RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

MEETING OF COUNCIL

April 9, 2007

 

 

            Mayor Beyer called the City of Union council meeting to order on April 9, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

 

            Attendance was taken and the following council members were present:  Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mrs. Perkins. 

 

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

 

            Mayor Beyer called for a moment of silence.

 

            1.         Mayor Beyer asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes from the March 26, 2007 council meeting.  There were no corrections so Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the minutes from the March 26, 2007 council meeting were accepted as prepared.

 

            2.         Mayor Beyer noted that no citizens had requested to address the council. 

 

            3.         ONE READING – ORDINANCE 1417 – AN ORDINANCE AMENDING A REGULAR PAY TABLE, ASSIGNING PAY GRADES STEPS/SALARIES AND THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FULL-TIME, REGULAR PART-TIME, PART-TIME (SEASONAL) AND AUXILIARY POSITIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNION FOR 2007 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

 

            Mr. Applegate said this ordinance dealt with two items.  The first item was concerning the salary for the city’s detective, Steve Watern, who would continue to be a detective but was being promoted to Lieutenant/Detective.  This would be a different pay grade.

            The second item was correction of an error, Section D., 27-F.  Mrs. Perkins   asked why this was being passed as an emergency.  Mr. Applegate answered that the reason was so the pay increases would be in effect immediately.  The officer has been a lieutenant since February 14, 2007.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1417 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 emergency Ordinance No. 1417.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1417 was adopted. 

 

            4.         Open Agenda

 

            Mr. O’Callaghan said he had just been by the firehouse and was amazed at how good it was looking.

            He also thanked Mrs. Terry for managing the Easter egg hunt.  He thanked her for donating both her time and money.  He said everyone appreciated that.

 

            Mrs. Terry wanted to thank Mr. O’Callaghan for helping her at the Easter egg hunt and she thanked the city and fire department for their support.

            She also thought the fire station looked good.

 

            Mr. Applegate said he had met with Kyle Aughe from Rumpke that morning.  He had copied an email from Rumpke to distribute to the council.  Mr. Applegate said that many Union residents had received the latest Englewood newsletter that explained that Englewood’s new contract with Rumpke was eliminating the special yard waste bags.  Mr. Applegate commented that this had raised a lot of questions from Union residents.  People asked when Union was going to do away with charging for yard waste bags. 

 

            Mr. Applegate referred back to the letter from Rumpke and said he agreed with Mr. Aughe’s letter that running a separate truck for yard waste was not environmentally sound.  Branches will now be picked up with regular trash, in regular bags, or in bundles, sized two feet by four feet,  (not two feet by two feet as mentioned in the letter from Rumpke).  Mr. Applegate said they would also reimburse residents for their unused bags if they returned them to city hall.  He said he thought that most people would just use them at home.   Rumpke will re-purchase the unused bags from the city. 

 

            Mr. Applegate said if anyone comes in to purchase bags, they would explain that the bags are not necessary.

            The information on the web site is being changed and they could put the information in the Englewood Independent.  They will also put the information in the next newsletter. 

 

            Mr. Applegate said he was hoping to have a motion from the council that they were in agreement with this new procedure.

 

            Mayor asked if the recycling information was updated on the Union web site.  Mr. Applegate said they would be looking at that, because there has been a decline over the years on the amount of recycling material.  Currently about ten percent of the waste stream is recycling but when they first started the program, it was roughly twenty to twenty-three percent of the waste material was being recycled.

 

            Mr. Bruns moved that they accept the proposal from Rumpke to eliminate the yard waste as a separate pick up item.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed. 

           

5.         Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the 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