Village of DeSoto Board of Trustees met March 4.
Here is the minutes as provided by the board:
President John Evans called the first regular monthly meeting of the De Soto Village Board of Trustees to order at 7:00 P.M. Village Clerk Paula Parks was present to record the minutes.
Present: John Evans Cristy Desormeaux
Brian Gleason Eric Schuler
Absent: Tony Rushing
Motion made by Brian Gleason, seconded by Cristy Desormeaux, to dispense with the reading of the minutes and to approve them. Motion carried.
Motion made by Paulette Johnson, seconded by Eric Schuler, to approve the February expense report. Motion carried.
Motion made by Cristy Desormeaux, seconded by Brian Gleason, to pay the list of bills. Upon roll call vote: Brian Gleason – Yes; Paulette Johnson – Yes; Cristy Desormeaux – Yes; Eric Schuler - Yes. Motion carried.
Dave Johnson, owner of Dynamic Restoration, was present to ask the Board about purchasing or renting the piece of property that is adjacent to his property on the north side. Tax records indicate the property belongs to Missouri Pacific Railroad. However, Mr. Johnson said the hunting plat map indicates the property belongs to the Village of De Soto. Mayor John Evans told Mr. Johnson the Board would be interested if the property belonged to the Village. Both the Village and Mr. Johnson will investigate the matter.
Gary Pearson, Division Manager of Republic Services, and Rob Willming, General Manager, presented information to the Board regarding the upcoming contract. With a five-year contract, the garbage rate will increase the first year from $12.54 to $13.80 per month (a ten percent increase). The rate will increase three percent each year after the first year. Mr. Willming explained that there has been increased cost on the recycling side with China where all the recycling materials previously went. China has changed the regulations in regard to the amount of contamination in the materials they will accept, and they no longer accept mixed paper, regardless of contamination levels. In order to meet the requirements for the materials, the cost for processing, handling and transportation has increased. Currently, because of these changes, only 35% of processed commodities have a positive value. Republic Services is trying to educate the public as to how and what to recycle to reduce contamination. The contract language should stay the same. Trustee Paulette Johnson noted that some of the original contract language waiving the fee for the school and churches had been omitted when the contract was renewed. She also noted that the original language provided that residents could call Republic Services when they had a bulk item for disposal, and Republic Services would pick the bulk item up at no charge. Mr. Willming said he would investigate the possibility of including the two items in the new contract.
Beth Connell was not present with a proposal for the project to involve students in planting and maintaining flowers at the Veterans Memorial.
Trustee Paulette Johnson reported that she had signed the contract with Tru-Bilt to side the pavilion. They will start in June. De Soto Daze donated $2,000.00 and Steve and Jackie Knowle donated $1,000.00 toward the first installment of $5,887.50.
Motion made by Paulette Johnson, seconded by Brian Gleason, to pass Resolution No. 2019-2 dedicating the section of East Washington Street from Pecan Street to Poplar Street as JENNY FINNEY WAY. Upon roll call vote: Brian Gleason – Yes; Paulette Johnson – Yes; Cristy Desormeaux – Yes; Eric Schuler – Yes. Motion carried. Resolution incorporated by reference.
A dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, May 25 at 10 AM on East Washington Street.
Motion made by Eric Schuler, seconded by Cristy Desormeaux, to pass Ordinance No. 2019-2 Amendment to Chapter 16 – Garbage, Paragraph 16-1-8. Upon roll call vote: Brian Gleason – Yes; Paulette Johnson – Yes; Cristy Desormeaux – Yes; Eric Schuler – Yes. Motion carried. Ordinance incorporated by reference.
Section 16-1-8 was changed to include a time limit for putting trash receptacles out for pick up and removing them from the pickup location to the residence. Trash receptacles may not be placed along streets, alleys, and curbs more than one (1) day before the trash is to be collected, and trash receptacles must be removed from the street, alley, and curb and returned to the residence no later than one (1) day after pickup. Section 16-1-12 specifying the penalty for violation of any of the provisions of Chapter 16 was added to the Village Code.
Treasurer Dana Smith distributed the budget worksheets for the Budget planning meeting on May 11 at 6 PM.
The next regular board meeting will be held Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
Motion made by Brian Gleason, seconded by Paulette Johnson, to adjourn at 7:57 PM. Motion carried.