Council passes four resolutions

Mexico City Council passed four resolution at January's monthly meeting. Councilman Dan Botts was absent from the meeting.
Bill No. 2014-01, resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Miss Missouri Pageant, Inc. to provide tourism activities for the City of Mexico, Missouri was unanimously passed.
The city budget allows for $10,000 to be annually provided to the Miss Missouri Pageant in order to help generate needed tourism to benefit Mexico businesses and citizens.
Chairman of the Board Linda Huffman presented the resolution. She said the Miss Missouri Pageant has been held in Mexico 43 out of its 75 years of existence. The pageant originated in Springfield and was moved to St. Charles, before the Mexico Jaycees brought the event to Mexico. The city has provided these funds since 2001.
Bill No. 2014-02, resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Audrain County Historical Society to assist in providing services to citizens was unanimously passed. The city agreed to contribute $4,900 to the ACHS.
Executive Director Dana Keller presented the annual resolution. She said that the provided services include The Walk Back In Time, children's historical camps, facilitating for genealogical and historical research and operating the Stribling Research Library.
Bill No. 2014-03, resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign change Order No. 2 with SAK Construction, LLC for sanitary sewer collection system rehabilitation, phase two, was unanimously passed. Kinsey Russell presented the resolution. Additional items were found needing repair during Mexico's sewer system maintenance. Three separate locations require point repairs. The original estimated project cost was increased from $255,648.95 to $279,843.95, which is still within the $300,000 project budget.
Bill No. 2014-04, ordinance amending chapter 4, construction and maintenance, article 1, in general, section 4-1. building code of the city of Mexico Municipal Code was unanimously passed. VFW member John Stevens spoke for the ordinance amendment, saying that code requiring a sprinkler system to be installed in buildings in which the fire area occupies 100 individuals or more should be increased to 200 individuals or more. Steven's said that the current code puts an unnecessary burden on local small businesses and would make it increasingly difficult to rebuild the VFW hall.
In other business, the purchase of a wide area rotary mower for park maintenance was unanimously passed. Parks and Recreation Director Chad Shoemaker presented the staff report. The city will trade in the 2006 Toro Groundmaster 4000 for a John Deere 1600 Wide Area Mower with a three-year warranty at a cost of $35,469.
Three positions at the Mexico Airport Advisory Board opened. Sebastian Heintz, Caleb Gebhardt and Patrick Finder's first terms expired in October. Members may serve two consecutive terms and all three members were reappointed.
In closing comments, the council thanked the VFW members in attendance for the sacrifices the veterans made for their country and its citizens.