A long debate over distribution of gaming funds has ended, at least for this year. Gaming distribution revenue will not change from previous years.
Ward four Councilman Morris Carter wanted to decrease the cap to four percent. After an hour discussion on the effects of lowering the percentage and the effects on the local organizations, Ward One Councilwoman Kathleen Conway said that now is not the time to cut funding to the area organizations. Ward Two Councilman Henry Hurt voiced his concerns over funds to the CCBC and the amount of children they feed with the funds received from gaming revenue. Ward Four Councilman Mark Livingston said that historically six percent has been given out. he referenced last year as an example. Mayor Julie Thacher said that the gaming commission likes what they do with the money, in reference to giving it out to organizations around the community. A vote on the six percent cap was passed only by breaking the tie with a vote from Thacher.
Another issue such as a line on what organizations receive funds did not pass. Livingston said that the line has all but disappeared in recent years. This line once separated Law Enforcement from non-for-profit organizations. All organizations get equal opportunity for funds.
Organizational double dipping in city funding was also a large discussion. Two fund distributions are available each year for area organizations. The Gaming Funds accepts applications in January and the Local Agency Fund which uses a half cent sells tax accepts applications in July. Ward 2 Councilman Noah Heaton voiced concern that organizations were basing most of their budgets on receiving money from the city in these two distributions. Hurt said that he was thankful that these organizations were asking for money because the money is here to help people. In-response to questions regarding which organizations get money from both funds, Livingston said that the application will ask what other funds has the organization received. He also said that the application is reviewed by a committee and money is awarded on their recommendations. The double dipping issue did not receive a motion to proceed to a vote.
Among the items next on the agenda was consideration of resolution R2012-14. This resolution designated the use of the National Incident Management System for all incident management. Ward Three Councilman Hays Murray asked if the resolution was going to cost the city any money. Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said that the police department and fire department are already compliant so cost would be minimal if any. Welliver explained that the resolution was a way for emergency management to communicate to each other better. The resolution passed unanimously.
Resolution R2012-13 passed as well. This resolution accepted a bid from Greis Trucking and Excavating to make the storm water improvements.
City Administrator Irl Tessendorf presented the board with a comprehensive Integrated Management Plan for the upgrade to the Boonville Wastewater treatment. The plan outlined each phase in detail starting with the sewer collection system improvements. Phase two would provide an outfall analysis which would determine the treatment plant design. Phase three would begin the wastewater treatment plant upgrade. Tessendorf in his proposal laid out a plan to pay for the improvements. To off set cost of sewage increases, the proposed sales tax proposition would need to be approved. If the sales tax proposition did not get approved, sewage costs would steadily increase over the term of the phases. Tessendorf said that the elected officials in Jefferson City have said that an average sewage cost of $65 is very reasonable a figure Tessendorf very much disagrees with. The average sewage cost in Boonville is now $35.74.