The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members
The minutes of
Mr. Knox read a letter about snow
removal: “I want to let you know how
much I appreciate the excellent job
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
NO. 1-2005 “ANNUAL
APPROPRIATION/ESTIMATED RECEIPTS ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mayor Webster said I
think it’s hard for the general public to realize what’s going on with the
budget with the way it is put together.
I think you have to look at the attachment to get the impact of what we
are doing. We are appropriating over $19
million in expenses and/or transfers to other funds. It might be worthwhile to hit the highlights,
like our law enforcement at $4.5 million; Fire Department at $2.8; Health Department
$254,000; Parks & Recreation, $1.5 million; Building Department, $500,000;
Mr. Osborn said at
the last meeting when we had the budget presentation, I indicated that the
ordinance that would be before you on January 5th would be the same
document we were working from that night.
This document combines the insurance trust fund and the
Ordinance 1-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
2-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR
TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Osborn stated we have been housing prisoners for
Sharonville since 2003 and for
Mr. Wilson said the charge per day has not changed since we started this. Is that something we should look at?
Mr. Osborn responded we think it’s a fair charge right now.
Mr. Knox said the charge is fair to both sides. We get enough money to cover our costs including upkeep of the building and they would be paying a lot more to transport the prisoners downtown.
Ordinance 2-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
3-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR
TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 3-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster said I think the President of Council number
is wrong. I think that should be
$8475. The president should receive $600
more than the rest of Council. I’m the one that initiated this. In early 2000 we had not addressed the
elected officials’ compensation for thirteen years. At the time we made some adjustments and
looking ahead to 2003 we enacted an ordinance that reflected a two percent
increase per year in salaries. That’s
what this ordinance is doing. It takes
Ms. Pollitt made a motion to amend the President of Council’s salary to $8475. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 5-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH BALESTRA, HARR & SCHERER, CPA’S, INC., FOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING SERVICES FOR THE AUDITS FOR YEAR-ENDED 2004 THROUGH YEAR-ENDED 2008”
Mr. Knox stated the Auditor of State must approve these. Mr. Williams sent the information to them and they have approved it.
ORDINANCE NO. 6-2005 “AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF 1.08 ACRES BOUNDED BY 148.01’ ON WEST KEMPER ROAD, 311.34 ON HICKORY STREET AND 146.5’ ON CHERRY STREET FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – HIGH DENSITY (RSH-H) TO RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – HIGH DENSITY – TRANSITION OVERLAY (RSH-H-T) AND TO CHANGE THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF 2.50 ACRES FRONTING 284.11’ ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WEST KEMPER ROAD FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – LOW DENSITY (RSH-L) TO RESIDENTIAL SINGLE HOUSEHOLD – LOW DENSITY – TRANSITION OVERLAY (RSH-L-T)”
Mr. Galster made a motion to read by title only. Mr. Danbury seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Ms. Pollitt asked will the property in the top right corner be impacted with the new zoning? Is that in the mix for the new development?
Mr. Galster replied it was determined by Planning Commission to put in the overlay district regardless of what the development plan was. That was squared off. All these retain their residential underlying zoning. The transition just allows Planning Commission to impose some restrictions and requirements for buffering, etc.
Ms. Pollitt asked could this piece of property be changed to a business of some type?
Mr. Galster replied it could. It would have come before Planning Commission. They would have to have a plan adopted.
Mayor Webster said it is no more likely to become GB than it would if this hadn’t happened to start with.
ORDINANCE NO. 7-2005 “AMENDING THE LAND USE MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO DESIGNATE THE EIGHT (8) PARCELS AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF HICKORY AND WEST KEMPER ROAD AS “TRANSITIONAL OFFICE”
Mayor Webster said I know that Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Murphy are aware of this because they have contracted to sell or lease their properties, but we have included two other properties in this zoning to square it off. I do have a concern that we have a public hearing scheduled and to my knowledge these property owners are not even aware that this is happening.
Mr. Galster said notices have gone to anybody within a certain distance of the property.
Mr. Webster said these people are more than just routinely notified because we’re actually doing something to the property. I have a real concern that those people have not been brought into the process.
Mr. Galster stated I don’t know if a special letter went to those two property owners. For any zoning changes the nearby residents would be notified. With the rezoning that we are doing, we are adding an additional overlay district so we’re not taking anything away from those property owners. If we’re doing anything, we are adding to the value of the property. If it is their desire to continue to live there and keep it residential, that is their option.
ORDINANCE NO. 8-2005 “AMENDING THE LAND USE MAP OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO DESIGNATE THE 4.03 ACRES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WEST KEMPER ROAD, RECENTLY REZONED TO “PF-L” AS “PUBLIC/INSTITUTIONAL”
Mr. Galster said this is just to update the land use map in our Comprehensive Plan for the school property.
RESOLUTION R1-2005 “AUTHORIZING THE INVESTMENT OF MUNICIPAL FUNDS”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Resolution R1-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R2-2005 “REQUESTING
ADVANCE PAYMENT FROM THE
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Resolution R2-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Ms. Pollitt said I would like to
publicly thank the
Your comments are very well deserved
by those folks. In addition to Mr.
Butsch, we also had Al Winkle, now a member of the Building Department, back in
his old job and we also had Heath Waxman on loan from the Fire Department also
working in that department. Other employees who came in for emergency
level staffing were Mr. Karle and
Mr. Squires asked how is the salt supply.
Mr. Osborn replied we used twenty percent.
Mrs. McNear said we failed to elect a new vice-president of Council at our last meeting so I’d like to put that on the agenda for the next meeting.
Mr. Osborn said to help encourage
redevelopment of Tri-County Mall we have proposed to do a limited TIF on the
Tri-County Mall property. We have sent a
letter of intent to the Princeton Board of Education advising them of our
plan. In order to keep the timeline on
track we would like to bring in before Council at your next meeting an
ordinance creating the Tri-County TIF, as well as an ordinance authorizing and
approving the execution of the Tax Incentive Agreement with the
Mr. Osborn said the next item
relates to the one, two and three family segment of the Building Code and our
fee structure for the Building Department.
We are presently operating off the 1999 one, two and three family code. Mr. McErlane
has recommended taking that to the current code which is 2004 and that involves
minimal changes to our code enforcement but it brings it up to date. There would be a fee adjustment for building
Mr. Osborn continued, as you know,
we have a preferred developer agreement with a joint venture of Myers Cooper
and the Bergman Group for the old town development on Springfield Pike. That expired the
first of this month and we
Mr. Knox reported we have our annual letter from the Hamilton County Economic Development Office requesting us to name two people to the Tax Incentive Review Council. Traditionally the Economic Development Director and Finance Director have been the two people on there. Mr. Tulloch said he would take on the extra load and I will back him up.
Mr. Vanover made a motion to appoint Mr. Tulloch and Mr. Knox and Mr. Squires seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Galster asked for permit fee increases, are there any permits that we presently don’t charge for that we will be charging for.
Mr. Osborn said I have not looked at all the fees. I looked at the commercial fees.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - January 11
Board of Health - January 13
Board of Zoning Appeals - January 18
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinances 4-8 - January 19
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
TIF for Tri-County Mall - January 19
Building Department code and fee changes - January 19
Bergman Group extension - January 19
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council