CITY OF ST. MARTINS
BOARD OF ALDERMEN
MARCH 14, 2023
PLACE: City Office
TIME: 7:00 PM
Mayor Daryl Raithel called the meeting to order and established a quorum present.
John Pecher led the Pledge of Allegiance and Laura Boeckmann gave the Invocation.
CITY EMPLOYEES PRESENT:
Sally Hager, Treasurer
Lindel Bolten, Park Supervisor
Darrell Taube, Street Supervisor
Doug Reece, City Administrator
Virginia Bayne, City Clerk
FLAG PLAZA AT THE VFW: With the acquisition of the Casey’s Store, the VFW put in a Flag Plaza. It has taken some time, but the project is now complete. The VFW is selling markers for veterans and first responders. Alderman Bob Hackman moved and Alderman John Pecher seconded to contribute $10,000 to the VFW Flag Plaza. Motion carried. The contribution has been in the budget for several years. Scott Englund thanked the City for their help.
REVIEW AND APPROVE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 6, 2023 BOARD OF ALDERMAN MEETING:
Alderman Bob Hackman moved and Alderman Laura Boeckmann seconded to approve the minutes of the February meeting. Motion was approved.
Review and Approval Bills to be paid: Treasurer, Sally Hager presented the bills to be paid and the bills paid since the last meeting. After several questions about the bills including the $1300 bill from Luebbert Engineering, Alderman Laura Boeckmann moved and Alderman Bob Hackman seconded to approve the bills to be paid and the bills paid since the last meeting. Motion was approved.
Certificates of Deposit: Ms. Hager stated the City has $76,897.61 in the NOW checking account, and no CDs maturing this month. City Administrator, Doug Reece stated the money for engineering on the grant would not be due until April or May.
CD #108498(06) for $156,796.52 automatically renewed and was rolled over. The new maturity date is now 2/25/24, at a 2.5% interest rate. Ms. Hager presented documentation indicating it would be prudent to cash in the CD. Alderman Bob Hackman moved and Alderman John Pecher seconded to cash in CD #1084986(06) and reinvest it in a 7-month CD at 3.75% interest. Motion carried.
Alderman Laura Boeckmann moved and Alderman Bob Hackman seconded to take $30,000 from the NOW checking account #2674301 and combine it with CD#1084986(06) at River Region Credit Union for 7 months at a rate of 3.75%. Motion was approved.
City Treasurer, Sally Hager is to check to see the penalties for cashing in CD #1018498(69) for $25,180.97 maturing 7/14/23. Interest rate on that CD is 1.0% at River Region Credit Union.
Financial Report: Alderman Laura Boeckmann asked why the 1% Parks & Streets Sales Tax was so low and not equal with the regular sales tax (see page 3 of the financial report). The question will be asked of Steven VanderVeen of Capital City Accounting & Tax Service.
The question was asked if the Cajun Catfish truck should have a Business License from St. Martins. The city clerk will check with John Roush since they are parking on Brew 50’s lot.
Alderman Laura Boeckmann moved and Alderman Bob Hackman seconded to approve the Financial Report. Report was approved.
PLANNING & ZONING REPORT: No meeting was held.
PARK REPORT: Park Supervisor Lindel Bolten reported that Sally Hager would not be mowing the park this year. Darrell Taube’s grandson who is 16 years old may be interested in the job. Advertising for the job will be put on facebook.
Mr. Bolten ordered one door handle at a cost of $516. The handle has time features making it more expensive. The order was done online and was not declined.
STREET REPORT: Vehicles parked on City streets – A report was received about a car parked along St. Martins Boulevard for at least a week. Street Supervisor Darrell Taube would like to see “No Parking” along St. Martins Boulevard, West St. Martins Boulevard, O’Rourke and Churchview. Alderman Bob Hackman asked how wide are the streets and how much room is needed for emergency vehicles to get through. I am concerned from a safety stand point stated Darrell Taube.
Unlicensed vehicles parked on private property: Street Supervisor Darrell Taube reported there are vehicles without tags setting around including one in a front yard on Verdant Lane and an RV around the Lindenbusch property. Alderman John Pecher
suggested doing a survey of citizens in St. Martins. Alderman Bob Hackman suggested contacting the Cole County Sheriff and Alderman Laura Boeckmann had questions about enforcement. A letter is to be written to the owner and the resident at 7007 St. Martins Boulevard and the resident on Verdant Lane.
Ordinance #2018-01, Environmental and Safety Code, is to be made available to the board members.
CAMPO REPORT: The 1.1 million left over from the TAP grant went to Wardsville for constructing sidewalks along Falcon Lane.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT: Doug Reece, City Administrator reported Sheriff Wheeler and Chief of Police Wilde spoke about the impact of legalized marijuana. This is uncharted territory and a work in progress.
Mr. Reece mentioned the passing of Harold McDowell.
On the TAP Grant, we are waiting on a survey from CMPS to proceed with the design work.
The Cole County Small Communities Grant will be bid in conjunction with the Business 50 bike/ped lanes to try to get the best bid.
Centertown is interested in connecting to Jefferson City Sewer through Grey’s Creek which runs north of Henwick Lane.
It was reported someone has been “pooping” under the pine trees by the pickle ball courts.
Willine Niekamp would like to see more street lights along Business 50.
Alderman John Pecher wants a street light at the intersection of West St. Martins Boulevard and Clarose Drive. Street lights will be looked into.
With no further business, Alderman Bob Hackman moved and Alderman John Pecher seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned.
Daryl Raithel, Mayor Date
Virginia Bayne, City Clerk Date