Tuesday May 2, 2017
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Keith Kohley, Ron Johnson and Alice Kezar. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, Police Chief Curt Drake and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Lois Kolb, Roger Coe, Carol Coe, Marshall Long, J.R. Fisher, Kevin Keeney and Sally Carroll from the McDonald County Press. Alderperson Calvin Wilson was not present.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. and noted that at the last meeting some of the appointments were done by motion and were to be done by the Mayor appointing them per ordinance. He noted after speaking with our City Attorney, it was recommended to ask for all votes to be set aside and the whole section be redone. The Mayor then noted that Ald. Wilson was not present. Ald. Johnson moved to set aside that section of the minutes and redo by appointment. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson and Kohley voted aye and Ald. Kezar abstained. The Mayor then recommended Duane Cooper to be the City Attorney. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar agreed. The Mayor then recommended Curt Drake as the Chief of Police. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar agreed. The Mayor then recommended Karla McNorton as the City Clerk. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar agreed. The Mayor then recommended Ald. Wilson remains Mayor pro-tem. Ald. Kohley and Johnson agreed. Ald. Kezar abstained. The Mayor then recommended Ald. Kohley as the Street commissioner. Ald. Johnson and Kezar agreed. Ald. Kohley abstained. The Mayor then recommended Ald. Wilson as the Water/ Sewer commissioner. Ald. Johnson and Kohley agreed. Ald. Kezar abstained. The Mayor then recommended Ald. Johnson as the Maintenance commissioner. Ald. Kohley and Kezar agreed. Ald. Johnson abstained. The Mayor then recommended he and Alice stay as the check signers. Ald. Johnson and Kohley agreed and Ald. Kezar abstained. The Mayor then recommended Ald. Wilson as the third check signer. Ald. Johnson and Kohley agreed and Ald. Kezar abstained. Ald. Johnson then noted that on page three paragraph five, it says Hwy 59 and he said. Hwy C. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes with the corrections made. Ald. Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes with the corrections made. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed repairs on the police vehicles. It was discussed and recommended to fix all repairs needed on the police vehicles as we have received payment from the insurance company on the estimates from Buhr’s Auto Body. Chief Drake recommended taking the vehicles to Roper in Joplin to see if they were any cheaper before making the repairs. Ald. Johnson asked if the vehicles are ok to be used until the repairs are made and Curt explained they are. It was agreed to have Curt take the vehicles to Roper to see if the estimate was better.
The Board discussed the Corporate Resolutions from First Community Bank. Ald. Kohley moved to approve Mayor Richmond, Ald. Kezar and Ald. Wilson signing the Corporate Resolutions from First Community Bank. Ald. Johnson Seconded. Ald. Johnson and Kohley voted aye and Ald. Kezar abstained.
The Board discussed setting up another date for the comprehensive plan. Clerk McNorton noted Jill Cornett would like to set it up an hour before our next Board Meeting May 16, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. She can do May 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th or 16th at 6:00 P.M., but the 9th is the Fire Departments meeting here, so we can’t do it that day. The Board agreed May 16, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. will work
Old Business: None
New Business: J. R. Fisher asked the Board if he could take the roof of the community building and he will do it for the materials and not charge the City. He is licensed and bonded. Marshall Long then noted he was here to ask for some of the materials for the Betterment Club to use to help remake the carport. After a brief discussion, Ald. Kezar made a motion that both the Betterment Club and J.R. Fisher could work together to get the roof removed and the materials taken away. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor then noted he would like the Board to consider if we’re going to replace the Community Building as we have received payment of almost $67,000.00 for it from the insurance company. It was discussed maybe making the building a bit smaller than the concrete pad and maybe having an indoor/outdoor space and completing the inside. The discussion was tabled until a later date.
Ald. Kohley then brought up about the Goodman sign being out and he believes it was damaged during the tornado. David will look at it and call Springfield Neon and fixing it.
Citizens Business: Kevin Keeney aske when the rest of the debris was going to be cleaned up. City Clerk McNorton explained that County is going to be coming back to clean up more of it, but with all the rain received, they’re busy taken care of washed out roads. The City is not sure at this time when that will take place.
The Mayor then noted that Neosho Box and Wood should be coming down soon to get the tree debris mulched up and taken away. He will call and ask then to pick a good day weather wise to come do that.
Department head reports
Curt Drake- Curt asked the Board to consider March 16, 2017 as Joe Haswell’s
anniversary date as it would really help out on his insurance. It was asked when
asked when he was hired full time. Clerk McNorton noted it was April 18, 2017.
After a brief discussion Ald. Johnson moved to make March 16, 2017 Officer Haswell’s anniversary date. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Kezar voted aye with 0 nays. Curt then asked the Board to consider replacing his and Officer Haswell’s boots that received damage after the tornado at a total of $481.98. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to table replacing the boots at this time.
Denis Kolb- Nothing to report.
David Brodie- The lights at the ball park need looked at by an electrician and see how much it will cost to replace them. The Mayor noted that Greg Sweeten had mentioned someone who could fix them and he will find out who that is. It was discussed that some of the lights are out and wires are missing and may need to look at where they are and possibly moving them, making the park better.
David then brought up that the school is really causing problems with all the debris in the ditches. It was agreed to call Tim Crowley with the school, to have the school come and clean it up.
Meghan Sexson- noted that they have the April report and she will be sending out the delinquent notices is June as the tax sale is in August.
Karla McNorton- Noted the Pet Clinic has been rescheduled for May 20, 2017.
The Mayor then asked if we can get ahold of Greg Sweeten to get the rest of the water out of the storage box for the flood victims. David will call him tomorrow and have Greg come and get it.
It was also discussed about the Porta-Potts still over at Choice Puppies. Clerk McNorton will call Hillbilly Pump and have them picked up.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $13,503.54 including transfers. Ald. Kezar made a motion to approve the bills in the amount of $13,503.54 including transfers. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Kohley voted aye with 0 nays.