June 12th, 2017
City of Meade
The council meeting was called to order in the council
meeting room at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Richard Knott. Council
members present were Elaine Post, Lance DeLissa, Armando
Gonzalez and Roger Musgrove with JD Hegwood absent. Also
present were City Administrator Dean Cordes, City Clerk
Tiffany Neel and City Attorney Clay Kuhns. Visitors were
Nanc Burns, William Bazer, Brad Ackerman and Marla Garner.
First on the agenda Brad Ackerman asked the city to donate
to the firework display this year. Musgrove made a motion to
donate $1,000 for the firework display, seconded by Post
with all in favor. Ackerman asked Cordes if the city is
still storing the Lakeway signs that he took off the
building. He asked if the city is still going to sell them
and donate the money to the park. Post said the museum might
like them as well.
Nanc Burns was present to talk about the progress on the
Sunset Motel. Cordes said that he inspected the outside of
the building last week and Burns has not completed the roof
repairs. Burns said she was under the impression that only
the south side of the roof on the office and the motel had
to be done. She said she did more than was asked of her.
She put up a door, took down the planter box and fixed a
window in the basement. Cordes said about 40% of the roof
repairs have been done. Burns said the crew that worked on
the roof wonít be back until September. She was planning on
having them finish the roof at that time. Post said we have
2 choices. We can give her more time since she is not in
compliance or we can condemn it and tear it down since it is
not finished. Gonzalez told Burns that when she is in a
position where you have to comply you are not obliged to say
what you want to fix. You fix what the city says needs done.
Burns said she needs more time for the crew to come back and
finish in September. Mayor asked Cordes to inspect the
inside of the rooms again and bring the results back to the
council meeting on June 26th.
The Appropriation Ordinance in the amount of $208,552.82 was
approved on motion made by Musgrove, seconded by DeLissa
with all in favor.
The May 22nd, 2017 minutes were approved as
Building permits #17018, #17019, #17020 and #17021 were
approved on motion made by DeLissa, seconded by Post with
all in favor.
Cordes said he spoke with Wynelle Ediger about the sewer
line on Green Street and she wants the city to put the main
in. Her cost will be $8,100. Cordes said he contacted the
engineer to get the process started.
Cordes has completed the information for FEMA on the debris
clean up and the city will be reimbursed $34,922.00.
Cordes said he has talked to the council before about
getting a grapple for the front-end loader. Kevin Larrabee
talked to a dealer in Bucklin and they suggested getting a
grapple for our John Deere Tractor. Post made a motion to
buy a grapple for the John Deere Tractor for $3,775
installed, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.
Cordes asked to give Larrabee his 15 month raise. Musgrove
made a motion to give Kevin Larrabee his 15 month raise,
seconded by Gonzalez with all in favor.
Cordes told the council that the city crew would like to
have a portable welder. Larrabee found one from Northern
Tool for $1,700 and we have a trailer that we can attach the
welder to. Musgrove made a motion to purchase the welder
for $1,700, seconded by DeLissa with all in favor.
Cordes said the exercise equipment is put together. He needs
to get with Post to find out where to install the equipment.
The council discussed pouring concrete pads to put the
equipment on so it would be easier to maintain.
Cordes asked if the council would like to consider making an
ordinance for people spending the night at the city park. We
have someone living in a van at the park and they have been
told to leave by the police department last month. The
council discussed options and asked the city attorney to
write something up for them to review at the next meeting.
Cordes said he received a bid for the cooling tower for a
steel structure in the amount of $115,000 and that doesnít
include labor. They discussed other options and told Cordes
to have the local contractors look into building a wood
structure or trek structure.
The council discussed the options for allowing propane in
the city limits. They asked the attorney to write something
along the lines of 5 pound tanks for bbqís, 30 gallon tanks
for RVís and exempt portable food vendors for a short period
Neel said she talked to Stephen Cottrell about selling his
building on E Carthage. The attorney drew up a contract for
the councilís review. Neel will get the contract signed for
the next meeting.
Neel asked the council to put $250,000 into a CD to keep the
city from going over their pledged amount in the Fowler
State Bank. Post made a motion to put a $250,000 CD into
Meade State Bank for 1 year at 1.27%, seconded by Musgrove
with all in favor.
DeLissa made a motion to approve 2 fireworks stands in
Meade, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.
Post said she was really happy to see the Library has
painted he lower section of their building to match the City
Building. She said she also talked to Kim Stevens about the
city entrance signs. Cordes will get with Stevens to discuss
Musgrove asked if Cordes has sent a letter out to Ron Cordes
about his building that is falling down. Cordes said he did
not send a letter but talked to Ronís son-in-law about the
demolition. Musgrove said Steve Norsworthy was concerned
about the bid process for the Alley building that was opened
at the last meeting. Musgrove would like Cordes to contact
Gonzalez said he has had quite a few people ask him why he
is not running for council again. He said he has enjoyed
being a council member but he was involved with JH
basketball before he was on the council and would like to
continue JH basketball in the coming years.
Kuhns asked the council if they would be willing to help the
Golf Course by donating some money to help repair the mower
they have. The repairs will cost about $4,850. Gonzalez made
a motion to donate $2,000 to the Golf Course for mower
repairs, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor.
Marla Garner asked the council if she could discuss the
condemnation process. Cordes explained the process and
Kuhns gave her the ordinance number to look up online. She
asked if there is someone interested in Nanc Burns property
and if that is the reason the council is condemning her
motel. The council explained that there is no one interested
in the property but if the council doesnít make her take
care of the property then it will eventually fall into ruin
like so many other properties in town. Other properties have
been neglected for so long that they can no longer be
repaired or saved.
Post asked to go into executive session for 7 minutes for
consultation with our attorney on a matter protected by the
attorney/client privileges to protect the attorney/client
privilege and the Boardsí position on the matter to be
discussed, seconded by Musgrove with all in favor. The open
meeting will resume at 8:54 in this room. After executive
session, no action was taken.
With no further business to come before the council, DeLissa
made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Gonzalez with all in
Richard Knott, Mayor
Tiffany Neel, City Clerk