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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville City Council will meet Monday, Aug. 12, convening at City Hall an hour early, at 6 p.m., for a “strategic planning session” that will kick off the annual late-summer process of hammering together a budget for the new municipal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The regular council session follows at 7 p.m.

Agenda items include an ordinance executing a contract with Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors for a proposed sanitary sewer conversion project.

According to a municipal staff report, the city’s sanitary sewer collection system contains several areas still served by private pipelines. The report stated that these areas typically lack an adjacent city sewer main and are often in poor condition.

Residents served by private lines have experienced costly repairs involving pipelines several blocks in length and subject to frequent backups, storm water infiltration and other issues that cause problems for the adjacent public system.

In May 2018, the city hired the engineering firm of Snyder & Associates to evaluate several private lines, including those located along East First Street to East Second Street east of North Vine and embracing the south side of Eugene Field Elementary School plus lines to homes along the north side of East First Street.

Other problem areas include the vicinity of Thirteenth and Mulberry streets and the neighborhood adjoining Franklin Park just north of downtown.

A request for proposals this summer seeking contractors interested in improving sewer service in these areas while incorporating them into the municipal system resulted in no proposals, but a second RFP drew one bid from Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors.

The offer broke down as follows: East First Street to East Second Street east of North Vine, $165,539; Thirteenth and Mulberry, $143,231; and Franklin Park, $477,253.

After evaluating the bid, municipal staff is recommending that the council approve only the $143,231 offer for sanitary sewer construction in the vicinity of Thirteenth and Mulberry.

The report stated that work near East First and East Second will require further coordination with the Maryville R-II School District, and that the Franklin Park bid exceeds engineering estimates and is outside the scope of budgeted funds.

A total of $365,000 is set aside for the conversion project in the current budget.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

• An ordinance, required under state law for passage every two years, establishing procedures designed to disclose potential conflicts of interest on the part of municipal officials.

• An ordinance amending parking restrictions along North Alco Avenue between West Sixteenth Street and West Seventeenth Street.

• An ordinance allowing the voluntary annexation of property belonging to the Northwest Foundation into the city limits. The foundation is the fundraising arm of Northwest Missouri State University.

Proposed is the annexation of 67 acres near the northwest city limits west of Icon Road and southwest of Donaldson Westside Park “for future economic development purposes.”

• An ordinance authorizing a lot split for property at 962 South Walnut in order to eliminate a driveway encroachment.

• An ordinance executing a solid waste transfer station operation, maintenance and management agreement with Maryville Transfer LLC, a cooperative made up of local garbage and trash haulers.

The agreement provides for a one-year extension of the existing contract, which provides the city with $1,200 a year in revenue applied to the Solid Waste Fund in addition to 360 tons of free municipal waste disposal.

A General Fund solid-waste subsidy is still required due to state-imposed testing fees at the former city landfill site. That amount is estimated at $25,000 to $30,000 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

• A request to hold the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce Community Pep Rally on the downtown square scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

• A request to hold the Ben’s Stocking of Hope 5K run/2-mile walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the First United Methodist Church.

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