The following actions took place during yesterday’s Council meeting:
Appointed Ryan Moxley to fill the unexpired term of Matt Deane on the Scott County Extension Council. This Council partners with Missouri’s land-grant universities to deliver education and research-based information to area residents in Scott County and make recommendations for University Missouri Outreach programs.
Approved Resolution 21-02-02 to surplus a 2009 Dodge Charger from the Department of Public Safety. This vehicle had over 125,000 miles and extensive repairs were needed.
Approved Resolution 21-02-03, authorizing the Public Works Director to apply for the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant for future development of the south industrial park.
Resolution 21-02-04 to apply for Community Development Block Grant funding was removed from the agenda.
Approved Resolution 21-02-05, authorizing Parks & Recreation Director to apply for federal assistance from the Land Water Conservation Fund Program for the purpose of constructing a new pickleball court at the Recreation Complex. This project will have a total cost of $150,000 with a 20% match of $30,000.
Staff from the Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU) were on hand to update Council on issues that were presented to them at the February 1 Council meeting. BMU Manager Rick Landers indicated that testing was done on all AMI meters prior to installation. A third-party meter testing vendor will be engaged to test one percent of current meters which will include those questioned by customers and requested reviews. Approximately 500 BMU accounts have been reviewed since the meeting and no discrepancies in usage or billing were found on those reviewed. Payment policies and options are currently under review but they do offer levelized billing or budget billing. And their customer service team has been updated on concerns and some action steps have been taken. More backup personnel have been designated for those seeking payment arrangements.
Several citizens were on-hand to voice their concerns on their high utility bill. Some offered suggestions for BMU such as offering senior citizen/veterans discounts and also having a reserve fund set aside to use for citizens unable to pay their bills.
The Street Department and BMU crews were acknowledged and thanked for their hard work during the recent snow storm our city encountered.
With no further action taken, the meeting was adjourned into Executive Session. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Building with social distancing and mask requirement.