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Jefferson City Council to consider earmarking $1.5M on capital projects

by Stephi Smith | June 4, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

The Jefferson City City Council will introduce a bill Monday night about whether to amend the FY2023 budget by a $1.5 million supplemental appropriation.

This money will come from the city's unrestricted fund balance in the Wastewater Fund. The council's agenda states government officials would like to move forward with "some capital projects" in order to avoid further maintenance in some areas. The unrestricted fund balance in the Wastewater Fund exceeds $3 million and therefore meets previous bond and financial covenants.

The city expects to refund or finance these projects with a long-term loan in the future when the annual report for the 2022 fiscal year is finalized by the Finance Department.

The council will also vote on whether to replace a stormwater and sewer system at a cost of $536,000.

The council is scheduled to introduce a bill authorizing an agreement with Aplex Inc. for phase two of a city construction project. The first phase came in 2013 when the city paid $235,000 to address stormwater issues, such as deteriorating pavement.

The current project would replace the stormwater system that reaches from Air View Drive to Orchard Lane as well as the sewer system between two manholes on Air View. The construction company will also address "construction necessities such as a sidewalk ramp and traffic control" near the area.

Approximately $125,000 of the total cost will come from the city's sewer funding and the remaining $411,000 will come from restructured federal grants.

The city took public bids two months before evaluating the full list. Staff at Jefferson City Department of Public Works recommended the company Aplex because it had the lowest bid "and best bid meeting specifications," according to the Finance Department's Purchasing Division.

There were four other bids with the highest one having been near $750,000. Bid notifications were sent to more than 3,000 vendors.

In other business, the council will also be voting on a bill that would authorize the termination of the contract with Bird Ride Inc.

Councilman Scott Spencer is sponsoring the bill because he said the scooters are dangerous, and he alleges the scooter company is violating the license agreement between the city and Bird.

The city collected $3,300 in business license fees from Bird, based on a 0.25 cent per ride business license fee. Additionally, Bird's online dashboard for Jefferson City displays that there were 502 unique riders between April 19 and May 18. The total number of rides across all scooters was 1,861.

There will be a pending bill to award a Landmark Award to a house on 1310 Moreland Ave. The Historic Preservation Society determines which buildings in the city are deemed historic. This house was built in 1927 and allegedly was owned by some of Jefferson City's original developers, Dr. Louis Ott and George Wagner.

The property was part of the Fairmount Place Subdivision as well as a home to a former News Tribune publisher, Betty Goshorn Weldon.

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