Tuesday June 4, 2019
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Ron Johnson, Keith Kohley and Ed Tuomala. Also present were Asst. Police Chief Joe David, City Supervisor David Brodie, Asst. City Clerk Dana Cornwell and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present Meghan Sprenkle, J.R. Fisher, Beth Hallmark, Nick Smith, Kevin Keeney, Marshall Long 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 Public Hearing Council Meeting May 21, 2019. Ald. Kohley noted that he moved to close the Public Hearing and Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Tuomala moved to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing Council Meeting held on May 21, 2019 with the noted amendments. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Tuomala and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting May 21, 2019. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on May 21, 2019. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Tuomala and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Unfinished business: City Clerk McNorton read a note to the Board from Goodman Tire & Auto that reads:
To Whom It May Concern, Our business, Goodman Tire & Auto was broken into and robbed on Saturday
May 18, 2019. We discovered this on Monday May 20, 2019, when we opened for business that morning. We have several leads that could lead to the arrest of several suspects. We do not feel the situation is being handled in a very timely manner. We are asking for someone other than the Goodman City P.D. take this case over. Mrs. Meghan Sprenkle, co-owner of Goodman Tire & Auto wanted to know what Curt is doing to solve the case. Mrs. Sprenkle noted that she and her husband Gerred have turned over names of suspect to checks written since the incident occurred and doesn’t understand why no one has been arrested. Asst. Chief David noted that as of
last night Curt had turned the investigation over to him. Asst. Chief David also noted that the victims were very unhappy and had contacted County and County will be taking the lead on the investigation and Goodman Police Department will assist. Asst. Chief David noted that he and investigator David McIntire from County will be going out and doing fingerprinting. Mrs. Sprenkle noted that Gerred Sprenkle had called the police about 6:00 A.M. and County was there by 6:20-6:30 A.M. and Curt did not arrive until after 8:00 A.M. everyone had to wait around for Curt to arrive and she feels that is a real problem. If it had been a life or death situation, she would be really concerned. Mrs. Sprenkle noted that she didn’t understand why it took 2 hours when he lives right down the road from their business. Asst. Chief David noted that after checking the crime scene that he and Mr. McIntire will be getting things done. Mayor Richmond apologized and noted that he was not aware of the situation until this discussion. It was asked if any subpoenas had been filed. Asst. Chief David noted that Curt says subpoenas were requested and served to U.S. Bank in Pineville requesting all information on the illegal checks, live video and people involved. Mrs. Sprenkle noted that she doesn’t live in town, but thinks that by providing names of suspects and things, more should’ve been done than what has been. Mrs. Sprenkle then noted that if she was a citizen in this town, she would be very concerned for her belongings getting stolen. Mrs. Sprenkle also noted that the Chief should be able to take prints at a crime scene as you can’t just look at an item and know if you can get prints. Mrs. Sprenkle noted there were a lot if items that prints could have been taken from and weren’t, which was a lot of evidence brushed aside. Mrs. Sprenkle also noted that around $10,000.00 was stolen, which included a car. The Mayor noted that he is not a police officer, but does not understand why county wasn’t involved in a joint investigation as they were already there. It was noted by Asst. Chief David that the highest ranking division has the authority to handle the investigation and he believes County was being respectful by having the Goodman Police Department handle the investigation. Mayor Richmond apologized again that Mrs. Sprenkle had to come to the Board with this matter and the Mayor intends to look into the matter.
Ms. Hallmark asked the Board if they had a chance to look at the rate study. Mayor Richmond noted the Board will read over it and discuss at the next meeting.
Mayor Richmond noted he had a visit with Gerritt Brinks from Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council about the drainage issues. They looked at all the issues with Whitmore and Garner. Mr. Brinks said there is not a lot out there but, he will look into what is out there and get back with us.
New business: No new business.
Department head reports:
Joe David: David noted that he got the battery for unit 3. David would also like the right rear wheel on unit 3 looked at.
David then asked if he could get some bids for a new surveillance system for the Police department as there has not been one since the tornado. It was agreed to have Asst. Chief David get bids for a new surveillance system.
Denis Kolb: Not present. Asst. Emergency Management Director Keith Kohley had nothing to report.
Brodie: Brodie informed the Board the street signs he ordered will be in next week.
Brodie then informed the Board of an issue at the Southwest lift station pump that is broken and he had to send it in to be fixed. There is also a rusted galvanized pipe in the middle. Brodie noted he had called Billie Evert from Missouri Rural Water to find out how to fix the problem.
Ms. Hallmark asked if anyone has looked at the foundation for the community building. City Supervisor Brodie noted it is a monolithic pour. Brodie has spoken with Darin Wagner about it and you could put a 20 foot building on it right now but, if you want it any bigger, he suggests to widen about 12 inches all the way around.
Meghan Sexson: Not present.
Karla McNorton: Nothing to report.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $46,225.78 including transfers. Ald. Tuomala moved to approve the bills in the amount of $46,225.78 including transfers. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Tuomala and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Tuomala and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.