February 9, 2006

Missouri Farm Numbers Decline Slightly in 2005

(COLUMBIA, MO) - Missouri farm numbers, estimated at 105,000, are down slightly from last year, said Gene Danekas, Director of the USDA-Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service. The complexion of Missouri agriculture has and continues to change, while life economic conditions and lifestyle choices are the major contributors to the decline.

A farm is defined as any establishment from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold or would be sold during the year. Missouri ranks second in total number of farms, following Texas. Total land in Missouri farms is estimated at 30.1 million acres with an average farm size of 287 acres.

Missouri farms in the economic sales class of $1,000 to $9,999 are estimated at 57,900, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Farms in the sales group of $10,000 to $99,999 totaled 36,100, down slightly from 2004. The $100,000 to $249,000 group is estimated at 6,400, up 200 farms from last year. Farms in the sales groups of $250,000 to $499,000 totaled 2,700, up slightly from 2004, while farm with sales of $500,000 and over totaled 1,900, up from 1,800 in 2004.

Number of Farms and Land in Farms 2005 Summary

The number of farms in the United States in 2005 is estimated at 2.1 million, 0.6 percent fewer than in 2004. Total land in farms, at 933.4 million acres, decreased 2.9 million acres, or 0.3 percent, from 2004.

The average farm size was 444 acres during 2005, an increase of one acre from the previous year. The decline in the number of farms and land in farms reflects a continuing consolidation in farming operations and diversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses.

Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these sales classes by summing their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000.

Farm numbers declined in the three smallest sales classes and rose in the two largest sales classes. Part of the decline in the smaller sales classes was due to normal attrition, such as retirements. In addition, some operations transferred to larger sales classes by enterprise expansion. However, the majority of the changes in the sales classes were likely due to rising incomes. Many farms and ranches near the top of their sales class in 2004 moved into the next higher sales class in 2005 without adding land or otherwise expanding their operations.

The largest percentage changes from 2004 occurred in the smallest and largest sales classes. Farm numbers declined 1.1 percent, to 1.17 million farms, in the $1,000 - $9,999 sales class. Meanwhile, farm numbers increased 3.8 percent, to 79,410 farms, in the $500,000 or more sales class. The number of farms with less than $250,000 in sales fell 0.8 percent from 2004 and the number of farms with $250,000 or more in sales rose 2.4 percent.

Land in farms also shifted from lower sales classes to higher sales classes. In the $1,000-$9,999 sales class, land in farms dropped 2.1 percent, to 118.4 million acres, while land operated by farms in the largest sales class, $500,000 or more in sales, increased 3.0 percent, to 209.9 million acres. Farms with under $250,000 in sales operated 571.3 million acres, or 1.7 percent fewer acres than 2004. Farmers in the two largest sales classes, representing operations with sales of $250,000 or more, operated 362.2 million acres, up 2.0 percent from 2004.

Over all, the average farm size increased in 2005. However, average farm sizes declined in the sales classes due to smaller farms moving up to higher sales classes.

Memphis FFA Chapter Celebrates National FFA Week

The Memphis FFA Chapter at Scotland County R-I High School will celebrate National FFA Week February 16-23, 2019. National FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than 653,000 members with a passion for agriculture will participate in activities at local, state and national levels.

Designated a national week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday, National FFA Week runs from Saturday to Saturday and gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their schools and communities learn about FFA and agricultural education. The Memphis FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities:

Sunday, February 17th – FFA Card Party High School Commons 5:00-8:00 pm

Monday, February 18th – Hat Day

Tuesday, February 19th – Pajama Day

Wednesday, February 20th – FFA Shirt Day

Thursday, February 21st – Wear Official Dress Day

Friday, February 22nd – Truck and Tractor Day, Dress like a Farmer

Saturday, February 23rd – Community Appreciation Breakfast, High School Ag Building, 6:00-8:00 am

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they are preparing for 255 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

DISTRICT 4 CAPITOL REPORT

Rep. Greg Sharpe

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval this week to legislation meant to put thousands of Missourians on a fast track to develop the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs. The bill would create a new state financial aid program known as Fast Track that would address workforce needs by encouraging adults to pursue an industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need.

The bill’s sponsor told her colleagues, “Fast Track is a creative solution that could impact nearly 16,000 eligible students providing training, meeting specific workforce needs, improving the economy, and benefiting Missourians in all regions of our state.”

Missouri has the seventh most diversified economy and ranks among the top 10 states in high school graduation rates, but lags in post-secondary degree or credential attainment. She noted that around 755,000 Missourians have some college experience but no degree, meaning there are thousands of individuals who could take advantage of the innovative Fast Track program.

The goal of Fast Track is to provide community colleges, tech schools, and universities with the means to equip students for the high-paying, high-demand jobs of the future. It is designed to open up higher education opportunities for hard-working, middle-class families looking for a boost to pursue their dreams. It is also meant to help Missouri businesses find workers with the training needed to fill their workforce demands.

The bill requires a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

Another bill headed to the Senate is meant to better protect children by improving the state’s Amber Alert system. The bill is known as “Hailey’s Law” in honor of Hailey Owens, who was abducted and murdered at the age of 10 while walking home from a friend’s house.

Soon after the arrest of her killer, state officials and lawmakers turned their attention to the Amber Alert System.  Though witnesses saw Owens being abducted, more than two hours passed before an Amber Alert was issued to let authorities and the public statewide know to look for her, and what her kidnapper and his vehicle looked like.

The legislation would require the Amber Alert System to be tied into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES), which is the computer system that allows all law enforcement in Missouri to communicate.  That means once an officer enters information about a missing child into MULES, it would at the same time be available to the Amber Alert system. 

The bill would also require the state’s Amber Alert System Oversight Committee to meet at least once a year to discuss ways to improve the system.  Currently there is no requirement for that committee to meet. The sponsor said that having the committee meet regularly to evaluate the system means there will be an ongoing effort toward getting alerts out more quickly.

Thank you for reading my capitol report. I am honored to represent you.

State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin Opposes Prescription Monitoring Program – Here’s Why

For several years, members of the Missouri General Assembly have filed legislation regarding the numerous opioid and drug-related deaths across our state. I also believe there is a need to take action against this epidemic, but a statewide prescription drug monitoring program is not the solution to our problem.

Approved by Missouri House of Representatives, House Bill 188 aims to implement a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The proposal could be discussed in a Senate Committee as early as next week. While I understand what the bill is trying to accomplish, I am opposed to this legislation for several reasons.

Supporters of the statewide prescription drug monitoring program like to emphasize the fact that Missouri is the only state in the country without a PDMP. This is true, but when comparing state by state, the data clearly demonstrates that over twenty other states with PDMPs are still substantially worse off than Missouri in terms of curbing the effects of opioid abuse. For example, the state of Florida recently implemented a PDMP in 2011 and have seen a decrease in the abuse of prescribed drugs such as oxycodone, but have concurrently seen an exponential spike in the use of other opioids and heroin. Since 2012, heroin admissions have increased from 2,003 to 8,114 in 2017, a 305% increase.

I am also opposed to HB 188 is because our cyber infrastructure needs updating to be secure. Without making the necessary security upgrades, thousands of Missourians personal information could be at risk of a cybersecurity breach. In 2009, Virginia had to shut down their prescription database in the wake of a cybersecurity breach of 35 million prescription records. In the event of a data breach, it can be quite difficult to recover from the damage. With this is mind, protecting Missourians should be our No. 1 priority.

Officials estimate that a statewide program would cost Missouri’s taxpayers more than $1 million. In spite of the good intentions of so many politicians in Jefferson City, I refuse to endorse a program that costs the people of Northeast Missouri over a million dollars a year for a program that does not work and is implemented by a computer network that requires much needed security upgrades. When our elected officials get serious about this problem we will be able to work together to provide a serious plan that will work.As always, I appreciate hearing your comments, opinions and concerns. Please feel free to contact me in Jefferson City at (573) 751-7985. You may also email me at cindy.olaughlin@senate.mo.gov

Scotland County R-I Elementary Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, February 21 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, February 22 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, February 25 – Pancakes, Choice of Cereal, Sausage Link, Toast/Jelly, Cinnamon Applesauce, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, February 26 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Wed., February 27 – Oatmeal, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Peanut Butter, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Thursday, February 28 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

   Lunch

Thursday, February 21 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey and cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Cinnamon Apple Slices, Fresh Fruit

Friday, February 22 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, February 25 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Peas, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, February 26 – School Made Pizza, BBQ Meatballs/Roll, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Sliced turkey, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner roll, Pumpkin Bar, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, February 28 – Lasagna/Ground Beef, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 21 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, February 22 – Fish fillets, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut Butter Dessert

Monday, February 25 – Goulash, Italian Blend Veggies, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, February 26 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wed., February 27 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, February 21 – Tuna-Mac Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookie

ACTIVITIES

Wed., February 20 – Board and Business meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21 – Card party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 – Annual Soup Luncheon Fundraiser – Serving three kinds of soup, sandwiches, and dessert from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  This is a free will donation.  For carry-outs, call 465-7011.

Monday, February 25 – AAA and Care Board Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 26 – Movin On Group meeting here at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27 – Card Party here at 5:00 p.m.  All are welcome!

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING
SCOTLAND COUNTY, MO
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
PSBA, INC. AH-16-504
001113 – 1
DOCUMENT 001113 – ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
1.1 PROJECT INFORMATION
A. Notice to Bidders: Qualified bidders may submit bids for project as described in this Document. Submit bids according to the Instructions to Bidders.
B. Project Identification: New Road and Bridge Building for the Scotland County Commission; Project No. AH-16-504

  1. Project Location: Scotland County Road and Bridge, Highway 15, Memphis, Missouri.
    C. Owner: Scotland County Board of Commissioners
  2. Owner’s Representative: County Clerk Batina Dodge. Phone: 660 465-7027.
    D. Architect: Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, Inc.; U.S. Federal Building, Suite 224, 801 Broadway, P.O. Box 190, Hannibal, Missouri;
  3. Project Description: New free standing 3,400 SqFt. Pre-Engineered Metal Building with concrete slab with footing and foundation system designed to meet metal building loads, including the full complement of openings and doors, finish plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems as communicated on the accompanying construction drawings.
    E. Contracts: One Bid (One Stipulated Sum) will be received for the following Work:
  4. General Contract. (All trades).
    1.2 BID SUBMITTAL AND OPENING
    A. Owner will receive sealed lump sum bids until the bid time and date at the location given below. Owner will consider bids prepared in compliance with the Instructions to Bidders issued by Owner, and delivered as follows:
  5. Bid Date: 03/7, 2019
  6. Bid Time: 11:00 AM.
  7. Location: County Clerk office.
    B. Bids will be thereafter publicly opened and read aloud.
    1.3 BID SECURITY
    A. Bid security shall be submitted with each bid in the amount of 5 percent of the bid amount. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after opening of bids. Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities and irregularities.
    ROAD AND BRIDGE BUILDING
    SCOTLAND COUNTY, MO
    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
    PSBA, INC. AH-16-504
    001113 – 2
    1.4 DOCUMENTS
    A. Printed Procurement and Contracting Documents: Obtain after 2/15/2019, by contacting the Architect, only complete sets of documents will be issued.
  8. Shipping: Additional shipping charges of $15 will apply.
    1.5 BIDDER’S QUALIFICATIONS
    A. Bidders must be properly licensed under the laws governing their respective trades and be able to obtain insurance and bonds required for the Work. A Performance Bond, separate Labor and Material Payment Bond, and Insurance in a form acceptable to Owner will be required of the successful Bidder.
    B. Bidders who’s bid is over $75,000.00 must include in their bid the cost of paying wages in line with the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, Wage and Hour Section, the Annual Wage Order No. 25, Section 087, for Scotland County, a copy of which is included herein.
    END OF DOCUMENT 001113

ACCEPTING BIDS

The Scotland County Commission is accepting bids for bulk diesel for 2019.  Specifications may be obtained by calling the county clerk’s office at (660) 465-7027.  Bid price shall include all applicable fees less tax.  Bids must be submitted to the County Clerk’s Office by 9:50 A.M. on March 6,2019 in a sealed envelope labeled “Sealed Bid Bulk Diesel”.  Bids will be opened at 10:00 A.M. on March 6, 2019; subsequently the bid will be let to the lowest and best bidder.  Scotland County Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Done by the order of the Scotland County Commission this 13th day of February, 2019.          

Batina Dodge, County Clerk

PUBLISH: Memphis Democrat-Thursday, February 21, 2019.

NOTICE TO AIRPORT ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

NOTICE TO AIRPORT ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

The City of Memphis, Missouri (“Sponsor”), is hereby soliciting statements of qualifications and experience from qualified consultants for airfield development projects at Memphis Memorial Airport.  Projects may be subject to future receipt of Federal funding under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, as administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) through the State Block Grant Program (SBGP). These projects may include the following:

  1. Expand Apron for hangar development:  $350,000
  2. Reconstruct Runway 12-30:  $2,900,000
  3. Construct 12-Unit T-Hangar; Demo Existing Hangars in RPZ:  $700,000
  4. Construct Electrical Vault; Install Beacon:  $180,000
  5. Construct Airport Terminal Building:  $300,000
  6. Construct Airport Access Road:  $300,000
  7. Install New Fuel Facility:  $200,000
  8. Airport pavement maintenance, crack seal, seal coat, markings, etc.
  9. Assistance with preparation of the airport Capital Improvement Program

The required services include, but are not limited to, engineering services for preliminary, design, bidding, and construction phases and incidental special services including geotechnical, preparing categorical exclusion documentation, as-built ALP updates, and surveying. The consultant should provide the name(s) of preferred firm(s) for any work which is likely to be sub-consulted. Sub-consultant changes can occur with Sponsor approval. At the Sponsor’s discretion, this selection can be retained for projects initiated within five years or until all projects are complete. Projects other than those listed above will require a new solicitation except as allowed in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 paragraph 2.7.2 (4). Disclosure: Under a previous agreement, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly  assisted the Sponsor with preparation of their CIP and the above cost estimates.

A qualification based selection process conforming to FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 will be utilized to select the most qualified firm. Selection criteria will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Recent experience in airport projects
  • Capability to perform all aspects of project
  • Ability to meet schedules within budget
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT design and construction standards
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT regulations, policies and procedures
  • Quality of previous airport projects undertaken
  • Personnel experience and qualifications
  • Familiarity with, and proximity to the project
  • An implemented Affirmative Action Program

Fees will be negotiated for projects as federal funds become available.  Consultants shall not include fee or cost information when responding to this solicitation.  Prospective consultants are advised that applied overhead rates must be in accordance with the cost principles established within Federal Regulation 48 CFR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. After selection, the successful firm will be required to submit a copy of their current overhead rate audit certification or MoDOT pre-approval.

This contract is subject to all applicable Federal Provisions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Section 520 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 20 – Lobbying and Influencing Federal Employees
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 26 – Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Participation
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 30 – Foreign Trade Restriction Clause
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR Part 180 and 1200 –  Government Debarment and Suspension
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR 200 Appendix II, including Access to Records and Reports, Breach of Contract Terms, Rights to Inventions, and Termination of Contract

Airport consultants should submit three copies of their statement of qualifications and experience along with references to the following address, no later than  4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019.  The consultant should also provide an affidavit of compliance with the federal work authorization program and a copy of the firm’s E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding. Questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to Supt. Roy Monroe at 660-465-7285.

SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:

Roy Monroe, City Supt.

City of Memphis

125 W. Jefferson

Memphis, Missouri 63555

NOTICE TO AIRPORT PLANNING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

NOTICE TO AIRPORT PLANNING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS

The City of Memphis, Missouri (“Sponsor”), is hereby soliciting statements of qualifications and experience from qualified consultants for airfield development projects at Memphis Memorial Airport.  Projects may be subject to future receipt of Federal funding under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, as administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) through the State Block Grant Program (SBGP). These projects may include the following:

  1. Preparation of a Certificate of Title, including Exhibit “A” Property Map
  2. Assistance with required environmental actions and documentation
  3. Assistance with land acquisition for airport development
  4. Assistance with preparation of the airport Capital Improvement Program

The required services include, but are not limited to, airport planning, environmental, land acquisition, and necessary incidental services. The consultant should provide the name(s) of preferred firm(s) for any work which is likely to be sub-consulted. Sub-consultant changes can occur with Sponsor approval. At the Sponsor’s discretion, this selection can be retained for projects initiated within five years or until all projects are complete. Projects other than those listed above will require a new solicitation except as allowed in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 paragraph 2.7.2 (4). Disclosure: Under a previous agreement, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly assisted the Sponsor with preparation of their CIP.

A qualification based selection process conforming to FAA Advisory Circular 150/5100-14 will be utilized to select the most qualified firm. Selection criteria will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Recent experience in airport projects
  • Capability to perform all aspects of project
  • Ability to meet schedules within budget
  • Knowledge of FAA/MoDOT regulations, policies and procedures
  • Quality of previous airport projects undertaken
  • Personnel experience and qualifications
  • Familiarity with, and proximity to the project
  • An implemented Affirmative Action Program

Fees will be negotiated for projects as federal funds become available.  Consultants shall not include fee or cost information when responding to this solicitation.  Prospective consultants are advised that applied overhead rates must be in accordance with the cost principles established within Federal Regulation 48 CFR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. After selection, the successful firm will be required to submit a copy of their current overhead rate audit certification or MoDOT pre-approval.

This contract is subject to all applicable Federal Provisions, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Section 520 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 20 – Lobbying and Influencing Federal Employees
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 26 – Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Participation
  • DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 30 – Foreign Trade Restriction Clause
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR Part 180 and 1200 –  Government Debarment and Suspension
  • DOT Regulation 2 CFR 200 Appendix II, including Access to Records and Reports, Breach of Contract Terms, Rights to Inventions, and Termination of Contract

Airport consultants should submit three copies of their statement of qualifications and experience along with references to the following address, no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019.  The consultant should also provide an affidavit of compliance with the federal work authorization program and a copy of the firm’s E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding. Questions regarding this solicitation can be directed to City Supt. Roy Monroe at 660-465-7285.

   SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO:

    Roy Monroe, City Supt.

    City of Memphis

    125 W. Jefferson

    Memphis, Missouri 63555

City Water System Upgrade to Begin This Summer

The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Alderman Lucas Remley called the meeting to order in the absence of Mayor William Reckenberg and Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Feeney.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass and Aaron Dale.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; citizens Freddie Henderson, Mike Johnson, Jason Moss, Allen Creek, Kevin Brown, and Derrick Hamilton; Parks Director Michele Drummond; Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2019 and January 17, 2019 council meetings.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to approve payment of the monthly bills as presented.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Scotland County Rural Fire Board president Freddie Henderson addressed the council regarding the formation of a fire district in Scotland County.  Henderson stated they were in the beginning stages of gathering information and wanted to visit each entity in Scotland County that would possibly be part of the fire district.  Henderson stated the fire district would be tax based and there would be informational meetings prior to any decisions being made to receive feedback from the public.

City Water Engineer, Philip Wilson, brought the council up-to-date on the status of the water project.  After the final plans are approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the project would then be out for bid.  Wilson is looking at the end of July as loan closing for the project and construction to take about one year. The project is also being funded in large part through grant funds.

Parks Director Michele Drummond requested council direction on a baseball league proposal brought to her by Kevin Brown.  There are several 13u and 10u teams in nearby communities that are interested in coming to Memphis for league play.  The league would play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 2nd through May 9th with a tournament on May 11th and 12th.  Mr. Brown suggested profits from the concession stand be split between the City and the league.  Brown also proposed a special committee be appointed to oversee the league.  Alderman Remley stated the council would need to meet and discuss the proposal before making any decisions and before appointing a committee.

The council set a tentative date of Wednesday, February 20th.  Time of the meeting to be determined.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale.  Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-2.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

Review Baker Farm Bids

Three bids were received for the leasing of the Baker Farm.  Bids received were as follows:

Chris Mallett – $18,432.44

Parsons Farm – Bruce Parsons – $15,000.00

Gabe Shultz – $14,643.75

City Supt. Monroe stated the high bid was received from the current lessee Chris Mallett and recommended he be awarded the lease agreement.

Bill NO. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement.  Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-3.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

BILL NO. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services for the purpose of performing certain third-party administration services for the City of Memphis employee group health plan.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Remley seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-4.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

City Supt. Monroe presented cost estimates for materials for the construction of 16’x24’ lake cabins.  Monroe also presented cost estimates for moving the airport hangars.  Monroe suggested looking into having parts manufactured to repair the hangar doors instead of replacing them. 

Utility Supt. Alexander reported the new sewer pump has been delivered and a new pole set at the light plant.

ALDERMEN REPORTS

Alderman Glass suggested the council look into bidding out tree trimming along electrical lines.

Alderman Dale thanked and commended City crews for their work over the past month dealing with the winter weather.

Alderman Remley asked about the project to replace the water line along Highway 15 south by the old state shed.  Alexander stated that is in the new five-year plan.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, discipling or promoting of particular employees by a governmental body.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Council adjourned into closed session at 7:55 p.m.

Council met in closed session to address individual personnel issues.  No votes were taken.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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