Hiring a firm to develop a marketing strategy for some historical downtown property and amending trash pick up services were among the highlights of Monday’s business meeting by the Moberly City Council.
The city will pay a firm named McClure $31,800 to develop and help execute a marketing plan for revitalizing the former Fennel Building Complex in an effort to enhance the local economy and business growth. Grant monies received through the Mark Twain Regional Council of Government will pay for such service in full said City Manager Brian Crane.
The complex site is located at the corner of Clark and Coates streets, immediately west of both the police and main fire station.
The existing buildings in the complex total 13,800 square feet and are mainly brick constructed buildings. Attached to the buildings is a 6,700 square foot outdoor event space surrounded by three brick walls and will be covered by 20-foot-wide canopies to allow for outdoor events. The buildings are directly adjacent to 35,000 square feet of open outdoor space to be utilized.
McClure was the only business that submitted a bid to the city for this service, and the project deadline is Sept. 20. It’s home office is located in Clive, Ia. while there is a branch office located in Macon, and the city has had a business history with McClure said Crane.
Moberly customers having trash service contract with Advanced Disposal Services Solid Waste Midwest, LLC should take note of a couple of changes in its service policy.
Effective immediately, the city council on Monday approved a method of when and how bulk trash items are to be picked up, as well as city personnel will be authorized to enforce contract regulations that state materials for disposal can not exceed the capacity of the Advanced Disposal container that’s being used by a customer.
Tom Sanders, Moberly Director of Community Development and Public Works, reported that there is no additional fees being assessed for the change in bulk item pick-up service. However, in lieu of randomly choosing a day to leave a bulk item at the curbside customers must now call Advanced Disposal to schedule a specific day for its removal. The item pick-up is to be completed within five days of the time of phone contact with Advanced Disposal.
In regard to customers having excess trash items that will not fit inside their container and such items have been left standing on the ground or would not properly fit inside the container, persons will need to make arrangements to alter its payment of services to have an additional container or a larger size unit.
“The containers are priced to maintain a volume-based pricing system. If people are exceeding the capacity they are paying for, that needs to be corrected,” Sander said in his report. “The containers are designed to work with a truck’s lift arm, and if loose bags or items are outside the container, the driver has to get out and load the items.”
Sander added that trash placed or falls outside the realms of a container is susceptible for animals to tear into it and scatter the debris.
Crane said the city’s code enforcement department will respond to public complaints about excessive trash issues or would address the issue themselves upon them driving by a location having such problems.
“Our city employee would be authorized to follow our due process of finding that property owner to inform them of the violation and talk with them about getting the matter resolved,” Crane said. “If they are found to be in violation of the city code, there would be a certain penalty fee that the customer would be fined to pay.”
In consulting related matters, Kim Hoskins of Hoskins Environmental Consulting, LLC will continue to oversee and train city employees with the wastewater pretreatment program in an amount not to exceed $30,000 for a full year.
In addition, the law firm of Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C. Was retained for its 32nd year of providing special legal services in matters pertaining to economic development, redevelopment, real estate, and other areas of the law. Fees for services are based upon hour rates for each attorney and/or legal assistant.
A new $76,000 blower sleeve device was authorized to purchase, install and replace a defective item for the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
Council members authorized the city to gift Safe Passage $800 from the Non-Resident Lodging Tax Fund to support its annual Taste of Missouri Wine Stroll scheduled for Aug. 14 and serves as a major fundraiser for Safe Passage Domestic Violence & Crisis Intervention Center. Also, another $1,000 from the city will support Moberly’s Railroad Days festival set for June 16-19 and having the Rotary Club as its key sponsor and organizer.
In other business matters the council agreed to push back its first business meeting in July by one day to 6 p.m.Tuesday, July 6 in lieu of Monday being recognized as a paid holiday for city employees.