City of Cross Plains
February 10, 2009
This was a regular meeting of the Cross Plains City Council. Members of the council present were Mayor Ray Purvis, Bob Kirkham, Peg Terrell, & Jerry Cassle.
Employees present were Teresa Kennedy & Amber Thomas.
Members of the public meeting were Kim Lambert, Mark Ring, Arlene Stephenson, Era Lee Hanke, Judy Luter, Ginny Hoskins, Lavonne Childress, Bob Childress, Linda Burns, Nora Odom, Sue Bennett, Tom Bennett, Mark Norris, Vicky Worley, Helen Parson & James Nichols.
Mayor Purvis called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
By general consent the council approved the minutes as read.
By general consent the council approved the police and judge’s report as presented.
Peg Terrell moved to pay the bills. Bob Kirkham seconded and motion carried.
The Cross Plains Public Library representatives met with the council to ask for an additional $700 in their annual contribution from $2,800 annually to $3,500.00. Judy Luter asked the council for the opportunity for several people from the Library to speak. Each citizen spoke on behalf of the Library and the benefits the local library has on the community. A financial statement was provided by Bob Childers and a discussion was held concerning the “children’s programs” at the Library by Sue Bennett. Vicky Worley spoke on the notoriety of the Cross Plains Library. A coffee invitation was extended to the Mayor, Council & the Administrative Staff for February 23, 2009 @ 10:00 am at the local Library to tour the Library and the new wing. The group thanked the council for their consideration and the opportunity to meet with the council.
Jerry Cassle moved to order the May 9, 2009 General Election. Bob Kirkham seconded and motion carried.
Mayor Purvis read part of the Ordinance regulation peddlers & solicitors inside the City Limits. Peg Terrell suggested that we let City Attorney, Forrest McCray read the ordinance and make any necessary corrections prior to next months meeting. By general consent the council agreed to table the matter until the next regular meeting.
Amber Thomas, Site Director for the Senior Citizens Center gave her monthly report. She reported that there were approximately 50 citizens under the age of 60 eating at the center for the month of January. After meeting with COG representative, Gail Kaiser, she suggested that the City charge a higher rate for the meals. Her suggested rate for anyone under 60 years old be $5.25. Ms. Thomas also discussed the possibility of applying for a “non-profit” status. She advised the council that it takes 45 days to become non-profit. She informed the council that with a non-profit status the Senior Citizen’s center would be eligible for other types of funding that the City would not be eligible for. Amber also asked the council to consider renting the center at a later date for additional revenue. Ms. Thomas also asked the council to consider hiring another cook for the Center since we are serving 2-3 times the number of meals that we had anticipated. The council thanked Ms. Thomas for the information.
Mayor Ray Purvis cited Section 551.074 of the Open Meetings Act as reason for entering into executive session and entertained a motion. Jerry Cassle so moved with Bob Kirkham seconding and motion carried.
Peg Terrell moved to return to open meeting. Bob Kirkham seconded and motion carried
By general consent the council agreed to begin taking application for another cook for the Senior Citizens Center. Gosnell to put ad in next week’s paper. The council also agreed to put renting the Center back on the agenda in March.
Bob Kirkham moved to adjourn. Jerry Cassle seconded and motion carried.
Ray Purvis, Mayor
Debbie Gosnell, Secretary