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City Administrator’s Report for 3/2/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

 Administration

New part-time hires for the month of January 2012 were; Marilyn Fleming (PD) and John Thurston (EMS).

New part-time hires for the month of February 2012 were; Andrea McGimpsey (EMS), Jen Hutton (EMS), Tony McCormack (EMS), Marshall Strong (EMS), Shane McKay (EMS), Brad Goodspeed (EMS), Galen Beasley (EMS), Tom Ratterman (EMS); full-time hires were Larry Jackson (PD), Lee Zebel (EMS).

Please remember that there will not be a Work Session on March 6, 2012 at 6:00pm. The Board of Aldermen will meet at 7:00pm for the regularly scheduled meeting.

Community Development

The Downtown Streetscape Steering Committee will conduct a meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at City Hall. The consultant will be presenting and seeking comments from the Steering Committee members regarding the refined plans for Phase 1 of the project at this meeting, which will then be presented at the March 20th Board of Aldermen Work Session.

Public Works

Staff would like to thank Midwest Public Risk for sponsoring two crew members to attend the Sanitary Sewer Maintenance and Operation Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this past week. All costs of the trip were paid by Midwest Public Risk. The convention addressed liabilities that arise when operating a public sewer system and methods to manage and mitigate the risk. Vendors displayed new maintenance equipment, provided best maintenance practices demonstrations and worker safety training.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) received eight (8) Letters of Interest from consultants interested in providing professional services for the preliminary design of improvements to 350 Highway from Blue Ridge Boulevard to Sterling Avenue. Staff and Community Development personnel are part of the selection committee. Review of the Letters of Interest will begin next week.

The maintenance garage mechanics are nearing completion of the fourth of five up-fits of new police patrol vehicles; up-fit includes installation of lights, sirens, and data terminal equipment.

The cost of fuel continues to rise, the current cost of unleaded fuel is $3.06 per gallon and the cost of diesel fuel is $3.42 per gallon. The budgeted amount for fuel during the current budget is $3.50 per gallon for all fuel types. Therefore we are still below budgeted amounts, but we anticipate the cost to exceed budgeted per gallon amounts soon. We will continue to monitor the expenses with the hope that the average expense for the entire fiscal budget year will average less than the projected $3.50 per gallon.

Staff will attend a training session on March 20th that will discuss the use of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles. The training will focus on which vehicles are the correct vehicles to use natural gas and the methods of providing refueling infrastructure.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

March 3 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am
March 3 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
March 8 – Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

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