Tuesday July 3, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley, and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Police Chief Curt Drake, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb and City Clerk Karla McNorton and Asst. City Clerk Dana Cornwell. Also present were Roger and Carol Coe, Lois Kolb, Jared Mackall, Kevin Keeney, Jimmie Gideon, Greg Beckner, Ed Tuomala, Jerry Sparks, CJ Estes, and Keith Estes.
Mayor Richmond called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged that chairperson Kezar was not present.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting held on June 5, 2018. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 5, 2018. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.
The Board discussed the minutes from the special meeting held on June 12, 2018. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the special meeting minutes from June 12, 2018. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.
The Board discussed the minutes from the special meeting held on June 18, 2018. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the special meeting minutes from June 18, 2018. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Paula Brodie to discuss averaging Harold Keeler’s water bill. Paula explained that Harold has been extremely ill for the past six to eight weeks and he accidently left his water hose on. She is asking the board to average his water bill. His bill is $142.12 before the average. His bill would be $42.88 if the Board agreed to average his bill. After a brief discussion, Ald. Wilson moved to approve averaging Harold Keeler’s water bill to $42.88. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mayor Richmond noted that at the June 18, 2018 meeting, we had Nikki Hill from the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council (HSTCC) here to help correct and properly zone our map with the help of five citizens who have agreed to be on the City’s Planning and Zoning Committee. They are Greg Beckner, Keith Estes, Jared Mackall, Jerry Pierce and Ed Tuomala. I would like to discuss establishing a planning and zoning committee. Ald. Wilson and Ald. Johnson agreed to be on the planning and zoning committee. Ald. Wilson made a motion to make a planning and zoning committee Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present. The first meeting for the planning and zoning committee will be July 17th at 6:30p.m.
Mayor Richmond then noted it was time to open bids for the demolition of 108 W. Williams St.
The first bid is from Gideon Backhoe & Roto R Rooter Service in the amount of $14,200.00, which includes demolition, debris and concrete removal, black dirt to smooth up the lot and grass seed.
The second bid is from Morgan’s Backhoe & Excavating Inc. in the amount of $7,800.00, which includes tear down of house using dumpsters for debris removal, hauling off stumps and bringing in enough fill dirt for the crawl space under house making the lot suitable for bush hog mowing.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Jon and Misty Farmer. The Farmers stated that the owner of the property had reached out to them to see if they would be interested in buying the property and possibly cleaning up and rebuilding. They are aware the front half of the house is in terrible shape and needs to be removed while the back half is in good enough shape they could remodel it. They said they would remove the front half of the house possibly bringing in a tiny 400 sq. ft. house to attach to the front of the back half. They understand this house is on the list of meth houses and they would want to see about getting a test kit for about $55.00 to make sure there is no residual residue left. They are under the impression that no dope has been made at this residence for the last 12 years but it has been sold out of it during that time but no longer is. The Farmers were not sure as to what the rules and regulations were for a property that had already been thru the condemnation process, they were just thinking that if it was possible this is what they would maybe consider doing. Ald. Johnson feels we owe it to the citizens to see if we can find a way to save the tax payers money. After a brief discussion it was decided to have the city clerk get ahold of the city attorney and see what the city could do. David Brodie said he would get ahold of the city inspector in the mean time to set up a meeting with himself, the Farmers, and the inspector to see what could possibly be done. Ald. Johnson made a motion to wait a couple of weeks before accepting any bids to find out what could be done Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.
Unfinished business: Mayor Richmond brought up the Gazebo as part of it is on KCS railroad property. Said we might see about getting a 100 year easement from them for the Gazebo if need be.
New business: NONE
Citizens business: Mr. Keeny asked about the legality of fireworks in city limits. Officer Drake told him they are only legal on the 4th however people do start shooting them off 2 to 3 days prior. Curt also stated that it is hard to make a case stick when there is not always an officer on duty. If you have a video of who is doing with a time stamp it would be a lot easier to write a ticket and make it stick. Mr. Keeny also asked resurfacing some of the roads in town with the tax money the city started getting. It was mentioned that for a 2-inch overlay for 1000 ft. cost approximately $40,000.00 and the city does not have enough yet to do all the streets that needs done. Mr. Keeny asked if the city could get a loan maybe in order to do some of the worst areas. After a brief discussion Mayor Richmond said that the city would look into what we could do.
- Department head reports:
Curt Drake- Presented the monthly report to the council. Also advised council Officer David was able to get 2 Mic kits donated. The Mic kits will allow the dash camera to have audio which is what the body cameras should have done but would not because the body cameras would not integrate with the dash camera. With 1 body camera broke and the other not staying charged more than an hour makes them hard to use. Also stated he would like to get the car cage that Bella Vista PD donated installed he had a quote to get the cage, Mic kits and dash camera toggle switch installed for a total price of $530. Also noted they spoke to a person in Neosho that stated he would not do it because they were such a pain to do.
Denis Kolb- NOTHING
David Brodie- Asked about getting electrical boxes and conduits for the Ozark Orchard Festival so it would be there permanently for future years.
David also mentioned that he had to buy another motor for the skimmer at approximately $250.00. Also had to purchase more ballasts for the U.V. lights talked to the company and there are no replacements for these lights. Mayor Richmond would like David to find out if they make U.V. lights without ballasts; and if so what would the possible upgrade cost.
Meghan Sexson- NOT PRESENT
Karla McNorton- notes you have your March, April and May financial statements in you packets.
Today City Hall started accepting addresses and lists of items for the 28th Annual City Wide Garage Sale August 4, 2018 and will continue to accept them through August 1, 2018.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $40, 447.13 including transfers. Ald. Johnson moved to approve the bills in the amount of $40, 447.13 including transfers. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $33,839.19 including transfers. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills in the amount of $33,839.19 including transfers. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar not present.