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CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - June 27, 2016

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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 Olsen, Councilor Neve, Councilor Webber, Councilor Hall, Police Sargent Stigall, City Supervisor Houk and Clerk/Treasurer Roberts. Councilor Williams was absent.

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

A motion was made by Councilor Neve to approve the Agenda, the Consent Agenda and the minutes of the June 13, 2016 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Olsen. Vote: Ayes-4, Noes-0, Absent-1

Vendors - Check #42109 thru Check #42148 - $37,818.78

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

Citizen Tom Giacoma from 111 Maple asked about the camping fee sign located at the boat launch. He informed the city that they are circumventing state law and the land use agreement with the Department of Fish & Wildlife. Mayor Struck advised Mr. Giacoma that the city has been in constant contact with the Department of Fish & Wildlife and they are perfectly fine with what the City of South Bend is doing. Mr. Giacoma informed Mayor Struck that the city did not even own the property on which the city is allowing camping. Mayor Struck disagreed with Mr. Giacoma’s information and she suggested that if he wanted to come to city hall she would provide him with a land survey which shows what portions of that area the city owns.

Mr. Giacoma then asked why, when he provided a public records request to the city for the income from camping at the boat launch, he was informed by Clerk/Treasurer Roberts that he would have to wait for two days until Councilor Hall returned from vacation to get that information. He demanded to know why Clerk/Treasurer Roberts didn’t have that information and a council person did! It was explained that camping fees are not a separate line item in the budget or revenue reports and that Councilor Hall prepares that information for the council because it interests him. It is not something that the city is required to document.

6. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Councilor Hall asked Sargent Stigall to get with Police Chief Eastham when he returns and ask him if his department has been tracking the derelict boats in town based on the city’s nuisance ordinance.
  • Councilor Hall asked Sargent Stigall if the owners of the property along the 600 block of Broadway have been contacted to mow the lawn. Councilor Hall was advised that Police Chief Eastham has been in contact with the owners.
  • City Supervisor Houk reported that NOVA Contracting, Inc. has finally paved Central Avenue as part of the Central Avenue Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The city will be paving the alley between Security State Bank and the Pacific County Annex as part of the project agreement.
  • Councilor Hall noted that part of the city’s derelict building ordinance addresses buildings with boarded up windows which is how the building near 1011 W. Robert Bush Drive has been secured. City Supervisor Houk advised that he will look into the issue.
  • Councilor Neve asked City Supervisor Houk if there had been any movement on the derelict house near her place that is owned by Heidi Keller (1610 W. First St). City Supervisor Houk explained that no work has been done and the building permit that was issued is now expired and she will need to contact the city to apply for a new permit. City Supervisor Houk explained that he would contact her again and see what she plans to do.
  • Councilor Hall asked Clerk/Treasurer Roberts about the city’s municipal code that addresses telephonic council participation (SBMC 2.05.010(B)). Clerk/Treasurer Roberts explained that having telephonic participation is an option if there isn’t a quorum and that it has been used once or twice over the last eight years.
  • Councilor Hall asked Clerk/Treasurer Roberts if the low income information is mentioned in the water, sewer or garbage ordinances and she advised Councilor Hall that it is addressed in all three ordinances – Water SBMC 13.05.003 and SBMC 13.05.10(B), Sewer SBMC 13.10.020 (B) and Garbage SBMC 8.20.080(1)(B) and SBMC 8.20.080(2)(B).
7. MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Struck thanked Councilor Hall for filling in for her at the last council meeting. It was appreciated.

8. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Neve announced that there will be a book signing Wednesday, July 6th starting at 3:30 pm at the Pacific County Historical Society and Museum (1008 W Robert Bush Dr). The book is Jailhouse stories from Early Pacific County written by Sydney Stevens.
  • Councilor Hall explained that he spoke with Fire Chief Todd Strozky who was a no show at the last council meeting for an EMS presentation (ambulance was not ready for its debut) and Fire Chief Strozyk plans to attend the July 11th council meeting and present his departments newest ambulance.
  • Councilor Hall asked if the city had a social media policy. He was advised that the city does have a social media policy as well as the use of social media in the city’s personnel policy. Clerk/Treasurer Roberts will provide the council a copy of what is currently used and look into an updated version for possible adoption.
9. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, July 11, 2016 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.