City Council met in regular session on July 18, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
Pete Lane Amy Farris
City employees present were Public Works Director McFrederick, Chief Drew, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of June 27th, July 5th, July 11th, July 12th and July 13th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to grant Rachel Burrell, 421 South C Street, an indefinite sidewalk waiver on Court Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
John Sangster, 210 S Florence requested permission to remove three trees in the right of way (they were previously damaged in storms) and replace them with three new trees (2 crabapples and 1 Kwanzan Cherry). Mayor Walker stated the intent was not to allow deep rooting, messy trees. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow John Sangster to remove the three trees they want removed and to plant a Kwanzan Cherry (not listed in City Code 8-3-8) and the allowed crabapple trees. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Joe Cladouhos stated the hospital is getting ready to go to bid in September to complete the 7 additional exam rooms in the clinic. Upon completion, the new entrance from the North side will see additional traffic; hence the following request.
Bill Spencer explained the Hospital Board is asking for a one way street for one block, heading East on West North Street between North B and North C Street. They have three concerns they’ve identified: when the MRI truck is parked it is hard to see around, there are a lot of patients and staff crossing the street and a lot of elderly patients don’t like to parallel park. They would also like to see the speed reduced to 15 mph. The one way would be west to east and it would eliminate parking on north side. The street is 38’ wide. Diagonal parking takes approximately 20’ so there would still be 18’ of street. Bill had visited with Public Works Director McFrederick who recommended 60 degree parking. He also talked to Fire Chief Mager about fire access.
Councilman Winkler liked the idea since it’s a busy street. Councilwoman Grant struggled with the request as the school was turned down on their one way street. Councilman Winkler felt the situation is different due to the curve in the street. Chief Drew stated from a traffic flow perspective it’s a good idea and he didn’t see any problems with it. Councilman Lane questioned when backing out of the diagonal parking will they back into traffic. Bill answered yes. Mayor Walker stated he was concerned about backing out of spaces. Councilman Lester was concerned about snow removal. Also the Catholic School asked to close Lake Street and GEMS wanted to make South A a one way street and the City said no. Councilwoman Farris asked if it increased the number of parking space. Bill stated maybe a few, but it’s mostly for safety and ease of access for patients. Councilman Peterson stated his only concern is with backing out. He felt the speed limit should be lowered to 5 mph or 10 mph. The Council will take under advisement and try to come up with a solution.
Patrick and Marietta Holman, Walco, presented their contract and stated the only change is the hours on the transfer station. It will be open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Farris to approve the garbage
contract with Walco for 5 years as stated. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Jody Hoogland was present to change the Octoberfest date from the 22nd to October 8th. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the Octoberfest date change from October 22nd to October 8th, 2016. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 35 cases written, 8 citations, 3 written warnings and 100 calls for service for June 2016. The Police and Animal Control Report for June 2016 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Randy went to a couple trainings in June for active shooter training. He will be able to provide training to the community.
The Fire Department Report for June 6th, 13th and 27th, 2016 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
QUILT SHOW BANNER: The quilt show is September 24th and 25th. It was previously requested the banner go up when the Border Days banner came down. There was a concern on the length of time and that the Relay for Life may want a banner hung. The banner for Relay for Life ripped last year, so the City did not get a request for this year. Mayor Walker stated the tradition has been to hang a banner within about 30 days of the event. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow a banner to be hung for the quilt show after August 15th. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $153,621.48 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
III-A ADDENDUM: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize signing of the III-A Addendum by the Mayor and City Clerk. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The meeting adjourned at 8:01 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk