CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 14TH, 2006

 

The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held February 14th, 2006, in City Hall, at 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Duffy, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the meeting minutes of 1/24/06. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Mayor Nightingale announced an informational meeting on Feb.23, at 6:30PM at the Methodist Church on the housing rehab grant. He also reminded the Council members of the deadline for their fiscal year budgets of March 15th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker seconded by Smith to approve the January Budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Representatives from Bergman Farm Supply, and Lowderman Sale Barn addressed the Council regarding the no parking policy on Wabash Street. There were several parking tickets issued at some larger livestock sales to persons who parked on this street.

 

After much discussion, it was agreed that the City would remove the “no parking” signs on the South side of Wabash to try to accommodate more parking. Concern is for the narrow street and need for emergency vehicles to get through adequately.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Duffy to remove the “no parking” signs on the South side of Wabash between First and Lincoln Streets. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the purchase of a $250.00 car transmitter for the in car camera in the Police car. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith indicated that he is awaiting an estimate in order to file the insurance papers for the broken tornado siren. At this time, it appears the repair will be about $9000.00. It is believed the insurance should cover most of this.

 

Alderman Smith invited the Council members to a meeting for the Fire Department on the 22nd to discuss their budgetary needs for next year.

 

 

Alderman Duffy indicated she had contacted vendors for the mowing bids and expects the bids in by February 28th.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to approve the payment of the January bills withholding the Iowa Prison Industries bill until the product arrives, and PSBA bill for next year’s MFT project pending state approval of the projects. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve changing the personnel policy manual to clarify vacation coverage of one week vacation is 40 hours, two weeks of vacation is 80 hours, and three weeks is 120 hours. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy to amend the following budgetary figures:

General Fund Revenue:               

Sale of Material:                               $    5,500.      

Grant/Firetruck:                                $  45,553.

General Fund Expenses:

Fire Dept.: Equipment Purchases    $  65,205.

Landfill: Maintenance Grounds       $  25,000.

               Engineering Fees                $130,000

Motor Fuel Tax Fund Expenses:

Snow Removal                                   $    2,500

Street Lighting                                   $  20,500

Water O&M Fund Expenses:

Extensions & Replacements            $107,000

All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to have the Mayor, City Clerk, and Treasurer have a key to the City Lock box. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that Cindy Hanks had attended the Public Works meeting with sewer issues on South Washington. Alderman Fleming will meet with Lamont Lee tomorrow to investigate options. There were additional sewer issues on Walnut Street brought to the Council’s attention.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to approve the purchase of 2 chlorine injector units for budgeted $2122. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

 

Alderman Fleming indicated that PSBA had presented estimates for watermain replacement projects next year. The tentative projects on S Madison and Kiwanis would be approximately $100,000.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Duffy at 9:26 PM to adjourn.

 

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk