Tuesday April 3, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Alice Kezar, Keith Kohley, Calvin Wilson and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Police Chief Curt Drake, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Lois Kolb, Mark Bartley, J. R. Fisher, Kevin Keeney, Jared Mackall and Sally Carroll from the McDonald County Press.
Mayor Richmond called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the minutes from March 20, 2018. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meeting held on March 20, 2018. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Wilson and Johnson voted aye, Ald. Kohley abstained.
City Clerk McNorton noted she had spoken with Mike Williams about mowing for the City again this year. Karla then told the Board Mike Williams says the price should be the same as last year ($170.00) unless fuel prices go up above $3.00 a gallon, then he will charge a $5.00 to $10.00 sur charge on top of the $170.00 he charges each time he mows. After a brief discussion, Ald. Wilson moved to have Mike Williams continue to mow for the city at a rate of $170.00 each time with a possible $5.00 to $10.00 surcharge. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
City Clerk McNorton informed the Board that the ad for the condemnation of 108 W. Williams was in the paper last Thursday, March 29, 2018 and it will be in this Thursday’s paper April 05, 2018. The owner has 30 days from Thursday to comply. After that, the Board can proceed with the condemnation process.
City Clerk McNorton then noted the ad for the truck was in the paper on Thursday March 29, 2018. Mayor Richmond noted if we don’t get any bids, we may need to consider another avenue to advertise.
Mayor Richmond brought up the gazebo on Main St. and noted we may need to put it out for bid. It was noted we need the specs on exactly what we want. Mayor Richmond asked that it be put on the next agenda.
New business: None
Citizens business: None
Department head reports:
Curt Drake- Noted that Senior Chief Joe David was in an altercation and was injured. He has a mild concussion and sustained an injury to his right shoulder and is on light duty. He hurt his right shoulder in December in a slip and fall and was on the mend when the altercation occurred and would like to look into getting prices on a taser as he would have been able to subdue the subject without these injuries and be on restricted duty. Curt also noted that during the altercation the radio and body camera were damaged and charges will be filed against the subject for over $700.00. He will be getting prices for both the radio and camera as well. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to have Curt bring the prices of the taser, body camera and radio to the next meeting.
Denis Kolb- Nothing to report
David Brodie- David informed the Board that he is closer to fixing the valve at the treatment plant. Westec out of Iowa is attempting to help him over the phone. If they are unable to help over the phone, Westec will need to come and fix it at a cost of $3700.00.
David also brought up the trailer on Main St. needs moved as well as the property cleaned up that is owned by Steven Bradford. Curt noted he has spoken with Mr. Bradford and will speak with him again.
David then noted the trailer at 151 Main needs moved as well. Curt noted he had given the owner 2 weeks to move it and that time is almost up.
David also noted that 122 N. Wall and 122 ½ N. Wall is at a standstill and needs cleaned up. It was agreed that it is almost summer and something needs done about the property. City Clerk McNorton noted she will contact the owner of the property.
Meghan Sexson- Noted the Board has their March report.
Ald. Kezar commended Tax collector Sexson for doing a good job on collecting the taxes.
Karla McNorton- Noted Bruce Hively will be able to attend a Special Meeting on April 17, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. to discuss upgrades and grants for the wastewater treatment plant and also I and I (inflow and infiltration.)
It was then noted the Groundbreaking for the new Goodman Elementary School is tomorrow April 4, 2018 at 10.00 A. M.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $36,733.30 including transfers. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills in the amount of $36,733.30 including transfers. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.