The Neosho City Council voted on Tuesday to table a proposal to designate a downtown Neosho alley as a one-way, and will instead vote on the matter in a special session Friday morning.

The Neosho City Council voted on Tuesday to table a proposal to designate a downtown Neosho alley as a one-way, and will instead vote on the matter in a special session Friday morning.

The meeting is set for 9 a.m. at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.

Neosho City Council members will vote on a request from Neosho resident Terry Tessmer, who, with his wife, Kathy, plans to open a coffee shop in their building at 114 N. Wood St.

The Tessmers have requested that the alley running between 112 and 114 N. Wood Street be designated as a one-way, to allow for a drive-through window.

"Mr. Tessmer would pay for all of the costs associated with that, as far as signage and painting an arrow in the alley or whatever that the city would require," said city code enforcement officer John Harrington.

Both Fire Chief Mike Eads and Police Chief Dave McCracken said the one-way alley would not be a problem for their departments.

The Tessmers also hope to bump out the sidewalk by approximately six-feet in front of their building to allow for an outdoor seating area.

"On the patio part, it does not go past, in fact, it's shorter than the parking space, so it really doesn't encroach upon the road at all, just the parking space," McCracken said.

The Neosho Traffic Commission voted unanimously in their meeting Jan. 24 to recommend the plans to council.
While the city council was expected to consider the Tessmers' proposal on Tuesday, an oversight in the council agenda and packet prompted the group to table the issue.

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting only named action on the alley, and did not include the proposed sidewalk extension.
Council opted to vote on both the alleyway and sidewalk at the same time, and will consider those proposals on Friday.
In other business, the council voted Tuesday to award a bid for the removal of four trees in Big Spring Park to Neosho Tree Service, LLC.

Neosho Tree Service submitted a bid to perform the job at no cost to the city. Instead, the tree service has opted to obtain their payment through selling logs from the job.

The four trees to be cut down include the 40-foot Norway Spruce, which serves as the city's Christmas tree, the large walnut tree located near the playground equipment, a smaller walnut tree that sits between the park's two swing sets, and a walnut tree located adjacent to the park's stage.

Dana Daniel, the city's director of development services, said the decision to remove the trees came after consultation with Jon Skinner, a forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The condition of the trees is believed to have come from last summer's drought, a previous ice storm, and in some cases could be related to the age of the tree.

The council considered eight bids from six different companies, most of which offered to split the revenue from the logs, or return the logs to the city to sell.

However, Daniel said the city is not certain how many logs can be obtained from the large walnut or what their worth will be.

"What we do not know is the big walnut, is it hollow or is it solid?" Daniel said. "That's the unknown factor on whether any revenue can be obtained from those logs."

Daniel said the city's parks department will be responsible for cleanup, including clearing out the limbs.

"The staff recommendation is a zero dollar cost to the city for Neosho Tree Service and allowing Neosho Tree Service to then sell the logs at their discretion," said Mayor Richard Davidson. "Five dollars, $1,500, $5,000, whatever it is, the city is saying we're not going to cost the tax payers a penny, we're not going to gamble with what they're worth."

Neosho Tree Service will also be responsible for grinding the tree stumps, with the exception of the walnut adjacent from the stage, due to the slope where that tree is located.

In other business:

• Council voted to approve a settlement and release agreement with Jarden Consumer Solutions. Steve Hays, Neosho city attorney, said 18-24 months ago, it was discovered that due to conflicting accounting software and meter reading, Jarden was over-billed by $284,891.33 for city water and sewer services. Jarden requested and council approved 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 voted to approve a Missouri Housing Development Commission letter confirming city water and sewer services are available for the Prairie View Estates Subdivision, located south of Neosho.

• Council voted to approve 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 approved city staff's recommendation to hire Long Electric to replace a light pole at the Neosho City Pool for $3,382. The project will be paid for from leftover funds from the city's 2012 pool project.

• Council also approved a request for swimming pool filtering system repairs at the Neosho City Pool. City staff recommended that the council approve Blue Water Construction to perform the work, at the cost of $22,800. That project will also be paid for from leftover funds from the city's 2012 pool house renovation project.

• Council voted to allow the mayor to sign off on 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 announced 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 voted to appoint David Sims to the vacant position on the historic district commission.

• Council met in closed session to discuss legal issues.