Town Council Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
The Little Mountain Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at the Derrick Community Center. Present for the meeting were Mayor Jana Jayroe, Council Members Steve White, David Bowers, Marty Frick, and Laura McLeod. Mayor Jayroe called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm and welcomed all in attendance.
Mayor Jayroe asked to amend the agenda to include an Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter. A motion was made by Frick and seconded by White to amend the agenda. The motion passed.
Council reviewed the meeting minutes of the November 9, 2021, meeting. A correction to the minutes was noted by White. A motion to accept the minutes with the correction was made by White and seconded by Bowers. The motion carried 5-0.
Council reviewed the financial report for November 2021. Bowers motioned to accept the report as information. White seconded the motion and the motion carried 5-0.
A motion was made by Bowers and seconded by White to approve the second reading of the revised business license ordinance. The motion carried and the ordinance was passed 5-0.
No update on the financial audit was available.
In old business:
– The pedestrian sign placed at the school is still up and council has received positive feedback from school staff and parents. After a brief discussion, council agreed that another sign is needed at the school and signs need to be placed on Main Street. A motion was made by Frick to purchase three (3) additional signs, not to exceed one thousand dollars. Council member Bowers will order the signs. The motion was seconded by White and passed unanimously.
– The tree lighting event was a success! Council thanked all those who helped with the event. McLeod has received positive feedback and a list of people who would like to volunteer for next year. Council discussed trimming the large tree at the town center in October and adding spotlights.
– Mayor Jayroe stated that the capital sales tax project had been submitted. A presentation to the committee will be March 2022.
In new business:
– McLeod is planning to have a newsletter ready for mailing this week.
– Mayor Jayroe updated council on the possible rezoning of property on the Main Street owed by Phillip Reta. Reta currently has rental property and a U-Haul rental in the location. The best zoning for the property would neighborhood commercial. Jayroe would like to start the process on January.
– The renters at the Section House have given notice that December will be their last month. The town clerk will schedule a walk through and ensure that all the utilities are transferred back to the town.
– Council Member Frick led a discussion regarding repair and upgrades needed at town facilities. See attached list. Council Member White asked about the possibility of a maintenance contract. Jayroe stated that she would ask to see what neighboring municipalities were doing. Frick has asked MPI to quote some of the projects.
– Mayor Jayroe announced that the town would be hosting the Governmental Association Meeting on January 31, 2022. Jayroe has contacted the Cotton Press for the venue. Council discussed possible speakers for the meeting.
– Mayor Jayroe announced that the town has received monies from the American Rescue Plan in the amount of $55, 301.25. Mayor Jayroe requested that a separate account be set up for the ARP. Acceptable uses for the money will be discussed by council in upcoming meetings.
– Council Member Bowers stated that Bush Lawn Services has agreed to remove shrubbery in Brady Park and everything again the building fence line for $670. Bowers stated that the shrubbery is very overgrown and would best be removed. Council unanimously agreed to have the shrubbery removed. Frick commented that he would reach out to Patrick Bowers regarding the red bank at Main and Pomaria Streets.
– Mayor Jayroe informed the council that Dominion Energy would be switching streetlights (not decorative lights) to LED. She also informed council that Dominion can place outlets on the streetlight poles at a cost to the town.
– Nannette White had a request for reimbursement for holiday decorations and items for the tree lighting. Council reviewed the written request with receipts and a motion was made by Frick and seconded by Bowers to approve the reimbursement of $ 1499.19. White abstained from the vote, the motion carried 4-0.
– The town clerk stated that the park restrooms had been winterized and the water turn off for the season. Trash will be picked up at the parks every two weeks now until spring.
A motion was made by White and seconded by Bowers to go into Executive Session at 7:56 pm. Council returned from the Executive Session at 8:03 pm. A motion was made by Frick to provide a $500 bonus to the town clerk and a $100 bonus to Kim Crumpton. The motion was seconded by Bowers and passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:04 pm.
Respectfully submitted by: