The meeting of the Laddonia Board of Aldermen was called to order in the City Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, by Mayor Monte Hanson. Those present were Aldermen Gary Garnett, Francis Hunn, Glenn Jensen, and Eric Craft; Maintenance Supervisor Carl Donaldson; City Clerk/Collector Mary Kaluhiokalani; Treasurer Nick Parrish; Attorney Tom Ellis; Chief of Police Shawn Puls; and Mayor Monte Hanson who welcomed everyone.
The swearing-in ceremony of the new City Clerk/Collector and a new City Alderman were conducted by City Attorney Tom Ellis.
Mary Kaluhiokalani is now the new City Clerk/Collector. Eric Craft is now the new City Alderman and is filling the open chair for the remainder of the term.
Hunn moved and Garnett seconded the approval of the agenda with the addition of a recently received building permit request. The motion was approved.
Patron comments were heard by the board. A resident requested that a “Children at Play” sign be posted on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets due to speeding traffic. Another resident also requested a speed limit sign as well as a “Children at Play” sign be placed on Poplar St. The mayor states that MoDOT will be contacted about the possibility of placing the signs.
There was one building permit opened for discussion. The permit was denied due to the materials that were to be used. The resident stated that the sides would be made from sheets of tin. The board would prefer for the sides to be from a more substantial material and a motion passed to deny permit.
Hunn moved and Jenn seconded approval of the reports and that motion was approved.
The board discussed the cost of the storm damage repairs to City Hall. Mayor Hanson stated that he spoke with the insurance company and the roofing contractors and they are to start the roof repair Friday, September 14.
The report on the condition of the grader was not discussed as Jensen did not have a chance to review it at this time. The matter will be discussed at the next meeting.
Attorney Tom Ellis twice read the proposed ordinance that would delete the necessity of voting on either an alderman or mayor if the number of candidates was equal to or less to the number of openings. Jensen moved and Hunn seconded the motion to accept this ordinance which will now be on the April ballot for public approval. The motion was approved.
The board discussed the possibility of tree removal on the city lot south of the city park. The consensus of the discussion was that the removal of the tree would be reviewed again when the construction of the proposed basketball court on that lot would begin.
The board discussed the street damage that was done by a tree removal company after the big storm at S. Grand and W. 4th street. It was concluded that the company is to reimburse the city $200 for the cost of damages and labor.
The board discussed the budget adjustments necessary to cover the cost of the tree removal after the storm. The board consensus was to reduce the Building Improvement Fund by the $35,000 cost of the tree removal.
The board discussed what duties the city maintenance crew is allowed to perform. It was concluded that the aldermen will review information and this issue will be revisited at a later date.
Garnett moved and Jensen seconded for Ameren to fix the broken street lights and to also add several more street lights to areas that are currently in need. The motion was approved.
Jensen moved and Garnett seconded a motion to purchase new tires for the police car. Police Chief Puls will contact local businesses first. The motion was approved.
The meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m. by Mayor Monte Hanson.