City of Virginia
Minutes of Regular Meeting
Monday October 9th , 2017
Mayor Brunk opened the regular meeting at 7:30pm. Roll was called Anderson, Bowman, Wulf, and French answered present. Alderman Behrends and Cox were not present. The minutes of the September meeting were presented. Alderman Wulf made a motion that the meeting minutes be approved and Alderman Bowman seconded. Motion carried unanimously. The monthly treasurer’s report was in the council’s monthly packet, the council reviewed. The video gaming revenue for the month of September was $2873.92. The sales tax figures for the month of September were $10917.96. Treasurer Barrett stated we are in budget.
There was no transfer of funds this month. Monthly bills were presented. Alderman Wulf made a motion and Alderman Bowman seconded that the bills be paid as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Student of the month: Presented to Kylen Snedeker for his redbird spirit and respect.
Guests: Ashley Reese, Alex Snedeker, Erynn Snedeker, Kylen Snedeker, Nathan Danner, Elizabeth Bast, Charles Hudson, Jessica Orr, Ron Rogers, Ed Harrison, Steve Clark, Raymond Bast, Scott Miller, Michael Lowe
Nathan Danner: Mr. Danner stated on 10/07 at midnight there was a stabbing. He stated during the incident the cops and EMTs were just standing and watching. He had to help Mr. Hudson on the gurney. He stated Officer Helmich threated to utilize his taser if Mr. Hudson did not get in the ambulance. He also stated that Chief Boris and Officer Helmich refused to ID themselves at the scene. He finally got ahold of Devron Ohrn because he was trying to get his phone and other belongings back. Mr. Danner stated that he feels his civil rights were violated.
Elizabeth Bast: Ms. Bast stated that the officers were yelling at Mr. Hudson and threatened to give him a ticket for kicking an officer in the chest. Ms. Bast stated she was upset with how the cops and EMT handled this situation and wants action taken.
Charles Hudson: Mr. Hudson stated that he was the victim of the stabbing. He feels he was treated poorly and his civil rights were violated. He also stated that he just wanted a family member with him in the ambulance. He felt like he was being treated as the criminal and not the victim. Mr. Hudson stated that Mr. Danner and Mr. Perkins saved his life. Mr. Hudson asked for the tickets he was issued to be dropped. Mayor Brunk requested Mr. Hudson to provide copies of the tickets he was issued.
Ronnie Rogers: Mr. Rogers stated that his son got tazed 3 times and he informed the officers that he had a heart problem. Mr. Rogers stated the next day that his son was diagnosed with kidney failure and is now in recovery. He also stated that the doctor told him that the stunning probably caused this. His sons kidneys are working again. Mr. Rogers wants to know the city ordinances on tasers, is there a limit on how many times some can be tased? Are there reports filed each time an officer tases a person? Mr. Rogers feels cops should be charged. He also stated the incident happened last week. Alderman Wulf stated he thought it was a Beardstown officer that was involved in this situation, Mr. Rogers stated he doesn’t know but he thought it was told to him that it was a Virginia officer.
Mike Lowe: Mr Lowe stated that people are burning things at night after ordinance permits. He states the smoke is really bad. Trash is being burned including diapers. Mayor stated he has been trying to observe 2 to 3 times a week who was burning late at night. We will keep an eye out. Mr. Lowe also stated that dogs are loose and barking and cats are too and that he did talk to Chief Boris about it.
Public Works (McClure): found a leak at Hickory Crossroads, the pipe was cracked. We are running on 1 well not 2 right now. Fall clean up: Oct 23rd-29th residents can put out items, Oct 30th they will start picking up. No tires, large appliances need ticket. Mayor Brunk thanked the people who worked on the water leak and getting it fixed.
Police Chief : report read by Alderman Wulf, 240 service calls, 12 traffic, 1 DUI arrest
Fire Chief (Reynolds): car fire, house fire, gas leak on Job St., power line down, responded to school. Halloween from 5pm-8pm, the fire dept will be serving hot dogs and having a bonfire for the trick or treaters. The cutters have arrived. Asking city if they can help with a spreader, which helps get the victims out of the vehicles.
Zoning (Merriman): nothing to report at this time
Park (Cox): nothing to report at this time
Library: nothing to report at this time/ Alderman French volunteered to the be the liason on the Library Board for the City.
Economic Development (Anderson): nothing to report at this time
Cemetery (Behrends): nothing to report at this time
Attorney’s Report: in regards to one of the property maintenance issues, this has possibly been successfully resolved per report from Chief Boris. Attorney would like to work on some of the other city ordinances.
Cox: not present
Behrends: not present
Wulf: concerned about the speed of drivers coming through the square. Suggested a light flasher be installed at both crosswalks, will research this more.
Bowman: nothing to report at this
Anderson: nothing to report at this time
French: nothing to report at this time
Clerks Report: nothing to report at this time
Mayor’s Report: Mayor Brunk received 3 resignations. Wesley Helmich, Steven Helmich, and Ron Boris are all resigning from the city effective November 13th, 2017. Mayor Brunk would like to thank all for their service and wishes them well in their future positions.
Mayor Brunk also stated that the insurance issue needs to be addressed.
No unfinished business at this time.
Alderman Bowman made a motion to move new business to November’s meeting. Alderman Anderson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
With nothing further to discuss at this time in open session a motion was made by Alderman Anderson to adjourn at 8:04pm and seconded by Alderman French. Motion carried unanimously.
Reg Brunk, Mayor Ashley Cox, City Clerk