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    Posted: Feb 27 2016 at 4:21pm

MIDDLETOWN CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016

BUSINESS MEETING – 5:30 pm – COUNCIL CHAMBERS – LOWER LEVEL

1. MOMENT OF MEDITATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

2. ROLL CALL

3. CITIZEN COMMENTS, GUESTS, ORGANIZATIONS’ REPORTS

4. CITY MANAGER REPORTS

5. CONSENT AGENDA. . . Matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and one vote of consent. There will be no separate discussion of these items. If discussion is desired, that item will be removed and considered separately.

(a) Approve City Council Minutes: February 16, 2016

(b) Confirm Promotional Appointments: Brent Hughes & John Fadden - Fire Apparatus Operator, Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire

(c) Receive and File Oaths of Office: Stephen Busam, Adam Cox, Jennifer Ekey, Jeffrey Green, Ryan Saettel

(d) To approve the purchase of 80 pieces of body armor and related accessories for the Division of Police from Vance Outdoors, of Columbus, Ohio, in the amount of $55,680, off the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program.

(e) To authorize the purchase approximately 800 water meters from Badger Meter, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI, in the amount of $67.50 each.

(f) To approve a contract with various vendors for the purchase of supplies for the Water Maintenance Division. Est. Annual Cost Section 1 – Brass Ferguson Waterworks – Hamilton, OH $14,908.85 Section 2 – Repair Clamps Ferguson Waterworks – Hamilton, OH $14,670.00 Section 3 – Valve Boxes, Sleeves EJP, Inc. – West Carrollton, OH $23,458.48 Section 4 – Gate Valves Fortiline – Cincinnati, OH $ 6,684.82 Section 5 – Sewer Rings and Lids Fortiline – Cincinnati, OH $ 8,700.80 Section 6 – Miscellaneous Fortiline – Cincinnati, OH $ 2,501.28

COUNCIL COMMENTS LEGISLATION

1. Ordinance No. O2016-04, an ordinance establishing a procedure for and authorizing a contract for the transfer of City owned property located at 1316 Vail Street to Liberty Spirits, LLC for redevelopment, and declaring an emergency.

2. Ordinance No. O2016-05, an ordinance authorizing a contract with Buick GMC of Beachwood for the purchase of a GMC Sierra 15 Automobile. (2nd Reading)

3. Resolution No. R2016-06, a resolution authorizing an agreement granting tax abatement to Liberty Spirits, LLC for redevelopment of 1357 Central Avenue in the Downtown Middletown Community Reinvestment Area. (1st Reading)

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No bid in spite of state code and city ordinance, tax abatement to shield Main Street, what else is new.

It has to be done though. Forbes is coming back downtown to revise their previous ranking of 'dying' to a strong 'buy.'
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Will this fiasco negate any demo, etc of the Studio elephant next door?
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I believe it would cost City Hall about $500,000 to demo the Studio 
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Just between us girls....

The 3.00 a month diversion of the street lamps from the city to the residents and business is to pay for the lost tax revenue associated with downtown tax abatements, abatements for Akers Packaging, and others on the east end.
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In review, what a nice income tax write-off for the former owners of a derelict movie theater who donated this dinosaur to the city for $1.00.  And, what an ongoing financial albatross for the city.  Does anyone know of affordable asbestos abatement and demolition contractors?
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The city as they did Sunset Pool demolition, will remove the asbestos. Who is behind the curtain of Robinette? $400,000 is a lot of dollars to raise. Maybe MMF can provide from the $ 5 Mm they are working on.




 
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Tell me if I am wrong here....
3(?) parcels previously purchased by taxpayers for $200,000+ gifted + tax abatement to employ how many people just to sell alcohol?
If so--can't fault the guy for grabbing this deal

Do Buck's, At the Square and/or any other existing similar businesses receive tax abatements? Canal House? So--every other liquor establishment will now compete with the above deal? Shouldn't existing businesses(of all types) ask for and expect similar treatment?

I assume this means that the Studio/Strand won't be coming down after all? Didn't we allocate funds for it's demo long ago?

And this type of dealing + our recent academic scoring is going to change the minds of the people at Forbes?

So--help me out--what part of this methodology am I failing to grasp?

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If Robinette has money to invest in this business  property...why hasn't he completed the Goetz Building?
Do you not find it a bit strange that Robinette has been involved in sooo many of these downtown city deals?
What about the church at 119 South Main Street that was demolished?
What about the Rose-Ewing Buildings?
What about the Goetz Building?
Now we have the 3 Vail-Central Ave properties being sold for a dollar.

City Hall has talked numerous time about the Studio..however I do not remember them allocating funding for demo.
Sorry Spider, no logic to help your bussiness mind grasp their DOWNTOWN PLANS. 
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They don't even care how obvious their shady dealings are like moving the hope house out of downtown to tytus avenue? Just did a property search and it looks like Hope House owns all the land plus some on the corner of Byron and Tytus where the factory burnt down a few years ago. How did Hope House that didn't have enough cash to pay their utility bills last time I heard all of a sudden make several land purchases? Hmm I wonder.

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Here is the link to the law concerning HOME RULE...

http://www.lsc.ohio.gov/membersonly/128municipalhomerule.pdf
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Middletown distillery seeks 10-year, 100 percent tax break

By Mike Rutledge
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MIDDLETOWN —
On the same night Middletown City Council will consider selling the property at 1316 Vail Ave. and two others to Liberty Spirits LLC for $1, City Manager Doug Adkins will recommend the council give the startup micro-distillery a 100 percent tax abatement for 10 years.

Liberty Spirits is owned by real-estate owner/broker Mike Robinette, a former Middletown city economic development and planning employee, who plans to produce vodka, gin and moonshine, plus aged bourbon and whiskey, at the micro-distillery.

“Liberty Spirits is a start-up business in an emerging industry which is highly competitive. In order for Liberty Spirits to succeed, controllable cost must be kept to a minimum,” Robinette wrote as explanation for the 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement request, according to the application he filed in September:

According to the application, Liberty Spirits plans to spend $35,000 acquiring the 4,000-square-foot building at 1357 Central Ave. — two properties away from the 4,000-square-foot city-owned structure he plans to buy from Middletown for $1 and renovate. The firm estimates it will spend $50,000 renovating the buildings at Vail and Central, spend $150,000 on machinery and equipment, $35,000 on furniture and fixtures, and another $30,000 on inventory, according to its application for tax breaks.

The city in 2010 spent $90,000 in local money to buy the property at 1316 Vail, which is in disrepair, from a custom-cabinetry company. At one point, the city planned to raze the building. Middletown also spent $215,000 in federal funds to buy and raze buildings on two adjacent vacant properties that are part of the proposed $1 sale.

Under the proposed sale to Liberty Spirits, if the Vail Avenue project is not completed by Dec. 31, the company will be in default of the agreement, and the city can give the company notice that the property will revert to city government within 60 days if work isn’t finished, Adkins has told council members. The real estate cannot be transferred to anyone else before the project is developed.

The company estimated it would have four part-time employees in the year after the project’s completion, with an annual payroll of $80,000.

Middletown City Council in 2015 approved tax abatements for two projects that have been put into effect: A 10-year, 75 percent break for NTE Energy’s $645 million power plant near Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads; and a 15-year, 100 percent break for AK Steel’s $36 million Research and Innovation Center.

Council also approved two other tax abatements for projects that have not come to fruition.
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Hmmm....all the 0 percent tax but city hall putting the screws on the residents on the 3.00 monthly fee than the city paying it. Any other neighborhoods getting the benefit of being surrounded by 0% abatements. Of course not. Have to keep Main Street protected with Millions in cash infusion and no tax. Nice everyone is willing to give 3.00 month for the grand polish surrounding Main. Suckers. 
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A big wad of taxpayers' dough given away in the form of free real estate and tax abatements...in exchange for WHAT???

3 or 4 PART-TIME jobs!!!

BRILLIANT!!!         
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No wonder Robinette finally went away from raising heck about the city not selling him the Bank One building having at least 2x to 3x the monthly cash-flow from MUM when his bid was higher by thousands.

He knew they were making downtown a TIF and the east end a TIF, with 0 percent tax. He kept mum after being told put a lid on it, you already have been given 90% of downtown Middletown. Wonder if there is any conflict behind the Managing Partners of these LLC's, that might be on council or have conflicts. Any council member going to ask for full disclosure of the members of the Liberty LCC?

The reason there has been no development, including Rose, and others, is they are waiting on the full TIF downtown announcement and hoping, raying, begging, somehow, city hall will push some cash through MMF for seed cash. Believe me, its hard to raise $ 5 Mm in a cap raise when you can show a 15x return in 10 years and low hurdle rate less than 18 months, let alone when its a plan so high, and glittering, only Concorde jets were able to fly, and when gravity moves from 9.8 mm/sec squared to 0.

Ground control to Major Tom----this isn't right ethically.      
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Are these tax abatements for both property and income tax or property tax? No wonder Doug Adkins makes so much money. Its hard to put together complex deals giving hundreds of thousands away for nothing, and then getting no tax. Only an MBA from Wharton would think of such a brilliant plan.   
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If I read correctly this building Robinette wants to develop has been vacant for 7 years, has a 30 foot hole in the roof and has no utility services.
Why not let him develop the building? At least saves the cost of demolishing the damn thing.
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Maybe Vivian Moon, Spiderjohn or Mike Presta will invest some of their money in downtown.
Don't hold your breath.
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Hmmm...it seems that Robinette/Grassroots had owned this property since 2013.

"According to the application, Liberty Spirits plans to spend $35,000 acquiring the 4,000-square-foot building at 1357 Central Ave."

PARID: Q6532004000030
LIBERTY SPIRITS LLC1357 CENTRAL AVE
Sales

Sale DateSale TypeSale AmountTrans #SellerBuyer
08-JUL-15LAND & BUILDING$2,203.006377LIDO ENTERPRISES INCLIBERTY SPIRITS LLC
09-MAR-151911GRASSROOTS OHIOLIDO ENTERPRISES INC
14-NOV-1311836RICH RANDALL S TR ETALGRASSROOTS OHIO
04-MAR-101566RICH RANDALL SRICH RANDALL S TR ETAL

PARID: Q6532004000030
LIBERTY SPIRITS LLC1357 CENTRAL AVE

TaxyrLand ValueBuilding ValueTotal Appraised ValueLand (35%)Building (35%)35% Total AssessedCAUV
2015$9,400$25,600$35,000$3,290$8,960$12,250$0
2014$9,400$25,600$35,000$3,290$8,960$12,250$0
2013$25,660$62,660$88,320$8,980$21,930$30,910$0
2012$25,660$62,660$88,320$8,980$21,930$30,910$0
2011$25,660$62,660$88,320$8,980$21,930$30,910$0
2010$25,660$68,620$94,280$8,980$24,020$33,000$0
2009$25,660$68,620$94,280$8,980$24,020$33,000$0
2008$25,660$68,620$94,280$8,980$24,020$33,000$0
2007$15,800$73,500$89,300$5,530$25,730$31,260$0
2006$15,800$73,490$89,290$5,530$25,720$31,250$0
2005$15,800$73,490$89,290$5,530$25,720$31,250$0
2004$21,380$59,540$80,920$7,480$20,840$28,320$0
2003$21,380$59,540$80,920$7,480$20,840$28,320$0
2002$21,380$59,540$80,920$7,480$20,840$28,320$0
2001$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
2000$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
1999$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
1998$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
1997$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
1996$19,010$62,570$81,580$6,650$21,900$28,550$0
1995$19,000$65,700$84,700$6,650$23,000$29,650$0
1994$19,000$65,700$84,700$6,650$23,000$29,650$0
1993$19,000$65,700$84,700$6,650$23,000$29,650$0

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City paying sham owners creating sham LLC's to shield Main Street. Open for Business through giveaways. Illogical and wasteful. Tear buildings down.  
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I come from a very long line of some of the finest moonhiners and peach brandy makers in the State of Kentucky.
I do hope that Mr Robinette has some very deep pockets if not he will be out of business within two years.

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fair enough middielover

so--why would city pay $200,000 for the properties mentioned in that condition?

4 jobs @ $20,000 per annum won't move the needle much, will it?

u want me to invest down there?
what r u going to give me?
why should I pay?
no one else does
if that area had to start and survive on their own dime, little would be there--it is all opm!
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Originally posted by middielover middielover wrote:

Maybe Vivian Moon, Spiderjohn or Mike Presta will invest some of their money in downtown.
Don't hold your breath.
Middielover:

OK...Even though the city's own market analysis (also paid for with taxpayers' money a few years back) says that the type of businesses that the city will allow in their downtown won't succeed, give me a property for a dollar, plus a few hundred thousand dollars bribe...oops, I mean incentive...like the city does to their cronies and I'd be tickled pink to invest next to nothing (just like these guys are doing)!!!

Where do I sign up???
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I don’t know why you can’t understand that taxpayers DO NOT want City Hall to give away their tax dollars to start up businesses of their friends in the downtown area.
We have been told for several years now that MMF was going to ask for investment money from local movers and shakers to help fund these new businesses. What happened to that great plan?
If MMF doesn’t think these are great solid business investment then why should taxpayer’s dollars be used for startup investments?
If you want to open a business in the DOWNTOWN DREAM...gamble with own money.

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Hmmm..I just noticed that the cost of lovely wrought iron fence at the front of 1329 and 1341 Central Ave was not included in City Hall investment money of the Robinette $1 giveaway  properties.
So how much did this fence cost the taxpayers?
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