August 17, 2020

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
August 17, 2020
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding.

Present at Roll Call:  Marvin Ostrander, Steve Burich, Chuck Rigby and Lane Shaver. Nate Samples was absent.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese and Police Chief Rick Tasler

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to approve the agenda for August 17, 2020.

Ayes: Burich, Ostrander, Shaver, Rigby                             Motion Carried

A public hearing regarding the CDBG Housing Notice originally scheduled for this Council meeting was rescheduled for September 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. due to required meeting publications change.

No Councilmembers declared a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to approve the City Council meeting minutes for August 1, 2020.

Ayes: Burich, Ostrander, Shaver, Rigby                             Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the claims for August 17, 2020 in the amount of $260,768.67.

Ayes: Burich, Ostrander, Shaver, Rigby                             Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the renewal of liquor license for Poncho Villa Mexican Restaurant.

Nate Summers of D.A Davidson joined the meeting via phone connection to update the Council concerning the sale of bonds for the City of Madrid which took place that morning. He advised the city received an excellent offer from United Missouri Bank to buy bonds at an interest rate of 1.05%. Once the Council approves the sale, the closing will be scheduled for August 31, 2020 at which time the funds will be released to the City. The general obligation bond in the amount of $610,000 can be used to pay for street construction, water projects, sewer projects and a variety of other purposes. The bond matures in 2031. Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve Resolution # 04-20-21, “Resolution authorizing and approving a loan agreement, providing for the sale and issuance of general obligation corporate purpose bonds, series 2020, and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same. “

Ayes: Burich, Ostrander, Shaver, Rigby                             Motion Carried

The Council reviewed a document created by Mayor Tom Brown declaring a state of emergency for the City of Madrid following the derecho that occurred on August 10, 2020.

Mayor Brown updated the Council on upcoming FEMA meetings and storm cleanup requirements and reporting. He stated the City will not sign any contract for cleanup with any company until it is clear what those requirements are. He stated he placed FEMA guidelines on the madridiowa.org website for guidance on disposing of storm debris. The website also various links to aid with cleanup and compensation of losses. He stated an account has been set up at City State Bank for anyone wishing to donate towards the city’s recovery of the derecho. There is also a Go Fund Me page for the same purpose.

Lyric Ortiz of South State Street, approached the Council to present a donation of $50.00 which he and his brothers are giving from their private funds, to the City of Madrid.

Brett Smith of 311 East 3rd Street addressed the Council to express his concern about damaged trees located near his property. He is concerned that limbs from the trees may injure someone if they fall.

Mayor Brown explained there are many similar situations in town and they will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Mayor Brown read a letter received from attorney John Jordan requesting that the City of Madrid appoint a representative to the Lowry Trust. Mayor Brown asked any Councilmember who was interested to speak with him for appointment.

Councilperson Shaver spoke about a concern from a citizen on Kingman Boulevard who had water in his basement after recent heavy rainfall. Councilperson Shaver feels the event is not related to the Tiger Run development, however the developer, Jason Springer stated he will address any concerns citizens may have.

Councilperson Rigby gave thanks to Rick Tasler and his staff for handling the recent storm related issues. He also thanked the citizens for stepping up to help their neighbors.

Councilperson Burich was contacted by a citizen who would like to see a dog park in Madrid. He also took a complaint from a citizen regarding a building that was never finished from a building permit issued in the 1990’s.

Councilperson Ostrander also expressed gratitude to the Mayor, the police department and the citizens of Madrid for stepping up during the recent derecho.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to adjourn the City Council meeting at 6:20 p.m.