City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For October 16, 2017
I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Pro-tempore Troy Wilson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members present at the meeting were Wilson, Ted Blaszak, John Giudice, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, and Carol Sturman. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Debbie Groom, Bill and Diane Harp, Brett Meyers, Ken and Debra Prince, Threasa Raines, and Wendy Sienknecht.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Pro-tempore Wilson asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp talked about the parenting classes they are offering, said the coalition made signs for the neighborhood watch committee and reminded everyone the carnival is on October 21st.
Sheriff Brett Meyers was in attendance and talked about the following:
~He talked about the chronic nuisance ordinance and said the wording needs to be changed from the chief law enforcement officer to code enforcement officer. He said the code enforcement officer can get a list of times the sheriff has gone to a home. He said they can't be the town strong arm.
~He sent the sheriff's contract for 2018 and 2019 for the council to adopt. Roy Schulz asked if they would be able to increase the hours if the contract amount is increased. Brett Meyers said they could make it work if he knows ahead of time. Alyssa Heagy asked about a SCOPE program.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Richard Kelly questioned the chronic nuisance ordinance because he has concerns about the cost to the landlord. Ted Blaszak explained the ordinance to him and said it takes city council action. Richard Kelly, Ted Blaszak and Alyssa Heagy discussed the ordinance. They decided to have the landlords get together and talk about this by January. Richard Kelly will help get the meeting together, and Ted Blaszak will be the liaison for the city.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. CHRONIC NUISANCE PROPERTIES ORDINANCE: We need to find out if the code enforcement officer will equal the chief officer and change it in the ordinance. The council also asked Browning to find out if we have a contract with the district court. She will invite Eric Hanson to the meeting on November 6 to get more information about the ordinance.
B. BUDGET WORKSHOP TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 20, 2017 AT 6:00 P.M. AND FINAL BUDGET HEARING DECEMBER 18, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M. This is an information item.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. WATER LINE ON CROSBY STREET (IF WE GET THE TIB GRANT): Browning explained we are discussing replacing the water line on Crosby Street from Main to Park before we pave it. We will discuss this further if we get the TIB grant.
B. VACATE STREETS AND ALLEYS AT FOOTBALL FIELD: Troy Wilson explained there are streets and alleys that will need to be vacated before we can sell the school the football field. Carol Sturman said they would like to see a copy of the survey before they do this.
C. SQUATTER'S RIGHTS: (John Giudice) John Giudice did not have information on this.
D. 2018-2019 SHERIFF CONTRACT: A contract for 2018 - 2019 with the Whitman County Sheriff was presented to the council. Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve the 2018-2019 Whitman County Sheriff contract as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes, except John Giudice abstained from voting.
E. 2018 PRELIMINARY BUDGET HEARING: Mayor Pro-tempore Wilson opened the public hearing. Browning explained the preliminary budget. Mayor Pro-tempore Wilson closed the public hearing.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: He was not in attendance.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning didn't have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak said how he is trying to use the safe streets program for Andersson's building. Andersson said he would be at the meeting with a contract from a vendor who would begin removing the building right-away. He said since Mr. Andersson was not in attendance at our meeting, he will have to keep going through the safe streets program for Mr. Andersson’s building. John Giudice said the city will need to get a permit from DOT for the speed limit sign and do some other things before it can be put up.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Mrs. Prince asked about limbs that have fallen and whose responsibility trees are in the right-of-way.
Wendy Sienknecht had questions about the TIB grant.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE OCTOBER 2, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the October 2, 2017, 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 EFT payroll checks totaling $5,653.90; and check numbers 13089 through 13107 for $14,553.37 as presented. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: __________________________________ Troy Wilson – Mayor Pro-tempore