Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night April 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley, Bill Hess and Alice Kezar. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Chief of Police Curt Drake, Tax Collector Dawn Bunch and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Also present were Lois Kolb, Roger and Carol Coe, Leroy Coe, J.R. Fisher, Jesse James, John Johnson, Mr. Woodard, Nick Smith, Jim Harris, Adam Miller and Rita Greene from the McDonald County Dispatch.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on March 17, 2015. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on March 17, 2015. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar and Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
1. The Mayor acknowledged James Harris to discuss averaging his water bill. David noted that Mr. Harris had a leak but has fixed it. Ald. Wilson moved to average Mr. Harris’s water and sewer bill. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
2. The Mayor acknowledged Mr. Woodard who was present to speak for Bud Terrell regarding a request to vary the City’s trailer ordinance to allow him to put in a modular home at 198 E Garner. David reported that Mr. Terrell’s property runs 150 by 400 feet. He stated that part of the property is in the City Limits and some is not, however he is going to place the home at the front of the property which is the part that is in the City Limits. David also reported that Mr. Terrell will run a main sewer line in case he wants to place other homes on his property. Each home would be connected directly to the new sewer line and hooked into the City’s Main by crossing the street one time. Ald. Wilson moved to approve a variance and allow Mr. Terrell to install a modular home at 198 E. Garner. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Hess, Wilson and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the following old business:
1. The Mayor asked about the block building at the ballpark. David stated that the roof was falling in on it and that he and David could tear it down.
The Board discussed the following new business:
1. The Board discussed having Mike Williams do the mowing again this year. The Clerk noted that he had asked for an increase of $10.00 per mowing. Ald. Wilson moved to hire Mike Williams to do the 2015 mowing with a $10.00 increase. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
2. The Mayor read a letter of resignation from Officer Bill Cagle. He asked the Board to allow him to work part time. Chief Drake stated that Bill would work with Zack in covering the part time hours. He also noted that Bill offered to still work on the grant applications for the Police Department. Ald. Kohley moved to accept Bill Cagle’s resignation as a full time officer and leave him on as a part time officer. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Kohley, Hess, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor noted that the Board would need to fill the open fulltime position. Chief Drake noted that the Board had agreed to give a reserve position to Adam Miller. He stated he believed the Board all except Alice had met Mr. Miller. He asked the Board to consider hiring Adam Miller to fill Bill Cagle’s position. He noted that Adam had been riding with him for over a week and he felt that he would be a good replacement. The Board discussed replacing Bill Cagle with Adam Miller. Chief Drake noted that if they hire him he will work the same hours as Officer Cagle did. Ald. Kohley moved to hire Adam Scott Miller. Ald. Hess seconded. Ald. Hess, Wilson, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays. The Board discussed what Mr. Millers wages should be. Chief Drake stated that they had started Officer Cagle at $10.00 and given him a $.50 cent raise after he passes his probationary period of 90 days.
Ald. Wilson moved to pay Adam Miller $10.00 an hour and give him an increase of $.50 cents after 90 days. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Hess, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Chief Drake asked the Board if they would be willing to pay Adam for his hours on Monday May 6th, 2015 as he actually worked that day. The Board agreed to go back and pay him for those hours he worked on Monday.
3. The Board discussed who will attend the Annual Region M Solid Waste Management meeting on April 8, 2015.The Board asked the Clerk to attend and represent the City.
Ald. Hess stated that he was concerned that the books would show Adam was paid prior to him being hired. He asked if they should make Adam’s hire date retroactive to May 6, 2015. The Board agreed. Ald. Wilson moved to make Adam Millers official hire date to May 6, 2015. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Hess and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
Curt Drake-told the Board that he needed to purchase some ammunition and would get prices for the Board at the next meeting.
Denis Kolb-. Had nothing to report but Keith Kohley told the Board that the National Weather Chanel was saying already that there would be a major weather occurrence in the next few days.
David Brodie- discussed with the Board the purchase of a new city lawn mower. He noted that he had given the Board a list with several choices from 4 different places (copy attached to minutes). He noted that they were not commercial grade but they were heavy duty. He told the Board that they were all zero turn mowers. He said that the Bad Boy mower was rated up to 3 acres on a daily basis. He stated that the 48” cut would work best. He said they have several narrow strips and smaller areas. Need to consider the extra mowing that will be done at the ballpark. $3,000.00 was set aside in the budget. JR Fisher asked if David had looked at the Hustler at Lowes. Put a quart of oil in the snapper after mowing one time. Ald. Wilson stated that he kind off liked the Bad Boy himself. David stated he did only go to mower shops. Ald. Wilson said he would make the motion to allow David to purchase the Bad boy $4800.00 S & H Farm Store in Joplin. Ald. Kohley seconded. All agreed
Missouri Rural Water Association, the City is a member. He said they pay for everything to get help from the State Representative. April 22nd and April 23rd. Board agreed for him to go. Ald. Kezar moved to allow David to attend. Ald. Wilson seconded All Agreed
Dawn Bunch –Tax Collector reports in packets. She explained her reports that were in the Boards packets. Dawn stated that Dawn Davidson would be taking over as the new Tax Collector at the meeting on April 21st so she had given the Board her final reports and a copy of the procedure’s she does to complete her job. She noted that Dawn Davidson had been in twice to learn about the job and she had given her a copy of the procedures. Dawn stated that she would turn her keys and all the tax books over to Paula to give to Dawn Davidson on 20th of April. Dawn noted that the Board had received a copy of a letter from Jennifer Weber regarding the County’s handing of the 3 year delinquent property taxes. She stated that she and Paula had discussed Jennifer’s letter and Duane had agreed that the City was handling the 3 year delinquent property taxes correctly and that the City was going to keep handling them as they had been. Duane had stated that Dawn Bunch was proceeding with the handling of the taxes per the Missouri State Statutes and therefore the City would keep handling them the way they had in the past.
Paula Brodie –made note that the City Audit will be May 21st and 22nd and noted that Dawn Bunch had said she would be present for any questions from Nick Myers on her books..
-noted that the Rabies Clinic is April 18th from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
-note that Empire District Electric residential customers can drop off 10 automotive tires at the Joplin Recycling Center on Friday April 17, 2015.
The Board discussed signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Camp Crowder to do a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). The Clerk noted that on October 7, 2014 the Board had discussed with Harry Rogers and Jason Ray from Harry S. Trumann Coordinating Council the possibility of joining with Camp Crowder on a Grant application with the Department of Defense. The Board was told at that time that the City would be able to receive grant funds from the DOD to draw up a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Goodman. They were told by Mr. Rogers that the grant would pay $31,500.00 with a City match of $3,500.00. The Board at that time gave Mr. Rogers a verbal agreement to participate in the grant Application. Mr. Rogers noted that the Board needed to have a Comprehensive Plan in place since the City has a Zoning Ordinance. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding and to allow the Mayor to sign the agreement that says that the City will pay $3500.00 for its Comprehensive Plan. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Hess, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor noted that he had been at a HSTTC meeting and met the New Director Jill Cornett and Jason Ray had talked with him about the need to do the next step on the JLUS plan.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $18,079.05. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $18,079.05. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Wilson and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Kohley, Kezar and Hess voted aye with 0 nays.