The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall.  Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass, Andrea Brassfield, and Chris Feeney; Alderman Lucas Remley was absent.  Others in attendance were:  Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; City Marshal Bill Holland; citizens Laura Schenk and Jeff Smith; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Citizen Participation

Laura Schenk announced the Halloween Safe Stops will be held again this year on Tuesday, October 31st.

Jeff Smith requested additional lighting at the intersection of North Market and Sigler Streets.  The existing light on the east side of North Market is being covered by a tree that needs to be trimmed.  Alexander was instructed to have the electric department trim the tree.

New Business

Renew Contracts for 2018

The following contracts were presented for renewal for the 2018 calendar year:

Lake ShowMe Hay Ground – Ian Kirchner

Airport Hay Ground – Chris Mallett

Cemetery Hay Ground – Philip Zimmerman

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to renew the contracts for the 2018 calendar year.  Vote:  Glass, Brassfield, and Feeney, all aye.

Johnson Park Grant Project – Land and Water Conservation Fund

Supt. Monroe had previously applied to the Land and Water Conservation Fund for funding for improvements to Johnson Park.  The initial grant application was denied but Monroe was recently contacted by Dawn Fredrickson with the grants management section of Missouri State Parks with news of the availability of additional funding.  Monroe is to meet with Fredrickson on October 18th to discuss the proposed project which includes the construction of a shelter, new restrooms, and an amphitheater.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to proceed with the project if funded.  Vote:  Brassfield, Feeney, and Glass, all aye.

Liquor License Application

An application from Roger Robinson, dba The Party Shack, requesting a Sunday sales liquor license for the month of December 2017 was presented.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the application.  Vote:  Feeney, Brassfield, and Glass, all aye.

Department Reports

Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander reported repairs have been completed to the auger truck. The electric department will be replacing a pole and doing line upgrades at Ferrellgas in the near future.  Alexander also reported plans to update the City’s net metering policy.  Council requested the sample policy be sent to Attorney David Peppard for review with adoption of the policy planned for the November council meeting.  Alexander is also in communications with Tri-County Electric regarding the purchase of their used reclosers.

City Clerk Newman reported the editorial and code analysis for the code review project has been presented to the City for review.  The City will have until March 1, 2018 to review the manuscript.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Reckenberg requested approval of the appointment of Jon Wullbrandt to the Board of Commissioners of the Memphis Housing Authority board due to the expired term of Lynn Monroe.  Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Brassfield seconded to approve the appointment.  Vote:  Brassfield, Glass, and Feeney, all aye.

A special meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 19th to discuss sidewalks at Johnson Park and other improvements as well as proposed sewer rates.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.