The Regular Meeting of the Carthage City Council was held August 22nd, 2006,  in City Hall, at 308 Walnut Street. Mayor Nightingale called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Answering to roll call were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally and Walker. Treasurer Lunt and Attorney Glidden were absent.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the August 8th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the County Economic Development Director position is going to be modified. There is a meeting concerning this on Friday, August 25th. 


Mayor Nightingale also reported on a meeting with Ray Rendelman and various State workers regarding the road to the sewer plant area off of the new Highway 336. The State will be putting a lockable gate on this road when they finish the new construction area.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to approve the flood plain ordinance 2006-11. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Brenda Pyatt reported that the Homecoming reunion committee was unable to locate a sponsor for the street dance. The new plan is to hold it in front of the Wood Inn. The discussion involved making sure emergency vehicles were notified of the street area closures, and making sure that no minors have access to the alcoholic beverages.


Alderman Smith reported that the Police had served several complaints to property owners in violation of various ordinances. Most have complied with the requests. The Police Department will continue to follow up.


Alderman Smith reported that the dry fire hydrant at the Carthage Lake was functional and near completion.


Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Campbell to allow the Lions Club to stand at the 4 way stop for a fund-raiser on October 13th and 14th. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Mayor Nightingale reported that the pump in the main tank at the landfill would not drain the tank below 5’6”. Patrick Engineering will need to deal with this while it is under warranty.


Alderman Walker reported there was no specific information from the Library Board regarding the City’s offer to purchase the building.


Alderman Fleming reported that with the low water levels in the lake, it is apparent that the spillway is in need of repair. The Water Department will do some concrete patching.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger not to allow  Dighton Septic to dump truck contents into the sewer lagoon. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


Motion was made by Alderman Fleming seconded by Campbell to allow Skip Grotts to build duplexes behind his current duplexes on Lincoln Street. The City will provide culverts and will pay for the recording fees for transfer of 8’ of property. No other expense was agreed to by the City. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.


With the transfer of the 8’ of ground from Grotts, added onto the alley 16’, will make a 24’ road. Mr. Grotts will assume the expense of removing stumps, placing two 1” waterlines (one to each duplex), placing sewer lines, and making the road to City specifications including rock and CA6. Once the road is up to code, the City will assume the care of the “street”. 


Because this “street” will not go all the way through to another street, this will be considered an alley and assumes a lower status then a street for plowing, should a large snowfall occur.


There was some discussion about a potential cul-de-sac in this area to allow better access for emergency vehicles.


Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Public Property meeting will occur at 6:00, and Finance meeting at 6:30 on the 11th.


Motion was made by Mayor Nightingale at 9:00 PM to adjourn. 



Katherine Graham

City Clerk