Board of Aldermen Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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The Board of Aldermen meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Ballwin Government Center, 1 Government Ctr. Schedule and place subject to change. Meetings are open to the public. All citizens are urged to attend.
Board of Aldermen Meeting
CITY OF BALLWIN
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approval of Minutes: February 24, 2014 Board of Aldermen meeting & closed session
5. Presentation: None.
6. Pending Issues: None.
7. Citizen Comments:
8. Public Hearing: None.
9. Legislation Next Ordinance # 14-06
14. City Attorney’s Report
15. Aldermanic Comments
NOTE: Due to ongoing City business, all meeting agendas should be considered tentative. Additional issues may be introduced during the course of the meeting.
BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING BRIEFS
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Please limit your comments to 3 minutes as an individual and 5 minutes representing a group. Please avoid repeating comments others have already made.
GOLF COURSE TRACTOR
GOLF COURSE MOWER
GOLF COURSE CHEMICALS
BALLWIN DAYS RIDES
BALLWIN DAYS FIREWORKS
POINTE POOL RESURFACING
POLICE DEPT. OFFICE WORKSTATIONS
MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING
THE MINUTES ARE PREPARED IN SUMMARY TO REFLECT THE OVERALL DISCUSSIONS,
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pogue at 7:03 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was given.
CONSENT ITEMS: (Budgeted items which are low bid and do not exceed expenditure estimates and/or items which have been previously approved in concept.)
A. Parks Mower
A motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Alderman Leahy to accept the Consent Items. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.
City Attorney Compensation: Mayor Pogue asked that an ordinance be prepared for the amount that was approved by the Board.
City/County Merger Proposed Resolution: Mayor Pogue asked the Board to authorize City Attorney Jones to draft a Resolution in opposition to the City/County merger, for Board vote at the next meeting. If approved, the Resolution will be sent to Charlie Dooley, Mayor Francis Slay, and the Better Together organization, stating Ballwin’s opposition to the City/County merger. As this has progressed, he said this is very bad for the residents of the City of Ballwin.
Alderman Fleming said that his voting for the Resolution will be contingent on the wording of the document. He asked if other cities have done this. Alderman Terbrock said no. Ballwin will be the first to start the move.
Alderman Terbrock said he believes that Ballwin should proceed to voice disapproval of this merger. In the meeting, he said everyone was told that those collecting the information were doing no analysis, and only compiling information. The e-mails that he has received projects a broad analysis of the information. They are not being truthful. Ballwin should go forward with opposition to the merger.
Mayor Pogue said that their biggest reason for the City/County merger is to water down the crime statistics. There are municipalities that under-serve their residents. He said that Ballwin does not fit into that category. He does not want Ballwin to lose control of the services that are provided to the residents, just to water down crime statistics, or take care of municipalities that are not able to take care of themselves.
Alderman Harder said he agrees with Mayor Pogue and Alderman Terbrock. This is an issue that Ballwin should be the first to move forward in opposition. There will be more cities that will be taking the same action.
A motion was made by Alderman Terbrock and seconded by Alderman Harder for City Attorney Jones to draft a Resolution in opposition to the Better Together’s goal of the City/County merger. A voice vote was taken with the following result: Aye: Terbrock, Finley, Harder, Dogan, Leahy, Kerlagon, Boland. Nay: Fleming. The motion passed by a vote of 7-1.
Alderman Fleming said that the reason for his Nay vote is that asking for a Resolution does not appear on this agenda. He doesn’t think this requires an emergency response. He wants to see this item on the agenda and have time to consider the wording. He said he will offer his suggestions to City Attorney Jones in preparation of the Resolution.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
Pointe Pool Resurfacing: City Administrator Kuntz said that it has been 10 years since the pool has been re-surfaced. Seven to eight years is the industry standard. The pool has been patched in a number of places during the annual maintenance. The patching causes a very rough surface for the users of the pool. Staff is recommending awarding the contract to the lowest of the two bids received, Schilli Plastering in the amount of $89,318.
A motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Alderman Kerlagon to approve the Pointe pool resurfacing project as submitted by staff. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.
Police Department Office Workstations: City Administrator Kuntz said bids were solicited to refurbish the existing work stations and construct a new reception counter for more efficient service and usage. The workstations are over 20 years old and have suffered normal wear and tear due to their age, and the fabric panels and trim are faded, worn and scratched.
A motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Alderman Boland to accept the recommendation of Staff. A voice vote was taken with a unanimous affirmative result and the motion passed.
City Administrator Kuntz said that the front lobby has been painted by Ballwin personnel, and the lobby furniture has been replaced. The 50th Anniversary of the Ballwin Police Department will include a public open house and other events. Police Chief Schicker said that the worn floor surfaces have also been replaced.
CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
City Administrator Kuntz said that the Ballwin website has a section for the residents to report potholes. He said there is no excess money for salt and snow removal.
Letter Received: Alderman Kerlagon said she received a letter in the mail with no identification as to who sent this to her. The sender noted many items, such as condition of the subdivision, need for code enforcement, etc. She said she wants to try to help the citizen regarding the concerns expressed in the letter, but there is no way to communicate because the letter and envelope shows no name or address of the sender. She asked that if this citizen becomes aware of her concerns in this meeting, that he/she please contact her so that she can address their concerns.
Resolution Preparation: (See Alderman Fleming’s comments on the City/County Merger Resolution above).
Adjourn to Closed Session: A motion was made by Alderman Kerlagon and seconded by Alderman Fleming to adjourn to closed session to discuss personnel annual review, according to Section 610.013. A roll call vote was taken with the following results: Ayes: Aldermen Boland, Kerlagon, Fleming, Leahy, Dogan, Harder, Terbrock, Finley. Nays: None. The motion passed to adjourn to closed session at 7:21 p.m.
A motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Alderman to adjourn the closed session. A roll call vote was taken with a unanimous result, and the closed session was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
The Board reconvened in open session at 8:26 p.m.
Municipal Judge Nye and Prosecuting Attorney Graville discussed issues concerning the municipal court. Members of the Board of Aldermen, Mayor, and City Attorney asked questions of both the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney. The Judge and Prosecuting Attorney left the meeting and a short discussion was held concerning compensation of the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney.
A motion was made by Alderman Fleming and seconded by Alderman Leahy to adjourn the open session. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
TIM POGUE, MAYOR