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November 14, 2013

Lake Show-Me Improvements Discussed at November City Council Meeting

The new restroom and shower house facilities at Lake Show-Me were among the ongoing improvements at the park that were discussed at the November Memphis City Council meeting.

While it technically is outside of city limits, Lake Show-Me dominated much of the discussion at the November 7th meeting of the Memphis City Council.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the new shower house and restroom facilities at the lake were fully operational and had been well received by campers. Unfortunately cold weather will force the facilities to be closed until spring, meaning campers in for the upcoming deer season will not get the opportunity to take advantage of the improvements until 2014.

With one restroom project complete, Monroe indicated his department's attention has turned to replacing the restroom facility at the trap range at the southwest corner of the lake property.

"I discussed the issue with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and we are in agreement that the facility is city property," Monroe told the council.

Both parties also concurred that the current restrooms need to be replaced or condemned.

Monroe noted that MDC representatives indicated a willingness to partner with the city to replace the restrooms for the range, which is utilized by the 4-H and FFA youth shooting sports programs as well as other public participants.

The city is expecting the arrival of a new fish cleaning station and a replacement of the handicapped accessible dock, which was damaged earlier this year by a storm.

Monroe noted that in earlier conversations, MDC was expecting it to be back in place in October or November. He added that ultimately the dock is targeted for replacement with a new dock, which would allow the existing dock which currently is being repaired, to ultimately be relocated for use at the lake, offering a second fishing destination for Lake Show-Me anglers.

The city also considered lease contracts for the farm ground at Lake Show-Me. City Attorney April Wilson will construct a new agreement that will transition the current row crop agreement into a new hay contract as the ground is rotated out of production for a proposed five-year span. The agreement will be considered at the December meeting, with bid opportunities likely to be available at the first of the year.

The city council did approve three other contract renewals. The lease for the airport farm ground rental was renewed with Lane Campbell, while the hay ground contract was renewed with Randy Mauck. The city also renewed the grave opening contract with the Clark County Memorial Shop.

Discussion continued on contracts, as the council considered creating a mutual agreement with employees that receive value-added training at the expense of the city.

The council instructed Wilson to prepare an agreement that would create some protection for the city's investment in these cases, requiring employees who receive paid training to complete an equivalent work period for the city to offset the investment.

Case in point, lineman training for the electric department can cost up to $2,500 a year, with certification being completed in four years.

To protect the $10,000 investment, the city proposed a work agreement with an employee seeking the training paid for by the city, would be required to remain in the city's light department an additional four years upon completion of the program. If the trainee left the city's employment prior to the completion of the contract, they would be required to pay pro-rated reimbursement for the training costs.

The council also finalized a contract for the purchase of the former Frank and Lee Ann Russell property adjacent to the swimming pool park. The property was purchased for a price of $9,000 and the sale was to be finalized on November 14th.

In department reports, the council approved soliciting bids for the sale of the electric department's older chipper. The line crew upgraded to a newer machine and no longer needs the second unit to perform the chipping of limbs and debris.

Superintendent Mike Ahland reported work is ongoing on the cemetery maintenance shed.

Police Chief Bill Holland reported a transmission failure on one of the city's police cars. Repair or replacement options are being considered, but the age and declining value of the automobile may ultimately lead to its replacement. With a resale value estimated less than $4,000, and repair/replacement costs for the transmission between $1,000 to $2,000, Holland was instructed to pursue cost estimates and options for replacing the car with a new or used vehicle.

Monroe reported on an October meeting at the Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport regarding a private owner's proposal to construct a new hangar. Jon Fuller met with the council in October to consider options for housing larger planes at the city airport.

The council expressed willingness to allow private partnerships for construction of hangars if existing options did not meet the plane owner's needs.

Monroe stated he met with Fuller and the city's engineer from Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., at the airport to discuss options.

Location options were discussed but not finalized while awaiting completion and approval of designs for the pending federally-funded improvements at the facility.

Recommendations were also discussed regarding lease agreements for use of the facilities based on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.

The council was in agreement if private development at the facility did not directly interfere with the FAA controlled Runway Protection Zone or future expansion plans, the city would be open to pursue opportunities to expand use of the airport and to meet pilot needs, maintaining city ownership of the grounds but also protecting the private investments to improve the facility.

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