Union City Council Meeting Minutes
Fourth Quarter 2002
 
October 15, 2002, Meeting Minutes
October 28, 2002, Meeting Minutes
November 12, 2002, Meeting Minutes
November 25, 2002, Meeting Minutes
December 9, 2002, Meeting Minutes
December 23, 2002, Meeting Minutes
 

October 15, 2002

 

Mayor Packard called the October 15, 2002 City of Union council meeting to order.

Attendance was taken and the following councilmembers were attending the meeting: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer.
Other city staff members that were present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Joe Moore, Law Director, and Dan Gessner, Police Chief.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections on the minutes from the September 23, 2002 meeting. There were none so Mr. Bruns moved that the council minutes be approved. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry abstained, the other councilmembers voted in favor of the motion and the council minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Mayor Packard asked if there were any citizens and visitors comments on any matter besides the public hearing for rezoning. There were no comments.

3. Mayor Packard opened the public hearing for rezoning on 640 acres of land east of the Stillwater River.
Mayor Packard asked if anyone wished to speak, that they would complete a form for the city. He then asked for anyone who wished to speak, to stand and be sworn in. Mayor Packard administered the oath.
Mr. Applegate said they had advertised the public hearing as required by law and indicated the area to be discussed on a map that was displayed.
Mr. Applegate said this was a city initiated re-zoning. When annexed, the property came in as Agricultural - Residential. The proposed zoning change is for Residential - 3 (R-3), Residential - 4 (R-4), Residential - Planned Unit Development, (R-PUD), Commercial - 1 (C-1), and Light - Industrial, (L-I), and this was the result of the city meeting with residents within the annexed area and their requests for a zoning change. The property owners had also attended a planning commission meeting and asked for the planning commission to forward their request to have a public hearing on the rezoning to the city council.

Don Diers, 1467 Furnas Road, asked how Union would provide reasonable fire and police protections when Old Springfield Road is flooded. He asked if they would be building a new police or fire station. Mr. Applegate said when the area had been annexed, they had done a time study with the police and rescue services and the study showed that the city could respond in a reasonable length of time. Mr. Applegate said at some time in the future, they would build a police station over there. He also said that they had mutual agreements with other rescue services. Mr. Applegate said the response time was approximately five and one half to six minutes. Mr. Applegate said they have been able to respond more quickly than the area has ever had before. He said even when they are contacted for mutual aid, the Union rescue crew is usually the first there.

Michael Shirk, 1468 Furnas Road had a question about the commercial zoning at the corner of Furnas and Old Springfield. He asked if there were buyers for the property or if it was in anticipation of buyers. Mr. Applegate said there were no buyers for the property at this time. Mr. Shirk asked about the R-3 development and if it was similar to the homes being built in Stoney Crest.

Richard Oaks, 1275 Jackson Road said he was in favor of the proposed zoning. He said he and some of the other property owners wanted to have the zoning changed to more appropriate zoning and that the potential land use had been reviewed by Woolpert Engineering. He added that the property owners within the 640 acres were in support of the changes and he asked the council to approve the rezoning request.

Mike Egbert, 1485 Old Springfield, said he was in favor of the residential zoning but against the commercial zoning.

Shawn Higgins, 1683 Furnas Road, asked what the R-PUD zoning was. Mr. Applegate said it would all be single family homes. Mr. Higgins asked if they had a number of units. Mr. Applegate said it would roughly be 2.7 to 3.5 units per acre. Stoney Crest is right at 3 units per acre. Mr. Applegate said they were considering R-PUD for one area because of the unique topography so they could maintain the streams and natural features. That zoning would allow various set backs and lot sizes.

Eleanor Lewis asked about the Commercial -1 zoning which she said was an example of spot zoning. She said no one would buy a 200,000 dollar house next to a commercial area. Mr. Applegate said as the development occurs in any given area, there would be a need for a type of business that would service the immediate area, like a convenience store. Mr. Applegate said the city was working with the owner of the property with how he wanted his property zoned. Mr. Applegate said there will be more commercial zoning in the area sometime in the future.

Cindy Griffin, 1769 Furnas Road, was concerned about the approximately twenty children that lived in the area. She said they did not want a drive through, carry out, or car repair in front of their home. She said most of the lots were two to five acres and that they did not want commercial property in their neighborhood.

Thomas Schuh asked how they were going to handle the additional wastewater. Mr. Applegate said they had approximately 300,000 gallons excess capacity. Mr. Schuh made a few other comments and Mr. Applegate suggested that he check the Ohio EPA files and find out that the city was in compliance.
Mr. Schuh said he was not for the commercial area because it would allow a three story building. He said they should consider C-2 zoning instead of C-1 or eliminate the commercial zoning.

Douglas Mildon, 10792 Frederick Pike, said he was not in the rezoning area and he wanted to know the explanation of the emergency measure. Mr. Applegate said it was so the rezoning would be effective immediately. Mr. Applegate said they had been working with the property owners for a while and they were anxious to have the zoning changed. Mr. Mildon asked if this was an area that could be taken over by the airport and if that had been taken into consideration by the engineers. Mr. Applegate said that was assuming that the airport would expand and if so, it could the thirty or forty years before it happened and might never take place.
Mr. Mildon said he was against the re-zoning.
Ron Jackson, 1810 Old Springfield Road, said he had requested the zoning change and asked that the council approve it.

There were no more people with comments so Mayor Packard closed the public hearing.

4. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1275 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF UNION AS ENACTED BY ORDINANCE 314 AS SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said this was the area that the public hearing concerned and the recommendation of the staff was to approve the zoning change for the benefit of the City of Union and the property owners.

Mr. Beyer said that Ohio law allows the ordinance to be passed as an emergency and he read the portion of the ordinance that explained the emergency. As a member of the planning commission also, Mr. Beyer said the city had been working for this for a long time.

Mrs. Terry asked if the city had contacted the people personally and if they would have to pass the ordinance as an emergency.

Mrs. Beyer moved that Ordinance 1275 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry voted against the motion, the other councilmembers voted in favor of the motion and the motion was passed.

Mr. Beyer then moved to have the one and only reading and adopt emergency ordinance 1275. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry voted against the motion, the other councilmembers voted in favor of the motion and Emergency Ordinance 1275 was adopted.

Mr. Beyer said that the city had studied the police and fire service for the area across the river before annexation and Montgomery County had no objections. The city also raised Old Springfield Road east of the bridge and the road does not flood as frequently. Mr. Beyer said Mr. Applegate had served in the Randolph Township Fire Department and now the Union Fire Department and is the Captain of the station and is experienced. Both he and Fire Chief Bergman have no problems with offering service to the annexed area. Mr. Beyer added that the City of Union has permission to post police and fire equipment at the Miller Brothers property if Old Springfield Road is flooded.

5. ONE READING - RESOLUTION 02-10 - 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.

Mr. Applegate said this was the annual resolution from the Montgomery County Budget Commission telling the city what they will receive from the various tax levies and the staff recommends the adoption of the resolution.

Mr. Bruns moved to have one reading of Resolution 02-10. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Resolution 02-10 was adopted.

6. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said he had attended the school board meeting on Monday night and an important part of the meeting was the school building issue. Mayor Packard introduced the school superintendent Gale Mabry and the newest school board member, Thomas Walker.

Mr. Mabry presented drawings of the potential new elementary school building site. He was present to discuss five acres of land that the city owns. If the land would become available, a school would be built in Union. The existing school would remain in place while the new school is built. The old school would eventually be taken down and the area used for additional parking.
In a memo to the council, Mr. Applegate explained that the Northmont school had several requirements they had to meet such as a minimum of fifteen acres and they currently own only ten acres at Union Elementary. The city owns several tracts of land near by and can add another five acres to the existing ten acres. He recommended the transfer of this property to the Northmont Schools so the city could keep an elementary school. Mr. Applegate said a walk-in neighborhood school was valuable to the community, and that a successful school affects property values. The only stipulation was that this property transfer would only take place if the school levy passes. Mr. Applegate recommended that the council approve the transfer of the property.

Mr. Bruns moved to transfer the real estate as indicated in the letter sent by the city manager with the stipulation that it would take place if the school levy passes and per the letter, the transfer would be for the purchase price of one dollar. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.
Mr. Mabry thanked them for their offer and said the first two schools would be in Englewood Hills and in Union. With this new school, Union will have all of the Union children attending the new school instead of some of them going to O. R. Edgington. The school will eventually be grades Kindergarten to fifth grade. There will be no more drop offs on the streets which is one of the many new codes that the schools will be following. Mayor Packard thanked Mr. Applegate and Mr. Hissong for their help.
Mr. Hissong thanked everyone for fighting to make the school system better, especially Mr. Mabry and Mr. Hall. Mr. Mabry thanked Mr. Applegate and the mayor and council for all the things that they have done for the city saying that they have really enhanced the city and he appreciated all their efforts.

Mrs. Goudy said she had received some complaints about the RTA busses traveling too fast through town, especially on Martindale Road.
She asked if the school zone signs on Martindale Road could be larger. Mr. Applegate said he would check and make sure the size is in compliance with the uniform traffic code.

Mr. O'Callaghan thanked Mr. Mabry for coming to the meeting and said he had been involved in the facilities planning committee so he was in favor of building the new school.
Mr. O'Callaghan said they made a little over $13,000 at the Toll Road Festival which is a record and they will use the money for the park system. He thanked everyone for making it a success.

Mr. Hissong thanked everyone for working so hard on the school bond issue.

Mrs. Terry thanked everyone from coming. She commented that she had noticed a problem with the RTA busses also.

Mr. Applegate said the project on State Route 48 was moving along very well and they were in the process of finishing the intersection of Old Springfield Road and he hoped the entire project would be completed within the next two weeks.

7. Mayor Packard moved that the council recess for an executive session and he asked for the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Law Director to attend. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the council recessed for an executive session.

Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be reconvened. Mrs. Goudy seconded the motion. All concurred and the council meeting was reconvened.

8. Mr. Beyer moved that the October 15, 2002 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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October 28, 2002

The City of Union council meeting was called to order on Monday evening, October 28, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Packard called for attendance to be taken and the following councilmembers were present: Mr. Bruns, 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, and Joe Moore, Law Director.

Mayor Packard said he had not heard from Mrs. Terry and there was no motion to excuse her absence.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections from the minutes of the meeting of October 15, 2002. There were none so Mr. O'Callaghan moved that the minutes be accepted. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Mayor Packard said there were no forms completed for the citizens and visitors comments.

3. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1276 - AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COMBINED HEALTH DISTRICT OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOR THE CONTRIBUTION OF TEN PERCENT (10%) OF RETURNED LIQUOR PERMIT FEES TO SUPPORT THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF ALCOHOLISM AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY. (waive three readings)

Mr. Applegate said this was an annual request from the Montgomery County Health Department to contribute ten percent of liquor permit fees to support the prevention and treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependency. It would amount to approximately one hundred seventy dollars.

Mr. Beyer suggested that since this was an annual housekeeping item, the city should go ahead and waive the three readings. Mr. Applegate said the ordinance should have been listed on the agenda as having one reading.

Mr. Beyer moved to amend the agenda referring to Ordinance 1276 and that the council would waive the three readings. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the agenda was amended.
Mr. Beyer moved to suspend the requirement of three separate readings on three separate days in regard to Ordinance 1276. 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 1276. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1276 was adopted.

4. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said he enjoyed the open house at the city building and talking to the residents that walked in. Mayor Packard thanked the staff for their help in having the open house.
Mayor Packard read the inscription of a commendation certificate given to the City of Union from Arlene Setzer from the House of Representatives on the renovation of the city building.

Mr. Beyer asked if they were keeping an eye on what was being done on Marrett Farm. Mr. Applegate said they were watching when the paving would be done.

Mr. O'Callaghan said they were looking for nominations for the Spirit of Union award. He said they would like to present an award this fall.
He also cautioned the residents to watch out for Trick or Treaters on Thursday night. Mr. O'Callaghan reminded everyone to go out and vote at the next election in November and he encouraged people to vote for the school bond issue.

Mr. Hissong also said he was for the school levy.

Mr. Hissong said the fence at the falls on State Route 48 looks great and he asked when it would be completed. Mr. Applegate said the paving was completed but they still needed to do some striping and re-seeding. Mr. Applegate said the fence is all up, and they would be lighting the falls. He said the area was close to being done.

Mr. Bruns asked that everyone go out and vote and he asked that people vote for the school levy.

Mayor Packard said if the school bond issue passes, the city will give the school five acres of land to rebuild Union Elementary.

Mr. Applegate said State Route 48 is looking very nice and the intersection at Phillipsburg-Union Road will be a nice improvement to Main Street. They will be installing street lights in the next few weeks.

Mr. Applegate thanked the employees for their help in putting the open house together. He said they did a great job. He thanked the council and residents that came to visit. He said the council room was first class and he credited the city's progress with the council and staff.

5. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mayor Packard 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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November 12, 2002

The City of Union council meeting was called to order on November 12, 2002, Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor Packard called for attendance and the following councilmembers 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, 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 October 28, 2002 meeting. There were none so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry abstained, the other councilmembers voted for the motion and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. There were no comments from the citizens and visitors attending the meeting.

3. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said that at the last meeting, he had made the comment that Mrs. Terry had not contacted him. He said he later discovered that she had left a message on his answering machine saying she would not be able to attend the meeting.

Mayor Packard said some people had mixed emotions about the outcome of the election. He said he had received an e-mail from Mr. Charles Arnett about the city providing the additional acreage to the schools. There was some discussion about passing a motion to still offer the land to the school, or to have a resolution with a time limit, or that when the issue goes back to the ballot, the council can reconsider and pass a new resolution. Mayor Packard and Mr. Beyer said they would continue to be in favor of offering the land to the school and Mr. Beyer said that during the portion of the open agenda, the councilmembers could state their feelings on whether they still wanted to provide city land to the school.

Mr. Beyer also questioned how things were going on State Route 48. Mr. Applegate said the road has been paved and striped and they are extending the storm pipe on the east side. The design will allow for a sidewalk in the future, and they can continue with street lights and trees.

Mrs. Goudy said she was in favor of extending the offer of property to the school and she wanted to compliment the city workers for the wonderful job that they were doing on decorating the city for the holidays.

Mr. O'Callaghan said he was also in favor of offering the property to the school in the future.
Mr. O'Callaghan said the city would be having a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday evening, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Montgomery and West Martindale Road.
Mr. O'Callaghan also said the way that the cold weather came in and since the flowers were mostly gone, they had decided not to issue a Spirit of Union award for the fall but would be going around town in a few weeks to judge houses for Christmas lighting.

Mr. Hissong said he was also in favor of transferring the land to the school and he asked if a flag pole would be placed in front of the city building, Mr. Applegate said they would be installing three flag poles for three flags, United States, state, and city flag. The city crews would be doing the work themselves and had been very busy with other things including State Route 48 and decorating the trees. Mr. Applegate said they would get to that as soon as they could.

Mrs. Terry said she was also in agreement that the city donate the land. She commented that the back of the city building with the lights and the flowers was very beautiful and she was sure the front of the building would be also.
She complimented the friendly service of a Rumpke trash collection driver.

Mr. Bruns stated he was in favor of giving the land to the school but he did not want it to be a standing offer. He wanted a chance to re-think it in the future.

Mayor Packard said that he had an opening for the park board and one for the personnel and advisory appeals board.

Mr. Applegate said he appreciated the council's position on Mr. Arnett's letter asking the city to retract their offer to provide additional land to the school system for a new elementary school.
Mr. Applegate said his goal in the proposal was not to obtain votes for the school levy, but his goal and the council's goal was to try to maintain a walk in school for the town. Mr. Applegate said whatever the school requirements are, as long as their offer enhances and benefits the school and the city, they have taken the right position. The offer was not for votes but was to maintain the economic well being of the city, and Mr. Applegate thought that was an important distinction.

Mr. Applegate showed the council on a map where well number 1, the test wells, the new electric building, etc. was located. He said the city was ready to take the next step in the improving the water system and have obtained the approval of the Ohio EPA for the installation of production well # 4. The city received three bids on the project and had the bid opening but have not made the decision yet since the bid amounts are very close. Mr. Applegate said they will make a decision by the next meeting. The cost is in the range of $117,000.00 for the well only and the city will need to borrow money to fund the project. In addition to the cost of the production well, additional funds would be required for the installation and various appurtenances. Mr. Applegate said they would need approval from the council to borrow the money. The total cost for the production well, motor, and accessory equipment would be in the range of $200,000.00. Mr. Applegate asked for a motion from the council authorizing the city manager to go forward with these improvements.

Mr. Applegate said it has been six years since the last water and sewer rate increase and they would consider a slight raise in the charges. Mr. Applegate commented that according to a recent newspaper article, it was not always wise to try to maintain the lowest rates because that could result in reduced needed infrastructure improvements.

Mr. Beyer moved that the council direct the city manager and staff to prepare the necessary legislation to borrow the funds for the expansion of the well field for production well # 4. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Applegate added that they were completing some yard work on State Route 48 and replacing some stone. They will not be able to get it seeded this fall but will complete the project in the spring.

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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November 25, 2002

The City of Union council meeting was called to order by Mayor Packard, Monday evening, November 25, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.

Attendance was taken and the following councilmembers were present: Mr. Bruns, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, and Mrs. Goudy. Other city staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, Joe Moore, Law Director, and Bud Bergman, Fire Chief.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

Mayor Packard said Mrs. Terry had called him and explained that her mother had fallen and was in the hospital. Mayor Packard moved that her absence be excused. There was no second and her absence was not excused.

Mayor Packard moved for Mr. Beyer's absence to be excused as he was in the hospital. Mrs. Goudy seconded the motion. All concurred and Mr. Beyer's absence was excused.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections of the minutes from the November 12, 2002 council meeting. There were none so Mr. O'Callaghan moved that the council minutes be approved. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. All concurred and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Mayor Packard said he had announced at the last meeting that there was an opening on the park board. The Mayor said he had looked over some earlier applications and had contacted Mr. Wehrman. Since Mr. Wehrman was still interested in serving as park board member, Mayor Packard asked him to step forward to be sworn in as the new Park Board Member. Mr. Wehrman was then introduced to the councilmembers and city staff.

3. Citizens' and Visitors' Comments

There were no citizens or visitors that indicated they would like to address the council.

4. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1277 - AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE BID FROM BOONE WATER SYSTEMS, INC. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PRODUCTION WELL # 4 AND THE INSTALLATION OF THE PUMP, MOTOR, AND NECESSARY APPURTENANCES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said this ordinance asked for authorization to begin the process of the production well improvements that he discussed during the last meeting.

Mr. Bruns moved that Ordinance 1277 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 1277. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1277 was adopted.

5. FIRST READING - ORDINANCE 1278 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $200,000 WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES BY THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COST OF IMPROVING THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM BY INSTALLING NEW PRODUCTION WELL NUMBER 4. (three readings)

Mr. Applegate said this ordinance was for the cost of installing the new well and all the additional items that it would require.

Mr. Bruns moved to have the first reading of Ordinance 1278. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1278 was passed to the second reading.

6. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1279 - AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE WELLHEAD AND SOURCE WATER PROTECTION PLAN AND DESIGNATING A WELLHEAD PROTECTION AREA FOR THE CITY OF UNION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Mr. Applegate commented that this would put into motion a protection plan for the city's water supply and activate a plan that the city has been working on. Mr. Applegate said several of the members of the Wellhead Protection Plan committee were present along with Rich Sucher from Harding E.S.E which is an environmental consulting firm. Mr. Sucher spoke briefly about the work and requirements to be done that would meet the standards of the Ohio E.P.A. He added that this plan would insure that the water supply would continue to stay clean and that the constituents would be provided with a clean, potable water supply. The plan identifies any current or potential sources of possible contamination and what the effect would be of future development or emergency situations.
Mr. Sucher said there was a short list of cities that had implemented this type of plan and that Union had recently received several letters commending the city manager and Union for developing the plan.
Mayor Packard said that Mr. Applegate, staff, and council, took the water supply source very seriously and he commended Mr. Applegate for his work in protecting the city's water.

Mr. Bruns moved to have Ordinance 1279 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 pass emergency Ordinance 1279. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1279 was adopted.

7. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said they would be having the Christmas tree lighting on Sunday evening, December 1. He invited everyone to come for hot chocolate and cookies.

Mayor Packard thanked the city employees for working at picking up all the leaves. Mr. Applegate said they had problems with the leaf machine because people were putting other things with the leaves that were causing damage to the equipment.

Mayor Packard commented that the appearance of State Route 48 was very nice.

Mr. O' Callaghan invited everyone to the Christmas tree lighting. Mr. O'Callaghan said he had been asked why the lanes on State Route 48 were not open when the construction crews were not working but it was because they were waiting on stone for the job to be completed.

Mr. Hissong asked when they would shut down Old Springfield for the sewer line and Mr. Applegate said he was not sure when they would be starting that project.

Mr. Bruns commented that it may have looked like the council was showing favoritism in excusing some members of council but he said to explain his position, it was the twenty-second council meeting of the year and Mrs. Terry had missed nine meetings and it was only the first meeting that Mr. Beyer had missed.
Mayor Packard said he had made the motion to excuse Mrs. Terry because he felt she had a good excuse for not attending the meeting.

Mr. Applegate said the Ohio E.P.A. was pleased that the city was being proactive and taking land in around the city to protect their well fields from future contamination.
Mayor Packard reiterated how important he thought it was to protect the city's well fields though the recent annexations.

Mr. Moore reported that seven or eight zoning violations cases had been submitted to the Vandalia Municipal Court for processing. The city has gone through the entire violation process and the city has worked hard with the people to resolve the issues but when they refused to comply, they were cited to court.

Fire Chief Bud Bergman asked again for the council and mayor to consider having the Union Fire Department service the areas of Union located in Miami County and Butler Township, including the new Stoney Crest plat. He felt that they could provide as good if not better service and as the plat was continuing to grow, there would be more people not getting the city's services. Chief Bergman asked if they could come up with something that would authorize the city to pursue that. Mr. Applegate said they would like to have a motion to authorize the staff to prepare the necessary legislation and Mr. Applegate said they would like to have this go into effect by the first of the year.

Mr. Bruns moved that the staff be authorized to prepare, if necessary, legislation to provide services for the areas not already covered by the City of Union fire department. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

There was a brief discussion about the attempts that Butler Township was making in manning the fire station on Frederick Road. Partly because of that, Chief Bergman thought the Stoney Crest area would also benefit from the Union's EMS department. He said that all areas were having more difficulty in keeping the fire departments staffed because there were not as many volunteers as there had been in the past.

8. Mr. O'Callaghan moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mayor Packard 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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December 9, 2002

The City of Union council was called to order on December 9, 2002 on Monday evening at 7:30.

Mayor Packard asked for the roll to be taken and the following councilmembers were present: Mr. Bruns, 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, and Joe Moore, Law Director. Mrs. Terry's absence was not excused.

Mayor Packard called for a moment of silence.

1. Mayor Packard asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes from the November 25, 2002 council meeting. There were none so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. Mr. Beyer abstained, the other councilmembers voted for the motion and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Mayor Packard asked Dennis J. Blackwell II to step forward. Mr. Blackwell was then sworn in for a full time maintenance position. Mr. Applegate said Mr. Blackwell was a hard worker, and he had been working for the city part-time.

3. Citizens' and Visitors' Comments

Mr. Glynn Marsh from Sweet Potato Ridge Road invited the city council and staff to a special presentation from the Randolph Township Historical District for Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Mill Ridge Village Center.

4. SECOND READING - ORDINANCE 1278 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $200,000 WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES BY THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COST OF IMPROVING THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM BY INSTALLING NEW PRODUCTION WELL NUMBER 4. (three readings)

Mayor Packard moved that Ordinance 1278 be passed to the third reading. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1278 was passed to the third reading.

5. Open Agenda

Mayor Packard said he had promised earlier that they would have a tree lighting ceremony this year and that they had the largest crowd ever on December 1. The Ladies LaSertoma Club had provided a Polaroid camera and took over seventy pictures of children with Santa Claus. Mayor Packard said he wanted to thank the gentleman that played Santa Claus and Pat Goudy for helping to decorating the city's Christmas tree.

Mr. O'Callaghan commented that he thought the tree lighting was very successful and he thanked the people from the fire house, John and Sharon Applegate, Pat Goudy for decorating the tree, and the other people that had made the event a success.

Mr. O'Callaghan said on Thursday night, December 12, at 7:00, he and George Steigler would go out to judge the home decorating.

Mr. Bruns said he, Mr. O'Callaghan, and the Mayor had attended the Mayor's Prayer breakfast. He said the program was very interesting.

Mayor Packard said the city was accepting donations for needy families for Christmas.

Mr. Applegate thanked Mrs. Goudy for her assistance with the city's Christmas tree and said the tree lighting had a good turn out and he was happy to see all the children attending.

6. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mayor Packard 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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December 23, 2002

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Packard on December 23, 2002, Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Attendance was taken and the following councilmembers were present: Mr. Bruns, Mrs. Terry, Mr. Hissong, Mayor Packard, Mr. O'Callaghan, Mrs. Goudy, and Mr. Beyer. City staff members present were John P. Applegate, City Manager, Denise Winemiller, Clerk of Council, 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 from the December 9, 2002 council meeting. There were none so Mr. Bruns moved that the minutes be accepted as prepared. Mr. Hissong seconded the motion. Mrs. Terry abstained, the other councilmembers voted for the motion and the minutes were accepted as prepared.

2. Citizens' and Visitors' Comments

There were no requests from citizens and visitors at the meeting to speak but one resident complimented the city on the lights and decorations along Main Street.

3. Appointment of representative and alternate for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Transportation Committee.

Mr. Beyer moved that Mayor Packard be the representative and that Mr. Applegate be the alternate for both committees. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

4. THIRD READING - ORDINANCE 1278 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF $200,000 WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES BY THE CITY OF UNION, OHIO IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PAYING THE COST OF IMPROVING THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM BY INSTALLING NEW PRODUCTION WELL NUMBER 4. (three readings)
Mr. Beyer moved to have the third reading and adopt Ordinance 1278. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1278 was adopted.

5. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1280 - 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 AND GENERAL OFFENSES CODES TO CONFORM TO ENACTMENTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said that this ordinance dealt with the annual updating of Union's codified ordinances with new state laws and city ordinances that have been passed.

Mr. Bruns moved to have Ordinance 1280 be declared as 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 1280. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1280 was adopted.

6. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1281 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR 2002 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate stated this was an ordinance done each year to amend the original appropriations ordinance for the current year. This ordinance increases and decreases the line items within the budget. Mr. Applegate said they recommend the approval.
Mr. Beyer said the budget committee had met and unanimously recommended council approval of the budget items.
Mr. Bruns commented that a new page of the ordinance had been distributed to the council to replace a mis-typed page.

Mr. Bruns moved to have Ordinance 1281 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mayor Packard seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Bruns then moved to have the one and only reading of emergency Ordinance 1281. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and Ordinance 1281 was adopted.

7. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1282 - AN ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR 2003 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said this was the ordinance that would set in motion the appropriations for fiscal year 2003. He said the budget committee and staff recommend the passage of this ordinance.
Mr. Bruns asked about the form of the ordinance and Mrs. Winemiller said it was the form provided by the Montgomery County Auditor's office.
Mr. Bruns moved to have Ordinance 1282 be declared an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance.

Mrs. Terry asked what had changed from the vote on the budget in June. Mr. Beyer explained that what was passed in June was the asking budget. Once they get closer to the end of the year, and find out more definite revenues and expenditures, they tighten up the original asking budget and pass it for the next fiscal year.

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 1282. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1282 was adopted.

8. ONE READING - ORDINANCE 1283 - AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING 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 2003 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Mr. Applegate said this was a ordinance passed each year to establish the pay rates for the following year. Mr. Applegate said that this ordinance did not correctly reflect the salary for the police department since they were currently in negotiations. At a later date when the contract has been negotiated and finalized, the ordinance would need to be amended.

Mayor Packard asked if the city hired a new full time officer, would he have to join the union. Mr. Applegate said it would be the officer's decision. He said that currently they have three officers that are members of the union and one that is not.

Mr. Bruns moved to have Ordinance 1283 be declared as an emergency for the reasons set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Hissong 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 1283. Mr. O'Callaghan seconded the motion. All concurred and emergency Ordinance 1283 was adopted.

9. ONE READING - RESOLUTION 02-11 - A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE LAW OFFICE OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES FOR INDIGENT PERSONS CHARGED WITH JAILABLE OFFENSES UNDER THE CITY'S LOCAL ORDINANCE.

Mr. Applegate said this was an annual contract that the city would have with Montgomery County for providing legal services for indigent person. Mr. Applegate commented that this was the second year that the council had received a notice of increased costs.

Mr. Bruns moved to have the one and only reading of Resolution 02-11. Mr. Beyer seconded the motion. All concurred and the resolution was adopted.

10. Open Agenda

Mr. Applegate said he had driven over to the new Stoney Crest Farm development and it was beautiful. He also said the city has really improved the embankment at the State Route 48 intersection at Phillipsburg-Union Road. Mr. Applegate said since it was a major intersection, they were working to make it an attractive entry way to the main part of the city. Mr. Applegate commented that he had received many compliments on the improvements.

Mayor Packard said that over the years, Union had become a beautiful city and that it had been a pleasure to work with people this year.

All the councilmembers wished everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Mr. O'Callaghan said he was looking forward to accomplishing some more things for the city next year. He informed the council that he and Mr. Steigler had gone out for judging the Christmas lighting and had chosen twelve of the best and brightest homes although all looked very nice. He said letters had been sent to each household.

Mr. Hissong asked about the fence being taken down on State Route 48. Mr. Applegate said Ms. Humbert had agreed to move her chain link fence back and that and the other changes were really improving the look of State Route 48.

Mr. Applegate said they had included a memo in the council packets about council meeting dates conflicting with holidays, May 26, Memorial Day, and October 13, Columbus Day. Mr. Applegate proposed that they move the council meetings falling on a holiday to the following Tuesday, May 27, and October 14. Mr. Applegate said that some cities had the policy of only having one meeting in the summer months, like July and August. Mr. Applegate asked if the council would want to discuss this.
Mr. Bruns said he was in favor of that. He said in looking at the minutes from the summer, there was not much legislation or items on the agenda during those meetings.

Mayor Packard moved to change the following meeting dates for council meeting: May 26 meeting moved to May 27, October 13 to October 14, and the second meeting in July and August would be dropped. Mr. Bruns seconded the motion. Mr. Beyer voted against the motion, the other councilmembers voted for the motion and the motion was passed.

Mr. Bruns asked about the charter requirement for council meetings and Mr. Applegate said the charter required only one meeting a month.

Mr. Applegate said that Fire Chief Bud Bergman had asked that the city consider providing fire service to all annexed areas, including Butler Township in Montgomery county and Union Township in Miami County. Upon the advice of Mr. Moore, the council could agree to providing the fire and rescue coverage as of January 1, 2003 by motion.

In response to Mayor Packard's question, Mr. Applegate said there would be no problem with providing fire and rescue services to those areas. The city is already providing police protection. Mr. Applegate said if this was passed by a motion from the council, a letter would be hand carried to the appropriate entities by Chief Bergman on Tuesday, December 24.

Mr. Beyer moved to have the Union provide Fire and Rescue service to the annexed areas of Butler and Union Township as of January 1, 2003. Mrs. Terry seconded the motion. All concurred and the motion was passed.

Mr. Applegate said as the city completed one year and looked forward to the next year, they could look ahead at long range plans. He said the park board had seen some plans for future projects and it was those types of improvements that would continue to move the city forward. He said already the improvements of State Route 48 had done much to improve the appearance of the city. He said they were continuing the progress of their wellhead protection plan, and continuing to develop projects that would enhance the city. There would be approximately 64 homes built in the city this year. Mr. Applegate said the city was looking great and there had been many positive comments from people travailing through the city.

Mr. Applegate said it had been a pleasure working with the mayor and council. He wished everyone happy holidays and said he was looking forward to continue to work with them in the future.

Mr. Moore said they had three cases in the court of appeals. Two were on annexations for 378 acres and 618 acres, and one was the Butler Township case where the council meeting dates were moved. All the briefs have been filed so they should be getting some decisions in 2003. The city was having some new zoning cases and those were moving forward, starting on December 26. The city had made many efforts to resolve the problems before going to the court.
Mr. Moore also assured the Union council that they are a pleasure to work with and they have the city's best interest in heart and the city council and staff do a very good job. He wished everyone a good holiday.

Mrs. Winemiller said it had been a great year and they had got a lot accomplished and that she had enjoyed working with the city council. She thanked everyone for contributing to the food drive. She said it was a big success. Mrs. Winemiller said they had helped four families and been able to purchase a lot of groceries with money contributed. She thanked Union One Stop and Union Tire for their help.

11. Mr. Beyer moved that the council meeting be adjourned. Mrs. Goudy 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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