Board of Aldermen Meeting Minutes

JANUARY 21, 2016

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the Special Session of the Board of Aldermen to order at 7:00 p.m. on January 21, 2016 with the following Board Members present:  Jerry Kane, Troy Watts, Sharon Anderson, and Deanna Monnig.   City Clerk Deborah Cox was also present.

Brenda Ellsworth had submitted information on a Small Business Revolution project where one small town will receive a $500,000 transformation.  Nominations are open from January 11 – 29 with finalists announced during National Small Business Week May 1-7.  Ms Ellsworth will be writing and submitting a proposal on behalf of the Ash Grove Historical Town Center. 

After contacting the City Attorney, Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl has made an offer to sell city owned property on Industrial Drive to Gap Engineering.  

$2.00 CREDIT CARD FEE  The City is now able to accept credit card payments.  Motion was made by Troy Watts and seconded by Jerry Kane to access a $2.00 fee on all transactions up to $500.00.  No payments over $500.00 will be accepted by credit card.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

SOCS WEBSITE SERVICE  Motion was made by Deanna Monnig and seconded by Jerry Kane to go forward with SOCS, a nonprofit website services, contracting with them to build and maintain the City’s website in the amount of $2,200.00 per year.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

Mayor Lehmkuhl showed the Board the new vehicle maintenance forms which will be put in place for all city vehicles to be turned in on a monthly bases.


  • Mayor Lehmkuhl, Jerry Kane, Frank Babcock, Brenda Ellsworth, and Scott Smith all attended the Sac River Watershed Community Meeting.  This was an informational meeting where they were looking for new committee members.
  • Interview for new Police Chief will be held on Monday January 25, 2016.
  • Police Office Julisa Allen has resigned.
  • DNR Recreational/trails grants will be available the first of February.

City Clerk, Deborah Cox left the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Mayor Lehmkuhl informed the Board that budget request forms have been handed out to the department heads and preliminary budget meetings have been set.

Motion was made by Jerry Kane and seconded by Sharon Anderson to go into closed session at 8:15 p.m. to discuss personnel.  Vote taken.  Unanimous.  Motion carried.

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the meeting back to order at 9:00 p.m. with Jerry Kane, Deanna Monnig, Sharon Anderson, and Troy Watts.

Mayor Lehmkuhl announced the Board will need to meet on January 25 and January 28 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.   Mayor also announced that no other business was discussed in closed session that could be discussed in regular session.

No further business.  Sharon Anderson made a motion to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. with Deanna Monnig giving the second.  Kane, Watts, Anderson and Monnig aye.

Deborah A. Cox, City Clerk