MINUTES - REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
NOVEMBER 12, 1998
CALL TO ORDER - The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Mayor Harold A. Ries with the Pledge of Allegiance and a silent prayer.
ROLL CALL - Present were Messrs. Paul Meier , Ralph Laird , John Drummey, Joe Maloney and Mrs. Beverly Draud. Mr. Frank Sommerkamp was absent.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Approved as submitted
Motion: Mr. Maloney ??Second: Mr. Laird
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Minutes from the regular meeting of October 8th were accepted as written.
Motion: Mr. Meier ??Second: Mr. Drummey
CITIZENS AND GUESTS
?None to report.
CITY ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
Mr. Celarek reported on the following:
A. Economic Development
Mr. Celarek and Mr. Meier discussed some of the comments of the Economic Development committee meeting of November 10th. These comments and questions were as follows:
This matter has been the subject of several discussions. City Council has made its determination. Centre View Blvd. is to be the major intersection in this area with a traffic signal. Not only will this curb cut serve the hotel, but it will be serving the present and future Hemmer office buildings to the east. An exit at the curb cut would permit traffic to skip the traffic signal and have direct flow into Thomas More Parkway. This is counter to sound traffic control onto Thomas More Parkway.
Staff recommends that the Economic Development Committee and City Council again reject the exit proposal. It is also recommended that traffic signs be installed on each side of the roadway at the driveway entrance to the motel prohibiting exiting to Thomas More Parkway.
The main sign is 20 sq. ft. in area. The second sign at the motel entrance is about 4.5 sq. ft.
In the RP-1 district there is permitted directory signs of 6 sq. ft. in area. While these signs seem to be directed to office buildings, the location of the sign from Thomas More Parkway (220 ft.) and the need for directional signage, permits us to interpret that the second sign meets this allowance.
The main sign at Thomas More Parkway is shown setback 25 feet on one drawing and only 5 feet on the landscaping drawing. This was clarified with their consultant that the 25 foot required setback would be used.
D. The roof is proposed to be asphalt shingles. A previous development proposed at this location was allowed to have this type of roof instead of a standing seam metal roof. Thus, staff would also allow asphalt shingles at this location only.
Mr. Steve Maluse of the Jacobs Group mentioned that housekeeping staff would be at a minimum, possibly two times a week on any given unit and there would be a sales and residence manager during the day. There will be 95 units in two buildings; 47 units in building A and 48 in building B. Occupancy is expected to be approximately 77%. NKAPC reviewed the stormwater plan which calls for a multi-unit detention facility on site which will be constructed at the same time as the buildings.
Mr. Celarek interjected that Mike Arnold and Alan Griffin, two attorneys at 328 Thomas More Pkwy., are opposed to the interconnecting parking lots for fear of injury due to vehicular wrecklessness.
Mr. Meier made a motion to accept the Stage I & II plans for the Marriott Town Suites to be constructed on lot 2 noting the conditions set forth by the NKAPC, seconded by Mrs. Draud.
Mr. Celarek read a letter from Marriott NGH withdrawing their proposal for an assisted living facility. Reasons for withdrawl were stated as current competition, market condition and the site cost.
Mr. Celarek introduced Jim Sparrow from the firm of Rankin and Rankin to review the FY98 audit for council. Mr. Sparrow said the City is in great financial shape with relatively no outstanding debt, excepting a note payable to the Sanitation District for the adoption of the sanitation sewers in the city. The City has also reserved funds for special, as of yet undesignated, capital uses.
The Mayor wished to nominate Lynn Hood to serve the unexpired term of Don Niehaus, who resigned. Mr. Niehauss term expires June of 1999. Mr. Meier made the motion to accept the nomination, seconded by Mr. Maloney.
Public Works - Mr. Celarek reported that the state approval for the sidewalk on Dixie Hwy. is being obtained through Forrest Rankin and the possibility exists that bids might be taken within the next two weeks. Horsebranch Rd. has been repaved completely and the rumble strips have been added on the shoulders. Reflectors should be added next week and the striping completed. Discussion ensued about striping on Thomas More Pkwy. Mr. Steve Berling noted that a second coat still needs to be applied as well as new turn lane arrows to be done with a reflective plastic.
Police Authority - Mr. Meier stated that some salary adjustments were made at the last meeting. There will be a Long Range Police Study meeting with some of the officers on December 2nd to discuss technology issues that will hopefully improve the safety of the citizens and officers.
Recreation - Mr. Meier commented that Cincinnati Cyclones tickets for November 18th which is UK night are being sold at the City Building.
Finance - Mr. Celarek noted that the State of Kentucky Revenue Cabinet is not forcing the cities to enact the personal property tax but was trying to cooperate with DLG for better reporting.
After general conversation, motion to adjourn made by Mr. Laird, seconded by Mr. Maloney at 8:18 PM.