Archive for September, 2008

Marble Hill to Reconsider Utility Vehicles…

September 22, 2008

From the September 4th, 2008 Southeast Missourian Newspaper…

“Marble Hill to reconsider alternative vehicle ordinance

Thursday, September 4, 2008

On Aug. 28, a state law went into effect offering a cleaner definition of the term “utility vehicle,” and cleared any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use, 63 inches or less wide, with a dry weight of 1,850 pounds or less, with four or six wheels, for use on state highways under “certain circumstances.”

The ordinance was discussed at a city council meeting Aug. 11, and an early draft would allow residents to license golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, four-wheelers and other motorized vehicles for the cost of $15 a license.

At a later meeting, however, council members opted to table the ordinance until specific requirements were outlined by the new state law, said Carolyn Surface, city clerk.

The state legislation was already in the works to address some of the same questions council members asked about the equipment guidelines for the licensing.

The council decided to wait until those matters were decided by the state law and revisit the ordinance later, Surface said.

Now that the law has been made official, city attorney Stephen Gray said the council has the option of taking a second look at the ordinance.

“It will be up to them whether they want to bring it up again,” Gray said.

Other matters discussed at the Aug. 11 meeting included whether the city’s ordinance would contain specific language requiring proof of insurance or use of turn signals to license a utility vehicle.

Previously, the state law forbid such vehicles on streets and highways unless they were used for government or agricultural use, but allowed a city or county to issue special permits authorizing use within that jurisdiction.

Gray said previously that he believes the ordinance targets both taxpayers concerned about the rising costs of gasoline and people who, having invested several thousand dollars in the purchase and maintenance of utility vehicles, wish to drive them in town.

 

bdicosmo@semissourian.com

335-6611, extension 245″

I plan on bringing this issue up at the October 13th, 2008 City Council Meeting. I know this might be another “touchy” issue, but I don’t see the harm in it PROVIDED SAFETY MEASURES ARE PUT  INTO THE ORDINANCE  , such as slow moving vehicle signs or flags, as well as break lights signals, along with a city permit that shows the vehicle has been inspected by one of our police officers.

Who knows, if they become popular enough perhaps it would inspire a local entrepreneur to open a utility vehicle or golf cart dealer ship?

I’m always looking for ways to help the citizens and stimulate businesses.

I appreciate your views on this subject, so please feel free to email me at:

mobushwhacker@yahoo.com

Thank You,

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I

Marble Hill

 

Advertisements

Fall Clean Up Ends…

September 22, 2008

Fall clean up for the city ended Friday September 19th.  I dropped by City Hall to pick up a drop off permit and it was number 91, so I’m guessing that’s how many permits were issued.

The next City Council meeting will be Monday, October 13th, 2008 @ 6:00 pm , in City Hall.

-Clint E. Lacy

Alderman Ward I

City of Marble Hill

Changes to Fall Clean Up this Year…

September 16, 2008

Attention Citizens:

This year fall clean up items will not be picked up at your residence.  You will have to obtain a free city permit, and clean up items will be picked up behind the fire station.

No oil, chemicals or yard clippings tree limbs etc. will be accepted.

For drop off dates and times, as well as information on how to obtain a permit, call City Hall at: 238-3622

If you are unable to transport your items, you can request that a city maintenance worker do it for you.

Thank You,

Clint Lacy

Alderman Ward I.

Water rates are going up…

September 9, 2008

Well folks, your water rates will soon be going up. Tonight I lost my long hard fought battle against the measure, but when it is three against one, chances are you are not going to win.

I did a little informal study of my own today and found that compared to 3 other towns in the Southeast Missouri area, which are relatively the same size as Marble Hill, our water rates were actually on the “high” end already.

When the mayor called for discussion of the measure, I shared the results of the study which I am posting below:

Marble Hill: 

Water minimum charge: $9.18 for first 2,500 gallons, then .20 cents for each additional 100 gallons. 

Sewer minimum charge: $9.09 for first 2,500 gallons, then .24 cents for each additional 100 gallons. 

Trash: $10.60 

Advance:  

Water minimum charge: $8.00  / then 20 cents per 100 gals used.

Sewer minimum charge: $ 4.06/ then 2.47 cents per 1000 gals used

Trash: $8.64 

Benton:    

Water: $6.30 for first 2000 gallons

           $2.70 for next 1000 gallons

           $1.35 For everything over 3000 gallons

Sewer rates match water rates

Trash: $9.25 

Oran: 

Water: $9.20 for 0-2000 gallons used

           $10.45 for 2000-3000 gallons used

           .50 cents per 1000 gallons over 3000 

Sewer: .84 cents per 1000 gallons

Trash: $7.75 

If a family uses an average of 3000 gallons per month they would pay the following rates for water and sewer and trash (before taxes) The first total is the combined water and sewer usage fees , the second is the addition of trash pick up fees and the final total is a combination of water, sewer and trash : 

Advance: $25.47 + 8.64 for trash = $34.11

Marble Hill: $20.47+10.60 for trash = $31.07 

Benton:   $19.45 + 9.25 for trash = $28.70 

In Oran:  $12.97 + 7.75 for trash = $20.72

What this means…

Since the ordinance was passed as written it means that 3000 gallons of water and sewer, with trash pick-up will increase from $31.07 to 39.47 per month.

The vote was as follows:

Alderman Sears:        Yes

Alderman Lacy:         No

Alderman McCain:     Yes

Alderman Southwick: Yes

The good news is that we continue to see citizens attending monthly meetings. We had about 12 citizens visit tonight.

After the vote was made, one citizen asked, ” I realized that you all have already raised the water rates, but what are we going to get for our increase?”

To which I replied (in all seriousness), “Probably water bubbling out of your street”.

Alderman McCain addressed the citizen by saying , “This will help us get grants to fix the water and sewer lines. In the past we’ve been denied water and sewer grants because our water and sewer system has been operating in the red”

Perhaps if Alderman McCain had been present at the August 18th, public hearing or had read the August 20th, 2008 Banner Press coverage of it, he would know that when asked when was the last time the city applied for water or sewage grants, Assistant City Administrator Shrum stated, “I think it was in 2002 but I can’t be sure”.

My point was this: If the City is not applying for grants to improveour water and sewer system, the raise my coleagues just approved of really isn’t going to do any good.

Money will continually be spent towards “patchwork” fixes, and not improvements, so the only residents will most likely see from the rate hikes is “water bubbling out of your street”.

As a side note, while Alderman McCain missed the public hearing on such issues as water rates, and caterer’s liquor liscences, take comfort in knowing that brought up the city’s dog ordinance laws, indicating that he thinks they need to be revised. If he is successful, then it will be the third time in two years. Remember that next time you have air in your water line.

Clint E. Lacy

Alderman, Ward I.

Agenda for Monday’s City Council Meeting

September 7, 2008

The following is the Agenda for tomorrow night’s City Council meeting held at City Hall, 6:00 pm.  Remember the best way to make sure your voice is heard is to attend the meeting, and invite a friend to go with you!

Regular Board Meeting

Monday, September 8th, 2008

6:00 p.m.

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order by Mayor Masterson
  2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  3. Roll Call
  4. Approval of Minutes

          Regular Board Meeting  08-11-08

          Public Hearings            08-18-08

          Special Board Meeting  08-18-08

         Special Board Meeting   08-22-08

         City Expenditures

   5.  Presentation to the Board:

        Jeff Eftink-CPA

       Stacey Long- Speed Limits

       Jack Watt – Christmas in the Foothills

  6.  Presentations to the Board:

      City Attorney – Stephen Grey

      Ordinance- Utility Rates

 7:  Staff Reports:

      City Collector – Carla Watt

      City Clerk -Carolyn M. Surfact

      Fire Department – Jim Bollinger

      Police Department – Dennis Willis

      Admin. Assistant – Gary Shrum

  8.  New Business:

  9.  Mayor Report

       Board of Alderman Report

       Next Regular Board Meeting October 13, 2008

 10. Adjournment

The Board of Alderman of the City of Marble Hill, Missouri , may as part of a study session or regular or special Board Meeting, hold a closed session to discuss legal actions, causes of legal action or litigation, leasing, purchasing or sale of real estate, hiring, firing, disciplining, promotion of personnel or employee labor relations.

Pay pecial attention to item #6 on the agenda which is labeled as an “Ordinance” for “Utility” rates. This ordinance specifically deals with water and sewer rates increasing. You can view this ordinance by CLICKING ON THIS LINK .

Please be patient as it might take a while to load, it is a direct scan of my meeting packet that I receive prior to each City Council meeting, which means that it is public record.

Thank You,

Alderman Clint E. Lacy

Ward I, Marble Hill