September 14, 2020

City of Grove City Regular Council Meeting Agenda Monday, September 14th, 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:  August 10th, August 28th, & September 9th, 2020

C.  Claims Totaling $80,948.90; August Payroll $18,864.13

IV. Visitor Recognition and Public Comment

  1. Jason McCoy
  2. Jack Heacock
  3. DSI (South Grove Grant)

V. Old Business

  1. Cares Act Funding
  2. Other                                                                                                          

VI. New Business

  1. MMUA-Safety Management Program Contract
  2. 2021 Proposed Property Tax Levy
  3. Employee Evaluations
  4. Other

VII.   Council & Staff Reports                                                                                                       

VIII.  Adjournment

GROVE CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING                                                  September 14th, 2020 @ 7:00PM      MEMBERS PRESENT- Martin, Halterman, Evenson, Peterka, Hudec                                ABSENT-None

AGENDA:  Council Member Halterman made a motion to approve the consent to agenda and the minutes from the August 10th, 28th, and September 9th, 2020 council meetings, and Council Member Hudec seconded the motion.  Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

VISITOR RECOGNITION AND PUBLIC COMMENT

Jason McCoycame to the council meeting to discuss concerns over the proposed changes to the Welcome To Grove City sign. Before any changes are made, there also needs to be approval from the State. The issue will be put on the October Agenda. McCoy also informed the council that the Lions Club would like to repaint the shelter down at the Windmill Park; council was ok with that. McCoy also inquired about the Lion’s Club purchasing some charcoal grills for the park.

Jack Heacock came to the council meeting to discuss charges in regards to a broken water meter that he was charged for. Hudec made a motion to eliminate the connection fee that he was charged, Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with Hudec, Peterka, Evenson and Halterman voting yes and Mayor Martin voting no. Hudec made a motion to send in the meter for testing to see if it was faulty, Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with Hudec, Peterka, Evenson, and Halterman voting in favor; Mayor Martin voted no.

Hunter Robinson from DSI came to the council meeting to discuss the grant for South Grove. Mr. Robinson informed the council that based on responses so far, they are looking at applying for funds for 5 owner occupied homes, 4-5 single family rental homes, and 25 multifamily rental units. Council member Peterka made a motion to move forward with the grant proposal with DSI, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Mr. Robinson informed the council that at the next council, the city will need to decide what amount the city would like to guarantee as matching funds.

OLD BUSINESS

CARES ACT FUNDING: Rosie Dilley came to the council to request funding from the city’s CARES Act funds for the Grove City CARE Office. The council will consider the request after they have more information on the funds that are left. Clark informed the council that she had talked to the city attorney, Jay Squires and he believed that the City should be able to use some of its funding for the fire and rescue department.

NEW BUSINESS

MMUA-Safety Management Program Contract: Council member Halterman made a motion to approve MMUA’s Safety Management Program Contract, Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

2021 PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY: Council member Peterka made a motion to approve a 5% increase for the 2021 Proposed Property Tax Levy for Grove City, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Clark reminded the council that the amount can be always be lowered before submitting the final figures, but it cannot be increased.

EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS: Council members Evenson and Halterman conducted employee evaluations, and Halterman stated that the city has a really good crew working right now. Council member Peterka made a motion to approve 2% pay increases for Roering, Hiepler, Ransom, Ramirez, and Clark, and a $1 increase for Linda Nelson. Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with Peterka, Halterman, Evenson, and Hudec voting in favor, and Martin voted against.

STAFF

SHERIFF: Deputy Swisher stated that there were 33 calls last month. The contract with the Meeker County Sheriff Department will be coming up for negotiation at the end of the year.

CLERK: Clark asked the council about limits on sewer charges. Residents have previously been approved for reducing the sewer charges for swimming pools, but were now inquiring about reducing charges for hot tubs, pressure washing, lawn watering, etc. The council decided that only swimming pools were available for sewer credit. Clark also informed the council that she had found tenants for the remaining open apartment at South Grove.

PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works supervisor Roering asked the council if they want the door opener replaced on the rescue squad garage doors. The cost of replacement is $746. Evenson made a motion to have Roering replace the opener, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

Roering presented the council with the map he had made for semi traffic along Pacific Ave. Mayor Martin made a motion to purchase 2 signs for the route, Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

MAYOR MARTIN: Martin informed the council that he had received an offer from Jerry Rueckert. Rueckert said that he would purchase a washing machine and donate it to South Grove if the city agreed. Peterka made a motion to accept Rueckert’s offer, with the city buying a washer in 2021. Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Mayor Martin made a motion to increase the washers and dryers fee from 75 cents on $1. Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

PETERKA: Peterka brought up the issue that he is still experiencing water leaking from the shutoff. Mayor Martin made a motion to have Mr. Dirt come in and fix the leak at Peterkas, and to fix the drain tile at Garrett Raasch’s, and bill Reiner since he hasn’t fixed it yet. Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with Martin, Hudec, Evenson, and Halterman voting in favor. Peterka abstained.

ADJOURNMENT Council member Peterka made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Halterman seconded the motion.  Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

The council would like to thank all residents for their hard work and efforts in cleaning up and maintaining our beautiful city, it has been noticed and appreciated!