Loose Dogs & Sheriff Dept. Contract Discussed By LaBelle Aldermen

City of LaBelle Council Meeting

Compiled from City Draft of Minutes and Lewis County Star Reporter Emilie Rumble’s Notes of September 14, 2015 Meeting

The LaBelle Board of Aldermen met in open session on September 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Amy Turpin presided at the meeting. Mayor Amy Turpin declared a quorum was present and called the meeting to order.

Aldermen present: Roger Scott, Christopher Parrish Roy Lewis, Jesse Rogers and Paul Harvey.  Aldermen Absent: Justin Parrish was absent.

City Personnel present: Dianna Sparrow Collector and Karen Lasswell (temporary clerk).

Approval of Agenda: Alderman Rogers motioned to approve the agenda as presented. Alderman Chrisopher Parrish seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish absent.

Others present: Mike Logston of Bartlett & West; Linda Barton; Mickey Tom Lumley; David and Nancy Tsivinsky; Lewis County Sheriff; David Parrish; Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish; Cody Turpin, Cade Turpin; and (Emilie Rumble, Lewis County Star/The Edina Sentinel – not listed in the Draft from the City).

Approval of August 10, 2015 minutes: Alderman Scott motioned to approve the minutes of august 10, 2015 as presented: Alderman Christopher Parrish seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parris-absent.

Approval of August 25, 2015 Open Meeting Minutes: Alderman Christopher Parrish motioned to approve the minutes of August 25, 2015 as presented: Alderman Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of aye 5-0, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish-absent.

Approval of August 25, 2015 Closed Meeting Minutes: Alderman Rogers motioned to approve the minutes of August 25, 2015 as corrected: Christopher Parrish seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish-absent.

New business: Mike Logston presented Change Order No. 6 for Great Plains Contrators, reducing the project cost $23,020.00. Alderman Scott motioned to approve Change Order No. 6. Alderman Harvey seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish was absent. Logston also presented Great Plains Contractors application for final payment in the amount of $215,944.95. Alderman Harvey motioned to approve the final payment request to Great Plains Contractors in the amount of $215,944.95. Alderman Christopher Parrish seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of aye-5, nay-0, Alderman Justin Parrish- absent.

Mickey Tom Lumley met with the board requesting a comprehensive financial report from the City. Mayor Turpin told Mr. Lumley she is working on that request.

Linda Barton met with the board regarding loose dogs in town and breeds that are in town that aren’t allowed, according to the City Code. Sheriff Parrish advised that the two dogs she was concerned about have been removed from the city. It was also noted that the City will need to either bring their dog pound up to state regulations or see about partnering with a couple of other cities to share a state approved dog pound.

David and Nancy Tsivinsky met with the board to ask if they could put a mobile home on the back lot of the property they own. In reviewing the City Mobile Home Ordinance it was determined that this would be allowable as long as only one mobile home was on one lot.

Lewis County Sheriff met with the board with recommendations regarding the City’s enforcement of its ordinances.  Sheriff Parrish said that based on his conversations with members of the Associate Court including Judge Westhoff and the Circuit Clerk as well as the LaGrange Police Department and the Canton Police Department he would recommend that the city file municipal cases in the associate division in Monticello. He also suggested the City review some of the city ordinances.

Water Usage Report: The monthly water usage report was presented and studied.

Financial Reports: The monthly financial reports were presented and studied.

Bills for approval: Bills for the month were presented and studied. The list included a bill from Bartlett and West Engineering in the amount of $8,440.47 for services regarding the water improvements project. Alderman Harvey motioned to pay all bills. Alderman Scott seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0.

Annual Audit Report: The annual audit report for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2015 prepared by Wade Stables was presented. Alderman Christopher Parrish motioned to accept the annual audit report. Alderman Scott seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish-absent.

Sam’s Club Membership: Mayor Turpin asked the Board about the City obtaining a Sam’s Club membership for supplies. This was tabled until more information can be received. (Reporter’s Note: Emilie Rumble addressed the Council about using businesses in Lewis County to purchase supplies, rather than going out of County and Out of State. Rumble stated that hometown businesses should be considered first, noting that one of the reasons LaBelle no longer had a grocery store was because people took their business out of town and out of state.)

Upgrade Collector’s Computer: Mayor Turpin told the Board that the Collector’s computer needs to be upgraded. This matter was tabled until the City can get some cost prices.  (Reporters’s Note: Emilie Rumble suggested seeking a quote from Chris Gonnerman of New Century Computers on a new computer and service agreement.)

Pay for Dianna: Mayor Turpin asked the board about paying Dianna Sparrow for the hours she worked at City Hall when Karen couldn’t work. It was motioned by Alderman Rogers to pay Dianna Sparrow $8.25 an hour for all hours worked. Alderman Harvey seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0.

American Legion Building: Mayor Turpin advised the Board that the LaBelle American Legion Hall building has been deeded over to the City.

Purchase of Backhoe and Chevy Truck Tires: The need for new tires for the City’s backhoe and Chevy truck was discussed.  It was motioned by Alderman Christopher Parrish and seconded by Alderman Harvey to purchase Midas 12 ply tires for $575.00 mounted and Transforce A/TS/s 10 ply tires for $115.94 plus $20.00 mounted from Fleer Tire services.  The motion passed with a vote: aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish-absent.

  Reporters Note: Karen Lasswell, temporary Clerk asked the Mayor and Board of Aldermen if they intended for her to train the new clerk.  Alderman Rogers replied, “Yes.”  Lasswell replied, “Not for $8.00 per hour, when she (Dianna Sparrow) is getting $8.25.”

  Mayor Turpin then advised that the Board should go into closed session.  

City Clerk Position: A motion was made by Alderman Roger Scott and seconded by Alderman Jesse Rogers to go into closed session pursuant to Section 610.021(3) of the Revised statutes of Missouri. A roll call vote was taken. Alderman Christopher Parrish –yea, Alderman Jesse Rogers-yea, Alderman Roy Lewis-yea, Alderman Paul Harvey-yea, Alderman Roger Scott-yea. Nays-none. Alderman Justin Parrish, absent.

Votes taken during closed session: It was motioned by Alderman Paul Harvey to schedule a closed meeting for September 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to interview three applicants and to offer a starting salary of $10.00 per hour with a 30 hour work week with a possibility if 35 hour work week in the future, if needed.  The motion was seconded by Alderman Christopher Parrish. A roll call vote was taken.  Alderman Christopher Parrish –yea, Alderman Jesse Rogers-yea, Alderman Roy Lewis-yea, Alderman Paul Harvey-yea, Alderman Roger Scott-yea. Nays-none. Alderman Justin Parrish, absent.

A motion to adjourn the closed meeting session and go back into open session was made by Alderman Christopher Parrish and seconded by Alderman Roger Scott. A roll call vote was taken.  Alderman Christopher Parrish –yea, Alderman Jesse Rogers-yea, Alderman Roy Lewis-yea, Alderman Paul Harvey-yea, Alderman Roger Scott-yea. Nays-none. Alderman Justin Parrish, absent.

Alderman Harvey motioned to pay Karen Lasswell $10.00 per hour. Alderman Christopher Parrish seconded the motion. A vote of aye-5, nay-0. Alderman Justin Parrish absent.

Adjournment: There being no other business Alderman Christopher Parrish motioned to adjourn the open meeting. Alderman Justin Parrish seconded the motion. The motion carried.