At the regular meeting of the Neosho City Council on Monday, a proclamation was read by Mayor Ben Baker designating Sports Locker, located at 1721 LaQuesta Drive, as the Business/Employer of the Month for April.

At the regular meeting of the Neosho City Council on Monday, a proclamation was read by Mayor Ben Baker designating Sports Locker, located at 1721 LaQuesta Drive, as the Business/Employer of the Month for April.
Sports Locker has been a part of the local business community since 2011 and has 5 employees.
"We appreciate them and their business," Mayor Ben Baker said.
The meeting opened with a prayer from Reverend Jeff Higgins, Teen Challenge of the Four States and the Pledge of Allegiance.
All council members were present as well as interim city manager Dana Daniel, Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays and Rachel Holcomb, City Clerk.
The council approved the minutes of the last meeting on March 20 as well as both the agenda and consent agenda for Monday's meeting.
In unfinished business, several bids were approved by council members. The first was a bid for single waste hauling services for the City of Neosho. Multiple bid packets were sent out but only two vendors responded, just one with a bid. The bid came from the Waster Corporation of America (WCA). WCA is current provider for the city and has been since 2008. In 2013, their bid was renewed. With the deadline for renewal again approaching, city staff recommended that council approve WCA's bid.
"We feel it is still a fair and competitive bid," interim city manager Dana Daniel told the council. "The bid process does work to the benefit of our citizens."
WCA's bid was approved and a contract will be presented for the mayor's signature at the next council meeting.
Next, Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy appeared before council to request approval for the purchase of a new security/interview room camera system for the police department. Kenney indicated that his department had previously applied for and received a MIRMA 75/25 grant to help fund the expenditure. Several bids were sent out and Kennedy sought approval for a bid in the amount of $6995.50 from CDL Electric of Pittsburg, Kansas. The amount is budgeted and the council approved Kennedy's request.
Wastewater Department head Ken Brady came before council for approval to replace an HMI Panelview Plus Display for the UV System at the Shoal Creek Wastewater Plant. Brady indicated that the current one in use is 12 years old. $10,000 was budgeted and the recommended bid in the amount of $5,135 from Xylem came in more than $4,800 under budget. The bid was also approved unanimously by council.
Under new business, City Attorney Steve Hays read Bill Number 2018-873 which would create a new fee schedule for new construction as well as alternations to churches, schools, signage, fencing and create minimum fees. Council members discussed several facets of the bill. The suggested minimum fee of $25 on new construction for schools could result in the loss of considerable fees from the current fee structure. Councilman Tom Workman asked, "Why are we changing this in the first place?"
Baker stated, "We probably need to visit about this before we can approve it." Councilman Richard Davidson said, "Or, there's another option. We can approve it now and make changes on the 2nd or 3rd reading."
"I'm not comfortable giving away man hours," Workman also stated. Davidson said, "We're not in this to do it for free. Hays indicated that the language of the bill would be open to some interpretation.
"If we're going to say 'church'," he said. "We're going to have to have that include temples and mosques."
Daniel provided council with additional information regarding growth within the city.
"We don't see that much school construction, to be honest,” he said. “We're seeing growth in residential and businesses, not with churches and schools."
The council decided to approve changes to the bill on first reading but with the option to make changes on future readings.
Chief Kennedy sought approval to pursue additional grant monies for this department from MIRMA as well as to explore the possibility of gaining some grants through Coalition Grant Funding.
There was no correspondence or visitor business.