Minutes December 12, 2016

CITY OF WINDY HILLS

Minutes of Regular Council Meeting

December 12, 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                               Jim Hodge      

                                                Lou Phillips                               Steve Teaford

                                                Marianne Rademaker  (absent)

                                                Mike Skelton

               Suzanne Spencer

                                               

MINUTES:

Councilman Phillips moved to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2016 council meeting; seconded by Councilwoman Davis and approved unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS, APPROVAL OF BILLS:

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

Councilwoman Greer moved to approve the November bills, totaling $52,167.91 and was seconded by Councilwoman Spencer.  The motion passed unanimously.

RESIDENTS’ COMMENTS/CONCERNS:

Name

Address/Street

Concern/Complaint

Michael and Irene Yeager

Grantham Ct.

Mr. and Mrs. Yeager addressed the Council and those present to pass along information regarding the proposed VA Hospital, including their concerns, disapproval, and facts collected.  They handed out packets of information they had collected and reviewed the information.  Some highlights of their conversation was: They have asked for and received an extension to January to submit their questions.  They reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement.  They showed a survey of veterans with 60% in favor of keeping the current VA Hospital and updating that facility.  They stated another proposed idea was to expand the Zachary Taylor Cemetery to this location, as it is full and are currently burying people on top of others.  They also reported that Rand Paul is also supporting their cause as well as Angela Leet.  They asked Windy Hills to support their efforts and would accept donations to help fund their efforts to fight against the proposed location for the VA Hospital.  They have hired an attorney, Randal A. Strobo to help them in their efforts. 

Randy Strobo

Attorney

Mr. Strobo is the attorney hired to assist with the VA Hospital case.  He answered questions from the Council after hearing what Mr. and Mrs. Yeager discussed with the Council.

Regina Blake

Waterford

Ms. Blake asked the Council to match the City of Northfield's donation of $5,000 in an effort to stop the VA Hospital being built on Highway 22.  She stated that traffic is already bad and will only be worse with the Hospital in place. 

Tish Moore

Kitty Hawk

Ms. Moore encouraged the Council to please re-pave Kitty Hawk, that the patch repair looks trashy and an embarrassment to the community. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Finance/Ordinances:  Councilwoman Davis stated the Council will have the second reading for three Ordinances later in the meeting.

Code Enforcement:  Code Enforcement Officer, Steve Teaford, stated he had delivered the November report and asked if there were any questions/comments.  There were none.

Community Caring/Health & Fitness/Welcome to Windy Hills:   Councilwoman Spencer stated she had nothing to report for Health and Fitness and under Community Caring, she reported the Christmas decorations have been put up.  She also stated that after Christmas she would be purchasing additional greenery to add to the street poles.  She reported there were seven new residents in November.

Community Events/Newsletter/Tree Board:  Councilwoman Greer reported that the weather for the Glow on the Green was great.  She also stated the next newsletter deadline would be March 1.  She reported that the Tree Board met and have sent a letter to the resident on Waterford that has a decaying tree and needs their attention.  She reported that a letter was also sent to Sojourn Church regarding the Elm trees that are diseased.  She also stated that an article will be in the March newsletter informing the residents that the City's Arborist is available for homeowners for a rate of $25/hour, which is significantly less than what other arborists would charge. 

Public Works:  Councilman Phillips reported there are nine new street signs on order (to replace those with missing letters) and a new stop sign at Kitty Hawk has been ordered. 

 

Safety/Real Estate Signs:  Councilwoman Rademaker was absent, but had previously handed out her report, which is summarized.  Graymoor-Devondale patrolled for 114 hours with 16.5 hours spent on radar (11.5 on Ambridge and 5 on Rudy), resulting in six warnings  and three citations on Ambridge and four warnings and two citations on Rudy.  There was an additional citation issued on Brownsboro Rd at Hubbards Ln.  There were house watches on Kitty Hawk and Windhurst (the watch on Kitty Hawk was a result of a fire set by juveniles).  Other runs concerned a burglar alarm on Antrim, a suspicious person on Kitty Hawk, a theft on Indian Ridge and a gas odor on Windsong.  Officers also assisted a motorist on Westport Rd. There was no mention of any parking violations, possibly due to the relaxed parking rules during the holidays. 

 

Windy Hills Green/City Beautification:  Councilman Skelton reported that the bushes have been removed at the Indian Ridge entrance and the Victoria Place location.  He also stated he is looking for a tree/log for a new "Rudy" to be carved.  He stated the lights at the Foeburn Signature entrance are not working, stating that the power has been turned off and he is trying to discern the reason why.  He is working on fixing any problems and getting them turned back on.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

Rental Property Ordinance 5, Series 2016/2017 - Second Reading:  Councilwoman Greer made a motion to have the Summary 2nd Reading by Council of Ordinance 5, Series 2016/2017.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Skelton and passed unanimously.  Attorney Hodge read the Summary 2nd reading of Ordinance 5, Series 2016/2017 into record.  Councilman Phillips made a motion to approve Ordinance 5, Series 2016/2017 and was seconded by Councilwoman Davis.  The Ordinance was approved with a voice vote of 5 Ayes and 1 Absent as follows:

Councilwoman Greer              Aye                  Councilwoman Rademaker    Absent

Councilwoman Spencer          Aye                  Councilman Phillips                Aye

Councilwoman Davis              Aye                  Councilman Skelton                Aye

POD, Temporary Portable Storage Containers Ordinance 6, Series 2016/2017 - Second Reading:  Councilman Skelton made a motion to have the Summary 2nd Reading by Council of Ordinance 6, Series 2016/2017.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Greer and passed unanimously.  Attorney Hodge read the Summary 2nd reading of Ordinance 6, Series 2016/2017 into record.  Councilman Phillips made a motion to approve Ordinance 6, Series 2016/2017 and was seconded by Councilwoman Davis.  The Ordinance was approved with a voice vote of 5 Ayes and 1 Absent as follows:

Councilwoman Greer              Aye                  Councilwoman Rademaker    Absent

Councilwoman Spencer          Aye                  Councilman Phillips                Aye

Councilwoman Davis              Aye                  Councilman Skelton                Aye

Temporary Refuse Dumpsters Ordinance 7, Series 2016/2017 - Second Reading:  Councilwoman Greer made a motion to have the Summary 2nd Reading by Council of Ordinance 7, Series 2016/2017.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis and passed unanimously.  Attorney Hodge read the Summary 2nd reading of Ordinance 7, Series 2016/2017 into record.  Councilman Phillips made a motion to approve Ordinance 7, Series 2016/2017 and was seconded by Councilwoman Davis.  The Ordinance was approved with a voice vote of 5 Ayes and 1 Absent as follows:

Councilwoman Greer              Aye                  Councilwoman Rademaker    Absent

Councilwoman Spencer          Aye                  Councilman Phillips                Aye

Councilwoman Davis              Aye                  Councilman Skelton                Aye

NEW BUSINESS

"Reach Alert" Continuation for 2017:  Councilman Skelton made a motion to rescind the motion made at the November 14, 2016 Council meeting to discontinue the "Reach Alert" system and to sign a new 1 year agreement with "Reach Alert" at no charge.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Greer and passed unanimously.    

Tree Board Report and Recommendations:  The Council will continue discussion on this subject at the January 2017 caucus meeting. 

Oath of Office:  Attorney Hodge swore all Council members present into office and stated that he will file the signed Oaths with the proper authorities.

Other:  Councilwoman Greer stated that a map of the Green with possible Flag Pole locations had been distributed.  She also stated that Oates Flag Company uses the Electrician that is located next to their business for their lighting of flag poles.  She reported that school and McDonald's flag poles are 30 feet.  There will be further discussion at the January caucus meeting.

Councilman Phillips made a motion to purchase $20 gift certificates for the officers at Graymoor-Devondale Police.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Spencer and passed unanimously.

Councilman Skelton made a motion to purchase apples and pears, as has been done in the past, for the two St. Matthews Fire Department stations.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Greer and passed unanimously.

ATTORNEY’S REPORT:   No Report

MAYOR'S REPORT:  No Report 

COMMents/Questions to the Council as a Whole:  None

Councilwoman Greer moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:19 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Spencer and the motion passed unanimously.