The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night February 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Kezar and Roger Coe. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Police Chief Curt Drake, Officer John Wynn and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Also present were Lois Kolb, David and Holly McIntire and Rita Greene from the McDonald County Press. Ald. Kohley was not present.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on February 2, 2016. Ald. Calvin moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on February 2, 2016. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Coe, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor opened the bids on the 2,000 Crown Vic patrol vehicle. The first bid was from JR Automotive and Towing, Neosho, Mo. in the amount of $600.00 with the understanding the car was sold as it is. The second bid was received from Chicago Motors Inc.in the amount of $507.00. The Board discussed the bids. Ald. Wilson move to approve the bid from JR Automotive and Towing in the amount of $600.00. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
David McIntire, introduced himself to the Board. He stated that he will be running on the Republican Party ballot for McDonald County Sheriff this year. He told the Board about his work history which included several years with the McDonald County Sheriff’s department and Walmart. He stated that he had reached a time in his life that he felt it was time to get back into law enforcement. He said he would like to see the elected officials from the County be more involved with the Cities.
The Board discussed re-appointing Heath Lewis as the Recreation Board Director. Ald. Wilson stated he helped the City out last year and took the position again when they couldn’t get anyone to do the job. Ald. Wilson moved to approve Heath Lewis as Recreation Board Director with the same agreement regarding his daughter taking care of the concession stand. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Coe and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor told the Board that they will have to look into helping with the mowing after the ball season is over. He noted it was hard for David and David to keep up the regular mowing with mowing the ball park last year. Ald. Wilson suggested they look into spraying to kill out weeds and grass in the ditch area so they would not have to mow or weed eat them.
The Board discussed the draft letter to the Mo. Department of Natural Resources regarding Roger Renner’s proposed broiler operations. The Board agreed with wording of the letter. Ald. Wilson stated he really didn’t think that the trucks will use Garner but will use Spruce North of the City Limits. The Board discussed whether or not the City has a truck ordinance. David stated he thought the City had one but a past city attorney had said that the Police could not inforce it as it was written. The Board discussed one of their concerns was contamination to the water table. The Board agreed to the wording of the letter.
The Board discussed the draft information letter to the Citizens regarding Proposition One, which will be placed on the ballot on April 5th. The proposition places a ½ of 1 percent transportation tax before the people. It was discussed whether or not to use the tax table spreadsheet. The spreadsheet includes every town from this area and what that town collects in sales taxes. It was noted that only the City of Jane and the City of Goodman has a 1% sales tax. Various other cities’ has 2% sales tax, transportation tax, capital improvement tax and storm water/parks sales tax. The letter explains that the transportation tax will help pay to have the streets repaired and over-laid over a period of several years. The Board agreed to the wording of the letter
There was no old business:
The Board discussed the following new Business.
1. It was noted that the renewal for the Anthem Health Ins was on April 1st. Anthem has sent information of different plans the Board could choose from and it also suggests one that is close to the one the employee have had this past year. The Clerk noted that a representative from Beimdiek will be bringing her some information regarding some other policies that might be better for a different price. She asked the Board to go ahead and approve the suggested policy, with the agreement that if one of the other companies has a better plan she could accept that one instead. Ald. Wilson moved to change to the suggested plant from Anthem unless one of the other plans is a better plan. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Wilson and Coe voted aye with 0 nays.
The following department reports were given:
Curt Drake- stated he is back to work as of this morning and he thanked John for filling his shoes and doing a wonderful job. He also stated that he wanted to thank Reserve Officer Jeremy walker for helping the department out covering some of the shifts. He then told the Board that he would be getting some prices for new tires for the Dodge Ram Truck.
Denis Kolb- had nothing to report.
David Brodie- stated that the roofers were working the City into their schedule to roof the treatment plant. He also noted that New Mac and Empire have been doing a lot of work between Terry and Garner. He noted that they were replacing some troublesome lines with new ones.
Meghan Sexson- noted that she had missed the last board meeting so she has gave the Board their report tonight.
Paula Brodie- noted that Karla will be attending the JIS training from the Office of State Courts between March 28th and 31st. She also noted that she would be attending the banquet at the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association annual training to receive her Master Professional City Clerk pin on March 10th.
The Board discussed the bills from February 16, 2016 including transfers in the amount of $39,522.96. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $39,522.96. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Wilson moved to adjourn. . Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kezar and Coe voted aye with 0 nays.