The Board of Aldermen of the City of Memphis met in regular session on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis City Hall. Mayor William Reckenberg called the meeting to order. Aldermen present were: Tom Glass, Chris Feeney, and Lucas Remley; Alderman Aaron Dale was absent. Others in attendance were: City Administrator Allen Creek; City Supt. Roy Monroe; Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander; City Marshal Jeremy Head; citizens Jim McClintic, Laura Schenk, Kevin Brown; and City Clerk Angela Newman.
Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the minutes from the April 4, 2019 meeting. Vote: Glass, Remley, and Feeney, all aye.
PAYMENT OF BILLS
Alderman Remley moved and Alderman Feeney seconded to approve payment of the bills as presented. Vote: Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.
CERTIFICATION OF VOTES
City Clerk Newman presented the Certification of Election from County Clerk Batina Dodge. Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the Certification of Election. Vote: Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.
CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION
FOR CITY MARSHAL
Jeremy Head – 175
Jason Moss – 108
FOR EAST WARD ALDERMAN
Jenny Aldridge – 111
FOR WEST WARD ALDERMAN
Jobe Justice – 87
Aaron Dale – 61
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn. Vote: Glass, Feeney, and Remley, all aye.
SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS
The newly elected officials were sworn into office by City Clerk Newman.
APPOINTMENTS TO DEPARTMENTS/COMMITTEES
Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Feeney seconded to approve the Mayor’s appointments to departments and committees as presented. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
ALDERMEN DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS
Light Plant – Justice, Feeney
Streets – Feeney, Justice
Water, Sewer – Feeney, Glass
Cemetery Maintenance -Glass, Justice
City Parks/Pool – Aldridge, Justice
Airport – Aldridge, Glass
Sanitation – Glass, Aldridge
Police – Aldridge, Glass
City Administrator – Allen Creek
Utility Supt. – Stacy Alexander
Electric – Jordan Fulk -Outside, Mike Ahland – Inside
Water & Sewer Distribution – Randall Aldridge
Sanitation – Sam Gottman
Lakes – Creek, Alexander
Cemetery Maintenance – Kevin Fogle
Swimming Pool/Park Maintenance – Allen Garrett
Park Director – Michele Drummond
Airport – Creek, Alexander
Dam Safety – Creek, Alexander
Treasurer/Collector – Michele Drummond
Fred Clapp, Chairman; Audrey Glass, Stephen Schroeder, Jason Glass. Ex-Officio Member: Tom Glass
Tom DeBerry, Tom Fender, Darrell Harvey, Dave Trueblood, John Craig, Walt Marlowe. Ex-Officio Member: Jobe Justice
Lucas Remley, Angie Wentworth, Angie Ward, Janie Parton, Derek Ambrose. Ex-Officio Member: Jenny Aldridge
LITTLE LEAGUE COMMITTEE:
Ken McMinn, Michelle Curry, David Jackson, Matt Buford. Ex-Officio Member: Jenny Aldridge
Harlo Donelson, Vera Monroe, John Cook, Jeff Behrens, Ron Gardner, Randy Tobler, Bill Kiddoo, Mark Drummond. Ex-Officio Member: Chris Feeney
PLANNING & ZONING
Lucas Remley, Laura Schenk, Leon Buford, Patrick Miller, Cheryl Golbricht, Fritz Gerth. Ex-Officio Member: Tom Glass
UNIVERSITY EXTENSION REPRESENTATIVE
CITY TREE BOARD
Harlo Donelson, Phil Struble, Pam Glasgow, Roy Monroe. Ex-Officio Member: William Reckenberg
Greg Probst, Chief; Jimmie Winn, Eric Probst, Jeff McBee, Assistants. Ex-Officio Member: Chris Feeney
Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – Allen Creek
MAMU Representatives – Mike Ahland, Stacy Alexander
Allstate Consultants – Cary Sayre; BHMG, Inc. – Marty Thomas, Verbal Blakey; Shafer, Kline, & Warren – Philip Wilson; Jviation – Joe Pestka; Hawkins/Harrison Ins. Agency – Shirley Bair; The ECCHIC Group – Howard Danzig
City Attorney – David Peppard
City Prosecuting Attorney – April Wilson
City Clerk – Angela Newman
Mayor Pro-Tem – Chris Feeney
ELECTION OF CITY CLERK
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to elect Angela Newman as City Clerk. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
ELECTION OF MAYOR PRO-TEM
Alderman Glass moved and Alderman Justice seconded to elect Chris Feeney as Mayor Pro-Tem. Vote: Glass, Justice and Aldridge, all aye.
Variance Application – 740 N. Lincoln
The Board of Aldermen, sitting as the City’s Board of Adjustment, held a public hearing on an application from Clint and Michelle VanGorkom for a variance at 740 N. Lincoln from City Code Section 405.240 regarding the minimum side yard requirements. There was no public comment. City Zoning Administrator Allen Creek recommended approval of the variance. Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to approve the variance request. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
Liquor License Renewals
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Justice seconded to approve the liquor license renewals as presented. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
The following applied to the City of Memphis for renewal of their liquor license for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020:
Roger Lee Robinson, dba The Party Shack – $150 – For the sale of intoxicating liquors in the original package
Gary & Mary Young, dba Gas & More – $75 – For the sale of malt liquor in the original package, including Sunday.
Sharon S. Uthe, dba Casey’s Marketing Co. – $450 – For the sale of intoxicating liquor in the original package, and Sunday sales.
Shelly Boyer, dba Shelly B’s – $450 – For the sale of intoxicating liquor by the drink.
Robbin Griffith, Managing Officer, dba Dollar General #1228 – $150 – For the sale of intoxicating liquors in the original package
City Administrator Allen Creek reported beginning his duties on Monday, April 29th, and has spent the week meeting with each department.
City Supt. Roy Monroe reported approximately 300 feet of the ditch on the west side of the swimming pool is eroding. He will obtain cost estimates for repair. Monroe also reported that approximately 200 feet of ditch work needs to be done to prevent eroding at the wetland area at the lake.
Utility Supt. Stacy Alexander reported the sewer jetting project is 75%-80% complete and will continue for the next few weeks. There will be a pre-bid meeting for the water improvements projects next week on Wednesday, May 8th beginning at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall.
Allen Garrett presented a quote from Pepsi for concession stand merchandise. Currently, beverages for the concession stands are purchased from local businesses. Purchasing directly from Pepsi showed an increase in costs but did not take into consideration an employee’s time going to get the product. Pepsi would deliver, provide coolers and service. Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Aldridge seconded to negotiate further with Pepsi before making a final decision. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
The purchase of a used pool slide, fencing, and other pool equipment was discussed. City Supt. Monroe has looked at the equipment and reported it is in good condition. It was suggested the pool slide could be installed on the south end of the pool where the gazebo currently sits. City Administrator Creek stated he would call on Friday and inquire further about the equipment and the removal, as it is unknown if the items have been disassembled. If the items have not been disassembled, then we would not be interested.
Creek was directed to inquire further on playground equipment being sold in a relate auction.
Bidding on both groups of equipment ends on May 7th.
Alderman Feeney passed along a request from Trinity Davis to be allowed to install a trophy case at the swimming pool and have pole inserts made in the pool decking for the placement of backstroke flags to be use during swim team practices and meets. Supt. Monroe will contact Davis and arrange a meeting at the pool to discuss both of the requested items.
Alderman Aldridge asked that a yellow line be painted at the Johnson Park ball field/concession stand area where the concrete and gravel meet o insure public safety regarding visibility of the step. Allen Garrett will be responsible for getting the line painted.
Mayor Reckenberg addressed the recent concern for the proposed construction of a communications tower just outside the city limits on the northwest edge of Memphis. Council will discuss further at next month’s council meeting on possible restrictions on the height of towers and whether to place regulations in the City Code for future possible towers requested to be constructed within the city limits. City Clerk Newman was instructed to contact Missouri Municipal League for sample ordinances.
Mayor Reckenberg also announced the 50th Anniversary Celebration meeting of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to be held in Edina on Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Any interested council members or staff should RSVP to City Clerk Newman by May 10th.
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Glass seconded to adjourn into closed session pursuant to RSMo. 610.021(1) – Legal actions, causes of action or litigation; RSMo. 610.021(2) – leasing, purchase or sale of real estate; RSMo. 610.021(3) – hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of particular employees by a public governmental body. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
Open session adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Council met in closed session to discuss a pending legal issue and a proposed land purchase. Council also briefly discussed filling an open position at the water plant.
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Aldridge seconded to adjourn from closed session. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
Closed session adjourned at 10:05 p.m.
Alderman Feeney moved and Alderman Aldridge seconded to adjourn. Vote: Glass, Justice, Feeney, and Aldridge, all aye.
Meeting adjourned at 10:05 p.m.