May 26, 2009



The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on Tuesday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m.


          Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, 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 Joseph Moore, Law Director.


          Mayor Goudy moved that Mrs. Kyle’s absence be excused because she had to attend a funeral out of town.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and her absence was excused.


          Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.


          1.       Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections from the council minutes of the May 11, 2009 council meeting.  There were no corrections mentioned so Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.   Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.   Mrs. Perkins abstained and the other council members voted in favor of the motion.  The minutes were accepted as prepared. 


          2.  Citizens’ and Visitors’ Comments


          Mayor Goudy said that they had three young men that had indicated that they wanted to address the council.  She invited Taylor Ware to come forward. 


          Mr. Ware, from 104 Charles Place, said that he and his associates had a request and a proposal that the City of Union consider installing a skate board park in Union and he had a slide show presentation for the council. 

          Mayor Goudy invited the other two gentlemen to come forward and introduced David Nevels and Tony Bisceglia. 


           Mr. Ware presented the slide show for a free admission skate plaza for Union, Ohio.


          Mr. Ware stated, “Our goal is to keep skateboarders, which are all over Union, off the street and out of trouble.”

          He cited reasons that skateboarders are frequently in trouble for vandalism and trespassing on properties.  He mentioned that there is a skate club in Englewood but there is an admission charge.  He said skateboarders either do not have the money for admission or cannot get a ride to get to the park.


          The young men proposed Park Grove Drive, where the pool used to be for the location of a skate board park.


          Cost figures based on the research of a concrete skate plaza in Kettering, based on a 40,000 square foot park was 1.3 million dollars. 


          Mr. Ware proposed a 20,000 square foot or smaller concrete skate park for 650,000 dollars, the cost for only concrete and stairs.  There would also be money needed for rails and ramps. 

          They listed the benefits to the city as being less skateboarders being on properties, less vandalism, less destruction of property, less calling of the police. 


          Mr. Ware thought the city could make a profit by selling food and drinks, and skateboards, and helmets and asked if the council had any questions.

          Mr. Bisceglia said his parents would invest money to help with the skateboard park.  They said that if they had a place to skate board, police would not have to tell them not to skate board and it would be better for the bicyclists. 

          They also suggested some rules like wearing helmets, and keeping the park open from sun up to sun down.


          Mayor Goudy thanked the boys for their presentation and said she was very impressed with their research.  She said she would like to confer with the city manager and law director concerning this.


          Mr. Applegate said they had looked at this issue several years ago and the problem was the cost and the liability. 

          He said they were informed that an adult does need to be there at all times for insurance purposes.  He said it has always come down to money but he offered to look at the situation again. 


          Mayor Goudy said that they have looked at it before and they were concerned about the liability, insurance premiums, and the cost of having an adult on duty all of the time. 


          Mr. Moore said there is a lot of interest in creating these parks and cities that would like to create these parks.  He added that frequently, the risks outweighed the benefits, in terms of the overall the tax payer base.  It would take a lot of money to build the skate park, more money than they would probably anticipate to maintain it, and make sure it would be operated in a safe manner.  That is the duties that the city would have.  Mr. Moore said in his experience, there have been a lot of cities that have looked into this and decided against it because of the cost and liability. 


          Mr. Bruns said this was similar to when the city had the swimming pool.  He said there were people that did want the pool and wanted to use it but it came down to the fact that the maintenance, upkeep and liability was more than the city could afford.  He said that their presentation was better than some of the experts that had come before the council.   He said they appreciated it and this had been in the back of their minds for years but they were not a big enough city to afford to provide what they needed.  He added that was his personal opinion. 


          Mr. Applegate said it came down to money.


          Mrs. Perkins said that the price tag was very high for Union.  She asked if there were other alternatives that they could consider like trails rather than a skate park. 


          Mr. Ware said that trails were mostly for biking and mostly dirt and gravel. 


          Mrs. Perkins said she was also very impressed with their presentation.  She said she hoped they would continue to be active and bring ideas forward.  She said sometimes they could not make things happen but sometimes they could, so she invited them to come back again. 


          Mr. Bisceglia said that his parents said they would help the city.  Mr. O’Callaghan said maybe they could get a bunch of investors.


          Mayor Goudy said since they had been so ambitious in their investigation with their phone calls, she suggested that they check into the private sector.  She said she knew that they wanted something to be used for free, but the city could not afford it.


          Mr. Bruns asked if this was something that they could discuss with the Montgomery County Park District.  He said they were into all kinds of different things and maybe they could ask for a public skate park.  He suggested they talk to them. 

          Mayor Goudy asked if the city could talk to the park district.  Mr. Applegate said he would call the park district.


          Mayor Goudy invited them to call city hall again and thanked them for attending the meeting.




          Mr. O’Callaghan moved that they have the third and final reading and adopt Ordinance 1468.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1468 was adopted.


          4.       FIRST 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. Applegate said this is the legislation that they talked about at the last meeting that would authorize the purchase of a Bobcat and attachments for use by the city. 

          Mr. Applegate said they are looking at a used street sweeper and cannot agree on a price so they may look at purchasing a new street sweeper next year to replace the one they have which is thirty years old.


          This method of funding, the Capital Asset Financing (CAF) program is new this year.  The city generally will do a five year lease, as they did with the bucket truck, but this is short term notes with immediate access and better interest rates and then it can be refinanced later.  They get a pool of cities together for a larger amount to borrow and get a better interest rate and better terms.


          Mr. Bruns moved that they have the first reading of Ordinance 1475.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and Ordinance 1475 was passed to the second reading.


          Mr. Applegate said they have three readings on the first note issue because it is required by the charter.  Once the first note is issued, when the notes are reissued, they can go through one reading.




                   Mr. Applegate said this is for a program at Union Elementary where the city can get grant money.  This resolution would need to be passed so the city can participate in the program.


                   Mr. O’Callaghan moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 09-02.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 09-02 was adopted.


          6.        Open Agenda


          Mayor Goudy said she had received a letter from a resident, Lou Lehmer, thanking the police department for notifying her of an open garage door, leaving her property accessible to anyone.  She was very appreciative to the police department. 


          The next item concerned a letter or resignation from Mrs. Betty Terry received by Mayor Goudy.  Her resignation from being a council member was effective as of May 11, 2009.


          Mayor Goudy then declared a vacancy on the council for the date of May 26, 2009.  A public announcement will be made at the next council meeting that the city will be accepting applications for council member, as per the City of Union charter requirements.


          Mrs. Perkins commented that the day before the meeting was Memorial Day and she thought it was appropriate to thank all the citizens that are currently serving in the armed forces now and in the past.  She said she was grateful for their service. 


          Mr. Bruns said that going back to the three young men that were at the meeting, he said they were totally amazing guys.  He said it was impressive that kids could come in with a power point presentation.  He said there were high school seniors who could not have done that good of a job.  He said those young men had his admiration.    


          Mr. Bruns mentioned that Mrs. Terry had resigned.  He said he considered Mrs. Terry a friend and she always did what she thought the people wanted her to do.  He said she was always true to herself and he would miss her serving on the council.


          Mrs. Winemiller informed the council that the city newsletters were going out the following week and one of the items in the newsletter was that citizens would be able to access their utility bills on line and if citizens wanted to, they would be able to pay their bill with a Visa or MasterCard on line or come to city hall.  They can also sign up for recurring payments if they choose.  The automatic debit from the checking account will remain the same or they can change and have the amount debited on their charge card automatically. 


          Mr. Applegate said they finished paving Irongate Estates, sections 2, 3, and 6. 


          He said they had made a modification in moving the Martindale Road basketball court and they were now moving it to the old Union pool site.   At the first location they were considering at the Community Park on Phillipsburg-Union Road, they saw a number of cars during the ball games, parked not just in the parking lot but also in the grassy areas.  They were concerned about losing parking spaces. 


          The city had been planning on remodeling the pool house to be used for storage but for the price to redo the building, they could almost buy a new, larger building.  They will be moving the basketball court there and making some other changes.  Mr. Applegate said that Chuck Wehrman that runs the NABL was elated that they wouldn’t lose their parking during the ball games. 

          Mr. O’Callaghan asked if it would be too close to the other residents and Mr. Applegate said it would be in the back corner and if they had to, they could put up a six foot privacy fence.


          The new asphalt base, backboards, etc. would cost about 29,000 dollars.  The fence is already there and the city will have easy access.  They are putting in one court now and could put in an extra one.  They will put in one full court and could later add another one or two half courts.   They will watch it and see how it is used but basketball has always been very popular.  They made this decision because of the parking and again, to avoid mixing the older kids with the younger kids. 


                   7.       Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Goudy seconded the motion.  All concurred and the May 26, 2009 City of Union council meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor