Minutes August 8, 2016

CITY OF WINDY HILLS

Minutes of Regular Council Meeting

August 8, 2016

The Council and Officers of the City of Windy Hills met at the Sojourn Community Church, 2501 Rudy Lane, at 7:00 P.M.  Mayor Ising called the meeting to order.

ROLL CALL:  The following were present:

MAYOR                                   COUNCIL MEMBERS               OTHER CITY OFFICIALS

E. James Ising                          Helen Davis                             Sandy Moore

                                                 Kate Greer                             James Hodge

                                                Lou Phillips                              Steve Teaford

                                                Marianne Rademaker           

                                                Mike Skelton

            Suzanne Spencer

MINUTES:

Councilwoman Greer moved to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2016 regular council meeting; seconded by Councilman Phillips and approved unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS, APPROVAL OF BILLS:

The financial reports for July, 2016 were moved for approval by Councilwoman Rademaker, seconded by Councilman Skelton and approved unanimously.

Councilwoman Davis moved to approve the July bills, totaling $35,488.19 and was seconded by Councilman Skelton.  The motion passed unanimously.

RESIDENTS’ COMMENTS/CONCERNS:

Name

Address/Street

Concern/Complaint

Lynzee Cornell

Rudy Lane

Car Vandalized/spray painted - people knocking on door late at night.

Jim Graven

Rudy Lane

Does not agree with the City agreeing to the rental to Oxford House

Eric Seltz

Wicklow

Lack of notification - would like a uniform notice to be set up.  He heard through the grapevine - wished the City would have used Reach Alert to notify them.

Ann Hancock

Waterford

Stated she was a former Councilwoman.  She feels we no longer stick together as a community - we are divided.

Tom Franz

 

Is the Oxford House allowed to rent a house in a zoned single family residence. Jim Hodge told him we have no zoning rights/power due to the class of our City.

Ann Nash

Waterford

Is the house within 1000 feet of Christ Methodist and would like a playground built on the Green as a determent for sex offenders residing in the City.  Also wanted to know why the City did not put out a notification.  Also concerned about the bus stop.  She feels threatened.

Jason Cullens

Wicklow

Concern for declining property value due to the Oxford House being there.  Also concern about solicitation from the residents from the Oxford House. What can be done to prevent clusters of this type of home?  Likes the idea of a playground being put up.

Linda Snyder

Antrim

Asked the Council how they would feel if they lived on the same street of the Oxford House.  Councilwoman Davis stated she does live on the same street and has no fear of doing so.

Carrie Lanning

Wicklow

Stated her husband's message regarding the sex offender was not returned.  She would like regular information on the sex offender.  She would also like more information on the Oxford House and the program.  She was told that a representative from Oxford House was invited to the meeting.

Sheri Matheny

Wicklow

She feels the City has a legal obligation to notify citizens that there is a sex offender living in the City.  Not enough communication, received info from Indian Hills, and Windy Hills should have a legal obligation to notify.

John Hancock

Waterford

The assumption of the Wexford Place Community is that the Council is doing nothing and was critical of the lack of communication.

Emily Edens

Oxford House

She has dedicated her life to help addicts and alcoholics.  The house is a zone one Single Family Residence and under fair housing regulations.  The residents have an accountability process they have to adhere to.  She said she would be willing to meet with them to discuss the issues.  She also suggested the residents get to know the residents of Oxford House. 
She said they all are required to have jobs and share the expenses of the house.  The house was inspected by the State before they were able to rent the house.  The house is chartered for 7 men.  To be able to move in, a candidate has to be voted on by the group.  The average stay is 16 months.

Victoria Cullimore

Waterford

Accused the residents of sitting in their garage, watching her do yard work in her yard, making her feel uncomfortable.

Leslie Selden

Wicklow

Understands that the residents of Oxford House are trying to start a new life, but feels that an affluent neighborhood should not have to put up with this.  Asked what is the City's incentive for letting Oxford House residents to live here.

Wicklow resident

Wicklow

Stated she was a rape victim 20 years ago.  She feels this sex offender has not earned the right to live on Wicklow.  She would like all of the Council to resign.  She is afraid to live there.

Scott Thornberry

Wicklow

Would like to attend one of the Oxford House residents' weekly meetings.  Emily Edens said she would get back with him to see if that would be possible.

Lynn Egan

Two Springs

Called to oppose the Oxford House.

Patty Hooker

Two Springs

Called to oppose the Oxford House - concern about the bus stop being in front of the house.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance/Ordinances:  Councilwoman Davis reported the City had two CD's that renewed.  Rolled one over from Stock Yards Bank to Eclipse and one renewed at PBI.    

Code Enforcement:  No oral report.   Written report had been previously handed out and there were no questions.

Community Caring/Health & Fitness/Welcome to Windy Hills:   Councilwoman Spencer reported there were 7 new residents.  She also reported The Healing Place has submitted a donation request, and there was one new plaque for the Green.  She also stated the Christmas wreaths will have new bows and she has bought the ribbon to make them.  She will forward the bill to the Clerk for payment when she receives it.

Community Events/Newsletter/Tree Board:  Councilwoman Greer reported that the newsletter deadline is August 15.  She requested the Council running for re-election to forward their bio's to her for inclusion in the newsletter.  She reported the Ice Cream Social and shredding will be on September 18th from 4:30 - 7:00 and will be a combined with a picnic that was cancelled on July 4th due to rain/storms.

Public Works:  Councilman Phillips reported a paving and repair work bid has been accepted and a notice to proceed has been sent to LIBS Paving, but he does not know when the work will begin.  He also reported there was an accident at Killiney Place and Brownsboro Rd, which took out one of our signs.  He is working on getting this repaired/replaced.

 Safety/Real Estate Signs:  Councilwoman Rademaker reviewed the report she had previously handed out for July.  She reported Graymoor-Devondale Police patrolled for 100 hours.  17 hours were spent on radar enforcement - 2.5 hours on Rudy Lane resulting in three warnings and the balance on Ambridge resulting in 4 warnings and 1 citation.  Overnight parking warnings were given on Copperfield, Two Springs, Kaelin, Kinglan and Deerfield, and citations on Copperfield and Windy Way. (The Copperfield location received 6 warnings and 1 citation.)  Two houses were on house watch and safety warnings were issued about open garage doors.   They received complaints about solicitors on Old Farm, Ambridge, and Two Springs.  One resident complained about fireworks on Ambridge and two other residents reported hearing shots fired.  The shootings were not substantiated.  A woman  was found on sitting on a sidewalk on Two Springs, which seemed to have been part of a domestic dispute.  An warning was issued on Indian Ridge for a junk car in the driveway.

Windy Hills Green/City Beautification:  Councilman Skelton reported that Brownsboro Landscaping trimmed trees on the island on Windhurst.  He also reported that Ken Jones would look at the Ash Tree on the Green and chop Rudy Bear off at the feet in an effort to save him.  It was suggested that an article in the newsletter be written about the effort the City is taking to save the bear.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: 

 

Ambridge Trees - Nothing further to discuss. 

Ice Cream, Shredding, and delayed Independence Day event:  Covered under Committee Reports

Other:  Oxford House on Wicklow - Councilwoman Rademaker suggested that a statement be made to show that the Council did listen or at least respond in some way.  Attorney Hodge suggested to summarize all of what was said and then distribute to the residents.  Councilwoman Rademaker suggested the Council have a special meeting to discuss. 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Windy Hills Banner Signs:  Councilwoman Davis made a motion to have the Windy Hills Banner Signs moved up on the sign posts located on Brownsboro Road to increase the ability to see when pulling out onto Brownsboro Rd.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Greer and passed with a vote of 5 Ayes and 1 abstain (Councilman Phillips abstaining). 

City Hall Lease:  Councilwoman Rademaker made a motion to renew the one year Lease for City Hall at the Summit Executive Suites.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Greer and passed unanimously.   

Other:  Councilman Phillips made a motion to pay the Street Lights expense out of the General Fund instead of the Road Fund.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Skelton and passed unanimously. 

The Mayor reported that we have received an Audit proposal for the City and stated that it is only $25 more than the previous year or $4,500.  Councilwoman Davis made a motion to proceed with the audit at a cost of $4,500 and was seconded by Councilwoman Greer.  The motion passed unanimously. 

ATTORNEY’S REPORT:   Attorney Hodge had no report.   

MAYOR' REPORT:  Mayor Ising reported that the deadline for candidates who wish to run for Council is tomorrow (Aug. 9th).  He attended the recent Tree Board Meeting and complimented the committee for the good job they were doing.  he had a meeting with a Sojourn representative regarding a study they are doing on how they can best serve the folks in our area.

 

COMMents/Questions to the Council as a WholE:   

 Martha Davis reported that the sign on the island at Rudy Lane and Ambridge is backwards. 
She also reported that a limb was down and she called to report it to Metro.

Councilman Phillips made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Greer and the motion passed unanimously.