The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night November 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Kohley, Kezar and Roger Coe. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Police Chief Curt Drake, Officer John Wynn and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Also present were Lois Kolb and Rita Greene from the McDonald County Press.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on November 3, 20115. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on November 3, 2015. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Coe and Wilson voted aye with Alice Kezar abstaining because she was not present at the meeting at the November 3, 2015.
The Board discussed renewing the membership agreement for Mo. Rural Services Workers Compensation Ins.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve renewing the membership agreement with Mo. Rural Services Worker Compensation Ins. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Wilson, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the following old business:
The Board discussed the following new business: The Mayor presented a letter that the Clerk had written to the Hunte Corporation at the request of Denis Kolb, Emergency Management Director. The letter was a thank you to the Hunte Corporation from the City for allowing the City to use the Hunte Corporation as a staging area during emergencies.
The Board discussed what to do with the Police Department’s Crown Vic since the purchase of a replacement vehicle. Curt is to remove the equipment out of the Crown Vic and get it prepared to sell. The Mayor noted that the Board had discussed the Kubota tractor that was used to mow the ball park during the budget meeting held on November 16th. He noted that they had agreed to sell it. David stated that there is a woods mower, a bucket and a tiller that are attachments to the tractor. The Board agreed to put out the Kubota out for bid at the same time as the Crown Vic.
The Department heads gave the following reports:
Curt Drake- showed the Board examples of decals he would like for the new Dodge Charger. The bid was from Hutches, owned by Arron Hutchinson a business in Goodman. The amount is $510.00, which includes installation. He also reported that he had issued citations for people to mow and clean up their yards and noted that the Department did not receive all of the funds from the application for a Law Enforcement Grant. They only received the amount for the universal gun racks. Curt stated that the City will have to purchase the lights and sirens since the department did not receive the grant. The Board discussed with Curt what kind of lights he wanted, how much they were and who would install them. Curt noted that he had been in contact with Fletcher Dodge regarding a lighting module that was not installed in the car. It was noted by Ald. Wilson that the car was supposed to be set up as a Police package and should include the module to make the lights work. Curt stated the type of lights they were looking at were the same as the highway patrol uses and runs would run through the car lighting system itself. He stated that the lights would cost $189.00 per window. He is waiting to hear back from Fletcher who is trying to find out if the module should have been included with the Police package. Curt noted that anyone could install the lights. The Board asked Curt to contact the State in regards to what should be included on a Dodge Charger police package under the State Contract. The Mayor stated that he would have liked to see the car completely ready for service before they started driving it. He said he was concerned with them stopping cars without the vehicle being marked and having lights, sirens and radar equipment. Curt said that it was no problem to go back to using the Expedition until the Charger is ready.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve purchasing the decals and have Arron Hutchinson install them for $510.00. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Coe, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board agreed to have Curt set the cars lights up like the Highway Patrol cars. Ald. Wilson moved to approve purchasing the inside lights at $600.00, whether the module is needed or not. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Coe and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board agreed that the siren and control box should be taken out of the Crown Vic and used in the Dodge Charger.
Denis Kolb- had nothing to report. The Mayor thanked him for being on duty during the storms the previous evening.
David Brodie- had nothing.
Paula Brodie – gave the Board information from the Missouri Municipal League regarding sales tax information on the purchase of vehicles purchased out of state. For the City to receive the sales tax on those vehicles, the Board has to place the proposition on the ballot before January of 2017.
– gave the Board a copy of an ordinance placing a l/2 cent sales tax for transportation, which would help pay for road repair, resurfacing and maintenance on the ballot for April 2016. She noted that the Board had discussed the ½ cent sales tax during their budget discussions the night before so she had printed out an ordinance for them to consider.
Meghan Sexson- stated that the taxes are coming in regularly now and that she had to contact Dawn Bunch about a question and she wanted the Board to know how helpful Dawn had been through the whole process of her taking the tax collectors position.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $50,961.39. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $50,961.39. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Coe, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.