Board of Aldermen Meeting Minutes

APRIL 20 , 2015(approved)

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the Ash Grove Board of Aldermen meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. on April 20, 2015.

Members present:  Jan Lehmkuhl, Mayor; Troy Watts, Tony Cline, Jerry Kane, and William Wagner, Aldermen.  Also in attendance: City Clerk, Deborah Cox, Mel Gilbert, Amanda Houp, Scott Holubec, Brenda Ellsworth, Logan Langley, Robert Iacob, Brian Swearengin, Heather Swearengin, Jacob Marler, Carrol Lehmkuhl, Andy Robinson, Lori Robinson, Jaynie Hout, Sharon Anderson, and Diana Simpson.

Tony Cline gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

Motion made by Tony Cline and seconded by Jerry Kane to approve the consent agenda as presented.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

Motion made by Jerry Kane and seconded by Troy Watts to approve the Election Results as certified by Shane Schoeller, Greene County Clerk:

April 7, 2015 Municipal Election Results

Alderman – Ward 1 two year term 

              Michael Wagner                                            40

              Sharon Anderson                                           73

              William Wagner                                            18

              John Young                                                    3

Alderman – Ward 2 two year term   

            Diana Simpson                                               109

            Marc Schwenn                                                 49      

 Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

City Clerk, Deborah Cox, swore in the newly elected officials: Sharon Anderson and Diana Simpson as new members of the Board of Aldermen; and Brian Swearengin as the new Ash Grove Emergency Management Director.

Mayor Lehmkuhl presented plaques to the out going Board members, William Wagner and Tony Cline.  Mayor Lehmkuhl thanked William Wagner and Tony Cline for serving the community.

TROY WATTS APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD 

 Motion made by Jerry Kane and seconded by Tony Cline to appoint Troy Watts to serve as President of the Board.  Vote taken.  Kane, Anderson, Simpson, aye.  Watts abstained.

COMMUNITY BETTERMENT PROJECT

 Ash Grove High School English Teacher, Mrs. Amanda Houp along with three of her students presented their Community Betterment Projects.  This was a study on how to make Ash Grove thrive and flourish financially by attracting new businesses and industry to the area.  Presenting their month long study were Robert Iacob, Logan Langley and Scott Holubec.

Motion was made by Troy Watts and seconded by Jerry Kane to adjourn and go into study session at 7:34 p.m.  Vote taken.  Anderson, Kane, Watts, and Simpson aye.

STUDY SESSION

Mayor Lehmkuhl welcomed the new Board Members and went over a few items that would be beneficial to the Board.  Attorney Mel Gilbert also discussed several items of importance.  

Mayor Lehmkuhl asked the Board to serve on some of the Committee’s that affect the City.  Mayor made the follow appointments:

  • Diana Simpson – Solid Waste Management District O
  • Sharon Anderson – Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG)
  • Jerry Kane – Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Troy Watts – Ash Grove Park Advisory Board

Budget meetings were set for the upcoming month.

Motion made by Troy Watts and seconded by Sharon Anderson to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

Deborah A. Cox, City Clerk