Council President Mr. D’Ambrosio opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Members of Council in attendance were Mr. Licht, Mrs. Quinn-Hopkins, Mr. Evers, Ms. DePledge, Mr. Hoefle, Ms. Vaughn and Council President Mr. D’Ambrosio. Also attending was Council Clerk Mrs. Cendroski.
Those attending from the Administration were Mayor Morley, Law Director Klammer, Finance Director Slocum, Service Director Rubertino, CBO Menn, City Engineer Gwydir and Police Chief Reik. Fire Chief Whittington was absent and excused.
09-23-(01): Amendment: Section 1145.02 “Schedule of Permitted Buildings and Uses,” specifically subsection (a)(1)”
09-23-(02): NEW ENACTMENT: Section 505.15 “Harboring of Honey Bees; Abatement”
Mr. D’Ambrosio: These items coincide with each other. We are probably about the only City around that does not allow bees. We have residents who have them so we are trying to be a little more “bee friendly.” We discussed this in Ordinance Committee but our CBO Mr. Menn picked up on a couple of things he wanted to look at before we adopt these. If there are no objections these items will be held in Council-as-a-Whole Committee. Mr. Menn, when you have time get together with me and we will see what you come up with.
There were no further comments or questions.
09-23-(03): Amendment: Section 183.1901 “Credit for Tax Paid to Other Municipality”
Mr. D’Ambrosio: Mr. Slocum?
Mr. Slocum: We are expanding our responsibility. We have had this provision in the law where if people did not comply with the mandatory filing that we have the right to rescind reciprocity. That has not been stringently enforced in the past. But, we are trying to expand our collections and would like to enact part of this to put additional responsibility on the Tax Department so that no one can say they did not know this was going to happen. We will be giving them advance warning that if they do not comply this is exactly what will happen – then we will proceed. Our hope is the warning itself will get the people to come in and file the necessary reports and pay the necessary taxes. However, if they don’t we want the club to be able to go after these people. The new requirement is an additional notification burden that is put on the Tax Department. We think this is important and we are going to do this.
Mr. D’Ambrosio: I think it is a good thing. I actually looked it up online – the Ordinance has been in effect since 2002. I think it is a good thing and we just have to notify people.
Mr. Slocum: That is the change. We are adding the notification as a requirement on us. That is fine by us. We are not trying to slip something in.
There were no further questions or comments.
There was no Legislation Pending.
Contract: Miller Building, LLC: Accu-Steel Building/Salt Storage Building Replacement: $310,485
Mr. D’Ambrosio: We spoke about this under the miscellaneous section of the Service/Utilities Committee meeting. We need a new salt bin. From what I understand we have needed it for a while. The newer one will hold 3,000 tons. The one we have now is about 700 – 800 tons.
Mr. Rubertino: 600 tons.
Mr. D’Ambrosio: Mr. Gwydir, I know you did the engineering on this. Is there anything you wanted to comment on?
Mr. Gwydir: Nothing in particular other than we had three bidders and two withdrew indicating the prices they were coming up with were well beyond the engineer’s estimate of $300,000. Miller Builders turned into a proposal for an alternate to the building we had proposed which was in accordance with the bid package and they also included another alternate that was slightly different from what was proposed – a slightly cheaper price. We made a recommendation to the Mayor and City to go with the equal to what we had proposed which was a Legacy facility. However, we are taking steps to go out and look at the other one to see if there are possibly some savings that can be had. Perchance the Service Director or Mayor or both decide the other facility looks good we will change order out approximately $22,000 and take the alternate building. We are asking that the contract be awarded tonight so the building can be built before the snow flies. And, it is very tight.
Mr. D’Ambrosio: We are hoping to get this thing built before the snow flies.
Mr. Gwydir: We are working all the angles we can to try to make that happen.
Mr. Slocum: I have been in contact with Mr. Sudsina. We are going out for bid and expect the bids in later this week for the lending to cover the building of this salt bin. He has informed me today that we have four lenders who have told him they will be submitting bids and we should feel comfortable that we will have funding for the vehicle. I anticipate that I will have a recommendation and legislation that Atty. Sharb is drawing up at the next Council meeting. If there are any questions I will be more than happy to answer them.
There were no further questions or comments.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 p.m.