Minutes of Meeting - May 17th, 2017

Caldwell City Commission 
 Minutes of Meeting – May 17th, 2017

The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Public Works Building on May 17th, 2017 at 12:08 p.m.  Mayor P.  Mark Arnold presided.  Commissioner present was Jill Kuehny. Commissioner Colin Wood was absent. Casie Risley, City Administrator was present. Gene Garcia, Marshall was also present. 

The minutes of the April 25th, 2017 Unsafe Structure Hearing and May 3rd, 2017 Regular Meeting were read and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny, and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Motion Carried. 

The April Treasurer’s Report and Bank Cash Report were presented and discussed. After nothing the rising expenses vs. revenue in the utility funds, it was noted that it is time to have Ranson Financial do another Water & Sewer Rate Study to re-evaluate the current rates.

The May Court Report was presented and discussed. 

An update was given on the remaining NSP Home at 304 S Main. After reviewing the income requirements with LeAnn Thurman, KDOC, a letter was drafted requesting a change from 50% of the median income to 120% of the median income. This proposed change will allow for a much wider buyer base to be applicable for the home.  

A letter of resignation from Colin Wood, Streets & Utilities Commissioner was presented and reviewed. Commissioner Wood is stepping down from his position due to the increasing need for his time in his law practice. His dedicated time to our Community is greatly appreciated. 

At this time, the filling of the Streets and Utilities Commission position was discussed. It was noted that Michelle Schiltz, who has served previous terms as the Finance Commissioner, has expressed interest in the position. With that being said, Commissioner Kuehny made a motion to appoint Michelle Schiltz as Streets & Utilities Commissioner for the remaining term. Her motion was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Wood – absent.  

Resolution 13-2017: Wages – Part Time Officer Timothy Rickshaw was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and a second from Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Wood – absent. 

Resolution 14-2017: Wages – Part Time Officer Rebekah Patterson-Rickshaw was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and a second from Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Wood – absent. 

A discussion regarding Cemetery Lot fees was held. It was noted that they had not been increased since 2004. After reviewing a rate comparison from other communities of Caldwell’s size, Resolution 15-2017: Cemetery Lot Fee Increase was presented and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Wood – absent. The changes will reflect a $50 increase in purchase price for those who own property in the City Limits, and a $100 increase to those who do not own any property inside the City Limits. 

It was noted that the Cemetery was named as a 1% beneficiary in the Kerr Trust. The City graciously thanks the family for the gift. 

The 2018 Fire Fighting Fees with the surrounding townships and fire districts were discussed. Currently, the fees reflect a $10 per section, per year, increase. After discussing the current costs, it was that the rates will remain the same for 2018. The City Administrator was asked to research other community’s contract fees and coverages. 

At 1:01 p.m. Commissioner Kuehny made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss trade secrets for 5 minutes. Those asked to be present for the session were Commissioner Kuehny, Mayor Arnold, and Casie Risley, City Administrator. Her motion was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Executive Session concluded at 1:06. No motions were made.  

At 1:06 p.m. Commissioner Kuehny made a motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss non-elected personnel for 10 minutes. Those asked to be present for the session were Commissioner Kuehny, Mayor Arnold, and Casie Risley, City Administrator. Her motion was seconded by Mayor Arnold. Executive Session concluded at 1:11. No motions were made.  

Appropriation Ordinance 2121 (corrected) & Appropriation Ordinance 2123 were approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and seconded by Mayor Arnold. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Wood –absent.  

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.




Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk									Mark Arnold, Mayor