The City Council met in regular session on October 1, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Attorney Green, Public Works Director McFrederick and Clerk Kennedy.
Chief Drew absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the September 17th meeting were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COUNCILMAN RESIGNATION: Mayor Walker announced the City received a letter of resignation from Rob Bentley as Councilman on September 18, 2012.
VISITORS: Kristy Beckstead couldn’t make it to the meeting but still asked for permission to hang ribbons during the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Kristy Beckstead to hang ribbons during the month of October. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COUNCILMEMBER APPOINTMENT: Mayor Walker appointed Beryl Grant to fill the remainder of Rob Bentley’s term. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to approve the appointment of Beryl Grant as Councilmember. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
OATH OF OFFICE: Councilmember Beryl Grant was sworn into office by Clerk Kennedy and the official oath was duly executed and filed. She was then presented with a Certificate of Election.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 56 cases written, 15 citations, 2 written warnings and 144 calls for service. The Police and Animal Control Report for September 2012 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lorentz. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Library Minutes of September 25, 2012 were accepted on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to accept the Library’s decision to hire Becky Hosman as the Library Director. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
OPTIONS FOR FUTURE PAVING PROJECTS: Councilman Lester brought up discussion on the funding of future paving projects. After discussion on Pine Street, he would like ideas on future paving projects so everyone has time to think and discuss the best options. Attorney Green stated he doesn’t think it’s a good practice for all projects to have promissory notes. The City’s previous policy of 100% voluntary effort is a good policy; another option is an LID project. Councilwoman Dumas suggested developing a taxing district, such as a ½ cent or something to spread among everyone and not just property owners. Councilman Peterson stated a local options tax would maybe be an option if the legislation goes through that would allow it for all Cities and not just recreation cities. Councilman Lorentz stated we are underestimating needs if the City looks at just gravel streets: curbs, gutters and paved streets are deteriorating. The City staff needs to inventory the City so we can look at areas and then propose those ideas to residents. Lorentz felt LIDs might be the best option rather than reinvent the wheel.
DETACHED RESIDENTIAL STORAGE BUILDINGS: Mayor Walker wanted to discuss if the Council still wants to keep this ordinance limiting the size and height of accessory buildings in the residential areas. The code still monitors lot coverage. After discussion, Attorney Green was asked to draft an ordinance.
ITEMS TO NOTE: none
The meeting adjourned at 8:13 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk