The Tuesday, April 2 Council meeting covered a discussion and potential approval of one of the following actions related to the Case CX36B backhoe.
The first option on the agenda was to return the equipment to the vendor. The second option was to continuing to pay the outstanding interest as well as continuing to shell out a monthly payment along with monthly interest. The third choice for council to consider was to forego the interest and pay the vendor in full for the outstanding balance and keep the equipment.
According to Mayor Michael, The two items on the agenda were about the backhoe and on developing a policy or procedure for contracts of rental buildings. The motion to pay the remaining balance for the backhoe and forego the interest was voted against by 3 of the 4 members.
Said Ihle, “I, Jared (Bloxton), and Mike (Kelly) were for paying the remaining balance and forgoing the interest payments. The others were against. I repeatedly asked Council for a motion on either of the other two options for the backhoe. No one did, and I, as the Chair, should not make motions. So, we were unable to consider those options.”
A discussion and potential approval of policies and procedures for rental agreements for City buildings was also a topic of discussion.
According to Ihle, the issue surrounded two separate citizens who double booked one of the City facilities for rental.
“The initial bookings took place before my administration. Neither the City nor the renter has the contract, but the City does have a cancelled check, which constitutes an implied contract. The other renter has all the paperwork in order and apparently began renting before the other’s contract completely ended.
Ihle added that City Attorney Steve Cogar has volunteered to mediate the dispute between the two citizens.