ODESSA, Mo – Proceedings during the regular session of the Odessa Board of Aldermen were short lived January 25, 2016.  Most business occurred during a previous work session and a closed session which followed.

At the work session board members discussed a task agreement with Lamp Rynearson for the Survey and Design of the project on McDowell Street east of south 9th Street.  Since the city is receiving funds from FEMA, the construction will require standards which can be met through the employment of Lamp’s surveying and design services.  A resolution to that effect was approved during the regular session.

Other resolutions approved at the meeting included a change order for a Kat Excavation contract for completion of the northwest wastewater treatment plant.  The bid was for over $2 million, but also allowed a contingency of $40,000 which will draw from contingency funds.

An ordinance for the submitting of a proposal to continue a local sale tax was required by state law.   A tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors purchased from any entity other than a licensed Missouri dealer has always been collected in Odessa and would not constitute a new tax. It’s presentation on the ballot is required by a 2012 Missouri Supreme Court decision.  The deadline for presentation on the ballot is the general election this November.

The City Administrator’s report included updates on city projects, and provided timelines for the Johnson Drive project, and the southeast wastewater treatment plant.  Administrator Ary spoke regarding the status of three city projects.

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The regular session adjourned to closed session.