Board of Aldermen authorizes agreements, hears legislative news

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

At the regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen held Monday, June 5, the board authorized Mayor Michael Brown to enter into an agreement with JR & Company Inc., of North Kansas City, for roof repairs to the north portion of the Concordia Community Center in the amount of $91,583. JR & Company Inc. submitted the lowest bid on the work.

The repairs will include: demolition of the existing approximately 3,780-square feet of roof membrane down to the decking; installation of a new 60 mil TPO roof over two inches of “polyiso” insulation; additional demolition on portions of the existing parapet walls and chimneys; and all remaining parapets will receive new pre-finished metal coping.

The architect for the project is Robert Rollings Architects LLC of Sedalia.

An agreement for loan arrangement services with George K. Baum & Company also was authorized during the regular session. Under the contract, GKB agrees to provide assistance in arranging for the city to obtain a loan or loans for a lease/purchase of filters for the Concordia water treatment facility in the amount of $80,000. Upon the securing of such a loan, the city agrees to pay GKB $4,000, and if the loan is renewed, an additional $2,500 will be paid.

Mayor Michael Brown shared with the board information pertaining to Senate and House bills of importance to municipalities that passed or failed during the most recent session of the Missouri General Assembly.

Some of the bills that passed include:

HB 151, a bill requiring the Department of Revenue to amend its procedures for applying for a driver’s license or identification card in order to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

HB 130, a bill providing that no municipality can require an employer to provide an employee a minimum wage, or employment benefits, that exceed state law.

SB 11, a bill lowering the voter approval threshold for the sale of a public water or wastewater system in fourth-class cities from a two-thirds affirmative to a majority affirmative.

SB 240, a statewide electrical contractor licensing bill creating a statewide license for electrical contractors to be issued by the Division of Professional Registration. Under this bill, any person operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require the contractor to hold a local license is not required to possess a statewide license. Political subdivisions may still establish their own local electrical contractor’s license, but must recognize a statewide license in lieu of such local license.

SB 503, a bill directing the Department of Public Safety to conduct a study of E-911 call centers and submit a plan for the consolidation of these facilities.

SB 182, a bill ending the requirement for parties bidding on public works projects to enter into agreements with labor unions. Under the bill, state agencies and municipalities cannot require bidders to enter into agreements with labor unions, but if a party wants to work with a labor organization, they still have the ability to do so.

Some of the bills that failed to receive approval include:

HB 104, a bill that would have repealed the prevailing wage law and eliminated prevailing wages.

HB 905, a bill that would have banned municipalities from enacting dog ordinances that single out a specific breed of dog, such as pit bulls.

HB 186, a bill that would have required a municipality to first receive voter approval before offering broadband services.

HB 548, a bill that would have prohibited the use of municipal funds to advocate, support or oppose legislation.

HJR 13, a bill that would have limited the total number of years a person could be elected to serve in any one municipal or county office to 12.

SB 47, a bill allowing legal notices to be published on a website established and maintained by the Secretary of State instead of publishing notices in a newspaper.

SB 105, a bill that would have authorized the State of Missouri to enter in to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Compact with other states and to standardize Missouri’s sales and use tax laws to standards established by the compact.

Alderman Gabriel Woods requested a proposal be presented that “all current full-time city employees, full-time former employees that retired in good standing, and their immediate household families be allowed to use any of the citys recreations” at no cost.

“This would mean specifically the pool and fishing at the lake,” he said, stating the proposal would be considered a fringe benefit and would not cost the city or taxpayers anything to implement.

He stated he had access at Jackson County while working there for anything that wouldn’t be a cost to the city. A motion was made and approved, with Woods abstaining because his wife is an employee of the city, to tabling the request to allow city employees to have access to the lake and pool at no charge to allow City Administrator Dale Klussman to craft an ordinance with appropriate wording.

In other business, the board also voted to create a special assessment for various properties within the city for improvements to curbing. The locations of properties included are: 315 S.W. 13th Street; 1002 S. Orange Street; 1001 S. Bismark Street; 1005 S. Bismark Street; and 1011 S. Bismark Street.

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