City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For April 20, 2015
I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor John Jaeger called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members present at the meeting were Jaeger, Debbie Groom, Richard Kelly, Roy Schulz, Dave Tysz and Troy Wilson. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer, Kynda Browning; and Maintenance Supervisor, Duane Groom. In attendance in the audience were Amy Volz from Alternatives to Violence, Keith Andersson, and Bill and Diane Harp.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Amy Volz, from Alternatives to Violence, gave information concerning their program.
Diane Harp was in attendance and talked about the Healthy Tekoa Coalition. IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: There were none. V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none. VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Mayor Jaeger reported we have an “eight” rating, and he thinks within a year we can get it down to a “six,” so insurance rates can go down for homeowners.
B. CHIP SEALING ROADS: Mayor Jaeger said the county is planning to come the beginning of June to chip seal some of the roads.
C. PARK STREET PROJECT/APPROVE SHORELINE PERMIT: A copy of the Shoreline Management Act Substantial Development Permit and the JARPA was given to the council to review. Debbie Groom made a motion to approve the Shoreline Management Act Substantial Development Permit and the JARPA as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. TREE CITY USA ORDINANCE NO. 821/TREE CARE PLAN: The Tree City USA Ordinance No. 821 and the tree care plan was presented to the council for them to review at the last meeting. Debbie Groom made a motion to approve the Tree City USA Ordinance No. 821 and the tree care plan as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. AWARD WSDOT AVIATION CRACK SEAL PROJECT: Roy Schulz presented the crack seal award for Road Products Inc. from WSDOT Aviation. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the WSDOT Aviation grant for $7,230.15 and the notice of award for Road Products Inc. Debbie Groom seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. FEE RESOLUTION - ADD $75.00 FEE FOR MEMORIAL AT ROSE GARDEN: Debbie Groom made a motion to approve Fee Resolution No. 99-15.2 as presented, adding the $75.00 fee for the memorial at the Rose Garden.Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
C. AUTHORIZE A TRANSFER: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve changing the portion of Ordinance No. 820 -- loaning the money for the grants with an interest fee from the general fund, to an interfund transfer from the general fund, without an interest fee. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. APPROVE HIRING SUMMER HELP: After discussion, Debbie Groom made a motion to hire someone to work with code enforcement officer for mowing, etc. for $10.00 an hour from May to October as needed. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
E. EILEEN SOLDWEDEL RESIGNATION: Dave Tysz made a motion to approve Eileen Soldwedel’s resignation with regret. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. The council will interview people interested in applying for her council position before the June meeting.
F. RUHL PARK: Duane Groom reported that the water was not turned off all the way at Ruhl Park (that is run by the Park Board), so the bathroom filled with water all winter. There is mold on all the walls including the ceiling. Browning will file a claim with the city’s insurance company.
G. CODE ENFORCEMENT: Mike Bogenreif, Code Enforcement Officer, was in attendance and talked about code enforcement issues in Tekoa.
Mayor Jaeger asked if the council would have a problem with him (as the mayor) writing citations. The council said they don't have any problems with him writing tickets. VIII. REPORTS: A. MAINTENANCE REPORT: (Duane Groom) -Duane Groom reported the dump station for RVs is operational. -The wall needs to be acid washed on Warren Street. -Frontier has contacted the contractor that fixed the hole in the alley by the bank. -We need to activate the tidbits for the creek to monitor the temperature at the sewer plant by May 1st. -He talked to Todd Gabbard about fixing the noon whistle. Todd Gabbard is looking for a new one that works better. -He reported he will advertising for the new meters that are part of the USDA grant.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: (Kynda Browning) Browning did not have a report.
C. MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger reported that they fixed the hole on Crosby. D. COUNCIL REPORTS: Troy Wilson talked to Inland Cellular about the cell tower and they are in the process of making a deal with the land owners. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE March 16, 2015, and April 6, 2015, MEETING MINUTES: Debbie Groom made a motion to approve the March 16 and April 6, 2015, meeting minutes as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Debbie Groom made a motion to approve payroll check numbers 11633 through 11639 and EFT payroll checks totaling $20,947.34; and check numbers 11640 through 11682 and EFT claim checks for $49,015.15 as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. X. ADJOURNMENT: Debbie Groom made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor