Lockesburg City Council met in regular session Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in the senior center. The media was notified of the meeting.
Mayor Danny Ruth called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. and opened with prayer.
Those in attendance were Mayor Danny Ruth, Recorder Treasurer Becky Jegstrup, Council Members Donna Gallaher, Bill Roberts, Rodger Ridley, James Jester, and Claudine Tompkins. Council member Steven Hill was absent. Also in attendance were City Attorney Erin Hunter, Park Commissioner Shelia Ruth and Deputy Municipal Clerk JoAnna Giusti.
A motion was made by Gallaher and seconded by Jester to approve the minutes from the March 2020 meeting after an error with a street name was corrected. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Roberts and seconded by Tompkins to approve the minutes from the April 2020 meeting after a wording correction. Motion passed 5/0/0.
Park Commissioner Shelia Ruth addressed the council concerning several matters. First was the purchase of the fireworks for the July 4 celebration. A motion was made by Roberts and seconded by Ridley to go ahead and purchase the fireworks. If the city cannot have their regular July 4 celebration, they will use them at a later date when covid regulations are eased.
Second she discussed the Market in the Park. Several people on the park committee were asking permission to go ahead and hold the event. Tompkins pulled up the CDC guidelines and requirements that would have to be met in order to hold the event. Ruth said she would hold a park committee meeting this week to discuss these with the committee members.
Ruth also discussed the renovation of the Walking Trail in Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park. The council decided to accept bids and to reopen the discussion at the next scheduled council meeting in June.
A motion was made by Gallaher and seconded by Tompkins to approve the Financial Reports for March and April. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Gallaher and seconded by Roberts to approve Building Permit 2020-3, allowing the set-up of a mobile home at 112 South Red Bud by William Terrell. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Tompkins and seconded by Roberts to approve Building Permit 2020-4, a permit to allow renovations and porches for to an existing mobile home at 104 W Spruce belonging to Jimmy Carver. Motion passed 5/0/0.
The council discussed shutting off the south end of S. Park to through traffic but the land owners around did not want it done so they will research prices for speed bumps and speed tables to be placed on the city part of S. Park and reopen discussion at the next council meeting.
A motion was made by Roberts and seconded by Jester to pay the $25,000 invoice to A.L. Franks for the preliminary work and procuring funding to finish the last part of the sewer improvement project. The council voted last month not to accept the loan/grant for the sewer project. A condition was added that they receive a detailed explanation of all the work product report and the study. Motion passed 5/0/0. A motion was made by Ridley and seconded by Jester to take the money to pay the invoice from the Tax Fund. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Tompkins and seconded by Gallaher to hire Gary Cunningham at $65 an hour to use his backhoe to help with the storm clean up. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Ridley and seconded by Jester to approve the bills for May. Motion passed 5/0/0.
A motion was made by Tompkins and seconded by Gallaher to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m.