Minutes of Meeting- April 4th, 2018

Caldwell City Commission

 Minutes of Meeting – April 4, 2018


The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Commission Chambers on April 4th, 2018 at 12:09 p.m.  Mayor P.  Mark Arnold presided. Commissioners Jill Kuehny and Michelle Schiltz were present. Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk Marc Marcrum, Public Works Supervisor, Gene Garcia, Police Chief, Rebekah Rickstrew, Police Officer and Velta Glenn were also present.

The minutes of the March 21st, 2018 Regular Meeting were read and approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz, and seconded by Commissioner Kuehny. Motion Carried.

Rebekah Patterson- Rickstrew was introduced as the City of Caldwell’s newest full time officer; she will act as the SRO for the school as well.  A detailed account of her day to day at the school was given; her presence at the school has been well received.  Rebekah has extensive training as an SRO, is a car seat technician, is DCF trained and will be the new DARE officer.  Her presence was received with a warm welcome from Commissioners, who are very happy to have her. 

The March Court Report was presented.

Casie reported that EMC Insurance will take possession of the wrecked 2013 Police Charger for $13,873.61, Chief Garcia is going to inquire a little further and make sure that this is a fair price, he may make an appeal to the insurance company based on his findings.

Casie gave the Commissioners a report from her Main Street America Conference.  The conference was a great source of information and ideas on how to make Main Street Caldwell better! She mentioned several communities that were similar in size that are now thriving and was able to get a good idea about what changes and additions they made that helped them get that way.  Her hope for the City and other local organizations is that we can all pool resources and do great things for the community.  The idea for a “Community Needs Poll” was discussed; Leah will speak to the Caldwell Young Professionals about helping get this poll together. 

An update on the Safe Routes to School Project was given.  The crew has been working for 30 days; most of the work is complete. 1st Street near the athletic field will remain closed for 20 days to let the concrete cure.  New signage has also been placed around the new areas of sidewalk.

The splash pad equipment has been delivered.

Cameron Bielman continues to work with SCKEDD, he must submit his business plan in order to continue with the grant process.  If this is not done, the next party on the wait list will be contacted.

A discussion was held regarding the homes on S Main, and St. Mary’s.  Casie has spoken with realtor Cathy Sheets about lowering the cost of the NSP home, because this is a Grant Funded home, contact will have to be made with the State. No decision was made on how to go forward, it was suggested to take the advice that Cathy provides. It was also mentioned the possibility of using the S Market Clinic Building as a storage facility for City records.

Potential uses for the Carnegie Library were discussed.  The City’s hands are tied because of ADA regulations, many changes must be made if the city were to renovate.  Casie mentioned the availability of Historical tax credits that could be applied for.  The need for new windows was discussed.  The potential use of the Carnegie Library will be a question on the “Community Needs Poll.”

The Caldwell Recreation Commission leased the City grader on 3/31 for work on the ball field. 

Appropriation Ordinance 2144 was approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Commission Schiltz. Arnold – yes, Kuehny –yes, Schiltz – yes. 

Resolution 3-2018: Rebekah Patterson- Rickstrew Wages: was approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Commissioner Schiltz. Arnold-yes, Kuehny-yes, Schiltz-yes.

At 1:18 Commissioner Kuehny moved to go into Executive Session to discuss Non-Elected personnel for 10 minutes, her motion was seconded by Commissioner Kuehny.  Gene Garcia, Chief of Police was asked to be present.  The Executive Session was adjourned at 1:26 p.m. no motions were made.

The City Wide Clean-up is Saturday April 7th, this is a service provided for residents inside city limits only.    Casie mentioned that local resident, and High School Senior Caleb Wilson has offered his hauling services to those in need free of charge.  Thank you Caleb!

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.


Leah Sommerhoff, Deputy City Clerk                                                                            Mark Arnold, Mayor