City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For June 6, 2016
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 was Don Chatterton, Anthony Ferro, Debbie Groom, Bill and Diane Harp, Frank Keller, and Whitman County Sheriff Brett Meyers.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp reported they will be having a special event and giving away lock boxes from the Healthy Tekoa Coalition at the pharmacy.
Sheriff Brett Meyers was in attendance and told the council it has been an active year in Tekoa so far. Mayor Jaeger told him the community would like to be involved because of the activity happening in our community. The Sheriff said that community involvement is beneficial, and people calling the sheriff to report suspicious activity is also a great benefit. There was discussion about SCOPE and Block Watch programs. There was discussion about setting up a committee to discuss whether to form a group to discuss these matters. Ted Blaszak made a motion to form a research committee of three city council members, to meet over the next month and a half. They will meet with citizens of Tekoa in a public setting and meet with officials, so they can report to the council at the July meeting. Troy Wilson seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. John Giudice asked if it is just gathering public information, and they agreed it is. Ted Blaszak, Alyssa Heagy and John Giudice will be on the committee.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Don Chatterton said there will be several changes to the laws for marijuana starting in July. He reported the steps that will be necessary for people to get a medical marijuana card. He gave the written information to Mayor Jaeger to read.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none. VI. OLD BUSINESS: A. ANIMAL ORDINANCE: Mayor Jaeger will talk about this next month. B. GOALS FOR 2016-17: Ted Blaszak made a motion to adopt the goals as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. C. STATUS OF COHN MONEY: Mayor Jaeger reported the attorney is working on it, and it should be completed by the end of the year. VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. AMEND BUDGET TO REFLECT PAYROLL CHANGES: Ordinance No. 828 was presented to the council. David Tysz made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 828, amending the 2016 budget as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; Troy Wilson asked if we can talk about an employee who is not happy with his salary. Mayor Jaeger told him that if there is a change, we can amend the budget again next month. All council members voted yes. B. PUBLIC HEARING FOR SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTATION IMP PLAN: We will do this next month. C. CEMETERY: Mayor Jaeger reported that we had multiple comments on how nice the cemetery looked for Memorial Day and said we should write a letter of commendation for the cemetery staff. Mayor Jaeger asked about raising the pay for the cemetery employees, and they asked him to bring it up at a later day. D. TANNER LOT FOR SALE: Mayor Jaeger asked if we can ask less than $4500 for the lots. We will discuss this next month. E. MOSQUITO FOGGER: Mayor Jaeger told the council we purchased a used fogger, because we couldn’t get parts for the old one. He asked the council about options for having Fairfield and Waverly use the fogger. The first option would be for them to purchase one third of it. If they feel like they can't afford it, we would own it and make another agreement with them, and if they want to use it, we would charge $125.00 an hour, including the chemical. Ted Blaszak made a motion to allow Fairfield and Waverly to lease the fogger for $125.00 an hour, including chemical, if they don’t want to help purchase it. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. F. WATER LINE RESPONSIBILITY: We will consider this next month. G. GOLF COURSE LEASE: This will be added to the July agenda. H. GABBARD REQUEST FOR TRIANGLE PROPERTY: Mayor Jaeger reported Todd Gabbard would like to take care of the triangle property in front of his house. He would like to have us put electricity and water across the road so he can water it and put up a flag. Troy Wilson asked what we would do if he moved. Carol Sturman said her first inclination is no. After discussion, Carol Sturman made a motion to tell Todd Gabbard no. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. I. SPEED SIGN BY RUHL PARK: Mayor Jaeger asked the council to drive by Ruhl Park at a lower speed and see what they think. J. TOILET PAPER RESTROOM - SECURITY CAMERA: Roy Schulz made a motion to apply for a AWC Risk Management Grant to put up a security camera at the rest area. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
K. LIST OF PAVED ROADS: (Troy Wilson) Troy Wilson told Mayor Jaeger that we have a list that Duane Groom and he made last year. Mayor Jaeger asked Troy Wilson to make a complete list of roads to be done over several years. We will put this on the agenda, so the council can vote whether to do a special street levy for the 2016 election. L. FIRE RATING: Ted Blaszak reported the City of Tekoa is close to being rated a seven, according to the fire rating bureau. The easy thing to do to get us to that rating is for the department to keep better records of training and minutes. Also, they would need to keep records on the testing of fire hydrants, equipment and annual inspection of commercial property. He met with the fire fighters. M. .09 MONEY BID DESCRIPTION FOR NEXT MONTH: Mayor Jaeger would like a description for the .09 grant next month. N. ARENA: Mayor Jaeger reported the arena looks really nice. O. TRAILER PARK: Mayor Jaeger will meet with the owner of the trailer park and tell them some of the changes they need to make according to our ordinance. VIII. REPORTS: A. MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger reported things are coming along for Slippery Gulch. B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning reported that she will be gone in September for surgery. The council asked to have the September council meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. C. COUNCIL REPORTS: John Giudice asked if we officially closed the road to the school. After discussion, it was decided to put it on the July meeting agenda. Ted Blaszak asked about putting yield signs up at some intersections. Troy Wilson said he has been trying to contact the cell phone company that will have service in Tekoa.
A copy of the annual report was given to the council members for review. There were no comments. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE May 2, 2016, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the May 2, 2016, meeting minutes as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll checks 12324, 12342 through 12353and EFT payroll checks totaling $25,984.35; and check numbers 12325 through 12341, 12354 through 12375 and EFT checks for $65,118.20 as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
Troy Wilson made a motion to adjourn into executive session to discuss a personnel issue from 9:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council member voted yes. The council resumed regular session at 9:30 p.m. There was discussion about the rate of pay for Duane Groom. The council asked that Duane Groom attend the July council meeting to discuss his salary. X. ADJOURNMENT: Ted Blaszak made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 p.m. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor ATTEST: ____________________________________ Kynda Browning – Clerk/Treasurer