December 12, 2002

Gun Club, City Council Still Seeking Resolution For Rifle Range

The Memphis Gun Club is willing to foot part of the bill to help get the city's rifle range and trap shooting facility reopened to the public. The site has been closed all season as the City of Memphis and the Missouri Conservation Department have tried to resolve liability issues for the shooting range located at Lake Show Me.

Gun club member Ted Gundy was present at the December meeting of the city council to present the proposal. Gundy suggested the facility purchase a $500,000 liability insurance plan through the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gundy said the NRA policy would cost roughly $830 per year. He indicated the gun club would be willing to pay half the fee if the city would pay the other half.

The council members discussed the issue and decided to review the previous lease agreement with the gun club as well as the status of the current lease agreement with the Conservation Department. In January the city's liability insurance discontinued coverage for the two sites at Lake Show Me. Since that time the city has been trying to reach an agreement with the Conservation Department to lease the two facilities to MDC, which would then be responsible for providing the liability coverage.

The issue will be revisited at the January city council meeting.

Fire Station

Memphis Fire Chief Mark Drummond was present at the council meeting to present a pair of bids for two new overhead doors for the fire station.

The department had replaced one door earlier this year after the old door broke and would not allow rapid access to the fire trucks.

Overhead Door Company of Ottumwa submitted a bid of $1,806.96 for the two doors, delivered and installed. Hopkins Lumber Company in conjunction with Overhead Door Company of Hannibal submitted a bid of $1,683.55 for similar doors delivered and installed.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the low bid from Hopkins Lumber Company.

Police Department Lease

The council reached an agreement to renew the lease with the Masonic Lodge for rental of the police station property.

A two-year lease agreement was signed on the building at the same rates ($1,050 paid semi-annually) as the previous lease agreement.

Water Meters

Bill No. 02-7 regarding the removal and care of water meters was presented for official reading at the meeting.

The new ordinance states any water meter will be removed at the time service is shut off unless the owner specifies that the meter is too remain. Property owners are responsible for protecting their meters against freezing and other damages and shall be liable for the current replacement cost of the meter if it is damaged.

Department Reports

Light Plant Superintendent Mike Ahland requested a surplus computer from his department be sold. The council agreed to advertise the computer for sale on the local access television channel. Sealed bids will be opened at the next regular council meeting in January.

The line crew has been trimming and cutting trees according to Superintendent Dave Kittle. He also noted that Curtis Mallett and Roger Tinkle had both passed their third year linemen test taken earlier that day.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported his crew had transferred the concrete from the HUD housing project to Lake Show Me where it will serve as rip-rap. The department also has performed vehicle and equipment maintenance and worked on the City Hall project.

The water department reported that Jim Curry has received his Class B license.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner relayed questions to the council as well as concerns from a local funeral home regarding the recent cemetery ordinance passed by the city.

Alderman Mike Stone commented on the city's animal control program. He also praised the community for its Christmas decorations and made a few comments about the possibility of skate park.

Aldermen Ron Gardner and Patty Simerl both praised the work done on the City Hall renovations.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander asked for council approval to re-appoint Vic Orf to the Memphis Housing Authority Board. He also requested approval of a resolution re-appointing himself to the Solid Waste Management Committee. The council voted 4-0 to approve both motions.

Executive Session

The council voted 4-0 to rehire cemetery maintenance contractor Joe Paul for 2003. The agreement included a $2,000 per year salary increase.

The council voted unanimously to take disciplinary action against employee Mike Becraft.

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