April 27, 2009



Mayor Goudy called the City of Union council meeting to order on April 27, 2009, 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, Chief Mike Blackwell, Public Safety Director, and Joe Moore, Law Director.


          Mrs. Terry had not called and her absence was not excused.


          Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.


          1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any corrections or additions on the minutes from the April 13, 2009 council meeting.    There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mayor Goudy abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion.  The minutes were accepted as prepared.


          2.  No residents had indicated that they needed to address the Mayor or council. 




          Mr. Applegate said this ordinance dealt with the money that the city had received from FEMA for the wind damage.  The city is required by law to put the money into a FEMA fund and then the money can be transferred to other funds.  Mr. Applegate said that is why this item is on as an emergency.  They have received all of the money and this process needs to be done.

          Mr. Bruns moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1497.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.   Before the vote was completed, Mr. Bruns, upon the advice of the law director, amended his motion.  Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1467 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the Ordinance.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.


          Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency Ordinance 1467.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1467 was adopted.




          Mr. Applegate said this involves an agreement that he and Joe Moore, the Law Director, have been working on, along with the City of Clayton Law Director and City Manager.  This item deals with supplying water to an area west of the community bounded by the county line, Diamond Mill Road and Sweet Potato Ridge Road.  Mr. Applegate stated that Union currently has an agreement with Montgomery County that was done last year, to serve that area with sewer.  This agreement deals only with water for the area outside of the city’s corporate boundaries.   They are asking for only a first reading so everyone can have time to think about all of the material.  A lot of work has gone into the agreement and Mr. Applegate said he and Mr. Moore do not see any problems with this.  The agreement is only to supply water.  They were concerned about the amount of water pressure going out past Haber Road so Exhibit C was added, so that if anything was needed, it would be up to Clayton and at their expense if another booster station or tower was needed.  Mr. Applegate also noted that there would be no expense to the City of Union residents. 


          All of the water sold would be at the outside city rates and the city would be reading the meters and maintaining the system.

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the first reading of Ordinance 1468.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1468 was passed to the second reading.


          5.       Chief Blackwell – Awards presentation to Union Fire and EMS Personnel.


          Chief Blackwell wanted to present letters of commendation to some of the fire and EMS people in his department.  He said he was proud and the council and citizens should also be proud of the dedication and quality of service of Union’s police officers and firefighters.  He introduced Dr. Judy Royer, the department’s medical director.  The Chief said she is the chief medical officer of the Good Samaritan emergency room.  With her authority, the city is able to offer emergency services. 


          Chief Blackwell said he was presenting these commendations to several police officers and firefighters.   Their actions, while in the line of duty, saved the lives of three of Union’s residents.  Chief Blackwell said that was quite an honor and does not happen too often which is why he wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. 


          The Chief further explained that a couple of the firefighters responded while off duty from home which shows their compassion and dedication.  Also, last spring, Union hosted an intermediate course in EMS and five firefighters took it upon themselves to take the course, which gives them advanced life support which is one step above the basic EMT, just below paramedics.  In 2008, the city had 79 percent advanced life support staff on duty.  Now, they are at 95 percent.   Chief Blackwell said this is an outstanding fact that should be mentioned.


          Chief Blackwell informed the council that eight of their police officers out of fifteen are also firefighters and EMT’s which has also proved to be an asset to the city.  They are generally the first to arrive on the scene and can provide life support and assist the EMS crews. 

          Last year, the city had a structure fire and Officer Kern, who is a firefighter/EMT, was able to assist in saving the house because he was able to man the pump operations while the crews went inside and fought the fire.  The extra person proved to be an asset.


          Chief Blackwell asked Captain Snider and Dr. Royer to join him in presenting the accommodations. 


          Captain Snider said that in 2008, the city purchased new cardiac monitors at the expense of twenty-one thousand dollars, approved by the council.  The new monitors have biphasic defibrillation.  The new technology is expensive but it does make a difference.  Captain Snider continued to explain some of the additional functions of these new monitors.  They are able to collect electronic data on the heart and respiration so they can review what is happening.  Eventually, they will be able to transmit this information to the hospital so they can be prepared for the patient.  All these things lead to a greater survivability of the patients.

          Captain Snider said he wanted to tell the council about a couple of runs that occurred within the last year.


          Captain Snider told about a situation where firefighters and paramedics went out on a call for chest pain.  He told in detail the difficulties that the patient had and what the paramedics were able to do.  Despite her going into arrest several times and the paramedics using the defibrillator, they were able to deliver the patient safely to the hospital.  Captain Snider listed the names of the people involved and introduced Jerry Routson, who was their patient that day. 

          Ms. Routson said she didn’t remember much of what had happened but she said she realized she was at the hospital and one of the men asked if they could stop and see her when she got home and he did.  Another one of the firefighter’s visited her while she was in the hospital.


          Ms. Routson said she had wanted to say something since this had happened.  She said her doctor said she shouldn’t have been able to survive.  She said the firefighters could have given up on her but they stayed right with her and one person said, “Nothing is going to happen on my watch.”  She added that anything these guys want, Union should give it to them because they gave her life back.  She thanked them from the bottom of her heart and said she felt so blessed. 

          A family member thanked them and said they did not know she had a heart problem. She said she has lived all over in many cities and moved into Union and will never live anywhere else.   She said she is here today because of the Union firefighter/EMS crew.


          Chief Snider went on and described another incident where again, they responded to a call and needed to use the defibrillator.  He relayed the names of the people that responded and introduced Mike Johnson, who was the patient and had survived.


          The third incident involved a person who had fallen and was non-responsive.  Again, the crew was able to use the defibrillator and the patient was successfully transported to the hospital.  The gentleman is alive today but was unable to attend the meeting.


          After explaining each incident, Chris Snider asked the people involved to step forward receive their commendations.  Some of the crew received multiple awards.  The following people received commendations:  Anthony Terrace, Jason Irvin, Jeremy Bucholtz, Julie Volk, Jeff Hilvers, Matt Nave, Joe Dues, Katie Wright, Eddie Starnes, and Chris Snider.   


          Captain Snider thanked the citizens of Union for coming forth with passing levies, giving them the funds to train, buy equipment, build the station, and run and staff the department with all the great people that make up the Union fire and rescue and police departments.  He thanked the council for their support.  He thanked Chief Blackwell and Dr. Royer.


          Chief Blackwell said they have several more firefighters/EMS staff that were not present but were also exceptional and he thanked all of them.


          Chief Blackwell said he would like to thank retired Captain John Parrish.  In November, 2008, Captain Parrish resigned after thirty-eight years of dedicated service.  The Chief added that you could not ask for a better employee of the City of Union.  Captain Parrish started in 1970 working for Randolph Township and Union fire department.  He earned the rank of Lieutenant and Captain and earned the respect of the fire department community and the citizens.   Chief Blackwell said he speaks for everyone when he says that Captain’s Parrish’s commitment will be missed.


          6.       Open Agenda


          Mayor Goudy said there are so many young people in the military that are in the trenches serving our country.  She said she would like to add that all these people being honored are also in the trenches, on the home front, keeping the community safe. 


          Mr. O’Callaghan and the other council members thanked the firefighters and police officers and said they were appreciated and the council was proud of their service to the community.


          Mr. Bruns said the absence of the Mayor at the last council meeting was due to medical testing and she was not able to attend the meeting. 


          Mr. Applegate said the presentations of awards just confirmed what he had always said about their fire and rescue department.  He added that the decisions that this council and the council members before, back in 1998, in forming their own fire department was the right decision.  He added that the department did a tremendous job, have great leadership, and the city appreciates it and he said he personally appreciates it.


          Mr. Moore said he was present during the Clayton and Union’s dispute about the fire department and he said Union said they could have an excellent fire/EMS department and it was apparent that they were right.


          7.       Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Goudy seconded the motion.  All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor