Report from Nov. 26, 2012 regular meeting

The City Council Monday night heard the second reading of an ordinance, calling for and establishing the filing dates for the Municipal General Election to be held in 2013 to fill a three-year term on the Mexico City Council.
Statements of candidacy will be received by the city clerk from Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Municipal General Election date will be Tuesday, April 2. The seat to be filled currently belongs to councilman Chris Williams, who has yet to declare whether or not he intends to file for re-election.
Council heard first reading of the ordinance at the Nov. 13 council meeting, and voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance Monday night, after hearing the second reading. Councilman Dan Botts moved for the first reading by title only and councilman Williams seconded the motion. On a call by the chair for ayes and nays, the motion carried with all ayes.
In other business, council members approved a resolution to enter into a $13,000 agreement with the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce to assist in promoting tourism in the city of Mexico for the budget year 2012-2013. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chamber Executive Director Dana Keller was present to address any concerns and personally shook each councilman's hand at the end of the meeting, expressing her gratitude for the city's support.
The parties agree as follows:
• The Chamber agrees to be responsible for a visitor's guide and distribution of said guide.
• The Chamber will do regional marketing, including Kansas City and St. Louis markets, by the use of low-cost announcements and press releases to radio, newspaper and television. A marketing plan will be developed for each calendar year and given to the city.
• The Chamber will conduct "special events" as the need may arise.
• The Chamber will provide packets for tourists, Mexico souvenirs and host "fam" tours for tour planners and coordinate activities for tour groups.
• The Chamber will provide its "800" toll free number for organizations for special events and tourism information calls.
• A Chamber representative will serve as a liaison with the State Department of Tourism.
• The city will receive an accounting of the tourism activities and expenditures of the Chamber on an annual basis.
Council members also approved the purchase of a mini excavator for City Public Works Department/Street Division.
No public comments were made. However, council members made comments about the council's challenge to the city to collect 50,000 pounds of food before Christmas and a reported sewer gas odor at the Hawthorne Elementary School. According to both city and school officials, the problem has been investigated and addressed and poses no danger to the students and staff occupying the building.
City Manager Bruce Slagle reminded citizens about a Dec. 10 work session regarding sewer system detail on private property by City Engineer Kensey Russell. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.
The meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.