After hearing multiple visitors who spoke out in protest of the stance taken by Neosho Mayor Ben Baker on the controversial raffle of an AR-15 for a local 9U traveling baseball team, the Neosho City Council settled down to handle city business.

After hearing multiple visitors who spoke out in protest of the stance taken by Neosho Mayor Ben Baker on the controversial raffle of an AR-15 for a local 9U traveling baseball team, the Neosho City Council settled down to handle city business.
The final reading on Bill 2018-871 on budget amendment passed with an affirmative vote from each council member present. The bill allows for the Animal Control Officer salary to be moved from Departmental Services to the Neosho Police Department, approval of replacement of raw water pump #2 at the filtration plant, some FEMA expenses from the April 2017 flooding, and some property and worker's compensation expenses.
Another bill, 2018-872 for the sale of city surplus property, was also approved by council after a second and third reading. The sale has a wide variety of items ranging from vehicles to office equipment and more. Neosho interim City Manager Dana Daniels told council, "We have added some items and we ask that these be included."
The surplus property sale will be held on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Parks Department. "If you're interested in a high diving board, you can show up at the auction," Neosho Mayor Ben Baker said.
The third item under unfinished business was an appeal on a permit denial for remodeling work performed at 522 W. Brook St. Chad Henry, the owner, had requested the permit but his request was not granted because the work was performed without any proper permits and no inspections were completed on a unit that will house multiple persons. Plans are for the property to become a 5-unit apartment building but council previously found numerous issues with the property. At the last council meeting on Feb. 20, council members tabled Henry's request. Baker abstained from voting on the issue on Tuesday. Mayor pro temp Richard Davidson led discussion about Henry's request.
"After the (last) meeting, I spoke to Mr. Harrington (City of Neosho building inspector) about a variety of things and the slippery slope here is that we open the opportunity for other homeowners to deliberately circumvent the process," Davidson said. "The request is to overturn the denial. If the council takes no action, the denial will stand. Or, we can vote. If we do not have a motion in either direction, this appeal will die."
Henry had one comment. "We'll have to get ride of the premises," he said. "It's just too expensive to meet all the requirements."
Davidson asked the council, "Is there a motion to overturn?"
Without a motion, there was no action and the appeal regarding the permit denial stands.
Bids to purchase a 2019 International Dump Truck for the public works department to replace an older vehicle and another bid to purchase a Texa Heavy Duty Scan tool that would be used by the public works department, the fire department, and the wastewater department was also approved.
"We're asking to buy a new dump truck," Public Works Director Ryan Long told the council. "This would give us the larger size dump truck and we would be able to do more work. The funds are available for this purchase."
A request for improvements at the site of the large flag located near the intersection of Highway 59  and Highway 60 in Neosho in conjunction with the MoDOT agreement was the first item in new business. The Exchange Club of Neosho seeks to improve the site. The city attorney has reviewed and approved the request and the improvements will be no cost to the City of Neosho.  The Exchange Club will cover all costs. Council members voted to approve the measure.
Council members also voted to renew the annual contract with the Department of the Air Force for a T37 aircraft currently on display at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport in Neosho. "Nine years ago, it came before council," Davidson said. "I am glad to finally see it up and on display."
Baker commented, "It will look good at Celebrate Neosho."
In the final item of new business listed on Tuesday night's agenda, the council also voted to renew the Alliance agreement. According to Davidson, "It has been a tremendous asset to the city to have professionals in place. They ave done great things for the city."
There was no report of city officers and the meeting adjourned.
Baker announced that there was no reason to go into closed session and the city attorney concurred.
The next meeting of the Neosho City Council will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in council  chambers located inside City Hall, located on the southeast corner of the Neosho square.
The public is invited to attend.