City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For July 17, 2017
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, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, Carol Sturman, and Dave Tysz. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Dana Dorsey, Dennis Fuller, Duane Groom, Diane Harp, Kim Prisock, Wendy Sienknecht, Kevin Turnbough and Jerry White.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp talked about Slippery Gulch and said it went great. Dennis Fuller from Century West Engineering presented information concerning our sewer plant. Kim Prisock from the DOE gave a presentation about our sewer plant requirements. Jerry White from Spokane Riverkeeper talked about our sewer plant.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Dana Dorsey was in attendance. She talked about the house next door to hers, owned by Otto Tanner. She is worried about it falling down and said it is dangerous, especially since kids have been around it. She will send a letter to the city with her concerns.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Ted Blaszak said we are still waiting to hear about the safe streets program Mr. Bishop is working on. He reported there will be a National Night Out on August 1, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the gymkanna grounds, sponsored by the Tekoa ambulance.
B. UNFIT BUILDING STATUS REPORT: Mayor Jaeger will be meeting with the unfit building committee to get the process started.
C. LEVY RESOLUTION: Resolution No. 17-03 was presented asking the voters for $50,000 for 2018, for street improvements. Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve Resolution No. 17-03 listing the streets to be chip sealed and a statement about Park Street, to be added. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
Mayor Jaeger presented the TIB applications for Park Street, the sidewalk on Highway 27, and the sidewalk on Highway 274. Roy Schulz made a motion to apply for all three, with the city paying 3% of the grant with Park Street as the first priority, the sidewalk on Highway 27 as the second priority, and the sidewalk on Highway 274 as the third priority. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE: It will be closed down beginning next week, so they can work on it. B. COMMITTEE FOR UNFIT DWELLINGS: Tekoa Municipal Code 7.12, concerning unfit dwellings, was read by Mayor Jaeger. He has appointed Sandy Dehan, Meg Sutton and Todd Gabbard to be on the committee. They are moving forward with Keith Andersson’s building on Crosby and Main Street, because Eileen Soldwedel made a complaint.
C. COMMITTEE TO HEAR APPEALS: Mayor Jaeger said Dave Tysz will represent the council. The fire chief and the building inspector will also be on the appeals committee for the unfit dwellings.
D. MOSQUITOES: Mayor Jaeger said we will continue to fog.
E. CELL TOWER CONCERNS: Doug Sienknecht told Browning Inland Cellular is planning to put a 200-foot cell tower on the mountain, in the future.
F. SLIPPERY GULCH: Mayor Jaeger said there were some problems with the gaming commission during Slippery Gulch, and it would have been nice if the person who reported them, had just talked to the committee. G. OPEN BIDS FOR PELLET STOVE: Ivan Mercer gave a bid for $450.00 for the pellet stoves. Ted Blaszak made a motion to accept the bid for $450.00. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. H. TWO MEETINGS IN AUGUST: We will have two meetings in August. I. APPOINT PERSON FOR CEMETERY COMMITTEE: There was discussion and Carol Sturman said she will stay on the committee for now.
J. EVERY WOMAN CAN RESOLUTION: Alyssa Heagy introduced two women that were in attendance from Every Woman Can. Allyssa Heagy made a motion to approve Resolution No. 17-04 supporting Every Woman Can day in Tekoa. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger reported we won't burn until fall. He talked about people living in houses with no water.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning talked about having ordinances scanned. The council asked to have this put on the August agenda. C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Alyssa Heagy asked if we can share the code enforcement information with the block watch group. Mayor Jaeger said it can be shared. D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Wendy Sienknecht asked why the burn pile is not burned every month. Mayor Jaeger said they have to have the wind blowing right. She also asked what is going on with the Fuchs building. Mayor Jaeger explained what is happening. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE June 5, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the June 5, 2017, minutes as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll checks 12927 through 12939 and EFT payroll checks totaling $33,220.01; and check numbers 12918 through 12970 and EFT checks for $45,348.32 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: __________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor