Tuesday May16, 2017
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, 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 and Carol Coe, Mike Brodie, Debbie Martin, Charlotte Johnson, Jared Mackall and Sally Carroll from the McDonald County Press.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the regular meeting minutes from May 2, 2017. Ald. Johnson made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on May 2, 2017. Ald. Kezar Seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley voted aye and Ald. Wilson abstained.
The Board discussed averaging the water bill for Janie Turner. Ald. Wilson made a motion to average Janie Turner’s water bill in the amount of $ 47.42. Ald. Kohley Seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed averaging the water bill for Shirley Boman. Ald. Wilson made a motion to average Shirley Boman’s water bill in the amount of $ 54.51. Ald. Kezar Seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Old Business: It was asked if the City has heard from the school on the cleanup yet. City Supervisor Brodie noted they have cleaned the ditch and the metal around the pole. Mayor Richmond noted he had spoken with Tim Crowley and they have the cleanup out for bid and it will be at least 10 days or so later before the cleanup is started.
City Clerk McNorton asked about sending out a letter to the citizens for the Comprehensive Plan. Mayor Richmond noted that if we want the public participation we need to send out a letter. It was discussed how much was needed to mail the letters. Ald. Wilson made a motion to send to letter to the citizens about an open meeting for the Comprehensive Plan and needing volunteers for the Planning and Zoning Commission at a total of $250.00 for postage. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mike Brodie asked the Council if they would consider opening the dump to allow the blocks and bricks from the school to be put there if they get the bid for demolition. They would haul away all the wood and metal. Mike was concerned about all the trucks hauling going in and out of town damaging the streets. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that the City may need any remaining room at the dump for the stumps and other debris remaining in town.
Department head reports:
Curt Drake- Curt noted the police car will be in the shop for repairs this coming Monday. Ald. Kohley asked if they are still living in the camper at 108 W. Williams, because it looks like they are still living there. Curt noted they were to be out by the middle of the month. McNorton noted Mr. Lombardo did not attend court as he was supposed to this last time. Curt noted he will check. Curt also noted that a new door has been installed by donation by J.R. Fisher.
Denis Kolb- Nothing to report
David Brodie-David noted he was meeting with Master Electric at 8:00 in the morning for the ballpark lights. He noted they were the ones who originally put the lights in. David then noted the chipper is gone from the ballpark and it looks really good. The Mayor noted he had called them the other day as he was concerned the price might be more than the $2000.00 quoted and he was told the price stay at $2000.00. David noted we need to get the stumps removed as soon as possible. Greg had a number of an Angel Gaxolia that David could call. David then noted the dumpsters need to be removed from the ballpark until we regroup and we call have them brought back when needed. Karla noted she planned on calling in the morning. David then noted the Goodman sigh is fixed except two letters that needed work. Springfield Sign will bring back and install after they’re repaired.
The Mayor then asked about the lights around the ballpark were working. David noted he believes they are. Mayor Richmond noted he would look at them tonight and see. The Mayor then asked about the sign at the ballpark. David noted it was down. The pipe holding it up got messed up during the tornado and when he went to put it back up, it broke. He believes he can fix it. The Mayor then noted he had been to a graduation yesterday at Bull Skin Creek Ranch and some of the features are what he would like to see when the Board decides whether to rebuild the community center. It had a sitting area with rocking chairs and such but not to be as grand as that place is.
Meghan Sexson- Meghan noted she had been approached about why our tax notices did not look like County’s. County’s come out with the delinquent amount on them already, so she called Jennifer Webber and asked her about it. Jennifer said it would be an additional $130.00 to have the delinquent amount printed on them and Meghan feels it would save time and money. She then explained the process and how much paper is involved. Clerk McNorton them noted she felt it would save money as they City is charged for each piece of paper through the copier too. Ald. Johnson made motion to have the delinquent amounts put on the statements from County. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Meghan then noted she will be sending out the delinquent notices soon.
Karla McNorton- wanted to remind everyone about the Pet Clinic is Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $40,560.70 including transfers. Ald. Kezar made a motion to approve the bills in the amount of $40,560.70 including transfers. Ald. Wilson Seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson Seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.