October 14, 2004

City Council Makes Preparations For Housing Rehabilitation Project

The Memphis City Council has begun preparations for the implementation of the housing rehabilitation program the city was approved for through the Community Development Block Grant process.

At the October 7 council meeting, Mayor Ron Alexander presented a number of agreements for the city to consider.

The first contract was for environmental issues surrounding the demolition, construction and rehabilitation of housing units that lie within the project’s boundaries along east Madison Street.

The council voted 4-0 to employ Regional Development Services of Fulton for asbestos inspections and lead-based paint risk assessment services required by the CDBG funding.

The council also voted to enter into an agreement with the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission/Rural Development Corporation to administer the housing rehab grant and to handle inspections of the sites. Richard Harper was named as the official agent in the agreement.

Mayor Alexander also announced that the city had received a second $70,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for use at the airport. Alexander noted that MoDOT had indicated the grant process would likely award a third $70,000 grant in 2005, at which time the city would have $210,000 to use for improvements.

“All of the money can be pooled together for use at the airport on needed projects,” Alexander said. “The money will have to be spent within three years of the date of the award.”

The Mayor noted that the Regional Planning Commission had advised the city to solicit statements of qualifications and experience from airport consultants so the city could have one in place to help speed the process up when the final grant is awarded next year.

The council voted 4-0 to proceed with finding a consultant as well as beginning to compile a list of projects at the airport to be considered for funding. The projects will come from the latest FAA inspection as well as from suggestions from the airport board.

Housing Authority

Mayor Alexander recommended the council re-appoint Mildred Wilson to the Memphis Housing Authority Board for an additional term as the “resident on the board.” The council voted 4-0 to approve the appointment.

Tax Collection

The council reviewed an amended tax collection agreement to be entered into with the Scotland County Collector. The agreement has been changed to reflect the new amount to be deposited into the assessment fund from all tax money collected by the county for the City of Memphis. The assessment amount has been changed from one percent to 1.25 percent as enacted by Senate Bill No. 960, which became law August 28.

Alley Incident

Alderman Lucas Remley reported an incident that occurred in the alley on Market Street. He reported that rocks had been thrown at a citizen by a speeding vehicle. The incident was reported to the police department but no action was taken.

After hearing the report, the council voted 4-0 to instruct officer Mike Steeples, who was present at the meeting, to issue a ticket to the motorist based on the signed statement to be given by the victim.

Christmas Lights

Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Kigar was present at the meeting to seek financial assistance from the city for purchasing Christmas decorations. The council voted 4-0 to continue financing $500 annually for the project.

Swimming Pool

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the pool building was ready for Monroe Construction to build the block walls.

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