The Tingley City Council met on Monday August 12, 2019 at the Tingley Community Building. Mayor Larry Jarred called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Members present were Amelia Quick, Julie Ackley, Bob Johnson, Sherry Briner, Donetta Phelps, and clerk Tony Mercer (arrive 7:05). Also present were Sue Richards, Priscill Alvik, Tiffany Trummer, Sam Trummer, Cheryl Roach, Josh Briner, James Novak and Felicia Novak.
Motion to approve the agenda made by Ackley, seconded by Briner; motion carried.
Motion to approve the minutes made by Ackley, seconded by Quick; motion carried.
Motion to approve bills made by Quick, seconded by Phelps; motion carried.
Motion to approve Treasurer’s report by Briner seconded by Quick; motion carried.
Public Forum - Josh Briner presented the council with bids to remove large trees in the city right-of-way on his property. He said he would drop the trees himself, but they are very big and there are power lines that would be hit when they fall. Ackley will check with Alliant to see if they can assist with dropping the trees. The drainage problem at 411 E. Main St. will need to be addressed by the county as the drain and ditch are both within the county right-of-way. Trummer’s asked if they could place a chicken tractor in their front lawn to sell; the council consented. They also asked about grass clippings being blown onto Main St. Because it is a county road they were advised to inform the county of their concerns. Sue Richards asked about borrowing tables for an event she is hosting; the city has loaned out tables in the past. The council discussed weeds and junk vehicles on Main St.; a letter will be sent. Briner reported that the broken pole had been replaced by Alliant.
Committee - Jarred reported on receiving a grant for $2500 for the fire department from SCICF which he intends to purchase new nozzles for fire fighting. Mercer informed the council that the city elections will be held November 5, 2019 and that Mayor Jarred and council members Johnson, Phelps, and Ackley’s terms were up this year. Anyone wishing to run for city council can do so by completing an affidavit of candidacy and a petition for office. Paperwork is available online or can be provided by the clerk. Deadline for filing is September 19th.
Old Business - Animal ordinances are still being drafted. Quick has had difficulty scheduling a meeting with the city attorney to discuss but hopes to meet with him soon.
Memorial Park - John Allen has started landscaping work. Bill Hynek will bring trees soon. A sign has been made and will be installed soon. Donation info will be made available for those wanting to sponsor a tree or other memorial.
New Business - Clerk Tony Mercer offered his resignation to the council pending the hiring of a new clerk. He has recently increased his farming operation and with a full time job off the farm and a family does not believe he has time to continue to be the clerk. The council set a special meeting for Monday August 19th with the agenda to interview candidates and hire a new clerk. The council discussed setting the wages at $250 per month initially with a 6 month review to follow.
2019 DOT City Street Finance Report - The city ended FY19 with a balance of $5095 for the road budget. The road use fund is a special fund that all municipalities have from which the monies can only be spent for road purposes. Phelps made a motion to approve the 2019 Street Finance Report. Quick seconded. Roll call vote: Johnson-yes, Quick-yes, Briner-yes, Ackley-yes, Phelps-yes. Motion passed. Resolution #201904. A full copy will be available at the Post Office.
Special meeting will be held August 19th. Because Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September, the council set the next regular meeting for Monday September 9, 2019.
The east door of the city shed was reported by Jarred and Novak to be in bad shape, almost inoperable as it constantly comes off it’s tracks. Jarred will get a quote from Newton Overhead Doors for a replacement.
Adjournment – Quick made a motion to adjourn. Ackley seconded. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:07 PM.