January 10, 2002
City Council Pursuing Recycling Opportunity For Memphis Residents
The Memphis City Council announced a recycling program will begin on a trial basis in Memphis in February. Mayor Ron Alexander reported at the January 3 city council meeting that a tentative agreement had been reached with Industrial Opportunities of Kahoka to provide a recycling service for Memphis.
The proposal would call for the placement of a recycling trailer to be placed at the old state maintenance shed at the intersection of Highway 15 and 136 in Memphis. The trailer is divided into sections where patrons can place sorted recyclables such as paper, cardboard, tin cans, aluminum cans and plastics.
Alexander stressed to the council that the plan was tentative and most definitely would be on a trial basis only. He indicated the Industrial Opportunities leader-ship had indicated past attempts to provide the service in other towns besides the home site in Kahoka had failed because the recycling trailers were used for general refuge and not for recyclables.
Currently residents of Scotland County can take their recyclable products to Kahoka to the Industrial Opportunities site. Director Charlie Allen indicated the site is full service during business hours, meaning the crews will even help patrons unload the items from their vehicles.
Mayor Alexander expressed optimism that the project would be welcomed in Memphis as the community has been asking for the service for some time. He asked all citizens that plan to use the service to help to police the area to insure that no improper items are placed in the trailer to insure continued availability of the recycling project.
Industrial Opportunities of Kahoka is a sheltered workshop for handicapped individuals. The group sorts the recyclable materials and sells them to produce revenue for the operation.
Alexander discussed the proposed site with Street Superintendent Roy Monroe and the council appeared in agreement that the trailer, if approved by the company, could be placed at the east end of the maintenance shed. Monroe indicated a light could be installed to allow evening access for patrons.
Light Plant - Superintendent Mike Ahland reported attending a meeting of northeast Missouri power providers in Columbia.
Light Crew - Superintendent Dave Kittle stated his crew had been busy rolling up wire, making line repairs along the railroad right-of-way and making a few pole changes.
Street - Monroe told the council his crew worked on an airport drainage project while also making driveway repairs, and fixing park equipment. The crews had installed snow plows and been prepared for snow removal on two occasions but as of January 3 had not been called into service.
Water - New water superintendent Dennis Howard told the council he had a proper initiation, being called out to a water break on Saunders Street at 1:00 a.m. over the New Year's Holiday. The water crew also worked on vehicle maintenance, park benches, and other preventative maintenance on meters and other equipment.
Police - Marshall Terry Simerl also asked the council to approve the purchase of a catch pole of some sort for vicious animals for the police officers to utilize when assisting the animal control officer. He noted that officers had responded to several calls recently, with the most recent one resulting in a dog being put down after several officers were bitten trying to get the animal under control.
Monroe offered to build a device for officers to use that would allow them to handle an animal from a safe distance.
Simerl also noted that the police department has applied for an equipment grant of $10,000 with a 10 percent city match. He noted the police department had not received such a grant in the last three years but had purchased radios and other equipment with a similar grant in 1998.
Patty Simerl - reported a dog problem on Lindell Street and asked the police department to contact the animal control officer and ask that the area be patrolled more frequently.
Mike Stone - no business.
Ron Gardner - reported a request from the new HUD Housing administrator to have the police department lock up the community building at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow laundry room access to residents. The building has been locked at 4:30 p.m. each night. Marshall Simerl indicated he would meet with the administrator regarding the issue.
Cindy Garrett - Absent.