President of Council Marjorie Harlow called Council to order on November 19, 2008, at
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mrs. McNear gave the invocation.
Mrs. McNear took roll call. Present were Council members Danbury, Diehl, Galster, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and Harlow.
The minutes of November 5, 2008 were approved with seven affirmative votes.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
Civil Service Commission - no report
Rules and Laws - no report
Finance Committee - no report
Planning Commission Mr. Galster stated there were no business items. Planning and BZA had a joint work session presented by Greg Dale of McBride Dale Clarion.
Board of Zoning Appeals Mr. Danbury said they had two items on the agenda, one was withdrawn and the applicant for the other was not present.
Board of Health Mr. Squires said they had the second reading for the FSO/RFE fee schedule for 2009. The board discussed making available a have-a-heart trap for residents to use in order to cut costs for the animal nuisance program. They also discussed the food sampling program. A letter was read into the record from the Hamilton County Environmental Services addressed to Tim Zimmerman, president of Inotech Products concerning debris falling on cars. Seven hundred twelve flu vaccinations have been given so far. Vaccine is still available.
Veterans Memorial Committee - no report
O-K-I Mrs. McNear stated they are waiting for some election returns and that will determine who will be on the transportation committee. There is also a great deal of concern involving the future of ODOT funding levels because of the next federal funding legislation and a decrease of revenues generated through the gas tax. A resolution was passed by the executive committee relative to the secondary and primary seat belt laws. Currently Ohio has a secondary seat belt law which means you can only be cited for not wearing your seatbelt if you are stopped for some other moving violation. Ohio will be eligible for $26 to $31 million dollars for safety programs should the resolution pass.
Mayors Report - no report
Clerk of Council/Finance Director Mrs. McNear said I received a letter from the Ohio Ethics Committee inquiring about each persons status on Council and they will be sending documentation later in the year so you can file your financial disclosure.
Administrators Report Mr. Osborn said the switchover on the I-275 westbound project will begin Friday, November 21. The inside lanes have been built up and resurfaced. Now they have to switch the traffic to the new inside lanes and do the outside lanes. In order to do the switchover they have to close ramps for extended periods of time in order to build the ramps up to the inside lanes. They should reopen on Saturday. We have expressed in the strongest terms how important it is to try to get these ramps open ahead of their defined schedule. We have even asked that they try to get it done this weekend if at all possible because we dont want this to creep any further into the holiday season. We have even asked that they take on the SR 747 ramps first to try to get that interchange open as early as possible. The information has been shared with Tri-County Mall and their response was that they would rather see it happen this Saturday than any other time between now and the end of the year. We had tried to get them to do it Saturday night, Sunday morning but there is no provision in the contract for Sunday work.
Law Directors Report no report
Engineers Report - Mr. Shvegzda stated on Kemper Road Phase 3 they are in the process of releasing the force account deposit that we have with the railroad. Sunesis was the low bidder for the Crescentville Road/SR 747 project scheduled to begin in the spring of 2009. We are working through some issues on the Veterans Memorial fountain. The street program is substantially complete.
Mr. Danbury asked with the decrease in the price of oil, are you seeing a decrease in the amount it will cost for asphalt?
Mr. Shvegzda replied we havent seen new bids come in and we havent looked at unit prices on the SR 747/Crescentville Road.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION NO. R23 2008 A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TRI-COUNTY RETAIL DISTRICT PLAN FOR REVITALIZATION AS PRESENTED BY KINZELMAN KLINE GOSSMAN
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Resolution R23-2008 passed with seven affirmative votes.
OLD BUSINESS - none
Mrs. McNear said we have a liquor license request for a D3 license for New Orleans To Go. There were no objections.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Tree Lighting Ceremony - November 30
Board of Health - December 11
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Mr. Osborn stated over the next two meetings we will have some personnel related legislation, rates of compensation, some policy changes.
Council adjourned at 7 :21 p.m.
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Marjorie Harlow, President of Council