August 7, 2017

5:15 P.M.

The city council met in regular session with the following present:  Mayor Jack E. Rowden; Councilmen Dean Banker, Shannon Crawford, Jason Teeter, and Frankie Thomas.  Absent:  Councilman Dan Corpening.

Others present were City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks, Chief of Police Courtney Leslie, Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke, City Attorney Wayne R. Tate, Carrie Baeza, Deanna Burkhart, Mary Beth Crawford, Ronnie Sumner, and Ruthie Winget.

Mayor Jack E. Rowden arrived at 5:18 p.m. to preside over the meeting.

Motion by Councilman Jason Teeter, seconded by Councilman Dean Banker, to approve the minutes of July 10, 2017 as mailed.  Motion carried.

Each member of the governing body was provided a copy of Municipal Judge Paula Sosa’s report for the month of July, showing 29 new cases brought before the court and $1,120.00 remitted to the city.  Motion by Shannon Crawford, seconded by Frankie Thomas, to accept the report.  Motion carried.


City inspector Josh Grubbs’ written report was provided for review.


Deanna Burkhart and Ronnie Sumner, with Black Hills Energy, made the annual public relations appearance on behalf of the local natural gas provider.  Outside Utilities Supervisor Paul Nordyke reported the city had recently experienced a delayed response to an emergency one call by the gas company’s locate provider.  The local employees were unavailable to respond.  Sumner told Nordyke to call him.  Burkhart added the city could contact Black Hills’ emergency number.


At 5:30 p.m., the city council met as a budget hearing body.  No one appeared in connection with the budget hearing.  City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks presented pie charts showing the 2018 budget breakdown by fund and revenue source, general fund breakdown, electric department expense breakdown, and 2016 payroll breakdown; and bar graphs showing the city’s mill levy rate from 1978-2018 and debt totals from 1978-2017.  Motion by Frankie Thomas, seconded by Shannon Crawford, that the 2018 budget be approved as published.  Motion carried.  The budget calls for an increase of 3.74 mills, due to the inexplicable 3.7 percent drop in the city’s valuation.  The city’s 2018 budget of $15,340,400.00 is $250,120.00 lower than the 2017 budget.


The city clerk also called to the council’s attention the city’s sales tax collections to date for 2017.  Sales tax collections are $66,086.89 lower than the same time period a year ago, almost a 15% decline.  The city’s 2018 budget takes into account the lowered expectations for sales tax revenue.


Nordyke asked for permission to seek bids for a new pickup for the street department.  The city would then dispose of 1997 and 2000 Ford pickups.  Motion by Crawford, seconded by Thomas, to authorize the outside utilities supervisor to take bids.  Motion carried.


Mayor Rowden announced the appointment of Stanley McGill to the Board of Convention and Tourism Activities.  Motion by Jason Teeter, seconded by Shannon Crawford, to confirm the appointment, with term to expire May, 2021.  (Following the meeting and after review of previous minutes, Scott Schechter had already been appointed on April 10, 2017 to fill the vacancy.)


Councilman Jason Teeter, who also serves on the Board of Convention & Tourism Activities Board, reported that board is recommending expenditures from the Transient Guest Tax Fund of $500.00 for the tough trucks performance, $1,000.00 to the Stevens County Fair, $500.00 to the High Plains Barbecue Bash, and $1,000.00 to Pheasant Heaven Charities.  Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, to approve the expenditures.  Motion carried.

Claims against the city were presented and audited.  Motion by Crawford, seconded by Banker, that Appropriation Ordinances No. 2083 and 2084 be passed.  Motion carried.

Motion by Banker, seconded by Thomas, that the meeting adjourn.  Motion carried.