December 11, 2003

City Will Build Bathhouse In Effort To Get New Pool Project In Under Budget

It is back to the drawing board for the Memphis Swimming Pool. The Memphis City Council voted 4-0 to have a new set of bid-specifications prepared for the project after only one bid, which was well over the estimated cost of the pool project, was received at the first bid letting.

At the December 4 council meeting the Board of Alderman agreed to separate the building projects from the original pool plan. Only one bid had been received for the construction of the pool as well as the bathhouse and sidewalks.

The new plan calls for the city to seek bids just for the construction of a simple swimming pool. City crews are planning to construct the bathhouse, sidewalks and equipment buildings.

Due to the change in plans the council agreed that the cityís engineering firm would need to complete a new series of bid specifications as soon as possible to allow the city to seek bids.

The council voted 4-0 to move forward with the new plan, seeking bids as soon as possible. The plan established a deadline of May 1, 2004 for the completion of the pool.

Election

The council approved the election ordinance opening filing for the city offices on December 16 at 8:00 a.m. at City Hall. Voters will fill the office of mayor as well as one alderman from the east ward and one alderman from the west ward at the April 6 election.

Candidates may file from December 16 until January 20 at City Hall. The terms of Mayor Ron Alexander, and aldermen Teresa Skinner and Mike Stone are set to expire.

Water Intake

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported that more than 2,500 tons of riprap had been installed at the city water systemís intake at Lake Show-Me. The city used 800 ton of salvaged concrete from the old swimming pool and then purchased 1,800 ton of rock.

A steel plate has been installed over the intake to prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to the intake. The stabilizing cables also are in place but are awaiting the installation on buoy markers. Divers have inspected the cables at the base of the intake structure.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Mike Stone presented the appraisal report for the former Dollar General building on the south side of the square. The city will need to complete a non-cash charitable contribution form to accept the donation of the building from owner Joan Mankopf.

Stone also discussed with the council the possibility of revising Chapter 600 of the city code that states no liquor establishment may operate within 500-feet of the courthouse. Stone suggested that repealing the restriction could possibly bring more business to the downtown area in the form of a restaurant or bar.

Alderman Lucas Remley relayed a request from the fire department to have city fire hydrants color-coded in the near future to signify the working condition. The council suggested having a community service worker paint the hydrants at the earliest possible date next spring.

Remley also made a request that all aldermen be informed when the city engineers are in town to discuss the swimming pool project.

Meeting Change

The next meeting of the city council was rescheduled to January 8 because of the New Yearís holiday.

Dump Truck

Monroe reported the street department has purchased a used dump truck from Ball GMC in Kahoka for $13,950.

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