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The Carthage Press
  • City Council approves annexation

  • The Carthage City Council gave final approval to the annexation of property on Fir Road and rezoned it from first dwelling to non retail at its regular meeting last week.
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  • The Carthage City Council gave final approval to the annexation of property on Fir Road and rezoned it from first dwelling to non retail at its regular meeting last week.
    Annexation and rezoning requests for the property at 15740 Fir Road were made by Highland Realty Co.
    The council also gave first reading to an ordinance that would allow the city to execute a lease purchase agreement with U.S. Bankcorp Government Leasing and Finance, Inc. to finance the purchase of more than $400,000 in equipment. A new street department loader is slated to cost $120,000, a new dump truck $85,000, a skid steer $55,000 and the city also plans to spend $160,000 on equipment for the Carthage Municipal Golf Course. U.S. Bank was the lowest of seven bids, offering a three-year interest rate of 1.38 percent and a five-year rate of 1.81 percent.
    The council also approved an ordinance to use Liberty Bank for the city’s banking services.
    Under new business, the council heard an ordinance amending the city’s annual operating and capital budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year to reflect the appropriation of $274,620 for the Highway HH/Hazel Ave. traffic signal project from the TIF & CID Special Tax Fund. That money reflects additional grant revenues of $187,688 from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission; up to $30,000 would come from the capital improvements sales tax fund, and another $59,000 would come from special tax fund. The ordinance also amends the fire sales tax fund to reflect the appropriation of $125,000 for architectural services for the construction of a new fire station.
    Also under new business, the council gave first reading to an ordinance amending parts of the Carthage Code in regards to electrical inspectors and plumbing contractors. The ordinance would establish the public works department as the electrical inspector, instead of the water and electric plant.
    The electrical code ordinance would also consolidate permitting for contractors and residents building or remodeling new homes or businesses. All permitting would be handled by the city public works department. Currently construction and renovation permits and inspections are handled by public works and electrical permits and inspections by CWEP.
    The ordinance also adopts the 2005 edition of the National Electric Code, instead of the 1996 edition. Certain fees will also rise if the ordinance is approved; from $100 to $150 for the original issuance of a contractor’s license, and from $25 to $100 to renew the license.
    Donation
    The council adopted three resolutions, including one formally accepting a $300 donation from Violet Wampler for use by the Fire Department. Other resolutions adopted endorse and support the Aug. 5 ballot issue to issue combined water and wastewater system revenue bonds, and authorize city support and permission for programs related to the 37th Annual Marian Days Celebration from Aug. 7-10.
    The city will close the 1900 block of Grand Ave., the 400-600 block of East Fairview and the 400-500 block of Highland for the duration of the event, will spray the grounds for mosquitoes beforehand and will provide security during the celebration.

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