Tuesday August 21, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday August 21, 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, Police Chief Curt Drake, Asst. Chief Joe David, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, City Attorney Duane Copper and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Kevin Keeney, Lois Kolb, Jared Mackall, Brandon Poindexter with Branco, Jim Cummings and Samantha Hamilton with the Neosho R-5 School District, Connie Letourneau, Misty Farmer, Roger and Carol Coe, John McNall, Greg Beckner, Linda Gill 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 Planning and Zoning meeting August 7, 2018. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the Planning and Zoning meeting minutes from August 7, 2018. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye and Ald. Kohley abstained.
The Board discussed the minutes from the Public Hearing meeting August 7, 2018. Ald. Johnson moved to approve the Public Hearing minutes from August 7, 2018. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the minutes from August 7, 2018. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the regular meeting minutes from August 7, 2018. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the special meeting minutes August 13, 2018. Ald. Johnson moved to approve the special meeting minutes from August 13, 2018. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board acknowledged John and Misty Farmer to discuss variance for a 26×29 house with an area of 754 square feet and update the Board on the 108 W. Williams property. Misty asked the Board to consider granting a variance for a house that is 26’ by 29’ with square footage of 754 feet.
Misty informed the Board that Marcus had been there this afternoon and we are close. We have most everything exposed for him to look at and he doesn’t think that part is un-savable. It does have some areas where there are termites. It was asked if she and John would be able to save the back half of the house. Misty said Marcus seems to believe they can save the back. It was noted by Misty that they should have it completely gone through by the next meeting.
Misty then noted she had pretty much explained at the last meeting that she would be asking for a variance for putting in a smaller house at either 119 S. First Street or 112 W. Splitlog Ave. Misty will be renovating the home and adding a front porch to the house. After a brief discussion, Ald. Kohley moved to approve the variance for John and Misty Farmer to put the smaller house on one of the two properties. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board acknowledged Linda Gill to discuss a second sign for her business. Linda informed the Board that she has spoken with the owner of the property Ross Bobbett and was given permission to put a sign 20”x24” on his property. After a discussion with the manager of the property about her maintain the area around where her sign would be and being told he maintains the grounds and would maintain that area as well, she was asked why she was not putting one on the 59 Hwy side and one on the Splitlog side. She explained she had only received permission for one sign. She is here asking the Board to allow her to have an additional sign. After a brief discussion, the Board agreed to allow Linda Gill to have an additional sign.
The Board Discussed deeding land to the Neosho R-5 School District. City Attorney Cooper noted that best we can tell is that a piece of land that the school has used for the last 100 years doesn’t seem to belong to them. It was discussed doing a quit claim deed for the piece of property. It was discussed that the piece of property is 60’ wide and runs from School St. to Whitmore. After additional discussion, Ald. Johnson moved approving the Mayor signing the quit claim deed for the land in question to the Neosho R-5 School District. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Unfinished business: Citizen Connie Letourneau stated she had been in here several times regarding the animals at large and wanted to know why the City hasn’t done anything. She noted she sees animals running loose on a daily basis. Connie then stated that City Clerk McNorton told her that she would have one of the guys come to her home and pick up a cat, take it somewhere and dump it and Connie wants the City Clerks resignation. She told the Board it is illegal to dump and animal and the clerk needed to resign. Connie then told the Board it was very inappropriate to have a council member’s wife come to her home. Connie claims it made her daughter very uncomfortable when the councilman’s wife asked her what was she going to do if the person you have a restraining order against enters her home. Connie noted that she told the wife she would kill him if he came to her home. Connie then noted the wife should not have come to her home. Ald. Johnson apologized that his wife had come to her residence without his knowledge. It was his understanding that she was not getting the results she was looking for. He noted he will not interfere with another citizens business in the future. Ms. Letourneau demanded to be put on the next agenda as she wants these issue resolved.
New business: Scott Brown told the Board that at the end of June and during the month of July, he had a leak that is now fixed. His last bill was 188.16 and this bill is 157.46. He has not paid this bill as he was coming to the meeting to ask for an average. After a brief discussion, Ald. Kohley moved to average Scotts Brown’s water bill at $103.76 for two months. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Citizens business: Linda Gill complained about her neighbor’s tall grass that is now owned by a mortgage company. She has been mowing the grass as it has been an eye sore. Curt will try to find out who the mortgage company is and contact them to clean up the property. Linda also complained about the bushes that are around needing cut.
Department head reports:
Curt Drake: Curt noted that after the special meeting he felt the Board planned on giving Asst. Chief David a raise. Curt was wondering if the Board had thought any more about that. Ald. Wilson made a motion to raise Asst. Chief David from $12.50 to $13.00 an hour. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Curt then noted that he has an Ordinance that City Clerk McNorton got from Carterville and changed it to fit Godman. It is an Ordinance that requires the gas stations to require all gas be pre-paid before pumping.
He explained that Casey’s has a lot of drive-offs that can’t be solved as when they run the tags, they don’t come back to anyone. It was discussed why the City would want to put that ordinance in place as the City shouldn’t have to force them to do that, the corporate office should do that. It was explained by Curt that corporate will not do that. If the person behind the counter doesn’t run outside and try to get a license plate number, they are fired. That can be difficult when you are the only one working in the store at the time. After additional discussion, it was agreed to put it on the next agenda to discuss further.
Denis Kolb: Nothing to report.
David Brodie: David noted that he received a registration form Sigma. Chemical Spill Response Training is required by one of the City workers by the EPA and OSHA. He is asking to go to the training is Springfield on September 11, 2018 and attend the class. The Cost is $150.00 He will drive the truck up there in back the same day. Ald. Kohley moved to send David to the chemical spill class. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
David then noted the electric for the festival at the ballpark is done. He then asked about the insulation in the bandstand. Ald. Johnson noted that he wanted some foam board insulation put in to help with the reverberation.
Meghan Sexson: Meghan noted the Board had their July report.
Karla McNorton: Karla noted that she found out the cost of the sale for 122 N. School St. from Jennifer Weber and it will be $196.67 for the cost of the property, $27.00 to Jennifer Weber for recording of Collector’s deed and $27.00 to Kenny Underwood, the Recorder of Deeds. The total will be 250.67. I have the checks issued and you have probably already signed them. My question is, do you want me to bid more, if for some strange reason someone else bids higher? Jennifer did say she will let everyone know that $6469.18 is due at City before the bid starts. It was discussed that if someone doesn’t hear that $6469.18 is due to the City and bids, it will be three more years to wait. After a brief discussion, Ald. Kohley moved to authorize City Clerk McNorton to bid up to $500.00 on the property if needed to purchase 122. N School St.
Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Also, The Missouri Courts are having a Court Management Institute January, March any May 2019 and January, March and May 2020. The program is comprised of 6 courses on three day increments. I am asking that you allow Dana to go to the class if she is chosen, as some of the dates are during the City Clerk week long training and I can’t do both. The City’s sole expense is travel and one night’s stay in the hotel. They will pay for the hotel for 2 nights, meals and cost of the courses, which they say it costs thousands of dollars to attend. The Board has to be committed to allowing her to attend all 6 classes. She will need do an essay and supply her resume and The City will need to fill out the application stating the Board is in full support of her attending all 6 classes. It is a scholarship. There are only 25 selected and she can take this anywhere as it is national. Karla noted she feels this is an amazing opportunity if she is selected. After a brief discussion, Ald. Kohley moved to allow Dana Cornwell to attend all 6 courses of the Court Management Institute. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson and Kohley voted aye, Ald. Kezar and Wilson abstained.
The Board then discussed the bills in the amount of $26,626.10 including transfers. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills in the amount of $26,626.10 including transfers. Ald. Wilson 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.