October 1, 2013 at 7:00PM.
Regular Board Meeting.
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night September 17, 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, City Clerk Paula Brodie, City Tax Collector Dawn Bunch and Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb. Guest included Lois Kolb, Tiffany Ethridge, James Elliott, Marshal Long, Leslie Franks 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 regular meeting on Tuesday September 17, 2013. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on September 17, 2013. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
1. The Mayor acknowledged James Elliott who told the Board he had a leak, that it was fixed and asked if the Board would approve averaging his water/sewer bill. He said he had a leaking hose and a leak under the house, but both had been repaired. It was noted that his bill this month was $84.45, where his average is usually $49.21.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve averaging Mr. Elliott’s water/sewer bill in the amount of $49.21. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
1. The Mayor acknowledged Tiffany Ethridge who told the Board she had a leak, that it was fixed and asked if the Board would be willing to average her water/sewer bill. It was noted that her current bill is $225.64 and that $63.31 is her average bill.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve averaging Tiffany Ethridge’s water/sewer bill in the amount of $63.31. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board began the business section of the meeting starting with unfinished business:
l. The Board discussed Bill#2013-438 for Ordinance# 2013-448 increasing the fee for variances to the Zoning Ordinance from $20.00 to $75.00.
The Mayor read Bill# 2013-438 for Ordinance # 2013-448 by title only for the first reading.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the first reading of Bill# 2013-438 for Ordinance # 2013-448 amending Section 400.091. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Wilson, Hess and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the following new Business:
1. The Mayor noted that the City had received approval from the Missouri Department of Transportation allowing the annexation of south Highway 59 from the south City Limits of Goodman to the north city limits of the City of Anderson. The Board discussed the need to pass an ordinance and vote to approve the Mayor’s signing the voluntary annexation petition.
Ald. Kohley moved to approve the Mayors signing of the south Highway 59 voluntary annexation petition .Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
2. The Board discussed Bill # 2013-439 for Ordinance #2013-449 annexing South Highway 59 from the south Goodman City Limits to the north City Limits of Anderson.
The Mayor read Bill# 2013-439 for Ordinance # 2013-449 by title only for the first reading.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the first reading of Bill# 2013-439 for Ordinance # 2013-449 regarding the annexation of south Highway 59 into the Goodman City Limits. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
3. The Board discussed approving Bill Cagle’s 90 day probationary period. Chief Drake asked for Bill to be taken off of probation, and to give him a $.50 cents an hour raise.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve ending Officer Cagle’s probationary period and to give him a $.50 cent an hour increase. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Wilson, Kezar and Hess voted aye with 0 nays. The Board agreed that the $.50 cent increase should be made retroactive to September 18, 2013 90 days after his hire date.
4. The Board discussed the properties at 114 W. Douglas, 112 W. Douglas and 112 W. Splitlog owned by Don and Lester Kramburg. The Mayor stated that they should be discussing the properties under the dangerous building code, not condemnation. He then acknowledged Leslie Franks, 1421 Hilltop Noel, Mo. 64854, who stated that she was Don Kramburg’s great niece. She told the Board that he has been fighting cancer and cannot do the work himself. She said that the family had been trying to work on the buildings, and cleaning up the properties. She asked for a year to get the properties back into shape. The Board discussed whether or not the buildings could be repaired. She stated that she knew the properties were in disrepair but that she thought they could be fixed up. She said that they had been vandalized and that the pipes under the house need to be fixed, and new flooring installed. Ald. Wilson asked if the family would care if any of the neighbors could help by cutting brush and trees. She said she would appreciate any help and that she would be willing to give them permission. Marshall long stated that the Betterment Club had helped other people in the past and that he would talk with them about helping. The Mayor said the Board would rather have buildings repaired rather than torn down. David suggested her placing a ribbon around the trees she thought they would like to keep. The Board agreed to revisit the discussion in 90 days, giving her time to see what she could do and to find out exactly what needs to be done.
The following reports were given:
a. Chief Drake -noted that the black car is being worked on by Clint Walker, who is looking for a dead short.
b. David Brodie- noted that the tree at 113 Williams Street is on the line. Ald. Wilson stated that it needed to be removed as it was dangerous. David noted that the Board had Scott Mitchell remove trees before and asked them if they wanted him contact Scott or did they want him to call other trimmers. The Board stated because of the danger, they decided to have Scott go ahead and do it. David was asked by Curt to check around town for others that needed to be removed. David said that it was not cheap to have trees cut down and that he would look to see if there were others that needed to be removed.
– noted that he had put up reflectors on the stop sign on B Ave facing 59 Highway.
c. Denis Kolb- noted that he had given the Board a packet, with information on storm shelters. He said he had received a quote for, $6,900.00 a piece with each unit capable to hold 30 adults. He suggested the Board go over the information. There was discussion regarding liability to the City and who would be responsible to open the shelters during storms. He was asked to make sure that they were constructed by specifications through FEMA. The Mayor stated that further discussion will be held at the next meeting. Ald. Hess asked if there was a time frame on the $6900.00 and Mr. Kolb said there wasn’t. Ald. Kezar asked if they were handicapped acceptable. Mr. Kolb said no, not at this time.
d. Dawn Bunch- reports were given out before the meeting.
e. Paula Brodie -nothing to report.
Calvin stated that the clerk and he had been to the MML annual conference. He said it was very interesting and that he would get information from the meeting to the other members. It was noted that there had been a class regarding the Affordable Care Act and municipalities. The Clerk noted that during the conference she had heard that there might be help for smaller groups through the Health Care exchanges. She noted that she would try to gather more information for the Board to look at during budget discussions.
Ald. Kohley stated that it was time for the Board/employee Bar –B- Que. He stated that he thought October 13, 2013 at 2:00PM would be good. He noted that if it rains that day it will be moved to October 20th. Ald. Wilson noted that Tom would be there.
Marshall Long from the Goodman Fire District was present to update the Board on the ISO testing. He stated that the Fire Department was working on passing the test. He noted that the actual test will be taking place on the 15th of October. He noted that the people from ISO will be in the City that day doing the testing.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $5,591.73. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $5,591.73. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.