The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday night April 5, 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, Officer Jeremy Walker and City Clerk Paula Brodie. Also present were Carol Coe, Kevin Keeney, JR Fisher, Jimmie Morgan, Bud Richmond, Lois Kolb and Rita Greene from the McDonald County Press.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00PM April 5, 2016.
The Board discussed the minutes from the Regular meeting on March 15, 2016. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meetings on March 15, 2016. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kohley, Coe, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor noted that the next item on the agenda was a representative from the Rehobson family was supposed to be present to discuss their family using the Ballpark the weekend of July 30. The Mayor noted that no one was present to talk with the Board.
The Board discussed raising the inspection fee for inspections done by the Building Inspector. The building inspector gets paid $100.00 for four separate inspections on each new construction. David stated that the problem was Marcus has to do partial inspections and sometimes buildings do not pass on the first inspection so he has to come back to complete the inspection process. The Board discussed pros and cons of increasing the inspection fee and also discussed when an inspection should be required. The Clerk noted that the Board had made the decision in the past to only require inspection of new construction, but Marcus was concerned about houses that require all new electricity and plumbing etc. David noted for example there was a house on Terry St. that burned and Marcus had done inspections on it because of the extensive damage done by the fire. The Board stated that they would like the Clerk to contact the Building Inspector, Marcus Pratt and see if he could come to the next meeting.
The Board discussed the first reading of Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479, accepting the provisions of Senate Bill 5. The Clerk noted that the Board needed to vote on the ordinance two times, as they were supposed to have passed an ordinance several months ago per Mo. State Statutes, and they had been waiting for the City Attorney Duane Cooper to get the new ordinance to them to vote on.
The Mayor read by title only Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479 for the first reading.
Ald. Kohley moved to approve the first reading of Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479, accepting the provisions of Senate Bill 5. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Wilson, Coe, Kezar and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor read by title only Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479 for the second reading.
The Board discussed the second reading of Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479, accepting the provisions of Senate Bill 5. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the second reading of Bill No. 2016-469 for Ordinance No. 2016-479 Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Kohley, Coe, Wilson and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed renewing Mike Williams’s agreement to do the mowing for the City. JR Fisher asked if he was really needed. Mr. Fisher stated that he would volunteer to mow the gazebo area. Ald. Wilson stated that Mike has been doing the mowing for several years, and that the last time they put it out for bid, Mike’s bid was the lowest bid. The Mayor noted that the City supervisor had requested help mowing in the past and now the City guys have to mow the ball park except during ball season. Ald. Wilson moved to rehire Mike Williams. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Coe, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
There was no old business discussed.
The Board discussed the following new Business:
1. Kevin Keeney asked where the patrol vehicles are being kept. He said that he had seen one in Noel recently. Chief of Police Curt Drake stated that they do respond to mutual aid requests in the county.
Department head gave the following reports:
Curt Drake- Stated that the gun rack that they had ordered does not fit in the Dodge Charger. He noted that to install it they needed to order a custom made console. The City’s Patrol vehicle (Charger) has a center console but not one that fits with the gun rack. He said that the gun rack was purchased through a Law Enforcement Grant. He said if they returned the gun rack they would have to reimburse the grant funds and he was afraid that it would cause them trouble in requesting for future grant fund. He said they could purchase a center console, which would work with the gun rack in the amount of $273.00. He noted that he has to go to Rogers, Ar. to pick up a part for the gun rack and he could pick up a new console if the Board approved the purchase. He noted that he and John had been in class for a week each in the last month so they had not gotten together to see what is needed until recently. Ald. Wilson stated he would like to look into the situation before purchasing the console. Chief Drake stated that the gun racks keep the guns locked in the car and should be considered a safety for the officers. Mayor Richmond stated that Ald. Wilson asked for it to be continued so they would wait and make a decision anther Board meeting.
David Brodie-reported that representative from Tri State Engineering will be meeting with him to discuss the Hunte sewer situation.
-noted that the water system was inspected by the Department of Natural Resources. He noted that Ald. Kohley was present when they were here. He said he felt that the report will come back with a few suggestions but on the whole he felt that water system inspections will pass. He noted that he hasn’t gotten the official report yet.
– noted that there was a 6” sewer line that runs between Garner and Terry Street that keeps getting stopped up. He said it is an old line and does not have any cleanouts. He asked to be allowed to get some prices to run a camera from the house to the main, to be able to find out where a cleanout needed to be added.
Meghan Sexson-noted that she had given the Board her current tax report. She stated that she would be sending out the three year delinquent in June. She noted that the tax sale will be held the third Monday in August.
Paula Brodie – asked the Board if they wanted to start having Karla attend future Board Meetings so that she can become informed on what they are working on and to learn how to take minutes. The Board agreed for her to attend one meeting a month.
- Noted that the Board had received a notice in their packets regarding newly elected conference put on by the Missouri Municipal League.
— Noted that the City of Joplin was holding a Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit on the 5th anniversary of the tornado hitting Joplin. She stated that it would be a great learning experience for Karla and recommended the Board sending her. She also stated if any of the Board could attend it would be an interesting summit. Ald. Kohley moved to allow Karla to attend the summit. Ald. Coe seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Coe voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills including transfers in the amount of $25,456.57. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson and Coe voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kohley, Kezar, Wilson, Coe voted aye with 0 nays.