May 3, 2016
Those Present: Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Glenn Hunter, DeLoy Kunz, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Marty Nate, Sam Cooper.
Meeting called to order: 7:00 pm Invocation: Mayor Bob Van Cleave
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark that the council accepts the published agenda. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Newly hired City Clerk Sam Cooper was introduced by Mayor Van Cleave, and welcomed by the Councilmembers.
Minutes from the April 5, 2016, regular council meeting were read aloud by Clerk Smith. The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark that council accepts the minutes as read. Councilmember DeLoy Kunz seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Marty Nate provided updated information about this year’s Twin Creeks. Twin Creeks will be held on Saturday, July 9th this year. City Council will take care of the luncheon and duck race. It was noted the bridge might be being torn out by then. The road work is supposed to start sometime in July. Georgetown’s 1st Ward will be taking care of dinner, 2nd Ward will be taking care of breakfast. The schedule is mostly the same as previous years. Planned activities include the slide, climbing wall, duck race, and bike races in the morning. Evening entertainment will be provided by Kristen Johnson Lloyd. Melba Bartschi family will be Grand Marshall. Marty Nate suggested having a surplus sale to help fund Twin Creeks.
The Comprehensive Plan needs to be updated. Councilmember Matt Argyle volunteered to take care of this.
Moving the Water Fund from Wells Fargo Bank to Ireland Bank was revisited. There are fees if the funds are kept at Wells Fargo, whereas Ireland Bank will be charging no fees. Councilmember Ada DeClark motioned to move funds to Ireland Bank, Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Councilmember DeLoy Kunz has received complaints from various community members about trailers parked in the right of way on Stringtown. Per Ordinance #50 the right of way is not to be used for storage. Officer Martinez will be making contact with residents who have items in the right of way. It was discussed that small lot sizes are contributing to this issue. Councilman Matt Argyle will be looking into updating ordinances requiring larger lot sizes. Marty Nate offered to assist with this.
Councilmember Ada DeClark announced that in spite of the unspring-like weather, about 25 kids showed up to the Easter Egg Hunt on April 29th. It is planned to hold next year’s celebration at the end of April, beginning of May again next year.
Marty Nate asked about getting some of the roads in town graveled. Doug is looking into it.
Marty Nate noted that City Hall will be used for voting on May 17th.
Police Report: Officer John Martinez made 20 total contacts for the month of April.
Maintenance Report: In addition to doing the regular required spring maintenance, Doug has been busy with road work, spraying, filling graves, and fixing water leaks. He has been testing well and sewer samples to ensure water quality is where it should be. One of the wells is completely dry. He will be following up on this, as the well should not be dry.
Office Report: There are 17 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of April. Lynette reported that she has been asked by owners of unused cemetery plots how they can sell plots. Council indicated that the City can buy these plots back at the rate of $25.00 per plot.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of April 2016 in the amount of $11,927.96 in the general fund, $23,025.85 in the water fund, $14,560.00 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $49,513.81. Councilmember DeLoy Kunz seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle that the council adjourn from the May 2016 council meeting at 8:15 pm. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Samantha Cooper, City Clerk