Letters were mailed out on July 7th to the following regarding derelict properties - Bobby & Samantha McLin – 225 N. Pine; George Hansen – 607 E. Sanders; John Davis - 112 N. East; Birney Belfield – Parkland Lots (ISSUE RESOLVED) & Old Body Shop on E. Benton; Betty Ross – 705 E. Benton (ISSUE RESOLVED); Donnie Sizemore  - 101 N. Gex  &  117 S. Gex ; Danny Bunch & Teena Billings – 111 N. Gex; Evelyn Bunch – 415 N. Brown; Roddy Bane – 227 S. Gex (ISSUE BEING ADDRESSED); Den and Dan Hall – 111 W. Clark; & John & Polly Burkholder – 414 E. Moore.  On August 1st letters were mailed out to Barbara Kelsall – 225 E. Moore (ISSUE RESOLVED); O.K. Stafford – Union/Park Avenue (ISSUE RESOLVED); Diana Stoner- 111 W. Orrick ; Gary Love – 106 N. Brown; and Roy Olson – 707 E. Bartlett. Letters were mailed to Carol Buck – 423 E. Orrick; Marcella Delaney – 322 N. Jones; and Amanda Bowen – 219 E. Sanders on August 16th. On August 21st letters were mailed out to Darrell Green – 223 W. Orrick; Jill Beautte – 302 W. Orrick; Jerry Thomas – 327 W. Orrick; and Matt Good – 116 W. Benton. A letter was mailed on August 28th to Bob Mense regarding his property at 318 W. Orrick. The police officers continue to monitor several other areas in town that will also be sent letters.
On Thursday, August 16th, TNT Foam & Roof Coatings started power washing the water department building in preparation to paint. The painting project was completed to satisfaction and they were paid on Thursday, August 23rd.
Steve Berg of G.W. Van Keppel Company contacted Kiley on Thursday, August 16th and reported that the oil distributor truck should be delivered either on Wednesday or Thursday, August 22nd or 23rd. The truck was delivered by a transporting company on Wednesday, August 22nd and Matt and Steve of G.W. Van Keppel Company were in town on Thursday afternoon, August 23rd to give the street department employees a briefing on the operation of the unit. Kiley had hoped to try the unit out on Friday, August 24th but due to the badly needed rain it was postponed until more suitable weather. On Monday they were able to do a small section of overlay patch on East Bartlett and on Tuesday they did one on S. Gex Street just south of Clark Street. Next Spring they will gear up to do several areas of town with the newer equipment.
The sewer reline project is progressing and change orders have been submitted and approved for certain areas of town in need of updates that hadn’t previously been approved. Unfortunately, due to the change over of the pumps and electrical power at the lagoon, irrigation to the Belt and Smithson properties had to be curtailed until the equipment is installed.
We increased our golf members to 123 for the season since last month’s meeting. There are currently 82 (32 NEW) singles, 35 (12 NEW) families, 1 college membership; and 5 (3 NEW) junior membership. Of those, there are a total of 47 NEW memberships. Last year we had 82 paid memberships therefore giving us an increase of 41 members for this season. Revenue for the golf course for 2017-2018 was $188,446.20 compared to $169,992.47 for 2016-2017 for an increase of $18,453.73. According to the ending balances, the golf course was a positive $999.00 for the past fiscal year.
The yard waste pickup was held on Tuesday, August 28th and will once again be held on Tuesday, September 25th.

Last year, the La Plata Park & Recreation Board had approved having the wiring and ceiling replaced on the City Park Stage but time didn’t allow for the project to be done prior to the Soybean Festival. The city employees started the project on Monday, July 23rd and had the new electrical service box and stage lighting done by Friday, July 27th.  They have installed 2 photo cell lights as well as a light for the flag to automatically come on at dusk. They started doing the metal ceiling on Tuesday, July 31st and had the project done by Friday, August 3rd.

Building Permits issued since the July 10th meeting were to Michael Crisanti – 215 W. Clark – garage ; Dawnetta Speaks – 424 S. Owensby – dog fence around part of the yard; and Donna Gowen – 403 S. Church – dog fence.

A lot of progress is being made at the City Reservoir and MEC installed the new electrical service on Tuesday, July 31st. The contractor finished the dump station on Monday, July 30th and the alarm system has been installed to alert when the dump station needs to be pumped. The city employees will be installing the individual electric and water services to the campsites in the near future as well as spreading the rock for the campsites. A large group of campers are wanting to plan an outing for sometime in October after the project is complete.

I attended a very beneficial meeting in Macon on Monday, July 16th that was sponsored by Cindy Hultz, Executive Director of MTRCG. The purpose of the meeting was to gain project ideas from the Macon County commissioners as well as representatives of the cities within the county. The State of Missouri has announced that $100 million will most likely be allocated based on the 2015, 2016, and 2017 disasters. There were 21 city officials representing 6 cities as well as Macon County Commission, Macon Electric Cooperative, and Macon County Economic Development. I had asked Kiley prior to attending the meeting what some of our top priorities would be and he said replacement of storm sewers on Sanders, Bartlett, Colbern, Bates, and Orrick Streets as well as increasing the size of drainage drop boxes in the downtown area. New curb and gutter around the City Park and a few other areas of town would also be priorities. Storm sewer and drainage appeared to be the top priority for the majority of those represented. Discussion was also held regarding the fact that MTRCG will be providing a hazardous waste trailer at the Perry location. Several of us in attendance voiced our opinion that there needs to be a mobile unit that can be shared by communities in our area since Perry is a long distance for our residents to travel to dispose of hazardous waste.

The La Plata City Park was the scene of excitement on Friday, August 24th when Park Board President Tyler Murray, owner of T & T Tree Trimming and his crew cut down a hollow tree that contained a swarm of bees. After the tree was down, La Plata Police Officer John Taylor suited up in his bee protective suit and head gear and with the assistance of Murray began the task of safely removing the bees and relocating them to a special box. The process took several hours and care was taken to safely transfer them into the box for relocation. On Monday, Tyler and his crew finished trimming down the stump and cleaning up the debris after the bees were contained in the box.

In order for the City of La Plata to apply for any future grant funding a current LMI study must be done. The LMI survey was done in 2014 but was only good for two years. A list of La Plata residents and addresses was sent to the MTRCG and letters were received for those that were randomly selected from the community on Friday, August 24th. I would like to urge everyone that received a survey to please take the time to fill it out and return it in the enclosed postage paid envelope or drop them off at La Plata City Hall. Of the total list of 541 residential customers 312 surveys were mailed out. We must receive 80 percent or 250 of those completed surveys back with 51 percent of those being Low to Moderate Income. Due to the large amounts of grant monies being available, if successful, the City of La Plata intends to apply for grant funding for infrastructure projects such as street improvements, drainage issues, etc. If this LMI has successful response from our residents then it would be good for four years of grant applications. Due to a typographical error, MTRCG sent out another mailing which was received by residents on Wednesday, August 29th apologizing for the confusion. Anyone that had previously sent in the first survey should disregard the second mailing. I would like to encourage everyone to please help the city to become eligible for the grant funding by completing the survey and mailing them back to MTRCG or bring them to City Hall.

Jessy Reuterdahl who is the FFA sponsor contacted me on Monday, July 30th about the use of the area at the south end of the City Reservoir to be used for trap shooting again this year and I contacted Greg to prepare the area.

The bid of Timothy Sizemore in the amount of $2,298.00 was accepted to brick in the two windows and a door on the back side of the Police Station that had previously been boarded up as well as tuck pointing. Tim’s crew started working on the project on Tuesday, August 21st and is making considerable progress and if the weather cooperates should be done within the next few days. The project was completed on Monday evening and due to some additional unexpected work the final amount approved was $2,448.00. The facelift project has made a big improvement to the building.

Police Chief Jason Bunch submitted a “Crime Summary Report “for the month of July.
Cheryl  Elliott of USDA and our engineer Brian Fifer met with Bobbie, Mike and I on August 14th prior to Tuesday nights board meeting. We still have grant funding available for the sewer project and discussion was held regarding proposed change orders and the best possible means of spending the grant funds.
The tax rate hearing was held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th prior to the Board meeting and the Board of Alderman approved the tax rates as established by the state. The necessary paperwork was delivered to the Macon County Clerk’s office on Tuesday, August 21st.
Bobbie submitted the required six month financial statement as of June 30th, 2018 to the Macon County Home Press as required by law.
The Macon County Health Department held a free health Outreach Clinic screening event on Wednesday, July 18tth at the La Plata Christian Church. Back to school vaccinations were offered at the time of the screenings to those with or without insurance coverage.  According to Cheryl Blaise, there were only approximately a dozen people who took advantage of the clinic.
Both American Family Insurance - $152.29 and Cameron Mutual Insurance - $2,070.67 have reimbursed the City for the damages resulting from the  two accidents that occurred in May.
Beginning on Monday, July 23rd, the members of the fire department began flushing and testing all the fire hydrants as was discussed a few months ago when there was an issue during a structure fire on West Bates Street. I ordered stainless steel tags that were pre numbered and they are attaching them to the hydrants with hog rings and will be developing a mapping system to better identify locations and issues as they occur. As of Friday, August 24th, Fire Chief Bob Couch reported that they have completed the testing for 53 of the fire hydrants. Residents in areas where the hydrant testing is being done may experience some issues with dirty water but shouldn’t be alarmed unless it continues several days.
As of Friday, August 3rd, the City of La Plata was no longer a State Fingerprinting Site due to the Missouri State High Patrol accepting the bid of INDENTGO. Our office wasn’t adequate under the rules and regulations of the new company as far as having a public ADA accessible bathroom or separate room to perform the fingerprinting in order to protect individuals privacy. At first, D-TAP, The Drug Testing Awareness Program, 601 Business Loop 70W-Ste. 204 in Columbia, MO which is located in Parkade Plaza  right across from KIA of Columbia – 888-230-7424 was the closest location. However, there are now several other fingerprinting locations in the area including Brookfield, Chillicothe, Macon, and Moberly. The site at Kirksville is still pending.

The fall bulk pickup is scheduled for Monday, October 22nd. The following is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items that Advanced Disposal has provided: ACCEPTABLE ITEMS:  Items that are larger than three (3) feet in any dimension and or heavier than fifty (50) pounds in weight, and/or otherwise will not fit within an empty trash can, thus too large or too bulky to be collected by Contractor on normal household collection.  Including but not limited to items such as mattresses and box springs, indoor/outdoor furniture, swing sets (dismantled, cut into 4’ lengths), plastic swimming pools, large toys, bicycles, fish aquariums, sofas, chairs, tables, carpets (cut in 4’x4’ sections and tied), televisions,  microwaves and other similar items. NOT ACCEPTABLE ITEMS:  Items not accepted include but are not limited to; discarded solid wastes resulting from construction, remodeling and repair and demolition of structures, road building and land clearing including but not limited to, bricks, concrete, and other masonry materials, soil, rock, lumber, road spoils, paving material, tree and brush stumps. Hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, toxic substances, toxic chemicals or extremely hazardous substances, biomedical waste, yard waste and vegetation. APPLIANCES: Anyone having appliances to dispose of may contact La Plata City Hall at 660-332-7166 and we will contact a private individual that picks up appliances FREE of charge.

I attended a Local Government Training Workshop sponsored by MTRCG at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitors Center, Perry, MO on Tuesday evening, August 28th.  The workshop covered classification and form of municipal governments; powers of the Mayor and governing body; ethical issues; council procedures; open meeting and records/Sunshine Law; and budgets, taxation, and revenue. Speakers for the event were Stuart Haynes and Ramona Huckstep who are representatives of the Missouri Municipal League.

The final SEMA payment of $6,433.21 was received on Monday, July 30th for the June 2015 storm.

Nikiah Smith of the La Plata R-II FCCLA contacted me regarding a Fall City Wide Yard Sale event. The event has been scheduled for Saturday, October 13th and from the responses on Facebook it appears that it will be as much of a success as the one in June due to the cooler weather. Also, the city wide bulk pickup will be held following the event on Monday, October 22nd for those wanting to get rid of left over items. Deputy City Clerk Dena Hodges has agreed to do the pre-registration and make the map for the FCCLA. There is a $3 fee being charged to help pay for the advertising.

The next meeting of the La Plata Board of Alderman will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11th.  All meetings are open to the public and we urge anyone wishing to discuss a specific subject or concern to contact City Clerk Bobbie Jacques at least 24 hours prior to the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.