March 23, 2009



The City of Union council meeting was called to order on March 23, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday by Mayor Goudy.


          Mayor Goudy called for attendance and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Goudy, Mr. O’Callaghan, and Mr. Blackwell.


          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 to the council minutes from the March 9, 2009 council meeting.  There were no corrections mentioned so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.


          Mayor Goudy told the council that she had received a call from Mrs. Perkins who said she was tied up in a business matter and was not able to attend the meeting.  Mayor Goudy said that Mrs. Perkins had notified her two weeks ago that this was a possibility.  Mayor Goudy moved that Mrs. Perkins be excused from attending the council meeting.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and her absence was excused.


          2.   Mayor Goudy said there were no comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience. 


          3.       Open Agenda


          Mrs. Terry said there would be an Easter egg hunt on April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Union Elementary School.  They would be 2,000 eggs for children to find and she was providing a gift to a parent or grandparent. 


          Mr. O’Callaghan commented about the donation that the city contributes to fund the Easter Egg Hunt and moved to donate $400.00 to the event.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion passed.


          Mrs. Terry asked about the sidewalk program on Merrymaid Drive.  She said she had been asked if the city would come back and install sidewalks on the other side of the street.

          Mr. Applegate said this sidewalk program had been initiated by the council many years ago.  The plan was to place sidewalks on one side of every street in town.  When that is completed, the city may look at putting sidewalks on the other side of the street.  The sidewalks were installed initially for the safety of the school children.


          Mr. Applegate said the flower beds around the Phillipsburg-Union community Park sign were completed and they looked very good.


          He added that they will be moving the basketball court from Martindale Road Park to the Phillipsburg-Union Park. 


          Mr. Applegate said they had been looking to replace the asphalt walkways in Concord  Farms North and West.  He said they were working with a contractor and were going to put in a test strip six feet wide and see how it worked.


          Regarding the Martindale Road Park, Mr. Applegate said they were considering several concepts.  They would be removing the basketball court and the fencing.  In its place, they were considering adding some tables and some games to be played on the concrete surface, such as Four-Square.  The city was trying to create a park for children under twelve years of age.

          In response to a question from the council, they will be leaving in the tennis courts because sometimes parents and their children use those.


          Mr. Applegate said the change in the parks would create a separation of the younger kids from teenagers and young adults that play basketball.  They will be looking at cleaning out the fence rows and possibly installing more fencing.


          Mrs. Terry commented that it would be a nice improvement.


          Mr. Applegate referred the council to a memorandum that was included in their council packet concerning a water rate survey.

          In this 2009 survey taken by the City of Oakwood, Union was second lowest out of sixty-seven communities.  Union is eleventh lowest out of sixty-three communities for their sewer charges and in the combined rates, Union falls in the third lowest position out of sixty-three jurisdictions. 

          Mr. Applegate said they are very close to having the lowest water and sewer rates.  He added that the city is doing quite well.


          Mr. O’Callaghan commented that there were several walkway lights that had burned out in his area.  Mr. Applegate said he would mention that to Chief Blackwell.  He said that they are having the police check on the street lights and report any outages and that is working quite well.


          4.       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