December 11, 2008

Board of Aldermen Approves Contracts at December Meeting

Citing the costs of moving and renovation of a new facility to meet its needs, the Memphis City Council voted 3-0 to enter a new two-year lease with the Memphis Masonic Lodge for the current Memphis Police Department office on the east side of the city square.

The council discussed the possibility of relocating the law enforcement center to the former city hall office located on the southwest corner of the square. However the low cost lease on the current building, just $2,100 annually, combined with the projected costs of renovating the city owned building led the council to renew the lease.

Chief John Myers stated the current facility included a number of improvements made by the department, including a secured evidence room, a separate interrogation room and other construction projects that would easily eat up any cost savings of a move to the cityís property.

The council voted 3-0 to renew the two-year lease. The board instructed Myers to be prepared entering the second year of the lease to consider cost estimates for renovating the old city hall if that property is not sold or rented during the next year.

The council also entered a number of other contracts at the December 4th meeting.

The city agreed to a series of three one-year contracts with Michael Kauth for the annual cemetery maintenance agreement. The city received two bids, and voted to except the higher of the two bids based on Kauthís service record with the community. The cost of the annual service increased from $21,000 to $24,500 over the next three years.

The City also voted to renew the cemetery grave opening and closing contract with Clark County Monument. The cost of the agreement is $400 per service.

The cityís hay contract for the Lake Show Me ground was awarded to the high bidder, Randy Mauck with a bid of $12.50 per bale.

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