The city council met in regular session with the following present: Mayor Jack Rowden, Councilmen Dean Banker, Dan Corpening, Brad Niehues, Jason Teeter and Frankie Thomas.
Others present were City Clerk Carrie L Baeza, Electric and Park Systems Supervisor Logan Frederick, City Inspector Josh Grubbs, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Vernon Anderson, Bill Losey, Tony Martin and Ruthie Winget.
Mayor Jack E. Rowden presided.
Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Dan Corpening, to approve the minutes of October 5, 2050 as mailed. Motion carried.
Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of October, showing 35 new cases brought before the court and $6,510.25 remitted to the city. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to accept the report. Motion carried.
City Inspector Josh Grubbs presented his monthly activities report.
Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that cereal malt beverage licenses for calendar year 2021 be approved for Corner Market d/b/a Presto at 1000 South Main Street, Casey’s Genera Store at 1034 South Main Street, and Toot’n Totum at 520 East 11th Street, for sale in the original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the premises. Motion carried.
Mayor Jack Rowden appointed Chief of Police Courtney Leslie to a 2-year term on the Cimarron Basin Correctional Authority Advisory Board. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas to approve the appointment of Chief Courtney Leslie to the Cimarron Basin Correctional Authority Advisory Board. Motion carried.
Bill Losey with USD 210 came to talk to the council about starting an apprenticeship program in the electric department. This would allow the student to gain hands-on experience and possibly lead to future employment. The council would need to approve this program as it would open a paid position or two with the high school students chosen.
Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues, to approve the apprenticeship program with USD 210 and to hire the appropriate candidate at $10.00 per hour while in the program. Motion carried.
County Inspector Vernon Anderson and County Public Works/Road Supervisor Tony Martin came to talk to the council about extending zoning jurisdiction to expand to include areas adjacent to the current zoning map. City Attorney Wayne Tate will look at starting the process to expand the zoning district and the benefits to the city extend.
Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke informed the council that the check valve has been ordered to be replaced at the North Reservoir.
Water Well #14 has not been perfected and we will need to pump as much out of that well. To accommodate the increased usage, a new drive and motor will need to be ordered. The cost for the improvements will come to $30,000.00. Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, to purchase the needed parts and labor to be able to perfect Water Well #14. Motion carried.
The water project on Monroe Street will need a change order to add a 10” (10-inch) line from the South Reservoir 86’ (86 feet) and to add a 100’ (100 feet) of line on the south side of 5th street to eliminate some of the valves. Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Brad Niehues, to approve the change orders to the 2020 Water Project. Motion carried.
Electric and Parks Systems Supervisor Logan Frederick asked the council to hire a parks employee for a full-time position. City Clerk Carrie Baeza informed the council that there is not in the budget for a park employee, but a hire in the Electric Department to also work in the Parks Department would cover the benefits. Motion by Councilman Frankie Thomas, seconded by Councilman Jason Teeter, to approve a hire for the electric department, to assist in the park department at a starting wage of $15.00 per hour. Motion carried.
Chief Courtney Leslie informed the council that a replacement vehicle was needed for the truck in her department. Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to acquire bids for the new vehicle.
Claims against the city were presented and audited. Motion by Councilman Dan Corpening, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2161 and 2162 be passed. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Dean Banker, seconded by Councilman Frankie Thomas, that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried.