CARROLLTON, Mo. – The Carrollton City Council gathered for the second regular session of June Monday night with an audit review for 2015 that showed good marks with the suggestion that city management put in a few more checks and balances.
Also part of the agenda was a report by Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz, who informed council there are a number of grant applications to be sent out for a possible Amtrak stop in town.
The threshold for engineers with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to survey the site, approve it and design the platform is $500,000. City leaders and the Mayor are eager to work with the alliance and make it a reality. They all understand it would be an eventual boon for the local economy.
Council also heard from Joey McLiney of McLiney and Company on securing loans on the electrical system for improvements and debt management.
Mr. McLiney pointed out that the electric portions of city utilities are carrying the cost overruns for water production and treatment.
Even though in the end, city revenues and expenditures are a wash, he stressed changes need to be made.
Council agreed to hire McLiney and Company to secure a private loan to upgrade the power plant and work on making water treatment cost effective.
Street Supervisor Vern Dale Martin reported to council that street repairs of Jefferson St. for the season are almost done and Ely St. is dug up and ready to be paved.
Mr. Martin also requested the purchase of a 2008 Ford F-250 quad cab be approved to replace aged and broke down pick-ups that are no longer viable. The supervisor informed council he had found and secured what appeared to be a quality vehicle on the government surplus website.
City Attorney Robert Cowherd pointed out that state law requires a bidding period to make such an acquisition. However, Mr. Martin said the truck was on a two week hold and would be gone before the bidding process could be complete.
He pointed out the department was down to one truck which was on borrowed time as it is.
Attorney Cowherd said an exception could be made if council motioned for the purchase due to an emergency need. Cowherd said it should not be a routine thing to do, but it is allowed.
Council agreed and approved the purchase of the vehicle for $16,900.
Council also approved the liquor license renewals for a number of businesses that were pre-approved by Police Sergeant Christopher Looney.
Council will meet again on Tuesday July 5th, due to the holiday on the 4th.