August 20, 2013 at 7:00PM.
Regular Board Meeting.
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night August 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Alice Kezar, Keith Kohley and Bill Hess. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Chief Curt Drake, Officer Bill Cagle and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Guests included Marshal Long, J.R. Fisher, Carol Coe, Leroy Coe, Roger Coe, Wally Jeffers and Katrina Hine from the McDonald County Press.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the meeting on Monday August 12, 2013. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from August 12, 2013. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
J.R. Fisher asked if it was true if Mr. Kohley was fired from his job due to sexual misconduct. Mr. Kohley said no. He said he was told that he had made a comment to a student and he hadn’t, but was fired anyway. Mr. Kohley stated that the situation did not have anything to do with his being an Alderman. Mr. Fisher asked if that was the only occasion. Mr. Kohley stated yes.
The Board began the business section of the meeting starting with unfinished business.
a. The Board discussed Bill # 2013-436 for Ordinance # 2013-446 increasing the Court Costs by $3.00 per ticket for the Sheriffs retirement fund per RSMO. 57.955.
The Mayor read Bill # 2013-436 for Ordinance # 2013-446 by title only.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the second reading of Bill # 2013-436 for Ordinance# 2013-446. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Hess and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
a. The Board discussed Bill # 2013-437 for Ordinance #2013-447. The Mayor noted that the bill needed to be voted on two times as the 2013 Tax Levy had to be set prior to September 1 2013.
The Mayor read Bill #2013-437 for Ordinance#2013-447 by title only for the first reading.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the first reading of Bill # 2013-437 for Ordinance# 2013-447. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor read Bill# 2013-437 for Ordinance#2013-447 by title only for the second reading.
Ald. Kohley moved to approve the second reading of Bill # 2013-437 for Ordinance# 2013-447. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
a. Chief Drake -noted that the Expedition’s air conditioner is fixed.
b. David Brodie- noted that the lift station is fixed and also the sludge truck has been fixed. Stated that he had told the Board that they might have to start putting lime on fields that they spread sludge on to raise the PH but right now it seemed to be holding its own.
c.. Denis Kolb.
d. Dawn Bunch
e. Paula Brodie – noted that the Public Hearing for the Coe’s variance request is September 3, 2013 at 6:30PM.
The Board discussed a memo that the Clerk had given to them about the failure of one of the past Board Members and a past Mayor not returning their Code Book. Both parties had been asked numerous times to bring the books to the city hall. She stated that she had contacted Sullivan Publication on the replacement cost. They said that it would cost between $200.00 and $250.00 for each book. The Board agreed to have the City Attorney write the past board member and also Rowdy Cooper asking them to turn their code books in.
The Mayor acknowledged Kevin Keeney from 140 E. Russell Street. Mr. Keeney asked the Board what they were doing about properties around town that have not mowed their grass. He noted the property at 326 S. School St, the property at the corner of Wall and Garner, 134 E. Russell and the property at 105 E. Garner. The Clerk stated that she had talked with Danny Ross the property owner at 326 S. School St and he had promised to have the lot cleaned up by this Friday. The Clerk reported that Clyde had said that the Betterment Club would help Ms. Marrs clean it up. It was noted that The lot at 105 E. Garner is in foreclosure and the city employees had mowed it last time and the expense was added to the taxes.
The Board instructed the police to start issuing tickets for code violations
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $31,354.03. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $31,354.03. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Wilson Hess, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kohley, Hess and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.