The Monroe City Board of Alderman met in regular session on June 4 in the City Council Chambers. Mayor John Long announced Alderman Melissa Hays had informed him she would be resigning her position of Alderman Ward III related to a new job opportunity she would be pursuing. Long explained, stating, “Melissa notified me she would not be able to continue her position as alderman, as her new job would be a conflict of interest.”
Neal Minor gave a presentation to the council with his information concerning his new company and the City’s interest in purchasing. Minor had previously introduced the idea to the council in a January council meeting. The company, GSG Municipal Group operates MIRG, an online database created by Minor, for municipalities across the state as a comparison tool to see how other cities with similar populations are spending their money. The database is being offered to municipalities throughout the state. Minor explained the different price options, stating, “This database allows the City to compare itself to all the towns of same size throughout the Midwest at the click of a button.” City Administrator Jackie Pangborn stated, “The engineers do most of all the data research already, I don’t feel like we need it, I hate to see the City pay for something and we not use it.” Mayor John Long shared, “We can’t generate a chart like this with the amount of information provided on the internet.” Alderman Jason Osbourne suggested, stating, “This could be something we look at for our next budget.” Alderman Rusty Rothweiler made a motion to table purchasing the database option until closer to planning the next year’s budget.
The administration report included a request from Pangborn to seek a grant available through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Waste Management Program for playgrounds. The council agreed this was a great opportunity for the City.
During the Park Report, Alderman Connie Painter asked the status of the City Parks being taped off with caution tape. Painter explained she had several calls asking if children were allowed to play at the parks and there had been reports of the tape being taken off. Pangborn explained as soon as the City employees tape it off someone removes it. After discussion, it was decided to stop reapplying the tape, and to encourage social distancing, reminding the community of the importance to follow the health guidelines and recommendations.
City Attorney Michael Williams asked the council to approve the ordinance for the Mayor to execute an agreement with Mosswood Golf and Recreation Association. The board gave three readings with roll call vote, approving the ordinance.
The next scheduled city council meeting is Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. The Board of Aldermen normally meet at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at City Hall, 109 Second Street. If the first meeting night of the month falls on the first or second day, the meetings for that month are held on the second and fourth Thursdays. The Board may also change a meeting date at a prior meeting due to scheduling conflicts. Board of Aldermen meetings are open to the public. Citizens have an opportunity to express their concerns and give their input at the open forum which is normally the second item on the agenda right after the consent agenda. It is suggested that you advise City Hall of the matter that you wish to discuss with the Board of Aldermen at least two days prior to the meeting so that research (if needed) may be performed prior to the meeting. If you do not know what ward you are in or have questions or concerns, please contact City Hall at (573)735- 4585.