September 12, 2002

City Council Discuss Drainage Ditch At September Meeting

Nearly two years after the completion of a major drainage project in central and eastern Memphis the city council is still dealing with the area. George and Sheila Owings were present at the September 5 Memphis City Council meeting to discuss water behind their residence caused by the drainage ditch.

The Owings property lies on the east end of the drainage system, which carries storm water from the northeast corner of Memphis through the town, crossing Highway 15 near the swimming pool before crossing Madison Street near the Sanders Street intersection and finally exiting city limits on the Owings property. The homeowners were complaining about water pooling on their property because debris in the channel was preventing it from draining properly.

Alderman Ron Gardner told George and Sheila Owings that he would contact Zimmerman Excavating about reviewing the situation. The council set a tentative date of September 13 for the meeting to review the problem.

Gun Club

Ted Gundy presented the council with information for a liability insurance policy for the rifle range and shooting sports area at Lake Show-Me. Gundy stated the National Rifle Association offers a $500,000 liability policy for gun clubs for $415 per year.

The council informed Gundy that the rifle range and the trap and skeet areas are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, which is responsible for all aspects of the facility including insurance coverage.

Chipper Bids

Two bids were received for the purchase of the city's old brush chipper. Gary Smith of Chillicothe was awarded the sale with a high bid of $6,250. A second bid was received for the unit from Harvey Haldeman of Rutledge for $2,255.

Liquor License

The council voted 4-0 to approve a liquor license request made by Shelly Boyer. The license will allow sale of intoxicating liquor by the drink at 361 Grand Avenue.

Police Report

Officer Mike Steeples presented the August activity report for the Memphis Police Department. Officers made 11 traffic stops, one DWI arrest and investigated two traffic accidents. The department investigated one peace disturbance, two thefts, and one burglary. The department received 301 telephone calls, made 27 community security checks and assisted on five animal calls and three ambulance/helicopter calls.

Water Department

Repairs continued at the city's lagoon complex. Superintendent Dennis Howard stated the lagoon road had been rocked and the water basin will be repaired in the near future with polyurethane foam. Howard also reported the swimming pool had been winterized just in case it had to be used next summer.

Street Repairs

Superintendent Roy Monroe told the council the street department had completed paving 15 city blocks, sealed several streets, the cemetery road and airport taxiway and the road to the lagoon. Monroe said Bentley Inc. will be sealing more of the city streets this month. The department also is in the process of installing a storm drain at the cemetery. Monroe told the council he would be traveling to Jefferson City to view a used oil distributor that MoDOT is selling.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Mike Stone commented on several properties in the city that need to be mowed. He also inquired about the city policy for disconnecting utilities. Municipal code states the city has the right to refuse to reconnect utility service at any site that had service disconnected for failure to pay until the entire bill is paid.

Alderman Teresa Skinner also reported several weed complaints she had received from citizens. Skinner requested the bushes across from the elementary school be trimmed. Skinner stated she had been approached by an attorney wanting to relocate to Memphis. She asked about zoning laws and the possibility of maintaining an office in a residential area. The council noted there is no law against this but noted parking might be an issue.

Alderman Ron Gardner requested the vinyl fence at the cemetery be cleaned. He also reported that Memphis Lumber is donating the material for the creation of a privacy fence if the adjoining property owner supplies the labor. The council had voted to rezone the property to commercial during the August meeting.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander provided information for the council's review regarding advertising for a tri-state travel brochure. The Downing House had presented the proposal to Alexander.

The Mayor also reminded the council of the community memorial services to be held September 11 and encouraged their attendance.

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