RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
The January 11, 2010 council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, Mayor Goudy, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell, and Mrs. Perkins.
Other city staff members present were John Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.
Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.
Mayor Goudy said that Mrs. Kyle had called and was not able to attend the meeting due to illness. Mayor Goudy moved that Mrs. Kyle be excused from attending the council meeting. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mrs. Kyle’s absence was excused.
1. Mayor Goudy asked Mr. Moore to conduct the swearing in of the newly reelected council members. Mrs. Oberer, Mrs. Perkins, and Mr. Blackwell were all sworn in by Mr. Moore. Mayor Goudy congratulated the reelected council members.
2. Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes of December 14, 2009. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the December 14, 2009 minutes were accepted as prepared.
Mayor Goudy said that the next several items on the agenda would be reorganization and appointments of people to various positions.
3. Mayor Goudy moved that the council reappoint Michael O’Callaghan as the Vice-Mayor of the City of Union for a two year term. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mr. O’Callaghan will be the Vice-Mayor of the Union council.
4. Mayor Goudy then moved that Denise Winemiller be appointed to serve as Clerk of Council. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion to have Mrs. Winemiller as Clerk of Council was passed.
5. Mayor Goudy moved to appoint council members Michael O’Callaghan and David Blackwell to serve a two year term on the Safety Committee. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Mr. O’Callaghan and Mr. Blackwell were appointed to a two year term on the Safety Committee.
6. Mayor Goudy then moved to appoint council members Jean Kyle and Helen Oberer to serve a two year term on Street Committee. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Mrs. Kyle and Mrs. Oberer were appointed to a two year term of the Street Committee.
7. Mayor Goudy moved to appoint council members John Bruns and Robin Perkins to serve a two year term the Budget Committee. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mr. Bruns and Mrs. Perkins will serve a two year term on the Budget Committee.
8. Mayor Goudy moved to appoint council member John Bruns to serve as the city council’s representative to the Planning Commission. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and Mr. Bruns will serve as council’s representative on the Planning Commission.
9. Mayor Goudy moved that Michael O’Callaghan be reappointed to President of the Union Park Board for a new term from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mr. O’Callaghan will continue to serve as President of the Park Board.
10. Mayor Goudy moved to appoint Steve Roth to serve another term on the Personnel Advisory Appeals Board. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mr. Roth will serve a term on the Personnel Advisory Appeals Board from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.
11. Mayor Goudy said that the council would need to appoint a representative and an alternate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and for the Technical Advisory Committee. She moved to appoint John Bruns as the representative and John Applegate as the alternate. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Mr. Bruns will be the city’s representative and Mr. Applegate the alternate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and their Technical Advisory Committee.
12. There were no comments from the citizens and visitors at the meeting.
13. FIRST READING – ORDINANCE 1485 – AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $750,000 OLD SPRINGFIELD ROAD SEWER EXTENSION BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES BY THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COST OF SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE OLD SPRINGFIELD ROAD SEWER EXTENSION PROJECT. (three readings)
Mr. Applegate said this is the ordinance that allows the city to borrow money to take the final step in providing a gravity sewer to the 400 + acres for the industrial park next to the airport to make the area viable for commercial and industrial development.
Mr. Bruns moved that they have the first reading of Ordinance 1485. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1485 was passed to the second reading.
14. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1486 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY OHIO FOR ITS BOARDING AND DISPOSAL OF CATS. (waive three readings)
Mr. Applegate said this ordinance authorizes the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Montgomery County for the boarding and disposal of cats. This is the only place that the city has for cats, which are strays or dropped off or picked up by the city.
Mr. Applegate said this new agreement does show a price increase from last year. Mr. Applegate said Union was one of six communities that met and agreed that the service needs to be continued so the city does have a place to properly take care of cats. Mr. Applegate said they recommend the adoption of this ordinance.
Mr. Bruns asked about the number of cats from Union and Mrs. Winemiller thought it was around thirty last year. In response to some other questions, the cats turned in are generally strays and at least the city knows they are humanely taken care of. The city does loan out live animal traps so that stray or feral cats can be taken care of safely.
Mr. Bruns asked why they were waiving three readings and Mr. Applegate said the new contract started January 1, 2010 and though the county was still accepting cats, the city would like to have this passed as soon as possible.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1486. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
Mr. O’Callaghan then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1486. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1486 was adopted on the first reading.
15. Open Agenda
Mayor Goudy said she had a thank you card from Babes in Toyland that she missed reading at the last meeting. She said one of the city’s fire officers went over and talked to the school and brought some fire equipment to show the children. The city received a very nice thank you letter and commendation about the Union officer.
Mayor Goudy asked Mr. Applegate about the status of the salt supply with the recent heavy snow fall. Mr. Applegate said the status of their salt supply was excellent. They had just emptied the first storage barn of salt. They will be taking delivery of another two hundred tons but they still have two hundred tons left from three years ago so they are in very good shape. Mayor Goudy said they had done a wonderful job on the roads.
Mrs. Perkins said she had received a income tax notice for the City of Union from Vandalia and they said they would only be accepting on-line filing. She asked if the City was aware of that. Mr. Applegate said he checked and though the information does imply that, the city has checked with them and the Vandalia Tax Department understands that some people do not have on-line capability and that they will still accept forms being dropped off at the office. The city has a supply of the tax forms for residents.
Mr. Blackwell asked if the city had been salting all of the roads or the main roads, specifically around Christmas. Mr. Applegate says he sees salt as a pollutant and sometimes they just plow the main streets and intersections and sometimes they do all of the streets, depending on the forecast, temperature, and how cold the ground is and how the weather will be the next day. Mr. Blackwell said he knew the city did all the streets during the big snows but he wondered what the city did during a light snow. He had received a couple of calls on that.
Mr. Blackwell also commented that they had received many favorable comments on the lights and he wondered if it would be possible to leave them on until the end of January to allow more people to see the lights.
Mr. Applegate said he had never been asked that. Mr. Blackwell said the workers spend so much time putting up the lights, he wondered about leaving them up longer. Mr. Applegate said it sometimes varied a week because of the weather but generally the lights go on for the tree lighting, Thanksgiving weekend and are taken down the first day back to work after New Year’s Day. He said because of the energy use, they have always done it that way.
Mr. Blackwell said they are so beautiful during a snowfall. Mrs. Perkins said she has heard some concerns about the cost of the electric for the lights and would not like to see them on for too much longer for that reason.
Mr. Bruns asked about leaving them on for a few extra weekends only but Mr. Applegate said all the trees have to be individually plugged in. They are not able to light sections at a time.
Mayor Goudy said she would like to see them on longer but does not want to spend funds unnecessarily. She suggested they think about it in the next twelve months.
Mr. O’Callaghan wished everyone a happy new year. He asked about the Rumpke letter in the council packet concerning the increase in the county generation fee and asked if the city will be increasing their charges. Mr. Applegate said at this time, he felt that the city could absorb the additional cost without increasing what is charged to the residents. It is an increase of $255.00 per month. Unless there are further increases, Mr. Applegate thought they could absorb the cost for at least one year.
Mr. Bruns congratulated the council members that were reappointed and said he hoped they would have a good year ahead.
Mr. Moore asked for the council members that were sworn in to sign their oaths and said that the documents would need to be signed by the Mayor also.
16. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the January 11, 2010 council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor