Council Meeting-June 20, 2017


Tuesday June 20, 2017

The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Calvin Wilson, Keith Kohley, Alice Kezar and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Police Chief Curt Drake, City Clerk Karla McNorton and City Water Clerk Dana Cornwell. Also present were Lois Kolb, Roger and Carol Coe, Stanley Coe, Josh Wagner, Aaron Patterson, Edward Tuomala 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 held on June 6, 2017. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the regular meeting minutes from June 6, 2017. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays. Ald. Kezar abstained from the vote.

The Board discussed the public meeting minutes from June 13, 2017. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the Public meeting minutes from June 13, 2017. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.

The Mayor acknowledged Josh Wagner and Aaron Patterson to discuss building a home. Josh discussed they want to build a home for a fellow citizen (Edward Tuomala) that lost his house in the April Tornado. The house is to be built at 200 Stites St. and will be 832 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The house is smaller than required. The foundation that is already there is to be used with the north and south to stay the same and wants to extend the foundation 10 extra feet to the east. The railroad has a 50 foot right of way on either side of the track.

According to David B. the sewer is going to be a problem. It leaves them shy on land to put in a septic and it is too far away from the sewer line. When asked what plans were for the sewer they were not sure yet. David B. recommended an individual lift station if they would have the funds available for that. The Mayor recommended that they try to figure the sewer out and that they would like to revisit this matter in 2 weeks at the July 3rd.meeting. The mayor also informed Aaron & Josh that if approved they would have to apply for a variance costing $75.00.

The Board discussed the insurance claim from the April tornado. City Clerk McNorton noted that we have all the insurance claims amounts and the total is on the paper I gave you. The amount received for the community center was $67,808.56. That was with the whole claim being a total deductible of $2500.00 taken out. The total deductible if the community center was the only thing damaged would’ve been $1000.00, giving the amount for the community center claim being $69,308.56. I have spoken with Brian West from Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council (HSTCC) and he is looking into possible grants to rebuild.

The city had plans drawn up at one time for a post disaster community building costing $250,000.00. The Mayor suggested if we could get a grant for 60 or 70 thousand and then just add another $30,000 to we could have a pretty nice community building.

McNorton stated we got 66,132.00 for the ballpark lights and fencing and after a brief discussion, it was decided to put out bids until July 18th at 4p.m. David B. said he would get ahold of Neosho and Joplin to see who they used for their lighting systems.

Old Business: NONE

New Business: NONE


Citizens Business: Roger Coe understands his property is zoned commercial and would like it to be rezoned as residential. Mayor Richmond explained he would have to request for a zoning change, pay the fee and have a public hearing. After a brief discussion it was decided we would need to find out the fee for rezoning and talk to Duane about the legalities of the situation so all parties involved are in the right.

Department head reports:

Curt Drake- Both units are fixed. The charger was picked up Monday June 19, 2017. The charger still needs new decals put on it. Curt would like to use some of the insurance that we didn’t use on fixing the vehicles to get matching decals done for the truck also.

Discussed in previous meeting noted would like to look at a refurbished handheld scanner for the suv. After some research they no longer sell refurbed scanners. A new one, one directional is $1550.00 or a new duel directional one is $2016.50. He stated would like to get a new dual directional scanner and put it in the charger and put the one in the charger in the suv so we have 3 fully functional vehicles. The discussion was tabled on the radar.

Also, made a note of would still like to get the SUV in the shop to find out why it is blowing fuses.

Curt also said he would like to get with the Mayor in the next couple days about hiring a couple of reserves that have applied to replace the ones we lost.

Denis Kolb- Mr. Kolb had nothing to report, however; Mr. Kohley wanted to report that there is a tropical storm in the gulf and that he wanted people to know that they would be keeping an eye on it to see which way it turns and if we will be getting any weather from it.

David Brodie- The community building that was being taken apart has been left. There are boards, screws and nails just left laying everywhere. David B. would like letters sent to J.R. Fisher and Marshall Long asking them to finish cleaning up what they started.

Meghan Sexson- NOT PRESENT

Karla McNorton- Had nothing to report. Ald. Kezar stated she would be going in Karla’s place to the HSTCC meeting on June 21, 2017. Mayor Richmond stated he will be out of town on the July 3rd meeting.

The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $41,364.87, including transfers. Ald. Kezar moved to approve the bills in the amount of $41,364.87, including transfers. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.

Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.

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