Maryville City Council 8-12-19

Members of the Maryville City Council on Monday approved a plan to overhaul a part of the city’s sewer system, OK’d a change to parking on North Alco Avenue and agreed to extend a deal to operate the city’s transfer station. From left to right: Tye Parsons, Benjamin Lipiec, Mayor Rachael Martin and Jason McDowell. Council member Matt Johnson was absent.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Maryville City Council approved part of a plan to overhaul sections of the city’s sewer system.

The selective overhaul is aimed at streamlining areas of the public sewers that interact with privately owned sewers, which, according to a staff report, often do not connect to a city sewer main and are often in poor condition.

“The private lines in these areas are often the source of frequent backups, inflow and infiltration of storm water, and other issues which create problems for the adjacent public system,” the staff report stated.

After hiring a contractor to examine several of the more challenging areas in May 2018, the city put out requests for proposals for three areas: one from East First Street to East Second Street east of North Vine, one on 13th and Mulberry and one at Franklin Park.

Initially, the city did not receive any bids until late this summer, from Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors, Inc., but by then, there were complications.

City Manager Greg McDanel explained that the project on First and Second Streets would connect the new Maryville Public Safety building on Vine Street, which could begin construction in earnest as soon as Thursday, to the public sewer system. However, that work will likely impact Eugene Field Elementary, located right behind the site of the new MPS headquarters. So ideally, McDanel said, that work would have been completed during the summer instead of while school is in session. Consequently, he said the city will have to work with the school district and contractor E.L. Crawford to determine what the best time frame may be.

In addition, the bid from Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors for work on Franklin Park, at more than $477,000, was far beyond the budgeted amount — the city had planned on all three projects being wrapped up for $365,000. Public Works Director C.E. Goodall said the cost is higher because the city had been figuring on a design-and-build model instead of the design-bid-build process it is going through now.

On the recommendation of city staff, council members approved the project at 13th and Mulberry for $143,231.50. That project will install a new public sewer main along the edge of the roadway, allowing several homes to connect to it instead of through long service lines that extend across several lots to access public sewers. Goodall said city officials will work to finalize plans for the other two projects with an eye towards completing them this fiscal year.

Along with providing service to the new MPS building, the First and Second streets project would install a new public sewer main along the south side of Eugene Field Elementary and provide service lines to all homes along the north side of East First Street.

The project at Franklin Park would connect adjacent homes along the north and east sides to eliminate some recurring sanitary sewer issues at the park and several backup issues in the area.

Movin’ on up

The city will allow parking on the east side of North Alco Avenue after residents asked if they could park there instead of the west side.

In general, there is no parking on the south side of streets running east to west, and no parking on the east side of city roadways that run north and south, including on North Alco. But some residents of the street told city officials that parking was an issue and was further complicated by the mailboxes being on the west side, where the only street parking was allowed.

On July 10, city staff sent a letter to all homeowners on the street proposing a change to allow parking on the east side instead. Not only did the city receive no objections, McDanel praised a resident of the street for writing a letter of support for the change and acquiring six signatures from her neighbors.

McDanel said Public Works will move the signage to the other side of the street in the near future.

Solid waste agreement

City Council approved a one-year extension of a deal with Maryville Transfer, LLC, to keep the company running the city’s transfer station, which sorts solid waste before transferring it to a landfill, while the two sides work on a longer term deal.

Beginning in August 2016, three private companies — Klosek’s Trash Service, Mozingo Sanitation and Gaskill & Son Trash Service — have operated the Maryville Transfer Station, which is owned by the city. The three companies formed a cooperative, Maryville Transfer, LLC, to collectively bid on the service when the city decided that year that the facility was too expensive to operate on its own.

In addition to staffing and operating the facility, the three companies pay the city $100 per month and process the first 360 tons of city trash for free, charging $45 per ton afterward. To give an idea of scale, Goodall said about 200 tons of the city’s waste is from street cleaning alone. The agreement was set to expire on Aug. 31.

The new one-year extension is on the same terms, but adds one caveat that allows the waste disposal companies to raise the $45 rate proportionally if costs like removal or landfill services increase during the term.

Representatives from Maryville Transfer and city officials present said that they anticipate another long-term deal to be signed before the end of the one-year extension, but the two sides are hammering out the specifics over certain maintenance work and other details.

Other City Council notes

  • The council approved a voluntary annexation of 67 acres near the northwest city limits west of Icon Road and southwest of Donaldson Westside Park from the Northwest Foundation. The plot will be used “for future economic development purposes.”
  • A request to hold the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce Community Pep Rally on the downtown square at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, was approved.
  • A request to hold the Ben’s Stocking of Hope 5K run/2-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the First United Methodist Church was approved pending proof of insurance.
  • Maryville resident Jay Straub spoke to the council on concerns he had about law enforcement presence on Mozingo Lake. MPS Director Keith Wood assured Straub that Mozingo’s lake patrol regularly patrols the lake.

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