Meeting minutes provided by Alderman Joe Cason
The Westboro City Council met April 18, 2017, at the Westboro Fire Station. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken: Mayor Jerry Kirkpatrick, Alderman Nathan Vardaman, and Alderman Joseph Cason were all present; Alderman Maggie Ramirez was absent. Alderman Joe Cason made a motion to swear in new alderman Gary Peregrine. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed. City Clerk Amy Weidenaar swore in Gary Peregrine as the fourth alderman. Alderman Cason made a motion to go into closed session. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to transfer control of the Facebook account “City of Westboro” to the City Council. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to remove the City Clerk Amy Weidenaar from her position. She is to surrender her laptop computer, cell phone, and all city property she brought with her immediately and return all city property in her possession to the city’s property erroneously referred to as “city hall” before 12 noon April 19, 2017. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Vardaman made a motion to appoint Carrie Cason as a tempor­ary City Clerk. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to remove Rich Weidenaar from his current position. He is to surrender all city property on his person immediately and return all city property in his possession to the city’s property erroneously referred to as “city hall” before 12 noon April 19, 2017. Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to notify City Attorney Taryn Henry by email that her services are no longer necessary and that her 30-day notice begins today at this time (clerk noted time as 2:20 p.m.) and to reconfirm the statement she received from Mayor Jerry Kirkpatrick on April 14, 2017, to not accept correspondence from anyone (including the old city clerk) outside the current board and mayor in regard to this city, and that this city will take no financial responsibility should she provide those services. The motion was seconded by Alderman Peregrine and passed.
The meeting moved back into open session. Alderman Cason explained why meetings will be run according to “Robert’s Rules of Order” in order to keep public meetings safe and organized for all.
Citizen Sandy Marr asked Alderman Cason why he was running the meeting. Alderman Cason responded, “I’m not. The Mayor (Jerry Kirkpatrick) asked me to read what I just read.”
Alderman Cason made a motion to seek out and find a new city attorney ASAP. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to advertise at the local post office, the cafe, and the fire station for a new city clerk. Requirements include: computer savvy and willing to read water meters. The advertisement will include the phone number of Joseph Cason (660-984-5645). Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to contact the city’s cell phone service provider and provide them with any paperwork needed by them and cancel all cell phone service provided in the name of this city. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to contact IAMO and provide them with any paperwork needed by them and cancel all phone and internet service currently provided to the city owned property erroneously referred to as “city hall.” Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to contact all service providers to this city – rural water, KCP&L, etc. – and have them switch the city’s information from the current information to every board member and the mayor immediately, and the new city clerk when found. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to contact Farmers State Bank and remove Mary Jo Schebaum and Amy Weidenaar from the bank account and place Mayor Jerry Kirkpatrick and Alderman Nathan Vardaman on the city bank accounts ASAP. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to videotape the interior of the house erroneously referred to as city hall immediately. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to provide the renter of the property erroneously referred to as “city hall” with a 30-day eviction notice ASAP. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to contact a realtor and list the house erroneously referred to as “city hall” for $10,000 online. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion that the new city water meter reader be given the right to wear a body cam for the safety of all. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion that the mayor choose new positions for all alderman. Alderman Vardaman second the motion and the motion passed: Peregrine – roads; Vardaman – sewer; Cason – water; and Ramirez – parks.
Alderman Vardaman made a motion to elect a new council president. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed with votes: Peregrine – yes; Vardaman – yes; and Cason – yes. Alderman Peregrine made a motion to elect Cason as the new council president. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed with votes: Peregrine – yes; Vardaman – yes; Cason – abstain.
Alderman Cason made a motion to provide transparency to the public the council represents and demean itself – that each month with the city’s water bill, the council sends: 1. A list of all aldermen with their contact information; 2. The situation of the city’s finances according to the information available to the council at the time; 3. The situation of the city’s water; 4. A copy of all open city council minutes; 5. An invite to the council meeting, date, time and place, to all the public represented by the council; 6. A patriotic quote if one can be found and the time permits. Alderman Peregrine seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Alderman Cason made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderman Vardaman seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Addendum: a phone vote was held of the board of aldermen for the purpose of supplying the bank numbers to the bank for transfer of all accounts, April 19, 2017: Vardaman – yes; Cason – yes; Peregrine – yes; Ramirez – left a message, but no reply.
Addendum: a phone vote was held of the board of aldermen for Connor Cason to read meters as a temporary water meter reader: Vardaman – yes; Peregrine – yes; Cason – abstain; and Ramirez – no.
Addendum: a phone vote was held that in the absence of city-owned computers because they were kept by the former city clerk and since the former city clerk did not bill out for water payments for the last two months, a $25 minimum water charge be attached to the two preceding months’ water bills when sent: Peregrine – yes; Cason – yes; Vardaman – yes; Ramirez – left message, no reply.
• Accomplishments as of April 24, 2017: Qualified new city clerk/meter reader advertisement posted and applicant found; Old city attorney sent email to the mayor stating she will no longer be representing the City of Westboro and a new city attorney was found; Both city official cell phones were canceled with a $75-$106 per month savings; IAMO Telephone and internet to the house erroneously referred to as “city hall” canceled with a $114.07 per month savings; Contacted Farmers State Bank and transferred seven bank account numbers to the new board; All meters have been read in one day by temporary meter reader Connor Cason; A water bill was sent to Southwest Regional Water and they received the council’s payment so no one needs to drive to Clarinda and charge the city for driving to Clarinda anymore; All city bank accounts as of April 8, 2016 – $97,518.92; All city bank accounts as of August 2016 – $79,926.03; April 24, 2017 – approximately $50,000.