City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For April 16, 2018
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, John Giudice, Roy Schulz, Wendy Sienknecht, Carol Sturman, Dave Tysz and Troy Wilson. Clerk/Treasurer Kynda Browning was also in attendance. Audience attendees were - Mike Bogenreif, Robert Drollinger, Fletcher Family, Diane and Bill Harp, Alyssa Heagy, Matt Morkert from Century West Engineering, and Threasa Raines.
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 Healthy Tekoa Coalition.
Mike Bogenreif, Code Enforcement Officer, reported on dogs and properties in town. Alyssa Heagy talked about the Neighborhood Watch. Matt Morkert said we have approval from CDBG to go out to bid with our sewer project. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve putting the CDBG Sewer I and I Reduction Project out to bid. Troy Wilson seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Theresa Raines asked about the 25 m.p.h. sign, and John Giudice said we are waiting for the Department of Transportation to install it.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. DIANE GALLER/STONEHAM PROPERTY: There was discussion about coming up with a game plan to get Stonehams’ property cleaned up. John Giudice talked about Diane Galler’s property.
B. AWARDED AWC LOSS CONTROL GRANT TO BE COMPLETE 8/31/18: We were awarded $5,000 from the AWC Loss Control Grant to remove two trees and replace the sidewalk near the trees to be removed on Leslie Street.
C. KEITH ANDERSSON BUILDING STATUS: Mayor Jaeger reported Keith Andersson has until May 16, 2018, to give us his plan for the building. Mayor Jaeger will call the attorney and ask him what we need to do and send Mr. Andersson a letter.
D. ROBERT DROLLINGER PROPERTY: Robert Drollinger asked what he needs to do to get the alley vacated by his house. There was discussion. The council will look at the alley he is talking about, and it will be on the May agenda.
Wendy Sienknecht asked about changing council meeting minutes. There was discussion. Mayor Jaeger suggested that the office be notified of changes to the minutes prior to a council meeting. We will put this on the agenda for the May meeting.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. EXECUTIVE SESSION - PURCHASE OF PROPERTY FOR SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT: The council adjourned into executive session to talk about the purchase of property for the sewer line replacement at 7:02 p.m. The council reconvened at 7:22 p.m.
Dave Tysz made a motion to approve easement agreements for the following: Jeff and LuCinda Lohmiller, Vicki Kern, Darren and Chanda Heer for $7,500.00, Joel and Christine for $6,000.00, and a construction easement with Brandon and Brenda Brownson and Vicki Kern to do the CDBG Sewer Line Replacement Project. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members.
B. FIRE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL OF GRANT APPLICATION: The Tekoa Fire Department prepared a $15,000 grant application from the Empire Health Department for turnouts. Dave Tysz made a motion to approve the grant application for $15,000 for the fire department. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
C. TIB PARK STREET GRANT AGREEMENT: Whitman County is willing to do the overlay on Park Road to the city limits while doing work on the county road. John Giudice made a motion to approve a grant with TIB for $25,000 for the Park Road overlay project. Troy Wilson seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. FEE RESOLUTION UPDATE - SEWER RATES/AIRPORT: Fee Resolution No. 99-18.1 was presented to the council increasing the sewer rates by $3.00 and charging pilots $1,000 per season to fly off the airport runway. Carol Sturman made a motion to approve Resolution 99-18.1 as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
E. SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT APPLICATION: Matt Morkert presented an application for the Safe Routes to School Grant for $454,800.00. He asked the council if they want to put matching money towards it. Troy Wilson made a motion to approve the Safe Routes to School application for $454,800.00 and the city to put a 2% match with it. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
F. SMALL AND ATTRACTIVE AND FIXED ASSET RESOLUTION: Browning presented the Small and Attractive Resolution No. 18-02 setting the limit from $300 to $4,999.99 and the Fixed Asset Resolution No. 18-03 for items more than $5,000. After review, Troy Wilson made a motion to approve Resolution No. 18-02 and 18-03 as presented. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger discussed the problem with Blaszak's property on Spring Street. He reported Century West Engineering had a meeting with the Sienknechts and the Morgans to discuss the possibility of doing land application on their property when we upgrade the sewer plant.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning didn't have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Troy Wilson said he talked to the Whitman County road supervisor about chip sealing. He said they will not have time to do chip sealing this year, but we should prep the roads this summer for them to do it next year.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE March 19, 2018, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll check 13365 through 13376 and EFT payroll checks totaling $24,921.93 and check numbers 13377 through 13416 and EFT checks for $72,484.45 as presented. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: _______________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor