Four of the seven ordinances passed Monday night by the Rolla City Council deal with improvements or development at the Rolla National Airport, including one that will lead to a $2.4 million improvement project.
“We’re very pleased to receive this funding,” City Administrator John Butz said of the $1,044,248 state Economic Development Administration grant for the airport infrastructure project, which “will be expanded from serving our primary customer (Brewer Science) to serving several potential industrial prospects.”
Use of that grant money required passage of an ordinance allowing the “execution of the agreement” with the EDA.
Added to that EDA grant will be a local match of $1,345,271. Butz said that will be “primarily cove red by the $600,000 lease financing for the water tower, a cash contribution from Rolla Regional Economic Commission, engineering feasibility support from Intercounty Electric, in-kind roadwork from Maries County, engineering design fees and in-kind water and sewer installation from city crews, primarily the sewer division.”
Work to be done includes a 300,000-gallon water tower, new water distribution and sewer collection systems for both the current airport buildings and structures that will be put up by the industrial users, new sewer treatment facilities, upgraded entrance road and parking facilities.
The ordinance authorized Mayor Bill Jenks to sign the agreement, giving the city authorization to go ahead with the development. Deadline for completion is March 2017, according to the EDA. Butz said the goal is to be done with the first phase by December of this year and the second phase by the end of 2014.
“The city cannot begin requesting reimbursement until all phases of contractual work are committed (i.e. water tower, materials, sewer treatment),” Butz said. “While the grant eliminates our need for the full RCDC loan, we may need access to (it) for cash-flow purposes as a short-term loan (ultimately determined by project timing).
The council also approved final readings of three other ordinances that will:
Approve the memorandum of lease with Brewer Science for 10 acres at the airport. City Administrator Butz said the memorandum of lease will be recorded rather than the full lease and the expected amendments that will be added.
Authorize the mayor to execute an amendment to a grant agreement for airport pavement improvements. This grant, originally for $288,808, was from the Missouri Department of Transportation for pavement improvements to a runway and the main apron area. The new agreement adds $150,070 for a total of $438,878 of federal funding, administered through the state. The city will spent $23,099, for a total project of $461,977.
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And, related to those pavement improvements, authorized the mayor to execute a supplemental agreement with Jviation. This ordinance adds $34,781.11 to the original contract for “geotech and inspection services” for work being done by Vance Brothers.
Other ordinances passed by the council will:
Change the name of St. John’s Parkway to Mercy Parkway. This street runs north and south from Martin Spring Drive to Bridge School Road. The change was requested by Mercy Medical and recommended by the Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission, Community Development Director John Petersen said.
Authorize the mayor to sign a grant award contract with the State of Missouri Office of Homeland Security for upgrades/updates to the Communications Vehicle operated by the Rolla Fire and Rescue Department. Fire Chief Robert Williams said the city has received a $41,166.67 grant from a reallocation of unspent statewide training fund for fiscal year 2010. Among the changes planned are improvements to the satellite receiving system, the telephone, computer system and monitors. No matching local funds will be required.
Authorized the mayor to executive a combined operational assistance and voluntary cooperation agreement with the Missouri S&T Police Department. Such a mutual-aid agreement has been in place for many years, Police Chief Mark Kearse said, and there is already a written agreement regarding the commissioning of the university officers as city reserve officers, allowing them to write traffic tickets near the campus. University auditors wanted an “all-inclusive arrangement” in writing, the chief noted.
In other action or discussion, the council:
Approved a motion to renew listing with Re/Max for Lots 583 and 584 Sycamore Drive through March 31, 2014. These lots are listed at $15,000 each.
Approved a motion to authorize purchase of ESRI Software upgrade for sewer system mapping. Public Works Director Steve Hargis said the total cost is $17,490, which includes training. The upgrade “enables us to store our sewer system condition information in our mapping system,” Hargis said.
Heard a report from Mike O’Dea, executive director of Benchmark Healthcare, owner of the former Heritage Park nursing home, who noted the facility is undergoing a $2 million upgrade and is expected to receive its Medicare certification again.
Appointed Amy Koenig to the Library Bard to complete the unexpired term of Carol Moorkamp.
Held a closed session to talk about real estate.
Heard a report from Preston Kramer, area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, regarding the “On the Move” initiative.
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