City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For December 7, 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, John Giudice, Richard Kelly, Roy Schulz, and Troy Wilson. Also in attendance was Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer. In attendance in the audience were Duane Groom and Diane Harp.
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 talked about the following: ~The scoring for the TIB grant applications: we weren't awarded any projects. He recommended having Gloria Bennett from TIB come out and talk to us about why we didn't get funded. ~The new water meters and updated program will be done at the beginning of next year. ~He talked to WASDOT about putting a sidewalk across the creek by the elevators on the way to Oakesdale, so we don’t need to use the CDBG Planning Only Grant for this project. He is suggesting we do the I & I Study with the CDBG Planning Only Grant.
Debbie Groom made a motion to approve the November 16, 2015, minutes with several changes that will be made. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Debbie Groom read a letter to the council and resigned her position. Roy Schulz made a motion to accept Debbie Groom's resignation. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
Troy Wilson asked Richard Kelly if he is a City of Tekoa resident. He said that he lives here most of the time. The council members talked to Kynda Browning about being paid by the city while doing the books for the theatre. Troy Wilson asked if Roy Schulz inspected the mobile home for his in-laws before it was brought to Tekoa. Roy Schulz said he did inspect it. IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Diane Harp was in attendance and said small town business Saturday was great. The library is starting a crazy eights math club to help the students get aligned with state standards. The coalition was awarded some dedicated marijuana funds and will be teaching life skills. They are starting the planning stages for a mentoring program to help families. V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none. VI. OLD BUSINESS: A. SURPLUS ITEMS: Troy Wilson made a motion to accept the bid prices as listed. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; Roy Schulz did not vote, since he bid on some of the items; the rest of the council members voted yes. VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. BUDGET AMENDMENT IF NEEDED FOR 2015: Troy Wilson made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 825 approving interfund transfers in the amount of $29,377.49, $45,183.62 from current expense for the TIB Park Rd Grant, and increase the budget for it to $775,127.00. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2016 FINAL BUDGET: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 826, the final budget for 2016 with the following amounts --$2,230,543.82 - revenues, $1,352,743.00 - expenditures and an ending balance of $877,800.82. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. C. STREET LEVY FAILURE: Mayor Jaeger said if two people had voted yes, the street levy would have passed. There was discussion whether to run another one in February. The council talked and decided not to run the street levy in February. D. UPDATE RATE RESOLUTION - ADD .-01 CENT PER GALLON FOR COMMERCIAL USE: Resolution No. 99-15.3 was presented to the council changing the water and sewer rates and adding a contractor charge for water at one cent per gallon. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve Resolution No. 99-15.3 as presented. Troy Wilson seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. E. TIB APPLICATION RATING FOR 4 PROJECTS: Matt Morkert reported on this earlier. F. SWEAR IN NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS: Browning swore in the newly elected council members (John Giudice, Richard Kelly and Troy Wilson) and Mayor Jaeger. G. EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR PERSONNEL ISSUE: It was decided we cannot go into executive session to discuss salaries. Mayor Jaeger read a proposal for a salary increase for Duane Groom. After discussion concerning salaries and health insurance, the council asked to postpone this to the January meeting, so they can have more information. Troy Wilson made a motion to pay the employees the overtime we owe them for the last three years. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. VIII. REPORTS: A. MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger did not have a report. B. COUNCIL REPORTS: Troy Wilson said he talked to Nate from Inland Cellular, and he said the equipment is in, and he is thinking it could be working by mid-January. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE November 16, 2015, MEETING MINUTES: This was done earlier. B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve EFT payroll checks and number 12029 through 12049 and EFT payroll checks totaling $18,463.44; and check numbers 12050 through 12079 and EFT check for $59,693.90 as presented. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. APPROVED: ___________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor ATTEST: ___________________________________ Kynda Browning – Clerk/Treasurer