August 13, 2009

City Council Discusses Utility Work

The Memphis City Council met August 6th and handled a relatively light agenda at the regular monthly meeting.

The council discussed the ongoing work being performed in the city by Mastec and its various subcontractors performing the boring and installation of buried fiber optic cable for the telephone cooperative.

Water Superintendent Dennis Howard informed the council that he had met with representatives of the company as well as the telephone cooperative to discuss a pair of recent incidents involving city water mains.

Both incidents resulted in temporary boil advisories for city water customers.

The contractors will reimburse the city for materials utilized in repairing the water lines that were damaged by the contractors.

Howard also noted that the workers have a contract with a local plumbing service to perform repairs anytime they create issues on private property, effecting individual customers sewer and water lines.

The city also discussed damage done to streets and on city right-of-ways. The company has one year following completion of the project to make repairs and bring those areas back to the standard condition they were in prior to the work.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the completion of numerous building upgrades courtesy of the Gamm, Inc. work crews. The city provided materials and the northeast Missouri job training entity provided the workforce to repair the roof at the Johnson Park shelter, replace the roof at the airport office, and roof and cement repairs at a shelter at Lake Show-Me. The group is also working to install a sidewalk at Legion Park connecting the playground to the swimming pool.

Police Chief John Myers reported on his departments presence at the Old Lake Bash. Five officers, including two volunteers, spent time at the event. Law enforcement issued one ticket for minor in possession of alcohol. Myers indicated the event was very orderly and that department was complimented for maintaining a presence to help insure security. Myers reported the park area was spotless the next day, praising the clean-up efforts of the group responsible for the Bash.

Myers also announced the retirement of Sergeant Terry Simerl due to health reasons. He introduced Terry Bowen of Lewis County as the departments new sergeant. Myers also indicated officer Tonya Lyman would be graduating from the police academy on August 21st.

Heading into the budget workshops, the council will be making some decisions on the police car fleet. Myers indicated the departments Gold colored car is in need of extensive transmission repairs and the Green police car is facing similar repair needs as well as possible overhaul of the cars rear-end.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported work in process with the Missouri Department of Conservation regarding the possible installation of a new access road and fishing dock at Lake Show-Me to be located on the south side of the waterway.

The city will be working with MDC to adjust the parties lease agreement while also considering possible shelter, road and utilities upgrades for the project.

Alderman Allen Creek discussed the options for utilities if the school installed restroom facilities at the east ball diamond. Superintendent Howard noted there is no direct sewer access at that point, and such a facility would have to either use a septic tank or a residential grinder pump that would connect the area uphill back to the elementary school sewer system. He estimated the cost of a pump would be $1,500 to $2,000.

Mayor William Reckenberg informed the council the city is in need of volunteers to transport animals from the city dog pound to the Adair County Animal Shelter. Anyone interested can contact City Hall at 465-7285.

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