March 14, 2002

City Council Approves Land Purchase For New Water Tower

Department summaries and monthly reports from the aldermen were the lone points of business on the agenda for the March 7 meeting of the Memphis City Council.

The lone board decision came out of the executive session that followed the open meeting.

The council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a portion of land from the county. The ground, which is located behind the former Aldridge Adult Care Center on Highway 136, will be the site of a new water tower that the city is proposing to build.

Department Reports

Light Superintendent Mike Ahland addressed the council regarding the declining condition of the roof at the rear of the light plant. Ahland submitted a contractor's bid for repairing the site, which is currently covered by a tin roof. The bid included removing the existing material and replacing it with a new section of roof.

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated the city crews could combine to do the work replacing the roof with new tin and roof sheeting at a minimal cost. He said the new roof should last at least eight to 10 years.

Alderman Ron Gardner made the motion to have the city crews repair the roof. The motion was seconded by Alderman Patty Simerl. The council voted 4-0 to move forward with the project. The council noted the roof bid from the contractor was not opened.

Superintendent Dave Kittle indicated the distribution crew was busy during February trimming trees and replacing and recalibrating electric meters.

Monroe reported the fuel tank at the airport now was in compliance with Department of Agriculture regulations.

He also noted the recycling trailer has been well received by the citizens of Memphis, who have filled the trailer at least once a week. Industrial Opportunities, the managing company for the operation informed Monroe that the recycling project is going well on their end as well. The company is pleased with the condition of the recycled materials that have been received from the Memphis area.

Monroe told the council the rear of the old highway maintenance building is in need of repair.

The street department crews built several new park benches for the swimming pool.

Monroe reported reviewing possible coverings for the front of City Hall. The council agreed the building needed to have a new exterior both for aesthetics and safety. He suggested a stucco surface which could be painted or stained. Mayor Ron Alexander suggested a type of brick material. Monroe will check into pricing of different materials and present the cost estimates in April.

The street department will be presenting bids for the purchase of a new mower as well at the April meeting.

Water superintendent Dennis Howard told the council his department kept busy in February doing routine vehicle maintenance as well as painting and repair work at the lagoon. Howard and Dennis Forquer attended a water distribution meeting in Lancaster March 6.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Mike Stone read a statement he had prepared regarding the condition of trash dumpsters in Memphis.

He also requested permission to ride with city police officers after indicating he had received several complaints that the police department was harassing patrons at the V.F.W.

Stone requested comments from the council regarding a proposal to make the pool hall non-smoking. The council asked Stone to take up the issue with the board of directors at the center.

Mayor's Report

Alexander reported attending a meeting in Macon with the Department of Natural Resources, FMHA, CDBG, and city engineers. Alexander also stated that he had addressed the third grade classes at SCR-I regarding city government.

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