City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For December 18, 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, Jason Fletcher, 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, Debbie Groom, Bill and Diane Harp, Josh Sperber, Meg Sutton, Fred Wagner and others.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Mike Bogenreif talked about code enforcement issues. He also said we have an ordinance that travel trailers can't sit on the road, but motor homes don't have to be moved off the street. He is asking the council to consider changing it to include motor homes. There was discussion.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Fred Wagner said the TTTA is looking forward to help from the city, to get grants from the state. The mayor suggested that he report to the council instead of the council doing anything formally.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. COMMUNITY CENTER: Mayor Jaeger said it didn't look like it would work to put a ramp between the community center and the theatre. He said the theatre group will do research on a lift. Wendy Sienknecht said she would like them to hold off on the ramp. Since they have a handicapped restroom in the community center, she would like them to hold off on putting a doorway between the two buildings until she sees how the Empire Theatre and Tekoa Community Center do. There was discussion. Wendy Sienknecht said that the community center will be an addition to the theatre, but they won't be paying to clean it or heat it. Mayor Jaeger asked her to get people to come to the next meeting to voice their concerns. Wendy Sienknecht asked who gave us bids for the doorway. There was discussion.
B. 2018 FINAL BUDGET HEARING - ORDINANCE ADOPTION CONTINUED FROM DECEMBER 4 MEETING: Mayor Jaeger opened the public hearing. Browning went over the budget and ordinance. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the 2018 budget Ordinance No. 841 as presented. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes, except Wendy Sienknecht voted no. Mayor Jaeger closed the public hearing.
C. ANDERSSON BUILDING TIMELINE: Mayor Jaeger reported the appeals committee will be meeting with Mr. Andersson the week of January 8, 2018. Mayor Jaeger is suggesting they meet on a Saturday so they can look at the building during the daylight hours.
D. COMMUNITY MEETING/WASTEWATER PLANT PROPOSAL - January 22, 2017 at the High School Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. – Mayor Jaeger said this is a reminder.
E. IRON HORSE ARENA: Mayor Jaeger said they are gathering names of lifetime members.
F. OLD CITY SHOP LEASE AMOUNT: We only have one applicant, Panhandle Truck and Equipment Repair. We will put a notice at the post office to advertise the building and we will make a decision on to whom we will lease the building, at the January 2, 2018, meeting. There was discussion. Troy Wilson made the motion to charge $25.00 per month for 3 months and then increase it by $25.00 every three months up to $200.00, and then put a negotiable cap on it at $200.00. John Giudice said we should check out the fair market value before we put the cap on it. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
G. 2018 MEETING DATES: The September 3, 2018, meeting was changed to Tuesday, September 4, 2018, because of Labor Day.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. STREET VACATION PUBLIC HEARING FOR STREETS/ALLEYS AT FOOTBALL FIELD: Mayor Jaeger opened the public hearing. Browning presented a map and a list of the streets and alleys to be vacated. They are the following:
Leslie Street – that portion of the 40-foot-wide Leslie Street bounded on the south by the easterly extension of the southerly boundary of lot 2, block 2, G.T. Huffman's addition to Tekoa, to the easterly boundary of said Leslie Street and on the north by the southerly boundary by what is labeled “county road” on said plat.
County Road - all that portion of that is described as "county road" a 60-foot-wide road originally called Tekoa Road when surveyed in 1899 and with its surveyed centerline as shown in road book A, page 549, and runs easterly and westerly through the ne 1/4 of section 24; bounded on the northeast by southerly boundary of the right-of-way of Seamon Road (also formerly a portion of "Tekoa Road") and bounded on the west by the easterly boundary of Howard Street of said Huffman's second addition. Said above description is to include the actual as built location and the platted location of said "county road." Except for any portion of the south 1/2 of said "county road" that would be attached to a parcel of land as described in a deed filed Whitman County Auditor's file no. 735825.
Alleys and Connell Street within Huffman's Second Addition
The 20-foot-wide alley east of lots 1,2,3, and 4, block 3, Huffman's Second Addition between the northerly boundary of Connell Street and the southerly boundary of Seamon Road (formerly east Railroad Street on said plat), the 20-foot-wide alley east of said lots 1,2,3, and 4, block 3, between the easterly extension of the southerly boundary of said lot 4 and the southerly boundary of Connell Street.
Connell Street - All of Connell Street from the easterly boundary of Howard Street to the easterly boundary of said Huffman's Second Addition and alley and Lake Street within G.T. Huffman's Second Addition.
Lake Street - that portion of the 60-foot-wide Lake Street bounded on the south by the easterly extension of lot 3, block 1, G.T. Huffman's Second Addition to the southwesterly corner of said lot 9, block 2 and on the north by the southerly boundary by what is labeled “county road” on said plat.
Alley -the 20-foot side alley in said block 2 bounded on the south by the easterly extension of said lot 9, block 2, to the southwesterly corner of said lot 4, block 2 and on the north.
Troy Wilson made a motion to accept the street and alley vacations as listed. Dave Tysz seconded the motion, adding we retain the easements for the utilities in all the vacated streets and alleys; there was discussion; all council members voted yes. Mayor Jaeger closed the public hearing.
B. INTERVIEW BUILDING INSPECTOR CANDIDATES: (Dave Tysz, Roy Schulz, Jason Fletcher on the interview committee.) Mayor Jaeger said Steve Haxton, Robert Heagy, and Robert Drollinger applied for the building inspector position. They will set up interviews.
John Giudice made a motion to approve Resolution No. 17-6 as presented, moving $20,000 from the Sewer Fund to the Sewer Reserve and $1,200 from the Current Expense Fund to the CDBG Planning Grant Fund. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger said Stephen Bishop will be at the meeting on January 2. He said if Mr. Andersson wants to appeal the Appeal Committee recommendation, Mr. Bishop will let us know what the next step in the process is. There was discussion.
Mayor Jaeger asked if we would be willing to hire Cliff Melton to plow the snow on the downtown sidewalks again. Wendy Sienknecht said she has a concern, and she is hoping it will go toward his debt and asked for a contract. There was discussion. Mayor Jaeger said he will have to pay the money to the city. Carol Sturman made a motion to hire Cliff Melton to plow the downtown sidewalks for the city. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes, except Wendy Sienknecht voted no.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning didn't have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Dave Tysz asked if the engineers are coming to the meeting on the 22nd of January. Mayor Jaeger said Dennis Fuller from Century West Engineering will at the meeting.John Giudice thanked Kynda Browning for the work to put together the budget.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Diane Harp said she would like to make a comment about the community center and said the intent to make a profit there is very small. The coalition and the library are very interested in using the community center.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE DECEMBER 4, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Wendy Sienknecht seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll check 13198 and EFT payroll checks totaling $5,807.68 and check numbers 13199 through 13221 for $36,134.70, as presented. Wendy Sienknecht seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 p.m. Wendy Sienknecht seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.