The Board of Aldermen held a meeting on Tuesday night August 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons, Alice Kezar and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Chief Curt Drake, Tax Collector Dawn Bunch, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Guests included J.R. Fisher, Carol and Roger Coe, Buddy Gilmore, Marshall Long and Katrina Hine from McDonald County Press. Ald. Wilson and Ald. Kohley were not present.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The Mayor noted that Ald. Wilson would not be present because he had been operated on last Wednesday and Ald. Kohley was still at work in Joplin and would be a little late. The Mayor noted that the Board did not have a quorum to conduct business so they would wait for Ald. Kohley to join the meeting.
At 7:20 PM the Mayor contacted Ald. Kohley and was informed that it would be at least another hour before he could leave work to attend the Board meeting. The Mayer suggested adjourning the meeting and moving the agenda items to the next regular meeting.
David Brodie stated that he had an emergency situation at the southwest lift station that had to be addressed and could not wait for the next Board meeting. He said that only one side of the southwest lift station was working. He said the check valves needed replaced immediately, as they were not functioning correctly, and that they were out of date and needed replaced. He said that the Board would need to hire someone to replace the check valves as he would not be able to do the job himself. He explained the work needed would be more than he and David could do. He said to make the new check valves work the lift station would need to be reworked. He noted that the Board had received a quote from Paul Crews in August of 2012, to put in new check valves but the Board made no decision at that time. He said he had talked to Paul today and that Paul said that he could do the project for the same labor costs, but the price on the parts might be more. The Mayor stated that he felt that if it was an emergency situation and that they could be in violation of the DNR permit that he was able to approve the work to be done by Mr. Crews. He told David to go ahead and hire Mr. Crews and have him order the parts so that the problem could be fixed quickly, to keep the city from becoming out of compliance.
Chief of Police Drake stated that he had a time frame for a grant application that he needed approval for. He said that the Board needed to approve his applying for the grant because they will have to guarantee the City’s match. The Mayor told him to go ahead and complete the application.
The Board discussed whether or not to hold a special meeting to take care of tonight’s agenda or to move the agenda items to the next regular meeting. It was noted that there were numerous items on the current agenda and several items all reading scheduled for the next regular meeting. The Board agreed to hold a special meeting on Monday August 12, 2013 at 7:00PM and to move all of tonight’s agenda items to that meeting.
The Board paid the bills in the amount of $28,538.76.
The Mayor adjourned the meeting. At 7:30PM.
Greg Richmond, Mayor
Paula W Brodie, MRCC, City Clerk Approved:___________________ Date: ________________