June 8, 2009



The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on June 8, 2009, at 7:30 on Monday evening.


          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, 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 of the May 26, 2009 council meeting.  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 minutes were accepted as prepared.


          2.       Citizens’ and Visitors’ Comments


          There were no members of the audience that needed to address the council.  


          3.       SECOND READING – ORDINANCE 1475 – AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, AND AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS, EACH IN THE AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $150,000, FOR THE PURPOSE OF Acquiring maintenance vehicles, including a street sweeper, skid steer and related accessories thereto; authorizing participation in the Ohio Capital Asset Financing Program.  (three readings)


          Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have the second reading of Ordinance 1475.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1475 was passed to the third reading.




          Mr. Applegate said the city had been negotiating with a company to purchase this street sweeper and they called on Thursday, June 4, and agreed to take the city’s offer.  Mr. Applegate referred to the picture of the vehicle attached to the back of the ordinance.  He said the vehicle has 47,000 miles on it.  The back end of the sweeper from the cab/chassis back has had $25,000 worth of work done and all parts have been replaced.  The vehicle is in excellent condition.  Mr. Applegate said he would recommend that they purchase the street sweeper.  Their current street sweeper is 25 to 26 years old and it’s hard to get parts for it.  In addition, it does not pick up as well as they would like.  A new street sweeper like the used one they are purchasing would be in the range of 160 to 185 thousand dollars.  This sweeper should last them about ten years.


          Mr. Bruns commented on passing ordinance 1477 to purchase the street sweeper before the third and final reading of Ordinance 1475 which was to authorize bonds to purchase, among other things, the street sweeper.  He asked if that would be a problem.   Mr. Applegate said it would not be a problem.   They would purchase it and then reimburse the funds when the bonds are issued.


          Mr. Applegate added that this ordinance was being passed as an emergency because other people are looking at buying this used piece of equipment and the city would like to purchase it. 


          Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1477 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance.  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 emergency Ordinance 1477.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1477 was adopted.


          5.        Open Agenda

          Mayor Goudy announced that she would be accepting applications to fill the vacant council seat, formerly held by Betty Terry.  Any interested citizens may submit a letter to the Mayor’s attention asking that they be chosen to fill the vacant position.  The deadline is June 23 at 4:30.  The letters should be sent to city hall, 118 North Main Street in Union, to the attention of Mayor Goudy. 


          Mayor Goudy said she had several items to bring up.  She reported that Mr. Lukens from Laurelgrove had his decorative fence knocked over on the sidewalk and noticed that someone had set it back up.  He said a neighbor walked over and told him that a police officer had driven by, stopped his cruiser, and righted the fence.  Mr. Lukens said that showed how dedicated and community-minded Union’s police officers are.


          Mayor Goudy added that Gloria Mumma had sent a letter and gratuity thanking the emergency squad for being there when she needed them and that she really appreciated their help during her emergency.


          Another letter was written to Chief Blackwell commending one of Union’s officers, Officer Ken Becker, for his handling of a traffic violation and never losing his composure in a difficult situation.


          Mayor Goudy stated that this just shows the quality of officers that the city has in Union and that these letters are just a small sampling of many things that Union’s officers do that go unnoticed.  The officers, life squad, and fire department go out of their way to do many helpful things.  Mayor Goudy said these actions go back to the officers in charge and also back to the city manager, who has certain rules and regulations expects the officers, and firefighters and EMT’s to step up to the plate.  Mayor Goudy said that they should all be very pleased with these service personnel.


          Mr. O’Callaghan said he would like to comment on the newsletter.  He thought it was very nice and contained a lot of information.  He said the newsletter mentioned the Spirit of Union award and he hoped that people would call in with nominations.  Mrs. Winemiller said that they had one nomination so far. 

          Mr. O’Callaghan said he hoped that they would soon be choosing a resident to receive the Spirit of Union award.  He said the newsletter was very well done.


          Mrs. Kyle said that she had another resident that had approached her about vehicles parking on the corner of State Route 48 and Martindale Road.  The resident said it is hard to get around the vehicles and when they make the turn, they have to go into the other lane of traffic.  She also asked if the curbs could be painted yellow to prohibit parking.  Mr. Applegate asked about the location and it would be behind Union Tire, on West Martindale Road.  Mr. Applegate said that

intersection has always been like that.  He also commented that that is the only parking for that house.  Mr. Applegate said they would take a look at it.

          Mr. Bruns asked if there were regulations on that and Mr. Applegate said the parking area was within the regulations.  He said he would prefer to talk to the person first and ask that he move his vehicles another ten or fifteen feet back. 

          Mr. Applegate said he knew the intersection parking was in compliance so the city cannot make them move their cars unless the council would pass something by ordinance.


          Mr. Bruns asked if there had been any comments and complaints about the city wide garage sale. 

          Mrs. Winemiller said she thought that most of the people seemed pleased.  She said there was a lot of traffic on Thursday.

          Mr. Bruns asked if they would consider having a second one in the fall.  Mrs. Winemiller said if there were no objections from the council, they would have a second one in September, possibly the third weekend.  She said they would set the date and announce it in the next newsletter.


          Mrs. Winemiller added that the city is now getting the on-line payments coming in.  She said they had a glitch the first week but the on line payments are now coming through.


          Mr. Applegate noted that there was a memorandum in the council packets concerning a rezoning application that was submitted to the planning commission.  The commission members recommended sending the application on to the city council and that July 13 would be the earliest that they could have a public hearing due to the advertising requirement and notifying all of the property owners.  Mr. Applegate said this was formerly the Miller Brothers pool, shelter, and heliport area. 

          A presentation will be made at the public hearing and a copy of the application and proposal was attached to the memorandum.


          Mr. Bruns moved to set a public hearing date of July 13, 2009 for a change of zoning request.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.  The public hearing date will be July 13, 2009.


          6.       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