MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville City Council recommended dissolving the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport Advisory Board Monday evening after city staff said vacancies and changes in operations make it obsolete.
Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland said that four of the seven seats on the board have been vacant since October, and the group hasn’t met in some time before that. Additionally, three more seats will come open this year. Rather than seek appointments to fill the seats, Heiland recommended that City Council members look at either revising and narrowing the board’s mission, or dissolving it entirely.
Heiland said the board is largely made up of stakeholders, like pilots and hangar owners, but the board has no independent funding. Instead, the airport is funded from the city’s general revenue, making any financial decisions up to the City Council, such as matching grant funds.
“I think we’re going to struggle for things for them to really be involved in and feel like their time is of value for being on a city board, but we certainly encourage their input at any point,” said City Manager Greg McDanel.
And, the city’s relationship with Jviation, a consulting firm that has worked with the city on multiple grants and other projects since 2012 to consistently secure state and federal funding, has further shrunk the advisory board’s role.
Consequently, City Council members agreed that the board was probably not serving a functional purpose at this point.
“Ryan made me feel comfortable with, if there are pilots or anybody who has issues out there, they have somewhere they can go and still have a voice,” said council member Jason McDowell.
The council will vote on an ordinance to eliminate the board at the next regular meeting, scheduled for Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
Consolidated 911 board
While the council took some final steps to dissolve one advisory board, it took its first steps toward creating another.
As part of the consolidated 911 agreement reached last month between the Nodaway County Commission and the City Council, the parties created a joint 911 board to oversee the new operations and, crucially, deliver a recommendation to both governments on what form of funding would be most appropriate to ask voters for.
Monday evening, the council appointed Tye Parsons, Benjamin Lipiec and McDowell as its representatives to the oversight board. Parsons and Matt Johnson were the chief elected negotiators for the city while the agreement was hashed out with the county commission last year. The oversight board is made up of three City Council members, the three county commissioners and one representative from the Nodaway County Ambulance District.
During the negotiations, the two sides disagreed on how to approach funding the center. The county favored a sales tax, which commissioners said could fully fund the new operation, while city officials preferred a $1 fee on mobile devices that would supplement the existing fee for landline telephones. A study commissioned by the two entities estimated that the device fee would likely fall well short of fully funding the 911 center, however.
To facilitate the agreement and give officials time to see what actual costs would be, the commission and council members shook hands on a deal that implements neither tax immediately. Instead, the oversight board will study the issue over the next two years and deliver a recommendation ahead of the agreement’s first opt-out at four years. In the meantime, the funding will continue to come from each body’s general revenue, along with the existing fee for landlines.
The oversight board is not an independent entity, but will only provide advice and analysis, more akin to a committee than a governing board. If the two sides did pursue a sales tax, they would need to create a governing board per state regulations.
South Main update
McDanel said he is still optimistic that the city can meet a 2022 completion date window for the South Main Corridor Improvement Project, but the intermingling of state and federal bureaucracies is not exactly speeding things along.
He said Monday that MoDOT is performing an extensive required environmental impact study on the stretch of Main Street that will be redone from South Avenue to U.S Highway 71. MoDOT estimated the study will take about three more months.
Next week, the city expects to receive preliminary engineering designs that will allow staff to move forward with talking to stakeholders in the nearly 100 properties touched by the massive project, McDanel said.
Water treatment membranes
City Council members approved a $1.8 million purchase of new membranes at the Maryville Water Treatment Plant.
The expenditure was figured into this year’s budget after the current membranes — purchased in 2011 — started to show increased signs of wear and tear. Membranes typically last about seven years, city staff said.
Last year, the city obtained a proposal from SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions to replace the membranes, the only company the city said it could get the membranes from. That means the project did not require a bid process.
The purchase includes two representatives from the company to stay for six days and help install the membranes. City officials estimated the membranes should arrive sometime in April or May.
MARYVILLE, Mo. — The city of Maryville unveiled a first look at concept drawings of the Thomson Splash ‘N’ Play Friday.
Thomson Splash ‘n’ Play
Council members unanimously accepted a deed to the land that will be home to the Thomson Splash ‘n’ Play, donated by Dick and Kay Thomson to the city.
The Forum offered a first look at the preliminary renderings of what the park will look like last week.
Other City Council notes
- Stephanie Campbell was appointed to the Tourism Committee representing the Downtown Maryville organization. She will replace Matt Gaarder, the former Downtown Maryville president.
- Council members approved an emergency repair fee that was approved by McDanel last year on a truck used for clearing snow. The $10,373 expenditure was approved because of impending inclement weather, but still needed the council’s formal approval after the fact. Public Works Director C.E. Goodall said he’s hopeful the truck will be back in service this week.
- The council approved an agreement for $15,475 to extend a contract with SCS Engineers to perform semiannual groundwater testing at the site of the closed Maryville Sanitary Landfill. The testing is required by an agreement reached between the city and state government agencies as part of the closure of the landfill years ago.
- Council approved a lease with Tom Snyders to allow him to store his aircraft in a city-owned hangar at the airport at a rate of $1,500 per year.
- New state-mandated floodplains management rules were approved, with the major change being that new construction on floodplains must be one foot above the floodplains instead of at its level.
- McDanel said city crews used more than 100 tons of salt and sand over the weekend to treat roads before and during the icy and snowy conditions.