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January 9, 2014 Town Council Minutes

Michael Forbes, PresidentAttorney David Austgen
Larry Bustamante, Vice-PresidentSherry Sury, Clerk-Treasurer
Gregory VolkSteve Kil, Town Manager
Mark Barenie 
Ken Gembala 

CALL TO ORDER:
Mr. Forbes called to order the regular meeting of the Town Council for January 9, 2014, at 7:18 p.m. (The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

ROLL CALL:
Roll call was taken by Clerk-Treasurer, Sherry Sury, with the following members present: Michael Forbes, Larry Bustamante, Gregory Volk, Mark Barenie and Ken Gembala. Staff members: Steve Kil was present. Chief Frego was present. Chief Willman was present. Chip Sobek was absent. Attorney Austgen was present. Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright, was present.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Mr. Forbes addressed the first item on the agenda, election of officers for 2014. He asked if there were any nominations for position of President of the St. John Town Council. Mr. Barenie nominated Mr. Michael Forbes to serve as President of the St. John Town Council for 2014. Mr. Gembala seconded the motion. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any other nominations for president. Mr. Gembala moved to close the floor to further nominations. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to further nominations. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

Mr. Forbes asked if there were any nominations for the position of Vice-President for the St. John Town Council for 2014. Mr. Barenie nominated Mr. Larry Bustamante to serve as Vice-President of the Town Council for 2014. Mr. Gembala seconded the motion. Mr. Forbes asked for any further nominations for the position of Vice-President. Mr. Gembala moved to close the floor to further nominations. "So moved," by Mr. Barenie. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to further nominations. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion(s) were unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

CONTRACT WITH TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE FOR 2014 FIREFIGHTING PROTECTION
Mr. Forbes noted that the 2014 contract with the Township Trustee for firefighting protection was before the Council for their review. Mr. Kil informed the Council that the firefighting contract for 2014 did not contain an increase in the dollar amount. Mr. Kil stated he has communicated with Ms. Jean Shepherd, St. John Township Trustee, who informed him that she has not been given any additional monies from the county. Mr. Kil added that Ms. Shepherd stated she "loves the service she gets from the Town of St. John." Mr. Kil stated Ms. Shepherd was apologetic, but the dollar amount of the contract remains the same as it was in 2013.

(General discussion ensued.)

Attorney Austgen inquired of Mr. Kil if any other entities have been provided an increase by the township trustee. Mr. Kil informed the Council that he ascertained that Ms. Shepherd has also informed Lake Hills they will not be receiving any additional monies either. Mr. Forbes noted the amount of the contract was $57,139.00. Mr. Kil remarked that the contract was "identical to 2013."

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Gembala made a motion to approve the 2014 firefighting protection contract with the St. John Township Trustee as presented. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

2014 BOARD AND COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS:
Mr. Forbes requested that the Council defer the 2014 Board and Commission appointments if it caused no inconvenience. "So moved," by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

APPROVAL OF THE 2014 FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Mr. Forbes noted that the next item on the Council's agenda was approval for the 2014 Fire Department Roster. Mr. Forbes asked if there were any questions from the councilmen. There were not questions. Mr. Bustamante made a motion to approve the 2014 Fire Department roster as submitted. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

RESOLUTION # 14-01-09, A RESOLUTION TO "WRITE-OFF" UNCOLLECTIBLE BAD DEBT.
Mr. Forbes noted Resolution # 14-01-09 was a resolution to write-off uncollectible bad debt. Mr. Forbes asked the councilmen if they had any questions on this matter. The councilmen had no questions.

Mr. Forbes noted a typographical error in the ordinance on the dollar amount. Mr. Kil noted that the correct amount was $75,195.00.

(General discussion ensued.)

Attorney Austgen informed the Council that his office works with Rachel regularly and she does a timely, detailed and efficient job for the Town. Chief Willman remarked that more work is being done Medicare and older patients. He noted that the increase in uncollectible debt was almost entirely due to dealings with Medicare.

Mr. Forbes asked if there was a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-01-09. Mr. Gembala made a motion to adopt Resolution # 14-01-09 with the corrected amount of $75,195.00. Mr. Volk seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0).

NEW BUSINESS:

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
TOWN COUNCIL:

Mr. Forbes moved on to reports or correspondence.

Mr. Barenie thanked the Public Works Department and all of the Town employees for the great work they did in the last week handling the snowstorm.

Mr. Bustamante concurred. He stated that they Town did the best job they could with what the Town has. Mr. Bustamante stated that the employees worked many hours and did a great job.

Mr. Volk noted the extreme temperatures that the employees had to work in.

Mr. Forbes remarked that he greatly appreciated all of the work done by the Town employees including the Fire and Police Departments. He remarked that this type of snowstorm is hard to keep up with.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Gembala thanked Mr. Kil and Mr. Bobby Davis for their quick response in getting the salt spread on the Town's roads Tuesday for the icy conditions.

CLERK-TREASURER:
Ms. Sury had no reports.

ATTORNEY'S REPORT:
Attorney Austgen had no reports.

TOWN MANAGER:
Mr. Kil informed the Council that the 2013 Construction Summary was included in their packets. He noted that there were 204 residential permits issued in 2013. He remarked that 2013 was a great year.

(General discussion ensued.)

STAFF:
Chief Frego had no reports.

Chief Willman thanked the Council again for their support and confidence and for the dollar amount that they approved for the volunteer fire department/training facility.

PUBLIC COMMENT:
Mr. Forbes opened the floor for public comment. He called for public comment. There was no public comment. Mr. Forbes closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Forbes stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. "So moved," by Mr. Gembala. Mr. Barenie seconded the motion. Ayes – all. Nays – none. The motion was unanimously carried by voice vote (5/0). (The meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright
Recording Secretary St. John Town Council