Aldermen approve contracts for water rates, tax collection by county

Thursday, November 14, 2019

During the Nov. 4 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, board members approved several contracts, including an agreement with Lafayette County to collect certain taxes on behalf of the city.

Lori Fiegenbaum, Lafayette County collector, was in attendance and the board heard discussion concerning the proposed contract for collection of city real and personal property taxes through the County Collector’s Office. With the contract, the city tax becomes a line item on the county’s tax statement for the city. The city will continue to get 2 percent collection as it does now.

“The county currently invoices the city the assessment fees of ½ percent,” Fiegenbaum said. “But this would now come out of the taxes collected by the county.”

In addition, any litigation arising related to tax collection would be prosecuted under the Lafayette County Circuit Court.

The one-year contract is set to begin July 1, 2020, and a notice will need to be given in order for either party to cancel the contract. Otherwise, it will renew automatically. Fiegenbaum also stated she will do everything she can to collect the city’s delinquent taxes, but added cannot commit to collecting them.

A motion was made and approved unanimously to authorize Mayor Michael Brown to execute a contract with Lafayette County to have the County Collector and other county offices to provide tax collection services of the city of Concordia’s real and personal property taxes for a one-year period beginning July 1, 2020.

In other business, the board approved unanimously authorization for the mayor to execute an “addendum to water purchase contract” between the city and two customers: the Public Water District No. 2 of Lafayette, Johnson and Saline counties; and the city of Emma. The addendum sets the rates for water purchased by the customers beginning with the January 2020 billing cycle. Both contracts included the following pricing:
—Service Availability Charge: $13.45.
—First 1,500,00 gallons per month: $4.19.
—Next 2,250,000 gallons per month: $3.51.
—Remaining gallons purchased up to the maximum quantity of the contract (or anything 3,750,000 gallons and above): $2.71.

Concordia Police Chief Paul Mapes was in attendance to discuss the possibility of extending tuition assistance to an officer candidate who soon will graduate from police academy. The city currently has a provision offering such a program to assist in the recruitment of full-time police officers. In its current state, the provision allows the city to pay the cost of an applicant to attend a certified police academy to obtain the necessary education to become a police officer in the sate of Missouri. The officer would then be obliged to work for the city for a specified length of time in order to “repay” the tuition assistance. In adjusting the provision, the city would now be able to reimburse an applicant who has already completed police academy and is hired by the city. The same requirements for repayment would be in place.

The board voted unanimously to adjust the provision.

Cass Hemme, of Purple Wave Auction, was in attendance to explain the process utilized by Purple Wave under a proposal for the sale of the JCB 210 Mark Ii loader and related equipment. Hemme explained that the company lists the item for up to 30 days on the Internet. The auction is an “as is, where is” sale and buyer has to arrange for pick up within two weeks. Purple Wave starts each bid at $10 and there is no reserve. City Administrator Dale Klussman stated most auctions for equipment are also no reserve auctions. Alderman Ken Fuchs states he has no problem with the no reserve, as it encourages buyers. He also stated he feels Purple Wave is a well-known and respected company. Alderman Dwight Emde added that he wanted it to be clear that if the loader was to be sold, all of the attachments were to go with it.

The board unanimously approved authorization for the mayor to execute the “Internet Auction Agreement” with Purple Wave Auction for the above stated equipment.

During his report, Klussman reminded everyone of a public hearing to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, in room 202 of the Concordia Community Center. The hearing will offer a look at proposed changes to the Zoning Code related to Medical Marijuana. If the changes are adopted, the entire medical marijuana ordinance will be presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

The board also heard the holiday schedule for the city. City Offices was closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, and will be closed Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving Day, and on Dec. 25 for Christmas. There also was a request that city offices close at noon on Christmas Eve day, Dec. 24, along with a request for permission to have an employee holiday dinner. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place during Main Street Christmas activities on Nov. 23.

During the meeting, Brown also read and signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 8, 2019, as Poppy Day in the city of Concordia. The proclamation reads: “I urge citizens to contribute a donation to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 258 and to wear a Poppy as evidence of gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.”

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