City receives unexpected tax revenue check

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Concordia Board of Aldermen amended certain funds in the budget during a regular meeting Monday, Feb. 2, allowing for an unexpected increase in revenue.

The city received a check for $72,463.83 under the "railroad, utility surtax, FIT and surtax." City Administrator Dale Klussman noted the annual budget usually estimates $15,000.

"We did verify that this was the monies that was due to us, and the reason why we got it this year -- and it is not something that we'll get every year in that amount -- it was based off the pipe being stored (here)."

The volume of pipe stored in Concordia while the gas pipeline was under construction was five-counties worth of length, Klussman estimated.

"We are the only city to actually get any of it, because the line went through Concordia in Lafayette County," Klussman told the board. "It's a windfall we were not expecting."

The additional $58,000 will most likely go to the city's "ending reserve" funds in an effort to bring those savings above 12 percent.

Klussman reviewed the goals and objectives for various city departments Monday evening, updating the board on what goals were accomplished this past year and what remains for 2015-2016. The list included the city's partnership with MoDOT.

"We've got almost the whole thing done. The last part on our end of it, we still have to get the curb in on E. Seventh Street and S. Orange," Klussman said. "We will have to raise some water lines."

A fire hydrant located near Beerman Heating and Cooling will have to be relocated, and paperwork for the acquisition of the easement is being processed.

During the meeting, the board also learned more of a proposal from Brightergy for materials and labor for a lighting retrofit at city hall and Concordia Community Center. The company requested an initial payment of $250 for the work at city hall plus $6,500 at the project's completion. The city will be reimbursed the $6,500 as a "local utility rebate" from KCP&L. Likewise, the retrofit at the community center is proposed to cost $18,000 -- also eligible for a rebate assignment. The initial $250 will come from the Parks Capital Improvement Fund.

Brightergy will do a "turn-key" lighting retrofit, including doing direct wiring of the tubes in the florescent lights and removing ballasts.

All aldermen were present. The next regular meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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Aldermen discussed the following business Feb. 2:

--Alderman Michael Brown informed the board he was asked by a resident to consider options for better parking on the 800 block of S. Gordon Street, in front of Concordia Community Center and The Simple Life. The resident noted there's a lot of congestion when events are going on and elderly, disabled patrons were having to walk a long distance to attend. Klussman noted the board would have to designate specific parking, which isn't typically done on B-1 or B-2 businesses. Designating handicapped parking in front of those locations opens the possibility for requests from other businesses to do the same on a public street.

--Aldermen authorized Blue Valley Public Safety, of Grain Valley, to maintain batteries for outdoor warning sirens. Siren batteries must be changed every three years. The complete preventative maintenance check includes eight batteries at $947.20, and travel and labor at $460.

--The city received a check in the amount of $26,332.42 after a class settlement in O'Fallon v. CenturyLink. According to a resolution, the city received proper "Dismissals With Prejudice" documents, freeing the city to use the protested taxes held in Fund 60, the Protested Telecommunication Fund.

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