Aldermen approve agreement with Main Street Connection

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

During the regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen held Tuesday, Feb. 19, the board discussed a proposed agreement with Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. (MMSC) for services related to Concordia Main Street. City Administrator Dale Klussman said the city’s only commitment is to send a representative to the upcoming conference, to be held Branson. Alderman Larry Schnakenberg said he is in agreement with the agreement, but he has reservations that the city is only supporting downtown businesses and not all businesses in the city.

A bill was introduced to approve an ordinance that would authorize Mayor Michael Brown to execute an agreement with Missouri Main Street Connection identifying the city of Concordia as the governing entity with Concordia Main Street being the recipient of support and technical training offered by Missouri Main Street Connection. The aim is to help bolster the historic business district and to help it become an economic and social center. The bill was approved unanimously.

Discussion was held related to SW 13th Street sewer extension and Southwest waterline extension, including options for sewer line installation. A bid from Earthworks Excavation for $50,000 was opened and tabled while the board discussed issues related to the proposed work.

Klussman explained that due to a change order, the project would cost $50,410, a decrease of $4,400 from earlier estimates. He said he had spoken to engineer Tim Crockett about other possibilities.

“He said we could put in a force main as a force flow system instead of a gravity flow system,” Klussman reported. “Any development added later could hook on to the force flow system as built and can be done in-house by city workers.”

The requirement for water and sewer lines is to be separated by 18 inches vertically or horizontally, he said. The city would install the force main and everyone connecting would be responsible for hooking on at the time of construction. Crockett explained the force flow as installing a pump with a check valve outside the house, run by electricity, with a fiberglass lid on top of the ground.

“The pump would be a step or grinder system and is typically 48-60-inches deep; from the pump,” Crockett explained. “From the house it would be a 4-inch gravity pipe going into the city’s effluent chamber with pump, and from there the pipe would be about 1½-inch pipe to the city’s main 2-inch pipe. This would be a savings of about $25,000-$30,000.”

Klussman reported that area resident Greg Bushman has started building his house and was understanding it was going to be a gravity flow, so Crockett will discuss a solution for Bushman with the city and Bushman. Typically, it would be the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the pump, but since Bushman was building with the understanding of being a gravity flow, it could be the city that maintains the pump. Bushman does have a pump in the basement and was going to use gravity flow on main floor.

Klussman stated the city still had the open bid of $50,000 from Earthworks for water and sewer lines on the table. A motion was made to accept the bid from Earthworks Excavation, but died for lack of a second. A motion was then made, and carried unanimously, to reject all bids at this time.

A motion made and carried 4-0 to work with Crockett Engineering to come up with a solution as soon as possible, working with the city and Bushman, to complete sewer and water lines with the construction engineering performed by Crockett.

Bushman voiced his concerns about changing the installation of the sewer lines in the middle of the construction and said he feared the mechanics of the system might fail in the future. He is afraid he will have to deal with the failure in the future.

Alderman Gabriel Woods stated he thought spending $50,000 on one house is “crazy” and it was never approved to move forward with the sewer line in the way proposed. Woods apologized on the city’s behalf for Bushman’s frustrations. Alderman Ken Fuchs said he knows of a location in Johnson County that had the force system in place and it ended up being a plus on the resale of the house, and that there are times that gravity flow can fail too. Woods stated Bushman would get a final say on the location of lines.

In other business, the board heard a status report related to property currently under lease to Verizon Wireless. Klussman reported he had been in touch with someone from Verizon concerning the commencement of the lease and was told the order was never turned in. It is now in the system and has been backdated to Sept. 1, 2018.

“We should be starting to receive payments as early as tomorrow (Feb. 20, 2019) in the amount of $3,000 deposited in our bank account,” Klussman said.

The board also heard a status report concerning repairs to the city’s standpipe. Maguire Iron, Inc. has some recommendations on the coating, but the city is not ready to follow through with it at this time.

“Once we have another lease agreement paid off, we will look into a service agreement for the standpipe,” Klussman said.

Klussman lead a discussion concerning Wage Analysis distributed at the Jan. 22, 2019 meeting of the board. He reviewed salaries and, with the Chief of Police working anticipated overtime, the chief’s salary is about third from highest in our region. Salaries of the sergeant and police officers are right about the middle of the salary bracket.

During his report to the board, Mayor Brown said the Concordia Police Department did an excellent job of submitting cases being worked and department activities to The Concordian.

“And I can’t complement our maintenance department enough on getting the streets cleared off, and that also extends to Jody (Bergman), Aaron (Marsh) and Dale (Klussman) for working with getting the community center open for the accident victims,” Brown said. He also reported that two committees have expired and he feels they have accomplished what they set out to do. Letters were sent out to the Community Center Committee and Concordia Improvement Committee thanking them for their service on these committees.

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