June 2018

Beacon City Council Minutes

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

 7:00 p.m.

Call to Order- Mayor Jim Hughes called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. City Council members present: Cecil Smith, Dwight Teeter, Richard Thomas, and Ron Kauffman. City Council members absent: Danny Fetters

General Business

  1. Review Minutes from May 3rd, 2018 Meeting
  2. Treasurer’s Report-
  3. Claims Report

Motion made to approve the consent agenda made by Cecil Smith, seconded by Ron Kauffman. All members voted in favor, motion approved.

Old Business

  1. Hall Rentals- April-4, May-4
  2. Clean-up & Animal Control- The Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter received 2 calls and 1 stray intake in the month of May.
  3. Beacon Spring Clean up- Mayor Jim Hughes thanked volunteers that helped with the Beacon Spring Clean up. The clean up went well this year and approximately 16 ton was picked up.
  4. Committee Reports- No Updates
  5. City Code Codification- Danny Fetters was supposed to communicate with Mark Groenendyk to get the name of another codification service vendor to get a bid for the meeting. City Clerk, Jaimie, communicated with Mark Groenendyk and he recommended the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. Council had already been presented a bid from them for $3,000 which was rejected in March 2018 as it was higher than the bid from Sterling Codifiers.

1st reading was held on the contract for codification services to be performed by Sterling Codifiers. Motion to approve contract and accept bid made by Ron Kauffman, seconded by Dwight Teeter. All members voted in favor, motion approved.

6. Storm Siren- A draft storm siren resolution outlining ownership responsibilities for Mahaska EMA was reviewed. An updated draft will be presented at the July meeting.

New Business

  1. Mark Neff, Oskaloosa Fire Department- City Fire Chief, Mark Neff, presented the council with City of Beacon fire protection information for the previous 4 fiscal years which includes the cost of services and the number/type of service calls for said fiscal year. Mark Neff advised that the City of Beacon should not see any significant increases in the cost of services.
  2. Storage Unit Property Tax Abatement- Gary Fisher is interested in building storage unit(s) and consulted with Mayor Jim Hughes on the possibility of tax abatement. Mayor Jim Hughes advised that the City of Beacon only receives approximately .24/dollar of assessed property taxes and the legal costs of providing said tax abatement would likely exceed the revenue the City of Beacon would receive.
  3. Fireworks- The City of Beacon will follow the state code in regards to fireworks. Fireworks can be used on private property from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4th.

Next Scheduled Council Meeting Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 p.m.

Adjournment- Motion to adjourn made by Ron Kauffman, seconded by Dwight Teeter. All members voted in favor, motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.