Mt. Vernon aldermen extend closing on MRC contract to June 30

Steve Chapman

The Mt. Vernon Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance during their meeting on Tuesday, May 25, to amend the contract between Timothy Hogan and the city for the purchase of the former MRC campus at 600 N. Main, by extending the closing date for the sale of the property. The new closing date for the sale of the 100-plus acre property is June 30.
Max Springer, city administrator, said Hogan was in the process of completing an environmental phase one study, which had just begun that morning; he also said Hogan was also starting another appraisal of the property.
Springer said the electric crews had completed discounting the electricity of nine houses on the property from the facility’s systems and attaching them to the city’s, and with weather permitting, public works crews would also finish disconnecting the houses’ water systems from the facility and connecting them to city water.
In other action…
The board also passed two other ordinances. One approved a lease agreement of a hangar at the Mt. Vernon Airport between the city and Ken Hurley, of Billings. Under the terms of the agreement, Hurley will pay the city $95 per month for use of the hangar, in which he will house two aircraft. The other ordinance vacated a cul-de-sac in the Rolling Acres subdivision of the city.
In other business, Springer reported that the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) would officially begin supplying power to the city’s power pool on Monday, June 1, and that the city of Monett, Mt. Vernon’s partner in the power pool, requested the use of N-Front Consulting Services out of Washington D.C. to review the transmission formula rate. Springer requested the board approve continuing to use N-Front, stating that the consulting firm’s services over the years had saved the city “tons of money.” The board approved the request.
 Also at the meeting was David Adams, who spoke to the board about flooding on Landrum Street. After the meeting, Adams said, “Anytime there is any rain, Landrum floods to the point where Country Lane and Sleepy Meadow are inaccessible there.” He also said Country Lane dead-ends on one side, which he said “creates a pretty serious safety issue if anybody needed emergency services.” During the meeting, Springer said Anderson Engineering was scheduled to come to the city and take a look at how to correct that problem.
Delores Bowling-Eukel also spoke about the flooding issue during the open-mike session of the meeting. She said flooding is a problem on Country Lane, and detailed the problems caused for those living on Country Lane when it floods.


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