President of Council Randy Danbury called Council to order on December 1, 1999, 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 Galster, Manis, McNear, Pollitt, Vanover, Wilson and Danbury.
The minutes of November 17, 1999 were approved with six affirmative votes. Mr. Galster abstained.
Council was dismissed.
Mr. Schneider introduced Judge Melba Marsh. Mr. Schneider said Ms. Marsh has ten years experience on the bench in Hamilton County. She served on the municipal bench and is in her fourth year on the Court of Common Pleas. She is a fine legal scholar and is very effective in having a people feel for things. She is a distinguished judge in our opinion.
Ms. Marsh swore in Ed Knox, Clerk of Council/Finance Director; Steve Galster, Kathy McNear and Jim Squires, Council; and Doyle Webster, Mayor.
Roll call was take again. Present were Council members Galster, McNear, Pollitt, Squires, Vanover, Wilson and Danbury.
Mr. Vanover nominated Mrs. McNear as President of Council. Mrs. McNear was elected by acclamation. The meeting continued with Mrs. McNear as President of Council.
Mr. Squires nominated Mr. Vanover as vice-present of Council. Mr. Vanover was elected by acclamation.
Mr. Vanover nominated Ms. Pollitt as Council appointment to Planning Commission. Ms. Pollitt was appointed by acclamation.
Ms. Pollitt nominated Mr. Squires as Council appointment to Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Squires was appointed by acclamation.
RESOLUTION 25-1999 "COMMENDING PEGGY MANIS FOR HER SERVICE TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mr. Danbury said thank you, Peggy, for all the years you have served. I have known you for a long, long time. You are one of the people who has stated how you feel. People always knew what you meant. I appreciate your friendship. A lot of things weíve done in this City is because of your efforts. Mr. Knox called me the other day and asked me what boards and commissions youíve been on and I thought, what havenít you been on. Youíve been a very good servant to the City and I wish you the best.
Mr. Wilson said what else can we say. I met Peggy eight years ago when I was first appointed to the Planning Commission as a civilian. I learned the ropes of Planning from her. I then was fortunate enough to be elected to Council and still be on Planning and looking for guidance. Sheís always been a good friend and always will be a good friend. You always knew where Peggy stood. She never lied to anyone. She told you this is the way itís going to be; this is the way Iím going to vote and this is why. Her reasoning for her votes was always well thought out. There are very few people in public service who can say that.
Mr. Galster said Ms. Manis may not be on this Council but she has other involvements in other areas of the City and I think the City benefits a great deal from that involvement. The one thing I hope Council continues to do in Ms. Manisí departure is that she always tried to make it comfortable for the residents to come forward and speak before this board and I hope everybody continues that same philosophy.
Mr. Squires said Peggy served this City extremely well. I could say sheís a little lady with some very big shoes I have to fill. I look forward to the challenge. It will be hard work of which you have left quite a precedent for me to follow.
Mr. Wilson presented Ms. Manis with a watch. Mr. Wilson said the card says thank you because this is not good bye.
Ms. Manis said I would just like to thank everybody for their support over the years. Itís been a pleasure working with all of you and definitely a privilege representing the City. I really enjoyed my eight years on Council.
Resolution R25-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION 26-1999 "CONFIRMING THE MAYORíS APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD HUDDLESTON AS A MEMBER OF PLANNING COMMISSION"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mayor Webster said I would ask Councilís support on the next three resolutions. All three individuals currently serve on Planning Commission. Hopefully all three of them bring diverse views on various issues. Mr. Huddleston is a developer and I think he has brought a different perspective to issues and think heís a very valuable member. I ask for support for him and also Bill Syfert and Don Darby.
Mr. Vanover said it has been a pleasure to serve with Dick Huddleston. He gives the insight from the developerís perspective.
Resolution R26-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION 27-1999 "CONFIRMING THE MAYORíS APPOINTMENT OF WILLIAM SYFERT AS A MEMBER OF PLANNING COMMISSION"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mr. Wilson said Bill was on Planning when I got on it eight years ago. He brings a wealth of knowledge of procedures, knows all the guidelines and heís been a proven leader over the years; and Iím glad heís reappointed.
Mr. Vanover said he is currently serving as president of Planning Commission and he does an excellent job. He brings a nice continuity to the board.
Resolution 27-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION 28-1999 "CONFIRMING THE MAYORíS APPOINTMENT OF DON DARBY AS A MEMBER OF PLANNING COMMISSION"
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Wilson said I have know Mr. Darby for several years and have talked to him numerous times about whatís going on in the City and how weíve grown over the years. A second time I am pleased that the Mayor saw fit to put him on again. He was on years ago and stepped down for other obligations such as Civil Service Commission. Heís been a public servant for several years.
Mr. Vanover said Mr. Darby brings a class act to the board. He came in mid term and that is tough.
Mr. Danbury said I would like to commend all three members we are considering tonight. The board is a tough board. Mr. Darby has been everywhere within this community. He has a bad back and that is an issue and Iím just happy he was able to fill in for us. I think that was an excellent choice.
Resolution R28-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury nominated Dave Whitaker for Planning Commission. Mr. Whitaker was on Board of Zoning Appeals for a short time and recently we had a vacancy on Planning and he put his name in for consideration. He has a various extension background in building endeavors.
Mr. Vanover nominated Dave Okum. Heís our authoritarian; he dots the iís and crosses the tís.
Mr. Squires said both of those gentlemen served admirably with me on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Dave Whitaker and David Okum both are experts in their field. They are very valuable members and dedicated public servants.
Mr. Wilson said if there are no other nominations and since we have two positions available maybe we can kill two birds with one stone.
Mr. Schneider stated we need a separate resolution for each.
Mr. Danbury withdrew his nomination of Dave Whitaker for R29-199.
RESOLUTION 29-1999 "APPOINTING DAVID OKUM AS A MEMBER OF PLANNING COMMISSION"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded. Resolution R29-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury nominated Dave Whitaker for Planning Commission.
RESOLUTION 30-1999 "APPOINTING DAVE WHITAKER AS A MEMBER OF PLANNING COMMISSION"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Resolution R30-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Ms. Pollitt nominated Robert Weidlich for the Board of Zoning Appeals. He has been a resident of Springdale since June 1951. He has been a homeowner since 1973. He has been involved in Cub Scouts, Academic Boosters at Princeton High School and was president of that association in 1997. He served on the residential building permit fee committee a few years back when it was decided to remove the fees for building permits for residents. Mr. Weidlich is a GE Aircraft Engines senior draft designer. He has been there for 33 years and I think he would make an excellent addition to BZA.
RESOLUTION 31-1999 "APPOINTING ROBERT WEIDLICH AS A MEMBER OF BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Resolution R31-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Ms. Pollitt nominated Marge Boice to Charter Revision Committee.
RESOLUTION 32-1999 "APPOINTING MARGE BOICE AS A MEMBER OF CHARTER REVISION"
Mr. Squires made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Resolution R32-1999 passed with seven affirmative votes.
Mr. Osborn stated I just want to update you on an item I brought to your attention at the last meeting; that is, the North King TIF tax incentive agreement between the Princeton School District, North King Developers and the City of Springdale. The agreement has now been executed by the officials for the Board of Education and by the developer. The developer has tendered the executed copies to my office. In discussing the agreement with Mr. Tipton today, they were closing today on the Bahama Breeze property sale and the next major piece will be the six story office building closest to Avon. That was initially scheduled to close between December 1 and 15; however, the purchaser wants to have the three-way agreement with the City, school district and developer consummated before they will close. I suggested to Mr. Tipton that they see if they couldnít move the closing to December 16 because we will have the opportunity to put this before you on December 15. That may happen but I may have to ask you for a brief, special Council session if, for some reason we canít get the closing set back to December 16 or later. In the interim I will be circulating a copy of the agreement for your review.
Mr. Danbury said I would like to request four resolutions for the next meeting. Mr. Colemanís position on Civil Service will be expiring at the end of the year. I did speak with him and he is interested in continuing. I would also like a resolution honoring Mr. Tom Schecker for his service to BZA; Michelle Miller for her service on Parks and Recreation Commission and a resolution honoring Mrs. Barbara Ewing for her service to BZA.
Mayor Webster said my appointees to the Board of Zoning Appeals are Jane Huber and Robert Apke. Mrs. Huber worked for the City for 18 Ĺ years before retiring seven years ago. A good deal of that time was spent in our Building Department. Sheís a lifelong resident of the City and will not only bring her Building Department background but also historical knowledge and good common sense. Mr. Apke has lived in Springdale since 1994; works for P&G as a senior research associate; is a graduate of Finneytown High School and Ohio State University and received his MBA from Xavier University. I feel he will be a valuable addition and a productive member of the board.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that I have reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission Mrs. Carmen Daniels, Mr. Gene Burt, Mr. Tony Potts and Mr. Joe Ramirez. Iíve also appointed Mr. Rob Hormann replacing Michelle Miller. Michelle Miller wanted to continue but she had a conflict with this and school activities. We certainly look forward to working with these individuals as we expand our facilities at the Community Center.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
Mayor Webster said I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr. Galster, Mr. Knox and Mrs. McNear for their re-elections to their respective positions and I would like to welcome Mr. Squires to our City government. I would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Randy Danbury who served the City very well as Vice-Mayor and President of Council for six years. In my twenty-eight years of involvement I am not aware of any other person who served the City in that capacity for six years. Personally youíve been a big help to me as Vice-Mayor the past four years and I appreciate that. I also look forward to working with our new President of Council and Vice-Mayor, Mrs. McNear. Iíd also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported both of the candidates in this last election. Iíd like to extend a special thanks to my wife. Without her help I wouldnít be sitting here. Iíd also like to thank my daughter, Julie, and her husband, Harry, for all the work that they did. It certainly was a family effort. Of the last nine local government seats that have been up for election here, some of those have been unopposed. I think that speaks volumes of the jobs that we collectively are doing for the citizens of this city. Itís nice to run unopposed, although I was not one of the seven who had that experience; however, the experience of knocking on every door in the months of September and October and meeting the people was very rewarding. Believe it or not, I was really sad when the campaign came to a close. If you donít have anything to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you might want to take a stroll through your neighborhoods and find out whatís on your constituentsí minds. The people of Springdale are good people. They are very gracious. Of all the doors I knocked on I can count on one hand the number of people who are just nasty. It was probably just a bad day and we all have those. I think the election was a mandate for the job that all of us are doing here; all the Council people, the Administration and certainly all the City work force and I see one of those people sitting here this evening. It speaks volumes for the job we are doing. The only thing we have to sell is service and we need to do that well.
Mayor Webster said I ran across something from one of our illustrious senators, George Voinovich that Iíd like to share with you. It says "I believe governmentís highest calling is to empower people and galvanize their energy and resources to help solve our problems, meet our challenges and seize our opportunities. I also believe itís a leaderís role to reach deep into every individual, draw out the goodness thatís inside and inspire people to use that goodness to help themselves, their families and their communities." I think we should all take heed of that. In 1996 we brought the facilitator in and we all sat around the same table and set goals and missions and created a mission statement for the community. Iíd just like to close this evening by reading that vision statement that we collectively put together for Springdale and the role we saw the government playing. And it reads like this: "Springdale is a thriving, vibrant community, home to a diverse family of residential and business citizens, dedicated to providing premium services to enhance the quality of life to all who live, work or visit in our community, today, tomorrow and in the future."
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Zoning Regulation - Presentation by consultant and Building Official
January 5, 2000
Contract for waste collection - - December 15
Vacation plat & dedication for Vineyard Church - December 15
Employee compensation - December 15
Resolution approving the second amended
certificate as approved by the Budget Commission - December 15
Final Supplemental Appropriation and Transfer
Ordinance for 1999 - December 15
Agreement with CDS - December 15
Agreement with Wood & Lamping - December 15
Three resolutions for Board of Health - December 15
Resolution for Pam Packer - December 15
Ordinance 53-1999 - December 15
REQUEST FOR LEGISLATION
Civil Service reappointment of Bob Coleman - December 15
Resolution for Tom Schecker - December 15
Resolution for Michelle Miller - December 15
Resolution for Barbara Ewing - December 15
North King TIF agreement - December 15
Christmas light judging - December 10 Ė14
Announce winners - December 15
Awards presentation - January 5
Council adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Kathy McNear, President of Council