President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on September 5, 2007, 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, Harlow, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear.
The minutes of August 15, 2007were approved with six affirmative votes. Mr.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
PRESENTATION TASTE OF SPRINGDALE - Greg Karle and Julie Matheny
Mr. Karle, Parks and Recreation Director, presented information on the Taste of Springdale. It will be held September 15th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Community Center. We will have a cornhole tournament. There will be music throughout the day, starting with easy listening, an acoustic guitarist and then a rock and roll show band. There will be fireworks at 9 p.m.
Julie Matheny, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, said we have nineteen confirmed food vendors: Manor House, New Orleans to Go, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Hooters, Whiskey Willies, Mateos Charbroiled, Dans Taste & See Bar B Q, Macaroni Grill, Graeters, Cold Stone Creamery, Roosters, Angilos, Donatos, Dave & Busters, Mustards Last Stand, Java Joz, Chick Fil A, Gold Star Chili and Funnel Cakes. We also have a wine booth, beer booth, pop, ice tea, frozen lemonade and water. We also have shaved ice. Its much bigger and better than I imagined it could be and if we have good weather, perhaps it will be even bigger next year.
Greg Karle said we thought it was important to support the vendors and we contracted with Warm 98. There will be forty announcements on the radio and an on-air personality at the Taste.
Mrs. Harlow said the Terrace is having a garage sale that day also and if there are a lot of signs out, Im hoping that will help.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 42-2007 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH CARGILL, INC., FOR THE PURCHASE OF HIGHWAY DE-ICING ROCK SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Danbury said we only dipped into the salt two or three times last year. This shouldnt be a large amount.
Mr. Osborn stated right now we have 1,068 tons of salt on hand. Our dome holds 2,400. We plan to buy 1,300 tons by the end of the month. The bids you are hearing this evening are the same rates we have been paying over the past year and Cargill was our contractor last year. Even though we have the same prices for this year we have the price break that ends October1st.
Ordinance 42-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 43-2007 ACCEPTING A BID AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH DeBRA KUEMPEL FOR THE MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPRINGDALE FIRE STATION HVAC REPLACEMENT PHASE II PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mrs. Harlow seconded.
Mr. Osborn said De Bra Kuempel was low mechanical bidder at $105,869. The low bidder for the electrical work was Banta at $8,950. The air handling unit was purchased directly from the vendor in order to save markup at a price of $18,500. The total projected cost is $133,319. We only budgeted $115,000 for this work but we feel it would be better to proceed with the contract rather than re-bid it.
Ordinance 43-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 44-2007 ACCEPTING A BID AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH BANTA ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS, INC., FOR THE ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPRINGDALE FIRE STATION HVAC REPLACEMENT PHASE II PROJECT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 44-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 45-2007 AN ORDINANCE REDUCING SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS LEVIED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Danbury made a motion to read by title only and Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster asked Mr. Knox, can you give us an explanation of this? This isnt something weve done every year, is it?
Mr. Knox replied it is something that we will be doing every year according to the service agreement we signed with the Port of Cincinnati Authority. We have not done it in the past. We signed the service agreement with the Port of Cincinnati. They are in charge of receiving the money for this, but given the old service agreement, we had to be part of it. Since we have to be part of it, this was the stratagem that is being used. We have absolutely no liability in this.
Mr. Knox stated a few years ago the City passed a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) and we directed it toward the garage that is next to Pictoria Towers. The owners paid for the building and they wanted a bond issue in accordance with the service agreement that was passed originally in 2002. We could not really come to a meeting of the minds with them so a second group that would act as an intermediary was looked for and the Port of Cincinnati became the best possible venue to use. They were very cooperative. They required certain things in their service agreement that just went into effect last year, and some of those things had to be in agreement with the service agreement from back in 2002. The City really has no liability in this situation but legally we need to do this on an annual basis. As I mentioned a few meetings ago this should have been done July 1 but we never got the information that was incumbent upon the owners of the building. Mr. Williams did yeoman work and so did Brenda Weimer and Mr. Schneiders office, in getting these people to finally come through with the information that is required according to the service agreement. I have sent a letter to them telling them in no uncertain terms, that this wont happen again next year, and on the first of July they will deliver this information to us and well proceed from there. We should be able to do this at the August meeting. We are now the intermediaries and we just pass this through. Another requirement is that we pass through the money that goes to the school district as part of the original agreement.
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Osborn said the special assessment is a parallel agreement to the TIF. The service payments generated by the TIF wouldnt support enough debt to meet the needs of the developer. In order to supplement the service payments, the TIF debt, they had to levy on themselves a special assessment against their property that would make enough income for debt service on the bonds that they actually wanted to finance. The service payment is a parallel but separate entity. The way it gets reduced is the amount of the service payment collected the previous year is examined and a projection is made as to what the special assessment needs to be in the coming year to cover that debt service. Typically that is going to be going down.
Mayor Webster said it will continue to go down as they get more space rented out but there will continue to be some shortfall.
Mr. Knox said since they were so late this year they are paying the whole thing themselves and then they will straighten out their own books. That will also move them towards an earlier date in getting this resolved properly.
Ordinance 45-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 46-2007 ACCEPTING A BID AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH MT. PLEASANT BLACKTOPPING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHURCH STREET PARKING LOT, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 46-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 47-2007 ACCEPTING A BID AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH QUEEN CITY FENCE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER FENCING, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Osborn stated this involves the replacement of the six foot chain link boundary fence around the Community Center, the overthrow fences on the ball fields, and the boundary fence at Underwood Park. At the Community Center we have forty-two neighbors who are affected by this project. The Recreation Director has sent correspondence to everyone inviting them to contact him or his staff if they had questions. So far we have heard back from twenty-three of the residents. There have been a few issues raised, most of which can be handled over the telephone. One or two may require a face-to-face discussion. The City budgeted $153,000 for this project and this is not a significant overage so we would not recommend re-bidding.
Mr. Squires said Im glad we are doing this. I have had a few residents tell me they were unhappy with the fact that they were cited to fix their own fences when the Community Center fence was in the shape it was in. Secondly, this is not the lowest bid but it is the best bid. Is that correct?
Mr. Osborn responded the low bidder did not comply with specifications. We had a particular component where there is a little rail across the middle of the fence. That bidder chose to leave that element out and therefore, reduce his cost.
Mr. Danbury said I know by Mrs. Harlows house there is a big hole in the fence. Has there been consideration of having an access gateway there because I know some of the residents may want to utilize the Community Center?
Mr. Osborn stated we are planning to replace the fence just as it exists with a few minor changes. We had not anticipated any new openings or gateways. If there is an overwhelming desire to do that we could certainly amend the contract with a change order. We have taken the position that we are not going to cut down any trees.
Mr. Osborn continued If a tree is in the line, we are going to go out around that tree. If it is primarily on private property and the private property owner wants us to take that tree down we will, but it is not our intention to do that. One person asked if we could take down five or six trees in his backyard and we had to say no.
Mayor Webster said I think you would be opening Pandoras box if you throw out the possibility of putting in gates.
Mr. Danbury said I only bring this up because there is no sidewalk along Kemper Road. If they were able to go back there, it would be safer for pedestrians and it would be more accessible to kids to that want to utilize the Rec Center. If we do choose to do this and its a problem, we can always put a padlock on it.
Mayor Webster asked whose property are we going to choose to put the gate on? Weve survived all these years without an access there.
Mr. Danbury said people are climbing over the fence.
Mayor Webster stated lets put a sidewalk on Kemper Road then.
Mrs. Harlow said we actually dont have that many residents in that section of Kemper Road who have small children. We put a fence in our backyard in the late 1970s and made it known to all the families on Kemper Road that all the children were welcome to cut through our yard to get to the Rec Center or to school. Weve never had a problem. We do have a lot of people on Kemper Road who come through our yard.
Ordinance 47-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 48-2007 REJECTING ALL BIDS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPRINGDALE VETERANS MEMORIAL AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Wilson said the Memorial Committee met last week and the timing and accuracy of the bids did not reflect what we wanted. The bidders did not have an adequate opportunity to make an accurate bid. Some estimates were best guesses. The decision was to reject these bids and re-bid the project again. It will delay construction but we want to do it right the first time. Now we are looking at Veterans Day 2008 and we wanted to have it much sooner.
Mr. Osborn stated the engineer said he thought we could get it done by Memorial Day. Veterans Day was actually our target date. By re-bidding it right away we take advantage of the fact that there are a lot of informed bidders out there that just didnt have a chance to bid but are already familiar with the project. One vendor is providing a new type of stone application process that is offering to instruct the bidders on how to install the product and they are going to provide the product for free. Weve had some good feedback from the engineers office on some value engineering. Weve also had some contributions for various elements. We think we can turn this around quickly and still not miss too much.
Mr. Danbury said I recall that the City is going to buy some items itself to cut down on the cost, such as benches, flag poles, etc.
Mayor Webster said lets make sure that the two vendors who made a pledge to this project get recognition. Trend Construction has agreed to do the grading for the project in the range of $10,000. Delhi Landscaping is donating landscaping at a cost of about $2,100.
Mr. Knox said the bidders have been very cooperative. We asked for the Request for Proposal at the busiest time of the year. One of them had their estimator quit just about that time and also, most of these people are working at 100 percent. In order to start a project they would have had to rent new equipment and find new workers, which drives the price up. Just by putting this off for just a few months we are going to gain quite a bit.
Mr. Wilson said Id like to make mention of our Public Works Department in terms of labor.
Ordinance 48-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R14-2007 AUTHORIZING THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR TO FILE AN APPLICATION WITH THE OHIO PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FUNDS AND/OR STATE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (SCIP) FUNDS, AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE ALL CONTRACTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Osborn said Ive handed out a schematic that shows the details of this project. If you look at the lower third of the sheet, the intersection at Ray Norrish, Crescentville Road east/west and SR 4 north/south, there are three lanes southbound all the way through that intersection. This intersection is being reconstructed under a separate contract that you are aware of already. In the middle section of the page, you will see that those three lanes southbound carry on down to a point just past the entrance to Roosters. At that point the middle lane splits into either a through lane or an express lane onto the expressway. There will be two lanes dedicated to accessing the expressway. The one on the right will be dedicated to westbound and the one on the left dedicated to eastbound. The traffic engineers tell us by moving the transition point down away from the intersection does not cost us anything in terms of intersection capacity or the ability to move traffic. It does save us construction costs and right-of-way costs. The overall anticipated cost of this project is estimated at $330,000. We anticipate that we will apply for sixty percent LTIP and forty percent local share at $132,000. Construction would be in 2008.
Resolution R14-2007 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury said I was going through the new center we just developed with Subway and Rileys. I think everybody will be pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere that Rileys will bring to the City.
Mr. Vanover said two weeks ago the overpass at Chesterdale was shut down and we found out about it as we were turning onto Chesterdale and they had the road closed. Did we not get any forewarning on that?
Mr. Osborn replied no and it was ODOTs responsibility to make that notice. That will be happening more. On September 14 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. all ramps eastbound will be shut down for asphalt work. The second phase of the project is being moved up to mid October. It puts the new traffic alignment in place more than a month before the seasonal crunch.
Mrs. McNear said it is very difficult getting on I-275 east. Now thats dark in the morning Its very scary and dangerous. Now that people are getting used to it, they dont give you any slack at all. They wont slow down or speed up so that you can get on the expressway.
Mr. Osborn said we will contact ODOT. They did respond to the brush issue and cut the brush back.
Mayor Webster said I would think that will change drastically when they switch the traffic over to the middle lanes.
Mr. Osborn said you all may be aware that the State Legislature has adopted House Bill 9 that created a new public records law for the State of Ohio. One element of that new law requires that all elected officials receive three hours of training from the Attorney Generals Office during the course of their term. That applies to people who are currently in office whose terms end at the end of November. They put another clause in saying that the elected officials may designate a surrogate to take the training for them. If you want a surrogate to go in your place you must give us written authorization to do that.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Zoning Appeals - September 18
Board of Health - September 13
Planning Commission - no meeting
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a meeting of the whole to discuss economic development. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council
City of Springdale Council
September 5 2007