City finalizes plans for terminal, hangar

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

It is official. Nevada's airport will be getting a new terminal and hangar.

Discussion of this issue was held over from a previous council meeting so a couple of issues concerning the Community Devel-opment Block Grant that the city plans to use to pay for the terminal could be resolved, Bill McGuire, city manager, told the council during their meeting Tuesday night.

"The answers were positive," McGuire said, before council members voted 5-0 to give final approval to an ordinance accepting the low bid of $437,773 from Sprouls Construction to build the new terminal building.

The city has $399,900 in grant funds, and the remaining $37,873 is to be paid from a $250,000 loan from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Construction of the new terminal and hangar facility was originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 5; however, delays in the funding process and the fact that the the existing terminal has not been demolished yet have pushed the start date back.

Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

In other business the council:

* Voted 3-2, with Russ Kemm and Bill Edmonds voting no, to adopt Resolution No. 1204 acknowledging the filing of a verified petition requesting annexation of a portion of a cul-de-sac in the Deer Run Subdivision and calling for a public hearing. Kemm said that he had a problem voting to annex this property when there are currently property in the city limits without city sewer service. The property proposed for annexation is already connected to the Nevada water and sewer systems. J. C. Wiseman, the developer, said that the majority of the development was annexed into the city when the project was originally platted in 1994.

"I did not want to live outside the city limits," Wiseman said, noting that since he did not own the remaining property until about one month ago, he could not have requested that it be annexed sooner. When the annexation is completed, Wiseman will dedicate the roads to the city.

* Voted 5-0 to adopt Resolution No. 1205 supporting Summit Housing Development's efforts to get tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission to rehabilitate the apartments at Spring Village, 710 W. Garfield.

* Voted 3-2, with Bill Edmonds and Mike Hutchens voting no, to adopt Resolution No. 1206 supporting Housing Devel-opment Partners effort to receive $3 million in tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Com-mission to build 32 single family rental homes on 19 acres north of Atlantic Street and west of the Villa Nevada Trailer Park. McGuire told the council that the city could not recommend the adoption of the resolution because they felt that there was already large amount of low income housing in the area and they did not think there should be more in the same area. This property is located between Elmwood Estates and the Fairgrounds Estates. J. T. Turnbough, the developer, told the council that although he is trying to get tax credits that could be sold to raise the money to build the development, there will be no rent subsidy. A portion of the rental price will go toward the purchase of the house by the tenant.

* Voted 4-1, with Tim Wells voting no, to pass on first reading a general ordinance changing the city's current testing procedure for journeyman and master electricians and to approve contracting with the Prometric Company to conduct the testing for new electricians, as well as to increase the passing grade from 70 percent to 75 percent. Ron Clow, community development director, said the increase in the testing score was at the request of area electricians and plumbers who want the city to be able to have reciprocal licensing with area towns. Most towns require 75 percent for a passing grade.

Tim Wells said that he voted no because he was concerned that the other towns' testing procedures are not the same.

* Voted 5-0 to pass on first reading a general ordinance changing the city's current testing procedure for journeyman and master plumbers and to approve contracting with the Prometric Company to conduct the testing for new plumbers.

Clow told the council that most area towns are moving in the direction of hiring Prometric to do their testing. Missouri does not offer any statewide licensing procedures for electricians and plumbers. Clow said that Prometric is the largest testing organization in the area and is the closest thing there is to a statewide licensing standard.

* Voted 5-0 to pass on second reading a special ordinance amending the 2007 budget for the public safety department to allow them to use a $17,600 grant to purchase 11 new portable radios for the Police Department.

* Gave final approval to amend the 2007 budget for the public safety department to add $3,392 from an insurance payment to cover the cost of repairing a damaged patrol car.

* Passed on second reading a special ordinance approving three new connections to the Rolling Meadows Sewer District, which is served by the city of Nevada's sanitary sewer system.

* Voted 5-0 to approve travel expenses for Julie Lewis, city clerk, to attend the Missouri Municipal League meeting in Kansas City on Sept. 10.

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