Mexico residents will see a slight increase in the refuse rates beginning April 1. The City Council passed a resolution Monday night for a 10 cent a month increase in sanitation services.

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, Heidi Chick, CPA with Williams Keepers LLC presented the audit and financial report. Chick said the city issues a comprehensive annual financial report or CAFR and also reports above the basic financial reporting requirements. "This is a good sign of excellent reporting," she said. Mexico received a unmodified or clean report. "This is what you want," she told council members.

Other resolutions passed included: a resolution to allow City Manager Bruce Slagle to sign a a contract of obligation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources for post-closure funding purposes. In 1998 the city of Mexico closed its sanitary landfill and began a 30 year post-closure process as required and regulated by the MDNR.

Council members approved the requested funding from the Mexico Tourism Commission for Miss Missouri Organization for the 2017 Miss Missouri Pageant advertising for $10,000; and Presser Performing Arts Center 2017 Spring Production advertising for $1,500.

Council passed a resolution giving Slagle authority to enter into an agreement with Lumix Electric Inc. for the labor to retrofit 93 downtown street lights. At an earlier council meeting members voted to purchase the lights. This is for the labor. Bids were sent out and three bids were received with Lumix Electrical Inc., from Fulton submitting the low bid of $13,000.

Council passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant Inc. to provide tourism activities for the city of Mexico.

The final resolution passed by council was to enter into an agreement with Insituform Technologies USA, LLC for cleaning and televising larger diameter sanitary sewer lines for $81,822.

The final order of business was to appoint two people one for business and one for hotel/motel to the Mexico Tourism Commission. Shane Cox was appointed for business, and Richard Gold for hotel/motel.