La Belle Missouri Public Meeting Minutes

City of La Belle – April 9th, 2024 Minutes


CITY OF LABELLE

BOARD OF ALDERMAN

OPEN BUSINESS MEETING

April 9, 2024

The LaBelle Board of Aldermen met in open session on April 9th, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  Mayor Zachary Sharpe presided at the meeting.  Mayor Sharpe declared that a quorum was present and called the meeting to order. 

Aldermen Present: Linda Goodson, Roy Lewis, Sam Wilson, Beth Clay, Dee Raleigh and Robbie Walter 

Alderman Absent: None 

City Personnel Present: Wendy Lewis-City Clerk, Ottie Lewis- City Collector/Asst. City Clerk. 

Guests: None 

Others Present: Colt Jennings and Jack 

Approval of March 12, 2024 Minutes:  Alderman Linda Goodson moved to approve the March 12, 2024 Open Meeting Minutes as written.  Alderman Elizabeth Clay seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

Approval of March 21st, 2024 Special Meeting Minutes: Alderman Elizabeth Clay moved to approve the March 21, 2024 Special meeting minutes as read. Alderman Robbie Walter seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

Financial Reports:  The monthly financial reports were presented and studied. 

Bills for Approval:  Bills for the month were presented and studied.  Alderman Robbie Walter moved to pay all bills.  Alderman Dee Raleigh seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

Water Usage Report:  The monthly Water Usage Report was presented and studied. 

Collector’s Report:  The City Collector’s Report was presented and studied. 

Unfinished Business: 

City Survey: Still being worked on. Will call and ask for update. 

Derelict Properties: We are having our attorney send letters to 2 property owners about the unlicensed vehicles and unkept property. We plan to prioritize our list to get the entire town looking better.

Sewer/Grant Updates: Meeting with engineer on Friday 

Water Grant Update: About half of the water meters have been delivered. 

LSLI: The contract with Z and R Trenching has been approved by DNR. Now on to next steps. 

ARPA SEWER DISPLACEMENT PLAN: Alderman Robbie Walter moved to adopt the plan. Alderman Beth Clay seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

New Business:   

Approval of April 2, 2024 Election Results: Alderman Linda Goodson moved to approve the election results as read. Alderman Dee Raleigh seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

Oaths of Office to Newly Elected Officials: The City Clerk administered the oaths of office to the newly elected officials; Alderman Sam Wilson, Alderman Beth Clay, and Alderman Colt Jennings. 

The slate of officers for the new year 2024 is as follows: 

Mayor             Zach Sharpe term expires April 2025

South Ward Alderman Dee Raleigh term expires April 2025

South Ward Alderman Sam Wilson term expires April 2026

South Ward Alderman Colt Jennings term expires April 2026

North Ward Alderman Elizabeth Clay term expires April 2026

North Ward Alderman Roy Lewis Sr. term expires April 2025

North Ward Alderman Linda Goodson term expires April 2025

Collector Ottie Lewis term expires April 2025

Election of the President of the Board: Alderman Elizabeth Clay moved to elect Alderman Sam Wilson to serve as President of the Board. Alderman Roy Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of: Aye-6, Nay-0. Alderman Sam Wilson abstained.

Official Check Signers: Due to the change of members of the board, new check signers needed to be determined. Alderman Linda Goodson moved to remove Robbie Walter and make Roy Lewis, Zach Sharpe, Sam Wilson, and Wendy Lewis official check signers for all city accounts including the safety deposit box. Account numbers as follows: 4332, 42900,79618,80683,

2001322, and 20000555. Alderman Roy Lewis seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0. 

 Appointment of City Clerk: Alderman Elizabeth Clay made a motion to elect Wendy Lewis to serve as City Clerk. Alderman Dee Raleigh seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of: Aye-6, Nay-0.

Mayor’s Appointments: Mayor Sharpe made the following appointments:

City Treasurer Wendy Lewis

City Assessor Ottie Lewis

City Attorney Dennis Smith

Building Inspector Wayne Rudd

Alderman Linda Goodson made a motion to approve all of Mayor Sharpe’s appointments. Alderman Sam Wilson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of: Aye-6, Nay-0.

Oath of office to City Clerk, City Treasurer, and City Assessor: Mayor Sharpe administered the oath of office to Wendy Lewis to serve as City Clerk/Treasurer, and to Ottie Lewis to serve as City Assessor. 

Presentation of Proposed Budget: The proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning May 01, 2024 was presented and studied. After discussion, Alderman Linda Goodson moved to adopt the budget as proposed. Alderman Dee Raleigh seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of: Aye-6, Nay-0.

Mayor’s Report: The Mayor reported on things happening in town. We are continuing to work on sewer violations and get everyone in compliance. Mayor has been working with Dollar General on getting produce. Need to fix tube at 6th street between Congress and Liberty. Going to work on wall and getting new mower so everything is ready May 1. Wendy will order the Collector’s computer so it will be ready May 1 also. Discussed part time help. Clerk will put ad in paper to be hired at next meeting. We are going to look into selling or scrapping the maintainer. City Logos were looked at for our City trucks. Going to go ahead and get red truck and black truck done. 

Motion to adjourn:  Alderman Elizabeth Clay moved to adjourn the meeting and Alderman Dee Raleigh seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a vote of Aye-6, Nay-0.  Meeting adjourned at 9:50p.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Minutes by Wendy Lewis, City Clerk  
Mayor Zachary Sharpe 

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