Minutes-June 5, 2012

The Board of Aldermen held a meeting on Tuesday night June 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Keith Kohley, Calvin Wilson, Kristen Lett and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, City Clerk Paula Brodie, Officer Curt Drake, Tax Collector Dawn Bunch and Denis Kolb, Emergency Management Director. Guests included Carlton Lewis, Crystal Vaughan, Steve Wimpey, JR Fisher, Kyle Hill and Joyce Haynes

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the meeting on May 15, 2012. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Lett and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays

The Board discussed electrical hook ups for generators for the Police Station and City Hall. Ald. Kohley stated that during a storm last week he was afraid that the Emergency Management Department that is located in the Police Station was going to lose power. He stated that the City needed to get the quick connects installed so that a generator could be started as soon as there was lost power.  It was suggested that the Board place an advertisement in the paper again seeking bids to install the electrical connections at the Police Station and City Hall. Ald. Wilson moved to approve running the advertisement. Ald. Kohley seconded.  Ald. Kohley, Hess, Lett and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays

The Board discussed drawing up an Ordinance making it illegal for trucks to use their Jacobs Breaking Systems within the City Limits. The Mayor noted that he understood that MODOT has to give the City a permit to install the “No Jacobs Breaking Systems allowed signs” and that they will not allow them on State Highways because of the safety issue. David Brodie informed the Board that the signs would cost $28.95 for a 24” by 24” or $67.95 for a 36” by 36” plus shipping and handling. The Mayor stated that he would contact MODOT to see if they will allow the City to place the signs on State Right of Way.

The Department heads gave the following reports:

Tom West- Was not present

David Brodie – reported that he had contacted KCS about the complaint on the railroad crossing on School Street. He said that they had placed asphalt on the crossing and that it seemed better.

                      – reported that he had two pumps from the Southwest Lift Station break. He said the first one could not be repaired so he talked with the Mayor and the Mayor approved his ordering a new for $4,742.00. The other pump had gotten hit by lighting but was repaired for around $700.00 which was lower than the City’s insurance deductible.

                       – reported that they had fixed the fireplug by the pallet mill.

                       – reported that the air line in the treatment plant was leaking, and that he and David were going to try to repair it in the morning.

Denis Kolb – no report. 

Dawn Bunch – monthly report in packets.

Paula Brodie – note talked to Mrs. McCoy informing her that she had a deadline of June 29th to tear down her house. Mrs. McCoy told her that she would have it done by then.

                    – noted that Empire District was contacted about brush covering up street lights

                      – reported that billing statements were created and given to the Tax Collector for four residences for mowing by the City.

The Following old business was discussed:                 

David discussed with the Board the possibility of repairing some of the intersections and really bad spots on the city’s streets.  The Mayor stated that he felt that the Board needed to pick out the worse spots with input from Citizens and David and then decide which ones they want to repair first. He stated that the City could use some of the water department’s lawsuit settlement money to do the repairs. He suggested using around $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 of the funds.  David noted that most of the worst spots have manholes which mean they need to be either raised or lowered before the asphalt is put down. Steve Wimpey asked if the board could have the cracks sprayed and also noted that Ozark trail in front of the Depriests house was really bad. The Mayor suggested getting a list together and then ask for quotes. 

Ald. Kohley is going to look for prices for a monitor for the Emergency Management computer.

Officer Drake noted that the corner of Williams and Whited is very dangerous. He said that people park their cars on the street. Because of the parked cars, motorists cannot see the children that tend to play near or on the street. Ald. Wilson said he thought there was a city code that did not allow people to park on the street.  The Board is going to look into the ordinances to see if there are any of the codes that can be used to take care of this problem. 

Steve Wimpey asked if anyone had checked on the decals for the patrol cars. Officer Drake stated that Tom has discussed the decals with Aaron Hutchinson and he is looking into prices.

There was no new business.

The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $22,210.93 including transfers. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills in the amount of $22,210.93. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Lett, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.

Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Hess seconded.  Ald. Kohley, Lett, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays                                                                                                  __________________________                                                                                                 Greg Richmond, Mayor



Paula W Brodie, MRCC, City Clerk

 Approved: ____________________

 Date: ________________