Tiger Mascot &
Artist Bob Tommey Home Safe.
Local artist Bob Tommey seemed
to be relieved to be home with the Carthage Tiger
Mascot in one piece Sunday evening. The sculptor
said there was snow everywhere on his trip to the
Texas foundry and 10,000 wrecks, or so it seemed.
He said he spent 2 1/2 hours going 10 miles in
"It was a harrowing trip,
but we made it, and the tiger looks good,"
The bronze statue is scheduled
to be placed at the Carthage High School.
MINUTES OF THE
MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
MARCH 9, 2010
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.
Participating Carthage Senior High School Student
Council members and their appointed positions for
Student Government day are listed at the end of
The following Council Members
answered roll call: Wayne Campbell, T. J. Teed,
Mike Harris, John Studebaker, Diane Sharits,
Larry Ross, Bill Welch, Brent Greninger, Dan Rife
and Claude Newport. City Administrator Tom Short
and City Attorney Nate Dally were present.
On a motion by Mr. Studebaker,
seconded by Mr. Teed, minutes of the February 23,
2010 meeting were approved.
Mr. Newport reported the Budget
Ways and Means Committee met March 8, 2010. Mr.
Newport made a motion, seconded by Mr. Harris, to
approve up to $8,000.00 in Capital Improvement
Funds from the General Fund to go toward the
purchase of an automatic ticketing system at the
Police Department, contingent upon any payment
being made to the vendor only after installation
and successful operations with the INCODE and
SMART Systems. After discussion and questions,
motion carried. The currently allocated funds in
the Capital Improvements budget were
originally designated for an Airport Drive/River
Street Improvement that would not be done this
Mrs. Sharits reported the
Finance and Personnel Committee met on this date
in Council Chambers. Mrs. Sharits made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Ross, to allow the use of Council
Contingency Funds in the amount of $100.00 to pay
a restitution case in the Municipal Court. Motion
carried. Mrs. Sharits reported on Group Health
Insurance premium increases expected in the next
Reporting for the Public
Services Committee, Mr. Ross made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Campbell, to accept the sign
donated by the Kellogg Lake Committee. Motion
carried. Mr. Ross made a motion, seconded by Mr.
Welch, to accept a 1997 Ford Ranger truck donated
by Carthage Water & Electric to be used for
the Golf Course. Motion carried.
Mr. Welch reported the Public
Safety Committee would meet March 15, 2010 at the
Fire Department at 6:30 PM. Mr. Welch noted the
minutes from the February 22, 2010 meeting are in
Mr. Rife reported the Public
Works Committee met March 2, 2010. Mr. Rife made
a motion, seconded by Mr. Harris, to allow the
recycling center to host a free electronic waste
drop off April 22-24, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 3:00
PM. Motion carried.
Special Committee and Board
Liaison Reports were given by the following: Mrs.
Sharits, Carthage Public Library Board; Mr.
Welch, Carthage Humane Society; Mr. Studebaker,
Kellogg Lake Committee and Mr. Greninger, Police
and Firemens Pension Committee. Mr.
Studebaker announced Kids Fishing Day is
scheduled for June 5, 2010.
Mayor Woestman reported on the
Student Government events of the day and
expressed appreciation to the City for the
opportunity to participate.
Mr. Dally gave an update on the
Haz-Mert bankruptcy case. Mr. Dally noted the
trustee feels there may be enough assets to cover
the cleanup of the site in Arkansas.
Mr. Short reported on meetings
he had attended since the last meeting and
provided details on the following: the
revenue/expenditure report as of the end of
February; the most recent sales tax report; the
probable increase in Police and Firemens
Pension contributions; the cancelation of the
controversial wrestling event at Memorial Hall; a
review of the Citys liability insurance;
the upcorning selection of Region M Directors;
the reclassification of highways within the city
limits by MoDOT to help with obtaining grant
funds; the latest on the mega-tax bill under
consideration in the State Legislature and the
progress on the awning project at the Over 60
Chief Dagnan and Chief Cooper
had no reports but gave thanks for the
opportunity to be with City Officials today.
Public Works Director Zeb
Carney announced the hiring of Gary Sheets as our
new building inspector. In other reports, Mr.
Carney noted he had received a letter from ADEQ
suspending the deadlines from all previous
letters and meetings; the bankruptcy trustee has
a proposal that would clean up the site. ADEQ had
questions about the proposal and if answered
satisfactorily, the ADEQ would move forward,
clean the site and clear the City of any
Parks Director Alan Bull
reported the largest Post Oak tree in Jasper
County, located in the fair barn area, has a very
large crack running the trunk. The Missouri
Department of Conservation Urban Forester
examined it and recommended it come down due to
structure failure. Mr. Bull announced the annual
Arbor Day celebration would be April 30,2010.
The Claims Report was given
showing claims against the following funds:
General Revenue $53,932.05; Lodging $6,250.00;
Park and Recreation Fund $52.26; Library
$32,278.38; Public Health $1,668.97; Golf Course
Fund $4,970.81; Powers Museum $3,760.41;
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital $1,655,000.00 and
Payroll $199,331.87. Mrs. Sharits made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Teed, to accept the report and
allow the claims. Motion carried.
No one spoke during the
Citizens Participation Period,
Under old business, C. B.
10-05, an Ordinance rezoning certain property at
the NEC of Central and N. Francis in the City of
Carthage from "B" Second Dwelling and
"0" Local Business to "E"
General Business as requested by Caseys
Marketing Company was placed on second reading
followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas and no
nays. Bill passed.
There was no new business.
Under Resolutions, Mr. Ross
made a motion, seconded by Mr. Campbell, to
approve Resolution No. 1597, a Resolution of the
City of Carthage, Missouri, authorizing the Mayor
to enter into an agreement with American Legion
Baseball for use of Carl Lewton Stadium during
the 2010 Legion Baseball Season. Motion carried.
Prior to the vote, Mr. Ross provided more
information on the agreement.
Mr. Ross made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Teed, to approve Resolution No.
1598, a Resolution of the City of Carthage,
Missouri, authorizing the Mayor to enter into an
agreement with Carthage R-IX School District for
use of various park facilities. Motion carried.
Prior to the vote, Mr. Ross provided more
information on the agreement.
In closing remarks, Mr. Welch
announced a Spare Cat Rescue program on March
18th and 25th organized by Kaylene Cole to offer
greatly reduced fees for neutering and spaying of
cats. Mr. Newport encouraged everyone to vote at
the April election. The Council Members, alias
the Student Council Members, thanked everyone for
the opportunity to participate in Student
Mr. Newport made a motion,
seconded by Mr. Welch, to adjourn the regular
Council Meeting. Motion carried and meeting
adjourned at 8:03 P.M.
James G. Woestman, Mayor