Use tax issue placed on ballot, contested race develops in Troy Ward I
The Troy Board of Aldermen last Tuesday approved a bill placing a use tax before the voters in the April election. This passed 4-2 with Aldermen Ron Sconce and Janet Bass voting ‘no’ on the issue.
A decision by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2012 eliminated the local sales tax on vehicles purchased out of state from the individual. Missouri cities which do not have a local use tax in place are losing tax revenues that they once had. Discussion ensued regarding public education efforts on the repeal of sales tax/replace with a use tax to equalize advantages for local community on out-of-state purchases, including catalog and direct market sales over $2,000.
Public Works Superintendent Cunningham recommended awarding the MBR Wastewater Treatment Plant Mold Remediation Bid to Service Master of St. Charles/Troy Mo., Option C, in the amount of $648,254.00. Public Works Superintendent Cunningham had received only two sealed bids from Service Master of St. Charles/Troy Mo., and Patriot Commercial Construction LLC. Pat Lorey, Global Environmental/Patriot Commercial Construction, volunteered to attend the board meeting to address the Board directly regarding Patriot’s bid submittal. Mr. Lorey stated that the large difference in bid amounts received by the City were due to bonding requirements, minor inconsistencies in bid documentation, and scope of work dealing with removal of decking. City Attorney Granneman recommended tabling the matter until after Closed Session. Later after coming out of closed session, the board recommended splitting the mold remediation bid into two separate bidding packets and reissuance.
Filing for the April 8 spring election has ended resulting in only one contested race. Mayor Mark Cross is unopposed in his bid for second term. In Ward I, incumbent Janet Bass filed as did Brian Sinclair and Karen Hotfelder. Margaret Eversmeyer, Ward II and Ron Walters, Ward III, also are running unopposed.
The board approved the following:
• Approved Liquor/Business License Applications of– Sami’s on Main, LLC, 380 Main Street and Mustang Sally’s Bar & Grill LLC, 440 Main Street.
• Chamber of Commerce Request for Movies in the Park on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16 (double feature) in 2014 at Fairgrounds Park.
Alderman Eversmeyer overall commended public works employees for snow removal on a job well done but recommended additional training for newer employees based on complaints received during the most recent snow storm. Public Works Superintendent Cunningham explained that seasoned employees train newer employees on routes and snow removal practices before the new employees drive solo. This particular snow storm, he had requested the crews push the snow back further off the street anticipating more snow. This direction may have caused some of the problems.
Alderman Eversmeyer presented program information for the Board’s consideration given to the Park Board by Perry Eckert of Tree City USA. Participation in the Tree City USA program includes establishing a Tree Board or Department, a Tree Care Ordinance, a Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at Least $2.00 Per Capita and an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation. Some benefits of the program include cost sharing, i.e., removal of dead trees, help from conservation and grant writing. Park Superintendent Scott Muckerman would run the program and invite Mr. Eckert to present information at the next Board meeting.
John and Kim Silverberg requested to hold a 5K Easter Run with start/finish in Fairgrounds Park. on Saturday, April 19 from 7-9:30 a.m. raising funds for an orphan home and church in Uganda. Alderman Eversmeyer requested this event be coordinated with the Easter Egg Hunt already approved and scheduled for the same day in Fairgrounds Park by New Life Church. Mrs. Silberberg agreed. This request was approved.
Matthew Easley, 1218 Mulberry, requested, on behalf of Encore Choral Boosters, to hang a “Show Choir Invitational” sign at the intersection of Boone and Main Streets. This was approved 5-1 with Alderman Eversmeyer casting the negative vote.