President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on May 5, 2004, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Danbury, Galster, Pollitt, Squires, Vanover, and McNear. Mr. Wilson was absent.
The minutes of April 21, 2004 were approved with six affirmative votes.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
POLICE PROCLAMATION, AWARD AND SWEARING IN
Mayor Webster read a proclamation proclaiming May 15th Peace Officer Day
Chief Laage stated we asked Kay Divis and Mike Dreyer to accept this proclamation as these two were co-winners of the Donald W. Stamen award as employees of the year.
Chief Laage said Law Enforcement Memorial Day is May 15th. May 15th is also Armed Forces Day. As we thank our troops abroad, especially now, I canít forget to remember 9/11/2001 when so many officers and firefighters died in the line of duty in New York. Iím a true believer that the police office is really the urban soldier or front line defense for America. When there is a problem we are the first to respond. For Police week we have the police expo at Tri-County Mall and the Code 3 run.
Mr. Vanover said you would be hard pressed to go across the country and find a finer department than ours.
Mr. Danbury said at one time a high percentage of our officers were former military people. Is the percentage about the same? Chief Laage replied when they stopped the draft it went way down.
Chief Laage said I would like to introduce Bob Pieper, our third part-time auxiliary officer. He is a retired Hamilton County sheriff. Sycamore Township hired Bob as the sole officer and chief. It was determined later that they did not want to form that department. Bob went to Carlisle and became their chief. He has a lot of experience and has taught at Scarlet Oaks Police Academy for twenty-four years. He has taught a lot of our younger people.
Mayor Webster swore in Mr. Pieper. Mr. Pieper said I am honored to come here. Itís a great police program. I think I can bring a lot to the department and I appreciate the opportunity to continue my law enforcement career.
Chief Laage stated Friday Lieutenant Bill Fields will receive a county-wide Greater Cincinnati Police Appreciation Award, specifically for the improvement in police operations. Bill has taken on some very tough cases. There were two areas that we submitted Bill for this award. One was for a bank robber report. In 2001 Greater Cincinnati had a big increase in bank robberies. Bill thought up a reporting system. Another program we submitted was an in-house program trying to promote more investigative areas and techniques to the patrol force.
ORDINANCE NO. 17-2004"AMENDING SECTION 94.03 OF CHAPTER 94: TAXATION OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO"
Mr. Schneider passed out an amended copy of the ordinance. Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Schneider requested that Council moved to amend the ordinance previously read to incorporate this ordinance.
Mr. Vanover withdrew the motion to adopt and made a motion to amend Ordinance 17-2004. Mr. Squires seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded. Ordinance 17-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 18-2004 "AMENDING THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE CHAPTER 154 FLOOD CONTROL BY REPLACING THE ENTIRE SECTION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Ordinance 18-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 21-2004 "AMENDING SIGN PROVISIONS OF THE ZONING CODE ADDING TO SECTION 153.014, ADDING TO SECTION 153.531(D) AND AMENDING SECTION 153.531(I) THE ZONING CODE"
This is a first reading and a public hearing has been set for June 2, 2004.
OLD BUSINESS - none
Mr. Osborn said I wanted to check with Council for a date for a creek walk. I have a meeting next week with the Watershed Council and OKI to talk about planning the creek walk. It will be an educational process for us and we will be participating in a water quality sampling program at the same time.
Mr. Osborn stated tomorrow afternoon Springdale is hosting a mock disaster drill at the SR 747 CSX railroad crossing. Itís being staged as a crash between a train and tractor trailer. There will be participation by the State agency and numerous local jurisdictions.
Mr. Osborn said we have been doing our annual reports for quite some time but each department has been given a lot of latitude in how they develop and format it. This year Beth Stiles coordinated the report and developed continuity for the project. I want to thank all the department directors and their staffs for all the hard work they put into this, and Ms. Stiles who coordinated this.
Mr. Osborn continued saying the City Engineer had given me a proposal for the engineering work related to Phase II of the Springfield Pike Streetscape Project. We were recently advised by OKI that they have overbooked the enhancement programs for the budget year in which we have been awarded. That means somebody is going to fall out. One way they will measure that is where you stand on your project today. Iíd like for us to initiate our engineering right now and get it completed so that when it comes time to judge what programs are ready to go to bid, we will be ready to go. Iíd like to bring in an ordinance at the next Council meeting authorizing an agreement with CDS for the engineering on Phase II.
Mr. Knox said you can get mulch or wood chips free from the City. They will deliver them to your driveway. Mr. Butsch told me they have delivered quite a bit but they havenít put a dent in their pile. The information on how to obtain it is on the back page of the newsletter.
Mayor Webster said I would like to congratulate all the department heads on the fine work on the annual report. Iíd like to commend Beth for pulling this together but I think we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the efforts of Jackie OíConnell at the Community Center. I think you see some of her handiwork throughout this whole report.
Mr. Osborn said I think itís also important to thank the Community Center for the publication of this document. Beth solicited bids for printing it but in the end we worked it out that we could buy the ink cartridges and paper and have one of our people down there do it. It took a little longer but it saved a lot of money.
Mayor Webster said Mr. Wilson is not with us this evening. His mother is very ill. Both of his parents were in the hospital the last time he was in Philadelphia. I think we just need to keep Bob and his family in our prayers and thoughts.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - May 11
Board of Health - May 13
Board of Zoning Appeals - May 18
Mr. Squires made a motion that Council meet only once in July and August on the third Wednesday of the month. Council agreed by acclamation.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a meeting of the whole to discuss possible litigation matters. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative votes.
Council went into executive session at 8:01 p.m.
Council reconvened at 9:00
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Ordinance 21-2004 - June 2
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Agreement with CDS for engineering work for
Springfield Pike Streetscape - May 19
Council adjourned at 9:01 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council