Mayor Rob Lessen opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated by all present. Roll call was taken, and all members of the City Council were present. The City Attorney was unable to attend. The minutes from the previous meeting were presented to the City Council. Carma Burns stated that here words used for the holiday were "to ask the City Council how they would like to handle the up coming holiday in considering giving the employees off on the 3rd and the 4th" Carma Burns made the motion to have the rewording of this topic corrected. Gary Pommier seconds the motion. The motion was approved. Richard Kerley made the motion to approve the revised minutes. Howard Camp seconds the motion. The motion was approved. The mayor presented the evenings agenda. Under Unfinished Business Items B and C were tabled until the July 17th meeting. Items F) By-Pass Project and Item G) TextCaster were added. Under New Business Item C) Request for Donations was added. Gary Pommier made the motion to approve the revised agenda. Bob Lauck seconds the motion. The motion was approved.
Mike McLeod handed in his monthly report to the City Council. Mike also discussed past fires in homes due to poor electrical wiring. The city should consider hiring someone to inspect homes, particularly rentals. The council asked to have this topic placed on the next agenda.
Brenda Banks had her monthly report included in the council packets. Farmers Garden is on Wednesday night's 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Bette Lessen presented to the city council the agreements made between the City Attorney and Mr. Ronning on the matter of purchasing the corner property at N. 8th and W. Perry. Mayor Lessen presented the idea of signing over the property to Mr. Ronning. Gary Pommier made the motion to accept Wayne Ronnings counteroffer which reads "Mr. Ronning will pay for all closing coast, contracts, claim of deed, or any other costs pertaining to this property. Second, Mr. Ronning counteroffered to pay the $1,000.00 over a 24-month period." Carma Burns seconds the motion. The motion was approved.
WATER METER REPLACEMENT COST
Vanessa Kent reported that a new antenna would cost $47.00 or a lid with a lock is $67.00. Gary Pommier stated that he would like to hear from Tom Gorman on this topic. Carma Burns made the motion to table this issue until the July 17th meeting. Howard Camp seconds the motion. The motion was approved.
BUDGET WORKSHOP DATES
Carma Burns made the motion to hold two workshops, one on Wednesday June 28th at 6:00 p.m. and then the second workshop on July 26th at 6:00 p.m. Gary Pommier seconds the motion. The motion was approved.
Gary Pommier made the motion to rescind the motion on supporting the western corridor and instead putting on support behind the middle corridor going through Crawford County. Carma Burns seconds the motion. The motion was approved.
Bob Lauck re-emphasized what having TextCaster would do for our folks in Arma. Bob looks forward to discussing this at the upcoming workshop on the 2024 Budget.
GARY POMMIER; GOLF CART ORDINANCE
Gary Pommier opened a discussion on the current Golf Cart Ordinance. The first question is to have the use written from sunup to dusk. Gary also said that he would like to see Section 8 removed. Police Chief John Austin asked if he could do some research on the State's regulations under Standard Traffic Ordinance and will report back at the July 17th meeting.
SHAWN MCGREGOR, NOTIFICATIONS
Shawn was present to address the city council on the city's lack of public information. Shawn stated that he has sent emails to the city clerk as well as the city attorney who has replied to Shawn however Shawn does not think the city attorney is correct in what the attorney wrote back to him, that the city is following all rules in notifying residents on public information through the city's website.
REQUEST FOR DONATIONS
Carma Burns reported on the Brooks family setting off fireworks in the high school area July 4th. They are asking for donations to help reduce the cost. Carma made the motion to
donate $500.00. Gary Pommier felt that if the members of the board would like to give a donation they can do so individually. Carma's motion died due to the lack of a second.
Richard Kerley brought up the new food business on E. Washington St. across from the library.
Howard Camp reported that Radel Construction is finished moving all the utilities on the N. West St. project.
Carma Burns stated that Tyson McGreer with K.M.E.A. will be at the next city meeting on July 5th. Plus, Carma reported on the water main break on Perry and N. 6th.
Gary Pommier complemented the city employees for work well done.
No communications were presented.
Gary Pommier made the motion to approve the Alice Training fees for $433.93 which will help the Police Dept. this fall. This request will be readdressed in the Fall.
Gary Pommier made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:47 p.m. Howard Camp seconds the motion. The motion was approved.