Minutes-April 1, 2014

~~April 1, 2014
Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night April 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Alice Kezar, Keith Kohley 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 Lois Kolb, Vickie Fields, Warren Hughes and Katrina Hine from McDonald County Press. Ald. Calvin Wilson was not present.

The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  

The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on March 18, 2014. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting on March 18, 2014.  Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

Citizens business:

1. Warren Hughes asked to have his water leak averaged. He stated that he had it fixed the day after the City informed him of his leak. Ald. Hess moved to average his water/sewer bill. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.

2. Ald. Kohley stated that he had a busted water line under his house and that he had fixed it. He asked that the Board approve averaging his bill. Ald. Kezar moved to approve averaging his water/sewer bill. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kezar and Hess voted aye with Ald. Kohley abstaining.

The Board discussed the following old business:  
1. The Clerk noted that the ad for the Asst. Recreation Board Director would not be in the paper until April 3rd and 10th.  The Board agreed on tabling a decision on the position until April 15th.
The Mayor noted that Empire had changed out the utility poles in front of City Hall.

The Board discussed the following new business:

1. It was noted that the annual Rabies Clinic is set for April 12, 2014 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
The Rabies shots are $7.00 and the 5 in one is $11.00.
  2.   The Mayor noted that the Clerk had placed in the Boards packets a letter from MoDOT stating that they were holding a meeting to prioritize the long-range transportation needs in each county. The McDonald County’s meeting will be April 2 from 9:00 to 11:00AM in McDonald County Court House.
6.     The Department heads gave the following reports: 
  a.   Chief Drake- had nothing for the Board 
  b.   David Brodie-reported that he had taken the blower to Kansas City. He also reported both recreation department mowers are working.  He stated that they need to clean up the Dixie chopper still.  David informed the Board that he had finally had to contact the Department of Natural Resources about the condition of his plant. He said that the plant was in such a bad       shape that he had to contact them for help.  He stated that two representatives from DNR came down from Springfield and inspected his plant and the Hunte Corporation. He informed the  Board that a letter had been received from the Department of Natural Resources regarding their     inspection of the treatment plant and the Hunte Corporation. He stated that they felt that the problem that was occurring at the treatment plant was coming from a solution called Totalcide II that the Hunte Corporation uses to disinfect. He stated that the Hunte Corporation disinfects on certain days and usually the day that they do, it hits the plant causing his microorganisms to die.  David stated that the Board needed to write the Hunte Corporation a letter instructing them to stop using the product or take the waste to a facility that can handle it.
     David stated he had been talking to a salesmen/chemist who will be in town later this week to talk with him and the Hunte Corporation on a neutralizing ingredient to stop the effect of the Totalcide II.

     Ald. Kohley moved to have the Clerk draw up a letter for the Mayor to sign. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kezar, Hess and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.

     Ald. Kohley asked Curt reported that he felt the Expedition was working OK, however Bill was still having trouble with it so the plan was for Calvin to take it tomorrow and have it looked at to see what is wrong with it. Curt stated that Clint Walker had replaced the sensor and that Bill stated that it is still doing the same thing.

     David told the Board that he wanted it noted that the Hunte Corporation has been very helpful in regards to helping him find out what is causing the problem at the plant and that they have an open door policy with the City. 

       c. Denis Kolb- had nothing to report.
                   d. Dawn Bunch  – had nothing to report.
  e. Paula Brodie  –  Discussed with the Board an offer from the City of Pineville to store records in their records retention area. She stated that after thinking about their offer she had decided that the City should not accept it. She noted that as keeper of the City’s records, if they were in the Pineville records room, they would be out of her control. She noted that per State Statutes, she was the appointed keeper of the records and as such she would rather keep them at the City Hall. She then told the Board that they will need to look into purchasing another safe as the two they have are full. The Board instructed her to place the discussion on the next agenda         and to have David get prices for the safes.

David reported that he had gotten some measurements of Garner Street to consider for future street repair. He stated from the Full Gospel Church on Garner to Stanley Crawford’s house was 635’ and from the Full Gospel Church to School and Garner is 1090’. He asked the Board if they wanted him to start getting some estimates. The Board also talked about B Ave. David said because of the truck traffic they would need to put down a 3” overlay instead of a 2”. He said the Board might look into doing the corners of Roy Hill Blvd and B Ave and B Ave and Janice. He stated that the trucks turning at the corner caused more damage. The Mayor stated that the cost of the street repair done last year was about $60,000.00 for 2500 feet. The Clerk told the Board that they have a Street CD in the amount of $53,000.00 that can be used for street repair.  She also stated that at a meeting recently Harry Rogers, from Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council had told them that CDBG does not have any street repair funds. He stated that communities where going to have to fund the projects themselves. The Clerk noted that State Statute allows the Citizens to pass a 1/2 cent Transportation Sales Tax or increase the amount of Real and Personal property taxes. She noted that at this time the city collects $.63 cents per 100 dollar on Real and Personal evaluation, but as a 4th class City they could collect up to $1.00 per $100 dollar evaluation. Both would have to be voted on by the Citizens.

Ald. Kohley reminded people to be aware of the forecasted severe weather.

The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $12,093.91.  Ald. Kohley moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $12,093.91. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Hess seconded.  Ald. Kohley, Hess and Ald. Kezar voted aye with 0 nays..