Boonville City Council members will discuss potential legal service appointments at 7 p.m. Monday night during the July 16 City Council meeting.
In June, the city of Boonville began advertising a need for legal services. Five candidates submitted applications. Mayor Ned Beach, city administrator Irl Tessendorf and special projects manager Kate Fjell interviewed all potential appointees. Beach recommended appointing Doug Abele as the city counselor. Abele is ending his term as the Cooper County prosecutor this election cycle after serving in the position since 1983. Beach also proposed appointing two special counselors to fulfill legal needs outside of routine city business. For these positions, Beach recommended Mark Wooldridge Law Office and Lauber and Associates. If Beach’s recommendations are approved, Wooldridge will assist the city with code enforcement and property maintenance work.
Lauber would handle unique projects, such as the waterline construction project and the intergovernmental agreement to assign responsibility regarding the soccer complex. If council members vote to approve this agreement, they must also draft and approve new ordinances to formalize this amended job description.
Additionally, council members will discuss a proposal to begin construction on the sewer line rehabilitation program. Insituform Technologies was the apparent lowest bidder. The company, based out of Independence, Missouri, would include all labor, materials and equipment for $45,196.75. If approved, the project would improve sewers on Ashley Road, Wingate Drive, 7th Street, 6th Street and 11th Street in Boonville.
The council is also set to discuss a number of vacant city committee positions. Currently, the airport board has four open positions. The Architectural Board, Board of Adjustments, BOCA Board of Appeals, Cemetery Board, Fire Board, Industrial Development Authority and Parks and Recreation Board each have a single vacant spot. The Transportation Development Board has three open positions. These committee positions are open to Boonville citizens living within city limits. All board appointments are made by the mayor and approved by city council.
Though not officially on the agenda, the council will likely also discuss the economic developer vacancy left by Jim Gann. Gann officially left his position directly after the July 2 city council meeting. Beach said the council would discuss how to fill this opening as soon as possible.
The July 16 City Council meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 525 E. Spring Street.