The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall. Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order. Aldermen present were: Lucas Remley, Chris Feeney, Jobe Justice, and Tom Glass. Others in attendance were: City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; City Marshal Bill Holland; citizens Freddie Henderson, Jim McClintic, and Laura Schenk; and City Clerk Angela Newman.
Jim McClintic addressed the council regarding the progress on the demolition grant and unlicensed vehicles.
He suggested the city research Hannibal municipal ordinances that could allow the city to take a more aggressive stance on property issues such as dilapidated buildings and require property owners to demonstrate a little more community pride by keeping their properties cleaned up.
Freddie Henderson addressed the council regarding the co-purchase of a truck for the fire department.
Two bids were received for the purchase of a mower. Bids received were as follows:
Wiss & Wiss Equipment – New Kubota ZD1211-60 Zero Turn Mower – $13,465.00. Trade-in 2014 Kubota ZD3265-60 Zero Turn Mower – $5,500.00 Net trade – $7,965.00
Mordt Tractor – New Kubota ZD1211-60 Zero Turn Mower – $13,985.00 Trade-in 2014 Kubota ZD3265-60 Zero Turn Mower – $5,000.00. Net Trade – $8,985.00
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to accept the low bid from Wiss and Wiss in the amount of $7,965.00. Vote: Glass, Remley, Justice, and Feeney, all aye.
The city’s plans to construct a flood levee west of the municipal water and light plants will go back to the drawing board after one of the property owners along the proposed levee site withdrew the offer to allow the wall to be built on their property.
Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated the city will be able to proceed, but will have to adjust the levee location to the east side of the drainage creek, pending cooperation of the landowner, with the south half of the structure remaining in its original location.
Monroe requested permission to have a new survey completed for the project. Council unanimously agreed.
Purchase Of Real Estate
Bill No. 17-2 – Authorize contract for purchase of real estate – was presented and read two times by City Clerk Newman. Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 17-2. Vote: Glass, aye; Justice, aye; Feeney, aye; and Remley, aye.
The city approved the proposed contract for the purchase of 100.85 acres of ground immediately adjacent to the city lagoon from Gary and Lana Dial for the total purchase price of $352,975.
Bill NO. 17-3 – Filing w/FERC for waivers under PURPA – was presented and read two times by City Clerk Newman. Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 17-3. Vote: Glass, aye; Justice, aye; Feeney, aye; and Remley, aye.
The waiver will exempt the City of Memphis from the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) of 1978 mandate to purchase power at a negotiated rate from certain generating facilities located in the service territories, instead directing that responsibility to MJMEUC, the joint provided for the MoPEP member cities.
Supt. Monroe asked council permission on behalf of Foreman Curtis Mallett for authorization to purchase two loads of utility poles. Council unanimously agreed.
Monroe also asked council permission to construct an archery range near the dam at Lake ShowMe. Council unanimously agreed to this request also.
Airport engineer, Brian Garkie, requested via e-mail for the City to decide if they were willing to move forward with the airport T-hangar taxilane project if the local match was split between the City and MoDOT resulting in a 5% match for the City. The other option would be a STAR loan through MoDOT which would be a low interest loan for a 10% match that would be paid back over 10 years. Garkie stated in the e-mail that MoDOT was not ready to commit to using state funds for half of the local match, but that is something they can do in certain situations. The match on the federal funds would be somewhere around $50,000 so that would either be a $50,000 loan or a $25,000 City payment with a $25,000 state payment.
Council agreed to present this proposal to the airport committee for their input.
Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander reported he had attended a Missouri Rural Water Association conference this week. Alexander also discussed with the council the possibility of adding another substation near the Baptist Church.
Alderman Feeney presented a proposal for linemen wages to be considered when preparing the budget this year.
Alderman Remley requested a light be installed at the restroom at Johnson Park.
Mayor Reckenberg read a thank you note from the Pheasant Airplane committee thanking the council for their efforts in helping them acquire the empty lot on the southwest corner of the city square. Reckenberg also asked Supt. Monroe to check on the status of the siren at Memphis Housing.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.