President of Council Kathy McNear
called Council to order on
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Galster, Pollitt, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear. Mr. Danbury arrived at
The minutes of
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
NO. 22-2005 “AMENDING
SECTION 153.480 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF
Ms. Pollitt asked if a recreational vehicle can be brought to the home for one night. Can it be parked in the street?
Mr. Osborn replied yes, we are not changing anything that relates to recreational vehicles. It can be parked on the street for 72 hours if it is connected to a towing vehicle.
ORDINANCE NO. 23-2005 “APPROVING THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR APPROXIMATELY 1.59 ACRES FRONTING APPROXIMATELY 265.20 FEET ON WEST KEMPER ROAD AND APPROXIMATELY 186.57 FEET ON HICKORY STREET (HICKORY ESTATE, LLC)”
ORDINANCE NO. 24-2005 “ACCEPTANCE OF THE DEDICATION PLAT FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY ALONG
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Osborn said in the ordinance the additional right-of-way is described as a ten-foot piece along the frontage. That is the new right-of-way, but we are also converting 75 percent of the project, twenty-five feet of existing highway easement to fee simple right-of-way. On the western end, the right-of-way that is being dedicated is ten feet wide. On the eastern end, it’s thirty-five feet wide. Do we need to better define that?
Mr. Vanover made a motion to add “additional” before ten feet in Section 1. Ms. Pollitt seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Osborn said that doesn’t read right. What if we drop the “ten feet”?
Mr. Galster made a motion to amend the amended motion to
remove “additional” after districts and to take out “
Ordinance 24-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 25-2005 “ACCEPTING A PROPOSAL UNDER THE STATE OF OHIO JOINT PURCHASING PROGRAM (OHIO STS CONTRACT) AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH MID-BUS, INC., FOR THE PURCHASE OF A 2006 FORD F-350 AMBULANCE, BUILT BY WHEELED COACH OF WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Galster asked how many no-smoke exhaust filters do we have on our vehicles?
Mr. Osborn said the majority of them have it now. Of the three big vehicles, I’d say three of them have it.
Ordinance 25-2005 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster said I’d like to share with Council the latest numbers on the sound walls. We have received 288 responses out of 4500 mailings of the local survey. Out of those 288 people who responded, 164 said yes they want a wall. The other 43% did not want a wall. Of those, 22.2 percent said they didn’t care if it does jeopardize the widening of the highway, they didn’t want a wall. ODOT sent out 356 surveys. Fifty-eight percent of the people responded and 74.7% said yes, they want a wall. The end result of this is whether we personally like the results or not, the affected residents and the community at large, have spoken loud and clear. They want walls and it’s our responsibility to try to get the best looking walls we can get for our community. This has been going on since last summer. A flawed survey went out last summer. Five hundred fifty surveys went out, of which 109 wanted the wall. The State and Federal Governments were ready to put up the wall. We insisted that the State clean up the survey which they did. Almost two hundred less people were sent the second survey, but more people responded in the affirmative that they wanted the wall. During the process we have had people in the audience. We’ve had e-mails and letters, some rational and some emotional-laden. We’ve attempted to make sure that the people clearly understood the issue and were given an opportunity to voice their opinion; and they have done that. There was a lot of emotion. If I had an interstate highway in my back yard I would be emotional about it too. Democracy has spoken. Let’s get on with it and get the best looking walls we can get for the City.
Mr. Wilson asked if there is a way to break down the for and against by district.
Mayor Webster replied we had a place for a signature but it was optional. Some signed and some didn’t. We know the ODOT survey was spread through all four districts.
Mrs. McNear said the survey was sent to everybody and the numbers speak for themselves.
Mr. Osborn said we have participated in the Hamilton County Community Block Grant program since the early 1980s. This is a federally funded program through HUD that is administered by the County. The renewal is coming up. We have to have the cooperation agreement to the County office by June 17. I’d like to bring in an ordinance with an emergency clause but have two readings to renew for the next three-year period beginning March 2006 through February 2009. It’s always been in our interest to do this, even more so now. Under the 2000 census we have three large census blocks that would qualify for funding under this program. They comprise the great majority of the eastern half of our community. In the past we had very narrow geographic areas where we could try to come up with projects for this program. In the next three-year block we will have a lot more latitude in trying to identify projects.
Mr. Knox stated I received a message
from the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. It started yesterday and runs through
Mr. Danbury asked if
Mr. Danbury said it’s a good way for people to drop off and pick up paint.
Mr. Danbury asked if there is somewhere people can take old flags to be disposed of properly.
Mr. Osborn said I believe the American Legion Post or some veteran’s group does that. We’ll get that information for you.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - May 10
Board of Health - May 12
Board of Zoning Appeals - May 17
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinances 22 & 23 - May 18
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council