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Monday, February 15, 2021

Drexel aldermen board meeting minutes

Unofficial minutes from the February 11, 2021 Meeting
Rescheduled because of the weather

 The Board of Aldermen of the City of Drexel, Missouri met in Regular Session on the above date, Mayor Mayfield called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm at the Drexel City Hall.

 Citizens present: Chief Sheryl Greene, Assistant Chief Cody Crumby, Todd Russell & Royce Hettinger all with the Drexel Fire Department, and Joe McKellips.

 City Staff present were: Dan Scherer & Crystal Routen – Alliance Water, Chief Forrest Routen, Meghan Rhines-Assistant Clerk, and Patty Dreher-City Clerk 

  Roll call was taken Mayor Mayfield – present, Mayor Pro Tem Crawford – present, Alderman Eastwood – present, Alderman Deal and Alderman Harris – present.

 Mayor Pro Tem Crawford made a motion to Approve the Agenda with adding Tim Eastwood under discussion and an Executive Session - Section 610.021 (3) Missouri Sunshine Law; it was 2nd by Alderman Eastwood, with no more discussion the motion passed, with a 4-0 vote of the Board.

Presentation: 
 The Fire Board attend the meeting to give and update on things going on.  Royce Hettinger – Member of the Fire Board, explained to the Board of Alderman the financial crisis the Fire Department is going through. They have lost the support of Miami County and will not be aiding Miami County anymore. So, with loosing that income it drops the Fire Department budget down to $27,000 for the year. He told them that they have been talking with another Fire District and said they would be talking their Board next week about possible merging. They will be looking for the City’s support if they decide to go tax base and anyway that they could help.  The Board of Aldermen, thanked them for coming and giving them an update, They said they would discuss it and see how else they could do to help them.

 Mayor Pro Tem Crawford made a motion to approve the minutes; it was 2nd by Alderman Deal, with no more discussion the motion passed, with a 4-0 vote of the Board.

Special Reports were discussed: (Can be seen at City Hall),

City Clerk: Patty Dreher told the Board that she had received a scholarship to attend MoCCFOA Spring Institute in March so it will help with the cost of the training, ½ hotel and some on gas. This training is the first week of March so she asked if they would want to change the meeting to Thursday March 11 instead of March 9, they all were in favor of that change. So, the March meeting will be March 11 at 7:00 pm.
Police Department: Chief Routen answered questions about his report. Chief Routen also asked about reinstating Officer Carson since they were low on personnel, the Board said they would discuss it in Executive Session.
Public Works Report: Alliance didn’t have anymore to add to their report. The Board asked about the status of the screens or grates for the lagoons to help with the sanitary wipes – they said they were still looking into it.  The Board stressed again to citizens to PLEASE DO NOT put the disposable sanitary wipes down the sewer as it is very hard on our equipment.
Payroll:
Warrants: Mayor Pro Tem Crawford made a motion to approve the warrants; it was 2nd by Alderman Eastwood, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board. 

Old Business:
 3-4 Companies had turned in bids for the Sludge Removal in the lagoons. After reading over the bids Alderman Eastwood made a motion to go with Option #2 $100,347.25 from Bio-Resources Application Management Inc; it was 2nd by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board. 
 A new Storm Siren was discussed and motion from Alderman Eastwood to accept the bid from Blue Valley Sirens to put in the siren system and try to program our radios to use with it; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.

New Business:
 Mike Swyer with Radical Rehab & Renovation LLC (old Midwest laminate building) applied for a business license. Alderman Eastwood motion to approve his building license application; it was 2nd by Alderman Deal, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board.
 The Mayor informed the Board that he had met with Clint from Vance Brothers about completing the streets that didn’t get done because of the sewer project and one’s that they need to fix, but he had not received any bids as of yet.
 There was discussion of 2-yard dumpsters in the residential areas of town, some had been blocking street traffic. The Board asked Patty Dreher – City Clerk to see if she could draft up an ordinance banning 2-yard dumpsters in the residential areas except for those multi-family residences (4-plex).

Discussion:
 Alderman Eastwood asked the Board if they would consider maybe selling some of the City property that was not being used to help with the City’s budget. The Board decided that they would have to look into it.

At this time Mayor Pro Tem Crawford made a motion to go into Executive Session due to Personnel – Section 610.021 Mo Sunshine Law; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris. Roll Call Alderman Harris – yes, Alderman Deal – yes, Alderman Eastwood – yes, Mayor Pro Tem Crawford. (8:12 pm).

8:27 pm. The Board reconvened in open session. The Board discussed further how they could help the Fire Department. After some discussion several ideas came out for different fund raisers. Then Alderman Crawford made a motion to double our $2,500 quarterly payment to $5,000 a quarter, we could use the money from the Economic & Development tax; it was 2nd by Alderman Harris, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 vote of the Board. 
Alderman Harris motioned to adjourn; it was 2nd by Mayor Pro Tem Crawford, with no more discussion the motion passed with a 4-0 voter of the Board. (8:56 pm)