At Monday night's meeting

Ledger staff writer
The Mexico City Council meeting Monday night opened with two public hearings. One hearing addressed a rezoning issue on West Monroe Street, while the other one discussed the city's performance in carrying out a 2008 Community Development Block Grant project.
The first hearing was to discuss a request from Olive Street Church of Christ, Greg and Judy Bryson, J. Kensey and Mary Russell, Gary and Brenda Peak, Bruce and Cheryl Slagle and Rodger Smith to rezone their properties located at 231 W. Monroe, 2095 W. Monroe, 2127 W. Monroe, 2151 W. Monroe, 2185 W. Monroe and 2213 W. Monroe respectively to R-1, Single Family Dwelling.
This area — platted in 1998 consisting of 10 lots —  is legally described as Biggers' Highway 22 Subdivision, Lots 4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 in the City of Mexico, County of Audrain and State of Missouri. Notices were sent to 12 surrounding property owners within 185 feet of the requested zoning. Staff received one office visit regarding the requited rezoning and it was with no objection. The visit was from Loren Biggers, who was at that time the owner of lots 1, 2 and 3 and has since sold the lists to Ronald and Virginia Baker. Biggers wanted to make sure that the rezoning did not include his property.
Mexico City Code requires when a lot which is zoned C-1, C-2, C-3 I-1 or I-2 is developed adjacent to a lot which is zoned R-1, R-2, R-3A or R-3B, a permanent screening consisting of a masonry wall, wood fence, seeded berms or combination thereof at least six feet in height shall be installed by the developer.
The requesting property owners stated their reason for rezoning is to maintain the value of their homes and any additional improvements to their property by maintaining it as residential neighborhood.
"When platted, residential zoning should have been made then," said City Manager Bruce Slagle, one of the petitioners. "What we are asking is that you make it residential before the (commercial) building occurs."
No other public comments were offered. The council later approved an ordinance with a 3-0 vote to amend the district map referred to in the city code, to R-1, Single Family Dwelling. Another ordinance was also approved, authorizing the vacating of a 10 foot wide Utility Easement in Biggers' Highway 22 Subdivision, with a 3-0 vote.
The second public hearing discussed the past performance by the city in carrying out the Fiscal Year 2008-DI-01 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project which was a Disaster Recovery Grant in the amount of $4,000,000. The funds were received by the city for construction of the Plant Science Center (PSC) for lease by the Joint Venture to Soy Labs, LLC, equipment integral to the building and land acquisition. This grant was awarded to the city in March 2010 with the objective of removal of slum and blight.
The land acquisition portion of the grant consisted of the purchase of an additional 52.68 acre parcel by the City of Mexico and Audrain County for the development of a Technology Park. This property is located east of the PSC, north of Highway 54 and along Audrain County Road 820. The property was annexed into the City in December 2011. No public comment was given and the public hearing closed with no action.
Other council news heard and approved included:
• A resolution authorizing an agreement with Plan B Development for the 2013 Concrete Project that will include areas on South Calhoun and from Lafayette to the Boulevard.
• Resolutions authorizing requested funding from the Mexico Tourism Tax. The council approved $5,000 for the Mexico Jaycees to advertise the 2013 Soybean Festival, and $7,780 to the Historical Society for the 2013 Walk Back in Time advertising.
• An ordinance authorizing the an engineering services contract with Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., for the Morris Street Project agreement.
The board also appointed Nancy Smiley to the Mexico Park Board. Slagle announced the new restrooms at Garfield Park will open to the public this week, following a lengthy reconstruction.