RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MEETING OF COUNCIL
April 23, 2007
Mayor Beyer called the City of Union council meeting to order on April 23, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Kyle, Mayor Beyer, Mr. O’Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mrs. Perkins. Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.
Mrs. Terry had not called in and was not excused from the meeting.
Mayor Beyer asked for a moment of silence.
1. Mayor Beyer asked if there were any additions or corrections from the council minutes of the April 9, 2007 meeting. There were no comments so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion passed.
2. No one had indicated that they needed to address the council.
3. ONE READING – RESOLUTION 07-03 - A RESOLUTION OPPOSING OHIO SENATE BILL 117 AND SUPPORTING THE LOCAL CABLE FRANCHISING PROCESS.
Mr. Applegate said Mr. Bruns had asked the city to get something together on opposing Senate Bill 117 on the cable franchise process and the city had received some information so this resolution is the result of that request. Mayor Beyer asked if this would be sent to Jeff Jacobson and Mr. Applegate said it would be sent to him and several other people.
Mayor Beyer said he had seen a commercial on television for the bill. Mr. Bruns said the bill was also being promoted on radio stations.
Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Resolution 07-03. Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Resolution 07-03 was adopted on the first reading.
4. Open Agenda
Mayor Beyer said in regard to the resolution that the city just passed, sometimes items would benefit the council as individuals but they had to consider the best interest of the city. Since the franchise fee is the third largest item in the general fund, it is in the best interest of the city to oppose this bill.
Mrs. Perkins said considering losing the $53,000.00 franchise fee and the effect it would have on the citizens, she thought that opposing the Senate bill would be in the best interest of the individual.
She also thanked Mr. Applegate for an extensive and detailed tour of the city on Friday, April 20. She said she was very impressed with the forethought in the planning process in terms of the water, sewer, and infrastructure and plans for the future. She thought that they were doing a very good job.
Mrs. Goudy said she wanted to comment about how well the fire department was looking.
Mr. O’Callaghan said everyone was out landscaping and planting flowers so he asked the council members to get out and look around and recommend someone that was doing an exceptional job for the City of Union spirit award.
Mr. O’Callaghan talked about a young man who had died on Saturday in a scuba diving accident. He was from Union. Mr. O’Callaghan said he was an Eagle Scout in his troop and he wanted to mention him. He was a good person and his thoughts and prayers went out to his family and friends.
Mr. Bruns commented about Senate Bill 117. He said he was not sure that it would benefit the individual. He said the bill does not say that there will be a reduction in the rates, and the public access channel will possibly be lost. He said the individual citizen may not get a lower cable bill if Senate Bill 117 passes.
Mr. Applegate said Mr. Bruns’ comments remind him of the electric deregulation that the city went through a few years ago. He said a few people felt that it would not be the best for the State of Ohio. Mr. Applegate said he has decided that the electric deregulation was not beneficial for the state and he believes that this will be the same for the cable bill. He said he does not think that consumers will have lower rates because of this. He said it does not benefit the communities that have cable.
Mr. Applegate said the fire station is coming along very well. They are currently painting walls and working on the fire suppression system. The front of the building is done and the scaffolding is down. Mr. Applegate said everything is taking shape and looking good.
Mr. Applegate commented that three street lights were installed on Old Springfield Road. Fencing and gates still need to go up but the curve is well lit in the evening.
Mr. Applegate said the annual survey done on water and sewer rates in Union and the surrounding cities was included in the council packets. The survey used to be done by Englewood and is now being done by Oakwood. Union is the third lowest out of sixty-eight communities in water rates, the fifteen lowest of sewer rates out of sixty-four communities and the fourth lowest out of sixty-four communities in combined water and sewer rates. Mr. Applegate said he thought these figures reflected that the city was doing very well and that they know what they are doing.
He said he also thought when they get the result of the Fairborn study, they would see that they were the lowest again in local government costs.
5. Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the April 23, 2007 City of Union council meeting be adjourned. Mrs. Goudy seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.
Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council
Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor