Documents On Schedule.
The City Council is scheduled
to meet for its regular meeting this evening at
7:30 p.m. in City Hall.
As reported yesterday, this
will be the first meeting that includes an
electronic file of all documents supplied to
Council members. Included in todays paper
(inside) is a copy of the minutes of the last
meeting of the Council. These minutes and 48
other pages of documents were supplied to the Mornin
Mail by City personnel via email and contain
all documents received by Council members.
According to City Clerk Lynn
Campbell, various documents are submitted to City
Hall over approximately two weeks between regular
meetings. These documents a scanned to an
electronic file and stored until they are
gathered and sent to Council members and media.
She says the effort to initiate
the project for the first time was fairly simple
A traditional hard copy of the
files were also produced for this meeting, but in
the future only the electronic version will be
produced unless by special request.
MINUTES OF THE
MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
The Carthage City Council met
in regular session on the above date at 7:30 P.M.
in the City Hall Council Chambers with Mayor
James G. Woestman presiding. The invocation was
given by Fire Chief John Cooper and the flag
salute was led by Police Chief Greg Dagnan.
The following Council Members
answered roll call: Larry Ross, Bill Welch, Brent
Greninger, Dan Rife, Claude Newport, Wayne
Campbell, T. J. Teed, Mike Harris, John
Studebaker and Diane Sharits. City Administrator
Tom Short and City Attomey Nate Dally were
On a motion by Mrs. Sharits,
seconded by Mr. Teed, minutes of the December 8,
2009 meeting were approved.
Mr. Newport reported the Budget
Ways and Means Committee met December 14, 2009.
Mr. Newport noted the Committee supports
C.B.09-64 and he would provide more details later
in the meeting. Mr. Newport made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Harris, to allow the use of
Council Contingency Funds in the amount of
$1,000.00 for desks in City Hall for Court
Personnel. Motion carried.
Mrs. Sharits reported the
Finance and Personnel Committee met on this date
in Council Chambers and heard proposals from UMB
Bank officials on options that would enhance
earnings and offset fees. Mrs. Sharits made a
motion, seconded by Mr. Ross, to reorganize the
Municipal Court to be under General
Administration in City Hall. Motion carried.
Reporting for the Public
Services Committee, Mr. Ross reported the
Committee supports C.B. 09-63 on second reading.
Mr. Ross commented on the pulmonary equipment at
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital and the
possibility of guardrails on the road near the
Mr. Welch reported the Public
Safety Committee met December 21, 2009. Mr. Welch
made a motion, seconded by Mr. Campbell, to close
the 300 block of Grant on August 7, 2010 from
10:00 AM -1 :00 PM for a Childrens Crusade.
Motion carried. Mr. Welch made a motion, seconded
by Mr. Greninger, to accept the bid of Fire
Master Fire Apparatus, Inc, Springfield, in the
amount of $1,746.00 a unit for bunker gear (16
units). Motion carried. The only other bid was
from Casco Industries, Inc., Barlett, Kansas, in
the amount of $1,573.00 without a light and
$1,643.00 with a light. The Casco bid did not
meet specifications. Mr. Welch made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Greninger, to remove the yellow
no parking lines in the 600 block of Maple.
Motion carried. Mr. Welch made a motion, seconded
by Mr. Campbell, to remove the no parking lanes
in the 800 block of W. Central. Motion carried.
Mr. Rife reported the Public
Works Committee met December 15, 2009 and there
was no action required by the Council.
Special Committee and Board
Liaison Reports were given by: Mr. Harris,
Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation
Commission, Mr. Newport, Carthage Water &
Electric Board; Mr. Welch, Carthage Humane
Society and Mr. Greninger, Police and Fire
Mayor Woestman reported on
meetings he had attended since the last Council
Meeting including the CW&EP Banquet and the
CMC Christmas ServicelDinner. Mayor Woestman
recommended the microphones be clipped higher on
the shirts for those who speak softly or be
exchanged with another Council Member who may
have a stronger microphone. Mayor Woestman noted
that Mr. Teed had reported the system was in need
of replacement when funds allow. Mayor Woestman
thanked Council Member Claude Newport for the
Mr. Short reported on the
following: the selection committees
decision to recommend Zeb Carney as the Public
Works Director; discussions with MoDOT on
guardrails near McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital;
possible Section 130 funds available for the Oak
Street Bridge; talks with Chief Dagnan. Nate
Dally and the Cat Rescue group on feral cats; the
move of the Municipal Court proceedings to
Memorial Hall and the move of court personnel to
City Hall; a combined project scheduled next year
with the Special Road District and the
disappointing sales tax revenues down
approximately 4% from last year.
The Claims Report was given
showing claims against the following funds:
General Revenue $121,772.50; Public Health
$100.740.59; Golf Course $15,488.95; Library
$17,766.29; Public Safety Grants $3.533.77; Civic
Enhancement $981.75: Lodging $744.00; Powers
Museum $4.011.65; Parks/Stormwater $4.625.00;
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital $1.500,000.00;
Carthage Water & Electric Plant $2,000.000.00
and Payroll $143.295.29. Mrs. Sharits made a
motion. seconded by Mr. Teed, to accept the
report and allow the claims. Motion carried.
During the Citizens
Participation Period. Wendi Douglass of the
Convention and Visitors Bureau presented her
quarterly report and provided copies of the new
visitors guide to City Officials.
Under old business. C. B. 09-63
an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into
a Lease Agreement with Pam Eck in the amount of
$3,600.00 for continued use of the pavilion in
Municipal Park as a skating rink for a one year
lease term was placed on second reading followed
by a roll call vote of 10 yeas and no nays. Bill
passed. Mr. Campbell asked a question on the
Under new business, C. B. 09-64
an Ordinance amending the Annual Operating and
Capital Budget of the City of Carthage for the
fiscal year 2009 -2010 was placed on first
reading with no action taken. Mr. Newport
explained each budget amendment by fund.
Mr. Welch made a motion.
seconded by Mr. Rife. to accept the Mayors
Appointment of Zeb carney as Public Works
Director. the re-appointment of John Gremling and
John Patrick to the Police Personnel
Administration Board until January 2014 and the
appointment of Roy Eppard to the Care Leave
Committee until December 2011. Motion carried.
Mr. Teed made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Campbell, to approve Resolution
No.1589 a Resolution adopting a model substance
abuse policy for the City of Carthage Transit
System. Motion carried. Mr. Welch and Chief
Dagnan explained the policy.
In closing remarks, Mr. Harris
and Mr. Studebaker praised the Carthage Police
Academy and Mrs. Sharits expressed appreciation
to CMC for the Christmas ServicelDinner. Many
Members congratulated Zeb
Carney on his appointment.
Mrs. Sharits made a
motion,seconded by Mr. Ross, to adjourn the
regular Council Meeting. Motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 8:01 P.M.