The City of Montgomery operates under a council-manager form of government with seven elected City Council members working with a city manager appointed by City Council with the support of a clerk of council and a law director. All City Council members are elected at large by a popular vote of residents for staggered terms of four years. Once seated, City Council members select the Mayor who serves for a two-year term.
On December 4, Mrs. Combs, Mr. Dobrozsi, Ms. Roesch and Mr. Suer each accepted their oath of office. The City Council then elected Todd Steinbrink as Mayor and Chris Dobrozsi as Vice-Mayor. City Council also thanked retiring City Councilmember Barry Joffe for his many years of service to our community.
City Council is responsible for establishing policies and enacting legislation necessary for municipal operations. City Council appoints the city manager and law director. By charter, the city manager serves as the City’s chief executive, administrative and law enforcement officer.
City Council operates with seven standing committees: City Council Advisory; Financial Planning; Government Affairs; Law and Safety; Parks and Recreation; Planning, Zoning and Landmarks and Public Works.
While City Council members are very busy in their roles as elected officials, their work is largely centered on determination of policy. During 2013, City Council conducted public meetings, regular meetings, special sessions and committee meetings.
In an effort to maintain communications between City Council and the boards, commissions and civic organizations, several initiatives were undertaken including:
- Each Board/Commission Chair was invited to attend a discussion meeting to update City Council members on the activities and work of their respective board/commission for the previous year.
- City Council and the administration conducted an annual board and commission member orientation session.
- A Community Leadership Forum was held and represented an opportunity for volunteers, representatives of neighborhood associations, civic groups, local schools, elected officials and administration to discuss topics of interest of forum participants.
As part of City Council’s responsibilities for establishing policies and enacting legislation, it oversaw operations and administration of a cash budget of $18,034,878 and adopted 59 ordinances and resolutions, the highlights of which follow:
2013 Council Action
- Implemented prohibitions against using wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle;
- Adopted rules and regulations for the Hamilton County Stormwater District;
- Adopted amendments to the Montgomery Zoning Code;
- Adopted a tax budget for 2014;
- Adopted a five-year Capital Improvement Program for the City of Montgomery;
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into contracts with: CDS Associates, Inc. for professional services related to general engineering and architectural services; Frost Brown Todd, LLC to provide special counsel services; the City of Cleveland, Ohio for the collection of delinquent income taxes for the City of Montgomery; Donnellon, Donnellon and Miller to provide legal services and the Sycamore Community School District Board of Education for the School Resource Officer at Sycamore High School for the school years 2013-2014;
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a labor agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Ohio Labor Council, Inc., for wage and benefits from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016;
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into Federal Local Let project agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide anti-skid treatments on portions of ramps at the I-71/I-275 interchange; to provide an auxiliary lane for southbound I-71 from the Pfeiffer Road on-ramp to the SR-126 off-ramp; to accept funding and administrative responsibilities for the Montgomery Signals project, which included fiber optic traffic signal interconnection upgrade;
- Authorized the City Manager to file an application with the Ohio Public Works Commission for Local Transportation Improvement Program Funds and/or State Capital Improvement Program Funds for the infrastructure repairs and improvement on Pfeiffer Road;
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into contracts with: Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping for the 2013 Street Resurfacing Program; American Pavements, Inc. for the 2013 Bituminous “Black Mat’ Surfacing Project; Rumpke accepting the option years 2014-2015 for waste collection services; Statewide Ford for the purchase of three police cruisers and Morton International, Inc. for the purchase of de-icing rock salt for the 2014 season;
- Authorized and Adopted the Hamilton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan; a lease agreement and purchase option with Montgomery Lodge 94 F.&A.M. and with Hamilton County, Ohio for an amended and restated Mutual Aid Agreement for Law Enforcement;
- Opposed the passage of House Bill 5 by the Ohio General Assembly which proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax in the form of unfunded mandates and a substantial loss of revenue;
- Authorized an agreement with the estate of Robert J. Williams to acquire real property at 9260 Montgomery Road;
- Rezoned a portion of the Vintage Club planned unit development district from multi-family D-3 district to limited business L-B district;
- Authorized the issuance of $12,565,000 in Tax Increment Revenue Bonds of the City of Montgomery and providing for the pledge of revenues for the payment of such bonds including a trust agreement, an official statement and other documents necessary for the construction of a parking garage and other public infrastructure improvements at the Vintage Club development;
- Dedicated land and public improvements for a public street, naming the street Vintage Club Boulevard;
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Vintage Club Associates, Ltd. to acquire certain real property; with Brandicorp Montgomery Development Company, LLC to acquire certain real property; with Duke Construction Limited Partnership to construct certain public improvements at the Vintage Club/Brandicorp/Christ Hospital Project site; and with Brandicorp Montgomery Development Company, LLC for utility connections at the Vintage Club public garage; and
- Authorized the City Manager to execute an amended service agreement governing the Vintage Club Project and a management agreement for certain public improvements at the Brandicorp/Christ Hospital site.
Aerial shot of Christ Hospital construction site