Tuesday October 3, 2017
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 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, Senior Officer Joe David, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Lois Kolb, Roger and Carol Coe, Kevin Keeney, Jared Mackall, Sandra Pogue, Elizabeth Pogue 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 September 19, 2017. Ald. Wilson noted the last meeting minutes did not note Ald. Kohley was not present. Ald. Johnson noted on page two the last paragraph the fourth sentence has Joe Haswell’s last name as Haskell. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the regular meeting held on September 19, 2017 with the two corrections. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar and Wilson voted aye and Ald. Kohley abstained.
Old Business- City Supervisor David Brodie noted that a letter was sent to the owner of 128 E. Main and he now has blocks in piles. David sees him almost daily and will ask him when he intends to complete the cleanup.
Ald. Wilson then asked about getting an outdoor message center. He noted he has brought it up on several occasions. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to look into prices and put it on the next agenda.
Mayor Richmond then brought up the gazebo at the ballpark. The Board discussed having David look into how much it will cost to replace it.
Ald. Wilson brought up the fence at the Playpark being fixed. David noted he has contacted Drew Sarratt and David has not heard back from him yet.
New Business: It was brought up about the gazebo on Main Street. It was agreed to look into the cost of replacing it. Mayor Richmond noted there is a man located on #10 Hwy that makes them. David knows who Mayor Richmond is referring to and he will contact him and get some prices.
Citizens Business: Kevin Keeney brought up a pit bull that was loose the other day and almost bit him. He noted there is a leash law in Goodman and Mr. Keeney wanted to know if he was able to defend himself if he felt he was in danger. It was noted by Senior Officer Joe David that you’re able to defend yourself if you feel you are in imminent danger from an animal.
Department head reports:
Joe David- Joe asked if citizens were allowed to park to the right of the bank behind where the old jail was as he has noticed a lot of people have been parking back there and he wanted to know if people were allowed to park there? It was noted that there should not be anyone parking there. It was agreed to have David put up a No parking sign there.
It was also noted by Joe that there is a lot of wood stacked up at the corner of Whitmore and Stites St. David noted they had started cleaning it up earlier in the day. It was then brought up removing the jail since the door was now missing. David will see if he and David can get it taken down.
Denis Kolb- Denis noted the tower is up and there is plenty of wattage to run their equipment if they lose power.
David Brodie- Fagan Electric called and should be getting the equipment needed to replace the lights by the end of the week and will contact him when they will begin replacement.
David then noted he has laid off Mike Williams from mowing for the year. Any additional mowing will be done by the City. He then mentioned that after mowing, he went to his house and got his leaf blower to get the grass off the pavement and asked if they could purchase a leaf blower. After a brief discussion, Ald. Wilson moved to have a leaf blower purchased up to $200.00. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley, Kezar and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Meghan Sexson- noted the Board has the report for September. She also noted she is to receive proof of the penalties for each month on her statements soon and then they will be on the statements.
Karla McNorton- Got the credit card machine in house now and the website should be up for payments by next week.
She also noted The City and Police Department will have Halloween at the Ballpark this year on Halloween and it starts at 5:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $28,748.93 including transfers. Ald. Wilson
moved to approve the bills in the amount of $28,748.93 including transfers. Ald. Kezar 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.