Board of Aldermen Meeting Minutes

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Mayor Lehnkuhl called the study session to order at 7:05pm.

Board members present:  Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl, Jerry Kane, Sharon Anderson, Deanna Monnig, and Troy Watts.  Also present was City Attorney Mel Gilbert.

Board met to discuss updates and rewording some of the City's Ordinances.  Board talked about definitions in Section 215.040.  After some discussion Board decided to send the definitions to a regular Board meeting for first reading.  Board decided to send the reworked definitions to first reading at the next Board meeting.

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl handed out some material sent to the City by engineering companies that are interested in doing a study on the City's sewer system.  The City needs to know where there are problems such as cracks and leaks in the now 60 plus years old lines.  Smoke testing and running a camera through the lines are some of the testing that will need to be done.  Frank and Charlie, of the Public Works Department, will go over the applications first to see who will be able to do what the City needs then make a recommendation to the Board.

Deanna Monnig made an inquiry about the City ordinance about firearms.  She wanted to know if the City ordinance over rode the State Laws when it came to carrying a loaded firearm and a conceal and carry firearm.  Mel said that the State law overrode the City ordinance and Jan said that when we send our ordinances to Sullivan publications after the first of the year our ordinance would be updated to reflect that.

The Board discussed the use of the Federal 2012 Property Maintenance Code.  The City hasn't adopted the Code yet because of so many things that won't work for Ash Grove.  Mayor Lehmkuhl asked Mr. Gilbert if we could adopt the code and make a provision in the ordinance that any existing City ordinance would take precedent over the Federal Code. Attorny Mel Gilbert seemed to think He could help us write the Ordinance to do just that.   

Jerry Kane made a motion to go into Closed Session with Deanna Monnig giving the second. Vote was as follows: Kane:  aye. Anderson:  aye. Monnig:  aye. Watts:  aye.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried at 8:18 p.m.

Jerry Kane made a motion to go back into Study Session at 8:55 p.m. with Troy Watts  giving the second. Vote was as follows: Kane:  aye. Anderson:  aye. Monnig:  aye. Watts:  aye.

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the Study Session back to order. 

Mayor Lehmkuhl announced that the current search for a new Police Chief had been unsuccessful and that the City was going to start the process over again as soon as possible.

Sharon Anderson made a motion to adjourn with Deanna Monnig giving the second.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Troy Watts

Alderman