President of Council Kathy McNear
called Council to order on
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members
The minutes of
Mr. Knox said I will read a portion
of a letter form Duke Energy: “This
letter is to inform you that Duke Energy
Mayor Webster read two communications. One read: “We would like to thank you and Council for the honor of being presented at Council the lovely clock. It was an honor and fun to work at the bicentennial events. Our city is growing and getting more beautiful under your watch. Sincerely, Harold and Bob Dauer”
Mayor Webster read another letter
addressed to Mrs. McNear and members of Council, copy to him. “I’d like to thank the City of
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mr. Danbury made a motion that Council go into executive session as a committee of the whole to discuss possible real estate issues. Mr. Vanover seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative vote
Council went into executive session at and reconvened at
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE NO. 82-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO APPROVE A CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $340,679.75 TO INCREASE THE CONTRACT OF SUNESIS CONSTRUCTION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE KEMPER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, PHASE 3, CONTRACT B, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster.
Ordinance 82-2006 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 83-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO APPROVE A CHANGE ORDER IN THE CONTRACT OF TREND CONSTRUCTION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KEMPER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS PHASE 3, CONTRACT A TO ALLOW PAYMENT OF A 5% GENERAL CONTRACT FEE FOR TREND CONSTRUCTION’S COORDINATION OF CONTRACT B AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Danbury made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Ordinance 83-2006 passed with six affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 84-2006 “AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE WITH JERMAINE CRUTCHFIELD AND YOLANDA CRUTCHFIELD FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 703 YORKHAVEN, SPRINGDALE, OHIO 45246, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY”
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Ordinance 84-2006 passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury said Council has two board positions to address. One is Judy Simmons on Charter Revision and the other is Mr. Strange from Civil Service. There are two Mayor appointments to Board of Health also.
Mr. Danbury said I had a phone call from a resident who saw an article in the newspaper last Sunday on wood boilers, a way to heat your home. There’s an outside shed that would have a wood stove in it. Then some kind of fluid would come in and heat your home. Her concern is that some of these are not that efficient and there are a lot of problems with ashes blowing throughout the neighborhood. The article stated there could be some health issues as well. I spoke with Mr. McErlane and he said at this time we don’t have anything on the books to outlaw them. He said the EPA may have issues. I thought we could see if the Board of Health thought it could have negative influence on the interior or the house as well as the exterior.
Mayor Webster said I suggest you have your Rules and Laws Committee take it up and then if they need input from the Board of Health, we could discuss it. Mr. Schneider, do you know of any other communities who have taken this issue up? Mr. Schneider replied no.
Mr. Danbury said BZA and Planning would also be involved if they are going to have a separate shed out there.
Mayor Webster asked Mr. Tulloch about the system.
Mr. Tulloch said a friend in
Mr. Galster said if there are health considerations it would be nice to know that before Rules and Laws looks at it.
Mayor Webster said we can put it on next week’s agenda.
Mr. Galster said I don’t know how big these sheds are. I don’t know that they wouldn’t be viewed as a separate structure. Our code now regulates satellite dishes once you get above the mini dishes. It seems to me if it requires a structure it is probably covered but we can look at it.
Mr. Vanover stated you want to take into consideration that there are a number of homes in the City with fireplaces that burn wood. Essentially, that’s what that is except it is attached to a boiler. The fireplaces are probably no more efficient combustion than what the boiler is. These systems are not cheap and to retrofit is not a weekend job. How far into our friends’ and neighbors’ pockets do we want to get our regulations?
Mr. Danbury said the issue is if the Board of Health does not say it’s a health hazard inside, it is a proven fact that it will discharge more ashes in the neighborhood, does Council want to eliminate that issue in advance. I don’t want someone to go purchase this and then find out it’s a problem.
Mayor Webster said why don’t we let the Building Department spearhead this and gather data about the process? We can see if any other communities have tried to regulate this and also get sizes.
Mr. Parham stated the preventive maintenance agreement for this building is up for renewal. Our current contractor is Premier Mechanical and they are proposing that we enter into an agreement with them again at the same rate, approximately $24,000. Because it is under $25,000 we would not need legislation but there are times that it requires additional work and other things that we may need. Therefore, we think it is appropriate to bring legislation before Council.
Mr. Parham continued each time we enter into labor negotiations with our bargaining units the contracts always expire December 31st. Because you begin the process in one year, when you go into the subsequent year, the fact finder does not have the ability to make financial recommendations towards the group unless each party decides to sign an agreement. We’ve signed the agreement in the past and I ask that Council, with a motion, would authorize us to permit the fact finder to make those financial recommendations. The downfall, if we do not enter into this type of agreement, he/she can’t make those recommendations and if we have to go to fact finding or conciliation and we choose not to give them an increase in 2007, the conciliator can double, triple or make it even worse for us.
Mr. Vanover made a motion to allow the City to sign an agreement with the fact finder during bargaining negotiations. Mr. Galster seconded. The motion passed with six affirmative votes.
Mr. Parham said the no smoking ban
goes into effect tomorrow,
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Committee - December 11, Planning Commission -
Board of Zoning Appeals - December 19
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT - none
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
HVAC service contract - December 20
Board of Health appointments (2) - December 20
Civil Service appointment - December 20
Charter Revision appointment - December 20
Council adjourned at
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council