Maryville’s Forest Street residents filled the council chamber’s gallery at the August 25 Maryville City Council meeting. They came with residence flooding issues tied to the 6.2 inch monsoon that hit the town on August 15.
Speaking to the council were Melanie Fisher, Chris Wallace, Jerry Dew, Kori Hoffman, Mace Coston and Tammy Vandivert, who each told their story of sewer water in wet basements. Storm water run-off has been an past issue on the street during heavy rains and the residents also spoke of a ground-spring in the crop field adjacent to their properties that produces additiional water issues also.
Maryville employees, CE Goodall, public works director; Amy Strough, human resources manager and Matthew Brodersen, MIRMA insurance executive director, addressed the residents and council with information about the “extreme weather event.” Goodall had researched the past six years and this was the largest rainfall he discovered. The August 15 rain amounted to 652 million gallons of water for Maryville’s infrastructure to handle. He noted several lift stations were backed up.
Strough detailed the process of filing insurance claims against the city and Brodersen explained for there to be payment made it would have to be determined that the Maryville was liable. Liability would be if the city was aware of the issue and did nothing. His insurance agency has found that the city was not aware.
Goodall also noted the sewer inflow-infiltration testing of the city is nearing completion and the results will be made public within the next 30-45 days. At that time, the council members, by a consensus vote, said they would address the Forest Street issue with possible improvements.
Prior to the citizens to be heard agenda item, the council held a work session interviewing insurance brokers for employee benefits and a public hearing concerning the tax rate for next year. No citizen spoke. Later in the open meeting the council voted to set the tax levy at 79.54¢ per $100 assessed valuation for parks and recreation, general fund and public library, which was a slight increase over last year. The retirement of the general obligation bonds debt will be 13.78¢. The assessed valuation for the city decreased this year by $233,449 to $128,932,126.
MPR Director Rod Auxier spoke to the council as he presented the Maryville Parks and Recreation $1.2 million budget. Thirty-five percent of the revenue comes from taxes. He noted the operations are projected to have a cut again for the fifth consecutive year and there are no capital outlays planned.
Other business addressed:
• Adopted strategic goals, both short and long-term, which were created during a July work session with Art Davis Group.
• Approved a resolution to finance the Maryville Downtown Improvement Organization’s membership in the Missouri Main Street program.
• Authorized an agreement with Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a Land and Water Conservation Grant to build a 12-space boat dock near the RV camp at Mozingo. The total cost is $40,038 with the city’s portion to be 60 percent. The stipulation of the grant is the park must maintain 176.42 acres as designated recreational purposes.
• Accepted an agreement with JViation, Jefferson City, for consultation for runway improvements at the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport with a cost of at $24,199 within the upcoming budget. It was noted the city has entitlement funds of over $132,000 to expire 9.15.14 concerning improvements to the airport.
• Approved a lead free ordinance to be in compliance with DNR.
• Northwest student liaison, Dannen Merrill, gave a brief report noting the first day of classes had produced over 1,333 freshmen.
• City Manager Greg McDanel spoke of projects’ progress such as Fourth Street, Seventh and Ninth Streets trails and the 25th anniversary celebration of Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing with Mayor Renee Riedel presenting a die-cut metal plaque as a commemorative gift. He also presented a draft version of the Off-Campus Living Resource Guide for the council to review before publishing and distribution.
• Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland told Mozingo Lake is at full pool, the awarding of the Recreational Trails Program grant for $100,000 with the city’s part to be $28,500 in materials and in-kind labor and Tom Watson had been at the development site of the junior golf course recently and the seeding of the course is expected soon after Labor Day.
The council had a closed session for the topic of litigation.