If you passed the City Hall building Tuesday evening, you probably noticed a large crowd at the Macon City Council Meeting. Business owners and members of the community gathered to discuss an ordinance that was approved at the March 12 meeting—an ordinance allowing a loading zone in front of West Winery located at 107 Vine.
A number of individuals stood before the council to express their concern or lack thereof for this loading zone. After great discussion among all present parties, the Mayor asked to put the matter on first reading and it died for lack of a motion.
"We are going back to square one," said Mayor Dale Bagley. "We need to discuss this with all the business people downtown before we do something without the input from everyone."
In addition to this ordinance, there were various items discussed under new business.
The council certified the April 2, election results and then City Clerk Vicky McLeland swore in the new City Council. Those individuals include: Linda Farmer, second ward; Dale Wyatt, first ward; Jennifer Tyree-Taylor, third ward; and Eugene Welch, fourth ward.
A request from Rebecca Sims to write off uncollected 2009 personal property taxes was approved by the council as well as a request to close a portion of Rubey Street, waiver of noise ordinance and receive permission to serve alcohol on city streets for Boots & Black Tie. The event takes place on June 1.
The council then reviewed bids for mowing, property clearing and securing buildings. For Jackson Street Park, there were two low bids both at $50. The council voted on Michael Lucas' service. For the mowing of Woodlawn Cemetery, the council voted for the lowest bid made by Kevin Meyers. For the nuisance abatement bids for mowing, property clearing and securing buildings, DB Lawn Company was voted on for all three services due to placing the lowest bids.
Under the Mayor's report, he discussed the closing of the mid-Missouri mail sorting facility."The facility is slated to be closed and moved to St. Louis or Kansas city which will add another day to time it takes for a letter to leave Macon and get distributed," said Mayor Bagley. "I plan to write a letter requesting they don't close that." And the council approved.
During the Council reports it was brought up that Manning Street be changed into a one-way street. The council wishes to discuss this with area residents prior to making a decision.
For the City Administrator's report, Allan Muncy discussed the work currently being done at the airport, stated the Maffrey Street project is scheduled for May 27 and that the Roundhouse project has also started.
Last but not least, Chief Steve Olinger informed the council he is submitting a grant for the Missouri Statewide Communications Assistance Program Grant. The grant is a fully funded grant that will hopefully provide enough funding to get enough radios to finish out the rest of the Macon PD patrol cars.
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