Board of Aldermen approves changes to city’s court management

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

During the regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen held Monday, Nov. 5, the board discussed changes to the city’s court management systems. According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, the changes would bring the city into better compliance with the state of Missouri.
Klussman reported he had spoken to Judge Scott Hamilton and Prosecutor Jim Hall, and neither thought it was a good idea to go to holding court sessions less than once a month. Under the proposed changes, court would be moved from the third Thursday to the second Thursday of each month. This would mean less conflict with larger courts. The time would also be changed to 4 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. A bailiff would be done away with, and the court clerk would call court to order. In addition, the courtroom would be moved to room 203 of the Concordia Community Center to accommodate public, and notification would be posted on the building identifying the location of court. Klussman said these changes would save the city approximately $8,000 a year. The changes will go begin in January of 2019.
During his report, Klussman reported he is working on an ordinance for setting the terms of mayor and aldermen at four years instead of the current two years. He hopes to have the ordinance ready in November or December.
Alderman Larry Schnakenberg reported that the Tourism Committee met on Oct. 23, and stated the administrator reported that a re-inspection of specific rooms was requested and performed on the Day’s Inn motel after complaints from customers about bug bites. No problems were found.
The committee also made the motion to advertise in the 2019 relocation packet for Whiteman AFB, which includes a one-half page advertisement in the guide, a presence on the relocation web page, and integration to and from the website. The cost is $2,774.40, which includes a 20% discount if paid in full, for a savings of $693.
There is $1,000 budgeted for Christmas lights and the committee would like to put lights on the new shelter house and, if there are funds left, buy a wreath for the bandstand or banners for the light poles.
The board approved purchase of the advertisement in the relocation packet and the recommendation concerning Christmas lights.
Mayor Michael Brown reported that the Main Street committee would be finalizing the plans for Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting at their meeting on Nov. 5.
Discussion was held concerning lease options on the skid steer loader with Wesley Wood of KC Bobcat. Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman and Wood reviewed options to keep the cost down and felt the best option was to keep the current loader with a four-year lease and 500 hours per year.
A motion was made, and carried unanimously, to authorize the continuance of the lease purchase of a 2018 Bobcat T595 Compact Tracloader at a cost of $4,580.
In addition, the board approved a one-year extension of a lease purchase agreement with Murphy Tractor, Inc. of Kansas City, on a John Deere 310SL backhoe loader at a cost of $13,300.
Klussman requested authorization to close City Hall at noon on Dec. 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday. In addition, Klussman recommended the city hold an employee Christmas dinner at The Palace on Dec. 24. The board approved both unanimously.

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