The Neosho City Council met in regular session on Monday evening at City Hall.

The Neosho City Council met in regular session on Monday evening at City Hall.
All council members were present, along with interim city manager Dana Daniel, city attorney Steve Hays, and acting city clerk Georgia Holtz. The first order of business was approval of the meeting's agenda as well as the consent agenda and the minutes from the open session meeting on March 6, 2018.
A National Service Recognition Proclamation to designate April 3, 2018 as National Service Day in recognition of  the positive impact of national service in our community as well as to thank those who have serve and find a way to give back to the community was presented for the mayor's signature.
"It will be signed and presented at the next council meeting," Mayor Ben Baker said.
Sally Pennington, Parks Director, approached council to seek approval for the purchase of two UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicles) and trailers for the park department. Pennington submitted a bid in the amount of $23,748 from S & H Farm Supply, Rogersville, Mo.
The two UTVs would be used throughout the city park system in a variety of ways including snow and ice removal, clearing walking trails and sidewalks, for trash pickup instead of the trucks currently in use for that purpose, weed killing, transportation of mowers, weed eaters, brush trimmers, for the removal of brush/limb/debris removal, and for special event set-up/clean up.
Councilman Tom Workman questioned Pennington about whether or not two vehi
cles were necessary. "Does it change our bid if we do one?" he asked. "I don't have a problem with getting one. I don't think we need two. We have two playgrounds that need to be repaired from last year's (flood) damage. I'd like to see any extra money go toward that."
Daniel stated that the playgrounds will be taken care of with both FEMA and insurance.
"Both will be repaired," he stated. Pennington also confirmed that the bid is covered in the capital budget.
She also said that the new equipment will be stored at the same location city mowers are kept.
"They will be covered and locked up tight," she said.
Workman added, "I just don't want to lose focus on getting our parks back together."
Motion to approve the bid was made by Councilman Doubek and seconded by Workman. It passed unanimously.
Council also voted to approve renewal of an
"In Kind" donation to the Area Agency on Aging, which is the use of a building located on Carl Sweeney Parkway in Neosho for the Senior Citizens Center where meals and other activities are provided to senior residents. Council members also voted to approve an amendment to the Empire District Electric agreement to allow for two new streetlights at both intersections on Mayberry Drive as well as replacement of two existing streetlights on Grand and Finney Avenues in Neosho.
Neosho Public Relations/Event Coordinator Paul Richardson appeared before the council to seek approval on the contracts for performers who will participate in the annual Celebrate Neosho event on the last Saturday in June. "We have all the contracts now," Richardson said. "We are the mayor to sign them."
Richardson brought the contracts to council a few sessions ago. He also gave an update on the status of the new sponsorship program he devised to allow the public and businesses to make donations toward all of the City of Neosho events or one event in particular. "The combination of paid and pledged amounts right now totals $9,783.000," Richardson told the council. "We're on track to hit our mark. We're getting money in, some for Celebrate Neosho, some others for Bluegrass and Barbecue, some for the Fall Festival."
Sponsorships may be made at any time throughout the year and will held to fund the City of Neosho's festivals and events.