President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on April 16, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mrs. McNear gave the invocation.
Mrs. McNear took roll call. Present were Council members Danbury, Diehl, Galster, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and Harlow,
The minutes of April 2, 2008 were approved with seven affirmative votes.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Charter Revision - Mr. Bush introduced the members of Charter Revision, Julie Matheny, Judy Simmons, Ernest Jackson and Ed Knox. The committee has been meeting to discuss housekeeping issues that have been brought to their attention by the Finance Director/Clerk of Council and Administrator. Each of you has received copies of some of the proposals that have been discussed with existing verbiage followed by proposed verbiage for review.
Mrs. Harlow stated we will pass these on to Rules and Laws
Civil Service Commission Mr. Potts said they met April 3. The commission wrapped up all phases of testing for the position of Property Maintenance Inspector and has submitted the names of the top ten candidates to the Administration. The annual Civil Service Report of Activities has been submitted to the State Board of Review.
Mayor Webster said we have gone many years without Charter Revision even convening and I would like to say thanks to these people for getting together and bringing some of these things to fruition and especially for attending the meeting tonight.
Rules and Laws - no report
Finance Committee - no report
Planning Commission Mr. Vanover reported Guitar Center at 644 Kemper Commons was given approval of façade and renovation change. Building signage at Pictoria Tower was approved for Prexus Health with the provision that there would be place for future signage on the other two sides of the building.
Board of Zoning Appeals Mr. Danbury said an applicant at 1081 Ledro Street had put up a privacy fence. The fence company put the posts on the outside of the fence. The Board voted to allow the variance. A request for approval of a replacement shed two feet from the property line was also approved. The third applicant asked for a utility building two feet from the property line. Mr. Okum said it looked like the applicant could be building this into his neighbors yard. He asked the applicant to have it surveyed and to come back at the next meeting. The applicant did not want to do the survey or move the shed to five feet from the property lines. The board voted 3-3 on the variance and it did not pass.
Board of Health Mr. Squires reported a local establishment has had a serious problem with mold which has been remediated. However, there is some concern that the roof has not been adequately repaired. The new sanitarian position has been offered to Ella Jergens. The 6 Star Award has been finalized and will be passed out to the ten winners. A letter has been sent to The Boulevard concerning the fine and right to appeal of their smoking violation. The Health Department has $17,700 in grant money from the Public Health Infrastructure grant; Pan Flu and Cities Readiness Initiative to be used for emergency type issues.
Veterans Memorial Committee Mr. Wilson stated AllState Insurance Company Foundation gave us a check for $500 for the fourth year. The golf committee met to go over issues concerning the golf outing on June 11. We are collecting money for hole sponsorships. We have a major sponsor, a Mulligan, a 50/50 raffle, at least one hole sponsor, Charlies Throttle Stop on Dixie Highway in Fairfield.
Mr. Osborn said the event is sponsored by TEC Engineering who donated $4,000.
O-K-I Mrs. McNear said the majority of the meeting on April 10 was spent on regional transportation, in particular, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, which is a long term initiative.
Mayors Report Mayor Webster said we will be planting a tree at the Community Center for Arbor Day on April 25. I would like to announce that tomorrow I am cutting the ribbon for a new company in the City, Kehoe Financial on Boggs Lane. Prexus is taking about two-thirds of the top of Pictoria Tower with the hopes of taking the remaining third in the not too distant future.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director - no report
Administrators Report Mr. Osborn reported David Butsch, Public Works Director has accepted a position in Fairfield and will be truly missed in Springdale. There will be an open house for David on May 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
Law Directors Report - no report
Engineers Report Mr. Shvegzda said the SR 4/Crescentville Road project is out to bid. We are reviewing some paving problems on the Kemper Road Phase III project. The contractor will be dealing with CSX to resolve some of the punch list items around the tracks. The SR 4 continuous lane at Glensprings is slated to start in 2009. Crescentville Road improvements at SR 747 also is to begin in 2009. Those four projects show outside funding of just under $7 million. They are about a week behind on the wall construction for the Veterans Memorial. The memorial is scheduled to be complete overall in September with the statue installation to take place in spring 2009. The signal poles will be replaced on the SR 4 southbound lane addition project. That will be submitted for funding through OPWC this September. The plans for the 2008 street program will be out to bid in early May with construction starting mid June.
Mrs. McNear read a letter dated April 1st addressed to Mr. Osborn: Enclosed you will find a copy of Time Warner Cables 2007 annual report. This information provided is pursuant to the franchise agreement with your community. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly at 489-5906. Pamela McDonald, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Public Affairs. This will be in my office if anyone would like to see it.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 16-2008 AMENDING THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO, TO AMEND VARIOUS SECTIONS OF CHAPTER 153 OF THE SPRINGDALE ZONING CODE
Mr. Galster said a lot of this is in relationship to garage sizes and shed sizes in relationship to lot sizes, household domesticated pet care facilities in certain zoning districts such as General Business And General Industrial. There is a minor change to PUD for promotion of watershed protection. Theres a change that handles the amount of time storage unit
pods can be in someones driveway. If you overpark a development then you have to put in so much square footage of landscaping into that parking island.
Mrs. Harlow asked does 153.480 also apply to dumpsters that are delivered?
Mr. Galster replied thats not covered here because that is not storage area.
Mayor Webster said Id just like to commend Planning Commission for addressing the issue of oversize garages and sheds. For far too long weve had owners on some of those oversized lots take the issue before BZA and it puts everybody in a very delicate position. The owner has all this land and wants to build something larger than Code allows, and it seems ridiculous to say no, but how do you say yes to those and no to other people. I think this is a great solution to the problem and had we had it on the books over the years we probably would not have had some of the larger structures that we have now because people would have understood the Code and adhered to the Code, and not tried to get a variance through BZA.
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 16-2008 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 19-2008 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A RELEASE AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH THOMAS GUASTELLO FOR THE ACQUISITION OF A TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mayor Webster said Im glad to get this behind us as we spent a lot of money in legal fees but when you look at the makeup of the composition of the $8800, were paying $265 for 536 square feet of sod. Thats fine but then were going to pay $2,174 to water said sod. We need to get this taken care of and move on but oh, boy.
Mr. Schneider responded we had a lot of strong negotiations here and the owner insisted that certain things be compensated. We look at the total dollars. The State of Ohio thought that was a reasonable payment for what was needed and we wanted to move ahead. We did the best we could.
Mr. Osborn stated it was a very contentious negotiation. It was not a matter of this gentleman agreeing to this amount of money right off the top. He wanted considerably more money and we would have expended a lot of dollars had we had to file condemnation and go to court, etc. While some of the components of the settlement may seem excessive if you look at it in terms of what the potential outcome could have been, I think it was a good decision to settle and move on.
ORDINANCE NO. 20-2008 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH HCC LIFE BENEFITS CORPORATION TO PROVIDE FOR STOP-LOSS INSURANCE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Parham said I directed a memorandum to your attention on our health insurance renewal rates whereby I attempt to outline our health insurance situation and the renewal rates for contract year 2008-2009. Ordinance 20-2008 covers the stop loss carrier and Ordinance 21-2008 covers the third party administrator. Youll see in the memorandum that 2007-2008 has not been a very positive year for us. To date we have expended $1.4 million in claims costs. At the same time, we have not pierced into the layers of the stop loss or the re-insure.r.. Even when we have not pierced their layer there is still a substantial increase of thirteen percent for our specific stop loss premiums being proposed for 2008-2009 as well as an eleven percent increase in the annual aggregate number. When you have a smaller group of lives there are a limited number of re-insurance markets that are out there. We have been examining other opportunities from they looking at different types of insurance programs or joining a health insurance cooperative. We dont typically have employees leave our employment until its time for retirement and thats a good thing. Unfortunately, as we get older health related situations come up and this is where it hits us. At the same time we have had our TPA go out to the re-insurance market. We received three bids. One showed a sixty-four percent increase over our existing rates. The other was about a thirty percent increase. Even at these numbers I would recommend that for the stop loss coverage that we accept the new rates of $65 a month for single contracts and $147.42 a month for family contracts; and for our aggregate protection of $6.06 per employee per month. The TPA (third party administrator), UMR, has gotten into a pattern of proposing two-year lock in rates. In 2006 they presented us with our rates and did not have an increase in 2007. However, the network of HealthSpan which UMR administers for us came back with an increase of 25 cents per employee per month. This year HealthSpan has remained flat and UMR has asked for a fifty cent increase which is a two percent increase for administrative rates. I recommend both of these ordinances.
Ordinance 20-2008 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 21- 2008 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN ADMINISTRATIVE AGREEMENT WITH UNITED MEDICAL RESOURCES (UMR) AS THE THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR OF THE CITYS SELF-FUNDED HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Ordinance 21-2008 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury stated you need a permit for most of the work you do in Springdale. If you are not sure, call the Building Department. If you get a permit you find out what our codes are, and by getting one ahead of time you are going to avoid a lot of unnecessary expense. The Board of Zoning Appeals is not a rubber stamp. We are not going to just let you keep what you did. If you build something and we find it is violation, you may be required to take it down at your cost and redo it, and that could be very expensive. We dont charge for residential permits but there is a $50 fine if you do the work without one.
Mr. Danbury continued Reds Day is coming up Saturday. Two police officers judged the essays that the elementary school children wrote. Nine students will be able to walk out on the field with the ball players before the game. The winners are Andrew Emerson, Noah Torlop Larkin, Timmy Burdine, Serenity Taylor, Ciara Foster, Cassidy Snider, Ashlyn Finney, Philip Burke and Hannah Glenn. Rachel Rickerd will throw out the first pitch.
Mr. Osborn said most of our residential building permits are free. There are certain improvements such as additions that do require a fee.
Mr. Vanover said sometimes there are fees from outside agencies such as IBI who does the electrical inspections.
Mr. Vanover stated I have heard a lot of accolades for the new improved Tri-County Mall where BJs, Krazy City and Ethan Allen are on the corner.
Mr. Parham asked for another extension for police officers negotiations. Council approved the extension.
Mrs. McNear stated we have a liquor license transfer request from Snookers Billiards and Sports Café to Tri-County Golf Ranch LLC. There were no objections.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Opening Day - April 26
Housing Committee - April 22
Planning Committee - April 29
Board of Zoning Appeals - May 20
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Marjorie Harlow, President of Council
City of Springdale Council
April 16 2008