CARTHAGE CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MAY 8TH, 2007

 

The Regular meeting of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, May 8th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale’s called the meeting to order at 8:00PM. Attending were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt was absent. 

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 24th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April 30th meeting minutes. All six Aldermen answered “aye”.

 

Mayor Nightingale went through the April Budgetary report recognizing the good job each department made in staying within their budgetary limits this fiscal year.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Fleming to approve the April budgetary report. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Mayor Nightingale recognized Rob Dunham to address the Council regarding the 4th of July celebration.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Smith, seconded by Walker to allow the Mayor to sign the necessary permits to allow the 4th of July committee to have the annual celebration. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Smith reported that the police were again concentrating on abandoned vehicles. The thermal imager, awarded from a grant, will be arriving shortly and Officer Kost will go to training for it.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger authorizing the City Clerk to sign the contract for health insurance for the employees, starting July 1st. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the payment of the April bills, withholding Adams and Frontier until the Police dept. phone lines can be investigated and also withholding Dighton Septic Service. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Alderman Fleming reported that the MFT authorization had been returned authorizing the spending this annual year.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Walker to remove the water surcharge at the end of the 6-month agreement with Hamilton, then increase the water/sewer rates by 5%. The minimum two-month charge will be $38.00.

This means a $1.00/mo. increase over the prior rate before the surcharge. Bulk water sales will stay the same at $8.00/1000 gal. Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger and Walker voted “yes”.  Alderman Neally voted “no”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to pay the final payment to Wiemelt of $6,309.61 for the water/sewer project last year. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the Water Dept to spend approx. $550.00 on a backflow prevention device for fire hydrants. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Bentzinger to approve the purchase of a 4x4 F450 Ford truck Chassis from Carson Ford for $29,798.77 for the Street Department. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

The estimates for a test well were sent by PSBA. Mayor Nightingale requested Charlie Bach attend the next Council meeting to discuss the work.

 

A house has been torn down at 214 Cherry Street. The owners’ intention is to build within a year on the property and are asking to cap the water and sewer at the site Vs the required main. The Council directed Codes Enforcer Ron Schulz to authorize this with the stipulation that rebuilding has to occur within the year, or they must cap off at the main, as normally required.

 

There was some disagreement of how much the City owed Dighton Septic service for work done on a lift station. Alderman Fleming was unable to reach anyone to discuss the agreed upon fees. A check was sent reflecting the City’s understanding of the bill. A statement arrived this month with the full prior amount, plus a late fee. The City does not pay late fees to any vendor.

 

With failure to reach Dighton to discuss the bill. Motion was made by Alderman Fleming, seconded by Neally to pay Dighton Septic the amount of the regular bill, which is $815.00 without the late fee. All six Aldermen voted “yes”.

 

Motion was made at 9:15 to adjourn.

 

 

Katherine Graham

City Clerk