Union City Council Meeting Minutes
First Quarter 2006
 
January 9, 2006, Meeting Minutes
January 23, 2006, Meeting Minutes
February 13, 2006, Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2006, Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2006, Meeting Minutes
March 27, 2006, Meeting Minutes
 

January 9, 2006

Mayor Packard called the City of Union council meeting to order. The date was January 9, 2006, and the meeting was held at 7:30 on Monday evening.

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer.

Other staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Glen Green, Building/Zoning Inspector, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections of the minutes of the December 27, 2005 council meeting. Mr. Bruns said that there was a typographical error on page 3, item # 7. Instead of saying "ordinance", it should read "emergency ordinance". Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared with that correction being made. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared with the correction.

2. Citizens' and Visitors' Comments

Mayor Packard said he had two residents that indicated they wanted to address the council. He recognized Joyce Eifort from Martindale Road. Mrs. Eifort said she had a comment about Minnich Cemetery. She said that they needed a trash receptacle at the cemetery because people were throwing the trash in the bushes. Mr. Applegate said they had one there at one time but it was missing. Mayor Packard said they would try to get that cleaned up.

Mayor Packard recognized David Stamper from Martindale Road. He still had several things to bring before the council but due to the lengthy agenda, he would bring the matter up at another meeting.

3. Appointment of Vice Mayor.

Mayor Packard moved to appoint Mr. Beyer to another term as Vice Mayor of the council. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

4. Appointment of Clerk of Council.

Mayor Packard moved to appoint Denise Winemiller for another term of Clerk of Council. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

5. Appointment of president of Union Park Board.

Mayor Packard moved to appoint Michael O'Callaghan as president of Park Board. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

6. Appointment of Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board member.

Mayor Packard moved to appoint Judith Collins to the Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

7. Appointment of council's representative on the Planning Commission.

Mr. Beyer said he did not want to continue being the council's representative on the planning commission. Mayor Packard moved that Mr. Hissong serve as the council's representative on the planning commission. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

8. Appointment of council members to Committees.

Mayor Packard said Mr. Hissong wanted to resign his position to the safety committee. Mayor Packard moved that Mrs. Terry serve on the safety committee. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. Before the vote, he wanted to establish that Mrs. Terry would be on two committees. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Bruns asked about the creation of the additional committees.

Mr. Beyer moved that the Mayor, John Bruns, and Mr. Beyer be appointed to the budget committee. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mayor Packard moved that Mayor Packard, Mrs. Terry, and Mr. O'Callaghan be appointed to the safety committee. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mayor Packard moved that Mayor Packard, Mrs. Terry, and Mrs. Goudy serve on the street committee. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

9. Appointment of representatives and alternates for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Transportation Committee.

Mayor Packard moved to appoint Mayor Packard as the representative to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Transportation Committee and Mr. Applegate as the alternate. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

10. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1378 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART NINE, TITLE THREE, UTILITIES CHAPTER 921, SECTION 921.33 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION PERTAINING TO WATER RATES. (three readings)

Mr. Bruns moved that they have the second reading of Ordinance 1378. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

11. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1379 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART NINE, TITLE THREE, UTILITIES CHAPTER 931, SECTION 931.01 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION PERTAINING TO SEWER CHARGES. (three readings)

Mr. Bruns moved that they have the second reading of Ordinance 1379. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion passed.

12. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1381 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PRE-SALE INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY FOR REAL ESTATE PREMISES IN THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO. (three readings)

Mr. Bruns moved that they have the second reading of Ordinance 1381. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry voted against the motion, the other council members voted for the motion and the motion was passed.

13. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1382 - AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE BID FROM MILLER BROTHERS EXCAVATING, INC. FOR THE OLD SPRINGFIELD ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN THE CITY OF UNION. (waive three readings)

Mr. Applegate said this ordinance would authorize the city to enter into a contract with Miller Brothers Excavating Inc. for the Old Springfield Road Improvement Project which is an Issue II project. It is staff's recommendation that this be accepted.

Mr. Beyer asked why there were so many bids. Mr. Applegate said it was possibly the time of year but they were also surprised at the number of bids.

Mr. Beyer moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1382. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Beyer then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1382. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1382 was adopted.

14. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said he had attended the swearing in of the new mayor of Clayton, Joyce Deitering. He said he hoped that communications with all local governments would continue to improve.

Mr. Beyer said he was glad to see that Mrs. Terry had been attending the council meetings regularly and he hoped that meant the health of her family had improved.

Mr. Beyer said he was looking forward to working with all the members of the council and seeing all the legislation that Mrs. Terry had planned including better fiscal responsibility as mentioned in her campaign literature. He said she had also mentioned she wanted code enforcement but she had twice voted against the pre-sale house inspection legislation. He invited her to respond during her turn in the open agenda portion of the meeting.

Mr. O'Callaghan asked when the Old Springfield Road project would get started. Mr. Applegate said probably within forty-five days.

Mr. Hissong congratulated Mr. Applegate and the crew for getting the new used truck. He said he thought it was a very good buy.

Mrs. Terry said she felt she did not have to explain why she voted against the pre-sale ordinance but she would. She said she was against it personally and did not always go along with what everyone else does. She said if she was selling her house, she would have to fix it up, but a house up the street could sit for three years with blatant violations. She said this would not help her sell her house. Mrs. Terry said she felt that the city needed an overall really good code enforcement and should be more strict for awhile. She said they had beautiful new areas but thought that some areas looked in greater disarray than they did four years ago when she was last campaigning for office.

Mr. Applegate asked if she was referring to a particular property and Mrs. Terry said her example was hypothetical. Mr. Applegate said that they have increased the number of violations issued and they are taking action. He said when they are made aware of a situation, they take immediate action. He said the pre-sale inspection process will assist in that because the deed to the house can not be transferred until the house is fixed up.

Mr. Applegate said if you see a violation, please call. A record is kept on the progress and the city tries very hard to get any problems corrected.

Mr. Applegate said there was a twenty-one percent increase in EMS calls in 2005. The average response time was 3.98 minutes which is fantastic. Fire calls decreased by twelve percent with a 4.5 minute response time.

Mayor Packard asked about a property and Mr. Applegate said they were working on that and obtaining documentation.

Mr. Moore said the Jackson Road annexation had been delayed because of the right-of way ownership. Briefs have been filed and the Supreme Court of Ohio has agreed to take the case within the next three to six months.

15. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________
Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
_________________________
Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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January 23, 2006

Mayor Packard called the City of Union meeting to order on January 23, 2006 at 7:30 in the evening.

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy and Mr. Beyer.

Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Glen Green, Zoning and Building Inspector, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard welcomed everyone to the council meeting and called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes of the January 9, 2006 council meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

2. Citizens and Visitors comments.

There was no one attending the council meeting that had any questions for the council.

3. THIRD READING - ORDINANCE 1378 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART NINE, TITLE THREE, UTILITIES CHAPTER 921, SECTION

921.33 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION PERTAINING TO WATER RATES. (three readings)

Mr. Beyer moved to have the third reading and adopt Ordinance 1378. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1378 was adopted.

4. THIRD READING - ORDINANCE 1379 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART NINE, TITLE THREE, UTILITIES CHAPTER 931, SECTION 931.01 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION PERTAINING TO SEWER CHARGES. (three readings)

Mr. Beyer moved to have the third reading and adopt Ordinance 1379. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1379 was adopted.

5. THIRD READING - ORDINANCE 1381 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING PRE-SALE INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY FOR REAL ESTATE PREMISES IN THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO. (three readings)

Mr. Beyer moved to have the third reading and adopt Ordinance 1381. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry voted against the motion, the other council members voted for the motion and the Ordinance 1381 was adopted.

6. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1383 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY OHIO FOR ITS BOARDING AND DISPOSAL OF CATS. (waive three readings)

Mr. Applegate said this ordinance was to renew the agreement with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter so they would accept stray cats from the City of Union.

Mayor Packard asked what the citizens can do concerning the stray cats. Mr. Applegate said the city has cat traps available for people and they can catch the cats and take them to the animal shelter.

Mr. Beyer moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1383. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1383 was adopted.

Mr. Beyer then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1383. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

7. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1384 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CODE SECTION 1311.04 (a) BY THE CITY OF UNION AS ENACTED BY ORDINANCE NO. 696. (waive three readings)

Mr. Applegate said this ordinance was presented to the planning commission and then brought forward to the city council for adoption. It has several amendments to the code. The first one is to change the height from eleven feet to twelve feet which makes the shed size compatible with the shed packages that are offered at lumber companies.

The second amendment to the code is to set up regulations concerning P.O.D.'s or portable storage containers. The city wants to insure that they will be set outside of the right of way, in driveways, and for a limited period of time.

Mayor Packard suggested the city follow through as discussed during the planning commission and contact the storage companies concerning the new regulations.

Mr. Bruns asked if there was any other place in the building code that determined the distance a storage shed could be from the property line. Mr. Applegate said this was the only code section that referred to that.

Mayor Packard said Union was the first city he knew of that had regulations pertaining to P.O.D.'s.

Mr. Beyer moved to suspend the charter requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1384. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Beyer moved to have the one and only reading and adopt Ordinance 1384. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1384 was adopted.

8. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said there was only one application turned in concerning the planning commission position and that was Al Butler. Mayor Packard moved that Mr. Butler be accepted as new planning commission member. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed so Mr. Butler will be on the planning commission.

9. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned.

Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred the council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________
Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
_________________________
Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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February 13, 2006

The City of Union council meeting was held on February 13, 2006 at 7:30 p.m., Monday night.

Mayor Packard called the meeting to order. Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, and Mr. Beyer.

Mayor Packard asked Mrs. Winemiller if Mrs. Goudy had called. Mrs. Winemiller said she had not. Mrs. Goudy's absence was not excused.

Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joseph Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any comments or corrections on the minutes of the January 23, 2006 council meeting. Mr. Bruns said in Section 8, page 3, there was a motion for Mr. Butler to be on the planning commission but the minutes did not include the second or that the motion was passed. Mr. Bruns said with that information added, he moved that the minutes be accepted. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted with the correction in Section 8.

2 Mayor Packard recognized two individuals from the audience that wanted to address the council. Mrs. Judy Collins had distributed tea bags and tea cookies to the council members. Mrs. Collins said that February was "president's month" and she told the council that George Washington had participated in social activities where they served tea cookies along with drinks.

She also told about the presidents that were from the State of Ohio and named thirty-five influential people that were from Ohio.

Mr. Glynn Marsh, representing Randolph Township Historical Society, thanked the council for their continued support. He said they are working on several projects. National Road was authorized by Congress in 1806 and they are participating in that. They are also in the process of documenting every structure that exists today on State Route 40. All of this will be part of a large display in mid summer at the

Englewood Government Center. The Ohio National Road Association has recognized the Randolph Township Historical Society as an example for other communities. They are very impressed with the activities and work done by the historical society.

Mr. Marsh said the City of Union has been very good at updating them on any changes in the cemetery.

Mr. Marsh said National Road played an important part in the entire community. He said in the future, they would like to do an inventory of the old Dayton-Covington Pike (State Route 48).

3. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said they were preparing for the upcoming Easter Egg hunt.

Mr. Beyer said he thought the recycling results of ten percent was good. He asked about the letter from Mr. Garverick asking for money for schooling and commented that the city could not legally do that. Mr. Applegate said they had included the letter in the council packets in case someone wanted to respond as an individual.

Mr. Beyer commented that National Road did not appear in Ohio until 1832. Mr. Marsh said the legislation was in 1806, it wasn't funded until 1811, and did not reach Ohio until 1836 or 1838. Mrs. Collins suggested that Mr. Marsh put together a scrap book to keep in the city.

Mayor Packard expressed his best wishes to Shirley Hissong who was in the hospital. Mrs. Terry thanked Mrs. Winemiller for doing a great job on setting up the flyer for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Mr. Applegate said they were moving along replacing the piping at the iron removal facility and have the tank ready to be painted on the inside.

The lab building is under roof and they are continue to work on that building also.

4. Mayor Packard moved to hold an executive session and he asked for Mr. Applegate, Mr. Moore and Mrs. Winemiller to attend. There will be no action taken after the executive session. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

After the executive session, Mayor Packard moved to reconvene the meeting. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting reconvened.

5. Mr. Beyer moved to adjourn the council meeting. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________
Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
_________________________
Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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February 27, 2006

Mayor Packard called the February 27, 2006 City of Union council meeting to order on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer.

Other city employees present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Brian Huelsman, sitting in for Law Director Joe Moore.

Mr. Bruns asked if Mrs. Terry had called and Mrs. Winemiller said she would check her voice mail.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections to the council minutes from the February 13, 2006 meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. Mrs. Goudy abstained and the other council members voted for the motion. The motion passed and the council minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Mayor Packard said there were several citizens and visitors that wished to address the council.

The Mayor recognized John Officer. Mr. Officer said he lived on the corner of Marrett Farm and Burgundy Drive and he wanted to talk to the council about the catch basin in front of his house. He said he had called and complained several times saying the catch basin was placed too high. He said the maintenance foreman had come out three times and Mr. Officer said he had also met with Mr. Applegate.

Mr. Applegate said the catch basin was a standard precast box and there was nothing wrong with it. He said the maintenance foreman had come out and looked at it several times and they also had the contractor, Doug Balsbaugh from Balsbaugh Excavating look at it. He agreed there was no problem.

Mr. Applegate said the catch basin is 3/4 inch to one inch high above the ground and that the front part of the basin is poured into the curb so making any adjustment would break it. Mr. Officer said it should be flatter and Mr. Applegate said he disagreed. Mr. Applegate said he had told Mr. Officer that if there was something wrong, they would fix it but they had determined that there was nothing wrong.

Mayor Packard asked Kyle Naeve for his comments to the council. Mr. Naeve said that he had lived in Union for twenty years on Martindale Road. He said he wanted to discuss a ban on smoking in the bars and restaurants in Union. He said he liked going to the Toll House Restaurant and Trishes' Restaurant and that they were both fine establishments but that he could not take exposure to smoke. He thought if the restaurants were non-smoking he would bring his family and participate in the weekly trivia contests. He asked the council to issue a ban on smoking in public establishments in the City of Union.

Mayor Packard said they were waiting on the state of Ohio to see what action they would take. He said if the city would pass legislation now, people could smoke in one city's business establishments and not in another. Mayor Packard said they would wait to see if it became a state law covering all the cities. Mayor Packard said they cared about the safety of the children and the residents but now it was still a personal choice about attending public places that permitted smoking.

3. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said that he was seeing everyone cleaning up their yards. He added that if the city found any vacant properties, they would cite them if they were in violation of any zoning regulations.

He said the pre-sale inspection is in effect now and many real estate agents have been calling the city. If they had a property listed before the pre-sale inspection was in effect, the city was not requiring the pre-sale inspection.

Mr. Beyer said he wanted to welcome LaRosa's Pizza into the Northmont area. He had received an invitation to the opening of their new restaurant.

Mrs. Goudy said she had some items to discuss but she wished to wait until the next meeting.

Mr. O'Callaghan said there were many good articles included in the newsletter. He said he wanted to add that the street levy that was going to be on the May ballot was a renewal levy, not a replacement levy so there would be no increase in taxes.

Mr. Hissong told about two pit bulls being walked past his house and that they were very strong. He said he would like something done concerning that. The city does have a vicious dog ordinance.

Mr. Bruns said he agreed with Mr. O'Callaghan on the newsletter that there was quite a bit of information. He said he hoped it was not so much information that people would stop reading it.

Mr. Applegate said there would be more information distributed about the renewal of the street levy.

Mr. Bruns asked if the city got a call from Mrs. Terry. The Mayor said she did not call. Mr. Bruns commented that Mrs. Terry's absence was not excused.

4. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned.

Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________
Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
_________________________
Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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March 13, 2006

The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Packard on March 13, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer. Other city staff members attending the meeting were Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard welcomed everyone to the meeting and then called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any corrections or additions for the minutes from the February 27, 2006 council meeting. There were no corrections so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be approved. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. The Mayor acknowledged the three students from Northmont schools attending the meeting for their government class.

Mayor Packard said no one had indicated that they needed to address the council during the citizens and visitors portion of the meeting.

3. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1385 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO, APPROVING THE EDITING AND INCLUSION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES AS PARTS OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENT CODE

CODES OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF UNION AND TO AMEND OR ENACT SECTIONS OF TRAFFIC, GENERAL OFFENSES AND BUILDING CODES TO CONFORM TO ENACTMENTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mrs. Winemiller said that this was the annual update of the city's codified ordinances. They are asking that the council pass this legislation as an emergency so the code books can be updated and all the council members can have the current codes.

Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1385 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1385. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Emergency Ordinance 1385 was adopted.

4. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard asked if the city could look into getting some additional lighting in the parking lot. Mr. Beyer suggested that the council make it a motion.

Mr. Beyer moved to direct the city manager to increase the lighting in the parking lot at city hall. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mayor Packard said they had a special occasion coming up.

It was the egg hunt and Mrs. Terry said it would be held on April 8, a week before Easter.

Mrs. Goudy said that she had been driving around and looking at some of the new homes. She said some of the driving done by the construction workers at the end of the day was not good and she had reported that to the Union

Police Department. She said that the police seemed to have taken care of the problem. She said she wanted to thank the police department for taking care of the problem immediately.

Mrs. Goudy also said they had some straight-a-ways located on Martindale Road and in Concord Farms North where people are speeding. She said some of the residents have made their own signs and posted them. She asked about the feasibility of rumble strips. She said she knew Mr. Applegate was concerned about snow plowing, etc. She felt that something needed to be done to slow down the speeders. She said she was very concerned for the children of the community.

Mr. Hissong said that every time speed bumps are installed, they take out the blades on the snow plows. Mr. Beyer said that they were not talking about speed bumps but rumble strips.

Mrs. Winemiller said she spoke with Richard Oaks, the traffic engineer and he said that the City of Vandalia had put some in and he understood that they were not very effective. He said the suspension on today's cars is so tight that it actually encourages people to drive faster because the effect is not as pronounced when the strips are driven over at a higher speed.

Also, the additional noise may cause a problem for residential areas. He said that larger vehicles like ambulances or dump trucks would need to slow down when going over rumble strips.

Mrs. Winemiller said Mr. Oaks suggested putting out traffic counters to find out when the infractions are incurring, giving that information to the police department and having them enforce the speed limit.

Mr. Bruns said that when Mrs. Goudy had complaints about the construction drivers speeding, she contacted the police and the problem was taken care of. He suggested that she contact the police department concerning this also.

Mrs. Goudy said that they would still need to have the traffic study. Mr. Bruns agreed but said he thought the police ticketing the offenders would be more effective than putting up a physical barrier.

Mrs. Terry said they had a big problem with speeders on Sheets Street. She said the police had watched the area and the problem had stopped. She said about every four weeks, they start speeding again. 

Mrs. Goudy said she was very concerned and thought that the council needed to come up with something to protect the youth in Union.

Mayor Packard said that Mrs. Winemiller had already started checking into the rumble strip/speeders situation. Mrs. Winemiller said she would call Vandalia's engineer and see if he thought the rumble strips were effective.

Mrs. Winemiller said she wanted to state for the record that Mrs. Terry had called in to the city building before the previous council meeting. It was not on her personal voice mail but on the city's main line voice mail which had not been checked. Mrs. Terry did call and ask to be excused.

Mr. Moore reviewed the recent history of an annexation case with Butler Township. The entities have all filed their briefs and are waiting to hear an answer. The case is at the Supreme Court now.

There was a question from a member of the audience about Mrs. Goudy's absence at the previous meeting and how the council had handled it. She was not excused and that was included in the prior council minutes.

5. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned.

Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

_________________________
Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
_________________________
Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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March 27, 2006

Mayor Packard called the City of Union council meeting to order on March 27, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., on Monday.

Attendance was taken and the following council members were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer.

Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Glen Green, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the March 13, 2006 council meeting. Mr. Bruns said that on page 2, paragraph 2, after Ordinance 1385, information that the ordinance was passed should be included. With that correction, Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were approved with the correction to page 2.

2. Mayor Packard asked if there were any comments from the citizens and visitors in the audience. There were no questions or comments.

3. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1386 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE LOCATED AT 103 SOUTH MONTGOMERY STREET FROM TERRY V. AND VICKI L. THOMPSON AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said this is the ordinance that will allow the city to purchase the property south of the firehouse.

When the city was looking into designing the fire station for the future and knowing that they needed more parking, they decided that if they purchased that parcel of ground, they would be able to change the entrance and go out onto Martindale Road. Mr. Applegate said they have been in negotiations with the Thompsons and they have agreed to sell the property to the city. There will now be more parking area available.

The expansion of the fire department will also help for election day, because voting is held at the fire station. The staff recommends the purchase of the building.

Mr. Applegate said they are still looking over some of the paperwork but the closing will probably occur this week.

Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1386 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1386. Mr. Beyer seconded. All concurred and emergency ordinance 1386 was adopted.

4. Open Agenda

Mrs. Terry asked about the new building formerly owned by Bob Hine. Mr. Applegate said it was purchased by Bill Driver who was doing re-modeling and the building was going to be an accountant's office.

Mr. O'Callaghan invited everyone to attend the Easter Egg hunt on April 8.

Mrs. Terry asked that a letter from the Ohio Elections Commission be put in the record. She said the letter stated that they found a violation but for good cause shown did not impose a fine or refer the matter for prosecution. She asked that the letter be made a matter of note. She offered to provide a copy to the clerk of council.

Mrs. Terry said she had noticed a new garage door on a home on Boitnott in response to a violation and that it was an improvement. She also mentioned a P.O.D. on Applegate Road. The P.O.D. was there before the new regulations were in effect and that was one of the several that were in town that prompted the new regulations.

Mrs. Terry said that the Easter Egg hunt will be held on April 8 at Union Elementary School and begins at 10:30.

There will be punch, cookies, Easter baskets, and over 2000 eggs have been filled with candy.

Mr. Applegate said they needed to set a public hearing for re-zoning a property north of Te-Co, at 846 North Main. The land is owned by Five Rivers Vineyard Christian Fellowship. They want the land to be re-zoned from Agricultural-Residential to Residential-3 for single family cluster homes. Mr. Applegate suggested that the public hearing be held on May 8, 2006.

Mayor Packard moved to set a public hearing for May 8, 2006 for the re-zoning of 846 North Main Street. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed. The public hearing for the re-zoning will be held on May 8.

Mr. Applegate said with the mild weather, they have laid about 5,500 feet of new sludge irrigation pipe. The new lab addition is up and being painted on the inside. Mr. Applegate said he would like the council members to take a tour of the new part of the facility.

Mr. Applegate said they have been making improvements on the iron removal facility including painting and adding new pipe. The facility has been inspected and they are working to go from pumping 400 to 600 per minute and are checking with the Ohio E.P.A. on that. After that, they want to continue their expansion and install the standby power source. They are also running wire from the iron removal building to the well control building so they can control both even when there is no electrical power.

5. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned.

Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the City of Union council meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

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Denise A. Winemiller,
Clerk of Council
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Lawrence Beyer, Vice-mayor

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