City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For January 4, 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, Richard Kelly, Roy Schulz, Dave Tysz, and Troy Wilson. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Keith Andersson, Debbie Groom, Bill and Diane Harp and Fred Wagner.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Browning swore in Dave Tysz. III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp reported they are trying to get a grant for the some programs for the Healthy Tekoa Coalition.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: There were no comments.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS: A. FOOTBALL FIELD: The school would like to purchase the football field. Stephen Bishop is trying to get information on a price.
VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. NEGOTIATIONS: The mayor suggested that a three-person committee negotiate with the city employees and make a recommendation to the council at the February meeting. Roy Schulz, Troy Wilson and Ted Blaszak will be on the committee. Mayor Jaeger gave the council information showing what was negotiated last year for salaries and benefits. Dave Tysz asked if we can put a cap on the insurance. The mayor suggested that the committee take that into account.
B. NEW COUNCIL PERSON: Mayor Jaeger said there are a few people who have shown interest. The council asked that we put an ad in the paper to advertise. C. CEMETERY: By the next meeting, we will have a job description for the cemetery groundskeeper position and hope to have someone hired by March 1. There was discussion about salary and work details for the position. D. APPOINT FINANCE OFFICER AND MAYOR PRO-TEMPORE: Richard Kelly offered to be the finance officer. Dave Tysz made a motion to have Roy Schulz be the Mayor Pro-tempore. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. VIII. REPORTS: A. MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger passed out a revised employee time card for the council to review. There was discussion about comp time and how many hours they can carry over. Mayor Jaeger said he will be approving overtime before they do it, unless they are plowing snow, or there is a water or sewer problem at the end of the week. Ted Blaszak made a motion to pay Duane Groom for his overtime and let Kynda Browning have her comp time at time-and-one-half that they’ve currently accrued. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. B. COUNCIL REPORTS: Troy Wilson reported on progress Inland Cellular is making. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE December 7, 2015, MEETING MINUTES: Troy Wilson made a motion to approve the December 7, 2015, meeting minutes as presented. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Troy Wilson made a motion to approve payroll check number 12081 through 12087 and EFT payroll checks totaling $19,555.62; and check number 12088 through 12115 and EFT checks for $26,422.16 as presented for December 31, 2015 and check number 12106 through 12116 for $9,526.82 for January 4, 2016. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 p.m. Troy Wilson seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor