Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider bids for tree removal in Big Spring Park, discuss an increase in pet license fees and mull a request for a one-way alley near the Neosho Square.
The council meets at 7 p.m. this evening at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
In December, the city's director of development services, Dana Daniel, informed council members that after inspection by Jon Skinner, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, it was determined that four trees in Big Spring Park need removed.
Those trees include the 40-foot Norway Spruce, located in the center of the park and used as the city's Christmas tree each year, as well as the large walnut tree located near the playground equipment, the walnut tree located adjacent to the stage, and the walnut tree that sits between the park's two swing sets.
"(Skinner) said the elm next to the stage has got to come down, it's hollow at the base and we didn't realize that," Daniel said. "The large walnut tree is dying and he said because of its proximity to the playground area it needs to come down as well."
Daniel told council members that the large walnut tree had some limbs fall off, and that it had become a safety concern.
The condition of the trees is believed to stem from last summer's drought, a previous ice storm, or the age of the trees.
This evening, the council will consider six bids for the removal of the trees, as well as the grinding of all stumps except the walnut adjacent from the stage, due to the slope of the hill where the tree is located.
City staff have recommended that the council accept a bid from Neosho Tree Service, LLC, who have proposed doing the work at no cost to the city.
The company would instead gather their payment by selling the logs.
In other business, the council will consider increasing the cost of pet license fees.Currently, it costs the City of Neosho $10 per animal for licensing, which includes metal tags, metal rings and forms.
The increase is proposed to help cover that cost, as well as generate revenue to help with costs of animal control.
Among the proposed increases are the increase of $5 for a one-year pet license for a non-neutered animal, raising the fee from $25 to $30, a $10 increase for a one-year license for neutered or spayed animals, jumping from $5 to $15 and an increase in the cost of a replacement tag, raising the fee from $3 to $10.
Meanwhile, the lifetime license cost for a non-neutered pet would remain the same, at $100.
According to the council packet, the current fee schedule was approved by council in 2009 and has resulted in the city selling some pet licenses at a loss to the city.
Page 2 of 2 - Council members are also scheduled to consider a request from Neosho residents Terry and Kathy Tessmer, who wish to designate an alleyway running between 112 and 114 N. Wood Street as a one-way.
The Tessmers spoke to the Neosho Traffic Commission in January, with hopes of converting the alley to a one-way to allow for the addition of a drive-through window at their building at 114 N. Wood Street.
If approved, the Tessmers plan to open a coffee shop in the building.
The Neosho Traffic Commission voted unanimously to recommend the designation to council, as well as to allow the Tessmers to bump out the sidewalk in front of their building to allow for an outdoor seating area.
Also on the agenda for this evening:
• Council is set to consider approval of a settlement and release agreement with Jarden Consumer Solutions. According to information in the council packet, Jarden overpaid the city $284,891.33 for water and sewer services. Jarden has requested that the overpayment be rectified with a $50,000 credit toward future water service charges and a tax gift letter of $234,891.33.
• Council members will consider approval of a Missouri Housing Development Commission Letter confirming city water and sewer services for the Prairie View Estates Subdivision, to be located south of Neosho.
• Council will mull a request to allow a single-family home at 13465 Kodiak Road to hook up to city water, at one and a half times the normal rate, in return for an irrevocable consent to annexation, should the city wish to annex that property in the future.
• Council will consider city staff's recommendation to hire Long Electric to replace a light pole at the Neosho City Pool for $3,382. The project would be paid for from leftover funds from the city's 2012 pool project.
• Council will also consider a request for swimming pool filtering system repairs at the Neosho City Pool. City staff recommends that the council approve Blue Water Construction to perform the work, at the cost of $22,800. That project would also be paid for from leftover funds from the city's 2012 pool project.
• Council will consider approval of a contract with Pro CT for the installation of the city's new Dell server and operating software. The council previously approved Pro CT's bid of $39,452 for the purchase and installation.
• Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee; and the planning and zoning commission. Council will also consider three letters of interest for a vacancy on the historic district commission.