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Kahoka Council Raises Electric and Cable Rates

Kahoka Council Raises Electric and Cable Rates

By Mike Scott

Kahoka residents will have
to dig a little deeper into their wallets for cable television and electrical
service.  On Monday night, April 13, the
Kahoka Board of Aldermen approved new rate ordinances for certain city
services. 

Consumers will now pay
$32.50 per month for basic cable service, and senior citizens will pay $31.00.

Residential electric rates
will increase by approximately $26 per month for an average household, and
reconnect fees for water, sewer and electric accounts that were terminated for
non-payment will increase to $30.

These increase proposals
were first presented at a public hearing on March 31. The rates take effect
April 15.

The council also approved the
city’s wage ordinance, which will be in effect from April 1 through March
31.  The details of the ordinance,
including employee wages, can be viewed online on our website,
www.nemonews.net.

The council approved an
Identity Theft Prevention ordinance, designed to safeguard consumers’ private
information by establishing proper office procedures.  The ordinance is in response to new federal regulation requiring
municipalities to protect confidential information.

The board review the
delinquent tax report, presented by City Collector Jena Chuch

“It’s pretty thick,”
commented Alderman Jerry Webber.

All the delinquent customers
have been sent collection letters, and the list is now being turned over to
City Attorney Rick Roberts to continue collection efforts.

The city discussed a request
from Wiss & Wiss regarding the disposal of wood pallets.  According to Mayor Wayne Blum, Jerry Redding
wants to build an enclosed incinerator, which would not be in violation of city
ordinance, but may require Missouri DNR approval.

The council reviewed two
bids for a lawnmower for city use, and accepted the low bid of $10,923.63 for a
Kubota mower from Wiss & Wiss.

In other business, the
council:

–Recognized Chris Plant for
completion of an Advanced Lineman class.

–Approve the building
permit for the First Baptist Church addition.

–Voted to approve the
renewal of the employee health insurance plan with the current carrier.

–Approved the hiring of
Jacob McAfee and Ethan Horton as part-time help, beginning as soon as possible
for weekend mowing.

–Approve the purchase of a
light bar for the fire department new equipment truck.

–Accepted the resignation
of Officer David Cannon, and allowed Police Chief Bill Conger to advertise for
a replacement officer.

–Approved an increase in
fees for police accident reports from $3 to $10.

–Discussed negotiating a
bulk rate for city fuel purchases.

–Agreed to hire Stephen
Deatrick to make repairs on the pool, and to paint the pool after repairs are
completed.

–Jim Sherwood reported that
the pool drain safety covers have been ordered, and will be installed before
the season opens.

–Set Friday, April 24, at
1:00 for the city’s Arbor Day celebration. 
Two tulip trees will be planted in memory of Chis Lentz, who served on
the Tree Committee since its beginning.

–In closed session, the
council found that Rick Davis is in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance
by maintaining a substantial number of dogs with improper removal of dog waste
causing a problem with odor in the neighborhood.  The council ordered the nuisance to be abated, or the city will
clean up the property and bill Davis with a special tax bill.

Kahoka Wage Ordinance For
FY 2010

BILL NO.  389                       ORDINANCE NO.

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND APPROVING SALARY AND WAGES FOR

CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICERS, APPOINTED OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

OF THE CITY OF KAHOKA, MISSOURI

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF KAHOKA, AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.           That
the Board of Aldermen for the City of Kahoka

being fully advised
in the premises and pursuant terms of Missouri Revised Statutes Section 79.270 do hereby set and affix the salaries wages and compensation for the following named officers, both elected and
appointed, as well as the following named employees for the
City of Kahoka for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009 and
ending March 31, 2010 herein as follows, to-wit:

GENERAL FUND

City Attorney $1,500.00 per month Fire Chief $200.00 per month

CEMETERY

Cemetery Sexton (John Hume) $2,700.00
per year

ANIMAL CONTROL

Dog Catcher $7.05 per hour plus an
extra $5.00 per animal capture

CITY POOL

Manager $3,800.00 per season Assistant Pool Manager $6.65 per hour WSI $6.65 per hour Certified Lifeguards $6.65 per hour

CITY STREET DEPARTMENT

Laborer (Kirk Huckey) $9.70 per hour

Street Supervisor (Ron Bourgeois) $10.95 per hour

CITY WATER AND SEWER     *                        <

Water Generation Supervisor (Kevin Eagle) $11.26 per hour Water/Sewer Supervisor (Kevin Yates) $13.45 per
hour David Edmondson $12.70 per hour Jena Church $8.80 per hour

CITY ELECTRIC

Electric Generation Supervisor (John
Williams) $14.20 per hour

George LeMaster $11.55 per hour

Chris Plant $10.70 per hour

Lineman Helper $16.00 per hour

Systems Technician and Journey Line Man
Second Stage $27.65 per hour

Journey Line Worker $31.72 per hour

Systems Technician $30.85 per hour

CITY CABLE

Cable Supervisor Jim Neves $16.50 per
hour Scott Goben $12.40 per hour

CITY ASSISTANT

James Sherwood $11.55 per hour

In addition to the
compensation set out herein the employees are further authorized additional compensation for vacation time, 4 hours per month
sick leave, 457 retirement plan, medical and dental insurance coverage.

CITY CLERK salary of $24,180.00 per year
based on a minimum 37.5 hour work week and additional time which may be
required by the Mayor or the Board of Aldermen
with no overtime, plus $50.00 for each council meeting and KCDI meeting attended.

In addition to the
compensation set out herein the City Clerk is further authorized vacation time, 4 hours per month sick leave, 457 retirement
plan, medical and dental insurance coverage.

CITY TREASURER salary
of $16,770.00 per year based upon a minimum 37.5 per hour work week
and additional time which may be required by the Mayor or Board of Aldermen,
including attending council meetings, with no overtime.

In addition to the
compensation set out herein the City Treasurer is further authorized vacation time, 4 hours per month sick leave, 457 retirement
plan, medical and dental insurance coverage.

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CITY COLLECTOR salary of $3,600.00 per year.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief of Police $27,560.00 per year
payable every two weeks.

Chief Deputy Police Chief $25,122.00 per year payable every
two weeks.

Full time Police Officer $24,028.00 per
year payable every two weeks.

Part time Police
Officers $9.00 per hour payable every two weeks for 90 day probation period increasing to 9.25 per hour payable every two weeks
after probation period effective upon hiring date,
hours to be fixed by the Police Board and Chief of Police;
in addition to the compensation set out herein the part time Police Officers are further authorized additional compensation for
uniform allowance to be fixed by the Police Board and
Chief of Police.

In addition to the compensation set out herein the Chief of Police, Chief
Deputy Police Chief and the full time Police Officer are
further authorized vacation time, 4 hours per month sick
leave, 457 retirement plan, medical and dental insurance coverage and uniform
allowance.

SECTION 2. The Mayor and Board of Alderman may authorize additional compensation in the form of overtime payments, vacation time, sick
leave, 457 retirement plan, medical and dental insurance
coverage for only employees of the City and not Officers
of the City, which have not been specifically set out herein, from time to time.

SECTION 3.           This Ordinance shall be in full force and take
effect on

April 1, 2009 after its passage and approval.