Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinances

Gallatin City Hall

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved several ordinances at a meeting this week.

The ordinances regarded a salt storage lease agreement with Larry Johnson, an engineering agreement for professional services with Allstate Consultants for the Gallatin Wastewater Treatment Plant and collection system, and an operation and maintenance agreement with People Service, Incorporated for operation, maintenance, and management of the wastewater treatment facility.

Others involved a contract with Milbourn Construction, LLC for roof replacement on the city’s electrical power plant building as well as health care coverage agreements with Lifestyle Health Plans and Monitor Life Insurance Company of New York for 2020 medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for City of Gallatin full-time employees.

The board also approved the Clean Water Small Community Engineering Assistance Grant Application.

The Park Board approved the lowest of three bids for 2020 mowing from Down to Earth for $420. Other bids came from Legendary Lawn Care and Michael Walker. City Administrator Lance Rains will work with Down to Earth to draft a contract and collect insurance requirements before an ordinance will be presented to the board of aldermen for approval.

Ross Construction did not attend the meeting to discuss the outstanding $15,000 payment. The board agreed the city will not make the payment until the final punch lists for outstanding repairs are completed.

There was a discussion regarding buying back years of service for employees of the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System retirement plan. The board requested to leave the LAGERS estimated cost in the 2020 budget, but it would like more time to become more familiar with the LAGERS program before considering approval of the retirement plan.

An employee request was discussed regarding increasing comp time hours that can be accrued. The board is not interested in changing the policy at this time. It would like to get all positions filled and all employees trained prior to changing the comp time policy.

Mayor Barb Ballew read and signed the Week of Service proclamation recognizing May 6th through 13th at Bright Futures Week for children and youth to participate in volunteer activities for the betterment of the community, state, and nation.

A meeting to discuss the budget will be held this Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. No announcements were made from a closed session.

The City of Gallatin invites residential and commercial customers to enter the annual holiday lighting contest. One residential and one commercial customer will receive a $75 credit on their electric bill. Call the city hall by December 22nd to enter at 663-2011.