Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider awarding a bid and allowing a transfer of funds to enable the city to move forward with wastewater line improvements.

Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider awarding a bid and allowing a transfer of funds to enable the city to move forward with wastewater line improvements.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at city hall council chambers, 203 E. Main Street.

Council will consider awarding a bid of $193, 230 to Visu-Sewer of Missouri, to purchase 6,000 feet of cured-in-place pipe.

The city did a large portion of the work in 2010-2011 to improve the wastewater collection system infrastructure, by increasing the size of trunk lines and installing approximately 25,000 feet of cured-in-place pipe.

According to information in the city council packet, that move eliminated the sanitary sewer overflows and reduced the amount of water requiring treatment at the Shoal Creek Plant.

While the wastewater department had budgeted $100,000 for work in both 2012 and 2013, public works was unable to make any further wastewater line improvements, due to the city’s $9.5 million voter-approved water improvement project being underway.

The 6,000 feet of pipe the department has requested approval to purchase would cover planned improvements for 2012 and 2013.

According to the staff report, there is currently $100,000 in the budget for wastewater line capital improvement.
Council will also consider a budget amendment to cover the remaining cost of the project.

Staff has requested that the council OK a budget adjustment, allowing the transfer of $100,000 from the fund balance that was not used in the 2012 budget for wastewater line capital.

Council will consider the budget adjustment on first reading this evening, with a final vote scheduled for July 16.

In other business:

• Council will also vote, on final reading, to adjust the wastewater equipment budget to cover the $27,000 needed for repairs at the Shoal Creek Plant, as well as add an additional $20,000 to cover unexpected repairs through the end of the budget year.

• Council will consider, on final reading, a proposal to amend Chapter 405 of the city’s ordinances, which would change the height limitations on signage from 45-feet to 90-feet if within a distance of a half-mile from an interstate highway. The change is intended to encourage economic development along Highway 86 and Highway 60, in areas visible from Interstate 49

• Council will take a final vote on a budget amendment to reflect the updated cost of the airport mapping project. The project cost was estimated $3,000 short of the actual cost of $17,000. The project is being funded $13,385 from federal funds, $2,619 from state funds and $996 from city funding.

• Council will consider, on final reading, two requests to re-zone two properties on East South Street, at 607 and 609 East South, from District R-1 First Dwelling to R-2, second dwelling, to allow property owners to build duplexes at those locations.

• Council will also vote, on final reading, on adjustments to the Neosho Municipal Golf Course budget. The changes reflect the switch from being a contractor-operated to city-run golf course.

• Council members are scheduled to consider approval of an agreement with AT&T to move the phone lines to allow the area at the water plant to be more accessible to delivery trucks and for parking. The estimated cost of the project is $4,365.

• Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee and parks, recreation and golf course board.
For more information on those vacancies, contact city clerk Nora Houdyshell at 451-8050.