MTN. VIEW — The Mtn. View Municipal Golf Course has now received the last of its fleet of golf carts, just in time for a weekend tournament.
The fleet includes 12 carts and two utility vehicles; after having a mechanical issue with one larger utility vehicle, the golf cart company replaced it with two smaller ones. During Tuesday evening’s regular city council meeting, aldermen approved a new contract with the company at an additional $1,500 to cover the difference in having two utility vehicles instead of one.
There was discussion about a new cell phone tower for U.S. Cellular that was planned to be placed near the corner of Elm Street and East Third Street, in close proximity to Duncan Funeral Home and the Mtn. View Elementary School. There was concern the 30-foot tower would be an eyesore on the funeral home property, and possibly cause traffic visibility problems being so close to the school and in a high traffic area, especially considering school is starting soon.
The construction would likely cause a short-term street closure, and city council members tabled any action on the matter in order to ask U.S. Cellular if there is an alternate location that could work for the tower. City Attorney Deedra Nicholson was asked if there was any reason they couldn’t ask for a new location, and she replied there wasn’t, although she thought the East Third Street location was the second location requested by the company.
Mayor John Krasuski, East Ward Alderman Laura Wagner, and West Ward aldermen Punkie Stevenson and Lindell Vandevort were present for the meeting; West Ward Alderman Murray Anderson was absent.
DSI Clean Burn from Sullivan, Ill., was awarded a bid for a new furnace at the sanitation department, at a cost of $22,074, the lowest bid offered, and also the company the city has used for its furnace and service for the last 20 years. It was noted a $20,000 reimbursement grant for the purchase had been approved by South Central Solid Waste District to help defray the cost. Other bids that were considered came from E.W. Sales Company at $24,008 and Four Seasons at $23,100.
It was voted to set the number of citizen members of the Mtn. View Planning and Zoning Commission at seven, two more than the five members it has now but two less than the recommended nine, factoring the difficulty in finding nine members who could consistently serve on the commission. The commission may also include the mayor and a city council member, in addition to the citizen members, appointed by the mayor and approved by city council members.
The current members will continue to serve, and two more members will be appointed.
Vandevort asked whether the commission members had to live within city limits, and Nicholson replied that the ordinance just specified “citizen.”
City council members also voted to raise garbage collection rates from $12 a month to $20 a month, for up to three 33-gallon bags a week, with no more than 40 pounds of refuse each. The fee increase will first be applied to residents’ September bill.
Wagner mentioned the rising cost of fuel and tipping fees paid at the West Plains Solid Waste Transfer Station.
“I hate to do it, but we have to do it,” she said.
Near the conclusion of the meeting, with calls for questions from the audience, one citizen voiced concern over the sudden fee increase of $8, and Krasuski replied that while the increase should have been implemented over the course of several years at a slower pace, it hadn’t been increased in over 20 years and was necessary now in order to get the city in line with the increased costs of providing services. Compared to surrounding communities, Mtn. View was just catching up to fee rates other cities had been charging for some time, he added.
Another concern voiced by an audience member regarded the stop sign at the intersection of Pine Street and Highway 17, and some ambiguity about where vehicles needed to stop, with no painted line at the sign and some motorists seemingly unaware there was a stop on Pine Street.
Mtn. View Police Chief Jamie Perkins commented that when turning left at that location, some motorists cut across the intersection and shouldn’t. It was decided city officials would evaluate a solution to making the stop sign more visible, including painting a white line at the stop.
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