Official... Katie Lockhart, left, stands next to Adam Couch, mayor, as he signs an ordinance in which the city grants Odessa's chapter of Missouri Main Street Connection $9600. The money represents the chapter's commitment to a matching $24,000 grant for services provided by Missouri Main Street Connection to help get the chapter up and running. Main Street Connection is a national program focused on revitalizing downtown commercial areas. Lockhart wrote the Odessa program's application for the grant.
Aldermen approve bonds for new treatment plant
Odessa Board of Aldermen Monday night approved issuing $8,000,000 revenue bonds for the northwest wastewater treatment plant but postponed decision on a change order due to the absence of a representative of city engineering firm for the project, Larkin, Lamp Rynearson.
The bond approval process went smoothly.
"With any bond issue you're now going to have these tax compliance requirements," Joey McLiney, city bond attorney, said as he explained a resolution on the agenda to the board.
After passing the resolution, the aldermen also passed an ordinance to issue the bonds. The ordinance will now go to the Department of Natural Resources for final approval.
"So if we give them this document it's a done deal?" Steve Wright, alderman ward two, asked.
"Pretty much," responded Marcella McCoy, city clerk. Read more in The Odessan.
Bed Races to return to Puddle Jumper Days
Thanks to Mitch Knapp, sponsor, Bed Races will return on Friday night, August 1, to Puddle Jumper Days.
Knapp will offer a first place prize of $400 and a second place prize of $100.
He also will build two beds for rental purposes in the race which will be held on Dryden Street between Second and Third streets.
A citywide gospel sing will be held Saturday afternoon from the Main Stage on Mason Street between Second and Third streets.
Two bands will play from the main stage on Mason Street.
Sierra Country Rock Band will play on Friday night.
H30, Johnny Ehlert, will play on Saturday night. Read more in The Odessan.
Commissioners hear reports on county funds
Money in, money out seemed to be the theme of almost every meeting of the Lafayette County commission during the first two weeks of July.
Some news was good, some not as positive. Jennifer Jellum, treasurer, presented the July 1 six-month report of all 60 county funds showing positive balances in all but two, both related to timing of grant funding.
The total of all funds as of June 30 was $5,510,643.52, up from the January 1 beginning balance of $4,334,692.87. Of the total, the general revenue fund accounts for $1,467,720.44, up from a beginning balance of $1,385,229.65.
Jellum returned July 8 to report 1/2¢ general revenue sales and local use tax receipts. Both showed significant gains over the same period in 2013 with general revenue sales tax of $119,195.16, a 23% increase over July 2013, and local use tax of $49,873.10, a 9% gain over July 2013. For the year, 1/2¢ sales tax is up 10% and local use tax up 1% from 2013.
Patsy Olvera, recorder, reported July 2 that her office had generated $18,529.74 in fees, plus 34¢ in interest for June with $9794.65 going to general revenue.
Circumstances not under the control of commissioners added additional amounts to the anticipated and budgeted "money out" part of county business as commissioners learned from Kerrick Alumbaugh, sheriff, that the emergency backup system at the jail had failed during a July 7 power outage, later discovered to be due to batteries in the generator. Read more in The Odessan.