Aldermen introduce ordinances on extending terms of aldermen, mayor
During the Nov. 19 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, board members heard readings of ordinances that would amend the municipal code.
The first ordinance would call for an election on April 2, 2019, that would change the term of elected alderpersons from two years to four years. Currently, one alderman from Ward I and Ward II is elected for a two-year term, requiring a municipal election to be held every year. If this proposition is passed by voters, the aldermen elected at the April 2021 election will be the first aldermen to be elected to a four-year term. Those elected at the 2020 election will be elected for a three-year term to provide an “implementation” period. Following this initial implementation period, the election of aldermen will occur every two years.
If passed, the city of Concordia will be required to hold a municipal election every two years rather than every year. While there is no projected savings to the city during 2020, the projected savings during the initial five years in which the terms are fully implemented will be $2,400. Estimated savings per 10-year increments under the new terms is $6,000.
A similar ordinance was introduced calling for an election to be held April 2, 2019, to present to Concordia voters a proposition to change the term of mayor of the city from the present term of two years to four years. A “yes” vote on the proposition would set the initial term of a mayor elected in the April 2020 election at three years. All subsequent terms for elected mayors would then become four-year terms until a successor is elected.
A third ordinance was introduced dealing with the position of City Collector. The ordinance calls for a ballot proposition to be presented to the voters that would amend the city code to allow the mayor and Board of Aldermen to appoint the position of City Collector. The collector currently is elected for a two-year term during elections on even-numbered years.
All three ordinances were approved unanimously by the board.
In addition, the board approved an ordinance to accept and certify the results of the recent municipal election held Nov. 6, 2018. In that election, a proposition to impose a use tax of 2.25% was defeated by a vote of 516 no votes to 401 yes votes.
In other business, the board reviewed bids for banking services. City Administrator Dale Klussman stated both local banks had done a wonderful job with their bids.
“As it was put together, the criteria was completeness of proposal, depository for public funds, ability to meet Request for Proposal requirements, financial benefit to the city, location within the city, stability and security (of the institution), qualifications of key personnel, and current financial position,” he said.
Klussman reported that State Bank had a little better bid.
“They have a lower T-Bill rate, but do have a ceiling and (it) is adjusted monthly,” he said. “Concordia Bank does not have a ceiling on their T-Bill rates.” State Bank also is waiving check-printing fees, he said.
The feature known as “Text Caster” is valued at $1,250 a year and is used primarily by the Parks and Recreation department. This is a free service with Concordia Bank. Mayor Michael Brown stated that if the city wanted to keep Text Caster with, it would be advantageous to go with the Concordia Bank bid.
Alderman Ken Fuchs stated both banks had waived fees on certain features and he commended both for this service. Mayor Brown said both banks were very competitive on their bids and appreciated both for their time.
The board voted unanimously to accept the bid from Concordia Bank.
In addition, a motion made and carried unanimously to authorize Mayor Brown to sign an engagement letter for Randall Fiene, CPA, to perform an audit on the City of Concordia for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018.