City of Grove City
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Call the Meeting or Order
III. Consent to Agenda
B. Minutes of the following City Council Meetings: March 9th 2020
C. Claims Totaling $102,045.30; March Payroll $18,896.62
IV. Visitor Recognition and Public Comment
A. Ranulfo Moreno
V. Old Business
- Infrastructure Improvements Project
VI. New Business
- Water Tower Cleanout
- CoVid-19 Issues
- Summer Help
VII. Council & Staff Reports
GROVE CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING April 13th, 2020 @ 7:00PM MEMBERS PRESENT- Martin, Halterman, Peterka, Hudec ABSENT-Evenson
AGENDA: Council member Halterman made a motion to approve the consent to agenda and the minutes from the March 9th, 2020 council meetings. Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all council members voting in favor.
Ranulfo Moreno came to the council meeting to discuss late fees imposed by the city. He feels that if the due date is on a weekend, he shouldn’t have to pay late fees if he comes in the next Monday. The council informed Mr. Moreno that the due date is on the 15th of every month, it is posted on every bill, and there is a drop box located outside the office to use as well. The due dates being on a weekend has been discussed before, and the council unanimously decided that it didn’t matter if the 15th fell on a weekend, it is still due by 8 am that Monday to avoid late fees. Mr. Moreno informed the council that he would be taking the city to court over the late fees, and would not be paying them.
Mr. Moreno also inquired about combining his parcels to reduce his property taxes and assessments. Mayor Martin informed Mr. Moreno that combining parcels wouldn’t reduce his assessments, those were already finalized. Clark also informed Mr. Moreno that one of his lots is commercial, and the others are residential therefore they couldn’t be combined, and also in town, only one house would be permitted per lot. The council also reminded Mr. Moreno that his fence is required to be completed by September.
Stephan Froehlich came to the council meeting to discuss his concerns in regards to his neighbor’s dogs barking. Deputy Swisher informed Mr. Froehlich that he needed to call it into the sheriff’s office, and the officer has to hear the dog barking for 5 minutes straight before issuing a citation.
Mr. Froehlich also asked if the street light in the alley behind his house could either be shut off or dimmed. Roering will take a look at it and see what can be done. Mr. Froehlich also voiced concerns in regards to CoVid-19 protocols and supplies for the fire department. Clark will get in touch with Chief Jans in regards to protocols and supplies.
INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
Clark presented the council with the letters that Attorney Squires had sent to Reiner and his attorney. Clark also presented the council with a letter from Bollig Engineering asking the council for permission to join in and observe the project and its deficiencies. The council felt that Bollig already had spent enough time observing the deficiencies and the council would prefer to use Bolton & Menk’s services.
Roering presented the council with the mower options they had requested. Hudec made a motion to purchase a John Deere Mower from Haug Implement. The price of the mower and accessories is $43,805, and there will be a $2,000 credit for trading in the Blue Sweeper. Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.
WATER TOWER: Mayor Martin made a motion to accept McGuire Iron to clean out the water tower as they had submitted the lowest bid at $1,900. Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.
COVID-19 ISSUES: Mayor Martin informed the council that the fire drill at South Grove has been postponed to help with social distancing, and Clerk Clark has put up a sign asking for no unnecessary visitors at South Grove, and there won’t be any gatherings allowed in the gym. The council decided that outside walkers would also not be allowed at this time. The council asked Clark to look into whether or not we can open up the campground, and to put up signs informing residents that the playgrounds and restrooms in the park are closed.
Council member Hudec made a motion to waive late fees and disconnects due to nonpayment during the CoVid-19 pandemic. Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. In regards to the office, Clark and Ransom are working together to try and only have one person in the office. Council gave permission to Clark to close the office to the public except by appointment only, and would pay the average normal wages and hours. Clark and Ransom will work together to ensure that one person is in the office at a time, and are planning on staggering hours.
SUMMER HELP: Council asked Clark to post signs to look for summer help. The summer help position will be a 1,000 hour position at $10/hour for work such as mowing, weed whipping, and general maintenance.
SHERIFF: There were 32 calls for March, 2020. The council inquired about some of the various calls that happened during the month.
CLERK: City Clerk Clark informed the council that she had received notice that Marian Allen will be moving out in April. Mayor Martin stated that Dorinda Rassler would also be leaving South Grove soon. Martin and Clark will look thru the apartments that are opening up and will decide if they are in need of paint and recarpeting.
PUBLIC WORKS: Roering was asked to put up some posts by the bridge to prevent 4 wheelers on the trail.
HALTERMAN: Council member Halterman inquired about the drain tile that was crushed by Reiner and still hasn’t been fixed yet. Clark will email Attorney Squires for guidance on that.
ADJOURNMENT Council member Peterka made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Council member Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.