The City Council met in regular session on October 3, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Public Works Director McFrederick, Chief Drew, Clerk Kennedy and Attorney Green.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order. The minutes of September 19th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITOR: Sheriff Doug Giddings explained he spoke to high school students today and one of their questions was “what are we going to do with the divisiveness in the local community?” Sheriff Giddings stated it is not good for the community. His county employees are not allowed to participate in the political arena; they would be disciplined if they did. The City police have as a unit backed a candidate and even if they are not in uniform; they still represent the City. Sheriff Giddings stated he holds his employees accountable. It is not acceptable to be political. County employees are not political; city employees should not be either. It’s ok to vote for whoever you want; but not ok to be political. The question is where does the City stand? This will cause possible problems after the election.
Mayor Walker stated his personal belief is that he doesn’t feel he should get involved with County elections such as commissioners, sheriff or the like. However the City does not have a policy. As far as he knows no city staff was consulted. Having said that, Mayor Walker also felt it is their constitutional right. He looked at the ad quite thoroughly. No one in the ad was in uniform, no city logos were used and it did not reference the city police by name.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester to accept the Planning and Zoning Minutes from September 27, 2016. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Lindsay Wagenmann, 823 Elk Street to have a conditional use for a hair salon. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant to accept the Fire Minutes from September 12th and 26th, 2016. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PROCLAMATION: Per the request from Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayor Walker proclaimed November National American Heritage Month.
III-A HEALTH INSURANCE: Clerk Kennedy explained she has been reviewing the III-A Standard Plans every year and in the past it hasn’t made any sense to consider switching from the City’s existing plan. This year the standard plan is comparable. She provided a summary of the plan benefits and the costs associated with the plan, both with the premium and buy down costs. The premium and buy down costs under the current plan are $225,636 annual and the same costs for the new plan would be $215,952 annually. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to allow the City to change to the new III-A Standard plan effective January 1st. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk