At their most recent meeting, The Rolla City Council awarded a bid for the construction of the Hwy 72 extension, discussed financial compensation for elected officials and heard the first reading of an ordinance changing the way sewer usage rates are measured.

At their most recent meeting, The Rolla City Council awarded a bid for the construction of the Hwy 72 extension, discussed financial compensation for elected officials and heard the first reading of an ordinance changing the way sewer usage rates are measured.

1) The Rolla City Council made progress on the 72 Extension project at their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 6. According to council documents, City staff asked for and received a total of nine bids to complete the project.

The original cost estimate for the project was approximately $7.4 million, and the four lowest bids each fell below $6.2 million.

The four lowest bids were, in order of least to greatest:

n Lehman Construction, LLC - California, MO
n Capital Paving & Construction, LLC - Jefferson City, MO
n Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. - Columbia, MO
n Bloomsdale Excavating Co., Inc. - Bloomsdale, MO.

City staff recommended the bid to be awarded to Lehman Construction, LLC. Following the first reading of the proposal, the council passed a motion to award the bid. A second reading and vote is required to finalize the agreement, which will take place at the next council meeting on Monday, Nov. 20.
According to City Administrator, John Butz said the completion of the project is set for Dec. 1, 2018, with an incentive in place for the company if they complete construction early.

2) An ordinance regarding the adjustment of financial compensation for elected officials was heard. These officials include the Mayor, City Council, Municipal Judge and City Prosecutor. According to Butz, the City has not formally considered changing the compensation for these offices for nearly twenty years. The last time changes were considered for the Judge or Prosecutor was in 1994, and 2000 for the Mayor and City Council.

The percentage of increase included in the proposal was 25 percent for the Mayor and City Council, 20 percent for the Municipal Judge and 14 percent for the City Prosecutor. These numbers come after a comparison was made to approximately 30 communities similar to Rolla.

Butz also said the elected officials were not seeking the adjustment themselves. After discussion by the council, it was decided to look at each adjustment separately, rather than vote on them as a single item. The individual adjustments will be brought up again at the next city council meeting.

3) The first reading of an ordinance was heard, changing the way the City’s sewer user rates (SUR) are measured.

According to council documents, sewer usage has been charged solely on water use, to date. However the Board of Public Works reported that a significant portion of costs have to do with operation, maintenance and repair of the collection system. This reportedly has more to do with the age of the system and not water use.

The Board of Public Works proposed a three-part sewer rate moving forward. The first part of the rate will continue to be based on the number of gallons of water used. The second part of the rate will consist of a Service Availability Fee (SAF), based on the cost of operation and maintenance of the system. The third and final part of the rate will be based on the amount of excess pollutants measured. Council documents mention no users are currently contributing wastewater pollutant levels in excess of what is considered normal domestic waste.

A second reading and vote will take place at the next Rolla City Council Meeting.