April 15, 2010

Council Finalizes Sale of Real Estate on South Side of Square

Two new officials took their first oath of office for the City of Memphis at the April 8th meeting of the Board of Aldermen. Tom Glass was sworn in as the new east ward alderman and Bill Holland took the oath of office as the City Marshal. Also sworn in were incumbents, mayor William Reckenberg and west ward alderman Chris Feeney.

The council handled a relatively light agenda at the April meeting.

The board of aldermen approved the sale of property located on the south side of the city square to Steve and Donna Shoop. The property at 115 E. Monroe, originally had been gifted to the city, which had entered a lease purchase agreement with the Shoops on March 1, 2004 for the coupleís hunting and outdoors shop. While the business later closed, the Shoops maintained the lease agreement, paying monthly rent on the property that went towards its eventual purchase price.

By finalizing the lease purchase agreement with the city, the Shoops will now be able to complete a transaction with a prospective buyer for the site, interested in opening a new business on the square.

In other business, the council finalized bill number 10-05, a special ordinance vacating a portion of the alley running north from Jefferson Street between Washington Street and Main Street. The ordinance maintains utlilty easement access, but will close the south end of the alleyway to allow for a proposed development on the property.

The council unanimously approved resolution 2010-1 to officially retire badge #105 from use by the City of Memphis Police Department in memory of officer Don McCutcheon. The former Memphis PD officer passed away February 8 at the age of 36 while working for the Clark County Sheriffís Department. The Wyaconda native had been employed by MPD since June of 2008 in part-time capacity.

The council reviewed three sealed bids for proposed rental of the swimming pool concession stand for the 2010 season. The high bid for the three-month period was $251.50 from Deb Goff. Bids were also received from Kaela Clatt for $247.50 and from Marsha Wright for $247.50. After a brief discussion regarding the fact there was just a $4 difference in the cityís rental income, and the fact there were no problems or complaints aired regarding last yearís concession stand service, the council voted 4-0 to accept the bid from Kaela Clatt, who had provided the service in 2009.

Emergency Management Director Bryan Whitney informed the council that the cityís new warning siren had been serviced and was functioning properly.

He also noted that annual audit of the emergency management departmentís financial records had been completed without any issues.

Ben LaVan of the Innovatorís Cafť met with the council to offer a brief explanation of services provided by the business incubator. He noted that the Cafť had assisted more than 60 local clients since July of last year.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the city had completed its hazardous tree removal project, with 15 of the most dangerous trees taken off city right-of-way courtesy of the grant funded project.

ďA lot of those trees were 80 to 100 years old and were at the end of their life span,Ē Monroe said.

Alderman Allen Creek discussed proposed improvements at Lake Show-Me including prospects of creating new, expanded camping sites. He encouraged the city to continue upgrades at the site as it is a source of tourism income for the community.

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