These minutes remain unofficial until approved by the council at the next meeting. 

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

 November 8, 2017

 

The Town of Chester Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on November 8, 2017.

Members Present:        Mayor James Dahlen Council persons Tina Neer, Scott Ross, Shane Kenfield, Rachel Ghekiere and Tonia Wickum

Members Absent:       Wendy Dauwalder

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:                        None

 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
  • No public comment.
  • Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting October 11, 2017. Tina Neer seconded the motion. Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes.
  • Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment. Rachel Ghekiere seconded and the motion. Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in October. Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the adjustments and journal vouchers. Tonia Wickum seconded and the motion to approve the adjustments and journal entries passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: None
  • Resolution of Intent to Raise Garbage Rates/Notice of Intent to Raise Garbage Rates: Clarification on PU, will be added to indicate business, PU LLC. Joplin Commercial Garbage Service.  Commercial rate will also be increase at the same rate as residential.  This would be $6/container/extra pickup.  Approval of the Notice of Intent to raise rates for in town garbage users, landfill fees, permit holders with clarification of and PU LLC Joplin Commercial Garbage Service.  Shane made a motion to adopt the resolution of intent to raise the garbage rates.   Tina Neer seconded it.  Motioned passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Chicken Survey Results: The postcard survey that was sent out in September was completed today.  Results showed that there was not enough interest in chickens thus the matter did not move to be addressed further.  The results are as stated below: 

 

November 8, 2017 Chicken Survey Results

           
 

Total Yes Votes

Total No Votes

Total Returned

Total Sent Out

Percent Returned

Total

47

81

128

270

47%

           
 

Yes % out of returned

No % out of returned

     
 

36.71%

63.28%

     
 

Yes % out of sent

No % out of sent

     
 

17.40%

30.00%

     

 

  • Council Person Rachel Ghekiere discussed crowding concern with parking on the one way, 1st East. Discussion on what considerations have been discussed.  Parking options that were discussed were parking on one side of the street only, assigned parking, and painting lines to help with parking.  It was decided to revisit this issue in the spring when action could be taken.   Painting lines would be the first option and if this doesn’t help with parking and safety then other options will be looked at. 
  • Old Business:
  • Mayor James Dahlen updated the council in regards to the letter from the Sheriff’s office and the Law Enforcement Interlocal Agreement regarding nuisance dogs.
  • Waste Water Project: Lisa Keen was here to do the Sewer Inspection for DEQ and discussed the project needs.  Biggest concern is to worry about fixing lines and changing out clay tile, sludge removal would be in 5-10 years.  Gary Swanson, engineer agrees with this assessment.  Lakeside will camera lines to make the decision on what lines need to be done.  Council was in agreement on the need to be proactive in the upgrading of the sewer lines.  Mayor Dahlen will select a date for a special meeting so that the council can decide on a project amount. 
  • Update on Nuisance property – Judge ruled that the customer would be given a year to finish cleaning up said property.
  • PWD Report: Dave Ghekiere passed his water test in October and is now an operator in training.  He will receive his $.50 wage increase starting November 2017. 
  • Clerk update: Auditor’s reschedule for May 15, 2018.  Annual Financial Report has been completed and submitted to the state.    Stricks Ag have a building permit for a shop addition, however we still need a drawing.  Mayor Dahlen will contact them to get this for the permit. 
  • Council Report: Scott Ross reported that he will be attending the Bear Paw Development meeting on Monday November 13th. 
  • Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rachel Ghekiere seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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November 15, 2017

 The Town of Chester Council held a special meeting on November 15, 2017.

Members Present:        Mayor James Dahlen Council persons Rachel Ghekiere, Shane Kenfield, Wendy Dauwalder, Tina Neer and Tonia Wickum

Members Absent:      Scott Ross

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:                        None                        

 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the special meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.
  • No public comment.
  • Discussion on Waste Water Project.

 

Mayor James Dahlen would like a decision made on how much money the council is willing to commit to for a waste water project.  This needs to be determined so that the City can move forward in detailing what sewer lines need to be taken care of. 

 

Lakeside will be coming to camera lines which will assist in identifying problem line, which will assist in determining exactly what will be included in the project. 

 

Current sewer rates are at $29.50 and according to the papers given to the council by Gary Swanson, this would be in line with a $600,000 project.  Focusing on the sewer mains and not the sludge removal would allow for a large portion of the lines to be replaced.  John Kleinsasser would like to see more long runs completed, but identified at least two short ones. 

 

Discussion of the possibility of doing a larger project, however, this would mean raising rates immediately.  Start at a $600,000 project and then look at raising rates to budget for sludge removal in 5-10 years. 

 

  • Tonia Wickum made a motioned that the City do a $600,000 waste water project to replace the old sewer mains leaving rates the same. Tina Neer seconded the motion.  No further discussion, motioned passed with all voting ayes. 

 

  • Rachel Ghekiere made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Tina Neer seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.