Minutes City of South Heart Regular Meeting July 8, 2019 7:00 P.
City of South Heart
July 8, 2019
ROLL CALL: Andrus, Sticka, Binstock, Lefor, Splichal
ALSO PRESENT: Peter Kuntz, Corey Lee (SHPD), Kayla Fuchs, Wyatt Synnes, Jon Brosz, Eric Ewoniuk
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Councilman Lefor would like to add a line item to the agenda stating for recall or resignation of Chuck Andrus, Mayor.
REGULAR MEETING: was called to order by Mayor Andrus at 7:00pm
A motion to approve the June 3, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes was made by Councilwomen Splichal and seconded by Councilman Sticka. Motion carried. All in favor.
MAYOR RECALL OR RESIGNATION:
Councilman Lefor informed the council a recall petition for Mayor Chuck Andrus was circulated and received the required amount of signatures to present to the state to begin the recall for a new Mayor. The reason stated on the petition was poor performance of duties, failure to enforce city ordinances, harassment of other city officials and staff, conduct unbecoming of a city official including failure to practice civility in discussion and debate. If the Mayor Andrus is not willing to resign the city will move forward with the steps for a recall and special election. Councilman Lefor made a motion to ask for Mayor Andrus's resignation, at this time Mayor Andrus presented his resignation effective immediately, and at this time he appointed Vice President Splichal to the Acting Mayor, the motion was seconded by Councilman Sticka. All in favor. Motion carried.
At this time Vice President Chris Splichal was presented the duties of Acting Mayor by the council and was authorized to sign checks for the city. The auditor was instructed to get new signature cards.
A motion was made by Councilman Lefor to amend his original motion asking for Mayor Andrus's resignation and accept his resignation as mayor motion was seconded by Councilman Sticka. All in favor. Motion carried.
The city has a 15 day waiting period for any citizen to present a petition for the position of Mayor and at that time the council can appoint a mayor if no petition has been presented.
Mr. Ewoniuk was present to discuss installing speed bumps alone Pheasant Drive to control the traffic. The council discussed the speed bumps and agreed to move forward with the installation, a motion was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Binstock to approve the bumps with a cost of $1000.00 to $1500.00. All in favor. Motion carried.
CITY ENGINEER JON BROSZ:
Mr. Borsz was present to discuss the plans for repairing the water tower system. The plans are not to exceed $54,876.00 he will send the final documents for signatures. A motion to move forward with the project was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Lefor. All in favor. Motion carried.
A motion to amend the city budget in the amount of $55,000.00 was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Lefor. All in favor. Motion carried.
SANDRA KUNTZ (CITY ATTORNEY)
Attorney Kuntz updated the council on the findings of the corresponding questions of the previous mayor regarding lawns, evicting, drainage ditches, and spraying.
The motion was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Lefor to make a donation to the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center in the amount of $100.00. All in favor. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Councilman Lefor and seconded by Councilman Binstock to appoint Mike Sticka as Police Commissioner. All in favor. Motion carried.
Officer Lee presented the report to the council detailing the hours and calls the Stark County Sherriff department assisted the city of South Heart with for the month of June.
There was discussion with the council regarding signing a contract for the services in the future and dissolving the South Heart Police Department. Sherriff Lee will report back with a proposal for their contracted services once he has the correct information.
Street Commissioner Binstock is looking at installing the fence this week by the trailer park to control the traffic from turning off the main street and using the access roads to their residents.
The lab service contract was presented and a motion to approve was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Lefor. All in favor. Motion carried.
The auditor presented the inspection report from state for the water and sewer departments and reported the city had no violations.
Councilman Lefor stated at this time we are going to stay using the old lift station unless there is an emergency then we are still able to turn in to the new lift station.
I DON'T KNOW BAR:
Mr. Sticka would like to apply for a special permit for a street dance on July 19, 2019. A motion to approve the permit was made by Councilman Binstock and seconded by Councilman Lefor. Councilman Sticka abstained from voting. In favor Binstock, Lefor. Motion carried.
The council discussed Wyatt Synnes's pay raise and his probation period. The council agreed to increase Wyatt's wage, a motion was made by Councilman Sticka to increase his wages to $20.00 per hour motion was seconded by Councilman Binstock. All in favor. Motion carried.
Drainage ditch by apartments off Roland Ave the council discussed and agreed to have the ditch located and see were the utilities so we can evaluate the situation.
Councilman Binstock informed the council he got a seat from East End for pickup and have Wyatt install it in the pickup.
Acting Mayor Splichal would like the land sprayed that is currently under Jerry Wagner's leases or ownership sprayed to control the noxious weeds.
She also mentioned she had an individual contact her about the hay land the city has and who holds the lease, the auditor will do some checking on the land descriptions and any documents pertaining to the land. Splichal also mentioned she had an individual interested in the grader, the council stated they should present a written bid for the equipment.
The council reviewed the past due accounts and requested the auditor to send out past due notices and give the individuals 10 days to pay the past due amounts or they will be shut off and service will be not be reconnected until the account balance is current and all fees for reconnection are paid in full. The council discussed shutting off the delinquent accounts and will be charging them the current disconnect and reconnect fees as stated in the city ordinances.
REVIEW OF FINANCIAL REPORTS & BILLS:
City of South HeartUtilities121.00Ck.10581
TW EnterprisesGenerator Inspections2331.07Ck.10582
Legal Edge SolutionsLegal Fees390.00Ck.10572
Renae PrausCity Auditor Wages/Mileage3733.40Ck.10569
Corey LeePD Wages484.84Ck.10591
Shane HoltzPD Wages258.58Ck.10592
Performance TruckHydraulic Oil150.57Ck.10594
North Star EquipmentRR Posts177.89Ck.10586
SW District Health UnitWater Testing100.00Ck.10587
West Plains ImplementSupplies Tractor532.84Ck.10588
State Tax CommissionerState Taxes181.30Ck.10589
Forum Publish Minutes13.94Ck.10577
Forum Publish Minutes252.56Ck.10583
SW Pipeline AuthorityWater Use May9930.21Ck.10566
ND One call Locates13.20Ck.10565
XeroxCopy Machine Maintenance35.42Ck.10595
Roughrider ElectricStreet Lights24.50Ck.10596
Brosz Engineering FeesEngineering575.00Ck.10573
Montana Dakota Utilities Utilities1701.99Ck.10575
Montana Dakota Utilities Utilities168.80Ck.10576
MGM SanitationRefuse Contract4060.56Ck.110567
US Post OfficeStamps55.00Ck.10598
A motion to pay vouchers for the month of June, approve the Financial Reports as submitted was made by Councilman Lefor and seconded by Councilman Binstock. All in favor. Motion carried.
No further business, motion to adjourn was made by Councilman Sticka and seconded by Councilman Binstock
Motion carried. Meeting adjourned.
Chris Splichal, Acting Mayor Renae Praus, City Auditor
(Published: July 17, 2019)