Council Actions - May 24, 2021

During yesterday’s Council meeting, the following actions took place:
Conducted 1st Reading of Bill #6225, amending the FY21 budget to reflect areas of overage since its adoption in June 2020.  The majority of activity was in three categories:  staff shortage, Covid-19 and accounting basis change.
Conducted 1st Reading of Bill #6223, FY22 Budget Ordinance.  Items of significant changes include:  additional skill worker in Parks; adding 4 benches at Lincoln Park around the walking trail, and also benches at Roberta Rowe and Clayton Park (two each); upgrading Dansler Field at a cost of $300,000; HVAC replacements at DPS Headquarters; addition of funds from the American Plan Acts Fund in the amount of $2.95 million; and the possibility of moving Municipal Court cases to the County Circuit Courts.
Conducted 1st Reading of Bill #6222, FY22 Staffing and Compensation Ordinance which includes 128 full time employees, 16 part-time and 32 seasonal.  Changes to the ordinance include:  full-time contractual employee in Collectors Department; three seasonal mowers for Community Development Department; additional seasonal works for concessions due to tournaments; $2,000 increase to fulltime employees; additional $1/hour pay for entry-level communication officers; skilled worker positions added to Street Division and Park Division; and a maintenance position was added to assist the Building Maintenance Supervisor.
Approved Resolution 21-05-01, surplus of 29 SCBA air packs and 60 air cylinders, that are not long operational, from Department of Public Safety’s inventory.
Authorized the purchase of a used ¾ ton work truck for the Parks Department with the amount not to exceed $28,000.  Because of underspending on several line items, these funds will accommodate this purchase.
Approved engineering services contract with Waters Engineering for Project Armor, which will consist of the design and inspection of improvements related to street, water, sewer and stormsewer improvements inside the new south Industrial Park.  Funding will be provided by DRA with match from the City.
Approved emergency Bill #6227, authorization to execute agreement with Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for Governor Cost Share Project, which is the construction of a new overpass and connecting roadways on Highway 61.  This will be Phase IV of Project Armor with an expected completion date in May 2023.
Approved emergency Bill #6228, authorization to execute cost share agreements with Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for the widening of and installation of traffic signal on Highway 61.  This will be Phase II of Project Armor, with an expected completion in October 2022.

Other Items:
Discussion of including in future budget plans the installation of a splash pad at Lincoln Park.

Schedule a Council study session to discuss future budget items.

Complaint from citizens who reside in the North Ranney/Lake Street area of ongoing issues (unkept property, etc.) in their neighborhood.
With no further action taken, the meeting was adjourned.  Next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.