Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting Minutes

June 10, 2019

Commission Members Present:                                               Others Present:

Mayor John W Miller                                                                  Renee Willman

Commissioner Susan Dorten Jarl                                                                      

Commissioner Andrew Miller

City Attorney Stephen Porter                                                                 

Treasurer Geri Huff

City Clerk Trish Scott

Call to Order:  Mayor John W Miller called the meeting to order at Lyndon City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you to Commissioners:  Mayor John W Miller expressed his gratitude to the commissioners for their service.  While emphasizing how difficult it is to get residents to run for office, he encouraged Commissioners to ask residents to help with issues by offering input at the start of the process rather than criticize after the fact.

Approval of May 13, 2019 Minutes:  Motion to accept as presented by Commissioner Andrew Miller, second by Commissioner Susan Dorten Jarl; passed unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report:  City TreasurerGeri Huff reported that city receipts are up due to a number of factors, mostly an increase in LGPT (Insurance premium taxes) receipts. A greater number of insurance premium taxes have been received, likely due to the added exposure in the newsletter and online, alerting residents to direct their premium taxes to Bellemeade.  Commissioner Miller moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Commissioner Jarl seconded; the motion passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business – none

Commissioner Reports:

New Library Update:  Commissioner Jarl updated the commission on the status of the new library. She has visited the facility twice now, and is still awaiting information on the booking procedure. It was mentioned that without a special meeting, we will likely have to wait until September to use that facility since we need an ordinance in order to change our meeting place.

Returned Newsletters: Commissioner Jarl reported on her discussion with the post office regarding returned newsletters. There may be some confusion because of the placement of the address on the back side of the newsletter for the insurance tax premium mailing address. She determined that considering the size and frequency of our mailings, our current procedure is likely the best and most cost effective way to distribute the quarterly newsletter.

New Business:  Three Ordinances received Second Reading and passed unanimously:

The Mayor was authorized to enter into a franchise agreement with MCImetro Transmission Services; motion by Commissioner Jarl, second by Commissioner Andrew Miller.

Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2022 was approved; motion by Commissioner Miller, second by Commissioner Jarl.

Staff and Commission Education Program was approved; motion by Commissioner Miller, second by Commissioner Jarl.

Resident concerns:  Ms. Willman pointed out that she had heard something about a tax increase.  Commissioner Miller reminder her about Metro Mayor Fischer’s request for a 300% increase in Local Government Premium Tax (LGPT) that did not get off the ground in Metro City Council. Often lost in these discussions, is the fact that Bellemeade residents will have to pay the LGPT tax at whatever rate Metro passes.  Allocation of the receipts then becomes the question. Bellemeade must pass an ordinance to match the Metro rate or the increase will go to Metro. The rate for the current year was NOT increased, and can not be increased until 2020. Bellemeade Mayor Miller pointed out that the premium tax is the number one source of income for Bellemeade. 

During discussion, Commissioner Miller commented that he is investigating the speed hump signs for Bellemeade, and is further discussing them on North Chadwick with Metro.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 7:38 with a motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded Commissioner Jarl.

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia A. Scott, City Clerk                                         John W. Miller, Mayor


Commission Meeting Minutes

May 13, 2019

Commission Members Present:                                      Others Present:

Mayor John W Miller                                                            Sherrie Chilton

Commissioner Bob Elliott                                                    Judi Sikes       

Commissioner Jennifer Gardner                                       Dianne Wolfe               

Commissioner Susan Dorten Jarl                                       Renee Willman

Commissioner Andrew Miller                                                    

Treasurer Geri Huff

City Clerk Trish Scott                                                              

Call to Order

Mayor John W Miller called the meeting to order at Lyndon City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

The corrected minutes from the April 8th meeting were approved unanimously; motion by Commissioner Elliott, second by Commissioner Andrew Miller.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s Report was approved unanimously as presented after motion by Commissioner Gardner and second by Commissioner Elliott.

Unfinished Business – None

Commission Reports – None

Ordinance First Readings:

  • Authorization for Agreement with MCImetro Access Transmission Services. 
  • Budget  Message and Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
  • Commission Education Program Proposalpresented byCommissioner Andrew Miller.

City Clerk and City Treasurer Pay Increase was approved unanimously onmotion by Mayor Miller, second by Commissioner Elliott toincrease salary for each positionfrom $150.00 to $200.00 per month effective July 1, 2019.

Resident Concerns

Bellemeade City Commission reiterated that the City Commission is not responsible for managing citizen committees, nor may any committee be superimposed over the statutory authority of the Commission. Members of all committees recognized by the Commission must be appointed and/or removed by the Mayor upon recommendation by a Commissioner. Beyond that, citizen committees are self-reliant. Any committee that becomes non-functioning because of the absence of resident participation shall be declared dissolved. The Commission recently rescinded the Beautification Ordinance after more than four years of fruitlessly trying to fill the seven seats on the Beautification Committee. The seven member stipulation had been mandated by the Beautification Ordinance itself. Interest had waned to the extent that none of the seven seats were filled.

Adjournment at 7:46 pm; motion by Commissioner Elliott and seconded by Commissioner Gardner.

Respectfully submitted,

Patricia A. Scott, City Clerk                                          John W. Miller, Mayor