The Board of Aldermen held a meeting on Tuesday night December 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Keith Kohley, JR Fisher and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, City Clerk Paula Brodie, Chief of Police Tom West and Denis Kolb Emergency Management Director. Also present were Lily Jean Igisomar, Lois Kolb, Crystal Vaughan, Steve Wimpy and Adam Wimpy. Ald. Lett was not present.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the meeting on December 6, 2011. Ald. Fisher moved to approve the minutes. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the budget meeting on December 8, 2011. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the minutes. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the budget meeting on December 13, 2011. Ald. Hess moved to approve the minutes. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor acknowledged Lilly Jean Igisomar to discuss her request for a business license. She told the Board that she wanted to open an oriental market at the old Goodman Auto Supply Store. She stated that she would be selling oriental foods like what the L & K Market sold while it was open. She stated that there were close to 500 Islanders living between Noel and Neosho that would shop from her. She stated that since L & K Market closed she was shopping at a shop in Arkansas herself. She said that there was a need for the store. She also noted that it would not be geared just for the Islanders, but for anyone. Ald. Kohley moved to approve allowing Ms. Igisomar request to purchase a business license. Ald. Fisher seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed whether or not to hire Nick Myers, CPA to do the 2011 Audit or to put it out for bid. Ald Fisher stated that his vote would be to put it out for bid. He stated that he felt promoting competition by putting it out for bid was a good thing. He said that he felt that putting things out for bid would be better for the long term as well as the short term. The Mayor stated he was afraid that putting it out for bid might end up costing the city more. He stated that Nick Myers had done a thorough job doing the city past audits, that he was well known and respected, but it was ultimately up to the Board to decide. Ald Hess stated that he felt that if Mr. Myers did a good job why change now. Ald Fisher stated that he did not think that Mr. Myers did anything except look over what he was given, and that he did not look for any discrepancies. Ald Kohley said he thought Nick did a good job, and was concerned that if the Board put the Audit out for bid it would end up costing more in the long run. Ald. Fisher moved to put out for bid the 2011 Audit. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Fisher and Hess voted aye with 0 nays. They asked the Clerk to get quotes on running the advertisement from the Neosho Dailey News, Joplin Globe and McDonald County Press.
The Board discussed approving renewing the annual agreement with the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council. It was noted that the cost was $374.40. The Clerk reminded the Board that the Coordinating Council had put together the cities Hazard Mitigation plan required by FEMA and SEMA this past year. Ald. Kohley stated that he really didn’t know anything about the organization. The Board asked if the Clerk would contact Harry S Truman Coordinating Council to ask them to have someone present at the next Board meeting to give them information about the Coordinating Council.
The Board discussed renewing the contract with Sullivan Publications to up date City Code Book with ordinances passed during 2011. Ald. Kohley moved to renew the contract with Sullivan publications. Ald. Fisher seconded. Ald. Fisher, Hess and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed Bill No: 2011-427 for Ordinance No: 2011-437 approving the 2012 Budget. The Mayor noted that the Board needed to vote on the 2012 Budget twice, because it needs to be in place before January 1st.
The Mayor read Bill No: 2011-427 for Ordinance No: 2011-437 for the first reading.
Ald. Kohley moved to approve the first reading of Bill No: 2011-427 for Ordinance No: 2011-437. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor read Bill No: 2011-427 for Ordinance No: 2011-437 for the second reading.
Ald. Hess moved to approve the second reading of Bill No: 2011-427 for Ordinance No: 2011-437. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
Tom West- regular reports for year end
David Brodie Butterfly valve went down at the plant the valve is 20 years old, the valve cost $300.00. Reported that JR Fisher had gotten a donation of a wooden train for Christmas decorations, placed at gazebo
Denis Kolb- no report. Ald. Kohley reported that the Emergency Management Department had received an email from Susan and Gene Butler in which they expressed how ice it was to receive messages through the IRIS system.
Dawn Bunch – not present.
Paula Brodie – noted that the Candidate Filing dates are from December 13, 2011 thru January 17th from 7:30am to 4:00pm. On January 17th signups will be until 5:00pm per State Statute. Positions open are Municipal Judge and 1 Aldermen from each ward for 2 year terms.
– noted that the City Hall will be closed at 11:30am on December 23rd and December 26th for the Christmas Holiday. The City Hall will also be closed on January 2nd, New Year’s Day.
– reported on the new computers. Stated that they were all installed and where working great. – noted that the only main problem was with a compatibility problem with the Jayhawk Water Billing System and Windows 7.
The Board discussed the following old business: none.
Ald. Kohley stated he would like to see a meeting set up between the Emergency Management Department and the City Departments. The Board agreed to hold a meeting at 6:00pm on the 17th of January 2012 before the regular Board meeting.
The Board discussed the following new Business:
David stated that the Missouri Rural Water Association had nominated the City of Goodman Water Department for Water Department of the year for 2012. He noted that the city was in the top three nominated.
The Board discussed the bills for December 20, 2011 for $38,652.31 including transfers. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the bills in the amount of $38,652.31. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess and Fisher voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Fisher seconded. Ald. Kohley, Fisher and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
Greg Richmond, Mayor
Paula W Brodie, MRCC, City Clerk