For committees, Joy wanted to break up Public Works which includes cemetery, parks and roads, water and sewer. Deputy City Clerk Kathy LeBlanc stated that created problems with all employees working under the direction of the Council. Joy felt “nothing is getting done.” Kathy suggested hiring another worker. There is a licensed waste water operator from Farr West at $70/hour who is a public works liaison. The mayor didn’t think it wise to add another committee and it remains the same. Joy wanted to see street work, etc. get done. The Finance Committee continues with Brooks and Joy and the Personnel Committee with Darlene Reidi and Nancy Rogers.
The Fire Department had its 180th call that day, a record for the year. Assistant Chief Robert DeMartini thanked volunteers for all they do all hours of the day and night. He told how rewarding it is to have 5-6 volunteers respond and “do a very good job.”
Robert told of the need to flush fire hydrants once a year and homeowners should shovel out hydrants. It was agreed to let volunteer firefighters flush the system as trainings.
Fire Chief Shawn Heywood told of financing a water tender. They save 3% annual increase on the cost by signing before January. Brooks moved for a 5-year payoff, seconded by Joy Markum and it passed.
The Pond Liner Detection Project by Farr West Engineering is just partially completed, stopped by the weather and now said to be back in September. Brooks questioned a bill for $97,000 and asked, “Why so much up front” when the project is not finished. The Council is to check on this.
On the Haggard Way fire access complaint, the City will contact the county to see if the alley is recorded as City property and if so, request Belli to unblock the alley.
As for the Nielson blockage, the City sent a letter to remove the barricade and Nielson said he’d contact the Attorney General and has now exceeded the time
limit. An abatement hearing will be held at the next meeting on January 21, 2020.
Concerning Townsend’s property, City ordinance doesn’t allow camping in yards and is a public nuisance. The City will send a letter about abatement and the property needs to be cleaned up.
A basic agreement between the City of Loyalton and Town of Truckee for sheltering services of small domestic animals was approved. The mayor stated, “It’s to move forward to be compliant on animal control.”
The contract with Cougar Mountain Software, provided by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, will expire December 21st. It was agreed to pay $4,000 to hire Craig Collins, contracted government accountant who is the City auditor on an annual basis, for the update. Collins preps everything for the audit and can convert QuickBooks to the Cougar Mountain software. This contract will include 20 hours and travel. He charges $95/hour for the audit preparation.
Closed Session Report out:
The City has authorized to Council Member Rogers, as the City's Labor Negotiator, to offer two candidates part time employment.
From Regular Meeting - Closed Session Report out:
The City has determined that the annual Employee Evaluations and Employee File Review will be conducted this year by the entire council at a special meeting on Thursday 1/16/2020.
Item 19.1 minor edits were made to the Salary Schedule - probation period extended from 90 days to 6 months. No changes were made to the pay scale.
Item 19.2 Employee Personnel Files will be inventoried prior to the special meeting on 1/16/2020. Council member Reide has a copy of documents that should be included in each personnel file. By the special meeting of 1/16/2020, any items identified as missing will be placed into the employee file. During the Special meeting on 1/16/2020 the personnel record will be reviewed with the employee along with conducting their interactive review.
Item 21: At the suggestion of Vice Mayor Brooks, Mayor Jackson authorized the purchase and distribution of gift cards to Leonard's (excluding alcohol and tobacco) in recognition of the Christmas Holiday and appreciation for our City Staff. Council Member Markum will arrange purchase and distribution of the gift cards. Adjourned at 8:15pm