December 8, 2005

New Contracts Awarded at City Council Meeting

The Memphis City Council awarded a number of contracts during the December 1st meeting held at City Hall.

H. Middleton, chairman of the airport board, made a presentation to the council regarding the four prospective consulting firms for Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport.

The city had received bid packages from four firms seeking to get the cityís airport contract.

Middleton and superintendent Roy Monroe both suggested retaining Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc., which had served as the cityís consultant on past airport projects.

Bids were also received from TranSystems Corporation; French-Reneker-Associates, Inc.; and Bucher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation.

The council took the information under advisement and will make a decision at the January meeting.

Liability Insurance

The council awarded the cityís liability insurance contract to Don F. Harrison Agency. The MoPerm package will cost the city $47,289 and was approved by a 4-0 vote.

Health Insurance

Four bids were received and reviewed for the cityís employee health insurance policy. Bidding were Fringe Benefit Specialists- Lee Martin agent; Shelter Insurance, Dana Frederick, agent; Bertram and Associates Ė Tim Bertram agent; and Hawkins Insurance, Donna Cook agent.

Lee Martin was present at the meeting and discussed the cityís current policy with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Martin currently maintains the contract with the city and has provided the service since 1996.

The council voted 4-0 to contract with Fringe Benefit Specialists and retain Martinís services through Blue Cross Blue Shield. The city will pay $460.01 per month for employee coverage; $996.92 monthly for employee/spouse coverage; $897.03 for employee/child(ren) coverage; and $1,403.02 per month for employee and family coverage.

Dental Insurance

The council voted 4-0 to renew the contract for the city employee dental insurance with Kansas City Life Insurance Company, which has provided the service for the past decade. The renewal rate for the contract was lower than 2005, saving the city approximately $200 per month.

Cemetery

Fox River Mowing was the lone bidder for the annual cemetery maintenance contract. Owner Michael Kauth submitted a bid of $21,000 for the year, which represented no increase from last year. The contract was awarded by a 4-0 vote.

Sam Redding was awarded the cityís contract for the cemetery for grave openings and closings. The cost will increase $50 to $350 on weekdays and $400 on weekends and holidays. The contract was approved by a 4-0 vote.

Hay

No bids were received for the cityís annual hay service contract at Lake ShowMe. The service will be re-advertised for bids for the March 2006 council meeting.

Election

The council approved the official notice of election for the April 4, 2006 municipal election.

Filing for city offices will begin December 13 at 8:00 a.m. at City Hall and will close January 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Voters will elect one east ward alderman (currently held by William Reckenberg) and one west ward alderman (currently held by Teresa Skinner) for two year terms. The mayor and city marshal positions will also be on the ballot.

Ridge Street

City Attorney David Peppard updated the council on his work regarding the proposed lowering of Ridge Street. He indicated the railroad representative he had been working with had stated the company would be willing to grant the city a $2,500 temporary easement to perform the work.

The council asked Peppard to try to negotiate a lower fee for the easement.

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