Tuesday July 17, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley, Alice Kezar and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Asst. Police Chief Joe David, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, City Clerk Karla McNorton and Asst. City Clerk Dana Cornwell. Also present were Roger and Carol Coe, Lois Kolb, Jared Mackall, Linda Gill, Greg Beckner, 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 the regular meeting held on July 3, 2018. Ald. Johnson noted on p. 1 paragraph six (6) it notes Ald. Kezar voted aye and she was not present. Also, on pg. 4 paragraph one (1) it also says Ald. Kezar voted aye and she was not present. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the regular meeting minutes from July 3, 2018 with the noted corrections. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, and Wilson voted aye and Ald. Kezar abstained.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Linda Gill to discuss her putting up a sign and a possible community bulletin board. Linda noted she has a home based business named Granny Gills Bakery at 205 S. School Street. She is aware of the cottage laws and does have a city business license and her state license is in the mail. She is hoping to boost her business by getting a community bulletin that she will have professionally painted and would keep it and the surrounding area cleaned up. She would maintain all up keep on it. She did bring in a smaller board showing the minimum size she would like to put up if a spot for a bigger bulletin board could not be found. City Supervisor David Brodie and Mrs. Gill are going to get together to look at some possible sights and follow-up with the City to see what needs to be done for a sign to be put up.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Greg Beckner about calcium build-up in his water lines.
Mr. Beckner brought with him some of the calcium build-up he has gotten out of his kitchen and bathroom cold water side lines. He stated that his and a few surrounding neighbors are experiencing super slow running water. City Supervisor David B. has done some research and we are real low on our calcium. He said he would flush the hydrant and hopefully it should fix the problem.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Trenton Thomas about averaging his current water bill and his next water bill. Trenton had a water leak and has gotten it fixed. After a brief discussion it was decided to average Mr. Thomas’s water bills. His current water bill will be $108.38 including the 20% fee. Ald. Wilson moved to approve averaging July and August water bills with July’s bill being $108.38 and August’s bill being the average plus 20% if it needs added. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kezar, Johnson and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
Unfinished business: Nothing
New business: Nothing
Citizens business: Mark Bartley running in Mid-Term elections for State Representative District 159.
Osage Door mowed on the inside however they still need to take care of the brush outside. Chief Drake has the number for the contact at Osage Doors. Karla or Dana will have Curt give them a call to see what their plans are and how long it is going to take them to take care of it.
- Department head reports:
Asst. Chief Joe David- Pay raise tabled till August 7th meeting when Chief Drake can be at the meeting. Joe stated since being attacked for the safety of the officers and the citizens, the department would like the equipment that was donated to them by Bella Vista be installed. He wanted the board to keep in mind that this is $2200.00 worth of equipment that would be installed by Tactical Auto Outfitters out of Centerton for $530.00. This includes the roll cage, mic kit and toggle switch for the dash cam. Ald. Wilson moved to have Officer David take the Dodge car to Tactical Auto Outfitters to have the roll cage, mic kit, and toggle switch installed for $530.00 Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar, and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Denis Kolb- Nothing to report
David Brodie- Treatment plant got hit by lightning. He thinks the tower is fried. Called Michael from Keels Consulting he will be coming down on Wednesday to look at the computers. After a brief discussion Ald. Johnson moved to replace the treatment plants computers if that is what Michael recommended needed to be done. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Joe also mentioned that his computer keeps going down that this is the third time it has happened. Wanted to know if that since Michael was coming down from Keels consulting if we could send him to the Police Dept. to look at the computer to see what was going on with it.
David also mentioned he is pretty sure the lightning fried the blower motor. It kicked the breaker to the motor. Too many amps on the motor but the amps are coming down so going to keep an eye them.
David then noted he called Marcus Pratt, the City inspector. He noted, if the Farmers want to pursue the 108 W. Williams he will get with them and let them know that he will be very stringent with the codes. Feel we need to treat this building like a new a house and put all the safety checks and inspections. City Attorney Duane Cooper said we could put the condemnation of 108 W. Williams on hold till the Farmers decided if they wanted to pursue this venture or not. Ald. Kohley moved to put the 108 W. Williams’s condemnation on hold. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kezar, Johnson, and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
Meghan Sexson-The Board has the June report. We have 12 properties we sent the ad to run in the paper for. The ad will run the last week of July 2018 and the first two weeks of August 2018. Tax sale will be on August 27, 2018, with Meghan and David being here and Karla will be at County for the tax sale.
Karla McNorton – Nothing to report
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $39,184.45 including transfers. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the bills in the amount of $39,184.45 including transfers. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.