President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on June 16,2004, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mr. Knox gave the invocation.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Danbury, Galster, Pollitt, Vanover, Wilson and McNear. Mr. Squires was absent
The minutes of June 2, 2004 were approved with five affirmative votes. Mr. Danbury abstained.
PRESENTATION FOR STEVE ZINZER, HERITAGE HILL PRINCIPAL
Mr. Vanover said Mr. Zinzer has been principal of Heritage Hill School for six years. He has done a miraculous job. He is the only principal I ever saw walking and jogging in the neighborhood. Heritage Hill has a highly transient pupil population and has the highest Hispanic community in the Princeton School District. There’s not a more special person that I have had the pleasure of interacting with. He has chosen to retire this year. Thank you for your service.
Mayor Webster said I have spent time in Heritage Hill School. I am amazed at what Mr. Zinzer has been able to do. When you walk in you feel at home and see a big sign saying "Welcome to the Hill". You will be sorely missed and we wish you well in all your endeavors.
Mayor Webster presented Mr. Zinzer with a good citizen award.
Mr. Osborn stated you are held in the highest regard by our Police and Fire Departments and the Administration. I don’t think you can ever fully appreciate the contribution you have made to this community. That school has never been in as good a shape as it is today. I can’t imagine where the Princeton School District is going to find anybody to touch that level of performance and the contributions you have made while you have been principal there.
PRESENTATION ON PROPOSED TERMS OF THE PICTORIA ISLAND TIF – TIM QUINN
Mr. Quinn said the first phase of the Pictoria TIF financing was done a few years ago. This is Phase II which is largely to pay for the garage. The City would issue $10 million dollars in Tax Increment Financing bonds and use the proceeds to buy the garage. The debt would be paid off with payments being made by the owners of that parcel. In the early years the payments may be less than what is necessary to pay principal and interest on the bonds. The current owner will put $9.5 into escrow to secure any shortfalls in service payments. The escrow may be replaced by a letter of credit. We will have legislation for July 21st.
Mr. Knox says everything meets the criteria between the owners and us. The City will not take a loss on this.
Mayor Webster stated we are only allowed to issue bank qualified paper bonds once a year. Later in the year when we borrow to finance our street program, the notes we issue won’t be bank qualified so we will probably pay a slightly higher interest rate.
Mr. Quinn said that is less true today than it was years ago.
Mr. Knox said I have had preliminary contact with financial people. It may not cost us a cent.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission - no report
Rules and Laws - no report
Public Relations - no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare - no report
Public Works - Mr. Wilson reported that that the field survey for design has been completed and preliminary design is underway for the 2004 street program for the street repair work and sidewalk repair on SR 4 and Cameron Road. Construction should be from August to November.
Public Utilities - no report
Capital Improvements - Mr. Danbury said the storm sewer in the vicinity of Staples and crossing SR 747 is under construction. They are putting a new water main in right now. The construction for the temporary embankment for the railroad is under construction. There are two ordinances on the agenda for Fire Department renovation and we are looking at a completion date of September 3. Construction for the next stage of the streetscape on SR 4 should be in the summer of 2005.
Finance Committee – Mr. Wilson said he Finance Committee met this evening to review the TIF. Legislation should be at the July 21st meeting.
Planning Commission - Mr. Galster said the Tri-County Mall Regional Shopping Center identification sign was tabled. KFC asked to waive their water retention requirement. The cost of the water retention made the renovation to KFC not happen. They were appealing that. That was tabled 7-0. The approval for a modification of the final PUD plan for Pappadeaux’s Restaurant for a patio area was approved 7-0. A recommendation for a zoning change for Heritage Hill School and Springdale Elementary School was forwarded to Council. A preliminary plan for the Tri-County Mall renovation to allow two freestanding restaurants and a bank on an outlot was approved.
Board of Zoning Appeals – Ms. Pollitt reported Tri-County Buick had requested a variance for a Buick sign on their building at 169 Northland Boulevard. They had received a variance for 22" letters but should have requested 28" letters. That was approved. A request for a 720 square foot garage at 607 Smiley was granted with the condition that there not be a pool variance or a variance for an additional shed. Sally Cutter, 444 Dimmick, had requested consolidation of parcels to build a residence. There was no representation and that was withdrawn. Harry DeBruen, 257 West Kemper Road requested a variance for a 24’ x 24’ utility building on his property. He owns Studio D and his previous property was purchased by the Princeton Board of Education. After a lot of discussion about business in this area, this was tabled. James Elkins, 12159 Marwood Lane, requested a second shed on his property. He agreed to keep one 12’ x16’ shed and that was approved.
Mayor Webster asked was Mr. DeBruen asking for a variance for the utility building or to operate a business out of the home?
Ms. Pollitt replied it was for the utility building. The purpose of the building was to operate their home business. Ms. Pollitt said he has been an eighteen year resident and had to leave his home on the other side of the street.
Mr. Galster asked is the 24’ x 24’ building for storage or stand-alone photo studio?
Ms. Pollitt replied it is for a studio. Mr. DeBruen said most of the clients who come to the studio are a family. Occasionally he will have a large group.
Board of Health - no report
Veteran’s Memorial Committee – Mr. Wilson stated that Sam’s Club has donated $1,000 for the fundraiser. Mr. Galster said the committee will have a booth at the Spirit of Springdale festival.
O-K-I – Mr. Knox said as a member of the OKI Board of Trustees, you are also a member of the Land Use Commission. We are going over thirty proposed goals for the Land Use Commission to offer to various communities. I was sitting with Susan Vaught of Cincinnati and Bill Tracy from Norwood and we came to a point where we objected to some of the wording. Several of the thirty items say we will all agree to certain things and that the entities will implement these things. Some of the goals might not be the best for all the cities. We want them to change the word "will".
Mr. Galster said at the Planning Partnership when they were doing the Community COMPASS, they used the word "promote". That word seemed to be the least offensive to everybody.
Mayor’s Report - Mayor Webster offered congratulations to Beth Stiles Robinson. She issued a news release reading "Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services is to open a call center and training facility in Springdale. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) has signed a lease for 68,338 square feet of space in the Pictoria Island office tower. The new center will occupy two floors. ODJFS is expected to move into the building in September. ODJFS will consolidate three Cincinnati locations in its move. Approximately 190 jobs will move into Springdale as a result of this consolidation. The new facility will house a training center for employees and a call center to process unemployment compensation claims. Most restoration and requests for unemployment compensation benefits are now handled over the phone rather than in person. The Springdale facility will not provide face-to-face services."
Mayor Webster said the Administration is in the process of interviewing candidates for police officer positions.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director – Mr. Knox stated we will be advertising the public hearing for the school zoning changes. Ordinance 23 concerning the tax code is recommended for passage. Resolution 15 is adopting the tax budget for 2005. Mr. Osborn, Mr. Williams and others have spent a lot of time on this. It is a prediction. We will do the full budget in December.
Administrator’s Report – Mr. Osborn reported that the creek walk was a great success. There were elected officials, department directors, representatives from OKI, and the Watershed Council. Dr Mike Miller from UC, who made the walk in February 2002, was encouraged by the recovery that creek is making as a natural water course supporting habitat. It’s been over a year since we’ve had that new sanitary sewer in place. I bet that has really affected the habitat along that creek. There is a sixty inch storm sewer coming out from under the expressway. As part of this project, that feeds into a small stream that feeds into Beaver Run. We built a plunge pool and an energy reducing structure that will retard the velocity of water coming out of the pipe and cause sediment to collect in the plunge pool.
Law Director’s Report - no report
Engineer’s Report - no report
COMMUNICATIONS - no report
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCE NO. 23-2004 "AMENDING SECTION 94.11 OF CHAPTER 94: TAXATION OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 23-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 27-2004 "AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE’S PARTICIPATION IN THE MIAMI VALLEY RISK MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (MVRMA) WORKERS’ COMPENSATION GROUP RATING PLAN FOR 2005 AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Ordinance 27-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 28-2004 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH CARRIGAN PLUMBING FOR PLUMBING WORK ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TOILET/SHOWER ROOM RENOVATION PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 28-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 29-2004 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH JB SCHMITT FOR GENERAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TOILET/SHOWER ROOM RENOVATION PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Danbury seconded.
Ordinance 29-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 30-2004 "ENACTING AND ADOPTING THE 2003 SUPPLEMENT TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mayor Webster asked is this a first reading?
Mr. Osborn replied no, it did not make last meeting’s agenda so we asked for an emergency clause so this could go into effect.
Mr. Danbury made a motion to amend Ordinance 30-2004 to add the emergency clause. Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 30-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Knox said I went over everything and did find two minor discrepancies that were probably caused by later ordinances. It is correct.
RESOLUTION R15-2004 "ADOPTING THE TAX BUDGET OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE FOR THE YEAR JANUARY 1, 2005 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2005"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Resolution R15-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R16-2004 "SUPPORTING THE PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 496 AND SENATE BILL 243, AMENDING THE OHIO REVISED CODE SECTION GOVERNING THE CONCEALED CARRYING OF HANDGUNS"
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Wilson said there is much discussion about this law. Where can you carry a weapon?
Mr. Osborn replied you can carry a hand gun anywhere that is not specifically excluded. A private proprietor can prohibit you from carrying a weapon. You have to have a sign. You can carry in church, a bar, grocery store, car. Our great concern was with the omissions. I don’t think we are proposing to jeopardize anybody’s rights. We are trying to protect the public’s interest. The places we are trying to include in the law are public parks, swimming pools, golf courses, cemeteries, parking lots, etc.
Mr. Wilson said common sense says you wouldn’t take a hand gun to court, but some of us may not have common sense. I think it’s good that people know where they can’t carry a gun but they also should know where they can.
Mr. Osborn said anyone who takes a permit has to go through a certified training program. They are taught they details of the law during that training.
Resolution R16-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R17-2004 "AGREEMENT FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST SUBURBS CONSORTIUM OF SOUTHWEST OHIO"
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Resolution R17-2004 passed with six affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission - July 13
Board of Zoning Appeals - July 20
Spirit of Springdale - July 3rd & 4th
Kiwanis scholarship presentation - July 21
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
TIF - July 21
Public hearing for zoning changes - August 18
Council adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council