President of Council Randy Danbury called Council to order on December 16, 1998, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance. Mr. Knox gave the invocation. Mr. Danbury asked for a moment of silence for Ms. Pollitt’s stepmother, Mrs. Lechta Prather.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Galster, Manis, McNear, Pollitt, Vanover, Wilson and Danbury.
The minutes of November 18, 1998 and December 2, 1998 were each approved with 7 affirmative votes.
COMMITTEE AND OFFICIAL REPORTS
RULES AND LAWS - no report
PUBLIC RELATIONS - no report
PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY & WELFARE - no report
PUBLIC WORKS – Mr. Vanover said the 1998 street program work is complete. A work session with the Public Works committee is scheduled for January to discuss the 1999 street program.
PUBLIC UTILITIES - no report
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS – Ms. Manis reported on the West Kemper Road storm sewer Phase II project, 21 of 23 homeowners have signed the easement agreement already and construction will take place next summer. All of the site work is completed on the Public Works expansion. The salt dome construction is under way and should be completed the week of December 21. The Community Center expansion is on schedule and should be advertised for bid in early February.
The total budget for projects in 1998 was $1,925,560. The final cost with two projects not quite final, is $1,822,736.
FINANCE COMMITTEE – Mr. Wilson stated we will be voting on two ordinances this evening, Ordinances 71 and 72.
PLANNING COMMISSION – Mr. Galster said they met December 8. The first item on the agenda was the approval of a proposed garage at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. There was no representation and that was removed from the agenda with 6-0 vote.
There was final plan approval for The First Watch Restaurant, 11711 Princeton Pike. On the side of Borders is a temporary Sprint Store and a cut out where there is no building. They are going to add a building into the cut out area. They will move Sprint to the new building and First Watch Restaurant will go where Sprint is presently. There were a lot of concerns about parking and they seemed to all have been addressed. There is a curb cut that is right in front of there that has been a thorn in the City’s side for a while and that will be removed. This was approved 5-0.
We had a preliminary plan approval for Golf Galaxy, Commons Drive. This will go next to Mars Music. Basically it is a complete golf shop with indoor driving range, tutoring, etc. That was approved 5-0-1.
Sprint has a temporary banner up. They were unable to get their sign together and they asked that they be allowed to keep the banner until the sign comes in. That was approved 6-0.
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS – Mrs. McNear said they met last evening. The first item on the agenda was to elect officers for the upcoming year. We did re-elect all the same members we had last year because they did such an excellent job. The chairman is Jim Squires; vice-chair, Dave Okum; secretary, Barbara Ewing.
We had one item on the agenda. Glen and Bev Phillips, 11472 Rose Lane requested a variance to allow an RV and a trailer on a concrete pad behind the fence in their back yard. This property is in a unique location. It’s probably one or two houses before you come to Forest Park. You can’t see the trailer at all when you drive by and the only part of the RV you see is the back end. After much deliberation the variance was granted 5-1.
BOARD OF HEALTH – Ms. Pollitt stated the board met December 10. We discussed the Best Western situation. Ken Martinez, project officer from NIOSH came and provided us with a report which I put in everyone’s mailbox. He brought us up to date on what is happening. He is working very closely with the Board of Health as well as the Building Department to make sure everything is done properly and in a timely fashion. He will be getting back with us periodically. He stated also that they would be more than willing to give written reports as they become available. A lot of the report was very technical in regards to the types of molds; what is acceptable and what isn’t; the air quality. He said this is not uncommon. There have been similar situations but they are generally in the south.
We also talked about the nuisance animal report. We talked about it in the budget discussion last meeting. Last year our budget on that was $15,000. This year our expenditures are $8,800. I asked about the fluctuation and the Health Commissioner said that just happens. Some years it jumps up; then it goes down for a year or two and then back up.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION – Mr. Coleman reported that the Civil Service Commission acknowledges the permanent appoint of the violations bureau clerk, Rosalyn Hamilton, effective November 3. The Commission has authorized the City to begin the process to create a new eligibility list for the position of patrol officer. The current list was due to expire in July and the number of individuals on that list was pretty low. We provided a list of ten candidates for the position of fire fighter. We granted authorization to the City to use the current eligibility list for the position of account clerk I in order to fill the full-time administrative secretary position in the Administrative Department. I understand we had some pretty outstanding individuals on that list and it seemed very appropriate that we would go back to that list to access individuals for that administrative secretary position.
Ms. Pollitt asked, we’re hiring a secretary from an account clerk list.
Mr. Coleman replied that the requirements for the position indicate that it is very clerical in nature. The individuals we had interviewed previously did have sufficient skills in an administrative background so it did not seem prudent to go back and retest a whole new group of people again.
Mr. Danbury said Mr. Coleman, you have had a very busy year and Council and the Administrative appreciate all the work that you have done. You are going to be busy next year too.
O-K-I - no report
MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Webster said we would like to have another Police Night on January 6. We would like to introduce to you our newest captain, newest sergeant and newest police officer, all of who have been recommended by the Civil Service Commission.
For a final yearly report on the debris removal program, that continues to be one of the more popular services that the City offers its residents, through early this week, the Public Works Department had received and serviced 323 requests for trucks. This year we did put a limitation of three times for the number of times a person could request a truck.
I would like to announce the winners of the Christmas awards and would like to have these people come in January 6, 1999. I know the press has this list. For those of you listening, if you get a chance to drive by some of these addresses please do so. It’s well worth it.
AREA 1Beacon and Oxford Hills, Kenn Rd. (north of I-275)
1st Place - Toler Family of 12065 Brookston Dr.
1st Place – Runge Family of 799 Yorkhaven Rd.
2nd Place – Knueven Family of 697 Cedarhill Dr.
3rd Place – Daniels Family of 662 Yorkhaven Rd.
Honorable Mention –Lee Family of 808 Ashcroft Ct.
Honorable Mention –Taylor Family of 761 Yorkhaven Rd.
Honorable Mention – Walters Family of 894 Yorkhaven Rd.
AREA 2 Springdale Lake Dr., Ray Norrish Dr.
Glensprings Area (including the five cul-de-sacs)
1st Place – Veldhuis Family of 12095 Springdale Lake Dr.
2nd Place – Turner Family of 12065 Springdale Lake Dr.
3rd Place – Okum Family of 11985 Springdale Lake Dr.
Honorable Mention – Foster Family of 699 Glensprings Dr.
Honorable Mention – Martin Family of 525 Ray Norrish Dr.
Honorable Mention – Landsom Family of 11833 Knollsprings Ct.
AREA 3 Cloverdale Area, Smiley, Park, and Allen
West Kemper (west of Route 4) (north side)
Kenn Rd. (south of I-275), S.R. 4 (north of Kemper)
1st Place - Bosken Family of 681 Allen Ave.
1st Place - Plum Family of 580 Cloverdale Ave.
2nd Place - Adams Family of 666 Allen Ave.
3rd Place - Singer Family of 693 Allen Ave.
Honorable Mention - Wolf Family of 462 Dimmick Ave.
Honorable Mention - Emerson Family of 696 Allen Ave.
Honorable Mention – Laage Family of 616 Cloverdale
Honorable Mention – Sunderman Family of 567 Smiley Ave.
AREA 4 Observatory Area, Grandin Area
Baldwin Subdivision, West Kemper (south side)
1st Place – Heckman Family of 11551 Madison Ave.
2nd Place – Di Marco Family of 585 Grandin Ave.
3rd Place – Seiller Family of 553 Observatory Dr.
Honorable Mention – Wright Family of 11490 Whallon Ct.
Honorable Mention – Plvan / Niemeier Family of 11487 Bernhart Ct.
Honorable Mention – Foster Family of 577 Observatory Dr.
AREA 5 Glenview Subdivision, Cameron Rd. Area, West Sharon Rd., Olde Gate
1st Place – Stacy Family of 375 Cameron Rd.
2nd Place – Williamson Family of 376 Cameron Rd.
3rd Place – Turner Family of 370 Glensharon Rd.
Honorable Mention – Oaks Family of 393 Cameron Rd.
Honorable Mention – Waller Family of 496 Rockcrest Dr.
Honorable Mention – Herb Family of 10912 Fallstone Dr.
AREA 6 Springdale Terrace Subdivision
Royal Oaks Subdivision. Kemper (east of Route 4)
1st Place – Parrett Family of 196 Balsam Ct.
2nd Place – Carroll Family of 11718 Van Cleve Ave.
3rd Place – Owens Family of 105 Harter Ave.
Honorable Mention – Salatowski Family of 11783 Van Cleve Ave.
Honorable Mention - Meyer / Vanover Family of 11817 Neuss Ave. Honorable Mention - Woelfel Family of 11708 Van Cleve Ave.
Honorable Mention – Brady Family of 11813 Neuss Ave.
AREA 7 Heritage Hill Subdivision, McClellans Lane, East Crescentville Rd.
1st Place - Rish Family of 12122 Audie Ct.
2nd Place – Schmidt Family of 1003 Pilgrim Place
3rd Place - Wolsing Family of 705 Castro Ln.
Honorable Mention – Hicsonmez of 12095 Cornavin Ct.
Honorable Mention – Ball Family of 978 Tivoli Ln.
Honorable Mention - Atkisson Family of 780 Ledro St.
Honorable Mention – Corwin Family of 12149 Benadir Rd.
CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR – Mr. Knox said I have answers to quite a few questions here. First of all, I would like to compliment Mr. Coleman on the idea they had because the administrative secretary will also be answering questions for the Tax Department so somebody with an accounting background will be quite beneficial to everybody. The Health Commissioner said his estimate of $10,400 on the animal nuisance budget looks like a good one. There are some encumbrances to come in at the end of December. I should point out that the Mayor, who has an eagle eye, found an error in last month’s trial balance where we had miscoded something that ended from 10 to 20. That is the general property tax revenue and will be corrected in December. It should have been in the tangible personal property revenue.
I ask your forbearance on the income from Collectech. There were so many questions and things to do this month I didn’t get to that one. I could not yet find the answer as to where the basis for the liquor license payments comes from. I will look for that also.
For the residents you will probably notice that your cable bill is going up. The FCC has looked into the two facets of this; the annual increase that is allowed under the social contract and the increase in cost, and the FCC has found both of them to be whole and proper.
ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Mr. Osborn said on the Community Center project, since our last Council meeting we have achieved a major milestone in the planning process. We had the 50% completion review on the plan details. There is at least one major staff meeting a week with the architects and administrative personnel. Mr. Parham is the primary representative for the administration on this project. One of the outcomes of that review is the tentative selection of materials, either fabrics, bricks, surface finishes, carpeting, etc. I think we’ve narrowed it down to a very agreeable palate. The architect is in the process of accumulating samples that we can have mounted on a board and brought before you for a presentation in January. The schedule for the project is still bidding the project in February 1999; beginning construction in April 1999; and completion in late July 2000.
One of the areas that has been reviewed since last Council meeting is the construction phasing. As part of that review we were shown a copy of a plan with the construction perimeter drawn on the site. That has raised some concerns for the recreation staff and for Mr. Parham and me as well as to how we can safely operate the 1999 Spirit of Springdale. We are presently in a review mode to determine if we can have it. I have a set of plans with me this evening with the constructionperimeter marked up if anyone would like to see it. We had a meeting today involving both police and fire chiefs, as well the architects, recreation staff, Mr. Parham and me. The issues we are looking at are as mundane as logistics for the vendors. Not only do you have to get them in there, you have to keep them supplied. They need some way of accessing the site of the festival by vehicle. Otherwise, they will have to hand carry or two-wheel their supplies over a significant distance to restock. There will be limited access for pedestrians to get on the property from either parking lots or busses. And there is the critical issue of how we can control the exodus of 10,000 people from the site after the fireworks are concluded. Another problem is the proximity of the whole festival operation to a major construction site while it’s in progress. There are ways to get around that by putting up more secure perimeter fencing but that’s an added expense. With the additional parking lots we are adding, this penetrates into what has been the fall out zone for the fireworks. We’ll have to see if we can reposition the firing tubes for the fireworks or if we need to step down to a four inch mortar from a five inch mortar for our biggest shells. This is an item we want to reach a conclusion on fairly shortly because of the lead time in promoting the event, making reservations for busses, etc. We have to make this decision by January for a project that is not going to be bid until April and then will be under construction for three months. We have to guess as best we can how big the perimeter of the construction zone is going to be July 1. You don’t want to cancel an event that has a lot of momentum behind it, but at the same time you don’t want to trade off perpetuating that momentum at the risk of endangering the public. We are approaching this with the idea that we want to have the festival and at the same time we would like to make it a safe event.
Ms. Manis asked will there be an entrance way to the fields?
Mr. Osborn replied I think most people will park in the new lots and walk down the bike path along field 3.
Mr. Danbury asked has there been any consideration to parking behind the current gymnasium towards the houses?
Mr. Osborn responded it received discussion but we have been reluctant to do that because of the wear and tear on the fields, and also we would have to control that area to organize the parking. If it rains you run the risk of vehicles being stuck in the mud and of doing damage to your fields.
Mayor Webster said there is a whole litany of problems and all of them can be solved if you throw enough money, time and effort at them. However, the one major problem is the safety of moving 10,000 people out of that facility at one time. As much as we want to do the festival, I think we have to be more assured than we are now that we can safely the masses of people. Right now I don’t think we feel all that comfortable trying to do that.
Ms. Manis said I’d rather see it not happen one year as opposed to being tarnished if something bad should happen.
Mayor Webster said we talked about that today. It’s not easy to get vendors. Some of them rely very heavily on this event for their operating budgets. In fairness to them, if we do it halfway and it’s going to be a bust, that will leave a bad taste in their mouths. If we are going to cancel, let’s do it early so they can seek other events to display their wares.
Mr. Danbury said we willlook at January 20 to make a decision.
LAW DIRECTOR’S REPORT - no report
ENGINEER’S REPORT – Mr. Shuler said at the last meeting Mr. Weaver was in from Chesterdale Road and talked about traffic issues. Chief Laage and I have had a meeting with Mr. Weaver. We’ve talked through all of his thoughts and concerns. We told him we would look into those and report back to him in January. The chief is looking at doing additional patrolling in that area. We’re going to look at other issues such as proper visibility of stop signs.
Ms. Manis asked was Sharonville involved at all?
Mr. Shuler replied this meeting was just between Chief Laage, Mr. Weaver and me. Chief Laage has spoken with the Police Chief in Sharonville on some of the issues.
A Cincinnati Waterworks project is going to start in January. It’s the replacement of the water main on Kemper Road between Rt. 4 and Rt. 747. They will be putting a new 12 inch main in this area. Two years ago we got into this with Waterworks because we were looking at resurfacing the section of Kemper Road between Rt. 747 and Northland Boulevard. As most of you have seen there is a leaking main in front of Sweeney’s. Every time we do resurfacing, within a year it’s leaking and the asphalt is pealing off. We wanted them to fix that area before we did the resurfacing. At that time they indicated to us that they had a long range capital improvements project to replace that entire main so we have encouraged them to move up that time table. That project is finally going to construction. It will begin in January and will take about five months to complete.
Mr. Knox asked will the construction be on the south side of Kemper Road?
Mr. Shuler replied yes. All of the work on the major intersections will be done overnight to try to reduce the affect on our traffic.
COMMUNICATIONS - none
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Mr. Coleman asked regarding the festival, have you considered moving the vendors and booth locations up by the elementary school; thereby shifting the crowd in that direction away from the construction site?
Mr. Osborn responded we looked at putting the festival on the new parking lot we are constructing between the Police Department and the elementary school which would give access to both from the elementary school area and the Lawnview Avenue side area. The staff didn’t feel we’d have enough room in there. We’ve also talked about moving the busses up to that area but the narrowness of those streets is a problem.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
ORDINANCE 70-1998 – tabled until January 6, 1999
ORDINANCE NO. 71-1998 "SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT EXPENSES AND OTHER EXPENDITURES FOR THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE, OHIO DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1998"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded.
Mr. Knox said the numbers are quite interesting and a little hard to understand. I would like to try to explain them a little bit. The Other Special Revenues Fund is a bookkeeping situation brought on by the fact that originally we thought we were only going to get $6,000 for the COPFAST program. We ended up with $37,000. There was another line of $3,500 involved in the same situation. That money was actually paid out of the General Fund so we are moving the money back in to the General Fund. The money going to Capital Improvements is those things approved by Council during the year. The $46,000 to the Residential Recycling Incentive Fund is because we never get as much money as we have to expend so we have to make an annual appropriation. We missed the OBBS fund by $30. The appropriation made to the General Fund is made so that money can go into the Capital Improvement Fund. We are actually moving about $2.5 million.
Ms. Manis asked did we not budget any money for the 1997 street program?
Mr. Osborn said in the last couple of years our budget certificate didn’t have enough resources authorized for the capital budget. In order to be legal we essentially canceled P.O.s and reinstituted the P.O.s the following year. We really wanted to get to the point that we didn’t have to do that because it is shell game. It’s satisfying the law but it’s corrupting our numbers. We had this money encumbered in 1997 but it was never re-encumbered in 1998. That won’t happen next year because Mr. Knox has taken the steps to get an amended certificate that will also authorize the expenses we already project for the capital budget.
Ordinance 71-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 72-1998 "ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1999"
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded. Ordinance 72-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 73-1998 "AUTHORIZING A CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $61,698.50 TO THE CONTRACT OF BARRETT PAVING MATERIALS, INC. FOR THE W. SHARON ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mrs. McNear made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Osborn said I would like to discuss this ordinance and the next one in the context of our overall capital budget for 1998 related to highway projects. Included in that will be West Sharon Road, West Kemper Road, the summer street program and the public works site improvement and HVAC at the Police Department. In 1998 we were expecting these projects to cost $1,925,000 collectively. We now have a final cost of $1,822,000. So while we have a couple of projects before you for some change orders, looking at the net consequences of our programs this year, we have actually come in under budget by $100,000. At the public meeting on the Sharon Road project some issues came out. One issue was the lack of a left turn lane eastbound on Sharon Road to northbound on Rt. 4. A second issue involved rear end accidents eastbound just west of Ballinger and the problem of vehicles turning into Ballinger stopping westbound on Sharon Road. The solution at that point was to add another left turn lane onto Ballinger westbound to southbound, a median turn lane for vehicles accessing Brooks & Son, the drive thru, etc. We felt they were both legitimate requests by the residents and we estimated at that time that it would be about $60,000. We had been given some indication that we might we able to cancel out or non-perform about that same amount of money in waterworks improvements for which we would be responsible as part of this project. After we did get into construction it was learned that we did not have the option of eliminating the waterworks element that I had initially indicated and as a result, the project improvements that we have added are coming back as new costs to the project.
Ordinance 73-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 74-1998 "AUTHORIZING A CHANGE ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $28,627.88 TO THE CONTRACT OF C. J. & L. CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SPRINGDALE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY EXPANSION AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded.
Mr. Osborn said this is another project where we ran into some conditions after construction began which we needed to add to the project. The first is the demolition of our existing salt dome. We had initially intended to do that through a purchase order. When we solicited proposals all of our proposals came in in excess of $10,000 which would mean we would have to bid it out. We received a proposal from our contractor on site to do the same work at the same price. Rather than go through the process of a specification writing situation we decided to roll this into the existing contract.
The second item involved the minor widening of St. Rt. 4 at the point where the new driveway from the maintenance facility enters Springfield Pike. The idea has been to create a left turn stacking lane for vehicles going southbound on Rt. 4 choosing to turn into the maintenance facility. You have a vertical curve and horizontal curve on Springfield Pike in that area. If we have a dump truck at the top of the hill waiting to turn into the maintenance facility we are concerned about the obstruction of traffic, slowing down, etc. We’ve elected to put a turn lane in at that point. This also provides us with the opportunity to move the transition from a single northbound lane to multiple northbound lanes further away from the Northland intersection, giving us more queing space at the intersection itself, and this change was constructed in such a way that we intend to add another lane to Rt. 4 to provide a center turn lane. The cross section of the street is now configured back as far as the driveway matches that future project so the new project would pick up just south of the driveway we just installed.
In response to Ms. Manis, Mr. Osborn stated the driveway is slightly north of Cameron. Mayor Webster said it could be signalized if we chose to do that.
Mr. Danbury said this ordinance is for $28,627.88. The two items you have identified add up to $22,324. There is a difference of $6,303. Are those the incidentals you mentioned?
Mr. Osborn replied yes. That site was a marshy area and even had a pond on it. We took borings as broadly around the site as possible to test the condition of the soil. At the point that we had to build a retaining wall we ran into a very soft spot and we had to remove a lot more material from the site to get down to compactable earth.
Ordinance 74-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 75-1998 "ACCEPTING A PROPOSAL UNDER THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH
STENGER FORD FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIVE 1999 CROWN VICTORIAS FOR USE AS POLICE VEHICLES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Ms. Pollitt made a motion to adopt and Mrs. McNear seconded.
Mr. Osborn said these are actually 1999 ordinances. We are doing it in December 1998 in order to get in line to place an order.
Ordinance 75-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 76-1998 "ACCEPTING A PROPOSAL UNDER THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH NELSON AUTO GROUP FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE 1999 DODGE INTREPID FOR USE AS A POLICE VEHICLE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded.
Mr. Osborn said this is an undercover vehicle, not intended to be a cruiser and costs less than the cruisers.
Ordinance 76-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 77-1998 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO AMEND THE CONTRACT OF CDS ASSOCIATES, INC. FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded.
Mr. Galster asked are we paying the computer time CAD design costs?
Mr. Shuler replied the computer CAD design costs are for all the equipment in addition to the operator.
Ordinance 77-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
ORDINANCE NO. 78-1998 "AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CLERK OF COUNCIL/FINANCE DIRECTOR TO AMEND THE AGREEMENT WITH WOOD & LAMPING FOR LEGAL SERVICES TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY"
Mrs. McNear made a motion to adopt and Mr. Wilson seconded. Ordinance 78-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury stated Mr. Hal Rink’s position on Charter Revision is open and Mr. Rink is not interested in being reappointed.
Ms. Manis nominated Beth Chavies for the position. Ms. Chavies has lived here her whole life and has expressed an interest in the position.
RESOLUTION R15-1998 "APPOINTING BETH CHAVIES AS A MEMBER OF THE CHARTER REVISION COMMITTEE"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Ms. Manis seconded. Resolution R15-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
Ms. Manis nominated Ted Tarter to continue on Civil Service Commission.
RESOLUTION R16-1998 "APPOINTING THEODORE TARTER AS A MEMBER OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded. Resolution R16-1998 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
Mr. Danbury said I received a phone call from a resident who lives on Smiley Avenue. Evidently we are having more sewer backups on Smiley Avenue. Mr. Osborn was right on top of it and got Mr. Butsch to look into it. I would like to invite anyone in the audience to let us know if they have any problems. We haven’t had that much rain in the last week or two. That’s a brand new pipe line and there has to be an obstruction somewhere.
NEW BUSINESS - none
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Pollitt stated that the Dependent Firefighters Fund will meet January 6, 1999 at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Conference Room.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT/RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED
Newsracks - February
Ordinance 70-1998 - January 6, 1999
Mr. Wilson said we have four Princeton students in the audience for a government project and I would like them to introduce themselves. They are Michael Wilson, Danita Adams, Jamelah Martinez and Hosea Crowell.
Mayor Webster said I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday. The City had a good year in 1998.
Mr. Danbury said I would like to thank Council and the Administration for a very productive year. We’ve had a lot of issues before us. We had a lot of disagreement but I think everyone was professional in that we agreed to disagree. We have a lot of things ahead of us for next year especially with trying to tighten the budget a little bit and provide the best services we can, keeping in mind that we are going to expand the Community Center. Mr. Shuler and Mr. Schneider did a good job and all the boards and commissions.
Michael Wilson said as a student of Princeton High School and resident of Springdale, I just wanted to know how the school levy was supported here in Springdale.
Mr. Galster replied I don’t remember the exact numbers but I understand that Lincoln Heights and Woodlawn were the only communities that had more than 50% of the vote in favor of the levy.
Council adjourned at 8:44 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Randy Danbury, President of Council