The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Alderman Lucas Remley called the meeting to order in the absence of Mayor William Reckenberg and Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Feeney.  Aldermen present were:  Tom Glass and Aaron Dale.  Others in attendance were:  City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; citizens Freddie Henderson, Mike Johnson, Jason Moss, Allen Creek, Kevin Brown, and Derrick Hamilton; Parks Director Michele Drummond; Philip Wilson, McClure Engineering; and City Clerk Angela Newman.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2019 and January 17, 2019 council meetings.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to approve payment of the monthly bills as presented.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

Scotland County Rural Fire Board president Freddie Henderson addressed the council regarding the formation of a fire district in Scotland County.  Henderson stated they were in the beginning stages of gathering information and wanted to visit each entity in Scotland County that would possibly be part of the fire district.  Henderson stated the fire district would be tax based and there would be informational meetings prior to any decisions being made to receive feedback from the public.

City Water Engineer, Philip Wilson, brought the council up-to-date on the status of the water project.  After the final plans are approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the project would then be out for bid.  Wilson is looking at the end of July as loan closing for the project and construction to take about one year. The project is also being funded in large part through grant funds.

Parks Director Michele Drummond requested council direction on a baseball league proposal brought to her by Kevin Brown.  There are several 13u and 10u teams in nearby communities that are interested in coming to Memphis for league play.  The league would play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 2nd through May 9th with a tournament on May 11th and 12th.  Mr. Brown suggested profits from the concession stand be split between the City and the league.  Brown also proposed a special committee be appointed to oversee the league.  Alderman Remley stated the council would need to meet and discuss the proposal before making any decisions and before appointing a committee.

The council set a tentative date of Wednesday, February 20th.  Time of the meeting to be determined.

NEW BUSINESS

Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-2 – Amend Wage Scale.  Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-2.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

Review Baker Farm Bids

Three bids were received for the leasing of the Baker Farm.  Bids received were as follows:

Chris Mallett – $18,432.44

Parsons Farm – Bruce Parsons – $15,000.00

Gabe Shultz – $14,643.75

City Supt. Monroe stated the high bid was received from the current lessee Chris Mallett and recommended he be awarded the lease agreement.

Bill NO. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-3 – Authorize Baker Farm Lease Agreement.  Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Dale seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-3.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

BILL NO. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services

City Clerk Newman presented and read two times by title Bill No. 19-4 – Authorize Agreement with Total Plan Services for the purpose of performing certain third-party administration services for the City of Memphis employee group health plan.

Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Remley seconded to adopt Bill No. 19-4.  Vote:  Glass, aye; Dale, aye; and Remley, aye.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

City Supt. Monroe presented cost estimates for materials for the construction of 16’x24’ lake cabins.  Monroe also presented cost estimates for moving the airport hangars.  Monroe suggested looking into having parts manufactured to repair the hangar doors instead of replacing them. 

Utility Supt. Alexander reported the new sewer pump has been delivered and a new pole set at the light plant.

ALDERMEN REPORTS

Alderman Glass suggested the council look into bidding out tree trimming along electrical lines.

Alderman Dale thanked and commended City crews for their work over the past month dealing with the winter weather.

Alderman Remley asked about the project to replace the water line along Highway 15 south by the old state shed.  Alexander stated that is in the new five-year plan.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, discipling or promoting of particular employees by a governmental body.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Council adjourned into closed session at 7:55 p.m.

Council met in closed session to address individual personnel issues.  No votes were taken.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn from closed session.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Closed session adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn.  Vote:  Glass, Dale, and Remley, all aye.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.