Notes from Feb. 27th Special Meeting

The City of Marble Hill Board of Aldermen, met in a special meeting on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Marble Hill City Hall. 

The meeting started at 5:01 pm. During the meeting the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to purchase a 1993 Pierce 1500 GPM fire engine to replace the Fire Department’s Engine #1 which is 20 years old. 

The City will spend 105,000.00 plus title fees (approximately $77.00) for the 1993 model. The purchase is to be made through a loan from Peoples Community Bank at an annual interest rate of 4.5%.  

The City will try and sell the old fire engine for $50,000 and the Board agreed that ads should be placed to try and sell the old fire engine locally Captain Calvin Troxle of the Marble Hill Fire Department stated there a couple of departments in the Southeast Missouri region interested in the truck If it is not sold locally to another fire department in Southeast Missouri, then the City will use an agent (who gets a 10% commission) to try and sell it. 

After given authorization to purchase the truck Captain Troxle stated that he would be leaving on Saturday to pick up the new fire engine and will return with it Sunday night.  Monday morning it will be taken to the lettering facility and will be ready for service on Monday night. 

Captain Troxle thanked the Board and in return the Board thanked Captain Troxle and wished him a safe trip. 

The Board also voted unanimously to grant an encroachment easement to Mr. James Johnson. This issue came about while Mr. Johnson was trying to sell his house and the abstracts revealed that his deck was partially built on the right of way for Mound St. 

In order to allow the sale of the home to the new owners the easement was granted with the following terms: 

“Now , Therefore, in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10) and other good and valuable considerations, the receipt and sufficiency of which are wherewith acknowledged by Grantor, Grantor does hereby grant , convey, release and remise unto Grantees a restricted easement for the purposes of the use of the deck by the Grantee, and the encroachment thereon on Grantor’s Property as said deck is presently located; with the stipulation that this deck cannot be extended in any manner further into the right of way of the city street; further , that it cannot be rebuilt, replaced, remodeled, enclosed, turned into a room or into any other structure; that once the existing deck has to be replaced, that the encroachment easement herein granted, and provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed as granting any other rights, ownership, tenancy or otherwise in and to any portion of Grantor’s property and Grantee’s property and cannot be built on the easement property herein granted, and provided, however , that nothing herein shall be construed as granting any other rights, ownership, tenancy or otherwise in and to any portion of Grantor’s property and Grantee by his acceptance hereof acknowledge the right and title of Grantor in and to Grantor’s Property and that this Encroachment Easement is being granted solely for the purposes of granting Grantee the right to maintain the deck as now located and as the same may encroach upon and be located upon Grantor’s Property and will terminate upon terms set forth herein.” 

Talk about “legal ease”, that’s a lot of words just to say the deck can stay, but nothing else can be built on the right of way if the deck ever goes, but I guess that’s why I’m not a lawyer. 

The Mayor also addressed the recent issues with the City of Marble Hill dog pound and stated that this is an issue that needs to be resolved. Telling the Board that if the pound is to remain open, the City must obtain a Department of Agriculture license to do so, the Mayor also warned that the City can not cooperate with any rescue group that does not have a Department of Agriculture license. 

Alderman Tim McCain (Ward I) and Alderman James Sear (Ward II) then stated that they would like to see the Department of Agriculture requirements for running a pound, after which Alderman McCain presented a plan to give the City Pound a separate gate and fence to isolate it from the City sewer treatment facility. 

I then mentioned to fellow Board members that I would like them to consider the fact that if the City does not enter into a contract with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, they will no longer accept stray animals from the City of Marble Hill. 

At 5:42 p.m. the Board of Aldermen went into Closed Session to discuss Applications for Maintenance Crew positions (per the agenda) 

The Board of Aldermen returned to Regular Session at 6:25 p.m. and I made a motion that the City Administrator, the Mayor, the head of Maintenance and one Alderman be given authority to conduct job interviews, and hire an applicant at the rate of $8.50 per hour. 

The motion was seconded by Alderman Sear and unanimously agreed upon.  

The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 p.m. 

In closing I would like to publicly state (as I have in past meetings) that it is my belief the City of Marble Hill is not equipped to adequately take care of stray animals or operate as a shelter. This is still my position and I still favor entering into a contract with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. 

I feel that for $1,200 per year the City could save itself a lot of headaches and the animals would be better cared, and have a better chance of adoption, through the Humane Society. 

The next regular meeting will be Monday March 9th, 2009 at 6:00 pm at the Marble Hill City Hall.

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