RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
Mayor Goudy called the September 14, 2009, City of Union council meeting to order on Monday evening at 7:30.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Goudy, Mr. O’Callaghan, and Mr. Blackwell.
Mayor Goudy asked about Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Winemiller said that Mrs. Perkins had indicated that she would be away on a business meeting on the day of the council meeting. Mayor Goudy then moved that Mrs. Perkins’ absence be excused. Mrs. Kyle seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. Mrs. Perkins’s absence was excused.
Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.
1. Mayor Goudy asked if there were any corrections or changes to the council minutes of August 10, 2009. There were no corrections 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.
2. Citizen’s and Visitor’s Comments
There were no citizens or visitors that wished to address the council.
3. Charlie Shoemaker, Executive Director of Five Rivers Metro Parks will give a brief presentation about an upcoming levy.
Mr. Shoemaker said he wanted to talk to the council about the levy that would be on the November 3rd ballot. It is “Issue 4”.
Mr. Shoemaker presented a “Visitors Guide” of the Five Rivers Metro Park. He said that county wide, they managed 15,000 acres. He said there was a great diversity of the parks and the park system now is in urban areas also.
The park district was created in 1963 with the specific purpose of protecting open spaces in Montgomery County.
Of the 15,000 acres they are protecting, 3,700 acres have been added since the last ballot in November 2000.
Mr. Shoemaker said that original purpose of protecting the open spaces in Montgomery County remains one of their top priorities.
He said they are trying to maintain activities like hiking, biking, fishing, etc. for people to keep them active. They are also trying to reach children who will be the future stewards of the parks.
They also feel the facilities and programs offered by Metro Parks help attract new businesses and a work force to the surrounding communities. They want to be a partner in the region’s growth and development.
Mr. Shoemaker said he also wanted to point out that the park system is a tax supported agency. He said since the last time they were on the ballot, they have received fifteen million dollars in grants to stretch local tax dollars. They have used the money to purchase additional property, extend trails, etc. Mr. Shoemaker said they understand that they have a responsibility to the tax payers and they respect that.
Mr. Shoemaker said for Issue 4, they were asking voters to consider a replacement of the existing 1.8 levy which expires next year. It represents 80 percent of the annual revenue and is the only levy that they have. He said they felt a sense of urgency to get this passed so they don’t lose 80 percent of their revenue. He said they are trying to reach 546 precincts in Montgomery County to make sure voters know who they are, what they are voting for, and the importance of the passage of the levy.
It is a replacement levy so for every $100,000 dollars of value, it would be an additional $10.72 per year to replace the levy. It would be less than $1.00 a month additional for another ten year cycle.
He said they are open for endorsements from the council but they encourage people to get out and vote. Mr. Shoemaker said they feel it is absolutely critical that people get out and vote for the levy.
Mr. Bruns clarified that it was a replacement and not a renewal. Mr. Shoemaker said for every $100,000 valuation now, people are paying $44.41 per year. If the levy passes, it would $55.13 for every $100,000 value per year.
Mr. Blackwell asked if the Five Rivers Metro Parks had any future plans for Union. Mr. Shoemaker said they were getting ready to close on the lake at the quarry and have talked to Mr. Applegate about a trail connecting to Englewood, across Martindale to Old Springfield. Currently, they are moving the low dam at Englewood and have another phase of that project, which would be a structure creating pools and eddies, which will create a better habitat for fish. The completion of this project should make for a healthier river.
There were no more questions and Mayor Goudy thanked Mr. Shoemaker for his presentation.
4. Open Agenda
In the open agenda, Mayor Goudy said she wanted to share with the council some accommodations from residents that they had received. One was for the fire department thanking them for their assistance on the structure fire that they had on August 4, 2009 in Potsdam. The people were grateful for the mutual aid agreements between the departments.
They had also received a thank you from Mrs. Whitaker who had been locked out of her vehicle and thanked the officers for their help.
Mayor Goudy said Margaret Johnson had sent a very nice letter thanking the EMT’s for taking care of her and also on behalf of her husband.
Mayor Goudy said these letters show that the city has a wonderful department and they should be very proud.
Mr. Blackwell said the Fire Department will be having an open house on October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. They have the new fire engine and would like the public to check it out. He provided the council with one of their flyers.
He also said that on this Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. they are having a waffle sale for the fire department association.
Mr. O’Callaghan, President of the Park Board for Union, said that they were fortunate that they had a park system close by and said it was his personal opinion that the park system was worth the effort and the money to keep it going.
Mr. Bruns thanked Mr. Shoemaker for the presentation and said he just wanted residents to know the total of what they would be paying to put the increase in perspective, which is why he asked the question.
Mrs. Winemiller said that the city newsletter was at the printers and should be sent to residents late this week or early the following week. The newsletter mentions the City of Union city wide garage sale dates which is scheduled for September 17, 18, and 19 and notices have been in the paper.
Mr. Applegate said that he was glad that Mr. Shoemaker had mentioned about the Metro Parks purchasing the pond because the city had inquired concerning that. The city would look at buying it rather than letting the pond be purchased by someone and be kept private. Mr. Applegate said this way the pond would be open to the public, which was a good thing.
Mr. Applegate said the Slurry Seal program has been started and they should be done by Friday of this week. The city also has a crew that will start painting the water tower and that should be done in two or three weeks. In addition, they will begin laying water line on Wednesday morning.
Mayor Goudy asked if there was a schedule to finish paving over at Irongate Estates. Mr. Applegate said they had a note to go to September 18 for the Letter of Credit to be called and then they will have Wagner Paving get it scheduled. He thought they would receive the money on September 19 and that the work would be done around the first of October.
5. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the September 14, 2009 City of Union council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor