The Board of Alderman met in regular session on March 19. The public was invited via Zoom, a video conferencing app. Alderman Jason Osbourne, Alderman Rusty Rothweiler, Alderman Melissa Hays, City Attorney Michael Williams and Mayor John Long were present for the meeting. Attending via video was Alderman Connie Painter and Alderman Jeremy Moss.
During the Administration Report, the Board of Alderman were informed the Municipal Election in April had been postponed to June 2. The council discussed closing City Hall. It was decided that as of 5 p.m. on March 20, the lobby at City Hall will be locked to the public until further notice. The Alderman decided that if a resident needed something they could call City Hall for assistance. Payments can be made in the drop box, online or via phone. There will be no waiver of penalties at this time and the City will continue with shut offs.
There was nothing on the agenda for Open Forum or from the Planning and Zoning Report.
During the Public Works Report, Alderman Rothweiler gave a general update of all departments. The South Park shelter house project was discussed. Two bids were received for labor for the concerning the project. Construction Solutions proposed a bid for $8,200 with 5-10 lead time upon the arrival of materials and DJV Construction proposed a bid for $8,600 with 10-day lead time weather permitting. A motion was made for Construction Solutions to provide the labor for the South Park shelter house with all in favor. The material bids for the shelter house were also received. There was only one material bid from Robey’s Building Supply in the amount of $3,489.20. A motion was made to accept the material bid with all in favor.
During the Public Safety Report, Police Chief Tyler Wheeler gave an update on the steps he has been taking concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. Chief Wheeler shared, “The police department lobby will be locked on Monday, March 23.” He explained, “I currently have a contingency plan in case some of my staff has to be quarantined.”
Bids for the demolition of 602 East Cleveland were received. The City received three bids on the project. Those bidding were Roberts Demolition for $13,500, stating they would not be able to start on the project for possible 45 days, JT Holman General Construction bid $9,450 with a start date of March 23 and DJV Construction bid $8,700 and could start immediately. A motion was made to accept the bid from DJV Construction with all in favor.
The City Attorney’s Report discussed the current arrangements with Missouri Metalcraft and their position with Arcadia Metalcraft. Williams explained he had spoken with Missouri Metalcraft’s attorney and Administrator Jackie Pangborn had spoken with the owner. Williams stated, “They are working on the lease, but it didn’t get to the owner as quickly as they’d hoped.” Attorney Williams shared the City would need to address the matter again late next week to see if Missouri Metalcraft plans to pay for the next month if the lease isn’t complete. A meeting was tentatively scheduled for March 30 at 6 p.m.
Mayor John Long gave the Mayor’s report. Mayor Long shared the Census forms had been mailed out and added, “I am continuing to monitor the Covid-19 situation, the CDC website updates every day at 5 p.m.”
The Board of Alderman motioned to go into executive session with four alderman present including Osbourne, Moss, Rothweiler and Hays. There was no additional information to discuss and the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, April 9 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.