Economic Developer Jim Gann reported to the City Council on the Industrial Development Authority’s meeting of March 15. The IDA voted at their regular monthly meeting to request a refund of the $40,000.00 plus interest from CMMG. The amount represents one year’s portion of the $200,000.00 forgivable loan the company received from the IDA for meeting certain terms in their contract. As the terms weren’t met for this year, the money must be repaid. The IDA further agreed not to change the terms of the contract for the remaining four years.
Gann also said a new business was planning to expand into Boonville. Phynx Fiber, a fiber-optic broadband internet provider, has approached the IDA about coming to Boonville. The company is asking for nothing from Boonville except permits and easements to provide the service.
Other council business included approval of a payment in the amount of $41,761.00 to Quality Sports Lighting, LLC for the Soccer Complex.
Second readings of Bills for Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19; Changing Rates to be Paid for Water and Water Services; Changing Rates to be Paid for Wastewater Services; Amending Solid Waste Collection Fees; and Amending Ordinance Pertaining to Stolen, Lost or Abandoned Property were read.
Bills that were approved were Bill No. 2018-008 Amending the Budget for FY2017-2018 and Bill No. 2018-010 Amending an STP-Urban Program Agreement No. STP-1300(509) with Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for Mill and Overlay Main Street.
Resolution R2018-03 Approving an Agreement with Robert A. Treuner Masonry Co. Inc. for Masonry and an Agreement with Aire Serv of Central Missouri for the Construction of the Animal Shelter was also approved.
A couple of miscellaneous items came up before the meeting adjourned. Fourth Ward Councilman Morris Carter mentioned “courtesy notices” that were being left on cars by the police department. Some citizens were concerned about them. Chief of Police Bobby Welliver explained that they were just that—courtesy notices. They weren’t tickets. Unlocked cars, especially with the keys readily available, and with valuables in plain sight are easy targets for theft. Periodically, the police will check cars parked on the streets (never on private property) to see if they were locked and/or the keys are in the ignition and leave friendly reminders to “lock up and secure your valuables.”
Kate Fjell reminded everyone that Saturday was Pick-Up Boonville Day and there was still time to sign up.