July 12, 2001
Memphis City Council Approves Changes In Rollerblading Rules. ATV Regulations
Two new city ordinances took effect July 5th following the final reading by the Board of Alderman at the July Memphis City Council meeting.
Bill 2-01 deleted section 387.030 regarding safety equipment requirements for roller blading and skate boarding. The new ordinance repealed the requirements that a helmet, knee and elbow pads be worn by individuals participating in the outdoor sports on city property.
Bill 3-01 amended section 340.120 of the municipal code which regulates the riding of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) within city limits.
The new ordinance added a subsection to 340.120 pertaining to exemptions from the prohibition against ATV use in the city.
ATV use is prohibited except for those owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use. All ATVs operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes during daylight hours are also exempt for the ban.
The new subsection adds an additional exemption for ATV use for any operator carrying a new special permit issued by the city.
The city clerk will issue the permits, which will cost $15. The permit will be an annual fee and the revenues will be deposited in the city's general fund. The operator must have proof of financial responsibility and proof of registration with the State of Missouri prior to receiving the permit.
The council reviewed a proposed contract for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for the town's property adjoining Lake ShowMe and several of the privately owned properties surrounding the city's water source.
Ken Berry and representatives of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources presented information on the new program. The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program or CREP is a joint, state-federal land retirement conservation program targeted to address State and nationally significant agriculture-related environmental effects.
This voluntary program uses financial incentives to encourage farmers and ranchers to enroll in contracts of 10 to 15 years in duration to remove lands from agricultural production. It is authorized pursuant to the 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act.
The two primary objectives of CREP are: to coordinate Federal and non-federal resources to address specific conservation objectives of a State and the nation in a cost-effective manner, and to improve water quality, erosion control and wildlife habitat related to agricultural use in specific geographic areas.
Mayor Ron Alexander expressed concern regarding the city's possible liability if the contracted individuals failed to meet the terms of the program.
Berry responded, noting that most municipal participants in the CREP program have the agents sign a contract, requiring the participant to refund all CREP payments to the city if the program guidelines are not met.
The council initially voted not to participate in the program. Following Berry's presentation, the council reversed its action and decided to send the proposed contract to the city attorney for review. The issue will be reviewed at the August meeting.
Alderman Ron Gardner presented a proposal to upgrade the city's retirement plan. According to Gardner, the existing LAGERS retirement plan had been at 1.5 percent for more than 10 years. He suggested increasing that benefit to two percent.
The council unanimously approved implementation of the L-6 program that would provide a two percent retirement incentive effective with the start of the new fiscal year on September 1.
Financial Service Bids
The council unanimously approved a request to solicit bids from area financial institutes for the city's banking services. The bid requests proposals for a two-year contract to begin September 1. The bids will be reviewed at the August meeting.
Superintendent Dave Kittle indicated his crew had been working on changing out line on the 69kv power line. The crew has changed approximately 200 meters of line.
Superintendent Roy Monroe stated the street department had replaced approximately 90 feet of street on Ludwick Drive. They also had poured a new sidewalk at Lake ShowMe.
Monroe stated he and contractor Arnold Sharp along with city engineer, Ron Shy, met with land owners regarding the city drainage ditch project on the north end of town. Monroe said the involved parties had agreed to allow the city to complete the necessary work to finalize the project. Arnold agreed to have C&S refund the appropriate payment to the city for the work.
Superintendent Bob Ellicott told the council that the city pool had been closed July 5 due to a broken waterline in the basement. The necessary repairs have been made and the pool reopened on July 6.
City Marshall Terry Simerl received council approval to sell the police department's oldest vehicle. The agreement stipulated that the revenues from the sale of the police car will be used to upgrade the department's safety vests.
The council gave approval for the hiring of Mike Steeples to fill a vacancy in the Memphis Police Department. Steeples was hired with a six-month probation.
The property at 123 W. Madison was listed for excessive weeds and tall grass. No one was present at the council meeting to represent the property. The council voted to proceed with cleaning up the property. The cost of the cleanup will be assessed on the property owner's city taxes.