RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
Mayor Goudy called the City of Union council meeting to order on December 14, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, 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 minutes from the November 23, 2009 council meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mrs. Perkins abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion. The minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. Mayor Goudy said there were two people at the council meeting that had indicated that they wanted to address the council.
She recognized Glynn Marsh, who wanted to update the council on the activities of the Randolph Township Historical Society.
Mr. Marsh said that in 2004, they had set a record with 252 memberships in the Historical Society and thought they would never reach that number again. However, right now, they have a new record of 257 memberships, which is because of the broad based community support.
He said that in 2007 they had been approached about geocaches where you take your hand held GPS device and look for different treasures. It has been very popular throughout the country. Currently, there are fifteen geocaches scattered throughout the community and there have been 1,166 visits to the geocache sites. All of the sites are in public places. Once they visit the site, they can visit the geocache web site and then get more information. Mr. Marsh said this has been a great way to call attention to historical sites of the area.
Mayor Goudy then recognized Diana Restaino. She said that her aunt had purchased a home in Concord Meadows. They had asked if there was a homeowner’s association and were told that there was not one. Recently, they received a letter saying there was a homeowner’s association. She asked if the City of Union had anything to do with the homeowner’s association. Mr. Applegate said the city did not. In talking with other residents, she said there had been some concerns with some land located beyond Zinfandel Drive. She asked if Mr. Applegate knows anything about the land.
Mr. Applegate said that the city has been maintaining that land and that the property had not been transferred to the City of Union. That is being done now and the deeds will be getting filed and transferred to the city.
She asked about the sign in the entry way off of State Route 48. Mr. Applegate said the homeowner’s association is responsible for that and they should be maintaining the sign and the landscaping.
She also asked about the street lights and the bill for the lights. She had heard conflicting comments; that everyone pays and that only the people that have street lights are assessed and pay. Mr. Applegate said everyone shares the electrical cost of the street lights. Their subdivision has an additional charge for decorative lights and poles.
3. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1481 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR 2009 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate said the next three items, numbers 3, 4, and 5 are annual ordinances that the city does in order to keep operating the city.
The first one, Ordinance 1481, is an Ordinance declaring an emergency to amend the 2009 appropriation ordinance that was passed in December, 2008. This is done to comply with the Ohio Revised Code requirements. It is staff’s recommendation that this ordinance be passed as an emergency because it has to be in effect by December 31, 2009.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1481 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion passed.
Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency Ordinance 1481. Mrs. Oberer seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1481 was adopted on the first reading.
4. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1482 – ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FISCAL YEAR 2010 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate said this is the second housekeeping item. Mr. Applegate said they have met with the budget committee on this and he invited comments from Mr. Bruns.
Mr. Bruns commented that he had met with Mr. Applegate, Mrs. Winemiller, Mrs. Perkins, and Mayor Goudy. They went over the budget thoroughly. He said he thought that Mr. Applegate and Mrs. Winemiller had done a good job in getting them where they were without major cutbacks. It is the budget committee’s recommendation that this budget be passed.
Mr. Applegate said this would have to be adopted as an emergency and it has to be in effect so the city can pay bills as of January 1, 2010. The actual budget is 7,194,680 dollars.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1482 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion passed.
Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency Ordinance 1482. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1482 was adopted on the first reading.
5. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1483 – AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A REGULAR PAY TABLE, ASSIGNING PAY GRADES, STEPS/SALARIES AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FULL-TIME, REGULAR PART-TIME, PART-TIME (SEASONAL) AND AUXILIARY POSITIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNION FOR 2010 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate said this was the third and last ordinance in these housekeeping items. This ordinance deals with establishing all of the pay grades for the employees of the city. This also needs to be in effect by January 1, 2010.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1483 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion passed.
Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency Ordinance 1483. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1483 was adopted on the first reading.
6. Open Agenda
Mayor Goudy commented again how beautiful the streets are this year. She said that especially this year, it was important to have something peaceful and calm and she thought that as people drive down Union’s Main Street, it brings that kind of feeling and she thought the city had done a wonderful job.
Mrs. Perkins apologized for not attending last month’s meeting. She said she was stuck in traffic on I-75 and could not make it in time.
Mr. Blackwell said he turned in the alley and saw the house from the corner on Montgomery Street was missing. He said it looked good and that the city had moved very quickly. He asked if the water tower was next.
Mr. Applegate said a company was supposed to be filling the new water tower that day but went to Union City by mistake, so he would be coming the following day.
Mr. Blackwell thanked everyone for coming to the meeting and hoped everyone had a great holiday season.
Mr. O’Callaghan said the city had their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event was well attended and they had enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Mr. O’Callaghan wanted to thank John and Sharon Applegate, and John and Carolyn Bruns who did a lot of the work. He also thanked the fire and police department for providing the location and doing all the decorating in the fire house, and the city maintenance workers for lighting the trees along Main Street. He said everyone had a good time and he appreciated that.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that he and park board member Carolyn Bruns had driven throughout town and looked at the lights on the homes in Union. There were even more decorations up than usual and they chose more winners than last year. He asked if the winning addresses could be placed on the web site.
Mrs. Kyle wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and she also thanked Mr. Marsh of the Randolph Township Historical Society for the 2010 calendar.
Mrs. Oberer told Mr. Applegate that she loved the lights on Main Street and she loved driving around Union during this time of year. She wished everyone a happy holiday season.
Mr. Bruns wished everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. He said that the council has all thanked the city for the lights on Main Street and what a great job they did but he said he hoped that people understood what work that actually entailed.
He said the maintenance workers had been installing a water line and had so many other things going on. He said the city staff really goes out of their way to serve the community and he thanked everyone, Mr. Applegate, Mrs. Winemiller, and all the other employees and wished them a very Merry Christmas.
Mrs. Winemiller thanked everyone for helping out with the holiday food drive. She said they had collected more food than they ever had before. The F.I.S.H. organization really appreciated it and tried to make sure the donations got back to the Union citizens.
In addition, with the help of two Union businesses, the employees were able to help out three families in the city that needed help for Christmas. The office staff went shopping on their free time for these families and she wanted to thank the businesses that helped with that.
Mr. Applegate said he would like to ask council for a motion to authorize the city staff to start the rezoning process for a tract of ground to change the zoning from residential to Light Industrial. The city is working on a pre-application to the state concerning a Jobs Ready program. They didn’t quite qualify before but they are looking into the requirements and there are different ones available. He said he had talked to the property owner and he is agreeable to make this zoning change. Mr. Applegate asked for a motion from the council so they could start that process by setting the public hearing date and send the letters to property owners. The pre-application is due on December 23.
He asked for a motion from the council so they could move quickly to get the application in before the deadline.
Mr. Bruns moved that the city staff be authorized to go ahead with the necessary paperwork to get the parcels rezoned to L-1, Light Industrial.
Mrs. Oberer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
Mr. Applegate said they have gotten a lot of calls about the lights. Several people have been driving through and stopped at the city building to comment about the lights. Mr. Applegate said it does look gorgeous. They have been doing the lights for a lot of years and it makes the holidays a lot better for a lot of people. He wished everyone a happy holiday.
Mr. Moore said everyone loves the lights and he enjoyed driving through Union the other day.
Mr. Moore said he is a city attorney for another city and has years of experience. He said, like what Mr. Bruns said, the staff and people that work for Union do a tremendous job. He said the city council does a very nice job and are the holders of the public trust. He said that the council is a pleasure to work for and he thought that the citizens should be thankful to have this council. He wished everyone a happy holiday.
7. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the December 14, 2009 City of Union council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor