Several ordinances discussed
The Mexico City Council met Tuesday evening in its regular session. The council focused on changes to several traffic codes for the city of Mexico. Councilmen Bobby Miller and Steve Nichols were absent from the proceedings.
Bill No. 2013-76: "An Ordinance Amending the Code of the City of Mexico, Missouri, Chapter 7, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article X. Schedules" sought to create a limited time parking space in front of Jackson Street Drugs on South Coal Street. Such a change would improve the flow of traffic and provide better access to the pharmacy for its customers. The council agreed the request was reasonable and authorized the change to create a 15-minute time limit on the designated space. The vote to pass was unanimous.
Bill No. 2013-81: "An Ordinance Amending the Code of the City of Mexico, Missouri, Chapter 7, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article X. Schedules" dealt with the changing of local speed limits in the Mexico area. Upon recommendations from Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the council authorized the following changes: Speed limit from Boulevard to Lakeview shall be 35 miles per hour; speed limit from Lakeview to Pearl Motors Drive (the south entrance of the new Pearl Motor Company) shall be 40 miles per hour; speed limit from Pearl Motors Drive to MO Hwy 54 shall be 50 miles per hour; speed limit on Green Boulevard (Business Hwy 54) from South Clark to Agriculture shall be 35 miles per hour; speed limit on East Liberty (Business Hwy 54) from Agriculture to west city limits of Vandiver Village shall be 35 miles per hour; speed limit from the Vandiver Village east city limits to the east city limits of Mexico shall be 45 miles per hour. The vote to pass was unanimous.
Bill No. 2013-80: "An Ordinance Calling For and Establishing the Filing Dates for the Municipal General Election to be held in 2014 to Fill two Three-Year Terms on the Mexico. Missouri City Council" was brought to the discussion floor, read into record, and then set aside for further discussion.
In other business, the city council approved various 2013-2014 budget allocated expenditures for necessary purchases for several city departments. The council commended the departments for keeping the cost of the items below the budgeted amount.
The Parks and Recreation Department/Parks Maintenance will purchase a 2013 John Deere 4520 compact utility tractor from Sydenstricker Implement of Mexico for $32,700. The department had been allocated $38,000 for such a purchase.
The Mexico Department of Public Safety will purchase a 2014 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle from Landmark Dodge in Independence for $24, 105.50 with trade-in. The department had been allocated $28,000 for such a purchase.
The Community Development Department/Animal Control will purchase a 2014 Ford F-150 Regular Cab 4x2 half-ton pickup/work truck from Joe Machens Ford of Columbia for $14, 970 with trade-in. The department had been allocated $22,000 for such a purchase.
The Public Works Department/Street Division will purchase a 2014 Ford 550 with dump bed from Gem City Ford of Quincy, Ill. for $51,097.30 with trade-in. The department had been allocated $62,000 for such a purchase.