KECHI CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Mayor Robert Jackson called the regular meeting of the Kechi City Council to order, the time was 7:00 PM.
Council Present: David McConnaughhay, Brian Adams, Virginia Riemann, Debbie Jacobs & Kevin Opat.
Staff Present: Laura Hill, City Clerk; Norman Manley, City Attorney; Larry Kallenberger, City Superintendent; Chris Morlan, Zoning Administrator
Visitors Present: Matt Heilman, Ark Valley News; Rogene Matson, Fred Dimick, Janet Faust, Sandra McConnaughhay, Victoria Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. John McKay; Mr.& Mrs. Richard Wolf; Naomi Fultz
I. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
A. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
B. APPROVE CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Kevin Opat to approve the consent agenda correcting the date of the minutes on the consent agenda from April 26th to April 12th.. Second by Debbie Jacobs. Motion carried 5-0-0.
- Approve minutes of April 12, 2012 with corrections.
- Add an additional cost of $876.00 to the purchase of the police radios, misquoted on the 2nd quote but still more than $4,000.00 less than original quote
C. APPROVE AGENDA
Motion by Debbie Jacobs to approve the regular agenda, and to include an executive session for 45 minutes for legal advice & discussion of Police Chief applicants & City Administrator applicants include the council, Mayor, City Attorney. Second by Virginia Riemann. Motion carried 5-0-0.
A. PUBLIC FORUM-none
B. CIVIC GROUPS
- Historical Post Office Update – Richard Wolf reported that the floor had been finished except for a 5 ft section, ready for the moving company to lower the building.
- Park Board –Jack McCormick, reported the board had received a donation of a saw tooth oak from Fred Dimick & Janet Faust. The board has been discussing an irrigation system to bring to the council for approval in the future. The board will have a table at the Kechi Fair to promote friends of the park. They will have a work day in the park this Saturday from 8 AM to Noon. Discuss of putting up some signs for the park regarding picking up after your pet.
- Chamber of Commerce- Janet Faust, President; reported the chamber received four calls regarding the home businesses, for the festival in September.
C. DEPARTMENT REPORTS
SUPERINTENDENT – Larry Kallenberger, City Superintendent; reported he had got three bids for the mower. The best bid was from Maximum Outdoor Equipment for a final price of $8,488 with the trade in of the old mower.
Motion by Virginia Riemann to authorize the purchase of the mower from Maximum Outdoor Equipment in the amount of $8,488.00. Second by Brian Adams. Motion carried 5-0-0.
Larry also reported on a problem with the drainage on Rock Rd. about a half mile north of Hwy 254. He had spoke with David Spears at the county and he said if the city would buy the culvert the county would put it in. The culvert needed is 68x43 and we need two of them and it will cost approximately $6,000.00.
Motion by Virginia Riemann to authorize the purchase of the culvert to fix the drainage on Rock Rd. Second by Kevin Opat. Motion carried 5-0-0.
Reported to the council he had a 2nd seasonal employee lined up but need to see if the council was OK with him working a full 40 hour week. He is a college student and could only stay until the end of August. Council was OK with it.
POLICE DEPARTMENT – Interim Chief of Police, Walter Kuykendall was out of town for the meeting but left recommendation of hiring two part time officers.
Motion by David McConnaughhay to approve the Chief’s recommendation and hire Keith Goodall & Thomas Sullivan. Second by Debbie Jacobs. Motion carried 5-0-0.
ZONING/PLANNING- Chris Morlan, Zoning Administrator; presented the McKay Final Plat and stated there were no dedications for the council to accept. The only thing needed was authorization for the Mayor to sign the plat.
Motion by Virginia Riemann to authorize the Mayor & clerk to sign the McKay Acres final plat. Second by Debbie Jacobs. Motion carried 5-0-0.
CITY CLERK –Laura Hill, City Clerk presented the staff recommendation for the new home construction incentive. This incentive is to take place of the previously adopted incentive as it had become cumbersome to track.
Motion by Brian Adams to authorize a housing incentive of a $2,000 rebate to the homeowner for each newly constructed home having Kechi utilities and to be paid from the funds the builder pays for the building permit and hook on charges. Second by Debbie Jacobs. Motion carried 5-0-0.
Motion by Kevin Opat to authorize a housing incentive for those newly constructed home not having city utilities to be a rebate to the homeowner of 50% of the cost of the building permit paid by the builder. Second by Virginia Riemann. Motion carried 5-0-0.
This incentive will be for newly constructed homes only.
Robert Jackson, Mayor; stated a budget workshop would be held at 6:30PM before the next meeting on May 10th.
The council reviewed the proposed personnel policy sections G, H, I, J, K
IV. NEW BUSINESS - none
V. OLD BUSINESS-Waste Connections Contract
Mayor Jackson & the city clerk asked the council for authorization to send out a letter to inquire if residents had any major objections to having Waste Connections as an exclusive provider, otherwise the price of trash service would be going up to the other residents. Asked Norman to look into whether the city could offer an exclusive before the letter is sent.
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION –Legal advice & Applicant Review for Chief of Police & City Administrator
Motion by Virginia Riemann to go into executive session for legal advice & the applicant review for 45 minutes beginning at 8:35 PM Second by Debbie Jacobs. Motion carried 5-0-0.
Motion by Virginia Riemann to adjourn. Second by Kevin Opat. Motion carried 5-0-0. The time was 9:30 PM
Robert Jackson, Mayor Laura Hill, City Clerk