Kahoka Council Approves 2011-12 Wage Ordinance
By Mike Scott
The Kahoka Board of Aldermen approved two ordinances at their Monday, May 9 meeting. The council approved its wage ordinance with three readings, establishing employee and officer wages for the fiscal year of April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012. The text of the ordinance can be found on page 14.
Golf cart and “gator” drivers in Kahoka are now subject to paying the same licensing fees as cars and other ATV’s in the city as the Kahoka Board of Aldermen passed and ordinance amending the definition of ATV’s to include these types of vehicles.
“What if someone from outside Kahoka is driving one of these vehicles on the street in town?” asked Alderman Jerry Webber.
“They will get stopped and receive a ticket, and have the opportunity to buy the permit before the court date,” answered Kahoka Police Chief Bill Conger.
Webber asked if there was an exemption for agricultural vehicles, and was told there was no exemption.
“What if that farmer is driving his pickup in town?” Webber asked.
“The big difference is that the pickup is required to be licensed to drive on the roads,” said Alderman Jeff Wood. “We’re requiring them to buy a permit to drive that ATV on our streets.”
The ordinance passed on a 3-1 vote, with Alderman Larry Young voting against it.
The council also discussed the status of the Downtown Enhancement Grant project. ?Mayor Wayne Blum reported that he has been told the project could go out for bid in about three weeks.
The board also discussed whether KCDI funds could be utilized for that project.
“I could not find anything in the bylaws that says you cannot use the funds for a sidewalk project,” reported City Attorney April Wilson. “These are very broad and general guidelines.” Wilson did caution that the bylaws do require contractors to be from Clark County “if possible”.
In other business, the council:
--Discussed the alleged alley between Martin and Jefferson Streets between Court and Clark Streets. To date, all but two of the property owners have signed the city’s easement request.
“All we really need is the easement,” said City Attorney Wilson. “The property owners can fight the alley battle.”
--The council discussed the possibility of contracting with a debt collection agency to handle delinquent city utility collections. Attorney Wilson reported that Unionville uses a collection agency and requires background credit checks and a deposit of up to $1200 depending on the background check results. Lancaster also uses a collection agency. City Clerk Sandi Hopp will get more information from different companies, and present it to the council at a future meeting.
--Mayor Blum and Alderman Young met with the Wayland City Council about the possible hike in water rates.
--Alderman Wood reported the city’s cost of the election for three unopposed seats was $3425.70.
--Approved building permits for Roy and Angie Gilbert, and for the Clark County courthouse.
--Adopted a resolution naming Jim Sherwood as the representative and Wayne Blum as the alternate to the Missouri Electric Utility Commission.
--Approved a package liquor license for Dollar General, to sell Monday through Saturday only.
--Discussed approaching the county to collect real estate and personal property taxes for the city.
--Approved the hiring of Whitney Schoppe as pool manager. The pool will open on the Saturday before Memorial Day and will be open until the first day of school in August, and then on weekends, depending on weather and lifeguard availability.
--Alderman Curtis Mack reported that all but two lights at OMAKOHAK Park were now working, and he also discussed getting timers for the basketball court lights.
--Mack also reported the city received a $3000 grant for new basketball backboards and improvements at the park.
--Mayor Wayne Blum reported that in the KCDI meeting prior to the council meeting, the board voted to forgive the remaining $4922.13 mortgage owed by the Clark County Senior Center.