June 10, 2004

Council Considering Options For Replacing Light Poles On Square

The Memphis City Square may get a new look to help light up the business district and the county courthouse. Superintendent Dave Kittle informed the city council at the June 3 meeting of a proposal made by the Scotland County Commission for a joint effort to replace the old metal light poles on the courthouse lawn as well as around the outer portion of the square.

Kittle will prepare a presentation for the July meeting regarding the project. The council asked him to review options and to gather prices for prospective replacement poles.

Pool Progress

In other business, Superintendent Roy Monroe gave a progress report on the city swimming pool. He told the council that city crews had placed back fill around the pool, approximately half the height of the walls. He stated the eight-inch drain has been connected to the valves and the manhole. The contractor will be installing the handicap ramp in the near future.

The council met prior to the regular meeting for a work session with pool manager Karla Matlock. The group finalized the admission rates and business hours for the new facility.

The pool will be open seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Admission will cost $1.50 for ages 4-17. Adults (18 and older) will pay $2. There is a special rate of $2.50 for an adult with a child. Children age three and under are free with a paid adult.

There will be 20-day passes available. The adult pass will cost $35 and a child pass will be $20.

The pool will be available for special parties. The rental fee for a party of 25 or fewer for two hours will be $35. A group of up to 50 people may reserve a special pool party for a $50 fee for the same two-hour period.

Citizen Participation

Lorna Robinson was present at the meeting to address her property on North Market Street. She asked when the telephone box in her alley was going to be moved. Monroe stated he has contacted Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone and had been told the box would be moved in the near future. Mayor Ron Alexander told Robinson that he would contact the company’s main office as well as the local employees to determine a date.

Robinson also asked if the city could do anything about barking dogs. The members told Robinson that she could file a complaint with the city police department.

The citizen then expressed her dissatisfaction with City Marshall Steve Snodgrass. She stated that she had contacted the police department regarding furniture that had been stolen from her property. Robinson said a witness of the crime had contacted the marshall in regards to filing a complaint. She said the marshal had informed them that he would be off duty in five minutes and would be out of the office the following day so it would be Saturday before he would be able to take the statement.

Snodgrass was present at the council meeting and made arrangements to meet with Robinson immediately after adjournment. The council apologized for any inconvenience to the Robinsons.

Public Hearings

Numerous property owners had received letters in the past month regarding excessive weeds and tall grass.

The majority of the properties had been brought into compliance. However three properties had yet to comply to the order.

The council voted 3-0 (Alderman Skinner was absent from the meeting) to mow the following three properties: 377 S. Knott; 316 N. Cecil and 123 S. Cecil. The property owners will be accessed the cost of the service.

Liquor Licenses

The council finalized Bill 04-4 amending the section of the city code governing the issuance of liquor licenses. The new code changed the cost of the license to $75 annually.

The council approved six applications for liquor licenses to run from July 1 through June 30, 2005.

Licenses were approved for:

Steve and Angela Dial, dba The Party Shack for sale of intoxicating liquors in the original package; Ronald Gardner, dba Pizza Hut to sell malt liquor at retail by drink; G & K Foods, dba Gas & More and Sharon S. Uthe, dba Casey’s Marketing Co. to sell malt liquors in the original package; P.M. Places Store, dba Pamida to sell intoxicating liquors in the original package and Sunday sales; and Shelly Boyer, dba Shelly B’s to sell intoxicating liquors by the drink. Alderman Gardner abstained from voting on the issue.

Department Reports

Superintendent Mike Ahland informed the council that the animal control truck likely will have to be replaced soon.

Monroe told the council that the lines on the city square had been painted prior to Memorial Day.

The council instructed Monroe to acquire rental equipment if needed for construction of the swimming pool.

Superintendent Dennis Howard reported a lagoon inspection had been completed by the Department of Natural Resources and the city was awaiting the results.

Howard also discussed a lake board meeting where Jim Patton of the Missouri Rural Water Association discussed a source water protection program. Howard is preparing the paperwork to implement the plan.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Remley indicated he has received complaints regarding mowing at Lake ShowMe. The alderman stated that the lake upkeep needed to be a joint effort by all departments.

Remley reported that painting had been done by community service workers at Legion Park. He suggested the appointment of an overseer for the community service workers to better utilize this workforce over the summer. Alderman Gardner suggested the position could be included in the upcoming budget.

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