The Malden City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Malden City Hall. Six of the eight councilmembers were in attendance constituting a quorum.
During the time allotted for public comment, a representative of Liberty Utilities, Jerry Summers, presented a proposal from the company to purchase City property being the eastern area of B&D Glass. After discussion among Councilmembers and a telephone conversation between Summers and corporate representatives, a $1,500 offer was accepted.
Councilman Ron Dell moved to accept the minutes of the Council's regular session held on November 19. Councilman Ken Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved by Council.
In City Treasurer Stephen Crump's report, he noted the approximate cash available for the City as of the end of November 2012 to be $1,302,000. The Parks fund had $140,000 available and the Capital Improvement fund had $94,000. After inquiry from Malden Mayor Ray Santie, Crump reported that approximately $500,000 to $650,000 of the City's funds were currently uncommitted.
Resolution 3017 which was approved by the Council authorized execution of a contract in relation to the Malden Hangar 162 rehabilitation project. The project is funded through a grant and is contingent upon final acceptance by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The contract was between the City of Malden and Straight-Line Construction in the amount of $92,250. After inquiry from Councilman Dell, Airport Manager Barb Crayne explained that the contract was not bonded because regulations do not require such when the amount is under $100,000.
Ordinance 3064 amended various ordinances of the City of Malden relating to the salary of the Chief of Police so as to increase the salary from its current level to $53,000 per year, repealed all conflicting ordinances and provided for an effective date.
The salary increase was approved during the November session of City Council but formally had to be approved via City ordinance. All attending Councilmembers approved the salary increase which will be effective beginning the next term which will follow the April municipal elections.
Ordinance 3065 was approved by the Council and provided for the installation of stop signs to stop east and west bound traffic on Broadwater Road, to stop north bound traffic on Towery Street, to stop traffic exciting the ballfield parking lot at the intersection of Towery Street and Broadwater Street, and to establish a no parking zone along the north right of way of Broadwater Road from the intersection of Broadwater Road and Stokelan Drive west to the intersection of Broadwater Road and Alberta Street. This Ordinance was developed in response to a request made by the Malden School's Board of Education.
Ordinance 3066 set and established electric rates, a power cost adjustment to the electric rates, and an annual operating cost adjustment to the electric rate. Assessments provided with the Ordinance are: Residential: Summer Season: $0.09785 per Kilowatt hour, city customer charge $10/ month, non-city customer charge $20/ month. Winter Season: $0.09785 per first 1,000 Kilowatt hours, $0.08466 per Kilowatt hour in excess of 1,000; monthly customer charges remain the same.; Commercial and small power service: (Applicable to all non-residential customers served through on single phase or three phase meters capable of measuring billing demand, but not served under Industrial Large Power Service) Summer Season: $0.11452 per Kilowatt hour, city customer charge $15/ month, non city customer charge $30/ month. Winter Season: $0.11452 per first 1,000 Kilowatt hours, $0.08755 per Kilowatt hours in excess of 1,000. The Ordinance also established that Summer rates will be in effect for the billing periods of July -October and Winter rates will be in effect from November - June. It also established a billing schedule available to industrial and large power services.
In section 2 of the Ordinance, rates for electric power furnished to the customers were established through a power cost adjustment.
Section 3's annual operating cost adjustment stated that that adjustment is based on the total non-energy operating costs of the Malden Board of Public Works Electric Department.
Safety coordinator Barb Crayne requested acceptance of the 2013 Annual Safety Goals and Objectives. It was approved. Crayne also requested approval of an item that was inadvertently left out of the 2009 Loss Prevention Manual. The section discussed lost time and is the current adopted policy.
After discussion, Councilman Dell moved to amend the City's budget in order to purchase a dump truck for $20,000 and an additional $5,000 for the removal of asbestos in the former Nutrition Center.
Mayor Santie explained that he issued layoffs at the municipal golf course last week due to lack of funds to pay salaries. The golf course can still be used, but no one is available to collect green fees. The Council approved the transfer of $5,000 to pay salaries accrued and outstanding bills, but not to incur any additional debt.
Denton Kooyman of the Malden Parks Board reported that the Board is considering turning operation of the golf course over to the City and it will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the Parks Board. No action was taken.
Council meeting dates for January and February were rescheduled for January 14 at 7:00 p.m. and February 11 at 7:00 p.m. due to holiday conflictions.