CITY COUNCIL MEETING
February 9, 2009
The city council met in adjourned session from the meeting of January 5, 2009 with the following present: Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Gary Baughman, Mike Eshbaugh, Greg Gill, Kim Harper, and Bob Mason.
Others present were Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Electric System Supervisor Gary Rowden, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Malinda Hornsby, Mark Williams, and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
The minutes of the meeting of January 5, 2009 were approved as mailed.
Councilman Gary Baughman arrived at 5:17 p.m.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Sherri Leonardís monthly reports, showing 52 new cases brought before the court and $4,132.50 remitted to the city in December and 38 new cases brought before the court and $5,935.00 remitted to the city in January.
City Inspector Tony Martinís monthly activities report was reviewed.
David Goetzinger has presented a letter of resignation as a full-time officer with the police department and a request for continued employment as a part-time officer. The matter was deferred until the arrival of the city attorney.
Mark Williams returned to express his displeasure over the Sunday and holiday liquor sales ballot question going to a special election instead of being voted on at the November general election. Mr. Williams felt the limited turn out of voters at the special election was not sufficient to fairly represent the wishes of the majority of the citizens. He asked the city council to take action to hold another vote at the upcoming April election. Mr. Williams was informed there is not sufficient time for the city council to pass another ordinance, publish the ordinance twice, and allow for the protest period prior to the April 7, 2009 election.
City Attorney Wayne R. Tate presented a revised agreement from UPA on the unit train. City council and city staff provided changes to be incorporated into the draft.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Councilman Kim Harper, seconded by Councilman Mike Eshbaugh, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 1879 and 1880 be passed. Motion carried.
Outside Utilities Supervisor Dean Banker presented dump truck bids from Riley Chevrolet-Buick, Inc.
2009 Chevrolet 6-speed transmission with dump body $47,135.00
2009 Chevrolet 5-speed transmission, 2-speed rear axle with dump body $48,318.00
(Diesel trucks would cost an additional $13,500.00.)
Motion by Kim Harper, seconded by Bob Mason, to purchase two dump trucks from Riley Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. at a cost of $47,135.00, apiece. Motion carried.
Banker also presented a proposal from Key Equipment & Supply Co. on a 1999 NuWay "King Cobra" rear load refuse truck with a purchase price of $15,000.00. Motion by Councilman Mason, seconded by Councilman Gill, to authorize the purchase with $10,000.00 from sanitation funds and $5,000.00 from electric funds. Motion carried.
Chief of Police Courtney Leslie asked the city council to continue paying the membership dues for three more months for five members of her department at the Stevens County Fitness Center. Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, to authorize the expenditure of $375.00. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Eshbaugh, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Mayor Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:16 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:31 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:35 p.m.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, that the meeting go into executive session in regard to personnel matters. Motion carried. Rowden called the meeting into executive session at 7:35 p.m. with the meeting to reconvene in open session at 7:45 p.m.
The meeting reconvened in open session at 7:42 p.m.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Baughman, to accept the resignation of David Goetzinger as a full-time police officer, effective January 22, 2009 and to approve his continued employment as a part-time officer. Motion carried.
Motion by Harper, seconded by Mason, to authorize the Chief of Police to hire the most qualified applicant for the vacant police officer position at a rate of $13.54 per hour. Motion carried. (Matthew Hamilton accepted the position, effective February 10, 2009).
Motion by Harper, seconded by Gill, that the meeting be adjourned to March 9, 2009 at 5:15 p.m. Motion carried.
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