The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley, Alice 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, Rita Greene from the McDonald County Press., Inez Nizeye and Michael Swan from Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM. ;
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting on February 16, 2016. Ald. Wilson asked if the clerk should not be documenting on each vote taken during a meeting that Ald. Kohley was absent. The Clerk stated that the Mayor usually notes at the beginning of the meetings when one of the Board members are absent, which should explain why there are only three board members voting on each item during a meeting. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on February 16, 2016. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Wilson and Coe voted aye with Ald. Kohley abstaining, because he had missed the meeting.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Michael Swan and Ines Nizeye who were present to represent Jill Cornett, the Director of Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council. Mr. Swan told the Board that he would be compiling information from a survey he was asking people to answer regarding the future transportation needs in Newton, Jasper, McDonald and Barry Counties. He handed out a list of the proposed projects from the past few years and asked the Board to look it over and to mark off projects that they knew had been completed. He stated that he hoped to prioritize future projects.
Inez then introduced herself and stated that she was a regional planner for HSTCC and that she would be working with the City on its future Comprehensive plan and also with the implementation of the JLUS plan, with Camp Crowder, Neosho, Newton County, McDonald County and the City of Goodman.
Michael also noted that HSTCC would be working up the Hazardous mitigation plan for McDonald County and the City of Goodman. He said it had to be updated by 2017. The Clerk noted that the Board had already approved paying their share of the match for the update.
The Board discussed renewing the contract between the City of Goodman and Advantage Computer regarding the Jayhawk water billing technical support.
Ald. Wilson moved to approve the contract with Advantage Computer for the Jayhawk Software technical support in the amount of $700.00. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Wilson, Kezar and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
There was no old business.
The Board discussed the following new Business:
- The Mayor told the Board that he would like them to hold a closed meeting to discuss the hiring, firing and disciplining of an employee. The Board agreed to have a closed session at 7:00 PM on Thursday March 3rd
The Department heads gave the following reports.
- Curt Drake- stated he had three bids for new tires for the patrol truck. They were: Goodman Auto and Tire, Wild Country AT’s for $156.00 a piece, Yokohama’s for $170.00 apiece. Walmart tires at $198.00 apiece including road hazard. B & M Tire, Anderson, Wild Country tires at $143.00 apiece and Yokohama’s for $174.00 apiece. He noted that they were all 10 ply but Bill Martin from B & M Tire said he would not recommend the Wild Country tires. Curt stated that he thought the best deal was from B & M Tire from Anderson. He noted that the bid from B & M tire included life time rotating, balancing and road hazard. He also asked the Board to allow him to have Smith Auto group put nitrogen in the tires. Ald. Wilson moved to purchase the Yokohama tires at $174.00 apiece and to allow Curt to have nitrogen put in the tires. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Cole and Ald. Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
- Denis Kolb-nothing to report.
- David Brodie reported the roof is done at the Treatment plant. Reported that L & M Construction did a really good job, with the roof having a 20 year warranty. He has been working on the drag for the recreation dept. He also noted that he cancelled his class in Branson. He also noted that he has a valve that is not working at the treatment plant. It’s obsolete, like everything else at the treatment plant. He is looking for the parts.
- Meghan Sexson- gave the board her monthly report, noting last month was a light month for payments.
- Paula Brodie- noted that they had received the bill from L & M on the treatment plant roof. She noted they had gone ahead and paid it since the Board had already approved the bid from L & M and that it would be listed on the next meetings bill sheet.
The Board discussed the bills from March 1, 2016 in the amount $11,960.00 including transfers.
Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $11,960.00. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Coe, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.