June 22, 2009



Mayor Goudy called the City of Union council meeting to order on June 22, 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 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 on the council minutes from June 8, 2009 meeting.  There were no comments so Mr. Bruns moved that the June 8, 2009 City of Union council meeting minutes be approved.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.


          2.       There were no comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience.


          3.       THIRD 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. Bruns moved to have the third and final reading and adopt Ordinance 1475.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1475 was adopted.   




          Mr. Applegate said this ordinance is done each year and is to approve the light assessments for next year.  He added that he was pleased to say that this new ordinance had the same rates as in 2008. 

          In response to Mayor Goudy’s question, they are requesting one reading because the council would not have second council meetings in July and August.


          Mrs. Perkins clarified that this was not a tax.  Mr. Applegate said that was correct and the street light assessment has been the same rate for the last three years.  These funds from this ordinance are how the City of Union is able to pay the electrical costs of the city. 


          Mr. Bruns moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1478.  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 Ordinance 1478.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.   All concurred and Ordinance 1478 was adopted on the first reading.


          5.        Open Agenda


          Mayor Goudy thanked everyone for attending the council meeting.


          Mr. Blackwell asked if River Road was completed and if that was the final surface.  Mr. Applegate said they would be adding another layer next year which would have a finer surface.  Mr. Blackwell said a resident had commented that it was like driving down a gravel road.  Mr. Applegate said it was a chip and seal finish and that all of the city roads used to be done that way.  He said that is what the county does and why their roads last so long.  The road surface is done layer after layer and makes a cost effective, durable road. 

          Mr. O’Callaghan said eventually the gravel gets packed down and becomes a better surface.  He said that from the first and second time he had driven down the road, it was much improved. 


          Mr. Blackwell then asked if the city would be doing anything with the parking lot and Mr. Applegate said they were going to pave that area and he hoped it would be done during the next week. 

          Mr. O’Callaghan asked if Mr. Applegate was going to address the memorandum included in the council packet concerning the Ohio EPA.  Mr. Applegate said he would discuss that.


          Mayor Goudy said she checked where the city had been working at cleaning out the honeysuckle and it looked very nice.  Mr. Applegate said that had taken the city about three and one-half hours to do.  Mr. Applegate said this brush cutter is one of the best pieces of equipment that the city has ever purchased.  He said the job it does is unbelievable.  They have run the equipment around the wastewater treatment plant, the south trunk sewer line, and other places that were overrun with brush.  They will start filling in the ditch at the side of the road and put new fences back up.  Mr. Applegate added that people are appreciating it, like the school bus drivers because the whole area is opened back up.

          Mayor Goudy asked if they could use a spray to keep that down.  Mr. Applegate said they do that now.  They have received permission from the farmers that own ground, where they have put up new fences and cleaned right of ways, that the city is spraying about six to nine inches on both sides.   Mr. Applegate said another safety factor is now that the area is cleared out, people can see deer coming and incidents of deer being hit has gone down.

          Mr. Applegate said to clear out that same area without the new equipment would have taken at least a week to manually cut and chip the brush.  The city has also cleaned out an area at the community park.  They are planning to clear out the dead trees and brush in other areas.


          Mr. Bruns said he had watched Street Superintendent Rob Bergman operate the brush cutter and saw him cutting down huge limbs and trees.  Mr. Bruns said he could see that the city would get a lot of use out of this equipment.  Mr. Applegate said other people, like people from Montgomery County and Al Butler from Englewood came to watch the machine work. 


          Mr. Applegate said he had met with the city’s traffic engineer on the question that Mrs. Kyle had asked earlier about the stop light on Martindale and State Route 48 and parking close to the intersection on the north side of Martindale Road.   Mr. Applegate said they will create a little longer “no parking” zone, put up a sign to remind people, and add a small centerline down to the area of the fire department so if people swing over, there will be a center line and something for them to see.   The other side of West Martindale is no parking.  Mr. Applegate said that area by the intersection has always been a problem. 

          Mrs. Perkins expressed concerns about the residents living in that area and where they would park, asking if they would block the alley.  Mr. Applegate said they would not take all their parking, just another ten feet.  They moved down so they can move the center line more gradually and they will post signs. 

          Mr. Applegate said the buildings are close to the street and it could be a dangerous intersection when people are speeding and trying to beat the light.  Mr. Applegate said the residents there would still have space for a couple of cars.


          Mr. Applegate said he did check with Charlie Shoemaker of the Park District regarding the skate board park.  Mr. Applegate said they do not do skate board parks because of the liability and maintenance.  Mr. Applegate said people were better off taking the bus and going to the existing skate board parks.    


          Mr. Applegate said that the council had information on the Stillwater River Watershed TMDL’s situation and the news release from the Ohio EPA.   He said they are waiting for a letter from the city’s attorney that the suit will be dropped.  The hearing is in September so they expect to be contacted shortly concerning the law suit.  Mr. Applegate said the news release on their findings that is attached to the memorandum proves that the city was correct.     


          6.       Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor