Council-Meeting Minutes Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 PM

Regular Meeting
 Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 PM
Council Room
895 Frisco Street
Steelville, Missouri 65565

Mayor Michael Keen brought meeting to order and led us with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bill Bennett gave a word of Prayer.

Those Present; Mayor Michael Keen, Aldermen Terry Beckham, Bill Bennett, Alderwomen Sharon Hubbard, Amanda Sherrill, Office Supervisor Roben Griggs (absent), City Superintendent Jason Evans, Police Chief Michael Sherman, City Clerk Sandra Richter, Liz Bennett, Anessa LaRue, Harry Martin, Jennifer Hurd, Tamra Cape, Michael Reno, and Amy England with the press.

Bill Bennett makes motion to approve agenda, Amanda Sherrill seconds, all in favor, motion carries. Amanda Sherrill makes motion to approve regular meeting minutes for September 19, 2019, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Liz Bennett shared information for Vital ICE, a life saving app to list vital medicinal information, such as blood type, allergies, medications, medical history, ICE contacts. Information available on Britton-Bennett website and their Facebook page. Liz will gladly help setting up if needed.

Jason Evans was approached for permission to rent open space in City Hall building for a one-time, two-day auction. They would need access for around three weeks. After discussion among Council, item tabled to check with insurance company on liability.

Jason Evans explained per current ordinance employees receive eight hours of sick leave per month, however the holiday ordinance states employee using sick leave immediately before or after a holiday will not be compensated for holiday. He would like Council to consider changing to allow if employee has an accident or major illness. After discussion among Council, they suggested personnel committee look into matter.

Anessa LaRue approached Council for permission to use community building on October 31st for Community Halloween party free of charge. Terry Beckham makes motion to allow use of building, Sharon Hubbard seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Michael Reno with “Call Mike the Handyman and Small Repair” in attendance seeking a business license. Sharon Hubbard makes motion to grant business license, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Mayor Keen explained current ordinance allows employee to accumulate forty hours of comp time and suggested changing to eighty hours since pay period is figured on eighty hours. Amanda Sherrill requested to look over reports from previous years to determine if necessary. Bill Bennett suggested personnel committee check into and bring back to Council around Christmas. Terry Beckham suggested researching with other cities how they handle comp time. Mayor Keen tabled for time to research.

Due to Roben Griggs absence, Sandra Richter presented payables of $185,137.37. Terry Beckham makes motion to pay payables, Sharon Hubbard seconds, all in favor, motion carries. She also asked permission to close City Hall on November 6 and 7 to allow office staff to attend the gWorks training event in St. Robert. Terry Beckham makes motion to close City Hall on November 6 and 7 to attend gWorks training, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Chief Michael Sherman advised that new officer is doing a great job.

City Superintendent Jason Evans gave utility report. Paving completed for this phase until March when funds are available from tax. Marc is working on truck and will have ready with plow in about a week. New apprentice in electric working out great. They replaced pole at First Baptist church this week and are working on problem with capacitors to get power factor to 98% or above to be efficient. Water department replaced eight water lines and met with engineer to start on Robin Hill to Grand project. Jason shared that on September 18 a 2” water main came apart and lost a lot of water, however with repairs on the 18th to present saved over 700,000 gallons of water pumped since repaired. Electric department trucks all tested fine; however, they suggested the ford bucket truck has about a year of service left.

Amanda Sherrill announced park board met at Hoppe Spring to compile a list of things they can help with to take some off Jason. When they determine date, they will let Council know, place on Facebook, and let Amy know to get in paper.

Bill Bennett questioned how utility department is coming along. Jason advised the water and maintenance department, along with his office will be located in back. Offices and common area is framed inside and metal on outside. The phone company will install phones and internet. Entryway for garage and ramp installed, and garage doors are ordered.

Sandra Richter gave electric sold 94%, water sold 59%, and 1% City used. Shut offs were 17, with 3 still off, and 3 to be final billed.

Mayor Keen announced that he & Roben turned paperwork in to prosecuting attorney from burglary of City shop, which Jason’s list showed $16,000 for tools and equipment. He told prosecutor we want restitution paid back, burglar to go to jail, no plea deals, and no further contact with City.

Sharon Hubbard advised she received a call from Patrick Street regarding people living in cars parked on a lot. Chief Sherman made contact with people and advised them of ordinance.

Next meeting scheduled for October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

With nothing more to discuss, Sharon Hubbard makes motion to adjourn at 8:05 p.m., Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carried.

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