City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For September 15, 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, Ted Blaszak, Debbie Groom, John Giudice, Richard Kelly, Roy Schulz, and Troy Wilson. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer, Kynda Browning; Maintenance Supervisor, Duane Groom and Stephen Bishop, Attorney. In attendance in the audience were Brian Hicks (Century West Engineering) and Doug Sienknecht.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance. III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Brian Hicks was in attendance from Century West and presented the following:
The TIB Park Street project should be wrapped up by the end of October when the hydroseeding, wetland plants and street lights are done, so we can do the final acceptance at the October council meeting.
He told the council the wall for the TIB Warren Street project is considered a warranty item. If the contractor doesn’t fix it, we can use the bond to get them to complete it to our satisfaction. Roy Schulz made a motion to accept the TIB Warren Street project as complete. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
He presented the small works bid package for the automated meter system. USDA RD approved the project with the money left from the water project. Debbie Groom made a motion to issue the procurement package for the meter reading system. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
He told the council Charlotte Claybrook from Department of Transportation will be coming tomorrow to meet with us about our safe-route-to-school package to help us make the grant successful in the future.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Doug Sienknecht was in attendance and said by the end of October we will have cell service, coming from Inland Cellular, that will work with Verizon and Sprint phones. V. CORRESPONDENCE:There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. IRON HORSE ARENA REPORT: Mayor Jaeger talked to the horse owner about his horses in the arena. He would like one of the council members to be the liaison for the council. Ted Blaszak said he would be the liaison. Mayor Jaeger asked Ted Blaszak to come back to the council with a suggestion.
B. WRITING TICKETS FOR U-TURNS AND ILLEGAL PARKING: Mayor Jaeger talked to Sheriff Meyers last weekend about doing U-turns in Tekoa. The sheriff said they will start looking for this in Tekoa. John Giudice agreed to be the liaison with the sheriff’s office for the city. After discussion concerning U-turns, it was decided to get new signs and put them in a better location to make it clearer for everyone. C. GOLDRENROD CEMETERY: Mayor Jaeger asked the cemetery committee to make a proposal for the council with future projects and plan of action for the cemetery. Stephen Bishop explained to the council that we need a financial advisor to give us advice on investing in municipal funds with the Cohn Endowment. John Giudice made a motion to ask for statements of qualifications for a financial advisor. Richard Kelly seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Stephen will get information for us concerning the investment.
D. DUMPING ORDINANCE: Ordinance No. 822, regulating the use of the municipal composting facility, was presented to the council. Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 822 as presented. Debbie Groom seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. APPROVE PAYMENT OF WATER CERTIFICATION/CDL FOR TURNBOUGH: As an incentive for our maintenance crew to continue to get their water and sewer certifications and CDL, the council agreed to pay them a $500 stipend for each of these certifications. Since Kevin Turnbough already has his water certification and CDL, the Mayor asked that we give him the stipend for each of them. Ted Blaszak made a motion to pay Kevin Turnbough $500 for his water certification and $500 for his CDL. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. MARIJUANA ORDINANCE: The council was given a marijuana ordinance from Bonnie Lake to review. The Mayor suggested that we have an ordinance concerning medical marijuana before the new laws take effect next summer. There was discussion. The council asked that Mike Bogenreif talk to the people with an 8-foot-high fence around their marijuana and tell them they need to get a permit for that high of fence or else make the fence 6-feet high, which they do not need a permit for.
C. FUTURE CHIP SEALING PROJECTS: Mayor Jaeger reported it cost about $5000 a block to do our chip sealing project. He told them we will continue to budget to do more in the next year or two.
D. OWNER/RENTER UTILITY BILLING PROCEDURE: We will only be sending a copy of the bill to the owner.
A .MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger did not have a report.
B. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak said he talked to State Representatives Joe Schmick and Mary Dye about the John Wayne Trail, and he said they are planning to close the trail from Lind to Malden. He was given the reasons they are planning to close it, but was told the state will maintain a utility easement but close it as a trail. He presented Resolution No. 15-4 to the council that addresses the issue. Ted Blaszak made a motion to pass Resolution No 15-4. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE August 17, 2015, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the July 20, 2015, meeting minutes as presented. Debbie Groom seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll check number 11896 through11902, 11921 and EFT payroll checks totaling $15,837.73; and check numbers 11903 through 11920 and 11922 through 11940 for $293,102.72 as presented. Debbie Groom seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:28 p.m. Debbie Groom seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor