Minutes-March 18, 2014

~~March 18, 2014
Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night March 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, Municipal Judge Clyde Davidson, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Guests included Lois Kolb, Lilijean Igisomar, Michael Wasson and Katrina Hine from McDonald County Press.

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

The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on Monday March 3, 2014. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on March3, 2014.  Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

Citizens business:
1. The Mayor acknowledged Lilly Jean Igisomar who was present to discuss the use of the ballpark for a family reunion. She stated that the reunion is scheduled on August 2 and 3rd 2014. She said there could possibly be 300 to 500 guests. She asked that they be able to use the ballpark and facilities from 9:00AM to 10:00PM on both days. Ald Wilson asked if she had gotten the rules of us application. The Clerk gave her one.  She stated that they would like to use the lights and they would be glad to pay for their use. The Mayor stated that they had never figured out how to charge for the use of the lights. David suggested that they should get a few port a johns. Mrs. Igisomar stated that there were several family members who have homes in the Goodman Area and that they could go there to use the bathroom facilities. Ald. Wilson asked if the City employees could read the meter before the event and after the event and then the clerks could call empire to see how much the electricity actually cost. The Mayor said that he thought if they would put up a $250.00 deposit, it could be refunded minus the cost of the lights and any damage to the park.

Ald. Wilson moved to charge Lilly Jean Igisomar a $250.00 deposit for the use of the park and the electricity expense will be deducted from the deposit and if the park is in the same shape as when they took possession of it they would get the rest of the deposit back. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nos.
The Board began the business section of the meeting starting with the following unfinished business:  
1. The Board discussed the Recreation Board Directors position. Michel Wasson stated that he would be willing to set up the game schedule and get umpires. He said he had several people at the signups that said they would be willing to help and if the City would mow outside of the field area, they could get volunteers to more the inside of the fields. David stated that the area north of the Community Building needed to be brush hogged, not mowed as it is to ruff to mow.  Michael said that he can place supply orders for the concession stand and he had a friend that could just pick the orders up for him.

Ald. Kohley move to appoint Michael Wasson as Recreation Board Director. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

 2.  The Board discussed approving a change to the employees medical insurance to Anthem BCBS blue preferred Direct Access gfga. The Clerk explained that Tim Roark had gotten several quotes from Anthem. She said that the above quoted policy was over all a better policy than the automatic renewal policy that Anthem had given the Board effective on their annual renewal date of March 15, 2014.  She noted that the coverage is a lot like the coverage the employees had last year except the out of pocket was a little higher, except the doctors’ visits and emergency and urgent care expenses can be used towards the out of pocket expense. The Police is a 80% paid by Anthem, 20% paid by the employee up to $3500.00. At the $3500.00 limit the insurance kicks in 100%.

 Ald. Wilson moved to approve changing the employee’s medical insurance from to Anthem BCBS blue preferred Direct Access gfga. Ald. Kezar seconded.  Ald. Kezar, Wilson, Kohley and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

The Board discussed the following new business:
1. Ald. Wilson stated that he had ridden with Officer Cagle at his request to see if he could figure out what was wrong with the Ford Expedition Patrol Vehicle. He stated that when you tromp on the gas the car falls flat of its face.  He said it idles good and when you ease on the gas if runs good. He said he had someone at work who said he thought he knew what was wrong with it.  Ald. Wilson asked the Board if he could take the car to him, to have it looked at. Chief Drake stated that he had already made an appointment with Clint Walker. He noted that Clint had replaced a sensor that he thought would fix the problem. Clint had told Curt that the sensor could have been a bad replacement part, and that the clerk at O’Reilly said they would take it back and replace it with a new one. He said he had made arrangements to take the car in the morning. Curt said that it seemed to happen when the car gets hot.  Once it cools off it runs OK. The Board decided to have Clint swap out the part and see how it works and if that doesn’t work Ald. Wilson will take the car and have it looked at.

Ald. Kezar asked if someone from the City was going to attend Jim Tatum’s reception that is being given for all he has done for the college and county. She noted that it was being held at the new college building at Jane on April 5th at 1:00PM. The Board said they were going to try to attend.
The Department heads gave the following reports: 
a. Chief Drake- gave the Board the February report. The Board expressed that they like the report. Bill Hess asked if there was an explanation about the increase in tickets and Curt stated it was because Bill was back to work.

The Clerk noted that he had not gotten a vote on the dues to the Southwest Mo. Drug Task Force. He noted that the Fire Department was not going to pay anything on the membership.   The Mayor stated that if it was useful for the Police department to have their help it would be OK with him if the Board agreed. Curt stated that he would like to be able to take a check with him to their next meeting, however he would not give it to them until he had a chance to discuss some problems he was having with their response for help when he asked for it.  He also noted that he had decided to that he was going to take some classes so that he could handle drug labs himself. He said that the class was free, and the only thing that the City would need to pay for is his Hotel.

        The Mayor asked if the City was going to benefit from being a member or not. Curt stated that he was going to talk to the task force first before paying for the membership.

 Ald. Wilson moved to approve paying the $500.00 membership fee to the Southwest Mo. Drug Task Force and at his discretion after talking to the DTF man whether or not to pay the membership. Ald. Kohley seconded.  Ald. Kezar, Wilson, Hess and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.

b. David Brodie- stated that they had replaced a blower and the old one might be rebuild able. He said if he could take it to Pathfinders, the blower dealer, they will break it down and see if it is reparable. He said if it could be fixed it would cost around $2100.00, which is a lot less than the new cost of $8,500.00. He said it would take around 10 days for them to find out if it could be fixed. The Board agreed to let him take it to Kansas City.

David reported that he called DNR about the problems he has been having at the sewage treatment plant. He noted that they came down yesterday, and looked into the situation and were back again today. He said he thought they were finding out what the problem was.

He said that the next thing he and David will be working on is the street. He said that he will be getting asphalt from the plant in Grove and would start working on the holes. He asked the Board to start thinking on what street repairs they are going to want to do this year.

 c.  Denis Kolb- nothing to report
d.  Dawn Bunch – was not present
e. Paula Brodie  – stated first that she want to thank the Board for allowing her to attend the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers annual conference. It was reported that the classes given during the conference were very beneficial for the City. She noted that the Cities Code Book being redone by General Code will be accessible with an App via electronic devices like, IPhone, smartphones, IPad, IPod and Tablets and more.

Ald. Hess asked Michael if he needed an Assistant Recreation Board Director. Michael said it would help if he did have one. The Board agreed to have the clerk put the position in the help wanted ads in the paper.

The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $40,793.16.  Ald. Hess moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $40,793.16. Ald. Wilson 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.