Minutes- February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015

Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night February 3 2015 at 7:00 PM.  Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Bill Hess, Keith Kohley and Alice Kezar. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Chief of Police Curt Drake Dawn Bunch, Tax Collector and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Guests included Rita Green, Lois Kolb and Clyde Davidson.

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

The Board of Aldermen discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on January 20, 2015.  Ald. Wilson noted that there was an error in the minutes. He noted that the last paragraph stated that “he (Calvin) and shown him” and it should have read “Calvin had shown him”. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes with the noted correction from the regular meeting on January 20, 2015.  Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.

Citizens business:

Clyde Davidson was present to discuss the Recreation Board Director’s position. He said that he had talked with past Recreation Board Directors and that they had stated that running the ball program from March to July is not a big problem. He stated that from July to the end of the year they do not want to be responsible for renting out the park or the mowing. He said they discussed the possibility of getting someone to volunteer to run the ball program and use the money designated for the Recreation Board Director to pay someone to mow the ball park. Clyde stated that it takes about 9 ½ hours to mow the whole park if you stay at it. He said he felt that a Recreation Board Director could be found if the City would be responsible for approving the ball park use after the regular ball season and just require the Recreation Board Director to organize and run the Ball Program. He noted that they had also discussed hiring someone to run the concession stand being paid. He noted that other City’s hire someone to run the concession stand, using half of the income to pay the concession stand people and the other half going to the Recreation Department to help pay expenses. He noted that he thought that the City of Anderson had in their budget to buy equipment at the beginning of the season. Clyde asked the Board if they wanted him to see if he could get the people he had been talking with to come to the next Board meeting for a discussion regarding the duties of the Recreation Board Director and possible changes to who would be responsible for the mowing and concession stand.  The Mayor agreed that Clyde invite the people he had been talking with to the next meeting. The Board agreed to table further discussion until the next meeting.

Under old business the Board was told that the new City Hall and Municipal Court direction signs are in and David is in the processes of putting them up.

Under new business the Board discussed:

                                    1.  It was noted by the Mayor that the Board had failed to increase the Commercial minimum water rates when they had increased the residential rates. He noted that the Board needed to vote on the first reading of Bill# 2015-458 for Ord. #2015-468 increasing the Commercial minimum water rate by $1.00.

The Mayor read Bill#2015-458 for Ord#2015-468 for the first reading by title only. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the first reading of Bill#2015-458 for Ord#2015-468.  Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

Department head reports were as follows:

Curt Drake -.noted that he had purchased new color printer that the Board had approved and that he had checked on the list of people that had received letters to clean up their properties. He noted that he would be issuing tickets to those who had not complied.

Denis Kolb- had nothing to report but Keith Kohley stated that when you sign into the Emergency Management Wi-Fi it does not ask for a password anymore. It was noted that the router may have gone out. He stated that they could get on the internet but it was not secure anymore because it did not ask for a password. Curt said he would look at it and if they could not figure out what was wrong with it the Clerk was asked to call Michael Keels to see if he could look into what is wrong with it.

David Brodie- noted that he had ordered pulleys to increase the rpm’s of the blowers. He stated that it would cost about $300.00 to increase the rpm’s of the motor which might help the blowers work better.

                       – stated that the manhole by the pallet mill is repaired. He noted that the cost was $254.00 for lid and ring.

                       – stated that after the last Board meeting he had called Lyerla to see if they could find out what was wrong with the furnace in the garage.  He said the repairman said that the regulator was stopped up. He said that the guy recommended not using copper tubing anymore, but he had repaired it.

Ald. Wilson asked how the plant was doing.  David stated that they were able to get it to run efficiently with one blower. He stated that he would feel better after getting the ammonia test results back new week.  He said the report would tell him whether or not the ammonia is being controlled with one blower. He also noted that David Sarratt had hauled sludge all week and that they were caught back up on hauling it.

Dawn Bunch – stated that she had nothing to add to her report that the Board had received in their packets.

Paula Brodie -noted that copies of the ordinances from Empire District Company to renew the Franchise Agreement and the Municipal Electric Service Agreement where in the packets. She stated that Rick Hendricks from Empire District will be in the meeting on Feb. 17, 2015 to answer any questions.

It was also noted that the inspector from the Department of Agriculture was there today to inspect the dog pound and paper work. It was noted that the Pound passed inspection.

The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $19,539.26.  Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $19539.26. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.

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