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Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen postpone city sticker ordinance, discuss lagoon loan

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Sweet Spring Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to discuss the revised city sticker ordinance, but postponed voting the ordinance into action so it can yet again be rephrased.

The board discussed the wording involving business vehicles, noting that vehicles owned and operated by a business for business purposes only should be exempt from the city sticker requirement.

The ordinance will be drawn up again and discussed at the next meeting.

The mayor also brought to the boards attention that an increase to sewer rates will need to be discussed next month so the city can pay the loan payments needed for a lagoon project.

Sweet Springs did not qualify for any grants to assist with the project because the monthly sewer rates are not two percent of the average annual gross income for residents, set at $25,000.

Mayor Raymond Kinney said the current rates are about $18.97 per month for 5,000 gallons of water for a sewer fee. To qualify for the grant the monthly charge would have to be $41.67 for the same 5,000 gallons.

The solution is to get a low interest loan from the USDA for $790,000 at a 2.75 percent interest rate for 33 years.

The sewer rates would need to be increased by about five dollars per 5,000 gallons of water to make the loan payments. An exact amount will be decided so an ordinance can be written up and discussed at the next meeting.

An ordinance to increase the street excavation fee was passed. The charge will now be $250, but allows for a bond of $250 if the excavator would rather do the repairs themselves.

Nate Lea of the Public Works Department noted that 15 tons of salt and sand have been purchased for winter. Lea also reminded the board if two inches or more of snow are on the ground there is no parking on the emergency snow route. Cars will not be able to park on Bridge, Daisy, Miller, Marshall, Lexington, Spring, Jefferson, Pine, Mulberry, Bruns, Walnut and Ray Streets or on Hospital Drive.

Chad Eckhoff of the Public Works Department reported the water loss for October was down to a little over four percent and barely over eight percent for November.

Applications for the new cycling of funding for the transient guest tax are due by Jan. 31, 2013.

Alderman Tommy Goode gave an update on the comprehensive plan, noting a draft copy was available for the board and for the Planning and Zoning Board.

A Planning and Zoning Board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. to discuss the plan.

Kevin Lutjen, Will Walker, George Vance and Adam Evans were appointed as reserve police officers.

In closed session, the board decided to appoint James Cupp to a full-time police officer position with a 90 day probation period and he must pass a drug screen.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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Sweet Springs aldermen really need to read the Missouri Revised Statutes pertaining to city wheel tax stickers or city stickers, before they continue. If they would read the law, it says that after 1987 it takes a vote of the people to enact a city wheel tax, or revise it as they say. If you check on whether most cities in Missouri ever put it to a vote of their citizens to enact or continue wheel tax stickers, you will find that almost every city is in violation of the law. The only reason the cities continue to violate the state law, is because no one contest the unlawful city ordinances in court. The state law speaks for itself. I trully hope more people would contest the city wheel tax stickers in their city. If the city elected officials and the city attorneys would read the state law before they enacted illegal municipal laws, then there would no longer be any city stickers in Missouri...

-- Posted by Gumby on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 3:25 AM

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