The Regular Meeting of the
Carthage City Council was held in City Hall at
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the November 14th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.
Kathy Brown from the
Mayor Nightingale reported
that progress is being made on
Clerk Graham read the Plan Commission meeting minutes of 11/22/06. Richard Van Zant is planning to rent the former Eads Jewelry Store on the square, for a radio station. This requires erecting a tower. The Plan Commission recommended approval of this, but there is a need for a zoning change.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Neally to approve the Plan Commissions recommendation. To erect the tower as quickly as possible, the Council included in this motion a variance be granted with plans to change the zoning ordinance for the next council meeting. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Suggestions were made to look at the entire ordinance, which also discusses an outdated issue with the location of older, large satellite dishes.
Ruth Comstock addressed the Council with the issue of burning leaves. The smoke causes her health problems and she is requesting a burning ban.
The Safety Committee will discuss different options for leaf disposal other than burning. There was discussion that by next fall something different should be decided. With the current low water levels at the lake, the idea of a burning ban is something that should be considered, with the concern for potential fires, regardless of the health concerns.
Alderman Smith informed the Council of the Rescue Truck Box being modified and that it is back in service. The Fire Truck damaged in a recent fire is also back in service.
Alderman Smith stated that the
The Public Property meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5th. Mayor Nightingale will talk with Patrick Engineering before this meeting to discuss the landfill pump, which is not working properly.
It was reported that work has been being done on the old library building. Che Humphrey, one of the part time policemen, has removed all the old carpet from the main floor.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the levy ordinance 2006-16 for 2006-07. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to give the full time employees $100 in Carthage cash, and the part time people $25 for their Christmas Bonus. This is the same as last year. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.
Alderman Walker informed the
Council of a community distribution of food baskets Dec. 16th. She
encouraged the Council to help with this service. All interested persons should
meet at the
Alderman Fleming reported on
the Public Works meeting just prior to this council session. The main topic was
the status of the low water levels at the lake. Mayor Woodruff from
Motion was made by Alderman
Fleming, seconded by Neally to commit for six months to
This price is higher than we can currently produce water locally from the lake. This will require a water surcharge from the public to support this price increase. PSBA engineers calculated the new suggested rates. The sewer rates will not be affected.
Motion was made by Alderman
Fleming, seconded by
The surcharge will be evaluated after 6 billing cycles.
Darin Cohoy from a well
drilling company in
Mr. Bach is investigating other well drilling companies for this potential project.
Robbie Wolfe addressed the Public Works Committee. He wants to bulldoze trees located over the main sewer line. Alderman Fleming will look at the area on Saturday with Rich Sealock to suggest alternatives to bulldozing. The committee is concerned that damage could occur if bulldozing were allowed.
The street department is requesting permission to purchase a transit for $450.00 from Mike Grotts. The committee suggested the engineers evaluate it to determine its value.
Tim Rettman informed the Public Works committee of a collapsed sewer at his rental house on Buchanan. The sewer runs under the highway and the state will not allow the road to be torn up. He had consulted with a dozen plumbers and none wanted to address the issue with it under the road. Our current policy is to cap the sewer at the main. He asked for permission to cap the sewer at the curb. The committee granted this request.
Bud Wear informed the committee of work on the Catholic Church sewer and water lines. They requested the sump pump be routed under ground to the storm drain versus draining onto the highway, which it currently does. The committee thought that would be a good improvement.
Motion was made to adjourn by Alderman Walker at 9:20 PM.