The Regular Meeting of the Town of Eads Board of Trustees was called to order by Mayor Shields, Tuesday August 31, 2020 at 4:57 p.m. in the Town Hall. Town Clerk, Robin Fox, took roll call:
- Mayor - Joe D. Shields- Present
- Trustees - Present - Dennis Pearson, Justin McLoud, Kathy McCracken, Karl Eikenberg, Terry Riley and Meghan Buck (Phone)
- Absent -
- Town Clerk- Robin Fox -Present
- Assistant Clerk- Barbara Scranton-Present
- Director of Public Works- Van Brown- Present
- Guests Present - Amanda Brown and Betsey Barnett
Minutes- Justin McLoud motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Karl Eikenberg seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Approval of Bills - The finance committee reviewed the bills prior to the meeting. Kathy McCracken motioned to approve payment of the bills ($6,901.88 Water, $2,728.35 Utility, $64,939.36 General, $122.68 Conservation, $366.18 Airport: $75,058.45 Total). Karl Eikenberg seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Pool- Justin McLoud expressed concern about the negative feedback received, and requested the board decide if moving forward with the Ballot Question for the Town Sales Tax Increase is still the mode of action to take. Justin McLoud motioned to continue to peruse the Ballot Question. Karl Eikenberg Seconded the motion. The motion did not pass unanimously. Roll Call Vote: Justin McLoud - Yes; Kathy McCracken - Yes; Karl Eikenberg - Yes; Dennis Pearson - Yes; Terry Riley - No; Meghan Buck - Yes.
The sales tax increase rate was discussed with the possibility of 2.5% as opposed to 3%. Because of cost increases for repairs and maintenance over time it was decided that 3% is the safest option. Karl Eikenberg motioned to keep the Ballot Question at a 3% Town Sales Tax Increase Beginning January 1, 2022. Justin McLoud seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Resolution 230 was presented to the Board. A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF EADS, COLORADO, TOAPPROVE AND AUTHORIZE A BALLOT QUESTION FOR THE NOVEMBER 2020 GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROPOSING AN INCREASE TO THE EXISTING TOWN-WIDE SALES AND USE TAX RATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF LEASE-PURCHASE FINANCE, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL AND FACILITY AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED WITHIN THE PROPOSED RESOLUTION. Justin McLoud Motioned to Adopt Resolution 230 with the exemptions removed to include use tax. Karl Eikenberg seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Transit Stop- During the August 11, 2020 meeting the Board was asked by South Eastern Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED) to decide the best place for the Transit Stop. The Roadside Park on the highway has public restrooms and is easily accessible. Terry Riley motioned to approve the Roadside Park for the location of the Transit Stop. Kathy McCracken seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Fire Proof Safe - Town Clerk, Robin Fox, and Director of Public Works, Van Brown, are concerned with the safety of records in the unfortunate event of a fire. They asked the Board to approve the purchase of a Fire Proof Safe. Terry Riley motioned to approve a Fire Proof Safe for $3,000 or less. Justin McLoud seconded, Motion passed unanimously.
Bring Up Items
Lagoon Liner - Justin McLoud motioned to approve GMS moving forward with the Grant application to repair the Lagoon Liner. Terry Riley seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Adjournment- Meeting was adjourned at 6:05pm
Joe D. Shields, Mayor
Barbara Scranton, Assistant Town Clerk