Board of Aldermen Meeting Minutes

DECEMBER 28, 2015

Mayor Jan Lehmkuhl called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. on December 28, 2015.

Board members present:  Jan Lehmkuhl, Mayor; Troy Watts, Jerry Kane, Sharon Anderson and Deanna Monnig, Aldermen.  Also in attendance: City Clerk, Deborah Cox.

Mayor Lehmkuhl asked the Board to amend the agenda to include a closed session to discuss personnel issues.  That motion was made by Sharon Anderson and seconded by Deanna Monnig.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

TREE BOARD APPOINTMENT    Motion made by Troy Watts and seconded by Sharon Anderson to accept the recommendation of the Mayor and appoint Roberta Jones to the Ash Grove Tree Board for a term of one year.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

GAP ENGINEERING PROPOSAL    Mayor Lehmkuhl presented a proposal from Gap Engineering, currently operating a business in the Ash Grove Industrial Area.  They would like to expand and merge their California business “Gamma” with their business here in Ash Grove.  They would need a suitable facility to allow for current and future expansion.  Andy Parker, President of Gap Engineering, LLC, stated they are looking to acquire the property located at 707 Industrial Drive and have an interest in the adjacent property to the west which is owned by the City.  After discussion, the Board agreed to have the Mayor go forward in seeing what incentives can be legally offered letting Mr. Parker know the City is very interested in having his business stay in Ash Grove.

SALARY INCREASE FOR DEBORAH COX    The City currently offers insurance to the City Clerk which includes all family members being 100% paid by the City.  At this time her husband has reached 65 years of age and is eligible to receive supplement insurance thru Medicare.  After discussion, the Board agreed to increase the salary for the City Clerk in the amount of the supplemental insurance ($205.85 per month) for her husband.  This would be a savings of approximately $1,484.00 per month.  An ordinance will be presented at the January 4, 2016 meeting.

Mayor Lehmkuhl reminded the Board of the Sac River Watershed Community Meeting scheduled for January 12, 2016 at Willard.  She will be attending as well as a representative from the Public Works.

The City Clerk had no new updates on the credit card processing.  Motion made to table until the January meeting was made by Troy Watts and seconded by Jerry Kane.  Vote taken.  Unanimously approved.

A contract from the United Stated Marshals Service was reviewed.  This contract would be for FY2016 Overtime Funding for Task Force Officers under Joint Law Enforcement Operations Program using Officer Jacob Marler.  The Board would like for the Police Chief to explain the benefits of using this program in our department. 

The Board approved the signing of new signature cards for new certificate of deposits with the Old Missouri Bank.

Motion was made by Troy Watts and seconded by Jerry Kane to go into closed session to discuss personnel at 7:55 p.m. Watts, Kane, Anderson and Monnig aye.

Motion made by Troy Watts and seconded by Sharon Anderson to go back into regular meeting at 8:28 p.m.  Vote was unanimous.  Motion carried.

Mayor Lehmkuhl called the meeting back to order with Jerry Kane, Deanna Monnig, Sharon Anderson and Troy Watts.

Mayor Lehmkuhl announced that no decisions were made in closed session that could be announced in open session.

No further business: motion made by Deanna Monnig and seconded by Sharon Anderson to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 p.m.  Vote taken.  Kane, Watts, Anderson and Monnig aye.

Deborah A. Cox, City Clerk