The Moberly City Council on Monday worked quickly on the items listed on its business agenda and discussed little of the topics presented. He then held a public working session to preview other topics that are expected to appear at his council meeting on May 17th.
The city council learned that the city of Moberly’s water quality audits, conducted annually by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for 2020, found no violations of the city’s drinking water system. Mary West-Calcagno, director of municipal utilities, said a copy of the latest report, as well as those recorded in previous years, can be viewed on the city’s website and that the public is welcome to obtain written copies of the report by visiting her office .
The councilors gave their blessings that both the sale of alcohol and the consumption of alcohol in certain locations in connection with the August 14 wine walk will be granted in the Moberly business district in downtown Moberly.
This annual event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on that day, serves as a fundraiser for Safe Passage and has security log measures to verify attendee age identification and monitor attendees on the Taste of Missouri Wine Stroll.
According to a submitted report, the Wine Walk attracts more than 750 people and its pedestrian traffic also benefits downtown merchants. It is expected that 10-12 wineries and 7-10 different breweries will take part.
Liquor licenses have been renewed for the following companies: Bratcher’s Market, Bratcher’s Fuel, both Dollar General Stores, Pizza Hut, Mallards Pub & Pool and The Wabash.
Don Hughes, Harley Mattox, and Mary Lee Noel were reappointed volunteer members of the Moberly Parks and Recreation Department Board. Each of the three terms of the subjects was about to expire and they were the only people who applied.
Mayor Jerry Jeffrey issued two proclamations celebrating Moberly Water Week and Local Government Week, May 2-8. The proclamations call on citizens to be grateful for their water supply and safe drinking water system, as well as for the commitment and services of the employees and administrators of the local authorities.
During the working session following the business meeting on Monday, a number of items were presented to the Council for the purpose of further reviewing and defining the course of action at the Council meeting on May 17th.
The topics of the working session that were submitted for consideration included the following:
• A request from the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce to close several designated downtown streets to motor vehicle traffic when the Junk Junction / Gus Macker / Carr Show activities take place September 25-26. Also to allow public alcohol consumption in certain designated areas.
• Joe Haynes requested a zoning change to allow properties in 301 E. McKinsey to become a two-family neighborhood and a residential structure.
• Melissa Anderson is applying for conditional permission to use a proposed RV site and outdoor activity under the company name Game Board Properties LLC on property at 1150 S. Morley St. on a property that was once owned by the state as the local probation and probation office .
• Consideration is given to how the city can redevelop a portion of the 8,500 square foot property commonly known as the Fennell Complex, which consists of the former JT Cross Lumberyard Co. and Pro Auto buildings on the northwest corner of Clark and Coates streets. The city is currently exploring ideas on how to redevelop part of this property for public use, specifically an outdoor venue with partial roofing and a concrete surface. Tom Sander, director of community development, reported that the city’s CID fund has a budget of approximately $ 55,750 for its preliminary renovation plans, which is roughly half the estimated total. Sander also said that it is possible that a portion of the CARES Act funding could be available to fund the project.
• The Moberly Rotary Club, Altrusa Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Knights of Columbus would like to sponsor the 15th Annual Railroad Days June 16-19 around Depot Park in downtown Moberly. You are trying to close a certain number of designated streets and sell alcohol while an area is set aside for the operation of a beer garden.