Tuesday April 17, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those present included Mayor Greg Richmond, Alderpersons Alice Kezar, Keith Kohley, Calvin Wilson and Ron Johnson. Also present were City Supervisor David Brodie, Police Chief Curt Drake, Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, Emergency Management Director Denis Kolb, Judge Clyde Davidson and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Lois Kolb, Carol Coe and Sally Carroll from the McDonald County Press.
The Mayor called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the minutes from the April 3, 2018 meeting. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the minutes from the meeting held on April 3, 2018. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the gazebo on Main St. The board discussed that several months ago the City looked into an estimated cost of $5000.00 to replace. It was asked if the gazebo would be the same. City Supervisor Brodie noted it would not be the same. It was what the person building it was going to make it. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to have specs of what the board wanted and bring it to the next meeting. The Gazebo is to be put on the next agenda to discuss specs and putting it out for bid.
City Clerk McNorton noted that after the last meeting she had called and left a message for the owner of 122 and 122 ½ Wall St. and did not receive a response. She would like to send a condemnation letter that is already typed to the owner giving him 30 days to clean up the property, it just needs signed. McNorton noted that she is in hopes that he will contact her and she can talk to him about possibly selling the property as it is a good size lot and close to the school. After a brief discussion, Ald. Wilson moved to send the condemnation letter to the owner of 122 and 122 ½ Wall St. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the bills including transfers in the amount of $25,952.88 Ald. Kohley moved to approve the bills in the amount of $25,952.88. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
City Clerk McNorton read the election results: Municipal Judge, Clyde Davidson with 54 votes, North Ward Alderman, Calvin Wilson with 23 votes and South ward Alderman, Keith Kohley with 16 votes. She then swore in new Board of Aldermen and Judge.
The Mayor noted it was time to reappoint the City Attorney, Chief of Police and the City Clerk. Ald. Wilson moved to appoint Duane Cooper as City Attorney. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Johnson moved to appoint Curt Drake as Chief of Police. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Wilson moved to appoint Karla McNorton as City Clerk. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed who to appoint as the acting President. Ald. Kohley moved to appoint Calvin Wilson as acting president. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson and Kohley voted aye with Ald. Kezar and Wilson abstaining.
Ald. Kezar agreed to be the Recreation Board Commissioner, Ald. Kohley agreed to be the Street Commissioner, Ald. Johnson agreed to be the Water/Sewer Commissioner and Ald. Wilson agreed to be the Maintenance Commissioner.
The Mayor noted that the Board needed to approve the Corporate Resolution with the First Community Bank. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the Corporate Resolution with the First Community Bank. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Mayor noted that the Board needed to choose who will be the check signers. The Mayor, Alice Kezar and Calvin Wilson are already check signers. Ald. Kohley moved to keep the check signers the same. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson and Kohley voted aye with Ald. Kezar and Wilson abstaining.
- City Clerk McNorton noted that the procedure for collecting and handling high water usage due to leaks was set up as a procedure in December of 2014 with the intent to make it an ordinance if it worked well. The City has been using it since and it seems to be working well. She noted she had given the Board a draft of what the ordinance would look like. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to put it on the next agenda.
- City Clerk McNorton asked the Board to consider putting the Use Tax Ordinance on the next agenda to be voted on. McNorton noted that the Use tax would be a great benefit to the citizens and the City if it passed. The Use tax can be used for anything the City needed it for. I think we need to educate the public that the Use Tax will not raise our taxes. You either pay a Sales Tax or a Use Tax, not both. She noted she had included a draft of the ordinance along with pamphlet that she would like to send out to the citizens. It was also discussed the City should consider a Public Hearing as well. The Next election is August 7, 2018 and if we are going to consider putting this on the ballot at that election, the Ordinance needs to be passed and certified with the County by May 29, 2018. It was agreed to put the Use Tax ordinance on the next agenda.
City Clerk McNorton informed the Board that Nikki Hill from the HSTCC (Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council) would like the Board to have a meeting and work on the zoning map. She would like it blocked out for each zone and HSTCC will make the City one to use and one to put up. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to ask Nikki when in June would be best for her except the dates of June 5th, 6th, 12th or 19th. The discussion was tabled.
Citizens business: None
Department head reports
Curt Drake: Drake informed the Board he got the door hangers they had discussed and he has a binder to document all pertinent information. This frees the ladies up in City Hall from having to send out letters, Drake said. He noted he has broken the City into four (4) sections and he is doing a section at a time, giving each section 2 weeks to rectify the issue (this is to keep from having a bunch of citations in the court all at the same time and gives the citizen two weekends.) If the person is home when he goes to put the hanger on the door, he speaks with them and documents it, saving a door hanger. If it is not rectified in the two weeks, he will give them a citation for the next court date. He will do all four (4) sections the same way.
Chief Drake then gave the Board March’s monthly report.
Drake also noted that the two trailers that were on Main St. have been moved. One out of town and one is on the side of the person’s property, mostly out of view. He also talked to Mr. Bradford about the bldg. debris on Main St. and his residential property. Chief Drake informed Bradford that next week his section will be the one he gives 2 weeks to get it cleaned up.
Chief Drake then noted he got some prices on Tasers. The X26P non-lethal comes with 2 cartridges, holsters and a 5 year warranty for $3520.00 The other is a pack program from the same company. It is $3052.00 the first year and $420.00 a year for the next four (4) years. The fifth (5th) year, you get two (2) of the newest Tasers for free, keeping the original ones purchased. That is a total of $4732.00 and you get 12 cartridges with the purchase of either one. The cartridges are $32.00 each. Chief Drake thinks the officers might use maybe two (2) a year. Mayor Richmond asked that Tasers be put on the next for discussion and approval.
Denis Kolb: Nothing to report.
David Brodie: The valve and sump pump at the treatment plant are fixed. He noted he had to buy a sump pump for the water tower for $143.00.
Brodie the informed the Board that 128 and 204 Wall Street needs letters sent as the places need repairs.
Ald. Kohley asked about having some kind of Spring Cleanup. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to have City Clerk McNorton speak with Henson Sanitation about a Spring Cleanup.
Brodie then asked the Board about purchasing the trailer hitch from David Sarratt as he removed it from his truck and put on the newest truck to use the trailer when hauling the mower. It was agreed to purchase the trailer hitch for $50.00
Meghan Sexson: Nothing to report.
Karla McNorton: Nothing to report.
Ald. Kohley moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 P.M. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Kezar, Kohley, Johnson and voted aye with 0 nays.