CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MARCH 22ND, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held March 22, 2005, at City Hall, 308 Walnut Street. In Mayor Nightingale’s absence, Clerk Graham called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Smith, Neally, Fleming, Sealock and Walker. Absent were Treasurer Lunt, and Alderman Duffy.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to approve Alderman Walker to serve as Mayor Pro-Temp. Aldermen Smith, Fleming, Neally, and Sealock answered “aye”, with Alderman Walker abstaining.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker and seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 3/8/05 with additions. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

The Council recognized Rob Dunham to address the Council re: the 4th of July celebration. He stated that all permits and insurance requirements are in process for the holiday weekend.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to have the Mayor sign all documents approving the celebration, including the dance on the square July 2nd. The South Side of the square will be blocked off at noon that day to prepare for the dance. The parade will be planned for Monday, July 4th, which will require blocking off the square on the North, South and West sides. The fireworks are being planned for the 4th as well.  All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The Council recognized John Wilde to address the Council. He requested permission for the annual car show at the Strawberry Festival.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to approve the South and West sides of the square be blocked from approximately 11:00 AM until

4:00 PM on June 11th, to accommodate the cars for the Car Show. If participation can be limited to the South side, John will not block the West Side of the square. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

City Attorney stated that the landfill re-bidding information will be in the Journal Pilot 3/23/05 edition. The Neff property on Buchanan appears to be in the process of being cleaning up per written notice requirements.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the Safety Committee met on the 10th. The scooter ordinance and the police manual are both ready and will be addressed at the next Council meeting. Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Sealock to approve a raise for the Animal Control officer to $260.00 per month beginning May 1st. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Neally to have Mayor ProTemp Walker sign a resolution on the Adoption of the National Incident Management System. This resolution allows the Police and Fire Departments to be able to apply for more grants. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to pay for the Council, Mayor, Treasurer and Attorney, to have the Air-Evac service. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith indicated that the Fire Department has the ladder truck in for repairs and inspection. The estimated cost is $2000.00. The budget has allowed $2500.00. 

 

Brenda Pyatt reported to Alderman Walker that the City has received a grant from the Health Department for $1000.00 for mosquito control this summer.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the Street Department placed a culvert in the Junk subdivision and provided one load of rock at no charge. The additional load will be charged to Junk’s.

 

Poepping, Stone and Bach recommended a 36” culvert be placed in the ditch on West Main at the Patrick Property. They wish to fill in that area to be able to park semi-trucks.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to purchase a blower for the Sewer Plant for $3122.51. All five Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Smith to purchase a new base for the drum scale for $1500.00 plus shipping charge. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. 

 

Discussion ensued on the policy for rural fire runs. Currently the person affected is billed $350.00 for the first hour, and $250.00 for every hour thereafter even if it is a minimal involvement or a false alarm.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Sealock to allow the person in charge of the fire run to determine if this charge is appropriate. If minimal effort is involved, they will charge enough to cover the expenses of the men ($10.00/hr/man) and equipment utilized i.e. fuel. All five Aldermen voted “yes”. The next Public Property meeting will be held April 4th, with Finance and Safety meetings on April 11th.  

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Fleming to adjourn at 9:38 PM.

 

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk