Monday, November 6, 2023 7:00 PM
Steelville, Missouri 65565
Mayor Terry Beckham brought meeting to order at 7:00 PM and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Bennett gave a word of Prayer.
Those Present: Mayor Terry Beckham, Aldermen Bill Bennett, Duane DeRennaux, Jason Ward (absent), Curtis Crouch, Comptroller Roben Griggs, City Superintendent Jason Evans, Police Chief Michael Sherman, City Clerk Sandra Richter, Harry Martin, Richard White, Michael Light, Kayla Light, Jeryl Light, Betty Callahan, and Amy England with the press.
Curtis Crouch makes motion to approve agenda, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries. Curtis Crouch makes motion to approve regular meeting minutes for October 16, 2023, Duane DeRennaux seconds, all in favor, motion carries.
Unfinished Business: None
New Business: Michael, Jeryl, and Kayla Light in attendance requesting business license for KK’s Caffe Dolci LLC for 408 West Main. Moving in building would allow inside seating for their patrons. They serve varieties of coffee, sandwiches, sweets, and salads. Bill Bennett makes motion to grant KK’s Caffe Dolci LLC a business license, Curtis Crouch seconds, all in favor, motion carries.
Betty Callahan in attendance requesting use of Community Center for free on February 3rd to hold a benefit for Rick Halbert. Duane DeRennaux explained that we need to stay consistent and ordinance states a benefit held for charity shall pay $125.00 rental fee together with a $75.00 security deposit.
Duane DeRennaux withdraws the discussion of electric apprentice program. He got information and does not feel it is an issue right now.
Richard White from 204 Esther Street in attendance questioning the plans for Hewkin property the City purchased recently, which Mayor Beckham advised he did not know. White questioned if City is interested in keeping the whole plot, or if willing to sell any on his end. Curtis Crouch explained there is no solid plan for property, but they plan to clear off this winter. White questioned how Council will notify on decision for property. Curtis Crouch stated generally Amy England will write article in the paper.
Planning and Zoning: None
Roben Griggs shared payables of $215,395.20. Curtis Crouch makes motion to pay payables as presented, Duane DeRennaux seconds, all in favor, motion carries.
Chief Sherman shared that he received several applications for animal control. He has interviews scheduled from 9 to 11 am on Thursday. His department is currently at 623 reports for the year, with 47 being calls for October. Chief explained $31,000.00 in payables are for laptops and docking stations for vehicles that will allow reports roadside and print tickets. Mayor Beckham questioned hiring for dog pound. He is concerned that we have not budgeted for this person. Curtis Crouch explained it was not budgeted for dog pound, so it would initially be pulled from police budget, and then make a budget revision around the 4th quarter to pick up the slack. This would allow us to know what it will take to operate for budget next year.
Jason Evans shared Pierce finished up paving $8,000.00 below original bid with moving some things around. The curbing and street backfill is completed on Decker Street. They still have gravel and sidewalks on South Spring that he hopes to complete this week. They had a sizeable water project come up at elementary school that will require replacing 130 to 140 feet of 2” iron pipe that went bad that will be a priority the next couple of days. He ordered power vents for dog pound to help keep smell down. Uniforms are in and everybody will match. Evans requested permission to fill the opening in utility department with same rate of pay for the previous new hires. Council in agreeance to run ad in paper for an employee.
Mayor Beckham shared there were 185 customers attend Jonas Museum on Halloween. Chief Sherman shared that Pumpkin Village went well and commended Jason Ward for helping with the event and cleanup. Duane DeRennaux questioned if lights at Hoppe Spring are working, which Jason Evans advised bulbs have not been changed yet. Evans advised both parks are winterized, and they will get Jonas Museum after Halloween.
Bill Bennett requested filling patched area that has sunk in by apartments at 801 Frisco.
Sandra Richter shared 16 shut-offs for October, with 5 unpaid.
Public Comment: Curtis Crouch shared they met with US Corps of Engineers last Thursday on their preliminary study. They are gathering more information and we should receive completed report in mid to late December and then will share with everybody.
Jason Evans shared there is a meeting in Council room on Wednesday at 2:00 pm with FEMA.
Bill Bennett shared that he had questioned about MRPC meeting previously and no one got back with him so he called MRPC and they sent 76 pages to those that were present at meeting. He requested them send information to him.
Next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Room.
With nothing more to discuss Duane DeRennaux makes motion to adjourn at 7:36 pm, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries.