RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Goudy on September 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Oberer, Mayor Goudy, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mr. Blackwell, and Mrs. Perkins.
Other city staff members present were Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.
Mayor Goudy called for a moment of silence.
Mayor Goudy said that Mrs. Kyle had called in and was ill. She moved that Mrs. Kyle be excused from attending the council meeting. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and her absence was excused.
1. Mayor Goudy asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes of the September 14, 2009 council meeting. There were no corrections 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 council minutes were accepted as prepared.
2. There were no comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience.
3. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1480 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO, APPROVING THE EDITING AND INCLUSION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES AS PARTS OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENT CODES OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION AND TO AMEND OR ENACT SECTIONS OF THE TRAFFIC, GENERAL OFFENSES CODES TO CONFORM TO ENACTMENTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mrs. Winemiller stated that this was an annual ordinance to update the City of Union’s codified ordinances. Mrs. Winemiller added that the ordinance was presented a little earlier this year to make it easier on the codification company and the city staff.
The reason to pass Ordinance 1480 as an emergency is stated in the ordinance and this will enable all of the traffic code changes to be updated to benefit the police officers so they will have the current state laws and regulations in their code books.
Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1480 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the Ordinance. Mr. Blackwell seconded the motion. Mrs. Perkins voted against the motion and the other council members voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.
Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading of emergency ordinance 1480. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency ordinance 1480 was passed.
4. ONE READING – RESOLUTION 09-07 – A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE AMOUNTS AND RATES AS DETERMINED BY THE BUDGET COMMISSION AND AUTHORIZING THE NECESSARY TAX LEVIES AND CERTIFYING THEM TO THE COUNTY AUDITOR.
Mrs. Winemiller said that this is a resolution that is done every year and concerns what revenues the county is anticipating that will come in for all of the tax levies. This year, the funds coming in have been reduced by three percent which means a $50,000 decrease in money to the City of Union. Mrs. Winemiller added that these amounts are an estimate by the county.
Mr. O’Callaghan moved that they have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 09-07. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Resolution 09-07 was adopted.
5. Open Agenda
Mayor Goudy said she had an item for the open agenda. She read a proclamation concerning October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The request had come from Mayor Judy Cook of Oakwood. Mayor Goudy explained that due to unemployment and loss of insurance, people are not getting all of the recommended medical testing and by passing the proclamation, they hope to educate people that testing is available for people even if they are unable to pay.
Mrs. Perkins said she had declined on voting in favor of the motion to pass Ordinance 1480 as an emergency but she was in favor of the passage of the ordinance.
Mrs. Perkins added that in driving through town, she noticed that the number of vacant homes is slowing and the homes that are coming up vacant are now getting for sale signs, which she commented is a wonderful sign that things are swinging up. Mrs. Perkins said that was a positive thing that she wanted to share with the council.
Mrs. Perkins asked what the city’s future plans were for installing sidewalks in Concord Farms. Mrs. Winemiller said in Concord Farms West and North the sidewalks were behind the homes and the city was looking into renovating those walkways in the future.
Mr. Blackwell reminded people of the City of Union Fire Department open house on October 3. He said people were invited to come and check out the new fire engine.
Mr. O’Callaghan, referring to the proclamation on breast cancer awareness month, commented that it was important to get checked and this disease affected not only the individuals but also their families.
He also verified that the leaf pick up program would start on October 13. He said he had already seen some people putting their leaves out.
Mr. Bruns reminded everyone that the next council meeting would be on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 because Monday, October 12 was Columbus Day.
Mrs. Winemiller said that Mr. Applegate was pleased that a recent environmental issue had been resolved with the Ohio EPA with a settlement on the TMDL’s and level of phosphorus in the Stillwater River. Mrs. Winemiller said once the EPA signs the agreement, they will provide a copy to the council.
She reminded the council that Union would have a booth at the Northmont Business Expo on October 6.
The council had been provided with a copy of a letter to the MVRPC concerning Miami County Facilities Planning area and Mrs. Winemiller said they would know more after the MVRPC meeting and Mr. Applegate would talk about that in the future.
Mr. O’Callaghan said the recent fall newsletter was very nice.
Mr. Moore said that he had mentioned a line of credit with Irongate Estates. He said the funds had been received and they would get with Wagner Paving to get the roads done in early October.
6. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the September 28, 2009 City of Union council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor