The Neosho City Council met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in council chambers at Neosho City Hall in downtown Neosho.

The Neosho City Council met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in council chambers at Neosho City Hall in downtown Neosho.
Council members present were Ben Baker, Richard Davidson, Jon Stephens, and Tom Workman. Councilman William J. Doubek was absent.
"I do want to make clear (that) Councilman Doubek has asked to be excused tonight," Mayor Ben Baker said when the roll was taken.
Neosho interim city manager Dana Daniel, Rachel Holcomb, city clerk and Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays were also present.
The council approved both the agenda and consent agenda. They also approved minutes from the financial work session, open session, and closed session on Aug. 15, the financial work session on Aug. 22, plus the special open and special closed session on August 29.
In unfinished business, the council approved a measure to provide personal financial disclosure. The measure was necessary to comply with Missouri State Ethics Commission requirements and addresses the city's method of disclosure. Certain individuals, as specified by the Ethics Commission, are required to file a disclosure form with the state. The measure received unanimous approval.
Council members also approved the declaration of a specific parcel of land within Big Spring Park as surplus. Davidson abstained because of his stated relationship to the property. The measure passed on the second and final reading with approval from all other council members present.
The first item of new business was a rezoning request from R1 first dwelling residential to R3 apartment house district for 600 East McKinney Street in Neosho as requested by the McCleary Trustees. Donna Sanders, who gave her business address as 711 East McKinney Street, addressed the council with her reasons she wanted the request approved.
"The lost has been vacant for a long time," she told the council. "This is to put some apartments on the lot. We think it would be a good thing because it's been vacant for years."
The rezoning request was approved by city council.
A request for an alley vacate at the 400 block of McCord and Brook streets in Neosho was also approved on first reading. There are no city utilities located in the alley. The request to vacate was made by the Planning and Zoning Committee after a public hearing was held on July 31. No citizens attended the hearing or expressed any opinions.
"I drove by there the other day and I couldn't even see there was an alley there," Baker said.
"Is it an inaccessible alley?"  Workman asked.
"I drove by there and it's hard to tell that there is an alley there," Baker stated.
Workman advised caution to avoid cutting off any driveways or access to property owners who border the alley.
The second and final reading on the bill to vacate the alley will take place at the September 19 city council meeting.
The next item of business was approval of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the year beginning Oct. 1, 2017 and ending Sept. 30, 2018. Financial Director Daphne Pevahouse presented the recommendation to council.  The balanced budget for the general government funds represents $9,733,793 in proposed revenues, $10,384,725 in proposed expenditures, $2,947,050 in proposed other sources and $2,947,050 in proposed other uses. According to Pevahouse, the balanced budget for the employee insurance fund represents $1,034,000 in proposed contributions and $1,034,00 in proposed expenditures. The balanced budget for the Water/Wastewater Enterprise Fund represents $6,034,424 in proposed revenues, $6,748,414 in proposed expenditures, $398,811 in proposed other sources and $398,811 in proposed other uses.
Interim city manager Dana Daniels said, "Mr. Mayor, we are brining this budget to council for a first reading. It would be a balanced budget."
Baker responded by saying, "I want to say thank you to our financial department for their hard work on financials."
The fiscal year 2018 budget was approved by council on first reading. The second and final reading will take place at the next council meeting on Sept. 19, then go into effect on Oct. 1, 2017.
In other business, the council approved the renewal of the annual certification with the United States Army for the loan of a historical UH-1H helicopter on display in Morse Park. The city's responsibility is to protect and maintain the craft, as well as to address issues with vandals.
City council members also heard a request from the United States Census Bureau.
"This is a request to obtain permission to participate in the 2020 Census," Daniel said. The Local Update of Census Addresses operation (LUCA) allows the review and update of address listings prior to the 2020 Census.
Council members voted to approve that Mayor Baker sign and approve the request.
Lt. Mike Sharp, Neosho Police Department, asked the council to approve the acceptance of two police grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation.
"A few months ago, we received permission from council to seek these grants," Sharp said. "We received information that we  have been successful in obtaining funding to assist the budget in conducting enforcement of driving while intoxicated in the amount of $3,780. In addition we have been awarded $6,225 for enforcement of Hazardous moving violations. These grants require no matching funds and will pay for overtime costs."
The council voted to approve acceptance of the grant award and to sign the contract to receive the grants.
A request for a transfer of entitlements was also approved. Council had previously discussed the possibility of returning unused funds from the Neosho Municipal Airport to MODOT Aviation in the amount of $55,42.00.  The approval allows Baker and Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays to sign the certification required for the transfer.
Neosho Fire Chief Mike Eads approached the council with a request to renew the annual renewal agreement with American Media Investments, Inc. for one of the two repeaters in use by the fire department. The renewal is for the north repeater, located at NN Highway and Jute Road. "The cost of $1,980 has not changed since we started this, 15, 20 years ago," Eads told the council. "We would like to renew."
The council to approve the request, which allows the invoice to be paid and for the mayor to sign the annual contract.
Council members also voted to approve the renewal of the annual contract with the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce for $15,000.  The Chamber of Commerce has been a valuable resource in the promotion of city events, tourism, celebrations, and partnership with local business.
"I do want to say thank you to the chamber," Baker said. "Lauri and Ashley have done an amazing job. Thank you."
"The chamber is thriving," Davidson said."They are better than they have been for a long time."
A measure to appoint Davidson to fill an open position on the Big Spring Plaza CID Board was approved. City Clerk Rachel Holcomb presented the information before the vote was taken. "Letters were sent to all landowners and business owners/managers in their district soliciting a board member. There was one letter of interest received. Richard Davidson was previously approved by the Neosho City Council to represent the City as a private citizen. The Big Spring Plaza CID Board approved him as well. We now need to bring the slate of potential board members back to Council for approval."
The board approved the measure with Davidson abstaining from the vote.
The proposed fiscal year 2018 budget for the Big Spring Plaza CID was also approved with $59,703 in proposed revenues and $58,330 in proposed expenditures. The estimated balance on Oct.1 when the fiscal year begins is $3,240.32.
In other agenda items, the council approved a contract with Darnell Racing in the amount of $12,000 to bring a jet dragster train for Celebrate Neosho in June, 2018.  Paul Richardson, Public Relations and Events Coordinator, presented the request and noted that the train includes two jet powered rail cars, the Cannonball Express and the Chattanooga Cho-Cho. "It's in the 2018 budget," Richardson said. "It's a change from anything we've had before."
Council members also voted to approve an overlay bid from Emory Sapp and Sons, with the permission to proceed with the project.
The council also voted to approve an agreement with First Community Bank to provide banking services for the city for a three year period with two 1-year options available at the city's option. The measure was approved with Davidson abstaining from voting because of his position on the First Community Bank board.
A measure for a conservation easement with the Save Our Heritage Foundation was also approved.letters
Golf course manager Bill Mulkey presented a report on the Neosho Municipal Golf Course.
"Thee's not a lot to report," he told the council.  He suggested the council consider the option of installing an ATM machine at the course. "I think it's something we could pursue that would be beneficial to use."
After discussion, Baker stated it would be something he and Daniel would consider.
Davidson stated, "The service (for an ATM) would have to be bid. We will go through the proper channels."
The meeting was adjourned so that members could go into closed session.
The Neosho City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19 in council chambers at City Hall in downtown Neosho.