CITY OF CRESTVIEW HILLS
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2004
CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Paul W. Meier called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM., with the Pledge of Allegiance and Silent Prayer.
ROLL CALL - Present were, Mrs. Terri Jameson; Messrs. David Kramer, Joe Maloney, Ralph Laird, Harold Ries and Frank Sommerkamp Jr.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Revised Agenda approved as presented.
Motion: Mr. Kramer Second: Mr. Maloney
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – of the August 12, 2004 – Regular Council Meeting. Approved as presented:
Motion: Mr. Kramer Second: Mr. Sommerkamp
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
CITIZENS AND GUESTS
Police Chief Paul Herbst, Officer Brad Degenhart, Kenton County Police Chief Bill Dorsey, Public Administration Graduate Class from Northern Kentucky (see attached list), which was in attendance to observe the meeting. Mayor Meier asked for questions from the students, there were none.
Norman Williamson, a citizen of Grandview Summit was honored by Proclamation, declaring September 9, 2004 as Norman Willaimson Day in Crestview Hills. Mr. Williamson rescued 2 year-old child, who fell into a lake. Mr. Williamson performed life saving measures, thus saving the life of the child. Also present were 8 friends & family members of Mr. Williamson (see attached list).
1) Second Reading of Ordinance 2004-8-1 to set the property tax rate for Calendar year 2004 – rate was set at .1525 per $100 property valuation. Expected revenue from property taxes $429,000.
Motion: Ralph Laird Second: Joe Maloney
Ayes: 6 Nays 0
1) First Reading of Ordinance 2004-9-1 to create an R1Bd Zone – This zone is identical to the R1Bc with the only change being the rear yard setback from 50 feet to 30 feet.
2) First reading of Ordinance 2004-9-02 to rezone a portion on College Park Drive – 8 acre-area on the north and south sides east of Turkeyfoot Road on College Park Drive shall be changed from R1Bc to R1Bd. Mr. Kramer reported that the Economic Development Committee has reviewed the issue and no objection was raised to the change. Mr. Kramer stated that Summit Hills Country Club and Thomas More College were contacted and there is no objection to the zone change.
3) Declaring city vehicle, 1997 Ford Taurus, as surplus property and setting a date to receive sealed bids – Mr. Groth stated that the car will be advertised and the bid process will begin for the disposal of the vehicle. Bids must be sealed and marked and submitted by 4:00 P.M. on September 30, 2004. The bid winner will be allowed seven days to remit payment. The vehicle has 68,000 miles on the odometer.
Motion: Dave Kramer Second: Terri Jameson
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
4) Appointment of Aaron Higginbotham to City Ethics Committee – Mayor Meier reported that due to the retirement of Geri Collins from the Ethic Committee, City Council must select a new chairperson for the committee. Mayor Meier asked that Aaron Higginbotham who resides at Grandview Summit be appointed to the position.
Motion: Terri Jameson Second: Frank Sommerkamp
Ayes 6 Nays 0
5) First Reading of Ordinance 2004-9-3 creating a joint emergency ambulance service district with the cities of Bromley, Crescent Springs, Crestview Hills, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Lakeside Park, Ludlow, Park Hills and Villa Hills, Kentucky – Mayor Meier reported that this would establish these cities into a new taxing district and would cost citizens of these cities $.02 per $100 valuation beginning in Fall 2005. Mayor Meier stated that in the beginning the County Committee to study the issue hoped that this would include all of Kenton County, however, some communities opted for other solutions. It becomes mandatory that the surrounding communities that border and do not have their own service fall under the new district. Mr. Kramer explained that a governing, county board created the taxing district. Mrs. Jameson expressed concern that the cost of the EMS that the City pays for now would be a duplicate of services and stated that the City is so close to a hospital. Mayor Meier stated that he highly recommends to the citizens that this is the best method since the city contracts for it’s ambulance services and Council can find creative ways to combine the advance service the City now pays for from taxes. Discussion followed. Mayor Meier reported that there is a scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 P.M. at Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission to discuss the matter.
Public Works – Mr. Sommerkamp reported on the following:
1) Eaton Asphalt Paving Company is constructing the new lane on Thomas More Parkway. All work is complete except seeding, which will be done the week of September 12, 2004.
2) The City is working with the Kenton County Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Transportation to construct a new storm sewer from the Dixie Highway to a point in the rear of Caywood School. This will help relieve the storm water ponding problem in the rear yards of our residents on the south side of Summit Drive. There is a meeting scheduled for August 20 to review the progress of the project.
3) The City will be improving the northeast side of the Dixie Highway and Winding Way intersection by moving back the steel pole for the traffic signal, removing part of the guardrail and building board fence to match the southwest side of the intersection. The guardrail has already been removed.
4) The City is considering the possibility of extending the turning lane storage on Turkeyfoot Road and Dixie Highway to accommodate additional traffic that will be generated after the reconstruction of the Crestview Hills Mall Area. Mr. Groth spoke with the Highway Department regarding the I-275 Ramps at Dixie Highway and Turkeyfoot. Rear end collisions have been happening on those ramps much too often. The Highway Department suggested a possible T effect off the ramps. The Highway Department will study this and get back to Mr. Groth.
5) There is a storm water drainage problem at the intersection of Rhine Valley Road and Horsebranch Road. Mr. Berling is preparing plans to add additional drain structures at this location. In heavy rainfall the water washes out over the shoulder on Horebranch. Mr. Berling further stated that there will need to be a drain and catch basin installed. This creates a hazardous condition during very heavy rainfall.
6) Mr. Groth reported that a luncheon meeting has been set at noon, at Five Seasons to discuss the restoration and maintenance of the pond at Thomas More College. Represented will be Corporex, Thomas More College, Paul Hemmer Company, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, and Ashley Development.
7) Mr. Groth reported that the Committee members met with Schumacher/Dugan, the contractors for J.R. Anderson Realty, the developer of the Mall. They discussed the routing of the trucks hauling very heavy loads of dirt from the construction site onto I-275 over Crestview Hills Mall Road. The blacktop is 7 to 11” in thickness and there are fissions in the road already. It is felt that during Phase II of the construction process Mall Road would be destroyed. Schumacher/Dugan and Crestview Hills agreed to hire Thelen Engineering to study the situation and recommend a solution and a cost estimate. Thelen will have that study in 7 to 10 days.
Police Authority - Mr. Kramer reported that the Committee has agreed to a donation of $1,000 to the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.
The Citizen Police Academy will not have a Fall session but will begin again in March.
Development & Zoning - Anderson Realty and NKAPC have determined that the present Dixie Highway addresses will not be sufficient for the new mall. The Dixie Highway addresses will remain on those properties facing the highway. The road built back into the Mall will be named Towne Center Boulevard and be assigned numbering.
Acreage on Whitehouse Drive has gone up for sale and inquiries have been made as to the possibility of a change in the zoning from R1Bc to allow for commercial development
Recreation/Communication – Mrs. Jameson reported that there are 10 spaces left for the Carl Hurley trip to Renfro Valley, November 5. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony has been officially set for December 3rd. Plans will begin next meeting for the event. Mr. Maloney suggest that Halloween hours be set for October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. which is on a Sunday this year.
Motion: Joe Maloney Second: Ralph Laird
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
Building – Mr. Laird reported that there has been one meeting and another has been scheduled.
Personnel – Mayor Meier reported that evaluations have been completed. The personnel policy has been revised.
Telecommunications – Mayor Meier suggested that a newsletter should be sent out soon and that any suggestions for the contents be presented to the staff by October 1st.
Mr. Laird suggested that the city sign reflect respect for the troops since it is the anniversary of 9/11.
Motion: Terri Jameson Second: Ralph Laird
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
Mayor Paul W. Meier Acting Clerk Judy Rae Cox