Council meets in work and regular sessions
The Mexico City Council met Monday evening in scheduled work and regular sessions. All council members were present for both sessions.
During the work session,the council heard reports on and discussed several issues of concern to area residents.
The council first heard Community Development Director Rita Jackson report on the 'Urban Chicken' issue. Several area residents had approached the council and requested a change in the current city ordinance to allow chickens, hens particularly, within the city limits. Jackson's report offered a history of the city's ordinance and looked at what other communities in the area are doing about the same issue. The council recommended the creation of a committee to further investigate the feasibility of such a change and the possibility of a test pilot program.
Mexico resident Clark Andelin, who had approached the council back in September on the issue, was pleased with the progress of the council. "I think this is great," he said. "The council is making sure to look at every angle of the issue."
The council then heard City Engineer/Public Works Director Kensey Russell's North Washington Street Drainage Report. Residents of the 600 block of North Washington had requested that the council review the condition of the city streets in the area and are seeking repairs/upgrades.
Russell's report outlined the problem and offered several solutions. The council heard input from the 12 neighborhood members who were present about what they wanted done. The city and the neighborhood group will continue meeting to reach the best solution they can for the current situation.
Mexico resident and spokesperson for the neighborhood group Don Coffer praised the council for their efforts. "They have been great," he said. "They have listened to what we have to say. We are very pleased with what has been done so far. They have offered us the chance to get our streets fixed and made safe."
During the regular session, the council unanimously approved all issues.
The Council passed 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" which establishes Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 through Tuesday, Jan. 2014, as the time period for candidates wanting to run in the municipal general election scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to file. Two council seats, currently held by Steve Nichols and Greg Miller respectively, will be open for election for a three-year term.
Bill No. 2013-82: "A Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to execute An Agreement with the Miss Missouri Organization for Requested Funding from the Mexico Tourism Tax" sought to award the Miss Missouri Organization $10,000 for an advertising campaign for the 2014 Miss Missouri Pageant to be held in early June 2014.
Bill No. 2013-83: "An Ordinance Approving the Final Plat of Welch Place Subdivision to the City of Mexico, Missouri" sought the re-platting of Lots 34, 35, and 36 of City Survey 45 to allow for further development of homes in the area by the property owner. The property is located on West Maple between Wade and North Western Streets.
The Council approved the purchase of a video playback server for MEX-TV by the Department of Parks and recreation/Community Arts. The Hypercaster B100 video-playback server will cost $13, 875.10 and will upgrade the current system. "This purchase allows much needed upgrades to the MEX-TV program," said Parks and Recreation Director Chad Shoemaker. "The old server is antiquated. We can use the new server to better serve the community."
City Manager Bruce Slagle announced the city had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in September and a 5.0 percent unemployment rate in October. According to Slagle, the numbers are both below state and federal percentages and are the lowest reported numbers since 2007.