City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For December 5, 2016
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, Ted Blaszak, John Giudice, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, Carol Sturman, David Tysz, and Troy Wilson. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Keith Andersson, Bill and Diane Harp, Matt Morkert and Steve Nelson from Century West Engineering, Wendy Sienknecht, and Eileen Soldwedel.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Matt Morkert was in attendance and introduced Steve Nelson who is a new consultant with Century West Engineering. He reported Tekoa did not get any funding from TIB for street and sidewalk grants. We will put out an ad for a Statement of Qualifications for an engineer for the CDBG Sewer Planning Only Grant. We talked about applying for a CDBG planning grant for the sewer plant feasibility study.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Diane Harp was in attendance and talked about the Healthy Tekoa Coalition. The next meeting is next Tuesday at Kathy Kramer's at 9 a.m.
Eileen Soldwedel was in attendance to talk to the council about the street levy and why it did not pass. She also asked the council to keep the pay phone.
Wendy Sienknecht was in attendance and talked about the community center. She is concerned about cutting back on costs.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS: A. SALARY CLARIFICATION: Browning asked the council for clarification concerning Tara Chittenden getting the 2% raise. Dave Tysz made a motion to give Tara Chittenden the 2% raise. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT/ACTION: Alyssa Heagy reported the Neighbors on Patrol will be meeting quarterly. They will meet January 4, April 5, July 5 and October 4 at 7 p.m. at the city council chambers. She talked about getting this set up and said this will be a citizens’ group.
C. ANIMAL ORDINANCE: We will put this on the January agenda.
D. STREET LEVY ON FEBRUARY BALLOT: There was discussion about whether to re-run the street levy. Roy Schulz made a motion to ask for $50,000 for a street levy in February. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; Roy Schulz and Alyssa Heagy voted yes. The rest of the council voted no, except Ted Blaszak did not vote. After additional discussion, Ted Blaszak made a motion to put the street levy on the ballot for $50,000 in November. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; there was discussion. Roy Schulz voted yes, the rest of the council voted no.
E. STATUS OF COHN TRUST: We don’t have any new information.
F. CHANGE CEMETERY ORDINANCE SO ALL PLOT MONEY GOES TO CEMETERY FUND: Ordinance No. 833 was presented to the council changing the cemetery ordinance so all lot money goes into the cemetery fund. The council has questions and will put this on the January agenda. G. FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET/MINUTES: Mayor Jaeger said Ted Blaszak, Kynda Browning and he met with Donovan Chase about the fire department budget. Mayor Jaeger recommended that we let Donovan Chase know we need minutes from the fire drills by the January 23, 2017, council meeting. H. PAY PHONE STATUS: We will table this.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. 2017 FINAL BUDGET HEARING: Mayor Jaeger opened the 2017 final budget hearing. After reviewing the budget and the final budget Ordinance No. 832, Alyssa Heagy made a motion to approve the budget and Ordinance No. 832 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Mayor Jaeger closed the public hearing.
B. WATER/SEWER FUND RATE RESOLUTION: Fee resolution No. 17-1 was presented, changing the water rate to $46.50/month, the outside water rate to $53.00/month, the sewer rate to $50.00/month and the outside sewer rate to $55.00/month. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve fee resolution No. 17-1 as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
C. 2016 BUDGET AMENDMENT/FUND TRANSFERS: Ordinance No. 831, amending the 2016 budget and transferring money from the street fund and the fire department fund to the water fund for fire hydrant rental, was presented. After review, John Giudice made a motion to approve budget amendment ordinance no. 831 as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. DISCUSSION ABOUT ANNEXING INTO THE FIRE DISTRICT: We will discuss this when we get more information from Donovan Chase.
E. FIRE CHIEF AUTHORITY TO WRITE TICKETS: Mayor Jaeger is suggesting that Mike Bogenreif write the tickets if someone is violating the burn ordinance.
F. JANUARY 23rd and FEBRUARY 27 MEETING DATES BECAUSE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY AND PRESIDENT’S DAY: Alyssa Heagy made a motion to change the January meeting to January 23, 2017, and the February meeting to February 27, 2017. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
G. LETTER TO DOE/RIVERKEEPERS: A copy of the letter was given to the council.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: There was none. B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: There was none.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: There were none.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE November 21, 2016, MEETING MINUTES: John Giudice said we need to change the minutes to a 6:00 start time. John Giudice made a motion to approve the November 21, 2016, meeting minutes as amended. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: John Giudice made a motion to approve payroll checks 12620 through 12643 (including voided check no. 12642) and EFT payroll checks totaling $21,505.95; and check numbers 12644 through 12656 and EFT checks for $8,825.68 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: John Giudice made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor