On May 20, the Monroe City Board of Alderman held a regular scheduled City Council meeting in the City Hall Chambers. Manager George Hausdorf, of PeopleServices, gave a report of daily operations related to the water and sewer treatment. Hausdorf stated, “We have been working on flushing the fire hydrants with 35 percent of the project being complete.” He also noted the wastewater treatment plant construction is currently out for bid with the opening date for bids being June 15, as well as proposals for the aeration at Route J Lake are due back to Black and Veatch by June 7.
The meeting started promptly at 6 p.m. with the council hearing from three individuals during Open Forum. The first being Brad Pfanner, who addressed the council questioning the City’s plan for the land located at the Industrial Park and near Mosswood Golf Course. After a short discussion, the council decided it would be best to create a task force to find the most beneficial solution and create long term goals for the City.
Next, Terry Tesson approached the council with concerns about a sidewalk on his property. The council explained there was nothing further to be done, as the sidewalk was grandfathered in and the subject had previously been discussed with the City Attorney.
Then, Cloey Latifoski updated the council on the plan for dilapidated houses throughout town. Latifoski stated, “Homeowners have been contacted to attempt to gain an interest in demolition. This will help the City to obtain a grant to help with the cost.”
During the Mayor’s Report, a motion was passed to obtain an inspection for a soffit repair needed to the City Hall building, as well as to document any other repairs needed. The motion passed with all in favor.
Alderman Connie Painter stated she had received increased complaints about truck traffic on North Oak Street and increased speed of vehicles on South Oak Street. Painter stated, “I notified the police department. Extra patrol has been requested,”
During the Public Works report the council addressed old business with a utility customer, Dennis Evans. Evans previously had made complaints with the City regarding lights flickering inside his home, had his home rewired, but still the problem continued. After the city changed parts at the electrical pole the flickering went away. Evans claims he should have never had to have the repairs done, if the problem was at the electrical pole. In an earlier meeting, the City had agreed to pay half of the repair bill, but Evans refused to sign the agreement. Mayor Jerry Potterfield stated, “I discussed the situation with MIRMA and they said the City should have never agreed to pay anything.” A discussion of responsibility lead to a motion being passed with all in favor for the City to pay the entire bill contingent upon Evans signing an agreement and showing proof of the amount owed to the repair company.
The Public Safety and Nuisance report was next. Prior to the meeting, Alderman Painter, Alderman Rusty Rothweiler, Police Chief Tyler Wheeler and Captain Zach James met to discuss ordinances, obstructions on the sidewalks, abandoned and disabled vehicles, as well as abatements and demolition structures. Debbie Kendrick, of DownTown Monroe City organization requested a meeting with the Public Safety meeting to discuss some ideas concerning the obstruction ordinance for sidewalks.
The Park Board report included the idea to install handicap fishing pads at South Lake and is currently seeking grants for this project. The board would also like to stock South Lake with fish.
The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street. If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays. The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts. Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public. Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting. If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.