The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night September 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley and Roger Coe. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Chief of Police Curt Drake, Officer Miller and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Also present were Lois Kolb, Cathy Howard, Peterson and Rita Greene from the McDonald County Press. Ald. Kezar was not present.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
The Board discussed the minutes from the Public Hearing on August 18, 2015. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on July 21, 2015. Ald. Kohley noted that the minutes reflected that the second paragraph from the bottom showed Ald. Kezar voting twice when one of the votes was his. Ald. Wilson removed his original motion. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the minutes with the noted correction changing Ald. Kezar’s second vote to his name. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on August 18, 2015. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on August 18, 2015. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Coe and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor acknowledged Cathy Howard who was present to ask the Board to average her water bill because of a leak. The Clerk noted that Ms. Howard had the leak fixed and then after this last reading it was discovered that she had another one. She noted that the Board might want to average both months. The Mayor noted that the average dollar amount would be $94.54 for both months. It was noted that she had already paid the higher bill so if they averaged both months she would end up with a small credit. Ald. Kohley moved to Average both months. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor noted that Mr. Jerry Reardon was not present.
The Mayor acknowledged Chris Brodie. Chris stated that he would like to organize a Co-Ed slow pitch softball league to play at the Goodman Ballpark on Tuesday nights from Sept 15th to November 3rd with an all-day tournament to be held on November 7th. He said the Tuesday night games would begin at 6:00PM and they would be finished and off the ball fields by 10:00PM. He stated that each team would pay a fee and the fee minus any expenses would be given to the Goodman Recreation Department to help with their expenses. He asked if they could use the bathrooms. The Board discussed the use of the bathrooms, concession stand and the lights at no charge because the funds were going to be returned to Recreation Department. Chris stated he had talked with Heath Lewis about using the concession stand and he had said he would work with them. Chris stated that he would like to see it become an annual tournament, maybe even look into a springtime tournament prior to the summer ball season. He said that he would oversee the games and be there every night. Ald. Wilson moved to allow Chris Brodie to organize a Fall Slow Pitch soft ball league and hold the games at the Goodman Ballpark using the lights, concession stand and bathrooms. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor acknowledged Peterson Lebehn from the First Micronesian Church. He was present to inform the Board that the church was having a storage building built. He said that their hopes were while they renovated the church they would use the storage building to hold church services and then when the church was remodeled they would move back into the church and keep using the storage building for storage. The Clerk noted since the storage unit has a concrete floor, water and electricity they had purchased a building permit and paid the inspection fees. He was asked if there was a possibility that anyone would be moving into it for a period of time. He told the board no. He stated it would never be used for a living space. The Board thanked him for coming and explaining what their future plans were.
The Board discussed the following old business: The Clerk noted that she had forgotten to price the shipping of the table. She stated that the shipping cost was $170.00. She asked the Board if she should go ahead and order the table and they agreed to go ahead and purchase it.
The Board discussed the following new business: The Clerk noted that she had given the Board a notice from the Missouri Municipal League about a regional meeting/workshop they are holding in Ash Grove on October 29, 2015. She stated that the Board needed to RSVP by October 23, 2015.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
Curt Drake- told the Board that he had to change his grant application because he found out that the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant will not pay for Tasers. He stated that he was asking for two light bars and sirens boxes. He noted that the grant application included body cameras and a gun rack. He noted that the City’s cost would be $1,009.87 and the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant would pay $9,999.94 with the total cost being $11,009.81. He stated that he had to give the project a name so he had named it the Communications and Officer Safety Improvement Project. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the application for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant in the amount of $11,009.81. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley stated that he had been working with Curt to get prices quotes on a new police vehicle. He noted that he had priced a 2016 Dodge Crew Cab for $29,471.00 through the Missouri contract, a 2016 Dodge Ram for $24,905.00, a 2014 new Ford Taurus Interceptor for 22,500.00. He stated that Smith Auto Group at the state line had a 2014 (new) Dodge Charger with the police package for $21,429.00. It has a full factory warranty for 36 months/36,000 miles. He stated that the car was ordered for the Gravette police department but it came in the wrong color so they did not accept delivery of it. He stated that he had the car outside for the Board to look at it after the meeting. He stated that it was a savings of $13,000.00 off of the list price.
The Mayor stated that the Board could look at it and make a decisions later. He also noted that the Police Department had received an anonymous donation for the flashlights Curt had wanted. He stated that since it was a donation Curt would be getting the flashlights.
Denis Kolb- . no comments
David Brodie- reported that he had ordered the carport for the park from Jerry Reardon and the bathrooms are almost finished at the ballpark. David asked for permission to get prices for two bigger motors to run the blowers at the treatment plant. He stated that he would have to change out the wiring and the breakers to handle the bigger motors, but his DO is back up and the only way he can keep it down is to keep both blowers running constantly which raises the electric bill at the treatment plant. Ald. Wilson asked if he was going to see about replacing the tires on the older city truck. David said he would get some prices together for the Board meeting next week.
Paula Brodie – The Mayor noted that he had received notice that Paula had received the designation of Missouri Professional City Clerk, which is the highest designation of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.
The Board agreed to hold the employees bar-b-que on September 20th ad 2:00PM at Ald. Kohley’s house.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $17,609.20. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $17,609.20. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Wilson and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Kohley, Coe and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.