Council Actions - June 29, 2020

During yesterday’s Council meeting, the following actions took place:
  1. Approved the purchase of a 2019 John Deere 6120 Cab Tractor from Greenway Equipment in the amount of $93,712.98 and also the purchase of a side arm mower from Woody’s Municipal Supply Co. in the amount of $50,918. 
  1. Approved Resolution 20-07-01, to surplus a 2001 John Deere mower and 2013 Diam Boom Mower. 
  1. City Manager Jonathan Douglass briefed Council on a billboard company who would like to install a digital billboard on the northeast corner of Main & Malone.  The ground at this location is owned by the City and was leased to General Outdoor Advertising, who recently sold their sign location to Boatner Adworks from Poplar Bluff.  The City was made aware of the sale and contacted Boatner Adworks about the lease, who were unaware there was a lease involved.  City Manager Douglass gave a recommendation to send a lease termination notice to Boatner Adworks and release a Request for Proposal  for new ground leases at the location.  Council requested more information on railroad sign leases. 
  1. Authorized the renewal of the Convention and Visitors Operating Agreement for an additional three (3) years, with the removal of the maintenance of the city-owned billboard on I-57.  The Tourism Advisory Board does not wish to use the sign anymore because it is blocked by several small tree and needs some repairs and new design face. 
  1. Department of Public Safety Chief James McMillen gave an update on the “Strengthening Police & Community Partnerships” first planning meeting that was held June 26th.  Including some City staff members, there were approximately 18 people in attendance.  The planning committee were given the assignment to submit names of individuals to include in the next phase of the program, which should include groups of people such as inter-faith based leadership, community based organizations, civil rights leaders, youth and seniors.  This select group will meet at the next scheduled meeting to be held on July 10th.
Other Items:
The July 6th Council meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 27th.

Work is being done to add lighting on the basketball courts at Lincoln Park , the Complex and on the walking trail.

Firework discussions included a suggestion from a citizen to have an open space available that could be monitored by public safety and the fire department where people could go and shoot fireworks.

Citizen spoke on housing complaints she had regarding apartments on S. New Madrid.

Citizen mentioned having a Juneteenth celebration next year possibly at Malone Park.
No other action was taken, the meeting was adjourned.