Minutes of Meeting- October 16, 2019

Caldwell City Commission
Minutes of Meeting – October 16th, 2019
The Caldwell City Commission met in regular session at the Caldwell Public Works Building on October 16th, 2019 at 12:04 p.m.  Mayor P.  Mark Arnold was present.  Commissioners Jill Kuehny and Michelle Schiltz were present. Casie Risley, City Administrator was absent.  Rebekah Rickstrew, Interim Police Chief, Leah Sommerhoff, Deputy City Clerk, and Marc Marcum, Public Works Foreman were present. Velta Glenn and JD Good were present as guests. Hollie Gulick, Kenneth Cooper CPA was also present.  
The minutes of the October 2nd, 2019 Regular Meeting were read and approved on a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and seconded by Commissioner Kuehny. Arnold – abstain due to the absence of that meeting, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – yes.  
Hollie Gulick, City Auditor presented the 2018 Financial Statement and Audit. The reports were reviewed and discussed. 
The Police Department Activity Reports were reviewed and upcoming department trainings and events were noted. 
A Thank-You was read for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days held at the Community Building. The event provides various safety awareness programs and demonstrations for Sumner County 5th graders! 
A Brightening the Border Queen Application was submitted for 205 N Caldwell Blvd. The program provides assistance to structure owners in Caldwell with exterior painting expenses. If approved, the applicant will be reimbursed up to $500 in necessary paint and materials. After review, the application was approved with a motion from Commissioner Schiltz and a second by Commissioner Kuehny. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – yes. 
A discussion was held regarding a City Flag. With ongoing branding ventures, the idea of a City Flag was discussed. It was decided to pursue the creation of a Caldwell Flag. The City will partner with other entities in the community to create a committee to begin the process. More details will follow as they are available. 
A discussion was held regarding the publication of a Weekly City Update Column in the paper and City Website. It was decided that a monthly column would be pursued. 
It was noted that a complaint had been received regarding overgrown trees in alleys. A reminder was given that all vegetation in alleys, including right-of-ways, is the responsibility of the property owner. Notices will be sent to property owners to inform them of the responsibilities before violations will be issued. 
There will be an Open House at the Carnegie Library on October 25th, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 to discuss the future hopes and plans for the building. 
There will also be a Community Rectangle Table Co-Working/Incubator Meeting on October 29th, 2019 at 6:00 at the Carnegie Library. 
Don’t forget; the Community-Wide Clean up weekend is November 9th & 10th. Reach out to a neighbor or those in need during the Community Days of Service to help clean up our town!  
At 12:55 p.m. Mayor Arnold made a motion to enter into Executive Session to non-elected personnel for 10 minutes. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Kuehny. Executive Session concluded at 1:05 p.m. No motions were made.  
A motion was made by Mayor Arnold to remove Rebekah Rickstrew’s Interim status to full-time Police Chief. His motion was seconded by Commissioner Kuehny. Arnold – yes, Kuehny – yes, Schiltz – yes.  
Warrant Ordinance No. 2181 was presented, reviewed and approved with a motion from Commissioner Kuehny and a second from Commissioner Schiltz. Motion carried. 
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:06 p.m.
Kristin Hutsler, City Clerk Mark Arnold, Mayor