City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For April 15, 2019
The council interviewed Lee Burchfiel at 6:45 p.m. for the vacant council position.
I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Troy Wilson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members present at the meeting were Wilson, Bethany Fletcher, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, Wendy Sienknecht and Dave Tysz. Clerk/Treasurer Kynda Browning was also in attendance. Audience attendees were the Fletcher Family, Matt Morkert, Jennifer Olson, and Carol Sturman.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Wilson asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. APPOINT/SWEAR IN NEW COUNCIL MEMBER: Roy Schulz made a motion to appoint Lee Burchfiel as our new council member. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion: all council members voted yes. Mayor Wilson swore in Lee Burchfiel.
IV. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION:
Matt Morkert was in attendance to talk about the Crosby and Park Road TIB project. He talked to citizens about the change to their landscaping on Crosby Street. The design is done, and the plan is to advertise two weeks and open the bids on May 2, 2019, and award the project at the May 6, 2019, council meeting. There will be 40 working days in the project. He asked the council to give authorization to advertise the project contingent on TIB and WASHDOT approval. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the plans as presented and advertise the project for two weeks. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
Roy Schulz asked about timing on our projects. Matt Morkert explained that the TIB grant is awarded at the end of November.
Jennifer Olson was in attendance for Healthy Tekoa Coalition. She talked about the Healthy Youth Survey they do every two years.
V. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Carol Sturman read a letter with concerns about the proposed charges for the community center.
VI. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VII. OLD BUSINESS:
A. BRETZ BUILDING: There was discussion about making sure the Bretzes’ building belongs to them. Roy Schulz made a motion to have Eric Hansen proceed with the legal proceedings at $175.00 per hour and find out who owns the building. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all were in favor.
B. COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL: Wendy Sienknecht said they met on April 1, 2019. She read a letter from Linda Gallagher from MRSC about the community center rental and also one from Eric Hansen, our attorney. They will be meeting again on April 16, 2019, at the Event Center. Alyssa Heagy said it was suggested at the Chamber of Commerce meeting that they set a temporary rate for one year until they can see how it goes.
C. AIRPORT FUEL STATION: John Giudice is not attendance. Roy Schulz said he has some additional information and he will pursue it. Mayor Wilson will contact the Port District about the possibility of their helping us.
D. COUNCIL CHAMBERS FLOORING: Roy Schulz made a motion to purchase the floor and have it put in. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; Wendy Sienknecht said she thinks we can do it more cheaply. There was discussion about commercial buildings and the cost because it is commercial. All council members voted yes, except Wendy Sienknecht and Bethany Fletcher voted no.
E. AWC LOSS CONTROL GRANT: Roy Schulz made a motion to apply for the AWC loss control grant for $5000 to fix the old city hall building. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. FENCE INSTALLED BY RAILROAD: Browning reported she talked to the engineer for the railroad and explained the railroad will need to have the property they want to fence surveyed before the council can make a decision concerning the fence.
B. SEWER RATES: There was discussion about raising rates to pay for the upcoming upgrades to the sewer plant and the plans for the upgrade. Dave Tysz made a motion to raise the monthly sewer rates $5.00, beginning with the end of May utility billing, with a monthly increase of $5.00 per year, beginning January 1st each year, for three years. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes, except Roy Schulz voted no.
C. CHANGE RATE FOR SUPER USERS (WATER/SEWER): Information was given to the council showing what other entities charge for super users. We will discuss this next month.
D. SUMMER HELP: Mayor Wilson asked to hire someone, to do lawns and other maintenance work as needed during the summer. Dave Tysz gave the mayor permission to hire someone at minimum wage for as many hours as needed. Wendy Sienknecht seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
E. CANDIDATE FILING MAY 1 - 17 AND ONLINE FROM MAY 13 - 17: Mayor Wilson told the council members that the candidate filing is open at Whitman County from May 1 – 17, 2019, and the online filing is open from May 13 – 17, 2019. The following are the council positions that are open: the mayor; position no. 1, Lee Burchfiel; position 2, Alyssa Heagy; position 3, Bethany Fletcher; position 5, John Giudice; and position 7, Dave Tysz.
F. CITY EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION: Mayor Wilson said there are other cities that allow their mayor to have a budget for employee recognition, and he asked the council to set a budget of $250 per year for this purpose. Dave Tysz made a motion to allow Mayor Wilson up to $250 per year for employee recognition. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: The mayor said there is an accident prevention plan for the employees, that will be completed soon.
Mayor Wilson would like the council to consider having people remove their cars from the street, so they can plow to the curb during a snow event.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: The clerk/treasurer did not have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Dave Tysz said there is someone that is camping near the elevators. The mayor will talk to the code enforcement officer.
Alyssa Heagy said the Palouse Byway committee wondered if any council members are interested in attending the monthly Palouse Byway meeting. The Chamber of Commerce would like a council member to attend their meetings.
Roy Schulz said he went to the Goldenrod Cemetery endowment meeting. It was explained that the city recommends projects and approaches the endowment committee for funding.
Alyssa Heagy made a motion to allow the mayor to hire someone to do maintenance work at the cemetery for up to forty hours a week until Memorial Day. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: There were none.
X. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. March 18, 2019, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the March 18, 2019, minutes as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to pay EFT payroll warrants in the amount of $23,965.92 and payroll warrant numbers 13996 through 14006 in the amount of $1,515.97 and EFT warrants in the amount of $3,137.69 and warrant numbers 14007 through 14039 in the amount of $36,392.55 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
XI. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:18 p.m. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ________________________________ Troy Wilson – Mayor