RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
The City of Union council meeting was called to order on January 25, 2010 by Vice-Mayor Michael O’Callaghan.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mrs. Oberer, Mrs. Kyle, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell, and Mrs. Perkins.
Other city staff members present were Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.
Mr. O’Callaghan called for a moment of silence.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that Mr. Bruns had called in and was unable to attend the meeting due to illness. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that Mr. Bruns be excused from attending the council meeting. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and Mr. Bruns’ absence was excused.
Mayor Goudy had not called in and her absence was not excused.
1. Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the January 11, 2010 council meeting. There were no proposed changes or corrections so Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. All concurred and the January 11, 2010 council minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience other than questions pertaining to the public hearing on rezoning.
There were no comments from any members of the audience.
3. Public Hearing on request for change of zoning district for 1810 Old Springfield Road from R-PUD-1, Residential – Planned Unit Development-1, R-4, Residential-4, and R-5, Residential-5 to L-1, Light Industrial.
Mr. O’Callaghan said that anyone that had wanted to speak at the public hearing should have filled out a form. In addition, anyone that wanted to speak at the public hearing would need to stand and take an oath that would be administered by the law director, Mr. Moore.
Mr. Moore asked everyone that wanted to speak to stand and he administered the oath. Everyone who wanted to speak during the hearing was sworn in.
Mr. O’Callaghan called the public hearing to order.
Mrs. Winemiller said that this was a city initiated rezoning application. It involves 93 acres and she pointed out the area on the map. The current zoning on the property is R-4, R-5 and R-PUD-1. The owners of the property are Ron and Gail Jackson, and Mr. Jackson was attending the meeting. The address of the property is 1810 Old Springfield Road.
The city has sent public notices to all the property owners that own property adjoining the area to be rezoned and the public hearing information has been advertised twice in a newspaper of general circulation. The file has also been available for public inspection.
Mrs. Winemiller gave a description of the property and on what the zoning was on each side of the property.
The purpose of the rezoning is that the city is submitting for a grant through the Ohio Department of Development. The grant is called a Jobs Ready Grant. The city had submitted for funds in 2008 but did not get the grant at that time. They will resubmit this year and are hoping to receive funding. The original application was for an area of 286 acres of industrial territory. They are hoping to submit again including Mr. Jackson’s property so it would be for 379 acres in the new application. The additional acreage may help the city obtain the grant.
The grant that the city is applying for would allow the city to install utilities and build a road into the site which would make it more attractive to industrial type development. So the city can meet the final submittal date for the application, the staff is asking that this ordinance be passed as an emergency.
Mr. O’Callaghan identified Vicki Black, 1315 Old Springfield Road. Ms. Black asked why it was considered an emergency to rezone the area.
Mrs. Winemiller said when the city annexed the property, they considered the area as like a “highway” to the interstate that would allow the city to increase their industrial tax base and relieve some of the tax burden on the residential property owners. She added, as people could see on the map, most of the property in the city is either in the flood plain along the Stillwater River or is zoned residential. When the city asked the council to approve the conceptual land use update for the city, they had wanted to see areas in the city that could go light-industrial or commercial to relieve the tax burden on the residents. She said they would also hope that this would lead to more jobs for this area. Union is located so close to the airport, the city would like to capitalize on that and see the area be a good tax base for the community.
Ms. Black asked how that would affect the Butler Township tax rate. Mrs. Winemiller said it would not decrease taxes initially, but that this would all be in the future but if they would get more funds from industrial development, maybe they would not need to add additional levies in the future.
Mr. O’Callaghan recognized Ron Jackson, the owner of 1810 Old Springfield Road. He identified himself as the owner of the property to be rezoned and said he was in favor of the city’s plans.
Mr. O’Callaghan then called upon Pete Winner, 1691 Old Springfield Road. He said he did not understand the need for a zoning change since the city already had Light-Industrial ground and no industry. He said that this was the third time the property had been rezoned and he didn’t understand why.
Mrs. Winemiller said the property had been rezoned in 2007. That change of zoning was initiated by a developer that wanted to do residential development. The city went through the rezoning process and with the decline of the economy for residential growth, the developer withdrew. Mr. Winner asked how many people were interested in this property. Mrs. Winemiller said there was no specific company but Union had been working closely with Montgomery County and the county has people that are interested in large tracts of ground for industrial development. With the recent CAT development that has occurred in Clayton, there has been some spin off from that and they are hoping that this will evolve into something that will benefit the city.
In response to another question from Mr. Winner, Mrs. Winemiller read a portion of the regulations for Light-Industrial zoning, including a requirement for landscape screening, distance from property line, and types of industry permitted.
Mr. Winner said he wanted to express his objections to the change and that he did not see the need to change the zoning.
There were no more comments on the rezoning so Mr. O’Callaghan thanked the residents for speaking and closed the public hearing.
4. ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1484 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION AS ENACTED BY ORDINANCE 314 AS SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved that Ordinance 1484 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mrs. Oberer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
Mr. O’Callaghan then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1484. Mrs. Oberer seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1484 was adopted on the first reading.
5. SECOND 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. O’Callaghan said that this ordinance was for the bond for the sewer extension for Old Springfield Road.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1485. Mrs. Perkins seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1485 was passed to the third reading.
6. Open Agenda
Mrs. Perkins said that she hoped that everyone that was absent from the meeting would get well soon.
7. Mr. Blackwell moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. All concurred and the January 25, 2010 council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor