Tuesday October 2, 2018
The Board of Aldermen held a regular meeting on Tuesday October 2, 2018 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, Police Chief Curt Drake, Asst. City Clerk Dana Cornwell and City Clerk Karla McNorton. Also present were Betty Hays, Ronnie and Caroline Price, Jerry Bates, Connie Letourneau, Kevin Keeney, David McGarrah and Sally Carroll from the McDonald County Press.
Mayor Richmond called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
The Board discussed the minutes from the special meeting held on September 4, 2018. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the special meeting minutes from September 4, 2018. Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
The Board discussed the minutes from the regular meeting held on September 4, 2018. Ald. Kohley moved to approve the regular meeting minutes from September 4, 2018. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Betty Hayes to discuss averaging her water bill for September and October. Betty explained that she had a leak. She came home one day and found water in her yard. She had a new line installed. The leak is now fixed and she is asking that her bill for September be averaged to $91.40 including the 20% and her October bill be averaged to $50.05. Ald. Wilson moved to approve averaging Betty Hayes September water bill to $91.40 including the 20%Ald. Kohley seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Ald. Kohley moved to average Betty Hayes October water to $50.05. Ald. Kezar seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Mayor Richmond then noted he was going off agenda for a moment and acknowledged Connie Letourneau. Connie thanked the Police Department and the City workers for taking care of the dog leash issue she has had. She really appreciates it.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged David McGarrah to discuss the water billing procedures. David McGarrah asked if the City has done a cost analysis to run the extra staff in the water department answering the phones, preparing water bills, reading meters…etc. He noted he has several rental properties in Goodman and does not feel it is appropriate to receive a past due bill on a postcard that does not state the bill was from a tenant addressed to him at his place of business. David also feels that the City should consider changing the deposit amount received by renters to cover the final bill. Mayor Richmond noted that the he would like the Board to look over and discuss it.
Mayor Richmond acknowledged Denis Kolb to discuss the FEMA safe room. Dennis
discussed wanting to restructure the IRIS system for the FEMA shelter. It will be for the Goodman citizens only. It was noted by Ald. Wilson that the cost to 911 is approximately $1400.00 annually. Denis noted that the citizens would have to sign up and be charged to be on the IRIS system for only Goodman. It was also discussed that the key for the safe room should be in a lock box like it used to be before the tornado. Curt noted they use to have a key code and the Police Department, Emergency Management and other key members had access to it. Curt noted he had spoken to Ms. Hamilton about it several months ago but he will talk with her again in a few months when the school is closer to opening so it is fresh in her mind and see if we can do the same thing again. Ald. Kohley suggested setting up a meeting with the school about getting everything set up.
Unfinished business: Ald. Kohley asked about when could the City have the Employee Picnic. City Clerk McNorton noted that Tax Collector Sexson would not be able to attend until October 21, 2018. It was agreed to have the picnic on October 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Goodman Ballpark. It will consist of hamburgers and hotdogs.
Mayor Richmond noted that per the request of Connie Letourneau, MODOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) has put up cameras to monitor the foot traffic going across 59 Hwy to the Dollar General Store. The mayor noted it will take a few months to get the information back from MODOT on whether there is enough foot traffic to put up signs. If there is enough foot traffic, then MODOT will put up signs warning motorists.
Mayor Richmond then brought up the gazebo on Main St. He noted we need to get with KCS and find out if we can build it or not. If we have to, we will get a 99 year lease, but it would be nice to build it back.
Ald. Johnson then brought up that in that area there are a lot of ruts that need filled and it would be nice if gravel could be put in to fill them up. Johnson noted that it gets very muddy there when it rains and that is where the kids get on and off the bus. He would like to talk to Dr. Cummings about getting the gravel and the City spreading it out to fill the holes.
New business: None
Citizens business: Jerry Bates noted his water bill was much higher than normal and wanted to know why. David Brodie noted he had checked and he does not have a leak. It is most likely a toilet running. Jerry stated as far as he knows he has no leak and wanted his water bill averaged. It was noted that his average is $57.72. It was asked by the Board that he is aware there’s a one-time only average for your water bill. He understood and wanted this bill to be averaged. Ald. Kohley moved to average Jerry Bates water bill to $57.72. Ald. Johnson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Kevin Keeney then asked again about high grass and weeds and asked if the City could have the contract mower for the City mow these people’s yard. It was explained the City can’t legally go onto someone’s property and mow. If the property owner asks the City, they can. The police can write tickets and that’s about it.
Department head reports
Curt Drake: Curt gave the Board the August monthly report.
Denis Kolb: None.
David Brodie: 108 W. Williams is under control. Need to turn attention to 122 N. Wall, the Raines property. Need to contact the other siblings and find out what they intend to do about the property. City Clerk McNorton will get a letter sent.
David then noted he has a two day class in Lake of the Ozarks October 24 and 25, 2018 and he has voucher for the class to keep up his hours but, he needs a room for two nights. Ald. Wilson moved to approve David going to the Lake of the Ozarks for class October 24 and 25, 2018. Ald. Kohley seconded. . Ald. Johnson, Kezar, Kohley and Wilson voted aye with 0 nays.
Karla McNorton- noted for Tax Collector Meghan Sexson, you have your August report
Note that Dana Cornwell was not selected to receive the scholarship through MCMI (Missouri Court Management Institute.)
Note you have your August financial Statements.
Karla explained the office ladies would like to get the 2019 calendar done for the council meetings and the first council meeting in 2019 is January 1, 2019. She asked the Board if it would be alright to move it to Wednesday January 2, 2019.
It was discussed and agreed to have the first council meeting Wednesday January 2, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
City Clerk McNorton that she made a Scribner’s error and did not put the bills and transfers from September 18, 2018 on the agenda and they need discussed and approved before this meetings bills and transfers. The Board discussed the bills from September 18, 2018 in the amount of $40,707.22 including transfers. Ald. Johnson moved to approve the bills in the amount of $40,707.22 including transfers. Ald. Wilson seconded. Ald. Johnson, Kohley and Wilson voted aye and Ald. Kezar abstained.
The Board discussed the bills in the amount of $18,179.96 including transfers. Ald. Wilson moved to approve the bills in the amount of $18,179.96 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.