November 13, 2003

Property Lines Main Point Of Debate At City Council Meeting

Property lines were the main topics of discussion at the November meeting of the Memphis City Council.

A property line quarrel between two landowners on N. Market Street became rather heated at times as the council listened to arguments from both sides regarding a disputed boundary between two residences.

The problem was compounded when a building permit was approved and a concrete pad was installed on the line by one of the property owners. Since that point the relationship has deteriorated and resulted in the discussion at the council meeting.

The aldermen agreed to visit the site and review the situation, making every effort to determine a true measurement of the lots to determine a boundary and to avoid the landowners having to pay an estimated $3,000 for a survey.

The second property line on the agenda offered much less stress for all parties involved.

Representatives of Oakwood Industries were present at the meeting to ask the city to sell them an additional 20-feet of property on the east side of their existing building.

Superintendent Roy Monroe stated the land had no value to the city and already was being maintained by Oakwood.

The ground will be used to allow the company to install a second dust bin, a necessity for expansion of the company’s oak furniture manufacturing business.

“I’m all for making every effort to help our local industries as both an employer and a tax payer,” stated alderman Ron Gardner. “I suggest we sell this land to them for a nominal fee.”

The company representatives stated they would pay for all legal fees and abstract costs.

The council voted 3-0 to sell the ground to Oakwood Industries for a price of $5.

Department Reports

Superintendent Dennis Howard reported the water department is waiting on materials before installing the cables and anchors for the water intake project at Lake ShowMe. He indicated the crew will bore holes for the anchors and complete that portion of the project next week before installing the remainder of the riprap.

Howard stated the water department will be installing new remote meters this winter. He said that approximately 50 customers are on the waiting list and have been for some time but he hoped to get to all of these accounts as soon as possible.

The city received bids for vinyl siding and materials for the west side of City Hall from both local lumberyards. With comparable costs from both stores, Superintendent Roy Monroe suggested the purchases be split between both lumber yards with an estimated cost of approximately $1,300 for materials.

Monroe stated his street crew will do the labor on the project, covering the 21x30 portion of the building that was exposed when the former law office of Susan Henry was demolished after the building was destroyed by fire last year.

The wetlands project between Lake ShowMe and the Old Lake is approximately 80 to 90 percent completed Monroe told the council. The project is being funded in a joint effort by the city, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the local chapter of Pheasants Forever.

Monroe reported the jetty to the water intake at Lake ShowMe was two thirds completed. The city was able to use 800 ton of rock salvaged from the old pool but will still likely have to purchase 200 to 300 ton of rock to complete the structure.

A written report was received from the police department. During October officers investigated four accidents and made 24 traffic stops. The department investigated one peace disturbance, one case of vandalism and one domestic dispute. Officers performed 14 community security checks, assisted on two ambulance calls, answered 423 phone calls and handled 123 miscellaneous calls.

Light Plant Superintendent Mike Ahland reported a meeting has been scheduled with engineer Dave Stevens to fix a computer problem with the plant’s automated system. Currently the system calls a supervisor when the water basin temperature drops below 50 degrees. Ahland said the system will be recalibrated to lower the warning temperature since 50 degrees is not a danger.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner asked about the purchase of a dump truck for the street department. Monroe stated he had found a used unit for $12,000. The department had budgeted $15,000 to replace the old truck.

Skinner also requested input on suggested fencing for the new Casey’s store. She stated the contractors had approached her about city code. The only requirements are for an opaque material to be used. Slotted wooden fencing or vinyl inserts for chain link were two recommendations.

Alderman Ron Gardner asked about a $13,000 payment to All-States Engineering of Columbia. The payment represented the final installment of an estimated $35,000 engineering bill for the design of the city’s new swimming pool. Gardner made a motion to request a receipt for the payment indicating the bill had been paid in full, noting he did not expect any additional fees.

The engineering design garnered only one bid on the pool construction and it came in more than $500,000 over the target cost of the project. The city is currently considering options for a re-design or clarifications on the current model prior to seeking new bids.

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