The City Council met in regular session on May 2, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Quantz, Attorney Green, Public Works Director Gortsema and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the April 18th meeting were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Mike Cook and James Rockwell were present requesting water and sewer to the north of the WWTP. The County received Title III funds which they are trying to use wisely. They would like to move Search and Rescue to the land north of the WWTP which could allow the existing area to be used for Anderson Aeromotive expansion. They will be building a barn for the Department of Transportation which will go in the same area as the new search and rescue building. They can’t annex this portion of land because it is not contiguous to the City limits. It is approximately 1.5 acres. Because it’s government to government and the County is trying to benefit the community, they are asking for special consideration. The County is asking the City to allow the County to hook up to City water and sewer without annexation, that the City waive the buy in and hook up fees and only charge in City rates instead of out of City rates. Mayor Walker asked if annexation was a possibility, then would the County consider annexing. James Rockwell didn’t know how the commissioners would feel. Mayor Walker suggested annexing a larger portion of the airport so the area being discussed is contiguous. The Council will take their request into consideration.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 69 cases written, 1 felony arrest 17 misdemeanor arrests, 9 criminal traffic arrests, 4 traffic infractions, 8 non traffic warnings, 1395 service activities, 3 dogs and 1 cat handled. The Police and Animal Control Report for April 2011 was accepted on motion by Councilman Lorentz second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson accept the Library Minutes of March 24, 2011. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Houger to accept the Planning and Zoning Minutes of April 25, 2011. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to accept Planning and Zonings recommendation to grant a conditional use permit to John and Cynthia Sangster at 210 South Florence as presented in their application. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson to accept the Snowhaven Minutes of April 21, 2011. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WWTP UPDATE: Public Works Director Gortsema met with J-U-B on Thursday to review plans and discuss the budget. Depending on how long the agencies take to review the plans, the City could be ready to bid the project in the next 30-45 days. The City is closer to bidding the project than Rural Development and Department of Commerce being able to fund it. They did make a decision to move forward with the screw press.
SPRING CLEAN UP: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Bentley to set spring clean up for the week of May 23rd – 27th. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CHIP SEAL BIDS: Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize the Public Works Director Gortsema to call for chip seal bids. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WATERSHED FUEL REDUCTION WORK REPORT: Last week Tera King, Jerry Zumalt and Public Works Director Gortsema met to put together a plan for what to do this year. They looked at what was done last year and Gortsema was impressed with what was accomplished and how clean it is. They did a really nice job.
DONATION REQUEST: On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Lorentz to allow GEMS to purchase pool day passes for $2.00 instead of $2.50 for the “Raise Your Grades Club” by reducing the cost of a daily pass. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
LHTAC PAY REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Houger, second by Councilman Peterson to approve estimate #1 in the amount of $39,974.32 for the North Meadow Project. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The Council received copies of the 2nd Quarter Revenue and Expenditure Reports.
Personnel Handbook changes are due by June 1, 2011.
Mayor Walker will look at setting a date for a meeting to discuss the County’s request.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk