CITY OF OSKALOOSA, KS
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
212 W WASHINGTON STREET
FEBRUARY 1, 2018 * 7:00PM

GOVERNING BODY MEMBERS PRESENT
Eric Hull, Mayor
John Norman, Council President
Ken Newell, Council
Mike Smith, Council
Larry Fowler, Council

GOVERNING BODY MEMBERS ABSENT
John Metzger, Council

OFFICIALS PRESENT
Patty Hamm, City Clerk
Paul Bolinger, Chief of Police
Travis Courter, Patrol/Code Officer
Bill Heard, City Superintendent
Lee Hendricks, City Attorney

PUBLIC PRESENT
Rick Nichols, Oskaloosa Independent
Deanna Lyon, 707 Liberty Street


EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS
John Norman made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 6pm for twenty minutes. Ken Newell seconded the motion. John invited Patty Hamm to remain for discussion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried  Public Session resumed at 6:20pm. Eric Hull stated no binding action taken.

John Norman made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 6:20pm for twenty minutes. Ken Newell seconded the motion. John invited Paul Bolinger to remain for discussion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried  Public Session resumed at 6:40pm. Eric Hull stated no binding action taken.

John Norman made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 6:40pm for twenty minutes. Ken Newell seconded the motion. John invited Bill Heard to remain for discussion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried  Public Session resumed at 7:00pm. Eric Hull stated no binding action taken.

CALL TO ORDER
Eric Hull, Mayor, called the regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council to order at 7:00pm.

PUBLIC: None

POLICE / CODE ENFORCEMENT / ANIMAL CONTROL
Travis Courter submitted his Code Enforcement report to Council. Larry Fowler asked if back yards were part of the enforcement. Travis said they are and he will be looking at those here as soon as winter breaks. Travis noted his main focus recently has been abandoned vehicles.

Paul Bolinger reported on police activity. Paul discussed with Council the need for stop sticks as the City has encountered a couple of car chases through this area recently. Mike smith made a motion to purchase two sets of stop sticks not to exceed $1000. Larry Fowler seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried

Eric Hull reported receipt of a couple of animal control applications and interviews will be scheduled next week. Lee Hendricks stated he has been in contact with a couple of cities within Jefferson County who would possibly be interested in joint animal control efforts.

UTILITIES
Bill Heard reported on various completed projects such as shelving in the police evidence room and City Hall benches. Council asked Bill about the 2018 Street Improvement Project. Bill will draft a plan for Council review.

Eric Hull noted the south water tower needs to be painted. Bill agreed the external structure could use some paint but if the Council decides the paint the outside Bill recommended the interior be inspected at the same time.

Deanna Lyon asked what the policy is for trees and sidewalks. Eric Hull replied the property owner is responsible for maintenance of the sidewalk and the trees. Bill Heard stated it depends on the situation but sometimes the City will assist property owners depending on the issue.

LEGAL
Ken Newell made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 18-12-301; Prohibiting Public Urination. Mike Smith seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried

Lee Hendricks reported he will be meeting with Debbie Martin next week to review the revised Zoning Regulations.

John Norman asked how the City responds to cases that are sent over to be handled by Jefferson County. Lee Hendricks replied the City does send some cases over to the County at which point the City is then no longer involved in those cases or their outcomes. Lee stated he can review options further for prosecuting some of those types of cases in Municipal Court.

OLD BUSINESS
Council reviewed Chapters 3 and 4 of the City Code Book. Lee Hendricks advised he would meet with Patty Hamm for the statute changes he needs put in the Code Book. Deanna Lyon asked about changing the limit on the number of animals allowed for each residence. After discussion Council stated they are not in support of changing the ordinance to allow more animals due to the amount of non-responsible owners and the cost to enforce the ordinance as it is.

MINUTES
Ken Newell made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2018 regular Council meeting as written. Mike Smith seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried

FINANCE
John Norman made a motion to approve the January Financial Statement and vouchers as submitted. Ken Newell seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried

ZONING: None

PARK & POOL
Patty Hamm reported she has received one application for Pool Manager and will schedule an interview next week.

NEW BUSINESS
Employee Salary Review was tabled until the next City Council meeting pending legal counsel review.

John Norman noted he does not agree with funding the library for bad budgeting. Eric Hull replied the City should support the services provided by the library. John Norman made a motion to approve the audit agreement with ATC Accounting for the City and the Library as submitted. Larry Fowler seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried  Ken Newell asked to be sent a copy of the library budget.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to discuss, Ken Newell made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:45pm. Larry Fowler seconded the motion. Vote: Yes=4, No=0 Motion Carried.

 
Eric Hull, Mayor
ATTEST:
Patty A. Hamm, City Clerk

 
Minutes Approved:                    MARCH 1, 2018