City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For May 1, 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, Roy Schulz, Carol Sturman, and Troy Wilson. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Keith Andersson, Don Chatterton, Debbie Groom, Diane and Bill Harp, Threasa Raines, Wendy Sienknecht, Fred Wagner, and Randy and Darlene Wise.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance. III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp was in attendance and said the coalition was audited today and passed the audit. One of the items they will be focusing on is a community watch.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Randy Wise was in attendance to express his concern about the flag pole and tearing up the street to put it across from Todd Gabbard's. There was discussion. Roy Schulz will talk to Todd Gabbard, and we will put it on the May 15, 2017, meeting agenda.
Wendy Sienknecht said Mr. Gabbard put the plants there so the motor home won’t be parked there. She is suggesting they put the flag pole by the rock.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. STREET BUDGET AND STREET LEVY: Mayor Jaeger said the street levy public hearing is scheduled for July 17, 2017. Ted Blaszak said he met with Troy Wilson. They are suggesting we prioritize the streets with the cost to be fixed on the levy, along with roads to be chip and the matching money needed for the TIB Park Street grant. Mayor Jaeger will get the list for the May 15, 2017, meeting.
B. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Diane Harp said they created a map and divided it up into sections for families to watch, and they are creating signs. Ted Blaszak talked about the safe communities program.
C. STATUS OF COHN TRUST: Mayor Jaeger reported he talked to Gloria Rasmussen and she is working on the Cohn Trust. She said she will need signatures from the committee again. She also said the trust can pay to get tree trimming done if they have a bid, and for the chemical at the cemetery, and the city can pay for the applicator.
D. UNFIT BUILDING STATUS REPORT: Mayor Jaeger reported on the following: ~We put a fence around the Andersson building and had a structural engineer view it, but we haven’t received his report yet. Mayor Jaeger read a letter from Eileen Soldwedel concerning the Andersson building and her concern about someone getting hurt. Keith Andersson talked about Eileen Soldwedel’s apartment and said he will take care of it. He also talked about the letter he received from Mayor Jaeger. He said he has had it, and things are going to get ugly. He talked about his propane tank being removed at the Dorsey building. He said starting this week, he is getting the stuff out of the inside of his building, and we will start seeing things happening. ~The maintenance crew will put a fence around the Galler property. She wrote a letter and said she is still dealing with legal matters with the property. Mayor Jaeger said the city will want to be reimbursed for the fence and the structural engineer for Mr. Andersson. ~The bowling alley still needs the door fixed. ~Still haven't heard anything on the property by the high school. ~The Brotherton building needs to have something done with the door so no one can enter it. ~The code enforcement officer has been working with Mr. Stoneham to clean up the property on Water Street. E. LIST OF CITY OWNED PROPERTIES: Dave Tysz was not in attendance. He is working on this.
F. TIB EMERGENCY REPAIR GRANT: Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve the TIB Emergency Repair Grant application for Madison Street. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF FUTURE COUNCIL MEETINGS: Mayor Jaeger gave the council a schedule of proposed meetings for the rest of 2017. They will discuss it at the next meeting.
B. COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE: Carol Sturman read a letter with the following: ~She would like to thank Duane Groom, Kevin Turnbough and Monte Morgan and his group of volunteers. ~The restrooms will be ready for Slippery Gulch. ~She would like to completely gut the community center and keep the grant in mind as we move forward. ~She would like a group of volunteers to clean out the basement. ~She said we need to do something with this building since it is deteriorating. It can be used for the theatre, library, coalition meetings and family reunions.
There was discussion about the amount of money in the .09 grant and the fact that if more work is done, the council might have to approve funds for it. Mayor Jaeger thanked Monte Morgan for all the time he has volunteered to the community center and the other volunteers. C. WASHINGTON RATING BUREAU MEETING: Mayor Jaeger said Kelly McGougan from the Washington Ratings Bureau met with Donovan Chase and Duane Groom to go over items for the fire rating, but we haven't received anything back from her.
D. FEE RESOLUTION UPDATE: Browning presented fee Resolution No. 17.3 with changes. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve fee Resolution No. 17.3 with the changes. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes, except Troy Wilson voted no.
E. MOWING/MAINTENANCE - EQUIPMENT USE: Mayor Jaeger reported Cecilia Gatica and Armondo Sanchez are now mowing not only the cemetery, but the roadways and the sewer plant. They use part of their own equipment, and we pay them $12.50 an hour. Ted Blaszak suggested paying them $15.00 an hour. Roy Schulz made a motion to pay Cecilia Gatica and Armondo Sanchez $15.00 an hour. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; Troy Wilson asked what the city has budgeted, and Browning told them. All council members voted yes.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger talked about applying to TIB for Park Street. He reported that we went to a meeting with the DOE and the Riverkeepers, and they said we need to start getting ready to make changes for our discharge permit and may have to update our sewer plant in a few years, because we are violating our permit. DOE will come down and visit with the council with expectations in the future.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning presented the annual report to the council.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: There were none.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Wendy Sienknecht talked about Todd Gabbard putting a flag pole on the town right-of-way and talked about Monte Morgan. She also talked about SCOPE and said it is in Spokane County. Ted Blaszak said it is safe streets, not SCOPE.
Don Chatterton was in attendance and talked about voting for the street levy if Alder Street is listed on it. He said we should ask the Riverkeepers to help fund the sewer project and that 80% of the ammonia comes from the surrounding fields. He also talked about a tree on Sheridan that needs to be trimmed and a program called Vial for Life. Ted Blaszak said they might be interested in the program for the ambulance.
Teresa Raines said that she is opposed to the light pole and talked about individuals burning. Keith Andersson said he knows people with the state who can help him with the building, and he is going as fast as he can. Mayor Jaeger said they need to contact city hall. Ted Blazsak asked if he would sell the building. There was discussion. Roy Schulz said a prudent business owner would have taken it upon himself to clean up the bricks. Keith Andersson said there are three pallots in the building that have been stacked up. Ted Blaszak asked if there was anything else. There was no response.
Fred Wagner talked about the Andersson building and told the mayor what we should do to minimize the hazard. IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE April 17, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the April 17, 2017, minutes as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll checks 12831 through 12842 and EFT payroll checks totaling $17,760.13; and check numbers 12843 through 12859 and EFT checks for $79,048.28 as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor