The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Tuesday, Oct. 13 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Richard West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Gary Schneider and Don Hendrich, and the city attorney. Alderwoman Janet Karrenbrock and the city clerk were absent.
In Open Forum, Ken Birk, a resident of Nicole Park and Chairman of the P&Z commission stated that the city’s comprehensive plan called for establishing a consistent speed limit throughout the city at 35 mph. Currently, some areas of Hwys. D, Z and F step down from 55 mph to 45 mph as traffic enters the city, then step down to 35 mph closer to the center of town. Birk would like the 35 mph speed zone extended all the way to the city limits for consistency purposes. Mayor West explained that MoDOT established the speed limits on the state roads (Routes D, F and Z) so the only thing the city could do would be to petition MoDOT to look into doing that.
The finance report was reviewed and approved.
Regarding Engineering, Mayor West stated that Cochran Engineering was nearing completion on plans for the Peter Street/Schutzen Street road project. There was no other engineering activity to report.
In other business, there was an ordinance passed to remove an outdated TR-42 agreement with MoDOT regarding the placement of welcome signs at the entrances to the city, and a replacement ordinance was passed to enter into a new TR-42 agreement that reflected current installation requirements and the new sign design.
Sullivan Lawsuit: Attorney Stephen Martin reported that a court date was set for December 8.
1. Regarding property maintenance for City Hall, the clerk is seeking verbal price quotes for an HVAC system maintenance check for fall, but only one response has been received so far.
2. AirBNB/Temporary Rentals. The city clerk has collected sample ordinances regulating these types of businesses. The aldermen will review and discuss in more detail at an upcoming work session.
3. Two new P&Z Commissioners were sworn in: Samantha Simms, and Jill McClelland. Both will fill open seats that have been vacant for some time.
4. Property at Z&D. The city closed on the purchase of approximately 5.2 acres at cost of $440,000. Mayor West said the city will start talking about possible uses/development plans for the property at upcoming work sessions.
5. The budget for fiscal year 2021 is being worked on. The board is still waiting on some information from the accountant so no vote was taken.
The meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.