Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider on first reading a change in requirements for the recently formed Parks, Recreation and Golf Course Board, which would drop the number of required members from nine to seven.
The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the city hall council chambers, 203 E. Main St.
The board, formed in August by the merging of the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Golf Course Board, is currently required to have nine members.
In the Nov. 20 council meeting, Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson said the board is having difficulty filling their two empty seats.
In their Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting, the Parks, Recreation and Golf Course board held a lengthy session, and approved changes to golf course fees.
Those changes were intended to be presented to the Neosho City Council for consideration at their Nov. 20 meeting, however, the Parks, Recreation and Golf Course board did not have a quorum present when they voted on the changes, making that vote void.
If the council votes to amend Article III, Code Section 125.110 of the City Code of Ordinances, they would then shrink the committee down to seven members, making it easier for the board to achieve a quorum.
The Parks, Recreation and Golf Course Board, which acts as an advisory board to the council, is currently open to seven Neosho residents and two Newton County residents.
The two committees were merged after the Parks and Recreation committee struggled to fill most of its seats.
The responsibilities of the board include: assisting the city in development of rules and regulations applicable to parks and recreation and golf course activities, as well as assisting the city in developing and recommending plans for growth and improvement to city parks and recreation facilities and the golf course.
The council is also expected to:
• Vote on a change order for Swift Construction, concerning the paving project on Highway 59. The project included the resurfacing of about a half-mile section of Highway 59 from U.S. Highway 60 to Malcom Mosby Drive, as well as repair and overlay of Clemons Drive from Highway 59 to Lusk Drive, tearing up and overlay of Lusk Drive from U.S. Highway 60 to Clemons Drive and repair and overlay of Lusk Drive from Clemons Drive west to the Walmart Supercenter. The project was originally expected to cost $543,385.82, however, the total project cost came to $477,137.93, a $66,247.89 difference.
• Also consider a change order with Branco Enterprises for the Peak Flow EQ Basin and Pump Station. A 150-foot section of the basin's wall gave way under heavy rains on March 22. The change order covers an additional $31,663.83 in project costs, however, that amount will be reimbursed to the city by HDR Archer Engineering, the firm that designed the 10 million gallon wastewater overflow basin.
Page 2 of 2 - • Consider approval of a contract with the Newton County Central Dispatch Center, for $7,103.26 monthly, or $85,239.12 annually, for dispatch services. The total charges would increase by 2 percent from 2012, based on the amount of usage. The City of Neosho has contracted with the Newton County Central Dispatch Center for dispatch services since 1995.
• Consider awarding the Public Works Department's recommended bid of $24,878, to Stafford Fencing, for the construction of a chain link fence at the Public Works facility, located on Nelson Drive. The 1,400-foot by six-foot fence is intended to serve as a security measure for items stored at the location.
• Vote on an agreement with Franklin's Flying Circus, to provide entertainment at the 2013 Celebrate Neosho event. The cost of the agreement totals $8,500 in addition to 50 gallons of smoke oil and 100 gallons of 100 Octane or LL fuel, payable out of the hotel/motel tax.
• Consider postponing the January 1 council meeting, due to the New Year's holiday.
• Consider the approval of a maintenance agreement with Ozark Business System, to perform routine maintenance on the city's fax machines, copiers and scanners.
• Announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments-zoning; board of appeals; economic development sales tax committee; historic district commission; parks recreation and golf course board (if Bill No. 2012-511 is not approved); and the planning and zoning commission. If interested in serving on any of these advisory boards, contact city clerk Nora Houdyshell at 451-8050.
• Meet, in closed session, to discuss legal issues, pursuant to RSMo 610.021 (1).