President of Council Kathy McNear called Council to order on September 19, 2001, 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, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and McNear.
The minutes of September 5, 2001 were approved with seven affirmative votes.
SWEARING IN OF NEW POLICE OFFICER, INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mayor Webster swore in Tim Simonton.
Police Chief Mike Laage said Tim is presently at Scarlet Oaks Police Academy. The commander is very high on Tim, as we are. Tim came with a lot of good references. He presently resides in Deer Park. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a finance major. He will be in the academy until mid December. Weíll have a three month field training program with Tim before he goes out on his own in March. I want to thank the City administrators and leaders for the support you have given us.
Chief Laage introduced Peggy Meyer and Amy Gadzala, the new police clerks. In 2001 we created one new position and we are now up to full staff. We have two police clerks with well over 25 years of experience and they are doing some of the field training for our new people. Peggy went to Princeton High School and presently lives in the Kenwood area. She was a long time employee of the GE Federal Credit Union. She went to work for another bank afterwards and while we were in the process of hiring her she was robbed at the bank. That experience was probably good in helping her understand what a victim goes through when they are victimized. Amy is a life-long resident of Springdale and resides in the Heritage Hill area. I think it is important that we hire people from our own community. They will be good assets.
Acting Chief Dan Shroyer said we have one new hire here and three others who have recently received paramedic certification. Thatís a benchmark in our field. Keon Briggs is our new hire. He completed six weeks of firefighter school. Last week he began EMT school, which is the next step in the EMS field. It is a required certification prior to entering paramedic school. Joe Parks and Anthony Stanley came to work on the same day. Neither had any fire service experience or background. They went to 240 hour firefighter school together. They went to EMT school together and they both went to Bethesda North paramedic program together. They graduated from paramedic school June 9. Paramedic school is nearly a year of very intense schooling. Itís classroom, study, research, hours spent in hospitals. Itís no minor accomplishment to make it through paramedic school. Our fourth person is Todd Brooks. Todd came to us later in 1999. He had some experience as a part-time firefighter with the Fairfield Fire Department. He went to the University of Cincinnatiís paramedic program. I have a letter that was given to Todd at the end of that program from Alan Mistler, who is the director of EMS Education for the University of Cincinnati. It says "Dear Todd: Congratulations on your winning the Clinical Achievement Award presented at the University of Cincinnati Paramedic Education Program Commencements on July 24, 2001. Your hard work and outstanding dedication set an example for all paramedic students who follow you." Iíve heard from Alan and some of the instructors that some of the personal contacts and telephone calls that they received from doctors and nurses whom Todd spent clinical time with, in regards to his willingness to learn and his attitude and his achievement and willingness to practice his skills. I think thatís significant on Toddís part.
Mr. Shroyer stated throughout the paramedic programs in our area, statistically about all the programs have a 60%-70% success rate. We have three people in two different programs and we have 100% success rate. I think that speaks well of the people our department is able to attract. I echo Chief Laage that we are able to attract that quality of people because of the support we have always received from Council and the Administration.
Dave Butsch introduced Anthony Price, a new employee in the Public Works Department. Anthony was added to our department in anticipation of the new services we have been adding, such as the leaf program. The leaf program will begin the middle of next month as a City-wide program. Anthony came to us from Hart Realty in Over-the-Rhine. He came with different knowledge than what we have here, but also with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Right now he is working on getting his CDL license. Today we are insisting that all of our employees go to snow plow training at Hamilton County. That went very well. Unlike the Police and Fire Departments our training comes in increments as we continue to build and let him absorb what we do and how we do it.
Mayor Webster said I think a lot of things have happened in this country in the last ten days. A lot of things have happened in our work force that make us extremely proud of the people we have recruited. We have had police officers who have volunteered to go to New York and work; and we have had firemen and paramedics volunteer to go to New York and help. Some have even asked for unpaid time off just to go up there. We certainly appreciate that effort. They have enough help in the police effort right now. If the county or state gets organized we have officers who have volunteered to participate. On the fire side of it, it is very much organized. The City of New York has asked that all volunteers be coordinated through the local State Fire Marshall. I have a memo from Acting Chief Shroyer stating that we can make available a fully equipped 1500-gallon per minute engine company. This would include vehicle, equipment, breathing apparatus, four full-time personnel (a captain and three firefighters able to function as an independent unit or in any manner requested). All personnel are 240 firefighter certified and as a minimum, basic EMT certified. The unit could be staffed with all firefighter paramedic personnel if requested. We have notified the State Fire Marshall of that fact so we may end up responding if they need the help in New York. On behalf of the City Fathers we just want to say a big thank you to all of our safety forces and we sure appreciate you raising your hand and stepping forward.
Mayor Webster continued Iíd like to issue a big thank you to Mr. Butsch and his staff for putting the city flags up. They came in at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning and started that process and by 9:00 a.m. the City was draped with flags. We thank the Fire Department for their effort in getting the flag behind us this evening.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission Ė Mr. Coleman stated they met this past Friday. Five probationary appointments were acknowledged by the commission. The commission considered some changes to the current Civil Service Rules and Regulations. These changes would address qualifications for positions in the Springdale Fire Department, the probationary period for original appointments as well as the suspension of employees in the Fire Department. The commission agreed to review the information within Rules and Regulations and we would consider the changes and come back to your next meeting with our recommendations regarding those changes. Mr. Parham advised us that there are still positions to be filled in both the Police and Fire Departments.
Rules and Laws - no report
Public Relations - no report
Public Health, Safety & Welfare - no report
Public Works Ė Mr. Wilson reported there is really no change from last month. The 2001 street program is completed with the exception of the pavement repair on SR 747 in the vicinity of I-275.
Public Utilities - no report
Capital Improvements Ė Mr. Danbury said the SR 747 grade separation has no change from the report of last month. The construction period is 2003 to 2004. The East Kemper Road project should be completed this week. The Walnut Street and Pear Street improvements look really good. There are just punch list items on that. There will be separate bids for the Springfield Pike streetscape signal and street light poles. The poles will be bid in October and the whole project early in December. Construction will start in the spring of next year. Kemper Road Phase II Old Commons Drive to Chesterdale Road detail plans have been completed and applications for municipal funds and SCIP funds will be submitted. Construction will start in the spring with summer of 2002 construction. The West Sharon Road bike path Stage II plan has been submitted to ODOT. We are looking for reviews early next month. Stage III plan approval will be in November 2001 with construction in the summer 2002. The bids for the Ross Park bridge replacement came in over what we anticipated so we are looking to reject those bids tonight and rebid this next year. We are looking for the ODOT permit application in mid December 2001 for the Glensprings Drive culvert extension. Construction will be from April to July next year.
Finance Committee - no report
Planning Commission Ė Mr. Galster said the first item on the agenda was site plan approval of a proposed addition at Service Parts Supply Corporation, 11345 Century Circle West. This item was tabled by a 6-0 vote due to lack of representation by the owner. The next item was site development plan approval of the proposed addition at the Sunoco Station, 12089 Princeton Pike. That station will be in the middle of the CSX grade separation and SR 747. We did approve the expansion 6-0 with one abstention. Karloís Bistro Italia at Pictoria Island was tabled. Pappadeaux Restaurant final plan approval was approved 7-0. Famous Daveís, 11823 Springfield Pike will be painting the red roof back to the original color. The next item was a variance for a time limit on temporary banners at Bed, Bath and Beyond. That was approved 7-0.
Board of Zoning Appeals Ė Mr. Squires said there were four variance requests. One was tabled and one was withdrawn. One that was approved was Walgreenís at 385 Northland Boulevard. They wanted to allow two trailers on their property from October 18 through December 27. We allowed them the use of one twenty foot trailer to be placed in the southwest corner. Robert Buck, 11702 Van Cleve Avenue, requested a variance to allow a deck four feet from the rear line. The plot does not have space available to meet the setback requirements. It was approved. We did look at the Board of Zoning Appeals application and modified the language in some of the questions the residents have to fill out prior to requesting a variance.
Mrs. McNear asked would the trailer at Walgreenís be behind the pharmacy?
Mr. Squires replied yes, it is close to the dumpster. There is a stipulation that the Fire Department has to take a look at that.
Board of Health Ė Ms. Pollitt reported that the Board of Health had a standard meeting going over food sample, pool sample, and nuisance animal reports. Nurse Jane Messer said flu shots would be available in November.
O-K-I Ė Mr. Squires said they are to have a public service seminar this Friday.
Mayorís Report Ė Mayor Webster said whenever we have our new employees up here, you have to have an appreciation for Mr. Coleman and his Civil Service Commission and all the time and all the time and effort that primarily Derrick and the department heads put into recruiting, interviewing, selection process, background checks, etc. before a person appears before Council. Iím just amazed at the amount of time it takes for that cycle to happen. In the private sector you run an ad in the paper. Ten people show up Monday morning, you interview Monday afternoon; Tuesday you make a few checks and Wednesday they are on the job. That doesnít happen here. I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks once again to Bob and his group and to Derrick and the department heads for the outstanding job they do interviewing and checking these people out. Thatís the first step to us having the type of workforce that the City has that we all take a great deal of pride in.
Mayor Webster continued I had a call this past weekend from one of our residents inquiring as to why this City does not have a veteranís memorial; also why we donít have a Memorial Day parade. I told him we had a Fourth of July parade but heíd like to see a Memorial Day parade in addition to that. Years ago we used to have one but the bigger issue is the veteranís memorial. I believe we have $100,000 in the budget for next year to start working on that. Iíd like to know to what degree Council wants to be involved. I think we need to get that assigned to a committee and get somebody actively working on that. We have had Greg Karle do some preliminary work.
Mr. Danbury said I agree we need to do that. Unfortunately, it takes a situation like this to honor the firemen and policemen and veterans who have served the country. Everybody is patriotic now but as time goes on people are going to forget and go back to their daily lives. As you and I know when we were talking about the concept plan for Phase II of the streetscape, weíre talking about the possibility of designing from Kemper Road to Cloverdale. Maybe thatís something we could incorporate there. We have talked about doing the history of Springdale in that area and I think that would be a great opportunity to have it there where it could be a showcase.
Mr. Squires said I feel very strongly about this and I would be more than happy to volunteer my services to start this. I think it is something we should really do and I look forward to it.
Mrs. McNear said call me at home if you are interested in working on that committee. I will probably get seven phone calls so Iíll draw straws to see who ends up on that committee.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director Ė Mr. Knox said the Board of Elections has informed us that in Precinct G there will be a special election during the November election and the question is, "Shall the sale of wine and mixed beverages be permitted for sale on Sundays at Samís East?" The applicant is asking for a D-6 liquor permit for wine and mixed beverages. Mr. Knox said through the offices of Fifth Third Bank and our attorneys we have a bid on our notes for rolling the $5.8 million for the Community Center. The interest rate will be 2.53 percent. It will close on September 21. The amount of the note is in line with the budget. The amount of interest will be substantially less than we had predicted.
Mayor Webster asked could you or somebody explain this issue on the sale of liquor? How did that get on the ballot?
Mr. Knox replied I first heard of it the day before yesterday when I received it in the mail. Somebody passed a local option election petition. A sufficient amount of signatures was obtained so itís going to be put on the ballot.
Mayor Webster asked what is the issue?
Mr. Knox responded they will be voting as to whether Samís Club can sell wine and mixed beverages on Sundays.
Mayor Webster asked did Samís initiate this to be able to sell more items than what they are able to sell now or is this some residentsí group in opposition of Samís selling liquor?
Mr. Knox answered Mr. Robert H. Young was the petitioner for the local option position offered by the Revised Code Section 431.333.
Mayor Webster asked could somebody look into that and see if we can get a better understanding of whatís going on so we can share that with our residents?
Mr. Vanover said Precinct G is one of two in Heritage Hill. One half will be voting and one half wonít. Wouldnít they have to be residents of that precinct to file?
Mr. Schneider replied that should be by precinct.
Ms. Pollitt said I note on here that they only needed 19 signatures to get on the ballot.
Administratorís Report Ė Mr. Osborn said I only have one item to reflect on - some of the things our city employees are doing in response to the disaster that occurred last week. There is a fund raising effort that was initiated by our employees. We are partnering with the Salvation Army. Employees are being given an opportunity to contribute to the general relief fund. Employees can designate where they would like the money to be used such as funeral expenses for the victims, supplies and food for rescuers and volunteers, aid to the fallen firefighters and police officersí families, etc.
Law Directorís Report - no report
Engineerís Report - no report
Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss real estate issues, pending litigation and personnel matters. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
Council went into executive session at 7:50 p.m. and reconvened at 8:20 p.m.
Communications - none
Communications from the Audience
Gail Kist-Kline, principal at Springdale Elementary said I wanted to thank the City for the support for the renovations of the street. Itís been very helpful to us and the safety of our students. I also wanted to share briefly that we have redesigned our logo and theme and wanted to incorporate some of the same aspects of the community. We very much value being part of the community and the close connection with the City. We adopted a tree and learning and growing. Thank you very much for your support.
Mayor Webster said I would just like to say that itís a two-way street as far as your appreciation of our efforts. We certainly appreciate the efforts of the school and the close cooperation we have had over the years. That has been solidified since youíve been there, not that it was bad before. We have two fine elementary schools in this city and I think those, along with Maple Knoll Village, are three of the crown jewels of this community. Thank you for the fine job you do in educating our children.
My name is Robert Rolfes, 151 Ruskin Drive said the wife and I have been residents of Springdale for 23 years. I am running for the Princeton Board of Education. My reason for that is that both of my children and my wife are Princeton graduates. My wife is currently a teacher at Princeton High School. My top priority is that each student will achieve academic excellence to their greatest potential. This can be done very easily such as a method of evaluation for each childís method of learning, beginning at the pre-school level. There are five different methods that children learn through. Another way is giving teachers continuing education time so they can keep up with the latest technology, with the way the students do learn. The public confidence in our district right now is not high. Lastly we need to make sure that the board is an extension of the community values and standards as well as expectations.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 42-2001 "AMENDING SECTIONS 156.02, 156.08, 156.09 AND 156.15 REGARDING PRESERVATION OF TREES AND WOODED AREAS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 42-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Galster made a motion to read Ordinance No. 43-2001 by title only and Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 43-2001 "AMENDING SPRINGDALE ZONING CODE"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 43-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 45-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH ZEEV AND RUTH BEER FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11582 SPRINGFIELD PIKE, SPRINGDALE, OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Ms. Pollitt made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Ordinance 45-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 46-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH LINDLEY E. CHANEY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11560 SPRINGFIELD PIKE, SPRINGDALE, OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 46-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 47-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH FRED L. APPELMAN FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 11567 WALNUT STREET, SPRINGDALE, OHIO, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 47-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mayor Webster said I would like to publicly thank the law firm for a job well done, especially Karl Kerschner. Ken, Carl, good job. We appreciate your efforts. I would like to thank Council for their support in this. We have just invested $487,000 in downtown Springdale in properties that we think are very instrumental in helping redevelop the area. We are certainly very excited about all the things that are going to be going on down there in the future, especially next year when the streetscape project comes to fruition. We are looking at $800,000 that will be spent in streetscaping, lighting, etc. I think you will see downtown Springdale come to light and I think it will be a very exciting place to be. Hopefully a lot of merchants will feel the same way.
ORDINANCE NO. 48-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH BHE ENVIRONMENTAL TO COMPLETE THE VAP APPROVAL ACTIVITIES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Squires seconded.
Mr. Osborn said Iíd like to bring Council up-to-date on how much we have invested so far in the remediation of the Burns property and what this particular ordinance means. Looking back to 1998 when we first started examining the Burns property as part of an acquisition process, we engaged a consulting firm, Chemron, and we spent $11,400 on environmental studies. During and after the acquisition process we did an additional evaluation using BHE as our consulting firm To date we have spent just over $49,000. Much of this expense to date is going to be directly usable as part of this Voluntary Action Plan (VAP) that is referred to in this ordinance. The Voluntary Action Program was established by EPA a few years ago so that owners of property that have contamination can approach EPA and work out an agreement as to how remediation will take place on that property. We hired BHE to complete the VAP. Our consultant will draft an assessment of the condition on the property and the processes that will be necessary for the remediation of the property. This particular property is contaminated with perchlorethalene, a product of dry cleaning. There was a dry cleaner on this site years ago. The perchlorethalene breaks down into other compounds which are carcinogenic so this is obviously something we have to address. The consultant will, as part of his service to the City, prepare what is called a "no further action letter", which means he is a certified environmental consultant with the State of Ohio, has done an evaluation and outlined what steps will be necessary to remediate the site, and heís saying that these sites are done. The site will be properly cleaned up. EPA will look at that report and issue a "letter not to sue." Once they understand that we are pledging to do certain steps to clean up this property, they will issue a letter saying the Ohio EPA will not bring any action against the current owner or future owners of the property. This then makes the property marketable. Nowadays, there has to be an environmental review by the lender before they will issue a loan. In a case like this, where there is contamination on site, you have to have something that has proven to the bank that the contamination has been addressed. This letter not to sue from the Ohio EPA is about as good as you can get. With this additional investment of $50,000 for the additional analysis, report writing and remedial work, we will be able to obtain, from the State of Ohio, a letter not to sue. This $50,000 brings our cost in the environmental services to $137,000. I have not factored in the Law Directorís fees. We have an environmental law firm that is supplementing what the Law Director is doing, we have spent just over $26,000 with that law firm since 1998. We do encourage Council to adopt this ordinance so we can attempt to sell the property and see it redeveloped.
Ordinance 48-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 49-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO AN L.P.A. FEDERAL PROJECT AGREEMENT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION OF THE STATE OF OHIO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Ordinance 49-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 50-2001 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH IMC SALT, INC., FOR THE PURCHASE OF HIGHWAY DE-ICING ROCK SALT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Osborn said the low bid is a new vendor for us. They are a supplier to other agencies in the county including the County itself. The price we are receiving on this bid is an increase of 30% over the rates we had two years ago. Fortunately we were able to fill the barn with salt at the old price under the old contract so we are going into this winter with sufficient salt theoretically to last us through two seasons.
Ordinance 50-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 51-2001 "REJECTING ALL BIDS REGARDING THE ROSS AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 51-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R10-2001 "PLEDGING COOPERATION WITH THE CITY OF FAIRFIELD IN THE ENGINEERING STUDY FOR THE WIDENING OF STATE ROUTE 4 IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Resolution R10-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R11-2001 "OFFERING PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED AND OFFERING SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Danbury said there really is nothing else anybody can say. I think weíre still in shock at what happened last week. I hope everybody continues to be patriotic and support the president and remember the people who have fought and died for our country. I hope this is a long lasting effect. I would like to stress to everybody that there are a lot of Arab-Americans who are totally innocent who are suffering just like all of us. I would hope that any kind of hate people would feel is towards the perpetrators, not necessarily the country they live in. I know we have a lot of patriotic citizens in Springdale who are of Arab descent. I have spoken with a few people. They feel the sorrow themselves and they have not felt the hatred themselves. These people had nothing to do with it.
Mr. Knox stated I echo what Mr. Danbury said but Iíd like to add one thing. The idiots who are terrorizing our own citizens, the Arab-Americans, canít tell the difference between them and several other people from that part of the world. I have people of Indian extraction who are neighbors and I donít know yet that they have been harassed but I have heard in other parts of the country, they have. So for the people who do things like that, stop doing it because you really donít know what you are doing. You are just making more problems for all of us. You are doing absolutely no good.
Mr. Squires said at a time like this, at my age I have seen this country go through a whole lot. I remember Pearl Harbor like it was yesterday. This certainly exceeds anything of that magnitude. You can ask yourself what you can do. You can do this resolution to show your support to the leaders that we have. If you are capable of giving blood, that can be greatly appreciated. Whatever financial donations through relief agencies that you feel you can contribute will be appreciated. The best thing we can all do is remain calm and try to go about our lives as we normally do go about our lives. If we crawl into a shell and hide from this thing Ė this struggle is not going to be easy. Mr. Danbury said he hopes we can maintain the national pride that we now have. I can certainly echo, re-echo and re-echo that because I have seen pride in our nation at an all-time high. I see it very high right now and there are sacrifices that are going to be made. If we can maintain that pride and our resolve to see this through in spite of our sacrifices, then as President Roosevelt said, we will gain the inevitable triumph. But itís going to take time.
Resolution R11-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R12-2001 "COMMENDING THE CITY OF NEW YORK, ESPECIALLY ITS FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL AS ITS MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI"
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mayor Webster said I really donít have anything to add. I think Mr. Vanover had a lot to do with these resolutions and whoever drafted these did a marvelous job. I donít know if I have the vocabulary to expand upon the disdain for the actions that has been expressed here. Ití absolutely deplorable. Itís something Iím sure none of us thought we would ever live to see in this country. I do want to commend Mr. Vanover for taking the initiative to have this put on the agenda. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers certainly go out to all of the victims and also the rescue people who are working very vigorously and all their leaders and our countryís leaders. All we can do is try to go forward. We have to try to express the hope and belief that we will recover from this and that we reassure our children. Thatís what this country is all about, making this a safe country once again for our children.
Mr. Squires stated Tom Brokaw has written a book called Americaís Greatest Generation. I will hope that Americaís greatest generation is still ahead of her. What they are doing in New York City, these people are definitely true heroes. They are working with just intolerable odds against them and the hope is still there that they will find people alive in that building. Americaís greatest generation as Mr. Brokaw put it were in World War II. We have gone many miles since that struggle ended, but Americaís generation has got to be ahead of us if we are going to succeed. Letís just hope it is.
Ms. Pollitt said I would like to thank our Maintenance Department and Mr. Butsch for getting the flags up. That was a well-received idea. I would like to thank all the residents who are displaying their flags. Iíd like to request of Mr. Rolfes, if you are elected, that you would see that the Pledge of Allegiance gets back into the schools on a daily basis. I think that is something that we need to instill in our young people and I would like to see that happen again in our school system.
Mr. Wilson said this resolution hits home real deep. Had it not been for my sister-in-law being sick on Tuesday, I probably would be in New York now. People getting together, writing resolutions, making donations, and saying prayers every night really makes you appreciate family and your friends.
Mr. Vanover said something that has always been a pet peeve of mine is that our kids did not understand or respect our national anthem. It just cut through me like a knife that you would look out a ballgame and see hats on their heads, walking, talking. Iíve since seen a difference. Unfortunately, we as human beings, donít realize what we have until itís been threatened and tried to be taken from us. All of us need to take a deep breath and say a prayer of thanks for what we do have. We have a long, arduous journey ahead of us. We need to educate our kids. Maybe we have been remiss and have just taken for granted that they will pick up on it. It was only after the passing of my father that I realized the ordeal he had gone through. He was in Korea at Chosen Reservoir. There were something like 50,000 men who went into that battle and only 7,500 came out. I wish I had taken the time to thank my dad for that. We all have our own stories but I think we need to do a better job of passing those on to our kids.
Resolution R12-2001 passed with seven affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
NEW BUSINESS - none
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Punt, Pass and Kick - September 30
Friday night flicks - October 5
Fire Department Open House - October 6
Kite Flying Contest - October 14
Halloween Carnival - October 28
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED FOR NEXT COUNCIL MEETING
Mr. Schneider has one item.
Council adjourned at 9: 10 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council