RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

March 8, 2010

 

 

 

          Vice-Mayor Michael O’Callaghan called the March 8, 2010 City of Union council meeting to order on Monday, at 7:30 p.m.

 

          Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, Mrs. Kyle, 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.

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan called for a moment of silence.

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan said Mayor Goudy had called him and was ill and not able to come to the meeting.  Mr. O’Callaghan moved that her absence be excused.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and Mayor Goudy’s absence was excused.  

 

          1.       Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any additions or corrections from the council minutes from the February 22, 2010 meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  Mrs. Perkins abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion.  The minutes were accepted as prepared.

 

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

 

          3.       ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1489 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $397,500 FIRE TRUCK ACQUISITION BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES BY THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COST OF ACQUIRING A FIRE TRUCK, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.  (First Renewal)

 

          Mr. Applegate said that this was the first note renewal for the purchased fire truck.  It is staff’s recommendation that this be approved and passed as an emergency which is allowed since it is a reissue of the current notes.

          Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1489 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance.  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 1489.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1489 was adopted on the first reading.

 

          4.       ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1490 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR 2010 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

 

          This ordinance deals with the money that is being borrowed through bond anticipation notes for the sewer line that is being extended over on the east side of the river from Ballinger to the intersection of Old Springfield Road and Dog Leg Road.  This was not in the original appropriation ordinance which was passed in December. 

          Mr. Bruns verified that this ordinance did not deal with raising any additional money or taxes so it could be passed by an emergency.  Mr. Applegate said that was correct. 

 

          Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1490 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. Bruns moved that they have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1490.  Mrs. Perkins seconded the motion.  All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1490 was adopted.

         

          5.       ONE READING - RESOLUTION 10-01 - A RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE EXISTING CONDITION ASSESSMENT PHASE OF GOING PLACES - AN INTEGRATED LAND USE VISION FOR THE MIAMI VALLEY REGION.  (tabled from February 22, 2010 meeting)

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan asked if anyone had any further comments on this resolution.  It had been tabled from the last meeting.

          Mr. Applegate said that Mrs. Winemiller had received a call and the city had requested and received a letter of support from the MVRPC for the Jobs Ready Site application.  The MVRPC had asked why the city had not passed the resolution of support.  Mrs. Winemiller brought to their attention that the city was expanding water and sewer services and that it seemed like it was the intent of the MVRPC plan to prohibit the city’s attempt to expand over at the airport for the industrial park.  Mr. Kim from the MVRPC said they were not against Union’s expansion into that area because they were supporting growth near the airport that would offer more job opportunities for the area. 

          In further discussions and since MVRPC has been very supportive in what the city is trying to do, Mr. Applegate said he asked for the resolution of support to be placed back on the agenda.  Mr. Applegate said he has provided the MVRPC’s letter of support for the council to see.

 

          Mr. Bruns said the letter from Mr. Kim had answered his concerns and said that he favored what the city was doing.  Mr. Bruns said he was withdrawing his original objections. 

            

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 10-01.  Mrs. Perkins seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 10-01 was adopted.

 

          6.       ONE READING - RESOLUTION 10-02 - A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING           THE CITY OF UNION TO FILE AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE OF OHIO, DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT, TO SUPORT AN APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THE OHIO JOB READY SITES PROGRAM.

 

          Mr. Applegate said that last year the city submitted an application for this program.  They are submitting again this year.  This is concerning the development for a light-industrial zoned area for funds for streets and water and sewer lines. They are updating the application and submitting items for new requirements.  This resolution authorizes the City Manager to file the application.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved that they have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 10-02.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 10-02 was adopted.

 

          7.       ONE READING - RESOLUTION 10-03 - A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE WATER CONSERVATION SUBDISTRICT OF THE MIAMI CONSERVANCY DISTRICT.

 

          Mr. Applegate said this resolution deals with the city’s agreement with the trading program that the city has been involved in.  The program has been working quite well and the city just received another grant from the federal E.P.A. This resolution authorizes the city to continue with the program for another two years.  The money has already been paid into the program and the program director, Dusty Hall apologized for not providing the agreement sooner.  The passage of this resolution will complete the process and everything will be in compliance.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 10-03.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 10-03 was adopted.

 

          8.       Discussion and motion on application for placement of farmland in an agricultural district for Glynn Marsh and Sue Cummings at 3473 Sweet Potato Ridge Road.

 

          Mr. Applegate asked if Mr. Marsh wanted to address the council.  Mr. Marsh said that this was a renewal that needs to be done every five years with Montgomery County in order to maintain the agricultural designation.  As an agricultural district, it gives them an additional degree of protection for the property to function as an agricultural property.  Mr. Marsh said there have not been any problems with the neighbors but since it is an agricultural district within the city, it is a recommended action.

 

          Mr. Applegate said it is the staff’s recommendation that this be approved.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved to approve the five year renewal to place the farmland owned by Glynn Marsh and Sue Cummings at 3473 Sweet Potato Ridge Road in an agricultural district.

          Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

         

          9.     Open Agenda

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan and the other council members welcomed back Mr. Applegate to the council meeting after his surgery.

 

          Mr. Applegate asked the council’s permission to purchase a piece of equipment.  They have allowed for this in the budget.  They would like to buy a mini excavator.  It is a Bobcat and goes with some of the attachments that the city has already purchased.  This is on the state bid this year at $54,000 dollars.  Last year it was at $56,000.    Mr. Applegate distributed pictures of the equipment. 

          Mr. Applegate added that this equipment could be used for ditches, working in close quarters in the cemetery, cleaning out the creeks, and in general, it would provide the city with another piece of equipment to do work more efficiently and more quickly.

          The last purchase was the bucket truck and that will be paid for this year.  Mr. Applegate asked for the council’s approval to purchase this piece of equipment as a lease purchase.

 

          Mr. Bruns moved that the City Manager be authorized to purchase the mini excavator as described.   Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed.

 

          Mr. Applegate reported that on Monday, March 15, the city crews will start the extension of the gravity sewer on Old Springfield Road.  The project will go approximately forty-five to sixty days.

          Mr. Applegate said it was good to be back. 

 

          Mr. O’Callaghan read a note given to Mayor Goudy, thanking Detective Smith for the handling of an emergency situation, thanking him for being a friend to him at a fragile time of his life.  He wanted him to know that he appreciated him and thanked him for making a difference.

 

          Mr. Applegate said the basket ball court is in at the old pool site and items will be painted probably the first of April.  They are also considering putting in a sand volley ball court and possibly some corn hole games on the concrete.  Mr. Applegate said he thought the kids would love it.

 

          In the Martindale Road park, they will be repaving that, putting in a barrier curb, and installing a picket fence and adding tables and chess tables.  He thought it would look very nice.  The council commented that the park looks very different without the chain link fence and it really has opened up the area.

 

          Mr. Blackwell asked about the walking paths in Concord North and West.  Mr. Applegate said they are still working towards replacing those and want to lay down a test path to see how quickly it could be done.  They are still trying to figure out how to do it without tearing up anything.   

 

          10.     Mrs. Kyle moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and the March 8, 2010 council meeting was adjourned.

 

         

Respectfully submitted,

           

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Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council

                                                                                            

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Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor