VILLAGE OF NORTH BEND
TAYLOR AVENUE, NORTH BEND, OHIO 45052
October 29, 2012
Meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Sammons.
Mayor: Mr. Sammons
Law Director: Mr. Reichert
Fiscal Officer: Mr. Sullivan
Councilpersons: Mrs. Romweber, Mr. Moorman, Mr. Hartoin (excused absence)
Mr. Boll, Mr. Nunnery, Mr. Welch
MAYOR’S OPENING STATEMENT:
Mayor Sammons made comments on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and talked about the meaning of Arlington Cemetery.
Bill Welch moved that the September 24, 2012 Minutes be accepted. Fran Romweber seconded the motion. Motion carried 100%.
The Treasurer’s Report is attached.
Bill Welch made motion to pay the bills. Fran Romweber seconded the motion. Motion carried 100%.
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR’S REPORT:
See Attached Report
Mayor Sammons discussed sidewalk bids for Symmes Avenue. The total is $2,225.00. Tim Boll questioned whether North Bend is responsible for sidewalk repair. A discussion was held regarding responsibility. Mr. Reichert recommended North Bend pay for simplicity. Bill Welch questioned if we pay for this, we will need to pay for other sidewalk repairs as well. Mayor Sammons requested Jim Reichert to contact the owner and request payment.
Rick Schultz requested a set of forks for the tractor ($1,122.00). No action was taken.
Lt. Guy, Night Watch Commander, who is standing in for Sgt. Daugherty stated that all investigations are ongoing.
October 29, 2012
See Law and Ordinance
Chief Ober reported there were 5 EMS runs and 2 fire details for the month of September . They are checking all hydrants for winter use. Chief Ober stated the green caps are a notice to fireman as to which hose adapter to use.
He also talked about the Knox Box Program. This provides a key to the firemen and EMS in case of an emergency, while residents are away from their home. Pamphlets are available in Council Hall at the Village of North Bend Municipal Building.
The Vial of Life Program allows medical information to be readily available to firemen/EMS. Again, pamphlets are available in Council Hall. Please contact the Fire Department for more details if interested.
Chief Ober urges residents to leave contact information with the fire department and police when going on vacations.
THREE RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT:
Mayor Sammons talked to Superintendant Bohanon. A replacement for Keri Kuh has been hired and the Mayor requests them to attend Council meetings.
Finance - Mr. Welch
Light, Water and Sewer - Mr. Nunnery
On October 14th, there was a meeting with the Hamilton County Storm Water and Earthworks reviewing some new approval of requirements. Details are attached.
Maintenance - Mr. Hartoin
Police & Fire - Mr. Boll
Tim Boll met with Chief Ober and Paul Beck on October 3rd about placing a 2.29 mill levy on the May ballot.
A Neighborhood Watch meeting was held on October 25th. Pamphlets are available in the Village’s Council Hall. The next Neighborhood Watch meeting is in January.
Mayor Sammons discussed drug problems in Hamilton County and reviewed the additional police coverage now available in North Bend due to the new agreement with Miami Township.
Planning & Zoning - Mrs. Romweber
Law & Ordinance - Mr. Moorman
Mr. Allen Montague attended along with a group of residents regarding the Rental Property Inspection Ordinance. Dave Moorman restated that all information pertaining to this is available online. There were six (6) complaints in September and three (3) were settled.
Dave Moorman provided background on the Rental Inspection and Permit Program and code enforcement. The aim is to improve all aspects of property maintenance, both residential and rental.
October 29, 2012
Melissa Fox, renter, questioned the inspection procedures. Dave Moorman reviewed the procedures and Dick Weber reviewed items that are inspected; mainly safety issues.
Al Montague, property owner was representing a large group of approximately twenty (20) residents. They support the program and want to establish a link of communication. Al Montague says the Ordinance needs to be put into “real language”. Mr. Montague proposed submitting questions in a smaller committee meeting setting. He asked for a ninety (90) day moratorium period. Bill Welch suggested a grace period of thirty (30) days to be reviewed if needed. It was agreed to set up a committee meeting. Jim Reichert recommends a notice being sent about the 30-day moratorium and notice of a committee meeting. Bill Welch made motion to suspend the policy for 30 days and set up the meeting. Dave Moorman seconded the motion. Motion carried 100%.
Tim Drake, property owner, asked the difference between rental property and an owner-occupied property for inspection purposes. The answer is that it is a rental Ordinance.
Mayor Sammons stated the property maintenance code enforces the same requirements on owner-occupied property and inside inspections are possible, when needed.
Michael Cady, property owner, had a question regarding the definition of rental property. Dick Weber said he only has the County Auditor records to go by.
Barbara Gillespie, property owner, said that her rental property inspection appointment was not kept and was a real inconvenience. Both Dick Weber and Dave Moorman say appointments need to be kept.
Tony Albu, property owner, stated his house is 100 years old and is concerned about modern requirements having to be met. Dick Weber says that safety is the main concern. Dick Weber will provide a list of items to be inspected.
Mayor Sammons reviewed reasons for establishing the Rental Inspection Permit Program and property maintenance code enforcement.
Nick Albu, property owner, said he is not sure of the benefits of the program. The Mayor says Dick Weber is employed on a twelve-month basis and the program will be reviewed May 1st, 2013 as to its effectiveness.
Beautification – Fran Romweber
Fran Romweber discussed the Beautification program and invites the community (November 23rd at 5:30p.m.) to “Light up the Village” night and their goal is to “improve the quality of life” by making North Bend more beautiful. Mayor Sammons invited the citizens to join the committee.
COUNCIL OLD BUSINESS:
LAW DIRECTOR OLD BUSINESS:
The property at 462 Three Rivers Parkway has been deeded to the Village. The building will be razed free of charge by the Port Authority.
Dave Moorman made motion for Resolution 2012-35 to Accept Land at 462 Three Rivers Parkway Being Deeded to the Village. Fran Romweber seconded the motion. Motion carried 100%. (Bill Welch left early)
MAYOR’S OLD BUSINESS:
An aggregation issue is on the November ballot. Mayor Sammons discussed the advantage of aggregation. The bottom line is to get the lowest possible rate for residents of North Bend.
A provider will be chosen by Council if aggregation is approved.
October 29, 2012
COUNCIL NEW BUSINESS:
LAW DIRECTOR NEW BUSINESS:
1) End of Year Ordinances - Reappointing Village Engineer -Reappointing Hamilton County Building Commissioner for Building Inspections -Appointing Village Law Director -Reappointing Village Public Works Administrator -Annual Appropriations Ordinance (for 2013)
2) End of Year Resolutions -Authorizing Incentive Bonuses -Appointing Village Street Commissioner -Authorizing Contract with Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission for Zoning Compliance Service
The above Ordinances were read by Jim Reichert as they are to be read three (3) times before adoption.
Mr. Reichert recommended committees meet regarding End of Year Resolutions
MAYOR’S NEW BUSINESS REPORT:
OPEN TO THE FLOOR:
A gentleman asked about the slippery sidewalk issue on the US 50 overpass. As Ron Hartoin was not present, the Mayor will get the gentleman’s email and have Ron Hartoin contact him.
Mrs. Howard asked about Election Day procedures. Marilyn Kramer will be here the night before and early on Election Day to provide access.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENTS, COMMENTS:
Ron Nunnery complimented Three Rivers School District for its recent Excellent rating.
Rohrer’s Tavern, Restaurant Impossible show will be aired on the Food Network channel on November 28th.
MAYOR’S FINAL COMMENTS
Ron Nunnery made motion to adjourn the meeting. Tim Boll seconded the motion. Motion carried 100%. Meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m.
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