April 28, 2005

Special Meeting Focuses On New Signs For City

The Memphis City Council met Monday, April 18 in a special meeting to discuss a proposed MoDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant for welcome to Memphis signs.

Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission director David Shoush was present to discuss the grant with the board of aldermen. Shoush told the council that the grant from MoDOT could be used for a variety of projects in the city, including the series of signs discussed at the regular April council meeting.

The minimum grant request is $25,000 and would require a 20-percent match from the city either in in-kind labor or matching funds, which would bring the minimum project cost to $31,250 according to Shoush.

The council discussed a proposal to construct or purchase four welcome to Memphis signs that would be installed complete with landscaping and necessary lighting.

Superintendent Roy Monroe suggested the possibility of using a portion of the grant funds for the Depot restoration project.

Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce president Chuck Kigar recommended the council consider using funds to help light and pave the Tiger Trail walking track located near the school grounds.

No official action was taken on the issue. Shoush was asked to prepare a proposed budget for the grant for council consideration at the May meeting. The grant application deadline is May 27.

Building Permit

In other business, the council considered a building permit request from Jim Nishida-Adams. The request called for a garage to be constructed on the Nishida-Adams property.

Alderman Lucas Remley moved that the permit be approved pending relocation of the planned building to comply with the regulations requiring 25-foot clearance from the property line in the rear yard.

Swimming Pool

Alderman Teresa Skinner presented a list of merchandise to be purchased for use at the new pool. Some of the items on the catalogue prepared by Michele Drummond, will be available for rent to pool patrons at special events while other items will be sold through the concession stand. The council voted 3-0 to approve the $500 expenditure for the pool items.

Following the meeting the council conducted a tour of the new pool facility led by Superintendent Monroe.

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