Monday July 3, 2017
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Monday July 3, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Those present included Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Alice Kezar and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Police Chief Curt Drake and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Lois Kolb, Roger and Carol Coe, Josh Wagner, Aaron Patterson, Edward Tuomala, Jim Morgan and Nick Myers
Mayor Pro-Tem Wilson called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the regular meeting minutes from June 20, 2017. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the regular meeting minutes held on June 20, 2017. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Mayor Pro-Tem Calvin Wilson noted Ald. Keith Kohley and Mayor Greg Richmond were absent.
Mayor Pro-Tem Wilson noted we were going to move the agenda a bit to allow Nick Myers, CPA to give the Audit Report so he can get back to Joplin. Mr. Myers noted that the current assets and the balance sheet look good. He also noted that with the depreciation, the city needs more revenue for the water and sewer and noted the bonds will be paid off in 2039. He then recommended segregation of duties and noted it is hard to do with the small amount of employees the City has. He also recommended paying employment taxes online and using the depreciation schedule in Easy Accounting for the fixed assets.
Ald. Johnson moved to approve the Audit Report from Nick Myers, CPA. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mayor Pro-Tem Wilson acknowledged Josh Wagner and Aaron Patterson to discuss building a home. Josh noted they have moved the home to a 90 degree angle to take care of the spacing of the railroad and the property lines. This helped to get the spacing as correct as possible. It was discussed needing a lift station and the sewer line will be about 210 feet running from the foundation to the manhole using a 2 inch pipe and David suggested a check valve be installed. After a brief discussion, Ald. Johnson moved to waive the variance fee with the plans presented and the sewer conditions discussed. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mayor Pro-Tem Wilson acknowledged Jim Morgan to discuss setbacks for Fire Department.
Jim gave the Board a plan that the Goodman Area Fire Protection District (GAFPD) is considering building back on the existing foundation on Main St. He explained that the GAFPD has purchased the Bright Futures building and are going to build the fire station back and incorporate that into the building and make offices out of that space or tear down the building and rebuild. He also discussed possibly tearing down the old Bank and Clinic and using that space. He explained the GAFPD will be putting it out for bid and will have to see how much it will cost, as that will need to be torn down also. He noted that the GAFPD should know in about a month.
Old Business: Mayor Pro-Tem Wilson noted the house on 108 W. Williams has not really had any work done to it and the Board was told that the shingling would be done around the 4th of June. He has asked that Building inspector Marcus Pratt come in and inspect it to see if the progress up to now is at proper building standards and feels we should start the condemnation process at the August 1, 2017 meeting.
New Business: None
Citizens Business: Roger Coe asked what the City had found out about zoning his property to Residential. It was explained that when the zoning was done, everything around him was commercial and there sat his house and that he was grandfathered in to the commercial district. Coe noted that according to his lawyers, it should not be an issue to have his property zoned residential. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to do more research and discuss again at a later date. The discussion was tabled.
Department head reports.
Curt Drake- Curt noted that he had backed into a light pole and the rear bumper of Dodge Ram needs repaired. He noted he got a bid from Charles Whitehill to replace it at $280.00. Ald. Johnson moved to have the truck fixed by Charles Whitehill for $280.00. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Curt then asked if the City would again consider replacing the boots that were damaged after the tornado. After a brief discussion, it was agreed the City will not be replacing the boots.
Denis Kolb- Dennis introduced Jennifer Nelson and noted she will be the new Emergency Management Communications Officer and will be helping during storms. The Board noted they were glad to have her with the City.
David Brodie- David noted that the City of Neosho was here and they are going to donate time and help with the cleanup from the tornado. David also noted the dump is ready for them to haul the debris to. Demo is to begin at the school on Wednesday and the water can’t be turned off to the school, so he has to go to the main and shut it off. He is going to take out the meter and line so that it’s not an issue during demo.
Meghan Sexson- Not present
Karla McNorton- Karla asked that the Board approve her going to the Floodplain Management class to stay in compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Ald. Kezar moved to approve paying the mileage for Karla going to the Floodplain Management Class July 27 and 28, 2017. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $22,026.00 including transfers. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills in the amount of $22,026.00, including transfers. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Johnson moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.