April 11, 2002

New City Officials Sworn In Prior To April Memphis Council Meeting



Memphis City Clerk (right) gives the oath of office to newly elected city officials (L to R) marshal Steve Snodgrass, aldermen Teresa Skinner and Mike Stone and mayor Ron Alexander.

The Memphis City Council took on a new look at the April 4 meeting as newly-elected Alderman Teresa Skinner was sworn in along with incumbents, Mayor Ron Alexander and Alderman Mike Stone. New City Marshall Steve Snodgrass also took the oath of office during the council meeting.

Lawn Mower Purchase

The council approved the purchase of a new lawn mower for the water department at the April 4 council meeting.

The aldermen voted 4-0 to purchase a new John Deere unit from IMI Equipment. L.L.C. of Kahoka. The unit will be used in park maintenance. The council opened three bids for a new unit.

Centerville/Bloomfield Equip-ment, Inc. of Iowa submitted a bid of $9,199 for a JD model 2002 with a 54-inch deck. The bid included a trade-in proposal for the city's 1999 John Deere unit, which has 900+ hours of service. The trade-in of $5,699 resulted in a total purchase price of $3,500.

The second bid was from IMI. The bid was for a John Deere with a 62-inch deck and an air-cooled system. The mower was priced at $7,800 with a $4,800 trade-in for the Memphis mower, resulting in a total purchase price of $3,000.

The company also submitted a bid for a John Deere M653 with a 54-inch deck for $7221. The $4,800 trade in made the overall purchase price $2,421.

The third set of bids came from Wiss & Wiss equipment of Kahoka. The bid package came with two units priced. The first was a Kabota with a 62-inch deck at a cost of $10,580. The bid included a trade in of $4,580 for a total purchase price of $6,000.

The second unit was a Kabota with a 62 inch deck for $9,350. After trade in the purchase price was $5,050.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe recommended the city stick with liquid cooled units.

Water Superintendent Dennis Howard indicated a 62-inch deck might be too large for certain areas at the city parks. He indicated he would prefer a 54-inch model.

Alderman Patty Simerl verified that the new mower was in the department budget for this year.

The council voted 4-0 to pursue the IMI Equipment bid. Howard will contact the company to see if they have a 54-inch deck instead of the 62-inch deck as priced in the bid. The unit specified in the bid did have a liquid-cooled system. The city will purchase the 62-inch model in the bid if the 54-inch deck is not available.

The water department has two mowers. The city will trade in the JD with 900 hours but will keep the 2000 model, which has less than 300 hours.

Citizen Participation

Ted Gundy was present at the meeting and asked the council's guidance on opening the shooting range at Lake Show-Me.

Currently the city is still working on securing insurance for the gun club.

"It is in progress," said Monroe. "The insurance is still in the paperwork process, we are just waiting for them to finalize it."

The council informed Gundy to wait until the insurance is finalized before opening the gun club.

Monroe met with the Missouri Department of Conservation, which is making some minor changes at the site to allow the facility to be insured. Earlier this year the city had been informed it would not be able to purchase insurance for the rifle range. MDC stepped in to make sure the site would remain open.

The council also fielded questions regarding the new swimming pool. One citizen questioned if the new facility would include a "kiddie" pool, since that was not obvious in the architectural drawing. Mayor Ron Alexander insured the individuals the new facility would include a children's pool.

Department Reports

Light Plant - Superintendent Mike Ahland reported a normal month of maintenance and cleaning.

Light Crew - Superintendent Dave Kittle indicated his crew set a couple new poles, worked on equipment and tree trimming during March.

Street - Monroe reported meeting with MDC representatives at the lake. They are going to reconstruct the berms at the rifle range and will install new equipment to place targets. They indicated there will not be any more metal targets.

The street department made repairs on the siding at the pool hall. They also worked on alleys, driveway tubes and ditches.

Water - Howard reported the department completed a full tune up on the #9 truck and also made bed repairs on the #10 truck. The workers changed out several old water meters. They also worked on the restroom at pool hall and fixed a sewer problem there.

Police - Mike Steeples gave the March acitivity report for the police department. Officers investigated one peace disturbance, two domestic disputes and two cases of stealing. The department made 66 traffic stops, including two DWI arrests.

The office received 252 calls. Officers assisted at one fire scene, on six ambulance/hospital calls, on two animal calls, and made 51 community security checks.

Alderman Reports

Simerl - None

Stone - Stone reported talking to the pool hall committee regarding a no smoking policy. The board indicated the facility has windows and exhaust fans for ventilation and did not want to make any changes.

Stone also commented on the Memphis Police Department.

"We need some leadership and control in the department and hopefully newly elected Steve Snodgrass can provide it,"

Stone said.

Gardner - Gardner reported attending a MADD meeting in LaGrange with MPD officers Steeples and Ott. He raised the possibility of creating some type of anti drunk driving organization in town or at the school.

Gardner also indicated he had received numerous complaints regarding dogs. He stated the dog catcher is following up on the complaints.

Skinner - Skinner stated she had a request to have the lights turned on at Johnson Park and Kittle indicated that had already been done.

She also passed on a citizen's request for a no parking sign at the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Highway 15. Several people at the meeting noted the problem at the intersection when cars are parked along Missouri Avenue near the intersection, making it difficult to turn off Highway 15 on to the road when there is a car trying to enter the highway.

The council voted 4-0 to install a sign, stating no parking from here to the corner. The sign will be installed 100-feet from the intersection on the north side of the road.

Mayor's Report

Alexander read a portion of the Municipal League newsletter. He informed the board of current legislation house bill 1475 / senate bill 952. The legislation would create binding arbitration and collective bargaining for public safety employees.

"I don't think the federal government needs to mandate to us that there will be police officer unions," Alexander said.

The council voted 4-0 to send a letter to Senator Jean Carnahan that the City of Memphis is opposed to the legislation.

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