The Neosho City Council met in regular session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. Mayor Ben Baker was absent and mayor-pro-tem Richard Davidson served in his absence. All other council members were present.

The Neosho City Council met in regular session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. Mayor Ben Baker was absent and mayor-pro-tem Richard Davidson served  in his absence. All other council members were present.
Davidson opened the meeting with the approval of both the agenda and consent agenda for Tuesday's meeting. Council also approved the minutes from the July 18 open and closed sessions.
Signature Interior Expressions of Neosho was announced as the August Business/Employer of the Month.
Davidson also announced seven proclamations for service during and after the spring flooding.
"It is likely that the summer baseball season would not have been possible had it not been for these individuals, contractors, and departments not stepped forward to assist," Davidson said.  
Recipients were Branco, Ward Dirt Relocators, Brodie's Excavating, the Neosho Parks Department, Brad Morris, Fabick Cat, and Quality Equipment Transportation.   Branco, Ward Dirt Relocators, Brodie's Excavating, and the Parks Department were on hand to receive recognition plaques from Davidson.
Ryan Long, Public Works Director, presented the bids for the 2017 overlay project. Bids were sought from three contractors and returned by two for road surfacing improvements including asphalt overlay. Long recommended that the council approve the bid of $421,826.63 from Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. He noted that the bid fell under the budget of $525,00.  Council approved the bid.
The council also approved a banking services bid with First Community Bank for a 3-year period with two 1-year extensions at the city's option. "It was again time to send bids out for our banking services," Daphne Pevahouse, City Finance, said. "We sent packets out to five financial institutions. Two bid, two declined and one did not response." Pevahouse recommended that the council approve the bid from First Community Bank.  The measure passed but Davidson asked the record show he abstained from voting due to a connection with First Community Bank.
In unfinished business, the council voted to approve the annexation of 14646 Kodiak Road in Neosho, the site of the new Neosho Junior High School in order for the Neosho R-5 District to receive city services at that location. The measure passed unanimously.
The council also approved a measure to reinstate deposits for new water service customers.
Two public hearings, one to consider water rates and the second to consider sewer rates were held but there was no public participation. "Seeing and hearing no one, we will consider this hearing closed," Davidson said after the first hearing.
An amendment to the fiscal year 2017 city budget was requested due to reflect changes in revenues and costs that differ from the original budget. Increases included a increase of revenues in the amount of $102,153 and an increase of expenditures in the amount of $51,47.00. The Hotel/Motel fund equest a change in the amount of $15,000 to reflect the additional $15,00 that the city paid to the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. Another requested change from the wastewater/filtration reflected a  decrease of $4,516.00.  Council approved the amendment.
The council also approved an irrevocable consent for property located at 13450 Kodiak Road in Neosho with the Manuel and Tracey Derryberry.  This will provide irrevocable consent if and when the property becomes within city limits or if council chooses to annex the property.  The agreement allows for connection to city services. "This is another benefit of the Kodiak road water system we put in to allow residents the option to connect to water if they choose," Davidson said.
The city council will next meet in regular session on August 15 at 7 p.m. at Neosho City Hall.