March 9, 2006

Council Approves Airport Agreement At March Meeting

Sign on the dotted line that was the message the Memphis City Council gave at the March 2nd meeting when the board of aldermen approved a number of contracts and agreements.

The council voted 3-0 to award the 2006 hay services contract to Randy Mauck. The city received five bids for the service. Maucks bid of $8.15 per bale was the highest. Jackson Farms, the former service provider, bid $7.00 per bale. Other bids were received from David Beckley ($6 per bale), Richard Frederick ($4.75 per bale) and Brian Kraus ($4 per bale).

Voting for the motion were Aldermen Ron Gardner, Teresa Skinner and William Reckenberg. Alderman Lucas Remley was not present for the meeting.

The council also entered a contract with Craig Plumbing and Heating for the purchase and installation of a new furnace for the Memphis Fire Station. Bids were received from Craig Plumbing and Heating and Simpson Plumbing and Heating.

Airport

Bill No. 06-2 was presented and read for approval. The ordinance authorizes an agreement between the city and the engineering firm of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for consulting services for the development of Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport.

Rehab Buildings

Richard Harper from the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission met with the council seeking approval for round two of the Community Development Block Grant project rehabilitating housing in Memphis. Harper presented bids for rehab work on six properties located a few blocks east of the city square.

The council approved the rehabilitation bids to allow the project to move forward.

HUD Funds

Pam Glasgow from the Memphis Housing Authority, met with the council regarding capital improvement grant funds available through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The parties agreed the money would be used for concrete street replacement, sidewalk repairs and upgrades or replacement of water lines among other items. Glasgow indicated that the funding could be requested through year 2009.

Planning and Zoning

A public hearing was held prior to the council meeting regarding a request for a building permit variance.

Jeff Cline had previously requested a variance from city code to allow construction at his property on South Knott Street that would not meet the requirement of 10-feet or more of side yard.

No public testimony was offered in opposition to the request.

The council voted 3-0 to grant the variance.

Robert Owings met with the council in regards to a complaint he raised at the February council meeting. Owings had asked the city to remedy excessive water run off into his garage. He indicated the problem was caused by recent improvements made at an adjoining property. Street Superintendent Roy Monroe met with the local property owners to discuss the issue.

City Attorney David Peppard noted that the matter was a civil issue that would have to be worked out between the property owners.

Two building permits were presented to the council and approved by a 3-0 vote. Permits were approved for Larry Remley and for the Memphis Housing Authority.

Budget Transfer

The council voted 3-0 to transfer $26,000 from the Industrial Development Fund to the Swimming Pool Fund. The money had been pledged in 2001 as part of the grant application to secure state and federal funding for the new pool project.

Rental Property

The city superintendents presented several bids for proposed repairs and improvements for the citys industrial development site located across from Hopkins Lumber. The building is currently being leased to Miller Manufacturing.

Superintendent Dave Kittle gave an estimate of $450 in cost for electrical repairs to the site. Superintendent Monroe estimated costs at $2,000 for new overhead doors and new outside steps. The council indicated the steps at the rear of the building needed to be repaired as soon as possible. The water department indicated it would cost roughly $500 to make requested repairs for water and sewer service.

Department Reports

Kittle reported the line crew had been busy in February trimming trees and performing equipment maintenance. He stated the wire for the new building at All States had been prepared and noted that work was completed for electrical service at the new Head Start facility.

Superintendent Mike Ahland reported the electric plant crew had assisted the street department in February and also had begun work preparing the city parks for the year.

Monroe told the council that the proposed gazebo for the swimming pool park could be purchased at a lower cost simply by buying materials as opposed to a pre-cut kit. He suggested splitting the materials orders between the two lumberyards.

The council received soil test results from the Oley Baker farm ground that the city will be leasing out. Monroe stated the ground would need to be fertilized prior to the renter taking over the ground. The council approved solicitation of bids for the service to be submitted to city hall no later than March 16th.

Alderman Gardner read the report from Superintendent Dennis Howard indicating the water departments five-year plan had been received from Allstate Consultants and was under review by Howard prior to submitting the plan to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Officer Mike Steeples reported the police department had submitted a grant application for funding for new radios. The grant will be at no cost to the city. Steeples noted the city would learn by March 30 of next year if the police department was approved for funding.

Health Awareness

Michele Drummond gave a presentation to the council regarding a proposed health awareness program for city employees. The program includes a walking challenge, a weight and measures plan and a 30 & 5 program.

Employees would be provided a pedometer by the health department to track the number of steps walked by each employee every day. The challenge is to take 10,000 steps or more daily. The weight and measures plan gives each employee the opportunity to check their weight and measurements each month. The 30 & 5 program challenges each employee to exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat five fruits and vegetables. Small incentives will be awarded to the employee who walks the most each month and each quarter.

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