November 11, 2004

Memphis City Council Approves Cemetery Improvements In Advance Of Special Event

Memorial Day weekend 2005 was the topic of discussion at the Memphis City Council meeting November 4th. Generally the council does not need to make plans so far in advance but this year is expected to be much different.

Members of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce attended the council meeting to discuss a ceremony to be held at the Memphis Cemetery. Bring John Home has gained national attention as a Civil War veteran will be brought back to his former home in Memphis for burial next to his brothers grave.

The event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the community to witness the historic ceremony.

Chamber members are busily planning for the event and were on hand to ask the council to help organize a city-wide beautification project to make sure the community looks its best for all of the visitors.

Carol West requested the council consider restoring the original iron gates at the cemetery with another suggestion for rebuilding the cement posts at the entrance.

The council voted 3-0 to move forward with the restoration project for the cemetery entrance.

Trencher Bids

In other business, the council received three bids for the sale of a 1978 Case Trencher. The winning bid of $2105 was received from Longhorn Conversions of Memphis. Other bids were received from March Bros. Excavation and from Gary Kittle.

Easements

Superintendent Dave Kittle expressed his concern regarding city utility easements. He noted that many residents have constructed buildings or other structures on the citys utility right-of-ways. He pointed out that citizens need to be aware of the potential that they may be required to relocate the buildings if the city needs to make emergency repairs to water or electric lines.

City Attorney David Peppard suggested the council draft letters to be mailed to citizens warning them of the danger and pointing out that buildings placed on utility easements are done so at the owners risk. He added that the letter should highlight the fact that the property owner will have to move the structure if utility repairs are deemed necessary.

Swimming Pool

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported that work is progressing on the citys new swimming pool. He stated that city crews will likley begin construction of the roof on the pool house this week once Monroe Construction completes the masonry work on the walls. He noted that most of the sidewalks have been completed and that the pool has been filled for approximately a month without any problems.

Water Superintendent Dennis Howard added that the pump and filtration systems seem to be working well.

Water

Howard informed the council that the water plant had closed the supply valve to rural water on October 13. The CPWSD #1 is now purchasing water from Lake Rathbun.

Police Car

City Marshall Steve Snodgrass presented a quote from Harris Motor Company for a used 2004 Chevy Impala for $12,200.

The council voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of the new police car.

Rec-Plex

Alderman Lucas Remley informed the council that the Rec-Plex had approached him regarding possible financial aid for utility costs.

Peppard told the council it could not legally offer price reductions on utility services to just the fitness center. Such an agreement would cause the city legal problems in attempting to differentiate between the fitness center and other not-for-profit groups.

Mayors Report

Mayor Ron Alexander appointed Teresa Lee as the citys Emergency Management Director. Alexander also presented a resolution that will allow the city to pursue funding through the various USDA Rural Development programs. Both items were approved by a 3-0 council vote.

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