November 9, 2009



The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Vice-Mayor Michael O’Callaghan on Monday, November 9, 2009, 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. 


At the time of the council meeting, Mayor Goudy had not called in and her absence was not excused.


Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.


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


1.       Mr. O’Callaghan asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes from the October 26, 2009 meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and the council minutes were accepted as prepared.


2.       In the Citizen’s and Visitor’s portion of the meeting, Tom Hellard from 2241 Old Springfield Road wanted to make a comment.  He said he lived east of the river and he wanted to compliment the city employees.  He said that he had been annexed into the city and lived in the middle of the area where the construction for the water tower and water line occurred.  He said that he had been in public works for thirty years and was impressed with the quality of workmanship from the Union maintenance crews.  He said they had worked very hard and deserved a raise.  He said he was proud of them and proud of the way the water tower and road look.  During the construction period, he had always been able to get in and out of his property and that they had always kept the equipment moved out of the way. 

He said the water tower looked very nice, especially when looking at it from Peters Pike.  He said he was hoping to have another one of his properties annexed to Union.


Richard Deal said he was also impressed with how the city crews had worked.  He said they had cleaned out the ditches along Old Springfield and said he agreed with Mr. Hellard, that the city had a fantastic staff.


Mr. O’Callaghan thanked them for their comments.  He said he knows that Union has good employees and they work hard but it’s always nice to hear it from someone else.

Mr. Hellard asked that the work crews be given credit or be recognized in some way.

Mrs. Deal said the work crews would start before daylight and work until after dark.


3.       Open Agenda


Mr. O’Callaghan said the water tower did look very nice and he thought the maintenance crew did a good job.  He said the road looked good too and asked if it was open yet.  He said it would still be another day or two before the road would open.

Mr. O’Callaghan congratulated the members of council that were reelected.  He said they all worked well together and he was glad to have them back on board.


Mr. O’Callaghan also acknowledged November 11 was Veteran’s Day and he thanked all of the veterans and asked that they pray that their armed forces be safe.


Mrs. Perkins agreed with those comments and asked that they keep the folks at Fort Hood in their thoughts.


Mrs. Perkins said that in driving through town, she noticed that there was water standing on both sides of Lutz Drive after it had rained.  Mr. Applegate said that plat had been built without storm sewers and the city had added some and improved the situation but there was still a problem.  Mr. Applegate said they had applied for CDBG funds ten years ago but they had problems getting the residents there to turn in the CDBG surveys.  He said they would continue to try to get funding to work in that area.


Mr. Blackwell asked how the leaf pick up program was going.  Mr. Applegate said it was going well but they were a little behind due to the work on the water line and getting the lights on the trees, etc.  He said the machine was fantastic.  He was asked about the machine scraping the road and he said it has a metal straight edge and steel rollers.


Mr. Blackwell asked if the water line project was on budget and Mr. Applegate said it was.


Mrs. Kyle thanked the residents for their comments on the Union employees.  She said they do have good city workers.


Mr. Bruns congratulated Mr. Blackwell, Mrs. Perkins, and Mrs. Oberer on being reelected.  He said he was glad to have them back on the council.


Mr. Applegate said last year they had done pretty well with the salt for the roads because they had full bins from the year before.  Last year’s salt price was $148.00 per ton.  He said this year, the price is back to $65.17 per ton and they have prices through Cargill.


4.       Mr. Bruns moved that the November 9, 2009 City of Union council meeting be adjourned.  Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion.  All concurred and the meeting was adjourned.



Respectfully submitted,



Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor