The Board of Aldermen held a meeting on Tuesday night March 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Kristin Lett, Keith Kohley and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor Davie Brodie, Officer Curt Drake and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Ald. Calvin Wilson was not present.
The Mayor called the regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen to order at 7:00PM
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the meeting on March 5, 2013. Ald. Hess moved to approve the minutes from March 5, 2013. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, and Lett voted aye with 0 nays.
The department heads gave the following reports:
David Brodie- Noted that the transmission is in the white truck that it has a 6 month warranty and Mike Hollis a representative from Missouri Rural Water was here today to look over the treatment plant. He also noted that the new truck should be here in April.
Denis Kolb- was not present, however Ald. Kohley reported that it was National Flood Awareness Week and reminded everyone that we are coming into severe weather for the next few months.
Dawn Bunch –not present.
Paula Brodie – reported that the tornado Siren is out of Service. She stated that Marshall Long had reported that it was not working so she called Blue Valley and they agreed to come in the next couple of weeks to work on it.
– Rabies clinic is April 20th from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
-informed the Board that while attending classes in Columbia, she found out that Gary Markenson, the past director of MML is now holding seminars for elected officials. The Board agreed to have the Clerk find out what the cost was and if any of the other cities wanted to be part of the training.
The Board discussed the contract on the Cannon copier. The Clerk noted that Ricoh does not hold the Cannon franchise anymore and that she had contacted Lakeland Office Systems who now holds the Cannon Franchise for a quote to maintain the cities copier. She informed the Board that the cost would be $40.00 a month and 1 cent per copy, noting the cost was less than Ricoh’s contract. Ald. Kohley moved to allow the mayor to sign the contract. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley and Lett voted aye with 0 nays.
Curt Drake- discussed attending a UCR class on March 21 at Troop D in Springfield. He noted that the officer who is teaching the class offered to come to Goodman to show him how to fill out the report. The Board decided to let him contact Troop D about the class. Curt stated that he had been to see Tom today and that he is doing much better.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the following new business: Keith Kohley asked to have the computer tower looked at that he got from the city for the Emergency Management Department. He noted that it keeps locking up and runs slowly. The Board agreed to have the Clerk contact Michael Keels to get his thoughts on whether or not it would be cost effective to repair the tower or replace it.
The Board discussed future payments for Tom Wests Medicare, supplemental and prescription insurances. It was noted under the FMLA law the Board is required to pay for his benefits until the 12 week leave is over. It was noted that the Board had set a policy in the past by paying the employees part of Medicare, a supplemental and prescription insurance once they reach the age of 65. The Board had begun paying Tom’s when he reached 65 in January. The Mayor stated that Olinda West had turned in Tom’s statement for the Medicare payments through June 30th. He noted that Tom is on FMLA leave officially until May 6th. He said that the Board would need to pay two of the months coverage until May 30th however the Board could go ahead and pay the 3rd month if they chose too. He warned the Board that paying the 3rd month might be something they would like to do for Tom; however as Board members they needed to realize that they were setting a precedent for future employees. He also noted that carrying Tom’s insurance may hold him back from disability benefits. Ald. Hess stated he was concerned that if they paid the 3rd month after the FMLA leave was over they might be doing harm to the City and Tom. The Board agreed that they were not sure how to handle the situation and agreed with the Mayor that it might be best to talk with the City Attorney before making any decisions on the June payment. Ald. Hess moved to pay the two months benefits. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley and Lett voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor suggested the Clerk set up a closed personnel meeting with Duane Cooper before the next regular meeting on April 2. The Board agreed.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $34,147.99. Ald. Lett moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $34,147.99. Ald. Kohley moved to approve Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Lett and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Lett seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, and Lett voted aye with 0 Nays,
Greg Richmond, Mayor
Paula W Brodie, MRCC, City Clerk Approved:___________________