Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1459.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1459 was adopted.

 

4.       ONE READING – RESOLUTION 08-09 – A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR.

 

          Mr. Applegate said this is the annual resolution from the council on the millage for the City of Union.  Mr. Applegate said they need to adopt this resolution so they can receive the funds. 

          Mr. Bruns asked if all of Union’s millage were voted for and he asked about the difference between inside and outside millage. 

          Mr. Applegate said the inside millage was established by Ohio in 1933 and was based on the appraised value.  Inside millage can go up or down.  All of the levies are outside millage and a set amount of money is collected.

         

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 08-09.  Mrs. Perkins seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 08-09 was adopted.

 

          5.       Open Agenda

 

          Mayor Goudy told Mr. Applegate she was concerned about the shortage and cost of salt for the streets this winter.  Mr. Applegate was also concerned which is why he had provided the council with a memorandum that some cities had not even received bids.  They were going out for bids again.  He said there was currently a huge shortage of salt.  Fortunately, the city already has what they normally use during the winter.  He said they would discuss this matter again at the end of the month, after they see what the bids are. 

          Mr. Applegate said they may not be able to salt all of the local streets and may conserve this year for the following year.  Mr. Applegate said the shortage was not just in this area; it was in the surrounding states.

          Mr. Applegate added that they were also stockpiling sand but sand can create problems with getting into the storm drains.  He suggested people should change the way they drive and have to allow more time for travel.

          So far there has been no guarantee of the quality or type of salt or if it even comes in.  He said he has forwarded all of this information to the Ohio Municipal League and they have checked around and determined that there really is a shortage.  Much of the salt is mined in Louisiana and due to Hurricane Katrina, barges normally used for shipping salt were used for shipping building materials.

          Mr. Applegate said they may not get a rebid at all for salt.  He added that the state is rebidding also and the bigger the order, the lower the price.   Last year the price was $51.00 per ton.  This year the price is $154.00 per ton. 

 

          Mrs. Perkins said she noticed that the cracks have been patched on Neal and Berry.  Mr. Applegate said those roads would be slurry sealed this year.  He said the cracks have to be patched before the slurry seal is applied or else the cracks reflect back through the new surface. 

 

          All of the council members invited the public to attend the Toll Road Festival this weekend. 

          Mr. O’Callaghan said they could still use some volunteers.

 

          Mr. Bruns asked if the city was in good shape for the upcoming Homearama.  Mr. Applegate said the homes are getting close to being completed and the developer will be paving the street with new asphalt.

 

          Mr. Applegate commented on a memo he had provided to the council concerning the latest projected costs of dispatching through Montgomery County.  Union stayed with Englewood Dispatch and the cost per dispatch is $5.19.  The price for Montgomery County is now $12.61, which is a 120 percent increase.  Mr. Applegate added that staying with Englewood was a wise decision.

 

          6.       Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mrs. Goudy seconded the motion.  All concurred and the September 8, 2008 City of Union 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