November 9th, 2020

City of Grove City   Regular Council Meeting Agenda   Tuesday, November 9th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Call the Meeting or Order

III. Consent to Agenda

A.  Agenda                                                                                    B.  Minutes of the following City Council Meetings:  October 12th, 2020 C.  Claims Totaling $279,644.66; October Payroll $19,576.65

IV. Visitor Recognition and Public Comment

  1. Janet Smiglewski
  2. West Central Sanitation
  3. Joshua Dupre/Ben Kaiser- Owners of Trailer Park
  4. Ranulfo Moreno

V. Old Business

  1. DSI-South Grove Grant
  2. Welcome to Grove City Sign
  3. CARES Funding
  4. Other                                                                                              

VI. New Business

  1. Resolution 2020-6 to Assess Past Due Utilities
  2. South Grove/Ardy Johnson
  3. Farmland Rental
  4. Other


VII.   Council & Staff Reports

VIII.  Adjournment

GROVE CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING      November 9th, 2020 @ 7:00PM MEMBERS PRESENT- Martin, Halterman, Evenson, Peterka, Hudec         ABSENT-None

AGENDA:  Council Member Peterka made a motion to approve the consent to agenda and the minutes from the October 12th, 2020 meeting. Council Member Halterman seconded the motion.  Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

VISITOR RECOGNITION AND PUBLIC COMMENT

Janet Smiglewski came to the council meeting to ask the council what was going to be done with the old playground equipment from Windmill Park. Mayor Martin made a motion to allow the Smiglewski’s to have the playground equipment if they took care of the removal of all equipment, Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

Don Williamson from West Central Sanitation came to the council meeting to discuss past due garbage charges with any residents prior to assessing them to property taxes. No residents came to the meeting to dispute their charges. Council member Peterka made a motion to approve assessing the past due garbage charges to the residents property taxes. Council member Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

Joshua Dupre and Ben Kaiser, owners of 4 J’s trailer park, came to the council meeting to discuss past due utility charges that some of their previous tenants had left behind. There are 2 accounts that are past due in the amount of $1,637.85. After much discussion, the issue will be revisited at the December council meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

WELCOME TO GROVE CITY SIGN: Clark informed the council that the additional words that the council would like to see added to the Welcome to Grove City sign were approved by the State. The additional wording will be to recognize the ACGC teams that have won state titles.

CARES FUNDING: The City of Grove City received $46,711. The council spent the funding on PPE, cleaning supplies, IPAD’s for each council member, clerk, and public works to allow them to meet and work remotely, a grant to the CARE Office, missed wages due to COVID, funding for the fire and rescue departments to purchase a LUCAS machine, a binder lift, an extractor and dryer, a grant to ACGC Schools, and touchless faucets and towel dispensers for the bathrooms at South Grove and City Hall. Clark will submit necessary paperwork finalizing the CARES funding.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 2020-6 to Assess Past Due Charges: Council member Hudec made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-6, which assesses delinquent garbage charges and delinquent utility charges to the property taxes. Council member Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

SOUTH GROVE: Residents at South Grove inquired about hosting their annual Christmas parties. Council member Halterman made a motion to suspend all group activities until further notice, such as the bone building club, bible study, card parties, holiday gatherings, etc. at South Grove, with the exclusion of the dance team practice. Council member Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with Halterman, Hudec, Peterka, and Martin voting in favor, Evenson opposed.  Also discussed was opening the community center to use for holiday parties. Council member Hudec made a motion to open the community center on Fridays and Saturdays; council member Evenson seconded the motion. Evenson and Hudec voted in favor, Martin, Peterka, and Halterman voted against. Motion failed to pass.

FARMLAND RENTAL: The city rents out two pieces of farm land. The first piece of land is 11.4 acres rented out to Matt Weseman for $240/acre. Council member Halterman made a motion to keep the same rental price; Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. The second piece of farmland is 10 acres rented out to Paul Martin for $100/acre. Council member Peterka made a motion to increase the rent to $135/acre due to the tiling that was done on the field. Council member Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with Halterman, Hudec, Peterka, and Evenson voting in favor, Martin abstained. Both rental periods are for one year.

STAFF

SHERIFF: Deputy Swisher stated that there were 45 calls last month. Martin asked Swisher to check on the street lights at night and let Roering know of any outages.

CLERK: Clark presented the council with the preliminary budget for 2021. It will be discussed further at the December council meeting. Clark informed the council that there will need to be a special meeting on Friday, November 13th at 10am to canvas the election results. The next council workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 10 am.

PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works supervisor Roering asked the council for permission for Hiepler and himself to attend the Heartland Winter Conference in South Dakota on November 19th. There is no cost for the conference, and Martin will take care of the morning chores.

HUDEC: Council member Hudec informed the council that he had checked into the cost of gravel for the alley behind his house. Martin and Hudec will get together to discuss the alley situation and involve Chuck Carlson and Gordy Larson.

PETERKA: Council member Peterka would like to revisit the option of hiring a local attorney to possibly handle some of the city ordinance violations. Peterka and Martin will be visiting some attorneys and follow up with the rest of the council at the December workshop.

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.