City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For August 7, 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, Carol Sturman, David Tysz and Troy Wilson. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Keith Andersson, Bill and Diane Harp, Threasa Raines, and Wendy Sienknecht.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp said the summer reading was awesome this summer. They will be having a “meet and greet” for the upcoming candidates. She received a report for the youth impact status concerning marijuana and read statistics to the council. She talked about other upcoming programs.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Threasa Raines talked to the council about a crosswalk from the daycare across the highway to Crosby Street. The Mayor will check with state.
Wendy Sienknecht was in attendance to talk about the Fuchs building and submitted a letter to the council. She has questions about the CDBG grants for sewer lines and talked about the flood plain from the creek.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT: Ted Blaszak said he is hoping to have the ordinance written for the Safe Street Program by the next meeting. He talked about what it is.
Alyssa Heagy thanked the Tekoa Ambulance for hosting the National Night Out. B. UNFIT BUILDING STATUS REPORT: Mayor Jaeger said the unfit building committee met with Mr. Andersson and went through the building. Mayor Jaeger asked if he is willing to start paying for the fence to keep kids out of the building. Mr. Andersson said he is not ready to start paying for the fence until he hears back from the committee. There was discussion. Mayor Jaeger asked if Keith Andersson will be at the next council meeting and give an answer whether he will pay for the rental on the fence. There was discussion. There was discussion about the timeline and what will happen once the decision is made concerning the property.
Mayor Jaeger said there are people interested in purchasing the bowling alley. Mayor Jaeger said we are still trying to contact Diane Galler and we will probably have to mow the property. Mayor Jaeger talked about two other properties: there are people interested in purchasing the property under the trestle, and the house on the corner to the cemetery has been cleaned out. There was discussion about the Fuchs property on Crosby Street. C. SCAN ORDINANCES - INTEGRA: Browning reported we received a bid for $1,847.50 from Integra to scan our original ordinances so they can be archived. Troy Wilson made a motion to accept the bid from Integra to have the ordinances scanned. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE: Mayor Jaeger said after next week the community volunteers will take the north wall and the ceiling down in the community center. John Giudice asked if the final plan is remove the suspended ceiling and remodel the original ceiling. Mayor Jaeger said it is only two more feet above the suspended ceiling. There was discussion. B. CEMETERY: Mayor Jaeger reported the Cohn Trust has been prepared for it to become a 501c3, and it is waiting for Ted Rasmussen to complete it. He has been told it will be done before the end of September and then sent to the IRS. C. WATER CHARGES: There have been water leaks over the winter. Mayor Jaeger asked the council if the water leak is discovered and the person has a period of time to fix it, would we forgive the amount of water that was used during the time it was broken over the winter. After discussion, it was decided to calculate the actual cost for electricity and chlorine to pump water and to bring those costs to the meeting next month. VIII. REPORTS:
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger asked the council if they want to continue spraying mosquitoes. The council said they don’t think they need to spray anymore. B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: There was none. C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak said the trail gala is going to be on September 9, 2017. John Giudice asked about the upcoming meeting schedule, if we will be having two meetings coming up and said he would like the minutes sooner. Ted Blaszak would like to have a pie graph to show where the money is going for the street levy. Mayor Jaeger said we will do it in September, so it is available in October. D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Wendy Sienknecht asked about the Safe Street program. There was discussion. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE July 17, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the July 17, 2017, meeting 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 12971 through 12983 and EFT payroll checks totaling $19,776.30; and check numbers 12984 through 12995 and EFT checks for $22,601.98 as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor ATTEST: ____________________________________ Kynda Browning – Clerk/Treasurer