The Maryville City Council worked quickly through a routine agenda during its regular session this week, though the word "routine" should not be confused with "unimportant," since several of the measures related to major projects that have been in various stages of development for some time.
Far and away the most critical decision was approval of an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $13.7 million in revenue bonds that will be used to finance construction of a new wastewater treatment plant mandated by the state Department of Natural Resources.
The council had earlier granted a contract to David E. Ross Construction Co., which will build the plant near the city's existing treatment lagoons on the east edge of town just south of Highway 136.
Construction costs is estimated at $11. 4 million with additional funds set aside for engineering and land acquisition. Total project cost is $13.9 million, some of which will come from water and sewer fees, which have been significantly increased over the past several months.
Jack Dillingham of Piper Jaffray, the city's financial advisor for the project, said the issue will result in an annual debt service of approximately $700,000 with interest payments totaling $6.4 million over the 20-year life of the bonds.
On other fronts, the council:
∙Passed an ordinance accepting a $100,000-grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that will be used to construct a 1,752-foot loop to an existing concrete hiking/biking trail at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park.
The trail extension will begin at the RV campground and zig-zag southeast toward the entrance of the park's primitive camping area.
Total project cost is estimated at $136,700, and most of the city's $36,700 match will be covered through in-kind contributions in labor and equipment.
∙Approved a second Mozingo-related measure giving the green light to a citizens group to raise money and make arrangements for design and construction of a nine-hole youth golf course on a 30-acre parcel northeast of the existing golf course clubhouse.
Dr. Bruce Twaddle, a local dentist who is heading up the effort, has been working with professional golf legend Tom Watson, The First Tee youth golf organization, and the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation to secure funding and expertise for course development.
Twaddle estimated cost of course design and construction at $521,000, all of which is to be raised privately. He added that his group, the Junior Course at Mozingo Lake Committee, hopes to have at least $200,000 toward their half-million-dollar goal by the end of the year.
Play on the new course, Twaddle said, could begin as early as spring 2015.
∙Executed a change order with Orr Construction Management relating to construction costs for rebuilding a portion of South Munn Avenue.
Now nearing completion, the project cost more than $2 million and ran into trouble when crews encountered unstable "subgrade" soil that had to be removed and replaced with hundreds of tons of gravel.
Page 2 of 2 - Cost of shoring up the subgrade was approximately $475,000, which the city made up by postponing a $240,000 walking trail project near Beal Park and taking a similar amount from proceeds generated by the city's half-cent Capital Improvements Program sales tax.
∙Heard a report by Public Works Director C.E. Goodall with regard to ongoing installation of a new water main by White Cloud Engineering & Construction that will extend along the south side of Highway 136 between the water treatment plant and the intersection of East First and Depot streets. The new main will replace an aging line that is causing an increasing number of problems for city crews due to leaks and breakage.
∙Acknowledged a recent Board of Code Appeals finding that will lead to the demolition of three derelict structures within the city limits unless property owners make appropriate repairs within 60 days or tear down the structures on their own. The buildings are located at 419 E. Third, 212 W. Sixth and 522 S. Walnut.