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August 27, 2018

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CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - August 27, 2018

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1-2. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Struck at 5:30 pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Members present: Councilor Buchanan, Councilor Williams, Councilor Neve, Councilor Davis, Councilor Little, Police Chief Eastham, City Supervisor Houk and Clerk/Treasurer Roberts.

3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA, CONSENT AGENDA, AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilor Neve to approve the Agenda, Consent Agenda and the minutes of the August 13, 2018 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Williams. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

Vendors – Check #44333 thru Check #44358 - $48,022.29

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE

Mayor Struck presented the contract for the Municipal Court Judge. As was discussed at the August 13, 2018 council meeting Judge Turner accepted a position in Olympia and resigned as Municipal Court Judge effective August 31, 2018. After reviewing three applications Mayor Struck explained that she felt that Eric Weston had the most experience and would do the best job for the city. Councilor Buchanan asked who the other applicants were and Mayor Struck advised that it was Nancy McAllister and William Penoyar. Councilor Williams made a motion to accept the Contract for Professional Services – Municipal Court Judge as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilor Neve. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

6. ORDINANCE #1535 – AMENDING CHAPTER 3.13 BUSINESS LICENSES (FIRST READING)

Clerk/Treasurer Roberts explained the reasoning behind the need to amend the city’s business license ordinance and how the changes would affect the city. There was some discussion about the difference between businesses inside the city limits vs outside the city limits. Councilor Neve made a motion to move Ordinance #1535 – Amending Chapter 3.13 Business Licenses to a second reading. The motion was seconded by Councilor Little. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

7. ORDINANCE #1536 – AMENDING AND ADDING TO CHAPTER 2.50 PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (FIRST READING)

Clerk/Treasurer Roberts explained that the city currently has a detailed Public Records Act ordinance in place and all this does is add some language that eliminates the need for small cities to keep an index of public records due to the fact that is can be burdensome. Clerk/Treasurer Roberts noted that she will still keep an index for internal use but that it won’t be required should the city get a request for it. Councilor Neve made a motion to move Ordinance #1536 – Amending and Adding to Chapter 2.50 Public Records Act to a second reading. The motion was seconded by Councilor Williams. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

8. ORDINANCE #1537 – 2018 BUDGET AMENDMENTS (FIRST READING)

Clerk/Treasurer Roberts presented Ordinance #1537 – 2018 Budget Amendments and explained what each amendment was and why, using the worksheet that she prepares to determine what the amendments should be. Councilor Neve made a motion to move Ordinance #1537 – 2018 Budget Amendments to a second reading. The motion was seconded by Councilor Williams. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

9. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

None

10. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

Police Chief Eastham announced that his department is as prepared as they can be for Labor Day considering they are short one officer. He will be hiring one person for Sunday for a 10 hour shift because Sunday is the busiest day of the weekend. He explained that he does have two reserves but they are both too green to be out patrolling alone yet.

11. MAYOR’S REPORT
  • Mayor Struck announced that plans for Come Play on Labor Day are in full swing. Saturday night there will be a dinner and county music concert featuring Missy G at the chamber, a free kid’s movie across from city hall and bingo plus all of the usual’s over the long weekend – salmon derby, softball tournament, grand parade and fireworks. Mayor Struck reminded everyone that she also has duck tickets and Labor Day buttons for sale. If anyone wants one please give her a holler.
  • Mayor Struck noted that the city is aware of the mosquito issue and Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control will be spraying on Thursday and Friday, August 30th and 31st.
12. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Neve mentioned the Kiwanis Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday of Labor Day. It is from 8am-11am at the chamber building – breakfast casseroles (meat & vegetarian), pancakes, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Monday is the poker paddle which starts at 11am at Robert Bush Park. With a sigh Councilor Neve noted that the Pacific County Fair went well and that September 4th couldn’t come soon enough. Mayor Struck agreed wholeheartedly.
  • Councilor Buchanan mentioned that last year’s parade left him in the dust! Mayor Struck noted that has already been discussed and the parade will be slowed down – way down – to allow for everyone walking to keep up.
13. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:56 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, September 10, 2018 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.

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