~~February 18, 2014
Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night February 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Alice Kezar, Keith Kohley and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Chief Curt Drake and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Guests included
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the special meeting on Monday February 3, 2014. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the special meeting on February 3, 2014. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Wilson, Kezar and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on Tuesday February 4, 2014. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on February 4, 2014. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
The meeting began with the following Citizens business.
1. The Mayor acknowledged Steven Bradford who was present to discuss his water bill. Mr. Bradford noted that the Board had averaged his bill in January, however he did not realize that the leak had ran over into the February billing cycle. He asked the Board to average both bills, as he had finally been able to repair the leak. Ald. Hess moved to average his bill. Ald Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
2. The Mayor acknowledged Harley and Rose Dow from 114 W. Garner. They stated that they were present to complain about their neighbors at 121 E. Garner allowing their dogs to run at large. He stated that he had talked with them about it and that they had not done anything about the situation. He said they were present at the meeting to see if the Board could do something about it. Chief Drake stated that he had talked with the people at 121 E. Garner about the complaint, but that he himself had not seen the dogs running loose. He told the Dow’s that if they would be willing to sign a complaint he would issue the dogs owners a citation.
Ald. Kohley stated that the Willman’s at 109 W. Williams had purchased all of the WXY’s sporting goods products when they closed. He said they have a lot of ball equipment and uniforms that they want to sell. He noted with ball season coming up there might be ball teams that would like to contact them. He stated that their phone number was 417-455-3992. David stated that he believed that help fund their traveling ministry from the sales.
The Board began the business section of the meeting starting with the following unfinished business:
1. The Board discussed the first reading of Bill # 2014-444 for Ordinance # 2014-454 adding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day, as days that the City will be closed to the City Code.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the first reading of Bill # 2014-444 for Ordinance # 2014-454 adding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day to the City Code. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
2. The Board discussed the first reading of Bill# 2014-445 for Ordinance #2014-455 allowing an employee or owner of a meat processing plant to discharge a firearm within the City Limits to complete the meat processing process and only on the meat processing plant’s property to the City Code.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the first reading of Bill # 2014-445 for Ordinance # 2014-455 allowing an employee or owner of a meat processing plant to discharge a firearm on the processing plant property. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kohley, Kezar and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
3. The Board discussed the video conferencing law. The Clerk noted that adding video conferencing to the law is a statutory change and will be added to the open meetings law. The Board will be able to set up guide lines in regards to why and how many times a year a Board member can use video conferencing. The Board agreed to table any decision until the next Board Meeting. The Clerk was instructed to ask other 4th class cities how they were handling setting up guidelines and to ask Michael Keels for an estimate of how much it would cost to set up the video conferencing..
4. It was noted that the Board had not heard back from the Recreation Board regarding a new Recreation Board Director. The Mayor stated he would contact Michael Wasson to see if the Recreation Board had any suggestions.
Under new business the Board discussed the following:
1. The Board discussed an email from Sue Bacorn regarding last year’s CDBG application for funds to finish the Community Building/Emergency Center. It was noted that out of 65 potential points the City’s score was 37.2. The Clerk noted that Sue had said that the Board needed to discuss dedicating more than the $20,000.00 that they had agreed upon for the last application. She also asked the Board to get more concrete ideas of groups needing to use the building on a monthly basis. Katrina Hine stated she would be willing to talk with the Extension people about if they would have a need for it. Denis Kolb stated that he could check to see if there was any FEMA or SEMA grant fund available. The Board agreed that they did not have more than the $20,000.00 to dedicate to the project as they had many other things that needed done. There was a discussion about much needed street repair, and the cost of that repair. The Board agreed that the citizens would be better served if they dedicated more funds to street repairs than finishing the community building. They all agreed to not apply for a CDBG grant this year.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
a. Chief Drake- Curt gave the Board a monthly police report for the month of January. He stated that it had the number of calls, tickets and various things the Board would be interested in. He informed the Board that they would be receiving the report on a monthly basis. The Board thanked him and agreed that the report was very informative.
– Curt also asked the Board to consider updating the Police Department sign. He said he had talked with Arron Hutchinson about a new sign, He said that if the Board approved a new sign they should also include the Emergency Management Department and phone number.
– Ald. Kohley noted that the front door needs to be replaced. David said he could replace the slab doors or did the frame need to be replaced too. It was agreed that the Board would look at it.
b. David Brodie- reported that he had plans to purchase some cold mix to do street repair. He said that he purchased it from Land Construction in Grove.
– he reported that the salt spreader is in garage and all it needs is to be wired up.
c. Denis Kolb -had nothing to report but Keith reminded the Board about the storm spotter class on March 4th.
The Board discussed changing their March 4th meeting to March 3rd so that they could all attend the Storm Spotter training class. Ald. Wilson stated that he thought it would be a good idea.
Ald. Wilson moved to change the regular Board meeting from March 4th to March 3rd so the Board can attend the Storm Spotter Training Class. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
d. Dawn Bunch –
e. Paula Brodie -noted that the Grant that Marshall Long told the Board about at the last meeting requires a 55% match from the City and could only be used for recreation items.
-noted that General Code is printing a complete new Code Book for the Board.
– noted to Board the memo she had included in their packets about her appointment to be the Director of the Southwest Division of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.
Mayor Richmond stated he would like to see the Board and the Betterment Club look into replacing the roof on the Gazebo at the ballpark. Ald. Kezar stated that if the Board talked to the Betterment Club they might get some volunteer help to build the roof.
David noted that all the caps on the chain link fence by the city park on Barlow have been broken off and the top rail is damaged. The Board told him to go ahead and purchase the caps and fix the fence.
Katrina Hine stated that the prosecuting attorney is looking for organizations that need work done. He is looking for places to assign offenders community service.
The Clerk informed the Board that she had just received the quote from Anthem for the next years medical insurance. She told them that she was going to talk with Tim Roark about the suggested changes from Anthem and would report back to the Board at the next meeting.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $47,825.07. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $47,825.07. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.