May 8, 2003

City Council Approves Power Project For Hospital Expansion

The Memphis City Council voted 4-0 during its May 1 meeting to move forward with a $5,900 project to help the local hospital bring a mobile MRI machine to town.

Superintendent Dave Kittle told the council he had received price estimates for the job that would provide power to the medical machine. The mobile unit will be parked south of the hospital near the outpatient entrance. The city was asked to make electricity available at the location.

The city's plan calls for the installation of a power pedestal adjacent to the location that will better serve the hospital's power needs while also allowing for future expansion. The pedestal will also allow the city to cut back to just one meter to record all of the hospital's power usage, a cost savings for the city.

"Right now the power supply back there behind the hospital is pretty cluttered," Kittle said. "This project will clean that up and will meet the special needs of the machine making it an overall improvement."

Scotland County Memorial Hospital has entered a contract to provide the MRI service. According to SCMH maintenance director Jamie Kice the five-year agreement calls for the mobile machine to be at the hospital twice a week.

Kice also noted that the MRI machine is sensitive to electrical interference. He asked that the power lines to the hospital be placed underground. He noted the change would also benefit the loading area where at least twice trucks unloading at the hospital have knocked down utility lines.

Kittle said the issue could easily be accommodated and noted that the existing lines were low.

Excavation Bids

The council reviewed three bids for the city's proposal to do dirt work around the power lines that connect the city to its electricity suppliers.

The first bid was from Zimmerman excavation at a price of $2,700 for the bulldozer and trackhoe work. The bid also had a $350 price for mowing the region.

DG Small Construction submitted a bid for $6,480 for the project. The third bids was from Wells Trucking, Inc. of Donnellson, IA at a cost of $18,720 for the dirt work and $2,200 for the mowing.

The council voted 4-0 to award the bids to Zimmerman's Excavating for both the dirt work and the mowing services.

Mowers Sold

The city reviewed bids for six Snapper riding lawnmowers formerly used by the cemetery maintenance crew.

Randall Aldridge was the high bidder on mowers #3 ($50.05), #4 ($30.03), and #2 (25.05). Jennifer Woods had the high bid on mower #1 ($25.26) and mower #5 ($31.05). Tom Owings had the high bid for the sixth mower at a price of $10.50.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the high bids on all six mowers.

Department Reports

City Marshal Steve Snodgrass provided statistics for the Memphis Police Department for the month of April. The department investigated two peace disturbances and two cases of vandalism. Officers made 44 traffic stops and investigated nine accidents. The office handled six animal calls and assisted on four ambulance runs and two helicopter landings at SCMH. Officers handled 61 miscellaneous calls and made 17 community security checks.

Water superintendent Dennis Howard reported the parks are all operational. His crew has been mowing when the weather permits. They also have begun installing remote water meters.

The street department also has been fighting the weather trying to complete the storm drain project on Madison Street. Superintendent Roy Monroe stated all the CRP acres at the lake have been burned, the campgrounds are open and gravel has been added to the roads. Monroe noted he is investigating the possibility of a funding source to create a small wetlands on the city's ground at the lake. The street crew will paint the city square either May 8 or May 15.

The council voted 4-0 to allow Monroe to move forward with a $472 inspection of the city's oil tank. It is the lone city tank remaining with a containment system.

Light plant superintendent said his crew was busy most of the month with the plant generating due to higher power costs.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Lucas Remley asked the council about park equipment. The group agreed that a meeting should be scheduled for the city park committee to discuss the equipment needs.

Alderman Mike Stone asked about the sewer line at the Ed Benson property behind Payne's Funeral Chapel. Howard reported the water department had removed the clog and would likely begin repairing or replacing the line to prevent future problems.

Stone also asked about the impact of the new storm sewer drain on Madison on existing curb and guttering. Monroe indicated it would not effect it but if there were any problems the city would correct them.

Stone applauded the efforts of the local little league program that has signed up 188 kids between the ages of 5-17 to play summer softball and baseball.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander read a thank you letter from Bill Kiddoo of Waste Corporation for the city's renewal of the trash collection contract. The letter reported that the company is planing to make truck upgrades following the completion of the spring clean-up projects in its other service areas.

The mayor asked for, and received council resolutions allowing the city to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for funds for renovation, clean-up or demolition of buildings in the city. A second resolution was approved to name Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission as the consultant for the grant process.

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