CITY OF WINDY HILLS
Minutes of Regular Council Meeting
May 10, 2021
The Council and Officers of the City of Windy Hills met virtually by Zoom. At 7:00 P.M., Mayor Davis called the meeting to order.
ROLL CALL: The following were present:
|MAYOR||COUNCIL MEMBERS||OTHER CITY OFFICIALS|
|Helen M. Davis||Bruce Blue||Lisa Kraft|
|Kate Greer||Attorney Clay Barkley|
|Marcia Myers||Steve Teaford|
Councilwoman Greer moved to approve the minutes of April 12, 2021, Council meeting; seconded by Councilwoman Myers. The motion passed unanimously.
FINANCIAL REPORTS, APPROVAL OF BILLS:
The financial reports for April 2021 were moved for approval by Councilwoman Rademaker, seconded by Councilwoman Trachtenberg. The motion passed unanimously.
Councilwoman Myers moved to approve the April bills, totaling $51,276.08, and was seconded by Councilwoman Greer. The motion passed unanimously.
RESIDENTS’ COMMENTS/CONCERNS: None
Sent follow-up letters to two residents, one Deerfield Road and one on Indian Ridge Road. Continuing to work with the attorneys on Indian Ridge. We had another complaint about Deerfield Road, so I have asked Laura to handle that complaint. It concerns the tree that is partially in the road. Kate looked at the tree back in the fall.
Marianne and I have been working on the budget, spending hours reviewing the numbers, accounts, etc. The 1st reading of the budget will be under New Business. We received the updated 2021 tax information from the PVA and those numbers were used for our budget projections.
Finance/Ordinances: Councilwoman Rademaker will give her report with a discussion of the budget.
Code Enforcement: Steve Teaford reported he has been busy with inspections of rental and vacant homes. The goal is to finish by the end of May.
Windy Hills Green/City Maintenance/Newsletter/Tree Board – Councilwoman Greer:
Councilwoman Greer reported Adam is mowing weekly and spraying weeds. The Tree Board is going to meet in July to discuss an educational activity for the September event. Cornerstone cut down 4 trees on Ambridge.
Newsletter – Councilwoman Myers: Councilwoman Myers reported The Windy Hills Breeze was sent out to 717 residents Friday, April 16th, 58.7% of them opened it. It is also available to residents on our website under the “Residents” tab at https://cityofwindyhills.com/government/newsletters/
An additional reminder e-mail about the Food Truck opportunity was sent on Monday, May 3rd, and similar messages were posted on Next Door for Windy Hills and adjacent communities.
To improve the quality of our newsletter layout and provided a meaningful learning experience for a student, Mayor Davis and I have explored and secured the availability of a KCTC student to assist with our next issue. We would continue to use Minuteman Press to print a “print-ready” copy.
Our deadline for the May digital newsletter is Wednesday, May 12th at noon and for the June issue, it will be Wednesday, June 16th at noon.
Community Caring/Health & Fitness/Welcome to Windy Hills – Councilwoman Spencer:
Councilwoman Spencer reported the following items:
- “Welcome to Windy Hills – We had 5 new residents in April.
- Community Caring – No report
- Windy Hills Green Amenities – Memorial Plaque honoring Foster Haunz will be installed mid-May. His wife and daughter would like to be in attendance.
Public Works – Councilman Blue:
Councilman Blue reported:
- Street signs are repaired.
- The city engineer did a comprehensive report of the Windy Hills Streets. I would like to add potholes to the list. There was discussion about the engineer’s report amongst the council.
- No complaints about garbage or recycling.
Ordinances/Community Standards – Councilwoman Trachtenberg: Councilwoman Trachtenberg reported about the Food Truck turnout. May have the Lobster Truck in June.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
Ordinance No. 1, Series 2021/2022 – Ad Valorem Taxes – 1st Reading
Councilwoman Rademaker made a motion to have the 1st reading of the Ordinance and was seconded by Councilwoman Trachtenberg. A roll call vote was held, and the motion passed unanimously. Mayor Davis read Ordinance No. 1 into the record.
Ordinance No. 2, Series 2021/2022 Budget – 1st Reading
A roll call vote was held, and the motion passed unanimously. Mayor Davis read Ordinance No. 2 into the record.
Proposal – Meet and Greet – Gathering of New Residents on the Green by Councilwoman Spencer
There was discussion amongst the Council. Councilwoman Spencer called for a Roll Call vote.
The vote was 5 no and 1 yes.
Councilwoman Greer made a proposal to have a shredding machine at the September event. Need more information so postponed until June.
ATTORNEYS COMMENTS: Attorney Clay Barkley said he would investigate a Storm Water Ordinance for Windy Hills.
Comments/Questions to the Council as a Whole: None
Councilwoman Greer moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Rademaker and the motion passed unanimously.
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|Helen M Davis, Mayor||Lisa Kraft, City Clerk|