Numerous businesses, organizations and departments sought financial assistance during Maryville’s latest city council meeting.
The Sept. 10 meeting ran for a little over two hours, as key businesses like the Chamber of Commerce, Nodaway County Economic Development, Senior Center, Public Art Committee and Humane Society all made their respective funding requests.
One applicant in particular, the Nodaway County Senior Center, has been reeling in recent months financially.
The center lost 100 percent, more than $150,000, of its state funding last year.
As a result, they’ve been forced to use drastic ways to keep up, like charging seniors $5 for meals.
“We have some reserves that will last us maybe a year and a half, so if we don’t get any funding at all we’ll make it another year and a half,” Nodaway County Senior Center administrator Amy Firavich said.
With numerous representatives at city council to request funding, Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel explained how appropriating funds for many groups can be a challenge for the city.
“We have seven different groups tonight coming in for funding … I think all of the groups at one point or another have been supported by this city council,” McDanel said. “But I think one of the most important things to know is that it all goes down to the health of our general fund.”
Council approves continuation of work release program
The council approved an ordinance to continue its contract with the Missouri Department of Corrections for the work release program.
Public Works Director C.E. Goodall said most of the positions used in the work release are cemetery and mowing jobs.
“Our employees go through a training program so they can be qualified supervisors,” Goodall said. “Everything is run very well, we’ve had a couple hiccups here and there but nothing that has been a big deal though.”
City approves contract for Peach Creek project
The project would be the addition of a 100-foot concrete control structure that helps protect the creek’s ecology.
The approval of the project comes as the result of a violation and mutual agreement that was reached with the Corp of Engineers of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Following the city’s completion of a $17,000 channel project on Peach Creek in 2015, the city learned from the Corp. of Engineers that the project was unauthorized and that they lack a proper permit.
The new project, estimated to cost around $90,000, is one way the city is offsetting $240,000 worth of “street credit” fines that were given to the city in the agreement.
“I’m not saying I agree with what we’re being told to do, but it’s their rules and that’s where we’re at,” Goodall said.
Council discusses 2019 budget
The budget outlined everything from Public Safety equipment and communications to a variety of Public Works maintenance projects and city supplies.
McDanel told the council general fund expenses would outnumber revenues by more than $400,000.
He also broke down and analyzed the expenses of both the Capital Improvements Programs and general fund report.
CIP expenses added up to more than $5,300,000, with almost $4 million tied to one project, the new Public Safety building.
The Public Safety Building was at the top of McDanel’s list of fiscal year goals.
Other notable CIP projects included street improvements and law enforcement vehicles.
McDanel discussed with citizens the importance of extra revenues for the city if a few upcoming, Nov. 6 taxes are passed.
“I would encourage every citizen to go out there and take a look at both the use tax and the fuel tax,” McDanel said. “Those will specifically provide additional revenues to the city council and the general fund.”
The 10-cent fuel tax increase means city and county governments would each receive a 20 percent share of the tax revenue.