May 9, 2002

City Council Pursuing CDBG Grant To Remove Dilapidated Homes

Dave Davidson of Northeast Regional Planning Commission was granted permission by a 4-0 vote of the Memphis City Council to submit a Community Block Development Grant application for funding to remove dilapidated homes in Memphis.

Davidson presented the application packet during the May 2 Memphis City Council meeting. The council passed a resolution indicating the city will seek the funding for the project. The resolution also empowered Mayor Ron Alexander to act on behalf of the city to secure the funding.

The project also requires a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan. This states if any resident is displaced or relocated due to the demolition of a home through the use of the CDBG grant, the city will replace all dwelling units that are demolished. Davidson stressed there would be no displacement of residents with the project and the paperwork was basically a formality required for larger urban projects of a similar nature.

Citizen Participation

Leon Buford was present at the council meeting to discuss concerns about a tube placed by the city on the Pentecostal Church property. Buford stated the area needed additional gravel and noted he was concerned about keeping the ditch from being destroyed. He suggested a no parking sign along the street to protect the ditch.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe will meet with Buford at the site to review the issue.

Dan Remley from the Extension Council informed the council of a new group, Power of Youth, which has been formed from the area 4-H program. Remley stated the group's main goal is to keep youth in the community after they graduate from high school. Proposed projects include a mentoring program, job shadowing, and a youth center.

Department Reports

Monroe updated the council regarding the lease agreement on the trap and rifle range at Lake Show-Me. The agreement is being reviewed by the Missouri Department of Conservation and will be forwarded to the city's attorney for approval.

Other street projects include curb and gutter work on Mety Street as well as replacement of the storm drain at the truck parking lot at the junction of Highways 15 and 136.

The work crew also burned off ground at the lake in preparation of applying for the WHIP program. Monroe also reported the city's new grader has arrived.

Monroe stated he would like to resurface the roads at the Memphis Cemetery. The department has been loaned a lay-down machine at no cost to the city to be used for the summer. Monroe added the city had received a $4,000 gift from the Leonard Fowler estate which could be used to offset a portion of the estimated $7,000 - $9,000 cost of the project.

The council voted 4-0 to proceed with the resurfacing project.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Mike Stone reported a request to move the no parking sign recently placed on Missouri Street near the intersection of Highway 15. The property owner asked if the sign could be moved closer to the intersection, east of the stairway to the residence.

The council agreed to review the area and determine if such a move would still allow adequate room for turning traffic entering Missouri Street from the highway.

Alderman Patty Simerl requested the City Police Department to have an increased presence on the streets near the schools, particularly near the four-way stop. She reported complaints from citizens of vehicles speeding through the intersection without stopping.

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