Edina City Council Approves City Lake Pollination Field, Stormwater Infrastructure Improvement Plans – NEMOnews Media Group

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July Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Margaret Gibson, City Clerk

DRAFT – July 11, 2022 – The College of Aldermen met in ordinary session under the chairmanship of Mayor Alex Reel. Aldermen present: Dot Kriegshauser, Delmar Strange, David Bugh, Rick Yoakum, Mark Parrish, Staci Rimer. Absent: none. Others Present: Ryan Bishop, Chief of Police; John Pinkowski, Missouri Department of Conservation; Echo Menges, editor-in-chief of Edina Sentinel; Roger Parton, Superintendent of Utilities.

Mayor Reel called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and delivered the invocation. The oath of allegiance was recited.

Moved by David Bugh and seconded by Delmar Strange to approve the minutes and reports as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was moved by Mark Parrish and seconded by David Bugh to pay all bills as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

CITIZEN COMMENTS – none.

John Pinkowski addressed council regarding the proposed pollinator parcel on the City Lake property. A motion was moved by Staci Rimer and seconded by Dot Kriegshauser to enter into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation to continue this project. Motion passed unanimously. According to John, the cost to the City will be minimal, with local individuals, businesses and organizations donating their time and resources.

SERVICE REPORTS

Roger Parton, Superintendent of Utilities, met with council. He provided the board with a report of the projects his team completed over the past month. He also asked the board to consider selling other equipment that is no longer in use – the 2006 Duramax with spreader and the sweeper, which he says are like new. Roger also indicated that a Kabota 50 hp loader and a box blade would be a real asset for the City, especially in the maintenance of driveways. Mayor Reel suggested it would be good to see how well those other items are selling before making that purchase. The motion was moved by David Bugh and seconded by Rick Yoakum to sell the 2006 Duramax with spreader and sweeper. Motion passed unanimously. These will be listed with Derek England to be sold on Big Iron, an online auction service.

Roger also requested to purchase a Milwaukee chainsaw with 2 batteries and a charger from Farm & Home for $2,100. The motion was moved by Staci Rimer and seconded by David Bugh to allow the purchase of the chainsaw, batteries and charger. Motion passed unanimously.

Parton said the town also has a small front-wheel-drive Massey Ferguson tractor that is no longer in use and could be sold. The motion was made by David Bugh and seconded by Rick Yoakum to add this to the other pieces of equipment that will be sold by Big Iron. Motion passed unanimously.

Roger said Mike Wriedt emptied some fire hydrants after receiving calls about the taste and smell of the water. He said Mike will also perform maintenance on the dam in preparation for the inspection required to receive certification. The old City Lake clubhouse has been vacant for some time.

Roger asked for the opinion of the Board of Directors regarding the future use of this building. There was consensus that this building could be used and should not fall into disrepair. Roger suggested he and Steve could definitely take this on as a winter project.

Ryan Bishop, Chief of Police, met with council. He said he continues to address the issue of landowners not keeping their properties mowed. Ryan also raised questions or concerns with the board after reviewing his monthly report. There were none.

Mayor Reel reported that the City has received a proposal from Mark Bross, Klingner & Associates, for their services on the LaFayette Street Drainage Improvement Project. Mark confirmed that this stormwater infrastructure project is an approved use of ARPA funds. It is moved by David Bugh and seconded by Delmar Strange to authorize the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Klingner & Associates for their services for this project in the amount of $29,500.00. Motion passed unanimously.

Echo Menges reported on progress on the City Lake property on behalf of the Lake Development Committee. She said the volunteers include, but are not limited to the following: Tracy Hettinger – donated and carried 2 loads of sand; Rick Yoakum – tiles for swimming area/volleyball court; Lyndsey Brenizer of H2Grafx – signaling; David Fagin & Roger Parton for their expertise in setting up the swimming area/beach volleyball court. Echo said there was still work to do, including more sand to haul, but progress was being made.

The council discussed the need to increase the tampering penalty in the city’s water ordinance. A motion was made by Dot Kriegshauser and seconded by Rick Yoakum for the City Attorney to write an order to vary Order No. 578 to increase the penalty for tampering to “a minimum of $10 and a maximum from $100” to “a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $2,000”. The actual amount of infraction compensation will continue to be set by the College of Aldermen. Motion carried unanimously.

Council considered a building permit application submitted by Lisa Bosch. The application was for a new home (4,200 square feet) and store (200 square feet) at 607 W. Bowen St. The motion was moved by Dot Kriegshauser and seconded by Delmar Strange to approve the permit. Motion passed unanimously.

There were no further reports or comments from the mayor or council. The motion was moved by Staci Rimer and seconded by Rick Yoakum to adjourn.

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