City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For October 2, 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, John Giudice, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, and Carol Sturman. Clerk/Treasurer Kynda Browning, was also in attendance. Audience attendees were Keith Andersson, Sandy Dehan, Bill and Diane Harp, Joni Hay, Threasa Raines, and Wendy Sienknecht.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp talked about the candidate forum, invited people to attend the chamber meeting on Friday morning, and said the coalition is planning for the fall carnival on October 21.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Wendy Sienknecht asked for a copy of the levy resolution and read the tax levy resolution. She asked about the TIB grants, and Mayor Jaeger answered her questions. She also asked about the street priority list and had questions about the Hay Development.
Joni Hay Smith asked about suspicious people scoping out her house. Ted Blaszak talked about a chronic nuisance ordinance, told her she can also use a citizen-to-citizen action and said we have "neighbors on patrol" that could be beneficial for her. There was discussion.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. CHRONIC NUISANCE PROPERTIES: Ordinance No. 838 was presented to the council. Carol Sturman asked some questions. John Giudice said domestic violence might need to be included. Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance No. 838, with the discussed and noted changes. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion. John Giudice said if we don't have our own law enforcement officer, he isn't sure the county can enforce this ordinance; he will check on it. All council members voted yes, except John Giudice abstained.
B. COMMUNITY CENTER: Mayor Jaeger reported he will have a budget for the November meeting.
C. CLARIFICATION FOR WATER/SEWER CHARGES FOR EMPTY LOTS/BUILDINGS ON LOTS, ETC: Mayor Jaeger said we are not ready to do this yet. He said we need to be consistent, and there could be up to 50 lots that will need to have their billing changed.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. FEE RESOLUTION: This will be done next meeting.
B. MASTER PLAN UPDATE FOR EMPLOYEE MEDICAL: Browning presented the Master Plan update for the employee medical insurance choices. She explained the employees would like to have two choices for health insurance. This will not be an additional cost for the city. The employee will pay the difference if they chose the more expensive insurance. Ted Blaszak made a motion to accept the changes in the Master Plan as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
C. AMEND BUDGET: Browning presented budget amendment Ordinance No. 837. It adds more money to the street, water and sewer fund, and transfers money from the street fund and fire fund to the water fund for fire hydrants. After review, Alyssa Heagy made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 837 as presented. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. DATES FOR BUDGET MEETINGS: PRELIMINARY BUDGET HEARING OCTOBER 16, BUDGET WORKSHOP – NOVEMBER 20 AT 6:00 P.M., FINAL BUDGET HEARING ON DECEMBER 18: This was presented as information for the council and audience.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger reported on properties: the Galler property has a “for sale” sign on it; Mr. Bennett is in the process of selling his property by the trestle; Andersson building - the unfit dwelling committee will be meeting on Tuesday night at 7. He reported Lisa Cooper and her renter received a letter saying they can't be on the property beginning October 2, 2017. Mayor Jaeger said he is still working with the people at the bowling alley. Cliff Melton will be moving his stuff off the street. Mr. Heaton will put a fence up at the old Brotherton elevator. Mayor Jaeger said according to the county assessor, the park district owns city property, and the city owns park property. Browning will be working on this project.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning didn't have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak thanked Mayor Jaeger for taking the lead on all these properties. Alyssa Heagy talked about Amazon looking for new headquarters. John Giudice said the sheriff purchased one radar sign for the city. The city will talk about purchasing one next year for one of the other entrances to town.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: There were none.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. SEPTEMBER 18, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the September 18, 2017, minutes as presented. John Giudice said he was not at the meeting, so it will be taken out of the minutes. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion with the change; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll checks 13067 through 13075, 13086 and EFT payroll checks totaling $20,792.15; and check numbers 13076 through 13085, 13087 and 13088 checks for $21,904.69 as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 p.m. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.