President of Council Randy Danbury called Council to order on January 6, 1999, at 7:00 p.m.
The governmental body and those in attendance recited the pledge of allegiance.
Mr. Knox took roll call. Present were Council members Galster, Manis, McNear, Pollitt, Vanover, Wilson and Danbury.
The minutes of December 16, 1998 were approved with 7 affirmative votes.
SWEARING IN OF NEW PATROL OFFICER AND PROMOTED OFFICERS
Mayor Webster swore in Marsha Bemmes as new patrol officer; Randy Pierce as Sergeant and Butch Hafer as Captain.
Mayor Webster said congratulations to Captain Hafer. I know he worked long and hard and is very deserving of this. Also congratulations to Sergeant Pierce, not to forget the other dedicated men and women of the Police Department who have worked long and hard, studied for the exams, etc., and maybe weren’t successful this time, but I’m sure will be there again. We appreciate the fact that you are out there laying your lives on the line day after day to protect the citizens of this city. Our newest officer is a successful candidate from a list of 500-600 applicants. Thank you all very much and happy new year to you.
Mr. Danbury said I would like to add my congratulations as well. I know you have worked hard and it’s good to see we have good people in place.
PRESENTATION OF CHRISTMAS DECORATION AWARDS
Mayor Webster said we are going to give around 45 awards tonight. There are a lot of people who did a lot of work but are not getting an award tonight. It’s tough to call a first, second, third place.
AREA 1 Beacon 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.
Mr. Galster said I took my kids to the Festival of Lights and to Sharon Woods. We took a two night tour of Springdale, and quite honestly, I think our community lights up better than those two other programs.
Mr. Vanover said we too went out. We went to a display in Hamilton that costs us $8 to go through. We did Springdale in two nights. It didn’t cost us a thing; and it was far better than what they had up there.
Mayor Webster said I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Mr. Vanover’s display. We instituted a policy several years ago that we would not give awards to sitting members of our City government. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my helper, my wife, who writes down addresses while I drive the car.
Ms. Manis stated it seemed like there were so many lights up everywhere. The warm weather may have had a lot to do with it. We had talked about videotaping the lights to show here tonight but it got cold and we didn’t get around to it. Maybe next year.
Letter to Council: "Thank you for your expression of sympathy during the recent passing of my family member, Lecta Prather. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. Marjorie Pollitt and family"
Mayor Webster read a letter addressed to him. "Please accept our warmest thanks and congratulations for the Springdale Public Works Department. We hadn’t been out on Saturday or Sunday but felt the need to keep two medical appointments today on Monday. We were overwhelmed with the condition of the streets, especially ours, the back ones in the subdivision. We are grateful for those who worked in the cold that we might travel in comfort. Sincerely, George and Mary Noel, 96 Silverwood Circle"
Mayor Webster said I’m sure all of you get compliments on the condition of our streets. Again, I’d like to say thanks to the Public Works Department for their outstanding job.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
RESOLUTION R1-1999 "AUTHORIZING THE INVESTMENT OF MUNICIPAL FUNDS"
Mr. Galster made a motion to adopt and Mr. Vanover seconded. Resolution R1-1999 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R2-1999 "REQUESTING ADVANCE PAYMENT FROM THE COUNTY AUDITOR"
Mr. Vanover made a motion to adopt and Ms. Pollitt seconded. Resolution R2-1999 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
RESOLUTION R3-1999 "COMMENDING HAL RINK FOR HIS YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE"
Mr. Wilson made a motion to adopt and Mr. Galster seconded. Resolution R3-1999 passed with 7 affirmative votes.
Mr. Galster said the zoning code has been submitted to Planning Commission. I have a copy of the executive summary if anyone would like to see it.
Mr. Galster asked if any publication regardless of content is allowed in the newsracks.
Mr. Osborn replied that nuance did not get brought into the discussion. We talked about the limitations on freedom of the press and freedom of speech. We have to walk a very tight line in trying to regulate where newsracks can be placed in the public right-of-way. The editorial document had very little impact. We would have to go back to the Law Director to get a refinement of that issue.
Ms. Manis asked about the status of the history of Springdale.
Mr. Parham responded that it is bogged down on my desk. I need to get together with the writer, who has taken on a full time job and is in the process of trying to finish off some projects such as this one.
Mr. Osborn stated that Mr. Parham has put the first edition on our home page on the internet and it is searchable. The additional years are not included.
Mayor Webster said I think the last chapter is a waste. The dates are wrong; names are wrong. I don’t think she did a very good job on the last chapter. I think if we want to do something we should print it without that last chapter. He said let’s distribute that last chapter and talk about it in a month or so.
Mr. Osborn said the Recreation Director confirmed that it is the staff’s recommendation and my recommendation as well that the City discontinue the festival for 1999 for the reasons we raised at the last meeting. It’s certainly a safety issue, just the mechanics of being able to provide adequate resources and the infrastructure for the vendors to supply their booths and the ability to get the crowds to the booths to make them successful. Rather than have a bad event, we’d rather pass on 1999 and plan for a real big event in 2000 which will coincide with when we open the Rec Center.
Mr. Danbury asked can we still hold the Ray Manis tournament and others?
Mr. Osborn replied yes, we can still do all the sports tournaments. That’s easier to deal with because the traffic comes and goes.
Mayor Webster said it was our year to do the soccer tournament but we switched that. We have also swapped out a major swim meet and girls’ Tri-City softball tournament. We don’t see an unmanageable problem with having the normal men’s and women’s tournaments in July.
Ms. Manis said I’m sure a lot of people will be disappointed but I agree that we shouldn’t have it this year based on safety reasons. I think getting it out this early, it will be easier to swallow.
Mr. Vanover said I have been asked by Mr. Shuler for Council to feed us any information on any items that we need to consider for the 1999 Public Works Program.
MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Planning Commission January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Public Works Committee Meeting January 13, 4:30 p.m., City Building
Board of Health January 14, 7:00 p.m.
Board of Zoning Appeals January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Self defense class February 5
No cost, must pre-register
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - none
UPDATE ON LEGISLATION STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
Newsracks still open
Ordinance 7-1999 – pay ordinance January 20
Traffic signal for Target Store January 20
Authorization for Natural Gas Purchase January 20
RECAP OF LEGISLATIVE ITEMS REQUESTED - none
Council adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Edward F. Knox
Clerk of Council/Finance Director
Randy Danbury, President of Council