MINER - Miner voters will have another chance on Nov. 4 to authorize the diversion of their tourism tax money to the city for other uses.
"I'm almost certain it will pass this time," Mayor Frank Tatum predicted during the regular Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.
The board approved placing on the November ballot the question of whether tourism collection spending can be allocated as follows: 25 percent to tourism and marketing; 35 percent to capital improvements; and 40 percent to general revenue. Presently 100 percent goes toward tourism and marketing.
The 4-percent "bed tax" on hotel stays brings in roughly $16,000-$17,000 per month, Tatum estimated. "We took in $19,000 last month," he noted.
The primary intent, according to Tatum, is to fund the construction of a city park. "The park is priority," agreed Roberta Wills, board member.
Betty Barnes, board member, suggested two small parks and one large park, but the particulars are to be worked out later, according to officials.
In other City of Miner business Tuesday:
* The city's fiscal year 2004 budget was adopted with a little over $1 million in total projected revenues and expenditures for the general revenue fund.
Other funds in the budget include the water fund with about $100,000 in both projected revenues and expenditures; the street fund with $60,000; and the sewer fund with $100,000.
The city's fiscal year runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.
Voting with Tatum's recommendation that "taxes stay as they are in the city of Miner," the board kept the city's general revenue tax rate at 19 cents per $100 assessed value.
"There's only three or four (municipalities) in the whole state that's lower than us," noted City Clerk Janet Tuttle.
A public hearing was held for the tax levy before the regular Board of Alderman meeting.
* Discussion with Don Davis regarding a mixed martial arts contest was dropped from the agenda by the board "because we just can't get together with him," according to Tatum.
Davis was on the agenda but did not attend the meeting.
* Any decision on amending the city's ordinance setting minimum standards for mobile homes was tabled.
Presently the ordinance requires mobile homes to be a 1996 model or newer and to be at least 12 feet wide and 65 feet long.
Alderman Mitch Thompson noted that, if the board was to change the ordinance now, "those that have had to obey the ordinance may cry foul."
* The board declined to approve a mutual aid agreement with Bertrand after determining the agreement was solely to Bertrand's benefit.
"It would not help us a bit," said Miner's fire division chief Randy Baker.
The Bertrand fire department "is kind of a dangerous group to work with because they don't know what they're doing," Baker added, noting one of his firefighters was injured in the last call they worked together.
Baker confirmed for the Board that Bertrand has a mutual aid agreement with Charleston, and would in fact receive aid from Miner if Charleston responded and invoked their mutual aid agreement with the city.
"I didn't want to leave them without protection," Tatum said.
* The Board of Aldermen appointed Allen Lancaster, Jack Summerlott, Nancy Bird, Lloyd Ogelvie and Paul Childers to the city's Board of Adjustments.
* The Board approved paying $316 to the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission for annual dues.
* The annual yearly inspection and pumping test for the fire department's vehicles was approved by the Board.
* The Board approved raising the cost for supplying police and fire reports to $1 per page so the city will "break even" on the requests, according to Tatum.
* A resident complained about a neighbor who has five dogs and recently got a Rottweiler pup. She reported seeing the owner's child "teasing it with a broomstick, making it mean" and expressed concerns for her grandchildren's safety.
Tatum said this was a good opportunity to remind residents that dogs must have their shots and be licensed in the city. "And Rottweilers must be penned up if I read the ordinance right," he added.
Baker confirmed that Rottweilers must be penned in an area no smaller than 10 by 10 feet with a wire mesh ceiling and floor. He added that he is in the process of trying to reach the owner to advise him of the ordinance.
Tatum said everybody should know about the ordinance by now and be complying. "The next thing is a ticket," he said.