CITY OF WINDY HILLS
Minutes of Regular Council Meeting
February 12, 2018
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|
Councilwoman Greer moved to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2018 Council meeting; seconded by Councilman Phillips and approved unanimously.
FINANCIAL REPORTS, APPROVAL OF BILLS:
The financial reports for January, 2018 were moved for approval by Councilman Skelton, seconded by Councilwoman Davis and approved unanimously.
Councilwoman Davis moved to approve the January bills, totaling $37,809.20 and was seconded by Councilman Skelton. The motion passed unanimously.
RESIDENTS’ COMMENTS/CONCERNS: Resident, Charles Redmon addressed the Council to compliment the City, stating that they enjoy the loop. He added that he would like to see once a week trash pickup and add recycling instead of twice a week trash pickup. The Council explained to him the reasons for their decision of not paying for recycling due to the recycling center within the City limits on Hubbards Lane.
Finance/Ordinances: Councilwoman Davis reported that she is working with Code Enforcement Officer, Steve Teaford on the rental properties and overnight parking issues.
Code Enforcement: Steve Teaford stated he is working with Chief Throneberry on parking issues.
Community Caring/Health & Fitness/Welcome to Windy Hills: Councilwoman Spencer reported that there are 6 new residents. She also reported that she will have a Christmas decoration meeting to determine what they will need for next year. She had nothing to report for Health and Fitness and stated there is one new plaque on order.
Community Events/Newsletter/Tree Board: Councilwoman Greer stated that the next newsletter deadline is February 23. She stated the two trees received from Ecotech were planted at Rudy and Regency. She reported that the Arbor Day celebration will be April 15 with children activities being planned.
Public Works: Councilman Phillips reported that Rudy II, the bear, will be lighted soon.
Police Liaison/Real Estate Signs: Councilwoman Rademaker read the report she had previously distributed. She stated that Graymoor/Devondale Police Department patrolled Windy Hills for 112.0 hours. 11.0 hours were spent on radar which resulted with No citations or warnings on Rudy Lane. Ambridge received 8.22 hours of radar time resulting in four warnings. An additional warning was issued at Indian Ridge and Brownsboro Rd. Parking warnings were given on Indian Ridge and Brookview and a citation issued on Bonfire. The report included a note from Officer Steve Jesse stating that all parking complaints had been followed up on and that for now the overnight parking situation has been generally cleaned up. (The Council members disagreed that the overnight parking issues had been cleared up, citing different examples). Police assisted metro with a trouble run on Deerfied, checked on a suspicious person on Rudy Lane and checked on suspicious vehicles on Ambridge and Kitty Hawk. All suspicions were unfounded. There was also a false alarm about an injured person on Pin Oak. The police did two business checks at Brownsboro Center, traffic control on Rudy Lane and Windsong, and house watches on Indian Ridge, Highfield, Crossgate, and Regency. An open garage door was noted on Ambridge. A person on Regency requested assistance with a scam artist and there was drug activity reported on Old Stone Lane.
Windy Hills Green/City Beautification: No Report.
Website Update: Councilman Skelton stated the Council reviewed the final changes to the new website and will forward the changes to the webmaster. He is hoping to have the new website up and running within the next week or two. The Council decided to stay with .com instead of .gov due to the cost of changing.
Encroachment Resolution: Attorney Hodge, stated that he is working on the revised terms for the Encroachment Resolution and will have it at the March meeting.
Telecommunication Franchise Issues (Charter, Google, AT&T): Mayor Ising stated that the Jefferson County League of Cities will host a special meeting to discuss Franchise issues.
Pay for Council and Mayor beginning 2019: Councilman Phillips stated the Council needs to decide if there is a need/desire to pay the Council members. Councilwomen Greer and Spencer stated they are not in favor of the Council being paid. Councilwoman Rademaker made a motion to pay the Council members $300 per month for a total of $3,600 annually. The motion was seconded by Councilman Skelton. After much discussion, Councilman Philips called the question, seconded by Councilwoman Davis. The motion failed by a vote of two Ayes – Councilwoman Rademaker and Councilman Skelton and four Nays – Councilwoman Davis, Councilwoman Greer, Councilman Phillips, and Councilwoman Spencer. After more discussion, Councilwoman Davis suggested the Council members be paid $100 per month for a total of $1,200 annually. Councilwoman Spencer made a motion to have Attorney Hodge read into record the 1st reading of Ordinance No. 3, Series 2017-2018 pertaining to providing compensation for the Elected Officials for the City of Windy Hills. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis and passed with a vote of four Ayes – Councilwoman Davis, Councilwoman Greer, Councilman Phillips, and Councilwoman Spencer and two Nays – Councilwoman Rademaker and Councilman Skelton.
Contribution Request from Community Foundation ($5,000): Councilwoman Spencer made a motion for the City to contribute $2,000 to Light the Way Fund for financial assistance with setting up a Family Drug Treatment Court. The motion was seconded by Councilman Skelton. After much discussion, including a suggestion from Councilman Phillips to contribute $500 instead the motion passed with a vote of four Ayes – Councilwoman Davis, Councilwoman Greer, Councilman Skelton, and Councilwoman Spencer. There were two abstaining – Councilman Phillips and Councilwoman Rademaker.
Contribution Request from Senior Care Experts ($4,500): Councilman Skelton made a motion for the City to contribute $2,000 to Senior Care Experts and was seconded by Councilwoman Spencer. The motion passed unanimously.
ATTORNEY’S REPORT: No Report.
MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Ising reported receiving information regarding the Ohio River Sweep sponsored by MSD. It will be on June 16 from 9 to noon. He also stated he has prepared a packet of information for perspective Council members.
COMMents/Questions to the Council as a Whole: Kent Hall, an unopposed candidate running for Metro Council District 7 to replace Angela Leet, introduced himself to the Council and audience. He gave an overview of his qualifications.
Councilman Phillips moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Greer and the motion passed unanimously.
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|E. James Ising, Mayor||Sandy Moore, City Clerk|