Council-Meeting Minutes Monday, May 20, 2024 7:00 PM


Regular Meeting
Monday, May 20, 2024 7:00 PM
Council Room
895 Frisco Street
Steelville, Missouri 65565


Mayor Terry Beckham brought meeting to order at 7:00 PM and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jason Ward gave a word of Prayer.

Those Present:  Mayor Terry Beckham, Aldermen Bill Bennett, Jason Ward, Curtis Crouch, Lula Patterson, Comptroller Roben Griggs, City Superintendent Jason Evans (absent), Police Chief Michael Sherman, City Clerk Sandra Richter, Jeremiah Ward, Kurt Merseal, James Hayes, Harry Martin, Chrissie Sherman, and Amy England with the press.

Jason Ward makes motion to approve agenda, Curtis Crouch seconds, all in favor, motion carries. Curtis Crouch makes motion to accept regular meeting minutes for May 6, 2024, Bill Bennett seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:  Kurt Merseal shared the park panel discussed at their last meeting of setting goals to develop a vision and master plan that everyone buys into for a long term for parks and recreation. They would like someone to come and brief them at their July meeting regarding budget and what the limitations are. The biggest project now is the pickleball court. They met previously to get court laid out and marked where fence and nets need to go, which they would like to get completed prior to asphalt. They have a work day scheduled for June 1st at 8:00 a.m. for volunteers to work on pickleball court. To finish up picnic tables they are in need of end caps and bolts. End caps run around $12.00 each, however James Hayes could possibly make them for around $4.00 each. Hayes will reach out to Jason Evans to see if is acceptable for him to make. Merseal shared there is a youth bike race scheduled for June 8 & 9. He requested getting park and service road mowed before race, which he will get with Jason Evans. Park Panel will do a walk thru at Jonas Museum on June 6th at 6:00 p.m. prior to their meeting. James Hayes completed one of the bike racks and installed it at the pool. Hayes questioned if cabling the bike racks, and where to place the second one. After some discussion Jason Ward suggested trying to install at Rich’s Burgers to see how it works.  

Planning and Zoning:   None

Roben Griggs shared payables of $168,140.94. Bill Bennett makes motion to pay payables, Curtis Crouch seconds, all in favor, motion carries.

Chief Sherman shared that he went to a police academy for recruitment but everyone there was already recruited.

Jason Evans not in attendance but emailed his utility report out to Council. Bill Bennett questioned City Hall roof, which Mayor Beckham reached out to gentleman working on Jonas Museum, and the project manager working at Crawford Groves about giving us a quote. Curtis Crouch shared that Jason Evans has reached out to Amish for a quote. Crouch will check with John Brice of Hometown Builders to see if they are interested, if so, contact Jason Evans. Bill Bennett questioned if Council wants to discuss rolled asphalt curbing for Robin Hill. Curtis Crouch suggested getting Archer Elgin to look at the drainage. Mayor Beckham advised the MODOT report shows the bridge inspection behind Dairy Isle is in pretty sad shape. City needs to update and post signs to reduce to 5 ton within 30 days. Curtis Crouch will look over report from the state highway department.

Parks:  Curtis Crouch and Lula Patterson stated that Kurt Merseal covered parks and they liked his approach and he did a great job.  Mayor Beckham shared a soft opening of pool is scheduled for Friday.

Streets:  Bill Bennett advised City has not purchased any new cold mix and there are several areas in need.

Sandra Richter shared user report for month of April as electric sold 88 %, water sold 39 %, and city usage 2 %.

City wide large trash pick-up is scheduled for June 5.

Public Comment:  Bill Bennett requested an update on Community Center. Roben Griggs shared the construction is to start the first of June. Her understanding is that the demolishing is to be done so contractors may start June 1. Bill Bennett suggested moving gazebo before construction starts on Community Center. James Hayes will check with the Howards to see if they will help move the gazebo. Mayor Beckham suggested getting with contractors to see if they could work around the gazebo while remodeling. 

Next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Room.

With nothing more to discuss Bill Bennett makes motion to adjourn at 7:40 pm, Jason Ward seconds, all in favor, motion carries.


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