City passes Joint Powers Agreement for use of courthouse jail

By Marj Frew

The Martin City Council meeting held December 11 began with a moment of silence in respect and memory of councilman Chuck Gotheridge, who passed away December 7.

All other members were present, along with Mayor Gary Rayhill, Finance Officer Jean Kirk, City Attorney Sarah Frankenstein, Police Chief Brandon Petersen, and City Foreman Paul Noel.

Also attending the meeting were Kelvin McCollam, Jay Yohner, Randy Kocourek, County Commissioners Rod Kirk, Judd Schompp, and Rolf Kraft, Marj Frew with the Bennett County Booster, Joyce Wilson, Gloria Claussen, Bob Toczek, Todd Alexander, Officer Daniel Dove, Patty Hammond, Rachel Adair, Bennett County States Attorney Sarah Harris, and Newton Cummings.

Patty Hammond/ Rubble Site Compost

The council listened to a request from Patty Hammond concerning having the city deliver materials which can be composted to her property south of town, rather than to the city dump. After considerable discussion on the logistics, Claussen suggested that she let people know she wants the materials, and individual people could take such items to her. The council approved leaving it up to Paul when to take compost clippings to her property.

New Tire Machine

Noel also visited with the council about the need for a different tire machine, as the one being used by the city is beyond repair. He informed the council that a new machine would be around $6,000. He was asked to try to find information on some used ones. It will be put it on next month’s meeting.

Malt Beverage and Wine License Hearing

The floor was opened for discussion for a Malt Beverage and Wine Hearing for Dollar General’s application.

After brief discussion, the council denied the application from Dollar General, noting that they may reapply after waiting the required one year.

Public Comment

The public comment agenda item brought up discussion about people selling food in town without required licenses.

After further discussion about who is responsible, and the safety issues of serving food, it was decided to check with the state health department on what measures can be taken.

Bill Kuxhaus asked about the progress of the clean up of nuisance properties. Rayhill informed him that “We have three now. As soon as we have time and equipment, those three will be gone.” Other nuisance vehicles were also addressed.

Bob Toczek also brought it to the attention of the council that the lack of sidewalks from the school to Main Street is a safety issue for young students.

Law

Police Chief Brandon Petersen reported to the council that his department had 68 calls for service, 199 total events logged with Winner dispatch, with 28 arrests: 5 felonies and 23 misdemeanors.

Jail

Extensive discussion was held concerning the meeting held two weeks ago by the law boards of the city and county, in regards to the city police officers not being allowed to use the cells in the courthouse. City Attorney Frankenstein presented the legal responsibilities of the county, with regard to financial responsibilities.

Following the detailed discussion, the joint powers agreement with the change of specifically naming the sheriff in the hold harmless clause was approved by the city council. The joint powers agreement will be on the agenda for approval at the next commissioners meeting on December 18.

Bid Opening for Empty Lot

Only one bid by Kelvin McCollam was submitted for the empty lot south of the park. His bid was accepted for $20,000, contingent upon McCollam receiving the contract to build the new IHS office building, and the city waiving any sewer and water tap-in fees.

Bid Opening for Surplus Pickup

Four bids were received for the 1999 Ford F150 pickup. Jeff Siscoe bid $528, Bill Cummings bid $525, Roy Guptill bid $150 and Tim Adair bid $150. The bid from Jeff Siscoe was accepted.

Sewer Rate Increase

Finance Officer Kirk informed the Council that the Sewer Fund is barely breaking even and that there has not been a rate increase for 10 or 11 years. A rate increase of $1.00 for the base rate was approved.

The second reading of the Supplemental Budget Ordinance #216 was read and approved.

Following executive session for personnel, the meeting adjourned.

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, January 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

See December 18, 2019 Issue for Full Article

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