Monday
Jan112016

January 2016 Regular Meeting

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KILKENNY CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 11, 2016


There was a regular meeting of the Kilkenny City Council held in Council Chambers starting at 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 2016.

Council in attendance: Mayor Kevin Taaffe, Jr, Rex Bull, Jeff Baldwin, Terry Ferch, Luke Wetzel
Staff in attendance: Treasurer Tara Robinson, Clerk Angela Taaffe
Persons in attendance: Janeice Bull, Jason Moran, Steve Stangler, Tim Sellner, Deputy Herb Moon, Cameron Hankins, Tanya Heinen

Call to Order. Mayor Kevin Taaffe, Jr., called the meeting to order
at 7:00 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes. Regular meeting held December 14, 2015. Motion by Rex Bull, seconded by Terry Ferch to approve minutes as written. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Approval of agenda. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Luke Wetzel to approve the amend agenda and add the Fire Dept. to presentations Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Staff Announcements
Clerk Angela Taaffe will be late to the meeting, due to her work schedule.
Presentations
Fire Dept Steve Stangler gave the report for the fire department on the bylaws for the Fire Dept. The person who wrote the bylaws is a former fire fighter; he reviewed what the dept. had for bylaws and then added to it. Mr. Stangler gave the council a copy to review. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Rex Bull to accept the updated bylaws presented by the Kilkenny Firemen’s Relief Association. Unanimous vote. Motion carried. Ms. Ferch said that the fire dept. tested three new potential firemen; they all passed the test and the background check, and is recommending the hire Brady Hiller, Jason Holicky, and Morgan Skidmore. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Rex Bull to hire the firefighter candidates of Brady Hiller, Jason Holicky and Morgan Skidmore. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Sherriff’s Office Report Deputy Herb Moon gave the Sherriff’s Office report.
New Business.
Designation of City Clerk Resolution 2016-01. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Luke Wetzel designating Tanya Heinen to fill the City Clerk position at the rate of $15.75/hr, for a 30 hours a month, 3 days a week, 2 hours a day, contingent upon acceptance of the offer. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Annual Organizational Consent Agenda
Acting Mayor:  Motion by Jeff Baldwin seconded by Luke Wetzel to appoint Rex Bull as Acting Mayor. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Depositories.  Motion by Rex Bull, seconded by Jeff Baldwin to use First National Bank, Kilkenny Branch as the City’s depository. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Newspaper:  Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Terry Ferch to have Lake Region Life as the City’s newspaper.  Unanimous vote.  Motion carried.
Engineer:  Motion by Terry Ferch, seconded by Rex Bull to appoint Bolton & Menk as City Engineer. Unanimous vote.  Motion carried.
Weed Inspector:  Motion by Luke Wetzel, seconded by Terry Ferch to appoint Tim Sellner as the Weed Inspector.  Unanimous vote.  Motion carried.
Blight Inspector Motion by Rex Bull, seconded by Luke Wetzel to appoint Jeff Baldwin as the Blight Inspector. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Council Meetings:  Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Luke Wetzel to hold the regular council meetings the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Unanimous vote.  Motion carried.
City Attorney:  Motion by Jeff Baldwin seconded by Terry Ferch to retain Jason Moran of Christian, Keogh, Moran and King as the City’s Attorney. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Back up Water Meter Reader: Motion by Jeff Baldwin seconded by Luke Wetzel to retain Rex Bull as the backup water meter reader. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Building /Zoning Permits: Motion by Rex Bull seconded by Terry Ferch to appoint Jeff Baldwin as the contact for building and zoning permits. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Unfinished Business
Park Board/Bulk mailing The council would like to send out a bulk mailing to gather ideas for events that people would like to have in the area. Mayor Taaffe asked Mr. Wetzel if he’d be willing to take on leading the park board and reporting to the city council.
Approval of Disbursements. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Terry Ferch to approve the City’s disbursements. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
Impress Cash Fund. Impress cash fund doesn’t need to be reimbursed this month.
Citizen Time
Steve Stangler wanted to remind the council of the 3 entity fire budget meeting. Mrs. Robinson states that she put a notice in all the council packets.
Tim Sellner asked if there were any more complaints about the water. He made a few changes with things and hopes that will help the water. Mr. Sellner asked about cleaning the sidewalk by the bank or on main street.
Council Discussion
Rex Bull stated the light is out on the flag pole at the firehall. Mr. Sellner said he knows, but due to the weather hasn’t gotten it changed.
Jeff Baldwin says he’s concerned if he were to have a broken pipe, his water can not be shut off, due to a broken water shut off. He said this hasn’t worked for over 3 years. Mr. Sellner said he was working with Mark Barnett on this, Mr. Baldwin suggested maybe someone else will need to be hired to take care of this, because there are several water shut-offs that need to be taken care of.
Mayor Taaffe said at a previous meeting that Librarian Kara Hackett asked why the librarians weren’t given a raise when minimum wage went up. Mrs. Robinson said that it doesn’t have to be raised because the city is under a certain size. Mayor Taaffe asked if the council sees a need for a raise for the librarians. Mr. Bull asked how much the library is utilized to justify a raise for the librarians. Janeice Bull said she thinks it’s probably an average of 5-6 kids that come per day in the summer. Mayor Taaffe suggested that since they are within the legalities for the wages for the librarians that they keep it as is for now, the council agreed.
Clerk position Ms. Heinen came to discuss the position with the council. Mayor Taaffe said to Ms. Heinen that he knew that the office hours were of a concern, the council is okay with her being there in the evening, they would just like consistent hours. The council would like to set a 6 month block of time for hours. Ms. Heinen said that Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday would work best for her, preferably 4pm-6pm. Ms. Heinen said she needs to talk to her boss to see if she can adjust her hours at her fulltime job to make her available at 4pm. The council said their offer for Ms. Heinen is 30 hours a month, 3 days a week and 2 hours per day at the rate of $15.75 per hour. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Luke Wetzel to hire Tanya Heinen for 30 hours a month, 3 days a week, 2 hours per day at the rate of $15.75 per hour. Unanimous vote. Motion carried. Designation of City Clerk Resolution 2016-01. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Luke Wetzel designating Tanya Heinen to fill the City Clerk position at the rate of $15.75/hr, for a 30 hours a month, 3 days a week, 2 hours a day, contingent upon acceptance of the offer. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.

Adjourn. Motion by Jeff Baldwin, seconded by Rex Bull to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 pm.

_______________________________
Kevin Taaffe Jr.
Mayor

________________________________
Tanya Heinen
City Clerk

Friday
Nov272015

November 2015 Regular Meeting

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KILKENNY CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 9, 2015


There was a regular meeting of the Kilkenny City Council held in Council Chambers starting at
7:00 p.m. on November 9, 2015.
Council in attendance: Mayor Kevin Taaffe, Jr., Rex Bull, Terry Ferch
Staff in attendance: Clerk Angela Taaffe
Persons in attendance: Janeice Bull, Kara Hackett, Luke Wetzel
1. Call to Order. Mayor Kevin Taaffe, Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Mayor
Taaffe would like it noted that Council Member Jeff Baldwin is absent tonight due to a
medical procedure and Council Member Jennifer Holicky is not present either due to a
pending resignation.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of Minutes. Regular meeting held October 13, 2015. Motion by Terry Ferch
seconded by Rex Bull to approve minutes as written. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
4. Approval of agenda. Motion by Rex Bull seconded by Terry Ferch to amend the agenda and
add the library to presentations. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
5. Staff Announcements
A) No staff announcements
6. Presentations
A) Library is closed for Veteran’s Day. Kara asked about if they should be open or closed
on Black Friday, Mayor Taaffe said he’d leave it up to their discretion. Ms. Hackett asked
about raises for the librarians, she wanted to know when they will be getting them, she
thought their wages were supposed to go up in August to match minimum wage. Mayor
Taaffe asked if
7. New Business
A) Resignations
 RESOLUTION NO. 2015-09 DECLARINGVACANCY OF A COUNCIL
MEMBER Motion by Terry Ferch, seconded by Rex Bull to accept the resignation of
Council Member Jennifer Holicky, who is no longer a Kilkenny City Resident,
effective immediately. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
 RESOLUTION NO. 2015-10 DECLARING VACANCY OF CITY CLERK
Motion by Rex Bull, seconded by Terry Ferch to accept the resignation of City Clerk
Angela Taaffe, who has received a job change, Ms. Taaffe will fulfill the position of
the clerk until January 31, 2016. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
8. Unfinished Business
A) Ireland trip Mayor Taaffe asked if there was any council interest in going to Ireland in
March, this was previously discussed at the October meeting. Mayor Taaffe said he
thinks it’s a great opportunity for council members to see what is going on in our sister
city and what the twinning is about.
9. Approval of Disbursements Motion by Rex Bull seconded by Terry Ferch to approve the
City’s disbursements. Unanimous vote. Motion carried.
10. Impress Cash Fund. Impress doesn’t need to be reimbursed this month.
11. Citizen Time
A) Kara Hackett asked if there was going to be office hours for the city office. Mayor
Taaffe said that would be discussed when they post the clerk position.
B) Janeice Bull asked if a letter was sent about the dog running loose, Ms. Taaffe asked
who the owner was so she could send the letter. She said the owner is Karen Mathison
and it’s a rat terrier. Ms. Taaffe will send a letter.
12. Council Discussion
A) Park Board Mayor Taaffe said he’d like to see the park board put back together or
appoint a director for the parks and recreation. He’d like to see activities happening again
in town. Janeice Bull said the hardest part is finding volunteers for activities, but the park
board was headed in the right direction. Mr. Bull suggested that there be a limit to the
activities, as to not burn people out. Mayor Taaffe suggested keeping the board small and
maybe making it paid positions. Mayor Taaffe would like the park board to be more
structured and to have a bigger part in Half-way to St. Paddy’s Day. The council would
like to see more involvement from the community and surrounding area to get more
people involved in things. Mayor Taaffe suggested having an informational meeting and
forming a board, but he’d like to get opinions of citizens and area residents to see what
kind of ideas for activities and involvement they would suggest. Ms. Hackett said there is
a “Every Door Direct Mail” option and it’s 18 cents per item and it could be as simple as
a piece of paper and it goes in every mail box in whatever area you chose to do the
mailing. Mayor Taaffe will meet with Attorney Jason Moran and find out what kind of
legalities this would involve. Further discuss at the December meeting, before sending
out a mailing.
B) Council Position Ms. Holicky’s remaining term is less than a year, because of this, it is
an option to keep the position open until next election. In the past when there has been a
vacancy with less than a year term remaining, Mayor Taaffe said they council has
appointed a new council member. Mayor Taaffe has had a couple people approach him
expressing interest in being on the council. Mrs. Ferch also had people contact her about
interest in being on the council. Mr. Bull asked who had expressed interest, Mayor Taaffe
said Luke Wetzel had expressed interested and Debi Deboot said she’d be willing to help
out if needed, Mrs. Ferch said Cameron Hankins had expressed interest to her. The
council would like to discuss it at the December after Mr. Baldwin is able to give his
input as well.
C) Clerk Position The council discussed re-writing the job description for the clerk position
and adding office hours. Mr. Bull suggests an afternoon shift and a morning shift each
week. Another suggestion was to have the office open all day one day a week. Mr. Bull
said he’d like to see consistent hours a couple days a week. They are suggesting 12 hours
per week in office. Mayor Taaffe will meet with Attorney Moran to get the job
description posted before the December meeting.
D) Terry Ferch asked if there was a contract that needed to be signed for snow removal.
Mayor Taaffe asked what the current contract was and Mrs. Ferch said it was a year
contract, Mayor Taaffe said the council can exercise their right to renew the contract
again. Mayor Taaffe asked Ms. Taaffe to put in on the December agenda to renew the
contract for 2016. Mrs. Ferch said she was also approached by Mark at Murphy’s Pub, he
said their liquor license was about to expire and they still hadn’t had it. Mayor Taaffe
said he signed it two months ago and Ms. Taaffe said everything was sent to the state, but
she’d contact the state about it and find out what was going on.
13. Adjourn. Motion by Terry Ferch seconded by Rex Bull to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 pm.
_______________________________
Kevin Taaffe Jr. Mayor
________________________________
Angela Taaffe City Clerk

Thursday
Oct292015

October 2015 Regular Meeting

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Tuesday
Sep292015

September 2015 Regular Meeting

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Friday
Aug282015

August 2015 Budget Meeting

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