Recently elected Miner officials are sworn in
MINER - The Miner Board of Aldermen wrapped up loose ends remaining under the heading "old business" on Tuesday's agenda before accepting election results and swearing in newly elected officials.
The board started their regular monthly meeting by approving a 20-year franchise tax agreement with Ameren UE.
The next ordinance for consideration which would have abolished the dispatch supervisor position was dropped as the position was vacated. "It's a moot issue," said Mayor Frank Tatum.
Tatum next opened a discussion on they city's cellular phones with a list of cash receipts showing he paid for all personal use himself. "I did not misappropriate any funds," he maintained.
Donna Thomas, alderperson, said the point is that after the board decided to not renew the cell phone contracts, Tatum "obligated the city's money for two years - and you can't do that."
Following the cell phone discussion, Alderman Tom Brock brought up a personal issue related to himself and Tatum.
"I think we are here for city business," scolded a resident, putting them back on track. "You all were elected to run the city and that's all."
Returning to official business, the board accepted the April election results.
Tatum, Mitch Thompson, Betty Barnes and Roger Moore were sworn in by City Clerk Janet Tuttle for their terms as mayor, Ward 1 alderman, Ward 2 alderman and police chief respectively.
With the new board in place, officials moved on to new business beginning with the appointment of Dale Frank to the Tourism Advisory Board.
The next item on the agenda, an agreement with the developer of Dockins Subdivision to address drainage issues, is still being negotiated, according to Joe Fuchs, city attorney.
Thomas described flooding on the subdivision road from the last hard rain.
"There are issues the engineers are working on as we speak," said Fuchs.
"Miner has a drainage problem," said Tatum. "I'm glad this was brought up."
"This is one (drainage problem) we can alleviate before it gets started," offered Thompson.
While on the topic of the Dockins Subdivision, a resident advised board members that an area near his property he has mowed for 20 years has been littered with chunks of concrete, one of which was flung into his truck causing damage. "I can't mow there," he complained. He also said the contractor had not replaced his mailbox after building the subdivision's road.
The item was tabled until an agreement is ready for approval by the board.
In other Miner business:
* Board members appointed Fuchs and the city treasurer, Loraine Simpson, to new one-year terms in their city positions.
* The board established a policy by which the city clerk is authorized to make purchases up to $500 per item.
Tatum said he had no objection as long as the purchases were documented with receipts.
"We've always had receipts since I've been on the board," stated Brock.
* Board members tabled a decision on a proposal by Scott County to purchase a single, higher-quality recording system for all Emergency-911 calls to be routed through instead of two lesser-quality units at each E-911 dispatching center.
The board will seek more information from the previous chief of police, Anthony Moody.
* A one-day license to sell alcohol outside on April 27 was approved by the board for Diana's Lounge.
The license has been approved for the previous three years the annual benefit event has been held, according to the police chief. "It's always been shut down by midnight," he recalled. "(The Miner police) get called more during the week than on that special event day."
* The board approved paying insurance for an ambulance donated to the Miner Fire Department and refurbished for use as an equipment van.
Randy Baker, fire department chief, said the van will be stocked with beverages and will be used as a place for firefighters to get in and cool off.
Although the firefighters are being trained as "first responders," the vehicle will not be used as an ambulance, according to Baker. Other duties for the vehicle may include serving as a backup for dispatchers and use as a mobile command center.
Tatum said the vehicle must only be used for city business as it will be covered under city's insurance.
Tuttle estimated the insurance would cost about $300 per year.