December 5, 2017

City of Scott City Council Meeting Summary – Regular Session

SPECIAL NOTICE:  The City of Scott City Council unanimously voted to appoint the Mayor Pro-tem Norman Brant to Mayor Brant and for him to serve as Mayor until the April 2018 election. 

The following is a brief summary of items from Monday’s City of Scott City Council regular meeting.  A copy of the actual minutes will be posted on the website at a later date.

The City Council met in regular session on December 4, 2017.

Mayor Pro-tem Norman Brant called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  Council members present were Urhahn, Brazel, Ellison, Schwartz, Brant, Spinks, Morse and Koehler.  The minutes of the November 20 meeting were approved.  The bills were approved as presented.

A “dangerous substandard building” hearing was held on the property located at 521 E. Olive Street.  Bill #1103 Ordinance #1111 was read the first time and changes were made to allow the owner of the property 60 days to repair the building.  The bill then passed.

During the public forum, a resident of Cloverdale spoke to the Council concerning the condition of a house on Wheeler Street and asked what was being done to remedy the situation.  The city attorney informed her of the expected timeline concerning hearings regarding the house.  The owner of the house told the Council about the work being completed on the house and agreed to share with the Council a report from a structural engineer.

The following was approved under new business:

·       City Engineer Rich Cochran of Waters Engineering spoke to the Council about the bids on the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements.  He recommended the bid from Zoellner Construction of Perryville, MO be awarded the bid for the improvements.  The Council approved the bid in the amount of $1,351,679.24.  The project will be paid for with lease certificate funds that were secured earlier this calendar year.

·       Rich Cochran, also, told the Council that there are remaining funds from the lease certificates, which must be used for water and waste water needs in the city.  The Council approved a plan to look at adding a 2nd water line to serve the city, water line improvements study for Illmo, and purchasing a backhoe to replace an old one the city has.  With these expenditures, the City still has lease funds set aside for any overages that might occur with the treatment plant project.

 ·       Resolution 546.  The resolution approved the extension of the current employee health insurance benefits policies with Anthem BlueCross BlueShield.  The rates will increase to $344.38 per month per employee from $305.03, an increase of 12.9%.

 After a public hearing was held and the minutes from the Planning and Zoning Commission were reviewed, the Council approved a request from Adam Burger to rezone 200 Keeley Street from R-1 to R-2.  The Council then approved a request from Monty Keesee of M & M Real Estate to have a parcel of land rezoned from R-1 to C-1.

Lt. Mike Culler, SCPD, and Shawn Jackson, SCFD, talked to the Council about the bid specs that had been created for the purchase of a new emergency communications system.  The Council decided to have the Police/Fire Committee meet to review the document.

Parks Director Skylar Cobb updated the Council on the success of the “Christmas in Our Town” festival.  The event was held December 2, from 2-5 pm, at the museum parking lot.  Activities included a scavenger hunt, making ornaments, face painting, and gingerbread houses.  The parade started at 5 pm followed by the Scott City Elementary Honor Choir, pictures with Santa, lighting of the Christmas Tree, hot chocolate and cookies.  He thanked the other departments and all those who helped make it a success.

Public Works Director Dustin Whitworth talked to the Council about the benefits of having a usable backhoe and how helpful it will be to have two water lines feed into the city.

City Administrator Diann Ulmer informed the council the contract with Waste Connections has been executed and, based upon the bid rates received, recommended there be no price changes on trash rates.  The Council members agreed.  She, also, told the Council that City Hall will be hosting an open house on December 15, from 11 am – 2 pm for employees, council members, and other members on the various boards for the city. 

The new city administrator, Doug Richards, was sworn in by City Clerk Denise Wilson.           The Council went into closed session. 

Councilman Randy Morse made the motion for Mayor Pro-tem Norman Brant to become Mayor until the election in April.  The motion was seconded and the Council voted unanimously for Brant to become Mayor Brant.

 Mayor Brant, due to the vacated seat in his ward, appointed Justin Gentry to fill his vacated seat.  Council approved the appointment. 

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2017.