September 10, 2007



            Mayor Beyer called the City of Union council meeting to order on September 10, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.


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


            City staff members present at the meeting were John P. Applegate, City Manger, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.


            Mayor Beyer asked for a moment of silence.


            1.         Mayor Beyer asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of August 13, 2007.


            There were no changes so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes of August 13, 2007 be accepted as prepared.  Mr. O’Callaghan seconded the motion.  Mrs. Terry abstained, and the other council members voted for the motion.  The minutes were accepted as prepared.


            2.         Mayor Beyer acknowledged that there was one citizen that had indicated that he wanted to address the council.  Mayor Beyer recognized Richard Deal of 2117 Old Springfield Road. 


            Mr. Deal said he wanted to thank the City of Union.  He said on September 8, Union emergency service units were called.  He said a 100-year-old tree had blown down and ripped out his electrical service.  A neighbor had called 911 and he had received help from Union immediately.  He thanked Union for the great service.




            Mr. Applegate said this was the city’s annual resolution from the Budget Commission of Montgomery County, determining the rates and the amount of money that the city will receive the following year.  This would need to be adopted and approved by the council.


            Mr. O’Callaghan moved that Resolution 07-09 be adopted.  Mr. Bruns seconded the motion.  All concurred and Resolution 07-09 was adopted.


            4.         Open Agenda


            Mayor Beyer said they had a nice turn out for the opening and dedication of the firehouse but he wished that more people had been able to attend. 


            Mrs. Perkins said that she thought that the opening of the fire station represented the complete professionalism of Union’s emergency services and that this was a gigantic leap forward on how well Union could provide services to their residents. 


Mrs. Goudy said it was a comfort to her and all of the citizens that the new fire station facility could handle any emergency that would come their way.


            Mr. O’Callaghan said he had a sense of pride when he walked into the new fire station.  He said the opening and dedication was a very fun, positive event.

            Mr. O’Callaghan invited everyone to come to the Toll Road Festival and enjoy the arts and crafts, and entertainment. 


            Mrs. Kyle thanked everyone for the nice comments about the fire department.  She also thanked Mr. Applegate for all his ideas on putting the firehouse together. 


She said she had been approached about putting a flashing light in front of O.R. Edgington.  That is in Englewood so Mrs. Kyle contacted Mr. Mullins and then talked to Mr. Butler concerning the situation.  Because of the speed limit of 35 miles per hour, a flashing light is not required.  In front of Northmont High School, the speed limit is 50 miles per hour, which is why there is a flashing light at that location.


            Mrs. Terry said she was not able to attend the firehouse opening on September 9, but she went that morning and Captain John Parrish gave her a tour of the firehouse.   She said it was a beautiful facility and she was very proud of it. 


            Mr. Bruns wanted to thank Mr. Applegate again for his drive and the work that was put into the firehouse.  He said he thought the city manager and staff deserved a big thank you from everyone in the city. 


            Mr. Beyer asked if there was any way to quantify the savings that the city gained from doing so much of the work themselves.

            Mr. Applegate said when they had the building appraised by the insurance company, they considered it at two million dollars.  He felt that it was a gorgeous station, very functional, and does exactly what it is supposed to do.  He said he received comments to that effect.  He said they have achieved something that is fantastic and will be there for a long time.   A lot of thought and planning for the future went into it and he acknowledged the many people that came before them that helped make the new station possible.  Mr. Applegate said by having the city employees do a lot of the work, the city a lot of amount of money.  


            Mr. Applegate said there was a memo in their packets concerning an ordinance Brookville was considering.  A Union resident had brought in an article from a Brookville paper concerning an ordinance on dog defecation and its removal.  Mr. Applegate said a citizen requested this and the council could decide if they wanted the city manager and law director to look into this further.  

            They have some regulations on nuisances but this ordinance deals with this problem specifically.


Mrs. Goudy thought they should look into this since a resident has come forward and several other council members agreed.


            Mr. Applegate showed the council a project map that was part of an Issue II application submitted in 2006 that was turned down.  Mr. Applegate said he got a call from Donna Kirkbride and the money was available now if they city still wanted to do this project.  Mr. Applegate said it was a $536,000 project and the city would get the money interest free for twenty years.  Mr. Applegate said to do this and some other things they have planned would mean a five percent increase in the sewer rates.  

            Mr. Applegate said this project was part of the last phase of extending sanitary sewer services to Marrett Farm and on to the west.  The city never had enough money to finish this last phase.  The sewer flow now goes from the west to the east, then down Marrett Farm, drops into Lexington Farm and goes into the north trunk sewer line and then goes to the intersection of State Route 48 and Old Springfield and then on to the sewer plant.  The city is not exceeding the capacity of the eight-inch yet, but the city does need to finish that sewer line. 

            The application is still valid so Mr. Applegate said he wanted to make the council aware of this.

            Mrs. Perkins asked about the capacity of the system.  Mr. Applegate said as the Irongate, Concord Meadows and surrounding area continues to build up, the eight-inch line will eventually reach capacity.  Mr. Applegate says this project does need to be done.   The city will need twenty-six thousand dollars a year to pay back  the principal. The five percent sewer increase would remain for the next twenty years.

            There were no objections from any of the council members on accepting the Issue II money for the sewer line replacement on Phillipsburg-Union road.


            Mr. Moore said he has been affiliated with the Dayton Area Board of Realtors for years.  He had a publication from them and inside the magazine was a reminder about the Union pre-sale inspection. 




5.         Mr. O’Callaghan moved that the September 10, 2007 City of Union council meeting be adjourned.  Mayor Beyer seconded the motion.  All concurred and the motion was passed. 


Respectfully submitted,




Denise A. Winemiller, Clerk of Council



Michael O’Callaghan, Vice Mayor