July 12, 2012

Storm Drain, Transformer, Radio Upgrades Approved at July Memphis City Council Meeting

The Memphis City Council met Thursday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m. will all members present.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported approximately 200 to 300 feet of storm drain would be repaired at the cemetery.

"Right now that area cannot even be mowed, it is such bad shape," Monroe reported.

The superintendent noted that an environmental engineer from the Missouri Department of Transportation had visited the cemetery to review the retaining wall along Highway 136.

"We looked at the old blueprints and he was amazed the wall was still standing considering the lack of structure in place underneath the wall when it was built," Monroe said.

MoDOT is currently looking at a number of pinning options to help stabilize the wall that over time has begun to shift toward the highway.

Light Superintendent Dave Kittle reviewed bids for a series of new transformers to be installed at the HUD housing site to complete the transition to underground power lines at the facility.

Kittle recommended the council consider a higher bid because differences in the materials. The low bid of $14,460 was for aluminum-wound transformers, while two bids of $19,375 and $20,150 were received for copper-wound transformers.

The superintendent noted that the city's engineers recommended the copper-based transformers, which they reported would likely have a longer life expectancy with the ability to withstand overloads much better.

The job will transition 18 transformers, the largest of the city's projects to move power lines underground in some of the more difficult regions to access high lines.

Parks director Allen Garrett presented information to the council regarding a proposed transition for the pool's treatment process.

Garrett recommended the council consider switching to ACCO Bulk System, which provides bulk tanks for chlorine and muriatic acid, similar to what is in place at the municipal pools in Kirksville, Kahoka and Bloomfield.

Police Chief Bill Holland presented a request for a $9,640 expenditure for radio upgrades that are being mandated by frequency changes by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The city approved purchase of four portable IKON radios, three car radios and three extenders that will transmit portable traffic through the cars' systems when applicable. Holland also reported his department had been approved for a Homeland Security grant that will help purchase two radio systems.

In other business, the council agreed to a proposed traffic sign change at the intersection of Adams and North streets. Currently traffic on Adams Street yields to the North Street traffic. However the uphill grade on Adams Street for southbound traffic makes that situation difficult.

The council agreed to remove the traffic signs on Adams Street, and to install stop signs on North Street at the Adams Street intersection. The stop sign at the Johnson and North Street intersection will also be removed as the intersection is essentially a corner. The council also agreed to remove the yield sign at the intersection of Jefferson and Johnson Street. Monroe stated the signs had initially been installed back when the elementary school was located on Johnson Street to help regulate traffic for the bus routes.

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