Board of Aldermen Meeting Minutes

 

January 17, 2016

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the Council meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Council Members present: Jerry Kane, Deanna Monnig, Bill Wagner, and Troy Watts.  A quorum was present.  Also present was Chief of Police Bruce Belin and Charlie Jones, Assistant Public Works Director.  City Attorney Mel Gilbert arrived about 8:00 pm.

Mayor Lehmkuhl asked that the agenda be amended to include a discussion about the back flow valve the City was considering to install for the dead end water line going to  Lyndall Hall’s property and a donation to the Ash Grove School Carnival.

Jerry Kane made a motion to make the changes to the agenda with Deanna Monnig giving the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. 

Charlie Jones told Council he checked into the price of the back-flow valve and it was about $1000.00.  This would not cover the expense to install the valve.  He went on to tell Council that there are several dead end water lines in the City that function without any problems or complaints from the residents using the line.  He suggested that Hall do something at his end that would prevent his problems.  He also said he would be glad to talk with Hall and work with him to figure out a solution.  Jerry Kane made a motion to not do anything at this time with Deanna Monnig giving the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. 

Charlie Jones also brought to the attention of Council that there was a fire hydrant missing at the west end of Main Street across from MFA and who ever hit the hydrant loaded it up and left with it.  A new one has been ordered.

The Ash Grove/Bois D’Arc School is having their annual School Carnival and they are asking for a donation.  In the past, the City has donated a family pass to the pool.  Deanna made a motion to donate one season pass to the School with Bill gave the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.

SALARY FOR POLICE OFFICER     Next on the agenda was a bill to give a pay raise to Police Officer Donald Vanblack.  Troy Watts made a motion to put Bill No. 2017-1 on first reading with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye. Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Bill 2017-1 was read By Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl. Troy Watts made a motion to accept the first reading of Bill 2017-1 with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye.   Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Troy Watts make a motion to put Bill No. 2017-1 on second reading with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye. Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Bill 2017-1 was read the second time by Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl. Troy Watts made a motion to accept the second reading of Bill 2017-1 with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.   Bill 2017-1 is now City Ordinance 1042.

The Mayor made an announcement that Officer Vanblack had given his notice and will be going to work for the Polk County Sheriff.  He will still be available for Reserve Officer Work if needed.  Also Officer Ronnie Maccarella has also resigned to go to the Bolivar Police Department.  He will not be able to work as a Reserve Officer due to Bolivar Police Department policy.

Next on the agenda was a bill for a pay raise for Police Officer Bobbie Sue Davison.

SALARY FOR POLICE OFFICER      Troy Watts made a motion to put Bill No. 2017-2 on first reading with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye. Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Bill 2017-2 was read By Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl. Troy Watts made a motion to accept the first reading of Bill 2017-2 with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye.   Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Troy Watts make a motion to put Bill No. 2017-2 on second reading with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye. Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried. Bill 2017-2 was read the second time by Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl. Troy Watts made a motion to accept the second reading of Bill 2017-1 with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye Kane:  aye Wagner:  aye Watts: aye.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.   Bill 2017-2 is now City Ordinance 1043.

The Mayor made an announcement that Officer Vanblack had given his notice and will be going to work for the Polk County Sheriff.  He will still be available for Reserve Officer Work if needed.  Also Officer Ronnie Maccarella has also resigned to go to the Bolivar Police Department.  He will not be able to work as a Reserve Officer due to Bolivar Police Department policy.

Chief Belin informed Council that he will be conducting interviews next month to fill positions needed in his Department.

Kacie Brake was on the agenda to talk with Council about their water bill but was a no show.  Jerry made a motion to table the discussion until the next meeting and see what happens in the meantime.  Bill gave the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.

Council proceeded with the Study Session.

POOL MANAGER CONTRACT           Council reviewed the Pool Managers contract.  Mayor Lehmkuhl had made a few changes and suggestions.  The Pool Manager will be communicating with reports of the happenings, problems, maintenance needed and taken care of, situations with employees and other pertinent information with Public Works Director Frank Babcock and Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl.  After Council reviewed and made a few changes, Council approved the Contract.  Jerry Kane made a motion to allow the Mayor to sign the contract with Raper, if he is agreeable.  Deanna Monnig gave the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.  David Raper, who has been Pool Manager for the last several years, has shown interested in managing the pool again this year.

Attorney Mel Gilbert brought to the attention of Council of a training seminar that was coming up that the City Clerk would probably need to attend.  He commented that there were several changes being made in Municipal Court, by the State, that she needs to keep up on.

A Motion was made by Jerry Kane to go into Closed Session at 8:20 p.m.with Deanna Monnig giving the second.  Vote was as follows: Monnig:  aye, Kane:  aye, Wagner: aye, Watts: aye. Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.

Bill Wagner made a motion to go back into regular City Council/Study Session at 8:40 p.m. with Jerry Kane giving the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.

Mayor announced that no business was discussed in Closed Session that could be discussed in Regular Session.

Jerry Kane made a motion to adjourn at 8:42 p.m. with Bill Wagner giving the second.  Vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Troy Watts

Alderman