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Miner looking closer at convention center

Friday, June 18, 2004

MINER - The Miner Board of Aldermen has awarded the contract to conduct a study on the feasibility of building and maintaining a convention center in the city.

Following a brief discussion, the $15,000 contract was awarded to Greg Stratman of Stratman Consulting in Vienna, Mo., during a special Board meeting Thursday.

Alderman Justin Medley said he has received "no negative responses at all" from citizens on the street since the matter was brought up again during the Board's regular meeting June 8.

"We need to know if the city can support it," said Donna Thomas, Board member. "This is the only way to know."

Mayor Mitch Thompson agreed it is "time to move forward."

"And that money is coming out of the tourism fund," Medley said, later noting the fee is only one percent of the money in the tourism tax fund.

Thompson will contact Stratman to arrange a deadline for the study.

In other business conducted by the Board during the special meeting:

* Action on a junk vehicle ordinance will wait for additional consideration and revisions after an updated version reviewed during the meeting was found to be lacking.

"I read over it and it addressed some of the concerns I had," said Medley.

Questions arose, however, on how to word the ordinance so utility trailer manufacturers and dealers wouldn't find themselves in violation for unlicensed stock.

"We don't want to keep any legitimate businesses from doing business," Thompson said.

A question was also raised about unlicensed trailers that are frequently used, but never leave the owner's land for use on public streets.

"It's a touchy situation," Thompson said, "but we want to try to clean the place up."

* The Board passed a resolution adopting the revised Sunshine Law and identifying City Clerk Janet Tuttle as the city's custodian of records.

Included in the revised version is a provision for governments to charge 10 cents per copy, $12 per hour for searches, and $2 for a fax.

"I don't think 10 cents a page is enough," Tuttle said.

* Approval for the city to pay its Chamber of Commerce membership dues using tourism tax money was given by the Board. If it is not an allowed expenditure for the fund, the $1,000 will be paid from the city's general fund.

* The Board also approved paying the city's Missouri Municipal League dues totaling $325.32.

Thompson described it a "worthwhile organization."